This weekend was the perfect planting weather, cooler with rain showers in sight! I planted tons of tomato plants, a few luffa gourds, cucumelons, popcorn and relocated a few tomatoes and pumpkin plants.
I also relocated the two pumpkin plants that didn’t succumb to a hard frost to a better area. They are going to grow around the popcorn plants! (Hopefully!)
The birdhouse gourds are coming up nicely! Once they get a good bit larger, they are going out to grow some more birdhouses. We sold almost all of the ones that we grew last year!
I’m shocked to see that the potatoes are blooming already. They still have at least another month before harvesting them, but they are liking the weather so far this growing season.
I also took some time during this dreary day to get around to sewing! I made my itty bitty niece a sun bonnet. The first is 6-12 months and the next one is 12-18 months. Oh, and yes I had to use a stuffed pup as a model!
I might just have to add some bonnets to the Etsy store! They would fit in well with the homestead theme.
Today we also ran up to a native plant sale for a school project. Lots of work ahead in the next week!
And we also had to finally throw out our 3rd bag of trash of the year this weekend.
So, still a slow season here! But, we have lots of great ideas and work ahead for us! And yes, garden work makes me excited for the week! I hope that you all have a lot of fun ahead of you!
Don’t expect to read about something crazy amazing, like winning the lottery or taking a once in a lifetime trip. Nope, just what’s going on now that the weather is beautiful!
The bees have been buzzing around doing bee things! And I officially have tiny green strawberries and loads of blooms!
And although I don’t like creepy staged pictures where it looks like life is just perfect, I had eggs in my hands and these flowers were growing in my garden… so, I used the opportunity for a cute “L” photo!
And the arugula, leaf lettuce and spinach in the old wagon are growing!
I spent the evening hilling potatoes, checking on seedlings and finally moving the quail into their outdoor home!
And just when you think the day can’t get much better, I got to meet up with an old friend and barter some sweet potato slips and luffa plants for some onions and pepper plants!
And I didn’t even mention that our solar panels are loving these long, sunny days!
Today was a great day and tomorrow I will be at a local arts walk selling (hopefully) some of my craftiness! Have a great weekend!
You know how you have a totally normal 5 day week. Everything is just, well, normal. Same work, nothing special, blah, blah, blah. Well, I’m enjoying this normality!
First off, I bought some quail eggs for the kindergarten at my school to hatch out and they did! I actually got to see one enter this world. It was a beautiful sight!
Over the weekend my momma told me that she is finished with cleaning out my Granny’s home. Then, she gifted this amazing hooked rug that was handmade by my Granny:
I also finally got around to making some Birdseye unpaper (or cloth) towels. We have been paper towel free for a couple years! These are being tested now by us, so if they pass the test, they will be for sale on our etsy shop!
Spoiler alert 🚨: this summer we are going package free, so we are trying to make the things we normally buy packaged. So, just yesterday we made some crackers. The boy is kind of addicted to plain crackers. He thinks these will work just fine!
And I’m just going to leave this cute bunny face here in case you need something to make you smile:
I’ll be reporting back this weekend with the March wrap up! Come on weekend!
Why must winter finally show up in March? We received around 7 inches of snow and some ice. We even had a snow day off from school! But, I’m so ready to start seeds and work with the soil. I live for that stuff!
Once I got all of the snow shoveled, I was able to get some crafting done! Lots of crocheting and some sewing!
And now for our super exciting news…
We got our little homestead a new fuzzy friend! Definitely a pet, not to eat. He’s a lion head rabbit and as soft as he looks!
The boy named him after a Jeep Willys, like our military Jeeps around here. I thought that was a perfect name since we already have a Sherman dog.
And on a totally different note, I cracked one of our white eggs and it was a double yolker!
I love blogging because it takes my perfectly mundane week and makes me realize how truly amazing it was. That’s why I do it, and to share some of the weird stuff that I know! So, I guess I’ll just keep enjoying this totally boring/normal life that I’m leading. 😊
I love, love, love running into people here where I live that actually read my little blog! Such a compliment, especially since I am far from a writer. The first thing they always are curious about is how we create such a small amount of trash. So, here’s what we do here that seems completely normal to us!
*We don’t use paper products. (Well, we do use toilet paper) no paper towels, napkins, paper cups/plates. We have our unpaper towels for both our house and lunches
*Meal planning- I plan out the meals for the week so that I only buy what I need. I don’t throw out uneaten food here.
