Last weekend left me tired, but so looking forward to Spring! Here in western Maryland, we should be having temperatures around freezing. Today, it was around 80 degrees. It was very interesting to see the bees flying around like crazy!
I was thrilled that I could even get the blankets to dry outside today!
And the chickens have been picking up the pace with their egg laying! Our white egg layer has finally started laying again!
I had to go searching out in the flower bed and I found the crocuses coming up! I love those early risers!
Yesterday we spun honey ( I’ll share all about that later in the week!) and I scrubbed up more birdhouse gourds. They get a mold film over them, so they have to be scrubbed up before decorating them! These are the smaller ones that I’ll be selling to crafty/painting people!
The chickens are acting more like themselves! They are spending more time outside, instead of freezing their fluffy butts off!
I hope that you all are getting this beautiful weather where you are living too! Have a great week and keep blooming!
Last month we were able to put extra money into our savings and are proud of another major achievement! We are now officially car payment free!! Yay!!!
I also managed to not spend money on valentines for my students! I used thread and cardstock that I already had to make these:
My hubby was so sweet and made me my Valentines gift!
It was crafted from some old redwood fence posts that were given to us by my dad! The empty shelves will be filled with pieces of cut up bamboo and will be home to a lot of pollinators to lay some eggs! The total spent was $0 and it is way better than expensive flowers or chocolates!
My boy is such a sweet soul, especially for a teenager. He doesn’t ask for anything. So, when I saw this pattern for a crocheted poke ball, I made him one! I had all of the yarn already here!
We did spend a little money on our new lights set up! We like to grow different varieties, and starting from seeds allows us to have our pick of whatever heirlooms that we want!
We haven’t been spending money on anything, but when I was in the craft store, these were hard for me to not buy! I loved them!
So, for the first half of the month, we have been doing a pretty fantastic job! It’s kind of odd not going out to eat or just going shopping for the fun of it. I think when spring arrives, and there’s more to do, it will be easier to be consumed with outdoor living! Is anyone else having a great no spend month?
My Mr. has been working feverishly on the camper to get it ready for a trial run this Spring!
Do you remember that original sticky note with what seemed like an endless list of tasks that needed completed? Well look at it now:
The hot water heater looked like it had seen better days and not cared for properly! But look at that before and after:
He even decided to blacksmith a nice rack of hooks that is right by the bed. Maybe that will help us to not lose so much!
The table was an idea of his. This is where you take out the table and put down the other bed. The problem is where would you put the table when the bed is in use?! So, he made it adjustable and it slides down now so that the bed can be put right over it! Such a great idea!
Next up was what really impressed me! The converter was shot, as in it didn’t power anything anymore! My husband watched countless YouTube videos, questioned both my Dad and brother (both ridiculously handy!) and he was able to rewire it himself! It works perfectly now!
I have been slightly helpful as well! The curtains were not in awesome shape and needed some new life sewn into them! So, I got clearance fabric and did just that!
Next up for me is to make some slip covers for these!
Let me just end this by saying that I really appreciate how much time that my Mr. has dedicated to this project! I believe he is just as excited as the boy and myself to travel out west!
And now a question for you all! Where is a good place to visit for a weekend to camp in around western PA, WV or even Virginia? We need to find a place to try out this beast! Thanks all in advance!
Monday was called off due to the snow. With no school, I planned on getting to work around the house! On Saturday my momma let me know that the Mr. was on the front page of the newspaper. The roads were a mess Friday.
On the weekend I took our recycling plus all of the recycling from school to the recycling center. It closes around 3 everyday! I can only get there on the weekend.
While shopping for groceries, I found some butterfly weed! It’s a type of milkweed, so I’ll be starting that along with 2 other varieties soon!
I have some nice blisters on my fingers from where I’ve been scrubbing all of the dried out birdhouse gourds! Then, we dye them and clear coat them! They are going to (hopefully) be sold at the next craft show!
