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, August 4, 2016
Crazy Busy, but a Good "Busy"
The 60% chance of rain we were to get on Wednesday just flew off the weather map - "poof" it was gone. No rain. I need more hoses and a sprinkler, and I do not have them. I already have three long hoses put together. I'll be taking garden notes for next season, including where not to plant my garlic.
In the 112 bulbs I planted, only 5-6 are as large as the largest one in the photo. The rest are dinky. It was like digging in cement, and I ended up with bruised knees (even with a knee pad). I'll save these (or a portion) for replanting, but will be checking farmer's markets for more garlic (and beets). I'm not sure fall planting will be a good idea for beets just yet. I planted beans and peas and every chance of rain they said we'd get, was changed to no rain. The tree leaves are already turning brown.
We got our first yellow straight neck squash this month. Finally. The garden was planted so strange this year, and the first seeds never sprouted. Lack of rain is really affecting everything.
I got my first bag of chopped bell peppers into the freezer. The peppers are on, but small.
I am super happy to be using my slicer after two years of no cucumbers. Well, we had cucumbers one of those years, but had to give them away due to going on a road trip.
Making bread and butter pickles (Ball recipe) is super easy now. I am happy to say....
....one batch made it to the pantry this year. But...
...the entire container of chopped vegetables that was to be put in the refrigerator for my 4th batch of zucchini salsa, never made it to the fridge. One daughter accidentally, dropped it and that was the end of that. Yes, I was mad, and no, I had no more of everything I needed to make it again. I am sure it would not have happened had both the two daughters who were helping, had been more eager to help. Both showed attitudes of anger and reluctance and with that, you get accidents. I had to remind them how many jars they eat over winter, and that it's for the entire family, and several meals and snacks. I hate to tell them, but I'll be continuing to can it, as long as my garden provides. Maybe, just maybe, I won't have to can it next year.
Our 40% chance of rain today, went to 30%. It changes by the hour, so who knows what to expect anymore.
"Vet Tech" daughter in training, is picking up her new bunny today. We said no more animals (indoor) and here we are, agreeing to her getting another rabbit. Milo first started out as our oldest daughter's, but she moved on, and Milo stayed. Well, "Vet Tech" took care of him, and even bought his food, so she is taking a road trip to pick up her new "baby" (under the condition that when she moves out, the rabbit goes with her).