Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Humidity ~ Wine Cork Herb Markers ~ Goat Capers Continue ~ Dog
The humidity has been so thick, and it really makes gardening uncomfortable. I literally woke up without an appetite. Yesterday's brunch was watermelon.
Today however, it is only going to be in the 60's - camping weather if you ask me. Just gorgeous. I told Hubby we should back up the camper and play hookie. It was tempting for a short few seconds.
Well, that's not happening. Garden duty calls today, and I'll admit, I'd rather work in cool 60°F weather than 80°F and 86% humidity.
I spent a few more rainy days making
more wine cork herb markers. I found the synthetic corks are much easier to write on. I have a large supply of corks from our last home. We lived near a popular restaurant. They kindly saved me several corks.
If you use real corks, simply boil them a bit to bring back their original shape.
I sprayed these with a clear coat. I noticed the permanent marker will wash off after some time. I simply use a wooden skewer. I can buy them for $.10/bag at the end of grilling season.
Orion succeeded in breaking his last (older) tie-out. Thankfully daughter was home and we had the spare for grazing the ladies. Hubby has since then replaced it with a brand new tie-out for 250 lbs.
After the rain let up a bit, I took a walk to check the asparagus, and found a few more. I decided to take a look-see and walked all around the garden. I was tickled to see the squash and beans up. And more cucumbers.
Then I saw it. Every since collard chewed down to a nub, and all of them pulled out of the raised bed.
Yep. Orion must have had a bit of a snack when he broke loose. I should have checked it sooner, to get the plants back in the bed, and pray for a rebound on the poor things.
If you read this far, you get to see a somewhat focused picture of the dog our oldest daughter got. I'm not divorced, and we agreed, daughter needs to really think on keeping this dog.
I'll have to wait until she's sleeping before I can get a focused photo. Her tail is huge! The dog has a lot of energy, that's for sure. She has not barked one time since she's been here, but has whined a bit.
We took her on walks to see the homestead, and she was a bit shocked to see the goats. She would perk her ears up and stare, back up and walk away. She was intrigued, but not enough to give kisses. I took her to see the bucklings, and she would tilt her head sideways, trying to figure out what they were. She took one look at the chickens, and was not interested. She, oddly enough, loves Alias.
Alias reminds me of when we had Gus, and we brought Sadie into the family. He was older and would just barely tolerate the puppy jumping and romping on him. Alias is doing the same. Jesse, at first was not happy to see another visitor, but he's doing better this morning.
Sasha, the new dog, loves cats. She's met the barn cats and the house cats. Tiger, however, is hiding in my room and won't come out. He'll see the dog in the hall, and stand up really tall, stretch his neck way out, and his eyes get as big as saucers. Poor guy gets extra nightly treats.
I'm going to go have breakfast (late) on the porch....before Hubby snaps his fingers and says "let's get crackin' on the garden work" and all the yard work we left for today.