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, January 18, 2016
Winter Hazards and Random Homestead Happenings
Driving out of the homestead on Saturday, I survived getting to the "big city" without sliding all the way out into the highway. I wasn't going very fast, but our drive is all ice right now.
It rained all night Friday, then froze, then snowed on Sunday. Our one daughter drove back to college just before the majority of snow fell and blew with the wind. She texted she wanted to be home right after she arrived back. It was hard to go back after a long break.
Hubby, having had a long week of overtime work, did not want to do a single thing Sunday. I didn't blame him, but we needed to restock wood. We enlisted the help of two other kids and got the job done rather quickly. It was getting very cold, so there was no messing around.
The puppies are learning to "stay" and "go lay down" now. It's taking some time, but I'm working overtime this week to work on it too. Jesse has been caught actually playing with them now. He gets worn out quickly, and we do supervise, but they are getting along for the most part now.
I'm already re-writing my spring to-do list (aside from the garden and other stuff around here). Our camper has a small rip in the canvas (along the seam) in one area, so I need to sew it. Any suggestions on thread? I thought maybe a thick quilting thread would work, but are there threads for canvas on a pop up camper? And then should I seal the thread area with a sealant of any sort?
I finished my second book this year - The Simplicity Primer, by Patrice Lewis. Not sure which book to start next, but I'll be reducing the "need to read" pile this month. This book wasn't my favorite. There were parts I enjoyed, and quotes I took from it, but most of the last third or so of the book was old news to me. I am pretty frugal, I try to live green as much as possible, and so forth. I'm already married and have grown kids. I am past the parts she gives advice for, and that's why I recommend this for a high school graduate or a college student finding their way in life.
We have been gifted two microfiber Norwex cleaning cloths. I'm a bit concerned using something with some sort of silver in it (items cleaned as well as my hands). Do any of you know about these towels and if they are safe? I have a septic, and wonder about washing them too. It states to wash with "nothing else" also. One is "all purpose" and the other is for windows (glass). It states to not add any cleaner, only add a bit of water or use dry.
Looks like the cronies of or one neighbor still feel the need to drive by our homestead and rev up their truck. These lot of people are so immature. They spend so much time harassing us, that I think at some point they wear themselves out with wasted time and energy.
It's a chilly -16°F wind chill here today. It looks like we'll warm up to a -7° later today.