Hello August! This summer has been an adventurous one with some more to come! And, the garden has been producing lots of food for us too!
And here’s how the goals are going:
1. Expand the garden– ✅it happened! Everything is growing pretty well and I’m hoping that I continue to get great harvests!
2. Fix the camper– ✅We fixed up our camper and loved using it on a trip of a lifetime! This month I found some bins that fit nicely under the second bed (for clothes) and crocheted a handle cozy for the skillet that we keep in the camper!
3.Travel out west- ✅ We did it and enjoyed every single stop! We are still talking about our fun trip and I love hearing the boy talk about what he saw and what he learned!
4. Create a certified wildlife habitat ✅ There’s a grass patch in front of the garage that is begging to be returned to nature. There are lots of critters enjoying the new area given to them! I actually saw a brand new monarch caterpillar emerge from its egg!
5. Reduce garbage– Last year we made 7 bags of garbage and we want to make less than 6 bags this year. We are still filling bag 3!
6. Volunteer/Donate/Do Good Every month- This month I did a giveaway on my Facebook page for a zero waste kit. I also spent most of a week volunteering for the master gardeners. I’m trying to get all of my hours in over the summer!
7. Repurpose, remake, mend, repair- this month we didn’t remake anything big. We did, however, turn a large chunk of bamboo sitting around here into a post for the wildlife habitat sign!
8. Paw Paw trees– These native trees have grown near here for such a long time! The little sprouts are starting to look like trees, and we have 2! Now I’m thinking about the perfect place to plant them!
9. Build a pizza oven– ❎ we are not doing this one this year. We are trying to figure out how we are going to change up the backyard next year!
10. Grow different produce-I found my first Apple melon this month!(top left) ate my first ground cherry (bottom left) I’m enjoying the bushel basket gourds growing (middle) and there are lots of spaghetti squash growing (right)
11. Continue tracking the solar panels- May was a nice solar month, despite lots of rain! 1.72 mwh and just the connection rate for an electric bill! (It’s around $5)
12. Work on garden cart sales– We have held a couple garden cart sales this month! I’ve sold a few zucchinis, cucumelons, garlic cloves and even some birdhouse gourds!
Last month just flew by! We are looking forward to creating more memories before school starts back up! Keep blooming friends! 🌱💚
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?! 🌱💚
This weekend is a continuation of below freezing weather. I’m really missing those warm summer days and growing my own food! However, I have been enjoying making soup with the tomatoes that I preserved and eating my own pickles, catsup, garlic and green beans!
I have been making most of our meals from scratch, and made some awesome cinnamon rolls earlier in the week and then a pizza that was perfection today!
To keep busy, I have been crocheting lots of messy bun hats!
I also made this matching set for an adorable little girl and her beautiful momma!
While I have been crafting, the mister has been out pounding on the anvil! This is a bottle opener for a friend out of a railroad spike!
And the only extras that we have purchased so far: a McFlurry for my birthday boy and another for a neighbor that shares his day!
And we also bought the boy an ice cream cake for his day! It was a great deal at 1/2 off because it was a Christmas cake! I added some extra frosting, some sprinkles and put the 13 on it. No one knew it was a Christmas one!
And I will continue to sit around and enjoy my footed pajama pants (feejays) and dream about warmer weather!
Is it so stinking cold where you live?! Stay warm friends!
Today was one of those days that made me feel like maybe I should have just stayed in bed. I felt some sort of illness coming on last night and woke up with a fever, rash and cough. Weird, right? But, the day continued on.
Then, while feeding the chickens, we found out that a raccoon managed to devour 1 chicken and rip the head off of another chicken. There will be no more blue eggs here at the homestead now.
Since I don’t like to seem like I’m being negative too much, I’ll end on some positives:
1. At least it was only 2, and not more.
2. The 2 that we killed were my oldest chickens.
3. The following dish cloths that I crocheted up cracked me up because they reminded me of Neapolitan ice cream:
4. I’m so close to finishing all my personalized towel orders!!
5. I have been receiving great feedback about my beeswax lip balm! (And was able to get some more made!)
I will miss both of those sweet chickens. The brown girl was the last one from our original 4 “fluff butts” and the Easter Egger was a great find from one of my roller derby friends! Here’s to tomorrow being a better day!
It’s not a fun thing to do, but more of a must do kind of job. Why?! Well, you don’t want to give a home to pests to help boost their population in the spring. Also, you don’t want diseased plants staying until you plant again next year! Since it didn’t rain on Sunday, this is what I did!
The chicken coop got a nice clean out:
I also cleaned up the fence line garden that gave us lots of produce!
We are still getting some eggs and a few mushrooms. Winecap mushrooms are so good, that I’m attempting to spread the spores into another raised bed!
We had a lot more pumpkins dropped off today!! The uncarved ones are saved for the chickens and the carved ones are making a big compost pile! Basically we are trying to keep this long season crop from just sitting in a landfill!
And lastly, check out my bragging:
We are going to continue to clean up all the produce gardens and try to reach 100 pumpkins!!