Feeling Crummy

Trying to pull myself out of a funk. I know part of it is because we’re all catching sick again. I guess that’s what happens when you go do an all day shop, and we’re just out and about in weird places that we don’t normally go, like we did this past weekend.  Benny got it first with the scratchy throat, and aches. Then Emily with an upset tummy and fever. Now it’s spread to Cassie, and me. Not a horrible horrible cold, but just enough to make you feel blah! Plus this is around the time of year last year when all the craziness started, so it’s bringing up crap that we’re just shaking our heads at. Also last year this time we were dealing with the basement flooding, and never ending rain. Thank the good Lord we’re not getting hit with anything like that this year!

So yesterday in gardening we got a couple of the bigger plants in the garden beds, and planted more tomato seedlings all around them. And we sowed a load of wild flower mix all around the yard! Dh saw that the dandelions had white puffballs on them, so we went out with a brown bag and gathered all the seeds from those, and we have another big batch to gather today also! We’re going to resow those and have salad greens, and I’m going to make tea from the roots. Since we got them from our own property, and we’ve been living here four years now, there’s no danger of pesticides, or crap like that, if we grow them ourselves.

Last weekend we started one of our garden beds as a three sisters garden, with corn, beans, and squash. Today when we were out watering, we saw that a whole heap of those are popping up!!! We might need to transplant a few of the bean plants. And I want to do some radishes in the planters that we took some of the bigger tomato plants out of, and I need to split my mint and lavender plants again! They are all doing amazing!

In knitting news… last night I wanted something different to work on, so I started making a simple cowl. 91 stitches with some lovely mint green yarn, and I’m doing seed stitch. Not sure if I’m going to do the whole thing in seed stitch or not yet, but I’m just going to work on it, and see what it becomes. I’m just loving the color of the yarn. I’ll share photos when I have more than 12 rows done.:-)

Oh, and we finally spent up a Christmas gift card that was given to us last year! We got a metal detector!!! I told the kiddo’s they might find more bottle caps and pennies than they ever thought was possible. But they’re going to start messing with it soon, and I might start a blog for them to document what they find, and where they find it. Should be fun! The store we got it at is going out of business, and now I see why too. They wanted $250 for the metal detector, and we had a $200 gift card.  They said they would price match, so dh pulls out his phone and finds it for $139.95!!! “Oh, but that’s Amazon! We can price match it anywhere Except from Amazon. You understand.”,  the store guy says. So dh google searches the make and model, and puts “price” at the end of the search… WalMart $135.74! Bwhahahahahahaha!!!! So yeah, we feel a bit like we ripped them off, and then they Made us rip them off a wee bit more. But, you know me and getting a good deal.😉

Anyway, gotta scoot off of here, because the bread dough is ready to be punched down, and then it’s out to the garden for a bit before dark! Happy weekend!:-)

TTYL:-)

Yogurt and knitting

So, because of all the gardening going on we’ve been watching a lot of Youtubes about different ways to do things. Like the pvc hoops we put over the beds to keep them warm at night, we made those in FL for our garden, but now after watching some tubes we found that stapling 2x4s to the sides of the plastic makes for a great hold down on either side of the bed, and makes it much easier to lift the plastic over the hoops also.

So one of the channels we’ve been watching is the Starry Hilder channel, and she had a video up about how to make yogurt the easy way, just by buying a little dollar yogurt at the store and making sure it has “active yogurt cultures” in it! So dh says, “we’ve GOT to try that!” So we get a gallon of milk, and a little Tillamook yogurt, and we’re off and running!

You have to heat the milk to 180 degrees, keeping careful watch over it while it’s heating, and then you stick the pot in ice water and cool it to 110. Ours cooled to 108 so there seems to be a little flexibility. Then she scoops two tablespoons of yogurt into each quart jar (we made three quart jars from one little tub of yogurt), and then adds 4 cups of the warm milk to each jar and give it a stir, and you put the lids on, and set them in a warmish place. She suggested the top of the fridge, but the top of our fridge is near a drafty door, so I suggested to dh we set ours in our food dehydrator on low! So we set it to the yellow warmth setting, and let it go for the four hours suggested. And when we checked it it had not worked at all, and we were so bummed. But I told dh that Starry is a little ditzy and we should just leave it overnight and see what happens. Good thing we did, because in the morning we had perfect yogurt!!! Yaaaayyyyyy!

