Saturday, April 30, 2011
Energy Usage info(specifically dryer usage): http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/dryers.html
Homemade Garden Seed Tape: http://fitzgeraldsfamilyfarm.blogspot.com/2011/04/homemade-seed-tape.html
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
One lone lima bean plant from started at kindergarten. (Can you grow only one and get beans from it or do you need two plants?)
(No, I didn't buy a coffee from Dunkin Donuts, I had a free coupon)
Friday, April 22, 2011
1 small cabbage with enough water to cover, simmered for about 15 minutes.
purple dye already!
I layered the boiled eggs and the cooled cabbage in a large jar.
Jake the Dog drinking Diet Pepsi while we wait.
A very dark blue egg.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
First rummage Sale of the season, Whoo Hoo! Bought:
Woven blanket, 50 cents (to be used next winter to help keep the oil bill down)
Pair of rain-puddle-stompin'boots, 50 cents (for the cutest little neighbor boy EVER!)
Pair of Land's Ends shoes, 50 cents (for the cutest little nephews EVER!)
3 School shirts for daugter, $1
3 Brand new dark brown wine bottles with plastic corks, $1 each (for my adventures in homemade cider vinegar making, not for the moonshine I read about in Possum Living!)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I hope the chickens like radishes. They may be eating alot of them this winter.
Friday, April 15, 2011
I love spring. Not only can I get out into the yard more, it's the start of garage sale season! I am on the lookout for the following items this year:
- cooking pots with lids for the solar oven
- cookie sheets/ cooling racks for the solar deydrator
- yarn for my knitting/crocheting attempts
- blankets, blue jeans, flannel shirts to be used for quilting
- construction supplies for the new barn
- containers/pots for plants and animal feed bowls
- canning supplies
- manual can openers (I seem to break at least one a year)
- board games and clothes for the kids
- tarps or plastic lined table clothes for covering up rabbit cages in the winter
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Anywhoo, found an interesting book, called Possum Living by Dolly Freed. In a nutshell, it's written by a non-schooled teenager many years ago, who was living with her father, who didn't like to work. She tells of how they lived without money,which means living without modern amenities. I skimmed thru most of it, getting some ideas to tuck back into my brain for later. The girl somehow even got the book published all by herself. Many years later, someone found a copy of the book and had it re-published and even found the original author who wrote a closing for the re-published book. Turns out, the girl ended up working for NASA, without having a college degree. or even an high school diploma. Very interesting.
( If you do find a copy of Possum Living, I want you to know I did skip over the plans for the moonshine still. Hehe!)
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
This site tells you how "walkable" your home is, meaning, how close you live to life's amenities. The blog I originally found this on had a walking score of 77. I scared the dog awake when I laughed at my score of 11. For kicks, I typed in my childhood home. My mom always said we lived out in the boondocks, but really?? It got a score of 0 .
I do wonder the about this tho, because I can walk to the local store for groceries, but the upward trip back home with a heavy bag or two might be hard. And we are within walking distance of the bank, post office, and dr.'s office also. So I don't know what the site actually calculates, unless it bases the unknown fact that my husband has to drive 40 minutes to get to work. Oh! wait, it must calculate the distance from the nearest Walmart. Yeah, that's it. Life's "amenities."