Archive for the ‘Cats’ Category


  • Three kinds of dry beans
  • Bush beans
  • Pole Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Yellow onions
  • Summer and Winter squash
  • Garlic
  • Nasturitum
  • Two kinds of peas
  • New herbs: Hyssop, Valerian, Ginseng, Goldenseal
  • Many varieties of loose leaf salads.

I am so pleased with how everything is going despite my not getting a greenhouse until later int he season. I feel like I am better prepared for this season because my garden is more organized and it is bigger than it was last year. Since some of the seedlings died, I am able to pay more attention to the healthy, living plants.

New pets

I kept three of Alley’s five kittens. I named them Basil, Iris, and Trinket. Basil has stripes and spots all over him, he will be quiet a fetching sight when he gets older. He looks like a little wild cat. Iris has a long black coat with some coloring throughout. She has a brown spot on her head. She is the smallest one, she has the shortest tail and her eyes are a little close together, so has such a sweet face. Trinket kind of looks like Iris, but her coat is smoother and she has more spots and streaks through. Her most noted characteristic is a brown stripe down her face. When she was a newborn she reminded me of a little bear. 

Now that the weather has turned each Monday I use my clothesline, except today it is rainy. 😦 But since we have so little laundry I will either wait until this evening if the rain lets up, or I will do it on Tuesday.

My goal as to living more modestly is going well, I would like to downsize my wardrobe. I still have stacks of material waiting to be sewn into garments and stacks of white and off-white cotton waitingt o be sewn into bloomers.

Aaron has an appointment on Wednesday for his arm, please pray for us!

That’s all for now!


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What I love about our house,

It’s OURS.

Although it does present it’s challenges, it is such a pleasure running your own home. It gives you a sense of comfort and accomplishment when your husband tells you that he feels loved when he comes home.

Furnishing our home with things that I have made or collected, putting up food, even something as simple has making the bed gives my a little spring in my step to move onto my next chore whether it is an enjoyable one or not.

A few days ago, I harvested what I assumed was the last of the herbs. I am giving them a rest and when the frost becomes heavy I will be covering my more tender plants, such as rosemary, to try to winter them over. I brought in my stevia and the sweet marjoram that Betsy bought for me for my birthday. Though they might peter out because they are annuals I plan on seeing how long I can keep them. There is something about having herbs that is so enjoyable. They are forgiving plants, and they love you right back.

Aaron put up shelving in the closet of the unoccupied, unfinished front bedroom. It felt good to organize the filled jars. I told him that I loved his quality of being so handy, he warned me that I might not think so at times when he wants to fix everything. As of now I think that it is much better than being lazy, leaving projects unfinished or things falling apart. Along with the shelving, he fixed a wood horse shaped swing that my Grandpa made, and a bench that has been begging for his attention for a long time to be repaired. I am really looking forward to spending more time with him this winter.

Alley and Tuxedo have been well. They love goats milk. I give them  a small bowl full when the milk is close to a week old and is getting a more goaty taste. This is nice because I don’t feel bad for having it go to waste. Aaron only has milk on his cereal in the mornings, and I am not a big fan. The last few samplings I have had have been goaty. When I taste it I immediately think of Merry, the ‘boss’ of my brother-in-law Brian’s small goat herd.

I haven’t been online in nearly four days. I like this release, it’s freeing.

Happy Tuesday Readers!

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What I have been doing.

Monday I clambored through my in-law’s tomatoe patch, picked ripe tom’s and discarded the no-good ones. After getting rained on, the rest of my day consisted of processing them. My result 25 quarts of whole tomatoes squished into jars. 🙂

While the pressure canners were doing their end of the job I went over to my neighbor’s house and told them that Aaron and I talked and we could keep their cat and one of her kittens. Taylor, the oldest daughter, walked me down to their grandparents farm where the kittens were living in the straw mow. I picked out the one I wanted. I named him Tuxedo. And that is what he looks like a little guy wearing a tuxedo He even has a little spot where it looks like he is sporting a black bowtie.

Canning is starting to slow down for me the produce I have left are squash, pumpkins, apples and dry beans. The dry beans I don’t have to do right away so that’s nice that I can have a little break.

Other than that and the normal wifey stuff, I am collecting gifts and gift ideas for soon-to-be-newlyweds, two new mothers-to-be, christmas presents and house warming presents for two sister-in-laws.

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