So we immediately got a pint size jar and poured some off, so we could start another batch when we get more milk! And it only took the six of us a day and a half to eat the rest! This morning the yogurt was thick and creamy just like store bought, so I would suggest that after it sets put it in the fridge for two to three days for optimal quality!!! Next round we’re going to make nine quarts, I think, because it says you can keep it in the fridge for up to 60 days, and I doubt nine quarts will even last us a couple of weeks the way everyone has been digging into it! Anyway, here’s a link to the video.

In knitting news… I have been working on another scrappy project. This time using up little scraps of baby yarn!  Remember when I dug out all the regular little balls of yarn out of my scrappy pretzel buckets, and made a scarf out of it? Now I’m doing the same with all the baby yarn. And here’s a look at what I have so far (about six feet worth)…

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Only about 20 small balls of yarn left to use, and it’ll be finished! Not sure if I want to put it on Etsy or keep it for myself yet. Amazing that when I started it I didn’t think I’d get a whole scarf out of the scraps I had, but looks like I will!  And I told dh I just finished off about 45 skeins of yarn. Totally finished! Maybe I should get some more?  But I am really trying hard not to shop for anymore yarn. We made it past three Michael’s, and two Hobby Lobby’s this past weekend, and I didn’t even go in!!!!:-)

And here’s some hats and booties that I’ve been knitting on too! Just a little bit to add to what I already have. I guess I need to weave in ends, and send out packages soon. I might wait til payday.

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Annnnd, just a wee bit of gardening… here’s the little bit that we did yesterday. It’s still too cold at night for pepper plants, but they were getting too big in the little starter pots, so we transferred them all to red cups. Two weeks from now they can go into their own covered bed! Yaaayy!

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And  today we’ll put all of these tomatoes in the ground in a second tomato bed! We now have counted 102 tomato plants. Early Girls, Sweet 100’s, Romas, Ugly Ripes, and Cherokee Purples, for the most part.

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And see there… I fit three posts into one! Sorry it was so dang long, and I promise I’ll do better at posting when the cooler nights go away, and we don’t have to lug plants this way and that every morning, and every evening. Congrats if you’ve made it this far!:-)

TTYL:-)

Things Are Shaping Up!

This is where most of my week this week has gone. We started last weekend, and if you rent a trailer from UHaul at 4:45 on a Saturday night, and Sunday nights closing time is 5 pm, you pretty much don’t have to have it back before closing on Sunday. You just have to have it back by the time they open on Monday! So we got two days of hauling stuff for the price of one! Yayy!

So we got the 5×8 rental tow behind, and went straight to the nursery we like to pick up some trees!  Since it’s the day before Mothers Day, and they have a crap ton of roses in, and they’re closed on Sunday, they were having a 20% off sale. So we picked up two more apple trees, and three cherry tree/bushes, and some beautiful orange roses already in bloom, all for 20% off! The big ol rose in the picture just opened, and this thing has like eight roses open on it already, and another three or four ready to pop out! Love love love my rose bushes! And so do the bees!😀

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After the nursery we made good use of the trailer, and went to Lowes and Home Depot for some much needed around the house stuff. A tool rack for the shed. And a ladder! We haven’t had a ladder since we’ve moved here three and a half years ago, and now over the past month we’ve had two days of really high winds, and some shingles are loose, so we Neeeeeded to get a ladder! And we needed some more 2x4s and 4x4s for around the house too. We have a floor that needs repairing,  so it’s good to be able to load all of that up in the trailer, and just haul it all home in one run, instead of in five runs in the van.

On Sunday we decided that we would go back to Lowe’s and get some bricks to help build a retaining wall off of our porch, to help with rain water run off, and that will help keep water out of the basement. And after that we went to the grocery store to get about 15 packs of our bottled drinking water. The town has been serving notice since we’ve moved here about water this, and water that, and we haven’t been able to afford a reverse osmosis filter yet, so we have to haul our drinking water from town, four and five packs at a time… unless we have a trailer! So we then unloaded about 26 mason blocks, and 15 packs of drinking water, and then road back to town to return the trailer Sunday night!

