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~
Monday, June 22, 2015
Monkeys in the Kitchen ~ Flip Flops In the Coop
The rain brought the wild black raspberries into harvest early this year, and it's hot, humid and miserable to pick them (as always).
Our first day picking was done together. Most of the time we spent slapping ourselves (thank goodness for chickweed salve), hollering out at the prickers and blowing bugs off us as we picked as fast as we could. One time I heard "Awww, I dropped it!"
When we walked in the house, we looked like monkeys picking at each other, looking for ticks, and anything else we may have brought inside with us.
I call this jam "priceless" due to the amount of sweat, pricker stabbings, bug bites, and work it requires to pick the berries alone. It will take another day or two of picking them, to get enough berries to make 4 wonderful half-pint jars.
Oh, and about that herbal bug repellant I made? It's not so handy for mosquitoes.
Other than that, I seem to be the only one that rubbed against the wrong plant. It's either poison oak or sumac. I know it's now ivy. However, I found that applying organic apple cider vinegar on it helps dry out the blisters and remove the poison.
We had our first full dry day and night here. Looks like another dry day today, so I plan to investigate the garden. I hope to get those tall weeds tackled, so my vegetables can be unleashed and thrive.
I have discovered that wearing flip flops into the chicken coop to fetch eggs and fill the watering unit, is not such a good idea. I was in a hurry to retire for the night, and I only use one pair for the barn (when thick tall muck boots are too hot).
A bit of information - my 15 year-old painted my toe nails a week or so back. Bright pink.
My toes were attacked by the hens (Hubby thought this was hilarious). I think they thought it my toes were watermelon.
Well, the sun has been up for a while now. I have girls I need to get out of bed early today. I still need to finish weeding the flower beds and the herb garden. So, if we can get into the vegetable garden, we'll be very tired tonight.