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, March 31, 2020
Due to complicated events, and work schedule not all of our daughter's belongings have been moved. What a mess. Sigh.
We need to find her an apt. like yesterday, for my peace of mind. It'll be tough considering the pandemic, and the number of animals she has.
Keep us in your prayers. I'm so stressed with anxiety right now. I found my 18 year-old in my closet doing homework, but when I walked in, she was sobbing. Her peaceful space upstairs has been disrupted for now, and he's having trouble accepting it temporarily. We all are, but to have our 20 year-old here is the only thing we can do to help her. We are all trying our best to think positively about it all. First, finding her a car....not sure how that's gonna happen.
On a good note....
Dinner last night. Biscuits and sausage gravy, eggs, fried potatoes and "fried" apples (using a crock pot). It was so good. Note: the photo of my original post/recipe looks like I was a bad baker. The post here shows what a better baker I've become making them.
Now, I need to find homemade masks today. With the help of social media/daughter, we'll find 4 for us. Two work. One has a mask, one doesn't. We have to shop inside stores for toiletries and disinfectant. People are still hoarding, so it may require more than one store. Last I heard, 39 dead in our state, but not one media is sharing how many are surviving.
Our state Governor stated yesterday that they are working on modifications to the order to stay home. I'm guessing more closings. There are churches still holding services when they shouldn't be. I hate watching the TV at 2pm anymore. They are warning elderly to not leave their homes for anything over the next two weeks. My Mom and Dad have been locked in for more than 5 weeks now. My younger brother now is the only one left to seek their needs.
Monday, March 30, 2020
Daughter and I have been doing virtual zoo tours online with our favorite area zoo. It's been a fun way to keep a bit of normalcy and keep our sanity time.
Okay, now I need a tried and true pizza crust recipe using all-purpose flour (now that I cannot make Einkorn flour pizza crusts). I have yeast.
I spent Sunday mostly in the kitchen. I was tickled pink to get organic zucchini, and spinach, so those went into the freezer. There is a lot I am not able to get in organics, but thankful for what I can get. I also made us some hummus.
Today I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.
The weather outside is . . .
Over the weekend we had to deal with flooding, heavy rain, thunderstorms and high damaging winds. Today's weather is a high of 45°F, rain later again.
How I am feeling this morning . . .
Frustrated, worried, anxious....who isn't, but our world just turned. One daughter moved in, so we have 2 more dogs, another cat and a rabbit. I'm not going to go into details, other than it was not due to her not having an income. I am not feeling very "happy" this morning, as we have more to "think" about right now. Sorry if this post is a bit down and out. Just so much slammed on us in the last 24 hours, and a lot to deal with.
On my mind . . .
How this devastation is affecting everyone. I don't know if there will be craft shows at all this year here. Churches are still holding services with groups of people (I got word it's still happening in our nearest "Big City" and it's very alarming). Pick up your Bible, go online for a online service....do not gather in groups!!
On the breakfast plate . . .
I have no idea.
On my reading pile . . .
On my TV . . .
Re-runs of everything now that shows cannot operate live shows. We are still watching Lonesome Dove off and on too.
On the menu . . .
Have no idea. I may update this later.
-breakfast for dinner
From the camera . . .
I have nothing. I haven't been out of the house other than to take the dog out or take care of the chickens.
If you didn't see my post a few days back....newbies. Two barred rocks, one silver laced wyandotte, and three prairie bluebell eggers.
Looking around the house . . .
Who cares? I'm just trying to remain sane. Our daughter's belongings are everywhere reminding me of her situation. She has no car either and has a job. Another pressing issue on our hands. My car is still at another location, and not fixed due to all this stay-at-home order going on. We have a plan to get it fixed, considering it's in a garage and safe distancing can still work.
Planting free organic lettuce seeds I received with a recent seed order. Maybe...all depends on if I can do a pick up order for the soil.
To relax this week I will . . .
Pfht! Adult drink.
Recipe I tried or want to try . . .
Myself, our 20 year-old, my mother, the world, my husband and 20 year old who still work in this madness of what we call world, my Dad, our 18 year old (graduation is still in limbo), and any special requests.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
We did a grocery pick up (no toilet paper...again). It's limited now, and we never know if we'll get what we need. I try to get some sort of greens in each order we need to do.
I got an email that stated one seed order was shipped. The other order came back with "out of stock" on about 4 of my items. Sadly, I had to go and reorder them from another source, crossing my fingers this all arrives timely. We did not start any seeds indoors this year, so that means relying on our garden resource for a few other items, especially tomatoes.
