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, May 18, 2017
More Random Tidbits
As promised, here is the next book I started to read. It's an oldie from the shelf that I have had for a while. Just something I picked up at a used book sale (many years ago). It's about a wheat farmer in North Dakota in the early 30's.
And this my folks, (both photos) are the books, aka my "library loot" my husband brought home on the back of his Harley the other day. Yeah, and I am going to need a vehicle to return them all when done with them.
Yesterday morning, after getting all sweaty from an long overdue full blown exercise workout, I went directly outside and worked out in the garden again. I am up-keeping and getting it ready to till. Waiting, and waiting, on Hubby. If the rain doesn't arrive, I'll be doing my "haul the hose" all 3000 feet (exaggerating) of it from the flower beds, way out to the garlic, which it cannot reach.
The garlic looks great, and I noticed that our own garlic (I planted three types last fall), looks the best that it ever has. I have to walk watering cans from rain barrels to way out in the yonder to water them.
Somehow, in all the outside work, I managed to get two bowls of homemade condensed cheddar cheese soup made, and into the freezer. It's a start to restock anyway.
Hubby worked over again last night. So, I texted him a list and said "don't forget it." We were completely out of chicken feed, and dog food is down to breakfast. He forgot the dog food. I'll have to whip up some oatmeal and veggies until he arrives, and hope the pups don't have issues with a food change for one meal. And, hope he doesn't work over again.
Speaking of last night. I marinated steaks and told him we were grilling out for dinner. Three of us were slobbering over the wait for steaks. I don't buy them often, as organic is over the roof expensive. Anyway, Hubby said "2-3 over" in his text. Meaning hours. I calculated, and well, I got another text "I'll be another 1/2 hour..." Ugh. Then he texted one more time. The wait was making me hungry. So what did I do (not wanting to get dirty since I had already cleaned up)?
I took crochet, and wine to the front porch. That is a newly started project I don't need to start as well, ha ha. It was way too hot to work on larger projects, and I just wasn't feelin' it to crochet that dang granny square baby blanket.
The only thing missing from that dinner plate was roasted rosemary asparagus. I was just too tired at that point, and we settled for meat and potatoes. Slathered with Black and blue cheese butter with whiskey. Oh my gosh, so good. Nom, nom, nom. It was 8pm when we ate that. I held dinner off until Hubby arrived. The weather is hot, hot, hot here. We enjoyed dinner on the porch.
The list for the outdoor work is long. I finally felt so overwhelmed I came directly inside yesterday and made a list of what needs done. I have zero help this year, so I am trying to remain calm. The coop needs mucked, the raspberry bed needs mulched, all fruit trees need mulched, roses out way by the road need weed whacked, raised beds need weed whacked, radishes need weeded, one felled tree remains on the ground, back flower bed needs weeded out badly.....the list is endless. And now we have to tear a barn down. Insurance reasons. Not sure if we can get it all done, when it will get done, or how....but the barn has to go. And a grad party will be here in early June...and I haven't started the planting of the rest of the vegetable garden yet...
"Breathe and stay calm..." I keep telling myself. "Breathe and stay calm."