Saturday, January 31, 2009
Ok tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday. As of 3pm or so I will be at my sisters house watching all the pre game hype. Oh Come On. You all know I am an avid Cowboy fan. But who can not watch the Super Bowl? You know most women watch it for the commercials.
But before I can even think about going over I have farm chores to do and also I have to get ready and pack for my trip to NC to see my son and his wife; sooooo you all guessed it. I am posting my to do list for tomorrow.
1 (the hardest one) don't touch the computer
2 start laundry (STARTED)
3 wash the seed starting tray (DONE)
4 move the failed winter garden frame out to the garden area. I will use this as a support for another climbing veggie. (DONE)
5 pick up trash in the front yard and fill the bird feeders (DONE)
6. ! take the lids off of all the latex paint cans. This will dry the insides so the paint can be peeled off. As an alternative cook plan, i am keeping 4 empty paint cans and will put holes along the top and bottom. These will hold fire and a pan can be placed on top to cook. (DECIDED THIS COULD WAIT)
7 move brush from around the wild plums to the burn pile (DONE!)
8 rake up the comost into one large pile. or move it to another location (DONE)
9 drill holes in the lid of the new seed tray (DONE)
10 clean the chicken house
11 clear out the area under the shelves by the chicken house.
12. move one set of shelves there.
13 load all actual tools into my new tool box and move that out onto those shelves
14 box remaining firewood and place on the front porch
15 make celery sticks/cream cheese for the party
16 water the pine trees (DECIDED THIS COULD WAIT)
17 pack my suit case (DELAYED UNTIL MONDAY PM)
18 clean out car, my purse and my wallet (DELAYED UNTIL MONDAY PM)
19 pay the bills (WILL DO THIS ON MY LUNCH BREAK ON MONDAY)
Well the very first thing of course is homemade pancakes for the grand kids with warm honey butter, and a side dish of spam and eggs. Cold orange juice and cold milk.
Yes it is a lot and you all know I won't complete the full list. But you know what? Most of this is outside and it is going to be a beautiful day tomorrow and while I am doing this.....I will be listening to the sound of my grand kids laughing running and playing.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Grow 100 lb of potatos in 4 SQ FT!
You will need: 6 2"x6"x8' boards
1 2"x2"x10' boards
96 2.5" wood screws
2-4# of seed potatos per box
1 soaker hose
NOTE: you can use pine, cedar, redwood or pressure treated lumber that has been treated with copper sulfate which is non toxic.
Step#1--Cut the 2x2 into 4 lenths of 30"
Cut the 2x6's into 12 lengths of 21" AND 12 lenghts of 24"
Step 2 would work better if I could show you the pic; I would suggest ordering a free catalog from Irish Eyes Garden Seeds but here it goes;
assemble 4 of the 2x6's and the 4 2x2's with the 2x6 on the outside...it will look like an upside down table with the legs sticking up. You fill the inside with dirt and plant the potatos seeds. Coil the soaker hose and let the potatos grow until the plant is 12 inches over the top of the board.
Then add 4 more 2x6 boards on the outside....fill with dirt up to 1/3 of the height of the plant. Leave it grow the same as before.
There will be 6 layers. The instruction say to harvest from the bottom but that sounds like a pain. I say take out all the screws, dig through the dirt with your hands to harvest the potatos, and salvage the dirt, mix with compost and start again.
In TX it gets pretty hot. I say stack bales of straw around the outside to insulate and keep cool. Fire Ants might be a problem as they will see this a airconditioned condo. Treat around the outside to make entry unfavorable.
Storage is the next thing. Nothing stays cool at my house in TX. I don't run my a/c unless I am having a heat stroke.
No Ice on the pond.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
During that I realized that ice was freezing in layers on everything. In this type of situation I could very well lose power from tree limbs falling onto power lines. I had to get that fire started.
I took 3 dry pieces of wood and put them in a bucket and poured kerosene on them and let them soak. During this I took ashes and scattered them on the front steps hopefully to keep them clear of ice. 15 min later I brought in the wood and voila! As I am getting ready to post, the wind is kicking up bad. Wind and frozen branches just don't mix.
Let there be fire!
Always having a fire makes me want to bake bread. Well instead I started a sourdough starter. My daughter will have to feed it to keep it alive while I am gone....and feed the chickens too. I am sure she will.