Hubby dropped a jar of 4 thieves vinegar and spilled the remaining goodness. He looked like he was going to cry. Literally. I had another jar, so he was relieved, and I'm making more, but using the stove top vs. a warm window (because it's still too cold here and we lack the sunshine to make it all happen).
Meet the new additions to the homestead. I had to go in the store to get the feed (no delivery or pick up) so I left with these ladies - 2 Barred Rocks, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, and 3 Prairie Bluebell Eggers. They guy helping me said they sold over 1500 chicks last week, and more and more were starting to raise their own, who never did. I just hope they realize they won't get eggs for a while. Mine are getting up in age, and with the loss of another recently, I thought it was best. I had suggested I give 3 away to keep the brood manageable, but Hubby insisted we keep all 6.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Romeo has free range of the entire house now. He is loving it. He can see out all the doors and windows and is a wonderful watch dog. He came and joined me during my 2pm crochet hour yesterday. He just melts my heart with love. And yes, those are Christmas socks on my feet.
Speaking of being a good watch dog, (sorry if I already told you this), a car pulled in, honked his horn and rolled down his window. He wanted to know where the lady lives that repairs boat covers. I had a word for this guy, and it wasn't nice. Anyway, Romeo is always watching out for us.
He later stole my pillow. He is just so full of love, and we need it right now. So glad my Mom has her two cats, as she lives alone and has been locked up longer than we have.
Rebecca at Rebecca's Hearth and Home blogspot, shared this recipe. I have it a try for mini ham sandwiches.
Friday, March 27, 2020
School continues to email updates and has postponed prom and graduation (not canceled like many have).
Mom and Dad are still isolated in their homes. I have a brother and daughter making sure they have what they need, but my younger brother is a first responder in the police force. That daughter also works in the public.
I finally got an email from one of my other daughters. She has lost her job, no pay while off, and has not gotten another job. I am trying my best to help via email with updated places hiring (her apt. complex is still charging rent during this pandemic). I have not heard from my oldest daughter yet. I know our Governor has put a stop to evictions due to lack of funds to pay rent, but food would be another issue for them. If you had adult kids, and they could not feed themselves or their dogs, would you let them move back in during a "shut down" right now?
I tried a new recipe to keep things as upbeat as I can here on the homestead. It didn't require flour. I saw it on the Doctors show the other day (running re-runs) and looked it up online. It's called Honey Roasted Chick-peas.
My crochet challenge from a friend. The video to make it was in spanish, ha ha! I found a somewhat written pattern that was in photos (not printable friendly really), and got her one made. They are "feathers" that work for decor or a bookmark or applique.
Immune boost tea. I also looked this up online, minus one ingredient I did not have. I had mullein, fennel and ginger. Did you know you can freeze ginger root? Wash it, dry it, wrap it in plastic wrap, and place in sealed container or freeze bag. Take out and grate as needed. Works great and ginger is on hand at all times.
I got some porch time yesterday. It was in the low 60's and we got some sun, but mostly cloudy. Oddly, traffic was still very busy (for everyone stuck at home).
Thursday, March 26, 2020
I have this yarn. Is it enough for size 11 socks? Each ball has 247 yards. I have no idea what size these knitting needles are nor the circular one. I have a feeling they are too big anyway. Why do they not label them? I'll need to order whatever needles I need too.
Thanks a bunch!
Update: Oh Lordy...my printer is now out of ink. Sigh...ordering ink now if I can just in case one of you have an online pattern for me.
Another update: I found the size 6 double pointed in my knitting stash. Woohoo. Do I still need a circular? and is that the right size?
Well folks. I have nothing to update, but there is another case in our county. A 71 year old man.
Thank you Debby for the black beans. Can you tell me again what the proper name of them is? Thanks again!
I wish I took pictures, but something is eating the tops of my garlic. I spent some time gathering up bits of wire to cover the tops of the grow bags and will move them this weekend. It could be the stray cat that hasn't left yet (the other 2 have left).
Today I am thankful for. . .
-my treadmill so I can have daily exercise
-daughter home to have person to person conversation
-Hubby working, so we can pay the bills
-that Hubby's work is following instructions on keeping things sanitized (they even have doors open to not touch door knobs, someone is spraying minute by minute, chair removed from lunch room to make sure they sit 6 feet apart, even their trucks have been cleaned).
-the mail system is still in operation
-daughter washed all the dishes yesterday
-not running out of things to do indoors
-awesome outside weather today
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
I decided to change up my breakfast and make a batch of strawberry/blueberry pancakes.
