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Last week, I boiled one of the chickens from the second butchering at the farm. The chickens were tough and not really good for anything but canning and soup. After a few hours in the pot, I ladled a few gallons of stock into mason jars and picked the meat off of the bones.

The stock will go into the freezer. Aaron and I will use the meat in sweet and sour chicken and BBQ dishes. The bones I gave to my cat…and whatever she didn’t eat off of went into the chicken pen at the farm. That’s a lot of bones for one cat and Alley has a habit of disappointing me when I give her something I think she will really like.

Aaron and I had a good Valentine’s Day. I woke up at around 9:30 due to the fact that Aaron put a Styrofoam board under our memory foam mattress, needless to say I slept quite well. We watched Mutiny On The Bounty. I walked on the tread mill, while he worked on trim. Then went out to eat at Ponderosa.

After that we drove around the countryside, through Oil City and back up M 20. We went nice and slow. I like it when Aaron takes me for rides. He checks out what the farmers are doing and I comment on the houses and people’s gardens. We went by a place that had work horses and I exclaimed “Oh!” when I saw a few geese nibbling at the ground, at the edge of a fence.

Lately, I have been reading up on different livestock. Ducks, Geese, Chickens, Pigs , Goats and Cows. I have read a little bit on sheep but I don’t think I will really get into sheep. They are pretty, but I read and heard about how they can get sick very easily and that they are so batty that they could die of a heart attack from just hearing thunder. Plus, Aaron hates sheep.

If it were up to me, I would probably get some type of fowl and maybe a pig or cow, if I thought I were able to handle raising something for slaughter. Aaron has been kicking around the idea of getting a few steers to raise for meat. Whenever I find myself thinking that I might not be able to handle it, I try to think about Genesis and how man is supposed to rule over and care for the beasts.

When Tuxedo died I was heart-broken for a few reasons, one was because he was my pet. But livestock are different, you make a living by them, one way or another. I was reminded of that when I was watching Sarah, Plain and Tall on DVD and Sarah was upset because a coyote killed a lamb, and after a bad storm Jacob said that they might have to sell the sheep.

A few weeks ago , Mom Cook asked me what color calf I would like. I didn’t think it would be wise to choose a color I liked if it was going to get slaughtered anyway, but if I were to pick one for milking I probably would pick a Jersey because of their big eyes or one with a unique coloring and I would probably give it some stylish old lady name. I would ask Betsy about stylish old lady names because she works at a local nursing home.

That seems to be the habit with me, whenever I think of getting animals someday it goes like this…

What are they going to be used for? If for slaughter, then I would get a breed suited for that, give them no names, etc. Like, if I were to get chickens- If I wanted eggs I would get the black and white barred kind because they are so pretty, but if I wanted meat I would probably get the white ones like what Libby had.

Like most of my musings I have this all written down. Where else would I be able to keep track of all the ideas I get? These all aren’t immediate plans just notions I get and store away for later. And like some, I don’t like to share, sometimes I think my ideas are impractical, consider yourself fortunate that I posted this much. J

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It has been 8 days since Aaron had his surgery. He is doing great! The tumor was bigger then the doctor thought and it was a source of pain that he was having. So now that it is removed Aaron is feeling much better and he is able to move his arm around more. We have had a good past week being able to spend more time together. Actually, I am getting spoiled having him around so much. We cook together, watch movies, talk, he is able to do small home improvement projects. His countenence altogether is more cheerful. We are so thankful and blessed by Our Lord through this whole experience and we are ready to move forward.  

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And now for something completly different…

Garden Plans

Our garden:

  • Pole beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Wax Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers- Slicing and pickling
  • Peas – Snow and Shell
  • Peppers – Three different types- Colored Bells, Cheyenne and Banana
  • Muskmelon
  • Sweet Dumpling Squash – Will be grown at the farm
  • Yellow onions
  • Garlic, that is already in the ground

Green House or Porch

  • Watercress
  • Mizuna
  • Kale
  • Mesclun Mix
  • Romaine
  • Green Salad Bowl
  • Envy
  • Arugula
  • Coriander/Cilantro
  • Stevia
  • Anise
  • Summer Savory
  • Chervil
  • Cinnamon Basil
  • Genovese Basil
  • Sweet Basil