Thanks to Distinctly Different Homestead: FORGOTTEN COUSIN SOURDOUGH BREAD
Monday, January 26, 2009
I am not debating the right or the wrong of them, simply the courage of men.
Have you ever thought how we came to be here? How many great battles have been fought. How many times have courageous men and women, filled with unmeasurable fear and terror, pushed that fear down inside themselves and pressed on?
We, the people of the United States of America stand "free" (as free as we allow ourselves to be) on the shoulders of those who fought and died in just such battles as these?
I really marvel at how we are made, the courage we have been built with. Not many of us will be called upon these days (at least those of us blessed to live in civilized countries) to have such courage.
Or will we?
How many single women out there battle fear each day as you step out into the world to make a living? We are after all built to be taken care of...yet we press on. We find ways to save money, buy little farms, or even just keep a job and pay the rent! Add to that the courage to attempt to raise a garden or a few chickens.....or if only to raise a few veggies in pots on the terrace.
What of the single mother of a disabled child who has found that she has cancer and wonders what of her child should she succomb?
How many men face the deep fears as they battle the corporate world so that their family can live in relative comfort? What fear they feel battling to keep their jobs so their loved ones at home do not have to live in fear?
What courage it must take, for those who are elderly and alone just to get up each day and wonder if anyone even remembers they are alive. Or to lay their heads down at night after their loved ones forgot to call them....and still praying for their well being and safety.
Please God don't ever let me forget.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
3 sq of unsweetened baking chocolate
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t powdered ginger
1/2 t all spice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cans water
heat until the chocolate melts and the whisk until steaming. Do not boil.
Make a pot of coffee while the cocoa is heating. Fill each cup with half coffee and half cocoa. Add a little evap milk if you want and enjoy.
I have got to say...this is the best comfort food I have ever made.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
It was time for family reunion. Someone in our family had chosen the beach....during Hurricane Season. This was in bits and pieces.
I was floating in clear blue water...no land in sight..the most beautiful water I have ever seen. I was swimming with Heather (daughter) and Michelle Obama...(family?). I started swirling around..not sure what was causing that....and I could see that Heather was laughing because there was a school of barracuda's coming for her. She thought that was neat. More swirling....now I could see that a school of huge jelly fish was rubbing up against Michelle Obama as she floated clueless and smiling.
I was in the tiki bar for the hotel we were staying in....the hotel was at least 20 stories tall on a white sand beach. I was talking to Ron Wangler (family?) I was asking him why he only brough Lucie (his pooch) and not Pete (other pooch). He looked at me with a funny look and said, "Do you think I should go get him? The house is only 15 minutes away." Ok I have no clue how Ron came to live near the beach but I am soooo jealous!
I was standing on the beach looking out over the ocean at black clouds roiling in and thinking...oh this can't be good. From behind me an old man said, "It's only a CAT 2...don't worry." I turned to look at him and standing next to him was a boy about 10 yrs old (family?)
I was in the lounge where many people were partying to beat all with a huge big screen on the wall showing the radar of a very large hurricane heading for our hotel...how I could see our hotel on a radar I have no clue...but there it was.
I was in my room with the 10 yr old boy. His (grandfather?) was waiting for us in the stair well. We were there to get something...must have been something very important because outside all the bare (no curtains) windows the sky was roiling and black. The room was high up...maybe the top floor. I thought it funny that the boy could not keep his balance..then I saw why. The hurricane had hit and the building was severely swaying...back and forth like a twig in the wind. All the boy and I could think to do was get pillows, lay on the ground...because there was no furniture in the hotel room....and pray. I found that I had forgotten how or who I should pray to.
In the stairwell...standing in front of the (grandfather?) old man. Then I got a text message from my daughter in law in NC and woke up.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday afternoon I went shopping with the help of The Thrifty Florida Mama as well as other bloggers who help co-ordinate coupons and sales, I saved 19.99 at Walgreens with bogo plus duplicate coupons and store coupons on cleaning items, also sales on some canned meat (which I won't eat but others will). Then I used some coupons at Kroger and shopped only sale items and saved another 9.99 there. I spent less and brought home more than I usually do.
After the grandboys went home, I got out the ingredients to make Powdered Laundry Detergent:
1.5 c grated ivory or fels naptha soap-finely grated
3/4 c washing soda
3/4 c borax
I use 2 T per load. 1 T if it is a light load.
This costs about $1.10 per recipe. That is about 24 loads + .05 per load.
