Cleaning Crafty Pre-Thanksgiving Day

So I have a ton of dishes because... Eh... My back has been killing me and it's all I can do to muster the motivation to stand and wash dishes. Come on, Kitchen Reno! Hopefully soon. That said, I washed a load of dishes, and then decided to go play with plants outside instead. I … Continue reading Cleaning Crafty Pre-Thanksgiving Day

Homestead Update

Where to begin? Let's back on up to last Monday. Monday We had 2 of our 3 get sick. My youngest boy got HFM virus. Yay... So my hands are raw from washing and cleaning and sanitizing. Then my daughter was running a fever and vomiting. I actually suspected a UTI over the flu, and … Continue reading Homestead Update

Repotting an Orchid

You know how life just gets busy and you get preoccupied with 10,000 projects? That unfortunately has kept me from tending my house plants. Let's be clear- I have two small aloe vera plants and a phaleonopsis. And that's it. So it's not as if I'm bursting at the seams with indoor plant responsibility. I … Continue reading Repotting an Orchid

Friday on the Homestead

There are so many things that NEED to be done that it's difficult to prioritize which to do first. I opted for re-catching strawberry runners. Yep... Re-catching. My 1 year old decided to "un-catch" them at some point. So I went outside to check on them today for a customer, and found many uprooted, unpotted, … Continue reading Friday on the Homestead

Pickled Peppers

Last year I made 2 quarts of fermented pickled jalapeno pepper rings. Oh. My. Goodness. They were one of those seasonal foods we talked about after we ran out like, "man, this would be awesome with some of those peppers in it." Or "Dang-it, I miss those pickled peppers." So I've got a bowl full … Continue reading Pickled Peppers

Kids and Veggies: Why my kids love ’em or leave ’em

I've developed a relationship with the food I eat. I don't mean that in some weird way, just that I grow my food, preserve it, and eat from my garden's produce year round. Not exclusively by any stretch of the imagination, no. But, I have been working toward that end. Because of health issues that … Continue reading Kids and Veggies: Why my kids love ’em or leave ’em

Prayer Garden Progress

This afternoon I finished up the first section of the prayer garden. The focal point will of course be my lovely peonies. Alongside them, between the peonies and the rock border, I planted some Columbine (which hasn't sprouted yet). I think the blue-green foliage will be really complimentary, and hopefully, they'll flower beautifully the second … Continue reading Prayer Garden Progress

Prayer Garden Progress

I shared a bit about my start on the prayer garden a couple days ago. We started with yanking out an overgrown forsythia. Actually, we only dramatically cut it back and dug out random suckers, so it'll come back, but on our terms now. We (me and the older two kids) pulled out the Virginia … Continue reading Prayer Garden Progress

What’s up in the Gardens

I've been wiped out lately. Growing a human is the most difficult, exhausting, passive, work ever! So needless to say, I've been prioritizing naps over weeding or other puttering. I figure I'll have more energy for that in a few more weeks. But today, I rested with my 4 year old until it proved impossible … Continue reading What’s up in the Gardens

Disappointment on the Homestead

Well, today was a bust. Not only was it rainy and dreary, but no one came to our workshop today. Which is just as well because my daughter ran a fever (likely due to seasonal allergies) and wasn't feeling well. And the garden needed the rain, so I guess all is not totally lost. It … Continue reading Disappointment on the Homestead