Herb Garden Additions

  • Caraway
  • Dill
  • Fenugreek

Flowers

  • Amaranthus
  • Calendula – I am going to harvest the flowers and dry them and eventually make a hand cream
  • Kong Sunflowers
  • Marigold – These are going underneath the Pole Beans
  • Nasturtium – These are going underneath the cucumbers
  • Pansy
  • Violas

Plants that will have their own areas

  • Sorrel
  • Comfrey
  • Asparagus – I don’t know if we will get to these this year
  • Elderberry bush
  • Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes will be grown in tires or containers

 

When I showed my list to Aaron he told me that I had to compete with his dad’s garden size. But when he found out a good chunk of them were salads he told me that a lot of it would fit in our garden, except my squash.

The annual herbs and flowers will be put into pots or baskets, some might be put throught the garden to attract bees and butterflies. The perennial herbs will go in the ground. The perennial flowers will be in the flower beds around the house. And if I have excess I might give away a few healthy plants, but we will see.

 

Seeds I already have

  • Lima Beans, heirloom
  • Wax beans, heirloom
  • Brandywine Tomatoes
  • Two types of carrots
  • Radish
  • Two types of bush beans
  • A few varieties of lettuce
  • A packet of different Summer squash, this one was given to me. I think it is kind of silly to have just a combination of seeds together.

The lima and wax beans, lettuce and carrots will defiantly be planted. As for the others I might give a few away. The seeds are old and the seeds from the catalog are better than the store bought kind.

This year I am going to keep better track of planting times, when certain crops will need to be thinned, etc. I also made a list of items that I need. I have a few trellises to make, potting soil, shelves for the greenhouse. etc. I need at least 96 feet worth or trellises and supports  for my climbing plants, Cement tubes to have the celery grow in, tires or containers for potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Another thing I want to do in the summer is sell more things at market and at roadside. So I need to write up stuff and prepare for that. Boy, am I going to be busy. I probably don’t know how busy.

What a heavy work load I have ahead. Gardening, blueberries, trimming apple trees, market, housework. Whew. I’m excited about it though. And maybe I’ll be so busy I won’t be as down in the mouth as I was last summer!

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I have writer’s block…or blogger’s block if you want to call it that. There have been so many times when I go to make a post and end up not posting anything.

I have made up a new page though. My “Green”-Frugality Page. Yeah, laugh and call me a kook if you want. It’s something I enjoy doing and that is good enough for me. I’m going to go crazy like ‘oh-my-goodness- take- 30 second-showers-because-the-fishies-are-dying-type “green”.

This year I want to do more sewing. I need dresses. Aaron had Libby make me one for Christmas this year. It is the best outfit I own. My ultimate goal is all dresses and jumpers in my wardrobe. We will see if I get  there. I went through a small bit of my clothing and I have two bags ready for a friends. And I have started an inventory, we will see if that sticks.

Sewing

  • Cape dress
  • Jumper
  • Bloomers (yes, bloomers)
  • Curtains
  • Slips
  • Winter and summer night gowns

Crochet

  • Slippers
  • Shawl

Pick up knitting

Start a braided rug for underneath the dining room table

Our winter has been so mild this year. I’m looking forward to next season and seeing if my garlic did anything. My greenhouse dream should soon be a reality as well. I have grand ideas like growing passion flower and artichokes, but this year my goal is to start my seeds out there and grow lettuce.

These are just some off of my list, I’m sure that I can put a good dent into it.

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This past weekend I suffered from a mild case of food poisoning. Now I am over it and I have been up and at ’em ever since.

Yesterday morning I woke up at around quarter after six in the morning. Full of energy. I decided not to stay in bed after the alarm went off. I told Aaron I was going to take a shower. After a short shower I got dressed, and with a bowl of Life cereal and coffee, I sat in the armchair and read a chapter in my Bible.