The only downside to this pandemic for us right now, is finding organic flour and Einkorn flour. I found some online, but at horribly high prices. I hope they restock by the weekend.
I told Hubby, enjoy your cookies. You may not get them again, nor homemade pizza crust, and pancakes (rather anything I use it for). I'm rationing it.
Day 10 of self quarantine:
Tiger wanted fed at 4:30am. Anyone else have a cat like that? Then he curled up with me in bed.
Yesterday. County workers showed up to mulch the tree stumps. Essential? Apparently, they didn't hear about the 6 foot social distance rule. I guess everyone needs an income right now, but this is not essential work.
I was again so busy in the kitchen, that I actually missed the live press conference our governor does every day at 2pm. I didn't hear anything new, other than numbers are reducing, but so many are still working too. However, I just read numbers for Ohio. Cases increased, and two more deaths.
I was so busy that I only got a 1 mile walk in vs. 2.
Another Amazon order arrived. Thankfully, wild organic rice arrived. Once again, I sprayed down the package, emptied it, sprayed again, and discarded the packaging.
We've been jokingly discussing where we'd contain ourselves "if" one would get sick. We called which room we'd have etc. Funny, yet not funny.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
-eggs from the chickens
-greens to blanch and freeze
-having 6 acres and plenty of space to get fresh air
-wood to cut
-Romeo, he's become a wonderful guard dog
-pen and paper
-my blog friends
-wild, medicinal weeds
Monday, March 23, 2020
As I said earlier today, we have a state order to stay in our homes - non-essential is all closed. We have 2 cases of the virus in our county now and another in a larger city we shop in off and on. The 2 in our county are 60 year-old's that recently traveled to Europe, and are self quarantined in their home with no hospitalization.
All day cares that remain open, are ordered to reduce to 6 kids now and must have a "Pandemic Permit." It puts essential workers in a predicament.
The order was issued to stay at home starting tonight at midnight, but we self quarantined and are on day 8 now, so now another 2 weeks. It's not new to us, but frustrating that people are not staying home so we can get back to normal.
I need to change my header intro to "surviving today's pandemic" now.
I'm thankful for still being able to locate fresh organic greens.
I've already made a double batch of Rosemary Gladstar's Basil medicinal pesto. It's in the freezer. I saved cilantro stems for broth/stock making and they are in the freezer.
Today I am joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
The weather . . .
How I am feeling this morning . . .
Out of shape. I'm hittin' the treadmill and weights today for an in-home workout. Also a bit paranoid. Keeping doors locked and staying alert during this time. I had a guy pull in our driveway, roll down his window and honk the horn. I opened the door a crack and he wanted to know where the "boat cover repair" lady lived. Seriously? When we are told to stay home? Just watch our homes right now people.
On my mind . . .
How long is this lockdown going to last? That's what's on my mind. How many businesses will be forced to close their doors? Will my seed orders still get here? Will the garden centers still have supplies and will they be open in time to plant? Will the county I live in waive mortgage/rent? Will our county give utility credits? I have kids living in apartments, and can't afford to pay double if they simply "defer" rent. They need to waive it.
On the breakfast plate . . .
On my reading pile . . .
On the TV . . .
On the to-do list . . .
blanch greens and broccoli
refill ice trays
make condensed mushroom soup
dehydrate remaining mushrooms
put flag out
put trash out
On the menu . . .
-cabbage/sausage and potatoes
-soup beans, cornbread
-ham and pea pasta, beets
-snacks - some sort of low sugar cookie
What I am creating . . .
Cross bookmarks, a set of pot holders, and a new bookmark pattern (hoping to start on that today for a friend).
From the camera . . .
Chore I am not looking forward to . . .
Really nothing. I'm thankful to be busy.
To relax this week I will . . .
Binge watch cooking shows while crocheting/knitting or read a book. As for fun? I'll turn up the music and dance in the kitchen with my daughter while we do dishes.
On my prayer list . . .
Our country, Mom and Dad, my kids, a friend's mother who may be going back into a hospital from rehab, Truck drivers (my son is one, a cousin is one, a friend's husband is one), all essential workers, special requests.
If you didn't hear it. Our state is on "lockdown" but they are just calling it an "order to stay-at-home" until April 6th (at which time I'm sure they'll extend it). All non-essential businesses are ordered closed by midnight tonight.
Nothing really new to post, but have a full normal day of chores today, so I'm not at all bored. I'm used to being home anyway, I just wish I could get some porch time is all.
