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~
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The Porch Speaks ~ Baking Bread and other Tidbits
This one is pretty long, so he's running out of room. I'm sure he'll find a way to squeeze a few more in.
The sign in the first photo is a daily reminder to the rain we are getting. Monday started out with a bit of sunshine, but by noon the clouds turned black, and the rain was back. Tuesday the sun shined, so my muck boots and I took a trip to visit the garden.
This year the japanese beetles are terrible. I have never had this problem before (in all the years here). They are attacking my beets, peppers, green beans, etc. Essentially, they are attacking everything. Trying to stay ahead of them and the rain has been a mood killer.
I attempted to weed the herb garden, but it too was too wet. By noon on Tuesday, the rain arrived again.
It wasn't just rain this time. It was a full blown, nasty, windy, thunderstorm.
The wind blew almost horizontally, knocking many potted plants on the porch, to the floor (and chair).
And the corner of the big barn collapsed. First the storm knocked the boards loose.
Then, that corner just fell. It's a start to tearing it down anyway. We are now getting rain so often, there is no time for anything to dry out
The cable company had a power outage after that, so we had no internet up until after dinner last night. That's better than no electricity, so I didn't complain.
The Bad: We lost 3/4 of the beet plants now, and 1/3rd of the green bean plants, all of the peas are gone, lost all of my basil, and the onions and cucumbers are sitting in standing water. The brussel sprouts look awful. It may be early to tell, but we may lose all 36 cauliflower plants.
The Good: Picked a few more squash, and a handful of green beans.
I hope to find some cucumbers locally. However, the one guy we go to when we are in need, is also in standing water. I hope the market has some things I can use. Anyone in this area, growing a garden, is suffering like we are.
I completed another batch of noodles, and those are dried and in the freezer. I also baked a few loaves of bread for sandwiches.
We had breakfast for dinner one night. I made homemade biscuits for biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled farm fresh eggs, and fried garden red potatoes. Not good for the hips, but oh so good!
I cut some more flowers for putting inside around the house. Good for the soul, mind, and the eyes.