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 16, 2019
Infused Oil Question and other Chit Chat
We were blessed with another sunshiny day, and no rain. I went way out to the garlic and tried to recover it, lining up the holes. Didn't happen. Hmpf. I then tried to hand hoe it. Didn't happen. Too wet, which put me instantly in a depressed mood. It's not drying out, we can't till. We can't plant. Clouds moved in by 2pm, so the sun didn't last too long, but we warmed up to the low 70's.
I sat on the porch and chatted with a daughter, contemplating my options for the day. Previous to that, I pulled weeds by the side door (what a mess). I decided to clean the porch and get some things out of the barn. Daughter helped, and soon it was swept, and furniture out and looking cozy. I just need flowers, hanging pots and flower beds weeded now.
Question for you all.
I have always infused my oils with dry herbs. Everything I've read states it is safer. I'm also reading that chickweed loses it's value if dried. So, has anyone infused oil with fresh chickweed? And what process did you use to do it? Would love to hear your input as chickweed is available here now.
I had a vulture swoop down onto the old barn and sit. There must be something dead out there. I had to laugh when a small bird swooped in and pushed it off the post it was previously sitting on. I wonder if those small birds do that to keep them from eating their baby birds? Or do vultures only eat dead animals?
If you recall, our nuisance neighbor moved out of state to start another home business. Well, word is (just hearsay at this point) he spent all his money and guess who is back? Yep. When we returned from our cabin retreat, I noticed the frame that was started for a barn several years ago (and abandoned) was taken down, as well as a greenhouse at the house (no one bought the flowers he grew and sold, so that business may have gone down the tubes too). Hm. Yesterday, a Sheriff was down there for a long time. Could get interesting.