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?
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! 🌱💚
Month one of our no spend year went pretty fantastic! The Mr. has managed to not eat out for lunch a single time! He never eats a huge meal, just grabbed a snack here or there. But he’s saving is around $80-$100 a month by just packing! I have also not spent money on eating out for lunch! I will continue to be a packer.
We had to buy a new hot water tank for the camper because the old one was leaking and was original to the camper. I also bought these necessities:
I started up a free site for our small town and I have been able to find homes for our no longer needed items. The boy scored some military gear for free in his size! He loved it all!
We have been eating at home for every meal and no one has complained yet! The picture below is the best pizza I have made to date, as well as my cinnamon rolls!
We were able to drop a little extra down on our mortgage and almost have the truck paid off! Gotta keep that debt snowball rolling!
Next month I am going to see how much money we go into the month with and compare it to what we end the month with. That way I’ll be able to tell you all how much we will be able to put into savings!
This beautiful weather awoken our working spirits this weekend. We came out of our hibernation mode for a bit!
My cousin is having a baby boy very soon and I made her a homemade gift, along with the wrapping paper that I upcycled from a paper bag! I even made a little card and bow from that single bag!
I also was able to enjoy some crocheting and finished off projects that were almost completed!
The boy and I whipped up a large batch of lip balm. We are going to use the profit that we make from selling them to buy food for the Union Rescue Mission. Good deeds are being done! ✅
The boy and Mr. helped to measure off the area of the garden that we are going to expand and I’m going to start planning where I’m going to plant everything! And I also started putting some planning into our pollinator garden area!
The Mr. was busy in the garage working on the camper, and doing other projects. I’m excited that he put together our bat house and that he even painted the Batman logo on it! I love it!
He also up cycled the mount from an old satellite dish into a holder for a flag. He’s been wanting to put a flag outside of his garage!
And now to brag on the boy! He made this nice trivet in shop class last marking period! I think he did a great job!
I’m going to enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts! Are you all starting to plan out your garden?! 🌱💚