Short post, but I'm trying to keep to my regular routine. Hopefully, I'll have some handiwork to share soon.
Update: I just realized it's Monday, so I will post a Happy Homemaker post later too.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
I for one, miss the library. I had to put in an order with Thrift books to calm myself down. I'll spray the packages when they arrive. It'll be the last until this is over, as I have a few other books to read too.
To be honest, I'm doing more cleaning right now, but it's tapering off. I haven't increased my crochet time, but that will happen soon.
I have been putting more food in the freezer from the last grocery run - blanching and freezing greens, freezing bell peppers, dehydrating mushrooms and onions, freezing more broccoli and cauliflower etc. I could not find organic zucchini anywhere. Hopefully, next trip I can find some. Most people are not buying fresh fruit and veggies so I try and pick some up when we need any essential (pick up service now since delivery is not possible and we don't want to go in stores right now).
I also started a plantain tincture as preventative measures.
Hubby wanted to help a local restaurant and go get take out. I said, "you know, I'd rather cook considering what's going on in the world and germs can attach to those take out containers and you don't know who the cooks have been around." He quickly agreed.
Steamed broccoli, quinoa topped with homemade meatballs (with oats), and a sauce that used some of my home canned grape jelly.
Updates: Senior centers and adult day cares are closing. I heard 60 days of no interest on student loans (thankful for that, as we are still paying on one daughter's stint to Kent State, and will never do that again since she's changed her career choice more than twice now).
Anyway, other than the governor stressing the importance of social distancing and staying home and not going to the store for anything but essentials (food, animal food, toiletries etc.).
As of yesterday our state has had 3 deaths from the virus. It seems we huddle around to watch the TV everyday for updates, but the all seem pretty much the same. "we don't know" etc etc.
Our 18 year-old is going bonkers. She has homework, but wants to take the dog to the park for a walk. All parks are now closed. I told her to make the best of our isolated (thankful for that) 6 acres. I'll keep her busy with maybe some cooking lessons of some sort.
A friend has challenged me with a small crochet project. If it works out, I'll post an update.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Yesterday, I tackled the clean down of the kitchen. Today it's my bedroom. I had loads of laundry, and I'm down to a few drying racks. I ordered new ones online, and Amazon shipped them yesterday. I used my anti-ill spray to spray down the box before bringing it inside.
I had a hen die yesterday. It looks like natural causes. Sad time for this to happen.
Hubby's work is now two weeks on and two weeks off to keep each other from catching anything or getting sick. Paid leave too. Sort of thankful for that, and now I can break out my "Honey to do list" and get stuff done around here too.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Mom is face-timing with the grand kids and that keeps her smiling. My one daughter has been making sure she gets what she needs as well.
Hubby still goes to work. They were given face masks that look like gas masks, but they are not taking temps. They can't find the touch-less thermometers, as every business till open is buying them. His job is "essential" and they have no plans to shut down.
Funny how gas prices drop so low, and we can't go anywhere.
We have a friend that returns from FL this Saturday. We'll make sure we do not go near anyone she knows. She needs to lock herself up for 14 days.
Campgrounds and the like are now closed. Prisoners with low risk are to be let out early, and now they talking about possibly closing all daycares (left open for essential workers like nurses and doctors).
You probably saw, there is a travel ban now into the U.S. I have an old high school friend in Thailand and cannot get to the US now. His flight was canceled after the travel ban.
Nothing really exciting to share, other than I got my seed orders in. There was talk they were cutting back on staff and shipping was delayed, so I'm praying my order still goes through.
I can't work outside, although the temperature will be nice today. The rain is coming down, and last night predictions of tornadoes.
I was thrilled to bring in 5 eggs yesterday. They are starting to lay more. I'm rationing their food, and giving them any scraps I can give them.
I had to order washing soda on Amazon. The last time I went to shop, it was sold out. It has arrived, so that's good.
I've been sending emails to check in on family lately. My sister in MI said she is good. The stores they run are still open for business (they sell convenience items). One cousin and my son drive semi, and those are still going. I had to message one cousin to check in on her sister who lives in CA. No words back, and someone said they are in lock down.
I am crocheting in the evenings, but no more than usual. I am deep cleaning which takes more time, but I really want to make sure our house remains clean during self quarantine, since Hubby still leaves the house. It's not really bothering me being home, other than I cannot visit Mom or Dad or my other kids.
The Governor stated there was a death in a town where my one brother works, but they have not yet confirmed if the virus was the reason.
Again, I hope you are all doing okay during this isolation and pandemic. Praying for us all right now.