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~
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Birthday! ~ Rain, Glorious Rain!
Our now 17 year-old, frosted the cake after I added the first layer. The kids love to learn how to do this, as I learned from my mother. In fact, Mom donated all her cake decorating supplies to the girls, and a two layer 9-inch round cake is traditional here.
Last night we also received rain. Woo hoo! Finally. The storms, thankfully were not too bad, and the rain came down. I am so thankful. The gardens really, really needed it. I attempted weeding the herb garden yesterday, but the ground was too dry to even do it.
The saga of the raccoon from h-e-double hockey sticks continues.
Every night it comes back, destroys the plant pots, forks and dirt are completely dug out of the pots, and now a flower pot with newly sprouted zinnias. I'm about to put a pot of dirt in the raccoon trap, since he likes dirt so much. I'm setting the trail camera again to see if the there is a pattern to the time of his gracious visits. We even gorilla glued a bowl of marshmallows into the cage, and wa-la, bowl is gone, trap is still set. The war is on.
I have since put in stakes around the only grape vine he was digging up, and wrapped it with chicken wire. So far, it's been untouched (thankfully). I'm about to put nails in boards around the plant pots, but have a few more ideas.
Yesterday, after Hubby got home, he took me on a short motorcycle ride. When we returned, that raccoon had made another day-time visit, and turned another plant pot. Yes, the war is on.
Oh, and I know why my squash seeds never sprouted. A snake made a nice hole (and trail) underneath all of them, and boom, down the seeds went into la-la land. I filled the snake trail, and re-planted. I also lost some pinto beans the same way. We filled that snake trail up too. I've had gardener snakes in the garden, but never made such a trail under it before. I can't believe it's water snakes considering it's so dry where the snake holes are.