*Be a fixer/maker. We try our best at fixing anything that breaks. I can patch/sew/repair fabric things and the mister is an amazing trouble-shooter and fixer. We also make a ton of things that others buy, like soap, all purpose cleaner and even pretty much anything that the mister can create!
*No food in the garbage: the chickens and worms get anything that is leftover that we don’t want, or pieces of peelings.
*be a baker-yes, we make a lot of our own breads, cakes, muffins, cookies and anything else that normally comes in a wrapper. I enjoy it, and definitely need to work on this more. I tend to be better at this in the summer time!
*we are non-shoppers. Shopping isn’t a hobby or exciting event for us. If something is needed, we look for it second hand. Then, if we can’t find it we buy it new. We also always take a list and use our reusable bags.
*Say no to plastic wrap! I use the reusable beeswax wraps that I made to cover up bowls and plates. We also use containers and reusable sandwich bags, so no ziplock bags are used here!
*Grow what you eat! We grow a lot of the foods that our family really likes and love the fact that our dinner traveled a whole 10 feet from our yard to our table!
*we are preservers! We grow what we enjoy and then preserve whatever we can. We enjoy our own tomatoes sauces, jellies, green beans, onions, garlic and potatoes all throughout the winter.
*we are recyclers. Our small town does not recycle a lot. We recycle what we can here. I don’t believe that recycling is the great answer with plastics, but what we can’t refuse to use we do recycle.
* we compost!! Coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit peels, papers and cardboard get composted. The mister also burns some of the cardboard too.
* We are leftover eaters. I take leftovers in my lunch a lot, in reusable containers. That means not much eating out, so no straws (they’re terrible), styrofoam cups or even condiment packages.
*reusable everything! We refill our foam soap pumps, use and make our own cotton dishcloths (that can eventually be composted).
That’s more than a handful of what we do. We are far from perfect and we are going to continue working on leaving this planet a better place! If you can think of anything else to add, please leave a comment! And remember that I look at this as a way of life and not a competition. 💚🌎
Don’t you just love getting an extra day tacked on this weekend? I know that I do! Yay for President’s day! Last weekend was spent cleaning out an old beehive that didn’t make it through the winter.
But this beautiful weekend has me scratching my head and wondering if spring could really be that close! My rhubarb is trying to make its appearance along with my garlic! And even my little crocus flowers want to come up!
And since last week had the holiday Valentine’s Day, we kind of skipped out on that. I just don’t need a card or sweets or really anything extra to pollute this Earth. So, my smart hubby created me a nice card out of a lucky charms box. I’m telling you, I’ve got the type of husband that treats me like everyday is Valentine’s Day with his sweetness!
All week long I kept finding sticky patches from honey all around the house and our home actually smelled like bees. I need to find the best way to melt down and clean the wax, but I’m new to all this! So, that will be another post!
This week also was another dreaded day as a teacher and parent. Parent conference day! Most of the time I get to say only great things to parents about their children.But it’s not fun having to do the opposite of that as a teacher. Then, going as a parent to my middle school boy’s conferences. Oh my! He’s a great kid, but still figuring the whole middle school thing out. One great thing I learned is that he’s very musical. I already thought he was great, but hearing it from his band teacher made my day! 🥁
So, while I worked hard, my hubby took the boy and a friend to skyzone. He has been wanting to go for a while, so I’m loving the fact that he was able to make that happen! I love experience gifts instead of plastic garbage!
So, now for the rest of the weekend, I plan on sewing, crocheting and working so hard to finish all my orders! I’m beyond proud that people want my creations!
Just don’t tell Sherman that I don’t plan on sleeping the weekend away!
To many, today was just an ordinary Tuesday, but to me it was remarkable! It started out with a 2 hour delay. When you’re a teacher, that’s a pretty great start to your day! While sitting here for a longer morning, the power company finally came to hook up our new meter for the solar panels! They are finally up and running!
Then, we got the final format for our new homestead logo and we love, love, love it! It’s going to look great at craft shows with all of our products!
Then after working a much shorter day, I had one of those dinners where I was able to help create less waste and use up food that was on it’s way to going bad. We made chicken salads, croutons from clearance bread and made chicken stock from the leftovers and will make some chicken noodle soup later in the week!
At the end of the evening I spent it crocheting some chicken hotpads and adding the labels with our new logo!