Oh, and we ate at Taco Bell on Mothers Day also, and I won a $60 Overwatch game code, and a set of Razor Headphones on my tea cup!!!! Sooooo freakin excited, because I was not going to get the Overwatch game til next year, and just get World of Warcraft Legion later this year for my birthday, because WoW is my main Blizzard game. But now, wahlah! I just win it, just like that! Yaaayyy! Of course it takes 6-8 weeks to get here, so I won’t be able to play til like 4 weeks after it’s released. But I don’t mind. I’ve got things to do. LOL

Ok, so garden pictures! I lost some, because my stoopid phone doesn’t say, “hey, your memory card is full”, and it just starts overwriting crap without warning. Got it all sorted out now, but I’m missing like three days of pictures. BUT here’s what I have…

Beautiful beautiful garden beds. Dh came up with the idea to define the beds, so we had all these little ends from the pvc hoops (lopped off a foot and a half off of each one, and then had to cut up one more whole length, and we had little stakes that dh drilled holes into to run string through at the corner of each bed. Right now we have four of these rectangle beds, and then the one big potato patch defined around the apple trees in the back of the yard.

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Here’s about 1/3 of our tomatoes planted and they are all doing sooooooo freakin great with the wood chips down! We’re only keeping them covered with the plastic, because it still goes down into the upper 30’s and low 40’s at night, so they need the warmth.

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Here’s my birdhouse gourds planted in three different mounds along the back fence! That picture with three gourds can now be a picture with two also, because something came up the second day they were in the ground, and ate the little one!  Just the whole plant gone!  If it happens again I’m covering them every night, until they’re too big to be messed with! Can’t wait to do a project with the kiddo’s though painting birdhouses from the gourds we grow!

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Potatoes coming up!!! We have about 20 plants like this so far. Only another 60 or so to get into the bed, this weekend hopefully!

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Here’s the apple trees all in a row. See that third and fourth one down the line?  That’s the wood chipped area where the potatoes are going. We calculated, and we have about five times as much space in that bed, as we did in the FL potato beds, so we’re hoping for a good 250-300 pounds of taters this year if they all come up! This pic was snapped before we had the string defining the beds, and before we had the second hooped area in. Also on the back side of the potato bed, we cleared out all of those weeds, and that’s where my gourds are.

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And the apples are coming on nicely too! We have saved about a dozen of them, but are taking a lot off the plants this first year they’re in the ground, so they can get established better without being weighted down by fruit. It’ll be nice to taste a few though.

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So in the hoop houses right now we have pepper plants, and herbs, like mint, and parsley, some of my onions. Turns out onions are a great pest repellent, so we’ve put some in the kale and lettuce bed of the plants we already have in the ground, because of aphids. And then something nibbled on the tomatoes we planted, so we put some onions in there, and also a couple of garlic bulbs. All of the bad bugs we’ve seen have headed for the hills wherever we put the onions.😀

This is the lettuce and kale we still have to plant! Isn’t it gorgeous!!!!

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And here is Peanut, aka PuppyCat! He loves the masonry blocks! And he plays fetch! I have to get a video of that, because it’s just hilarious!!! I think this pic was snapped just before he sneezed, but it looks like he’s saying, “if I fits, I sits!”

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The End (I had to! I just had to! :-D)

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TTYL:-) (P.S. Knitting blog in the next day or two)

Gardening and Other Stuff

So, it’s been kinda hard to keep up with blogging, because we’ve been doing so much around the yard!

Yesterday…

I planted 36 habanaro pepper seeds that had started sprouting in a jar we were soaking them in. Then I transplanted my six birdhouse gourds that came up, into bigger pots. We’re still working out where things are going to go in the yard, so they can be in pots for a bit til they get bigger.