I rinsed my dishes in the sink and looked around for something that I could do that wouldn’t disturb Aaron, who had been suffering from pain and not having a good night’s rest. I couldn’t vacuum, I couldn’t make the bed yet. Then I remembered  had a load of Aaron’s work clothes in the dryer. I began to fold his work shirts. I found I needed hangers for his pants and jackets. So I quietly went into the bedroom to get them. I told Aaron that I didn’t know what to really do since I couldn’t vacuum “You can.” He replied quietly. “And I really can’t make the bed.”  Aaron’s voice broke through the mound of pillows, “You could make breakfast.” What a novel idea! On regular days we usually have cereal in the morning together. I asked him what he wanted. “Maybe pancakes.”  “Oh, yeah I can make you pancakes.” 🙂

So off I went, knowing that I could finished putting away laundry later. I looked through my Healthy Choices Cookbook and found a recipe that I thought wouldn’t yield 20 pancakes. They were just the right amount. And they were thick. Knowing that three pancakes might not be enough I went back in the bedroom to ask him if he would like it if I cooked up some sausages for him. Upon putting my hand on his back I realized I woke him up out of a somewhat deep snooze. I asked him about the sausages. He told me how good it felt to actually get some sleep. He was pleased with his breakfast, and I was pleased with how my day was starting.

Naturally, I do not have good managing skills, and was not raised to be a KAH or a SAHM. So, in planning my days I have come to the conclusion that I must be maticulous and particular almost obbessed, since I know that everything is not going to fall into place on it’s own. Why did my school day run so smoothly? How did I know where I needed to be and at what time? Why did it feel so awkward to have an inturuption in the flow of the day? Because I had a schedule.

Once I read that children thrive on order. One of the gifts I can give my children to be raised in an orderly, clean, steadily paced home!  Now I am not talking about having every minute of everyone’s life under control. The kind of home I am talking about has having a place for everything and having everything in place, having an orderly enough schedule with time for interruptions of someone drops by or there is an unexpected errand to be run.

And another thing, I think I owe it to Aaron (as well do married women owe it to their husbands) to take care of our home to thouroughly. Besides, he works so I can stay home. 🙂

I cannot tell you why I woke up so ready to go on Tuesday, must be a God thing. 🙂 That night I thanked Him as a drifted off.

Is there anyone else out there that struggles with management skills? If so, how do our combat with them?

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Something has been on my mind today, when is something not?

What is our culture’s view of food?

Fast food.

Comfort food.

Have it your way and have it now.

Eat great, even late.

Gluttony is really not looked at as a sin anymore. It is now something to laugh at, make a joke of. Cartoons of overweight goobs come to mind.

What did God intend food for?

Pleasure?

Fulfilling a lust?

What about as fuel for the body? Sure, I like food that tastes good, who doesn’t? But when does it become a sin?

Our American culture has their traditional mealtimes backwards. A small breakfast, or none at all, a bigger lunch and a huge grandiose dinner with (sometimes several choices of) dessert. Then, when bursting at the seams, make sure there are no crumbs on our plate or the surrounding area, we pry ourselves away from the table and roll ourselves to our next activity thinking of our next meal. That may sound a bit dramatic, but hey, have you seen the health charts and statistics? I can’t make this up! 😉

For normal people with a normal schedule, our meal times should be as follows. A large breakfast, to get our metabolism woke up and running, a smaller lunch and perhaps little meals to help us get through the day, then at dinner we have the smallest meal of all. We don’t need a big meal, a large amount of it will just be empty calories because our day is mostly over. Eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch and a pauper at dinner.

Holidays are closely related with food. These should be the times when we can allow ourselves to feast. Not every dag’gone meal and snack in between!

Could we really survive on more plain meals? Could we learn to eat what our bodies are actually craving and not just what we are in the mood for? Actually go without a dessert? Or dare I say serve fruit in it’s place? Well, I don’t know about you but this little chick has had enough of the disgusting attitude of our culture towards food. Food is fuel. Who’s with me? Bring on the wheat germ.

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When we have too much to take care of our lives are simply overrun. We continue to spread ourselves too thin and begin to neglect things. We run around stressing over all of what we have to take care of. I have never been the Queen of “Throw it Away” but right now. I need to be before I give up completely for my house to be controlled by mountains of nothing. The more stuff you have, the more it has you. This has happened to me and it has got to change.

My Living Modestly List

  • Clothing, not only in style, but quantity.
  • Organization, “Does this have a home?”
  • Saying “No” to certain things.
  • Do I honestly need three of “____” ?
  • Make a gift box to put good unneeded items to give to others
  • Use it up, wear it out, make do, or make without

A list of sudden life changes can be very hard for a person so I will have to make baby steps into this way of life so I don’t burn out.

How have you simplified your life? Do you find ourself in a similar dilemma?

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