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.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Friday, June 21, 2024

It's Already Friday???

 My husband and I were comiserating about the heat, and he could not believe I did garden work (the weeds are out of control). 

He said something about Friday, and I said, "huh?"

I could not believe Friday as snuck up on me this quick this week.  It cracks me up, when there are folks who assume, since I do not work a regular "job" that I have all the free time in the world.  Ha!  

Yesterday I froze water in tins, so the chickens could walk in them and cool off.  They loved it!  The heat and humidity has been grueling for all.

Regardless, laundry went out on my solar powered dryer (clothesline).  

It's too hot to cook, and too hot to do dishes - chicken salad on cucumber slices.  I used blended cottage cheese in place of the mayo this time, as I had heard it was just as good, less fat, and more protein.  I have to say, it's pretty good.  We can't tell a difference.  So, when organic/non-gmo mayo gets too expensive, and you can make homemade cottage cheese (or buy it on sale), it does work in this recipe.  

We simply add home canned sweet pickle relish/hot pickle relish.  I mean, each are made with vegetables, and it's delicous.  Once we get garden produce, we can use fresh too.

The heat and humidity continue, and it won't end next week for us.  The fog is due to more thunderstorms and rain, but we got more thunder than rain.  It barely got the ground wet, but caused so much more humidity.  Every little bit of rain helps the garden.  By the way, when I took this photo, there was no wind, and all the flowers we planted made the air smell like perfume.  

I got some garden work done, but the cultivotor needs gas (tiller needs a new belt), so I hand hoed some areas for now.  The heat and humidity suck the energy out of you by the end of the day, so errands are not happening.  I did manage to tie up more tomatoes.  

On a rodent note, we know a family that stocks their freezer with wild hunted rabbits for food.  They have volunteered to come help reduce our plethora amount of them.  However, I have not seen one of them the last two days. 

Each year we make more progress, but fencing the other garden will cost us more than we can spend this summer, so any rodent help is help, and if it puts food on someone's table, then it's a double win. So many people are struggling right now.

Speaking of struggling, more stores are closing, more people are baking at home and trying to sell stuff like that, just to make ends meet.  All Rite-Aids are closing here.  

I do plan to watch the prices on fencing, for what we want.  We are hoping they will put them on sale in the fall.

On a good note, my microgreens I planted are already sprouting.  The lettuce has not yet.


Betsy said...

You are a busy lady. It's so hot everywhere. By 8:30 this morning it was a "feels like" temperature of 91F. Yikes. I'm so tired of heat already. I'm looking forward to being in the mountains next week when the humidity is much lower. It's a big reason we chose to go at this time, to avoid the worst of the heat and humidity here. Although we'll still have August to get through. Camping our way makes it affordable and staying in a friends driveway for over half of the trip helps a LOT.
So many people are struggling just to make ends meet right now. We know the Lord is watching over us, but that doesn't mean it will be easy.
Take care of yourself and don't do too much.
Blessings and hugs,

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Weeds are often out of control, some weeks fly by others drag on

Debby @ From My House to Yours said...

I did not know about Rite-Aid. I’ll have to check. The pharmacies are not doing well here. CVS refuses to fill any opioid pain medications which is bad for those who need surgery. It’s not a good time to be a senior.
Today it was 106 and I was comfortable all day inside! I’m not going out in that!!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Rabbits are good to eat:) Stay cool!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Betsy, we are so over due for a camping trip, I may have to find something close to home. Our campground we typically do close to home is closed until fall (upgrades/renovations).

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Jo-Anne's Ramblings, weeds sometimes keep the bugs busy, so they stay off my plants too.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Debby, yes, they are closing in our state, so do check your state. I'm told they sold out to Walgreens, so if you get prescriptions there, they will be moved the Walgreens, and from there you transfer to where you want. We have limited choices, so some people are pretty upset.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Thanks Far Side to Fifty, it's hot again today. It was 100°F yesterday.