On Monday, I was able to hang out with my mom for a while. There is not a day that goes by that I take for granted having her. She is literally the nicest person that I’ve ever been around. ❤️ Her so much!
Then, I sewed new curtains for the camper! (A whole update will be coming soon for the camper reno!)
And I was also able to do my swab for the #bethematch bone marrow donation. I might not ever be matched, but I’m here for whoever does match!
And, of course, we spent some time relaxing!
Before we know it the weekend will be here again and we will be working on getting more accomplished! Keep blooming friends! 🌱💚
Welcome to February everyone!! January was a whirlwind of crazy cold temperatures, lots of working on the camper and seed organizing! And, of course, we have been working on those goals that we set!
1. Expand the garden– Not too much to talk about so far with the garden. We did measure it off for planning the layout!
2. Fix the camper– The Mr. has been out in the garage most nights working on it! He has starting recaulking all of it, installed a new hot water tank, blacksmithed a hook rack for a cabinet, fixed the table so that it’s easy to lower and raise and started to replace the converter. I was able to get some fabric on extreme clearance and I have all of the cushions pulled out!
The adjustable table
3.Travel out west– That camper is going to be making some trips this year! Our boy is 13 and I want him to see more than I have. *If you all have suggestions on what to see and do for around the Great Lakes, through Yellowstone, let us know! *
4. Create a certified wildlife habitat– There’s a grass patch in front of the garage that is begging to be returned to nature. So, that’s what the plan is! The Mr. Put the bat box together and I have seeds all picked out!
5. Reduce garbage– Last year we made 7 bags of garbage and we want to make less than 6 bags. So far we have not filled one, and I’m going to try bokashi composting for meat leftovers and molded food.
6. Volunteer/Donate/Do Good Every month– I just blogged about what we were able to do last month! We started a local free trade Facebook page and sold lipbalm to raise money for the local shelter. We were able to donate lots of food!
7. Repurpose, remake, mend or reuse– My husband repurposed a satellite dish bracket into a flag holder!
8. Paw Paw trees– These native trees have grown near here for such a long time! I can’t wait to give it a try to grow them this year, and eventually (maybe) eat one!! The seeds will be finished stratifying in the fridge at the end of the month!
9. Build a pizza oven– this is the Mr.’s idea! He built his own Blacksmithing forge, so I’m sure he can do it! I’m definitely looking forward to having a delicious, out of the oven pizza! He starting clearing the area where it will be built!
10. Grow different produce– I was able to pick up a majority of the seeds that I wanted online. I will have quite an assortment of gourds, slicing tomatoes, melons and a few of my favorites from last year!
11. Continue tracking the solar panels– It was so incredibly cold out, but our electric bill was still less than $6. We are living off of the summer surplus still!
12. Work on garden cart sales– We are hoping to do some upcoming craft shows, but we won’t have any produce for sale for quite a while!
Did you set any goals?! We are hoping to have checks next to them all at the end of the year! Keep blooming friends! 🌱💚
If you have been following me for a bit, you’ll know that I set goals! Actually this is my third year documenting those goals! One goal this year is to spread good. I mainly want to because there is so much good in this world, but good news isn’t as much fun for most to read.
So, for the month of January, we trailblazed a path! It started off with buying ice cream for an awesome neighbor that shares a Birthday with the boy:
The next idea slowly fell into place when I saw that the local Union Rescue Mission was having a food drive. I had ordered lip balm containers to make our own beeswax lip balm, but they were lost in transit. After weeks of waiting, we were refunded for them only for them to eventually show up. So, we turned those containers into lip balm, sold them all and put all of that money towards food for that charity!
Our blessing turned into their blessing.
I grew up in a home where we were definitely not rich. I can remember when people blessed us with what we needed. So now that I’m in a place where I can help others, I plan on it!
I have no clue what we will do to spread goodness in February, but I’m sure that something will come up! Keep blooming friends! 🌱💚