Sunday night we planted two more of the apple trees, so yesterday we got those staked into the ground also. The wind has been brutal, so it’s good to get them staked so the roots won’t be bothered. That’s three apple trees in the ground now. The first one in the corner is a golden delicious, and then we have Austins Granny Smith, and then a Fugi tree. Right now the only other apple tree we have to go in is a Prairie Fire Crabapple tree with the most beautiful blooms on it! You need to have a couple of crab apples, because they help pollinate everything else. We’re waiting on Honey Crisp trees to become available, and then we’ll be getting a bunch of those also. And we still have two plum trees to plant in the side yard also.

Yesterday dh got around 40 kale seedlings transplanted, and we got the first of our garden hoops up also, and put the kale, the peppers, and the gourds under the hoop last night for warmth, instead of trekking it all into my kitchen. Now all we need to bring in at night is the tomato seedlings, and the herbs and such! Yaaayy! Next week though we have a few nights going down to 32-35 degrees, so we might have to do a few more total plant hauls into the house! After that, *fingers crossed* it’ll warm up at night into the 40’s and 50’s, and stay there! Come oooooon Spring!!!!

In knitting news… I’m pretty much sticking to baby booties and baby hats for now. Just using up what yarn I have around here. I did however break a bit of a yarn diet, because Wally World finally got in some mint green yarn, so I got one skein one week that we went shopping, and another skein about two weeks ago. Not too shabby only spending $6 or so dollars on yarn in about the past seven weeks.

In kitty cat news… Mammy is still sooooo freakin preggers! I thought she would have had them by now. Everyone was hoping for 4/20 kittens so we could name them Cheech and Chong, or Willy, or Mary and Jane. But nope, didn’t happen. Now we’re back to thinking up flower names for Spring time. I so thought she was going to give birth this morning, because we woke up to her meowing and meowing like crazy! But she just wanted lots and lots of pets and attention. Maybe it’s a pre-labor kind of thing, and she’ll have them tomorrow. I had a dream the night before last and I went into the room we have her in at night, and she had already had one of the kittens, and she was pacing around like crazy having more. So maybe that’s a premonition like thing. The first baby in my dream was brown and black like Walnut was from her last batch of kittens. So we shall see how all that goes.

And for the really big news… dh is seriously talking getting chickens this year!!!! Yeah, I’m shocked! I never thought he’d come around to having chickens. But after watching the Back to Eden garden movie, and some Youtubes, he’s loving it! Six to start, and then maybe a couple dozen by next Spring! Yaaaayyy!

And that’s about all for now, because we’re going outside to get more things planted, and more beds in. I added pictures to my FB, but haven’t gotten them over to here yet. I’ll post a few soon though. I’m really loving how the yarn is shaping up!

TTYL:-)

Fancy Gardening Pics

Emily helping dh drill the Easter buckets to plant in. We scooped 30 of these buckets the week after Easter for ten cents each at the Wally World. Goes to show you how much money they make off of people selling them for a buck a piece. I also got my Easter egg dye kits for the next 10 years for twenty three cents each. It’s just how I roll.😛

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Cool shadow photo. Dh was taking the tags off the trees.:-)

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Austin relaxing with his cool stick! Something about boys having to run around with sticks. smh  Yes, he wants a hair cut. He’s the only one. LOL

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When we were doing the seeds in trays indoors Peanut was very very interested in the watering can. Even stuck his head inside it and almost tipped it over. Little goof ball!

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Mammy the preggers cat! I’ve gotta get new pictures of her. Shes about to give birth any day now and shes HUGE!!!

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And then we come in the house and crash out from so much work outside. (Wicket using Salmons butt as a pillow. LOL)

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More gardening pics every week!:-)

TTYL:-)

Gardening Like Crazy

So every day we do a little here, and a little there. Here’s what we have from the past week or so. Sunday we got a few plants from the nursery. Mints, basil, peppers, and a couple different tomatoes, and a couple more strawberries.

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Tuesday I set the kiddo’s to cleaning up the chairs outside. They were covered in dust and spiderwebs from the winter. Ya gotta have chairs to rest in when you’re working outdoors most of the day.

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Then we started planting.

