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~
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
I hope to be back with another post.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
I'm trying to get as many weeds put up before the farmers start spraying too.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
I made it through Monday. The truck is still not fixed, so I still without wheels. It's either raining, or some other reason we don't get it done. It rained again yesterday afternoon and through the night, but no bad storms as the weather man said. Today? More rain, so I'm on the indoor to-do list today.
I was happy to get much of the laundry out on the line and dried before more rain arrived. I missed a flower head on the rhubarb, so that was cut off too.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Although nothing homesteady (is that even a word?) in this post, here goes. . .
The sunrise was just beautiful this morning. Although both Hubby and are sleep deprived, we sipped hot coffee on the porch. We've see deer, and today (oh joy) a fox. We've also had a visit more than once from our hummingbird and a few woodpeckers.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018
I've had quite a few experiences with dandelion since I first made dandelion jelly. Over the years, I have made dandelion bread (which we absolutely love), dried dandelion for tea purposes, blanched and froze dandelion for meals (we love dandelion pesto), dried the root for a coffee substitute and medicinal purposes, and now I am making poultices.
Dandelion poultices, can be used to treat eczema, skin rashes, boils, and to reduce itchy skin (helps with itchy poison ivy).
I am putting these poultices together in the freezer, like I do with comfrey and plantain. There is nothing more comforting than a cold poultice in the summer, for an itchy rash too.
I am also putting cleaver poultices in to the freezer (as well as dehydrating some for medicinal purposes). Cleaver weed poultices can be used to treat burns and even sunburn. Spring is the only time I am able to pick this weed. It's often found growing directly in my garden and will stick you like glue.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
I canned more wild violet jelly first thing after my work out, and checked the weather. Were you wondering if our rain stopped yet? Well I was.
We got more rain, but I had a break in the day to get outside. Oye. It's wet out there, but after checking the asparagus and garden (for damage), I high tailed it to the flower beds. I could spend a week out there, plus the herb garden.
I have a plan for the wettest part of my vegetable garden. Updates to follow if it works out.
I felt like the "If you give a Mom a Muffin" but with the weeds yesterday. One thing just led to another.
I started weeding flower beds, and found several ornamental apple trees growing in it. I dug up two and transplanted them. I went back to weeding, but after pulling all the cleavers, it was almost a day with the cleavers. I filled my dehydrator with them, and had a bit leftover.
Knowing our family motto, that has been on this blog for years now, you know I try to use everything I can, and what I have (and try to waste nothing). So....two cleaver poultices were made and put into the freezer. They can be used to heal cuts, bites, and even sunburn (cools the inflamed skin).
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
We had planned a big May birthday bash - cookout and overnight camp out for this weekend. Campers, tents and all. Sadly, the rain forced us to cancel. We hope to reschedule soon.
I've been doing small gardening jobs in the rain - pick asparagus, and cut the flower heads off the rhubarb.
Yesterday morning we had a short, but shift storm. It knocked a huge limb off of a tree, which landed on my clothes line. Thankfully, it missed our swing, and didn't damage the clothesline. The limb goes all the way behind the swing and is pretty large. You can also see the grass has been cut to the upper right but not behind the patio. It's hit or miss with mowing right now.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Saturday it was raining again, and pretty cold.
Sunday morning we had more rain and thunderstorms. I had to build a tent in the kitchen for old man Jesse. I put an afghan over the backs of kitchen chairs to keep him calm. We can't find his thunder jacket.
I'm joining Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom today.
On the breakfast plate . . .
Friday, May 11, 2018
Yesterday was my birthday. I was home all day waiting for Hubby to get off work. He had a dentist appt. after work too, so for me, it seemed like a looooooooong day. I literally did not do any garden work. It was too wet to weed too. I did some crocheting on the porch, sat and talked with a few of the kids when they were home, and really just chilled all day. When Hubby pulled in, he called me to the car, and surprised me with this Harley Davidson gift basket.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
I have had a nasty scar on my leg, left from a venomous spider, and have been putting homemade calendula cream on it for over a year now.
Did you know that calendula has the properties to help new skin growth? I just learned this even though I was already using the cream/lotion. It has helped too.
Warning: Graphic photos. If you do not want to see the bite before and after (some of the before) do NOT click to continue reading.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The hoe and I had a date. I got the beets in finally, and started weeding some of the flower beds. I had a ton of laundry, and ran out of clothespins. The day went way too fast, but work was done. It was a nice 60-some degree day, so it wasn't sweltering either.
I found one of my rain barrels completely drained. Hubby and I will have to put a clamp on the hose. It's a different set up than my barrel looking ones.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018
I had to laugh this morning. He asked me to open the door so he could carry his lunch, mug of coffee and half eaten burrito out to the car (truck is still down). I looked down and he had socks and slippers on, ha ha ha ha! I had to tell him, "um, hun? You don't have your shoes on." We laughed and laughed.
It's operation homestead clean up again today. I was abandoned by all kiddos, so I didn't have any help, but today I will. More spider traps are going in place again too.
I don't see that it even rained last night, so we'll dig out more porch furniture. I put a few pieces out yesterday, but golly, there is more to tidy up than I thought.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Monday was a "get back to it" day, since I lost out all of Sunday. Hubby took Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as vacation days, so we could take advantage of the weather and take a motorcycle ride as a reward for actually getting something done around here.
Shell and snow peas have been planted! I forgot to buy sugar snap peas.