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~
Friday, June 29, 2018
My broody hen is still in her roost. She cackles at me every time I go out there. Like she's telling me not to take her egg. She may be sitting on more than one. I'll have to gently check.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The taste test results?
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
I have a very broody hen this year. First time ever. I've let her sit on her egg(s), but I need advice from you all. What do I do when the egg (if it does) hatch? Do I take the chick from her and bring it in with a heat lamp? Or do I separate her and the chick and leave here out in the second coop? Would love to get your input on this. This is the first time for this to happen for us, and it would be neat to see nature in progress.
What 5:30am looks like from our place this morning. Another beautiful day. Here's hoping I get another section of garlic weeded. Yesterday it took me three trips to clean up my giant weed piles just from one variety of garlic.
Monday, June 25, 2018
On the breakfast plate . . .
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Saturday I worked on my book pile again too. Since it rained on Saturday, we took some and dispersed them to various donation locations. Went to another grad party, picked up chicken feed, delivered Dad a meal, delivered our now 19 year-old a birthday cake and a few presents (laundry drying rack and some kitchen items she needed), dropped off youngest so she could join her siblings for a movie, and high-tailed it back home for porch time.
More book sorting awaits.
Today we are moving the bookshelf, all the front room furniture (re-organizing and finally making it livable), and once again vacuuming and shampooing resumed (small area, and last to shampoo).
Hubby got called into work early this morning, so the Sunday fun will be with Youngest. And guess what? We are to get more rain later. By now I'm rolling my eyes.
Friday, June 22, 2018
I took some plantain leaves and aloe, and made up some sunburn relief to have on hand. We typically do not get burned, but sometimes it happens. I wanted to give this a try and see how well it works.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
...rain arrived during the night and well, it's we again. The battle of planting continued. Not to mention the weeding.
New pie for me. Believe or not. We missed out on getting a stockage of strawberries the last two years. Not this year. I made my first baked fresh strawberry pie. Hubby was in heaven on this one too. It was sadly the last two pie crust crumbles I had in the freezer. I guess I better dig out my recipe and get that on the to-do list now.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Nothing could be done outside, but I sure had a long list for inside too. We don't have the large air conditioner put in downstairs, so it's been somewhat uncomfortable working indoors too. I managed to pick some radishes and garlic scapes though.
Monday, June 18, 2018
My latest favorite infection fighting tea. My antibiotics (blech) were not kicking the phlegm from the sinus infection, so I brewed up 1 tsp. dried homegrown thyme and added 1 tsp. dried mullein weed and honey. I drank this 4 x day and poof! Much better. Cough nearly disappeared after about 3 mugs of it too.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Lately, I've been finding dimes in various places, and it has been random. I found one walking into a gas station at the beginning of a motorcycle ride, to buy a water. As I walked in I looked down and saw it, but saw a young boy about to walk out, so I left it for him.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
It was too wet to garden, too wet to till to plant...same ol' story. Hubby worked over too, so I got a bit of crochet time in. The ice pop holders are back under construction for my nephew.
The deconstruction of the house is under way to reconstruct. Books are coming off bookshelves, dusting underway, and possible moving of furniture, carpets shampooed. Purging, reorganizing and finally getting the house they way we want it. That's the plan anyway.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
My lemon balm curse has turned into a blessing. I found more uses for it. Lemon balm was cut and washed. I filled the dehydrator as full as I could. I have a plan.
The Good Lord stopped the rain for a morning, so I was dreading
I had to replant some cucumbers. Oh my land, it is a muddy mess out there, and it may take many days to dry up. Rain arrived yesterday afternoon (long drawn out sigh...)
Monday, June 11, 2018
Saturday, June 9, 2018
We just can't get the tilling done to plant them. Along with the last of the seeds.
I got out all the "bells and whistles" yesterday for my aiding my healing. I rested all day yesterday while Hubby was at work. It felt great too. I'm drinking a triple powered tea, which is helping greatly - lemon balm, mullein and freshly grated ginger root.
This morning, my visitor was a baby squirrel. I was sipping my hot coffee on the porch and this tiny brown movement went under my feet. Of course it took me off guard, and right behind it was Aurora. She must have been looking for breakfast, but it ran right up a pine tree.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Morning visitors another day. There was about a dozen of them, just hanging out at one of the barns.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Check it out! We finally have apples on one of our apple trees. Our cherry tree died last winter, so I'll replant one next spring. The plum looks terrible, so I'll whip up some neem spray and give that a try. It still has fungus. No peaches this year. I'll have to be prudent with pruning this fall.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
. . . being lazy, I skipped my work out (the horror!) after all my him-hawing, and baked a sweet potato/black bean frittata with dandelion greens.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
We were up at the crack of dawn (5:30am). Watched the sun rise, and the rain come down. I spent the entire day washing up baby clothes yesterday, and practically didn't get garden work done. I also started cleaning out my bedroom closet, which has been a yearly start and quick end. This year may be the year it finally gets the way I want it.
Monday, June 4, 2018
We have most of the 109 tomato plants planted. We got our 53 jalapeno plants in, even though it was a swamp out there. Just getting by one day at a time right now. More rain tomorrow.
School is out for our youngest, so we've spent some time with her over Hubby's vacation days. Hubby and I have spent much time on the porch, making summer plans, adding to the "to-do" list, financial planning, possible future dog planning, and so forth. The porch is now popping with color, and it's a happy place for us.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018
Hubby was home to help me get the some of the garden in. While sitting on the porch for the morning sunrise the other day, we heard a group of coyotes move through the woods behind us. Scary sounds. It's the first time to hear them since we had goats.