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~
Friday, July 31, 2015
Catching Up ~ Embroidery ~ The Write Time ~ Random Tidbits
I think I finally caught up on the laundry. I may have one load yet to finish today. During my next trip however, whoever is home will get laundry chores.
Yesterday, I had to make a mad dash to the rain barrel to try and save my flowers and herbs. The younger two did not do their chores as asked, and my porch pots are either dead, dying or look terrible. They just about let my organic herbs die too. I desperately worked away, watering and removing dead leaves.
I just realized that my water trough flower bed of sunflower seeds, has no sunflowers this year. Those must of died in the masses of rain too.
I had picked up some more green beans on the recent road trip, and blanched and froze those (adding 5 more quart bags to the freezer). I do need more.
Later, I ran out of clothesline space, but in the time it took to make a 5 gallon bucket of homemade detergent, some of it dried and gave me more space to finish.
White the grated handmade goat's milk soap was melting in water on the stove top, I ran outside and cut more calendula. I think I'll need more pots of it, or I'll simply plant it in the herb garden next year. It's taking a long time to get enough for my next project.
While I waited for more laundry to dry, because this time I ran out of clothespins, I photographed the last three finished embroidered kitchen towels.
A while back, the kids and I were discussing the situation here with the vegetable garden, and I was sharing the latest fate with our investments here.
My three year old plum tree doesn't look so well. The leaves are turning, and most likely from too much rain.
However, I do see new green shoots on some of the branches. I'm praying it makes it through, as we expect fruit next season (or the year after).
Then, there were these nasty worms on a granny apple tree, who devoured half of the leaves. First time for these guys. Picked them all off, but I'm wondering if more will return. If you treat your apple trees (or any fruit trees) with anything organic, I'd love to hear about it.
Back to the discussion....
We were sitting on the porch, and talking about how I don't have all the garden work to do this season I normally should
"Hey Mom, since you don't have the garden, you have time to write your book now," exclaimed Oldest Daughter.
Soon there was a excitement of suggestions, murder mystery ideas, and crazy killer story proposals, and thoughts. My kids got my zippy mojo flowing, and writing has now resumed. I know there is about 50 books in my head, I just need to get the right one written.
With so many interested in the zucchini salsa, I plan to share the making of that recipe soon.
Also, I plan to make flour tortillas with lard (vs. organic oil) soon.
I recently recycled a vintage alfalfa sack in my kitchen. Go to my S.C.R.A.P. Blogspot to check it out. Hubby loves what I did to cover the cupboard cubbies. It not only looks better, keeps the dust out, but it covers the dark wood color.