So I have a lot to get done and I better stop playing on the computer. I have to paint the shelves that are going to go into the kitchen and are currently in front of the door to the old turkey pen.
Then I have to put up a temp wall protecting the babies from the outside cold. Put up the heat lamps, bedding and sterilize the water and food containers.
I will also have to make sure all the chicken wire is secured. The babies will arrive on Feb 13.
Butcher date will be May 15 or 16. If I am going to order Mini White Turkeys I will have to order them in March with a delivery date of after the butcher date. That will put the butcher date or sale date of the turkeys right before Thanksgiving.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
As I sit hear, looking at the embers of the dying fire, marveling at how warm the livingroom still is, I am thinking that I need to give my farm an official name.
I would love to hear your ideas on this. Peggy has Hidden Haven, Jenna has Cold Antler, so I want my farm to have it's own unique name.
Maybe I need to wait until it naturally develops, but I would rather choose it based on my dreams.
I am not very inventive. I need ideas!
Friday, January 16, 2009
* Texas Judge gives 7 year old right to decide custody.*
Dallas , TX , January 14, 2008
A seven year old boy was at the center of a county courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy had a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulation requiring that family unity be maintained to the highest degree possible. The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried and said that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him. After two recesses to check legal references and confer with the child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Dallas Cowboys, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.
Monday, January 12, 2009
How many of you begin your day with a quiet time? I stopped and I believe that it is time to start that back up. I am not sure what it will look like, but a focus on the positive, a focus on the blessings I have been handed. Banishing the guilt that will come along with that for not doing the most with my blessings.
Tomorrow will be a long day at work. I think tomorrow is a good day to start my quiet time. It means setting the alarm for 5am. Not turning on the computer or the tv. Coffee will be ok though. Even God doesn't want to be around me without coffee.
I miss having a friend who brough me coffee every day.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I don't think the others will be far behind because they are all showing some blush but it is hard to say how much because they have more feathers on their faces.
Soon we will be rolling in eggs and I can offer barter for some of the farm work I need done around here!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
So we found a local truck stop for him to park at, I went and got him but it was almost too dark to work on the tiller. I cooked him homemade chili, cornbread and a carrot walnut cake, let him take a shower so he wouldn't have to use the truck stop shower, but he said he would need to work on the tiller the next time he came through! (Hmmmmm I think William just likes homemade chili!!!! lol)
I got to show him the chicken house and the garden area, the future orchard. I really love that he was able to stop through this time. And next time the beast will be running and I might just put him to work tilling the garden!
Peggy says he knows how to fix just about everything. With a honey do list like I have, I hope he has a lot of Dallas runs!!!
Well time to do dishes, and sit by the fire and drink hot cocoa. It is going to be 24 degrees tonight. I imagine I will use up the rest of my firewood.
Thank you again William and Peggy!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I will be able to keep chicken meds, first aid kit, and assorted stuff in there.
The rest of the cabinets will go into the garage part of the shed for garage stuff.
I painted one wall in the kitchen in preparation to receive my dad's freezer that he is giving me. I will also be pulling in a book shelf (also salvaged from the old house) and put it on the same wall if it will fit. This shelf will hold all of my jars of canned produce from my garden. (optimistic aren't it?) or all of the things I am stocking up on in preparation for the disaster our economy will become in the next year.
Tonight I am stressing badly about money. Why didn't I pay off all of my credit cards instead of going to the movies, eating out, etc. I could have done much better with my money last spring and summer.
Thank goodness I love cabbage and ham.
SO I MADE HOME MADE PANCAKES IN MY CAST IRON SKILLET. THEN I COOKED OREO'S EGGS THAT I HAVE BEEN SAVING ALL WEEK FOR TODAY. PANCAKES AND EGGS.
JAYDEN ONLY LIKES THE WHITES, DAKOTA LIKES THE YELLOW AND THE WHITES.
HOW CAN I NOT HAVE JELLY FOR ONE OF MY PROTECTORS?
I'M THINKING I'M THINKING.....
I HAVE ORANGES....
I HAVE PINEAPPLES.....
I HAVE PECTIN....
HERE IT IS AT THE BEGINNING OF COOKING...
HERE IT IS AT THE END OF COOKING....
AND NOW I HAVE ORANGE/PINEAPPLE JAM/MARMALADE FOR MY LITTLEST PROTECTOR.