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Wednesday we did some more plants. I have onion starts that I used up about half of a bag in these black plant pots. Some of these already have green onion shoots coming up out of them. Yaayyy! We still have 80 red onions to plant, and about 50 more sweet onions. Those are going in the wood chip areas with potatoes and garlic though. And we also did some blueberries, but a friend of ours said that raspberries do sooooo much better here, so we’re going to get some cuttings soon from him, and start them along our fence.

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Thursday we went and picked up some fruit trees. Did the same again on Saturday, so now we’ve got four new trees to plant. One Golden Delicious apple, one Granny Smith apple, and two plum trees.  Yes, we drove home very very carefully! Don’t need anyone putting an eye out.😛

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Friday we did some seed planting indoors. Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, stevia, peppers, hot peppers, marigolds, and three or four different lettuce.

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Kiddo’s are helping with everything.:-)

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Friday we also did roses. I haven’t had roses since FL, so I am overjoyed about getting a few new ones here! Here’s the ones we got. They’re just cuttings grafted on to a root right now, but by the end of the year we should have some growth, and next year we’ll have beautiful plants!

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And here’s the whole shebang outside right now. It was a good week!

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Next week will consist of planting the four fruit trees we’ve gotten, and watering and keeping these warm. Hopefully by the end of next week we’ll get potatoes and onions in the ground also. Next round of planting seeds begins the first of June. We’re going to be doing pumpkins, beans, and zucchini, and a couple of other squashes, and some carrots. Then in August we’re going to be doing kale, and snow peas! Yumm yumm yumm!

Next round of pictures are some fun shots I got around the yard while planting.

TTYL:-)

Better Days

Yep, some days are better than others lately. It being Monday it’s a pull everything together kinda day! I have home school paperwork that I didn’t finish looking over on Friday. I had dishes out the wahzoo, and laundry, and sick and preggo cats to tend to. Oh, and if you are friends with me on Facebook you saw that last Fall we got a Prius that was supposed to be for traveling back and forth to TX to help family. Friday, after four months they finally sent out a repo guy for that sucker! Another part of that fiasco out of the way! I think they didn’t care about it much, because we weren’t driving it, so it wasn’t pinging that we were doing anything with it. We are sooooooo freakin far out into the Boonies I can imagine the repo guys arguing who was gonna have to spend three hours coming out to get it and take it back. Apparently you’re never allowed to just take it to town, or a yard where they could easily repo it. They have to collect it, and charge a fee for sending the tow truck! Stupid rules.

So anyway, today after all of my chores and whatnots were done I’ve been sitting here making pretty little hair bows.  Just using up some left over scraps of yarn, and it’ll be another pretty thing to pop on the Etsy store. I’m going to add light purple and light blue to these three colors, and try and get ten sets of five bows for $10 each. $12 if they want a three foot piece of inkle strap to clip them on for hanging up. Yeah, I know, totally underpricing myself again. But I feel bad charging more than what I feel dinky scraps of yarn should be worth. One day I’ll get it together and be like “$25 for three hair clips!!!!!” Just isn’t gonna be any time soon folks. LOL

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Then there’s the stuff I’ve mailed off in the past couple of weeks to the hospitals. I’ve sent this blanket and 15 newborn hats to Salem Hospital in MA.

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Then I’ve sent these hats to Parkland Hospital in TX, just to destash things I’ve knitted up in the past month or two. See the green hat in the top row?  I was getting close to the end of the skein, and didn’t think I’d get another hat out of it. So I decided to do brims just to use it up. This is some of the lovely Mellowspun yarn my friend Barbara sent to me, and all of the colors go together very well.  So, once I got to the third brim on those bottom hats, and I had enough to do a fourth, I knew I should have just tried for a second hat out of that small ball! There would have totally been enough for one more hat! But five pretty hats just the same out of one partial skein of yarn. I think the families that get them will love them!

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And I had other pictures of preemie blankets and hats that I send to University of KY hospital, but dh must have taken those pictures off my phone and popped them on the computer somewhere, and forgot to transfer them to my computer. So I guess I’ll have some to share another day, when I find them.😛

Hope every-bodies Mondays are going good! WordPress is congratulating me for so much traffic on my site. LOL Maybe it’s because I’m actually posting stuff again?

TTYL:-)

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