Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Festivities

In an attempt to simplify life, I really cut back on a lot of Christmas activity the last few years. Running from one event to another, baking every kind of cookie or candy, and decorating every room in the house was stealing time away from enjoying the spirit of the season. Now I just attend one church party, pick 2 or 3 treats to make, and put minimal decorations up- the tree and nativity scene are enough for me! One event I always go to, though, is the hometown Christmas parade. I love the main street community feel- the charities selling hot cocoa, the high school choirs caroling, the local shops offering refreshments, and the busy sidewalks (dressed in holiday style!) Our parade is an evening, lighted affair. Even the marching bands wear some kind of blinking lights on their uniforms. It's so festive!

This year I don't get to go to the parade. The nasty sickness I picked up last week has still got its hooks in me. I'm sure I'm still contagious and as much as I like holiday giving, I don't want to share this. I'm trying not to be disappointed but it really is hard! So how about you cheer me up? Tell me some of your Christmas-y plans in the comments. I'd love to read them!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sneezes and Wheezes

Gee whiz. During the hectic week of Thanksgiving I pushed my daily dose of Fire Cider to the back of my mind and now I am paying the price. On top of the stress we had a very windy, damp, rainy Sunday and Monday. So now I've got a cold.

I started the Fire Cider regimen back up and I've been sipping lots of lemon/honey tea and turkey bone broth. Hopefully the yuckies will be short-lived and I will be back to normal before we know it.

Meanwhile, here's a tip for you, if you are getting impatient for a delivery:
Slather yourself in vapor rub, skip your daily shower and hairbrush/toothbrush routine, and put on your most worn out pair of long johns and holiest sweat shirt (bbq stains add a nice touch.) Then park your butt on the sofa, I like to make sure I've forgotten to bring a bathrobe with me. The minute you complete this routine (almost to the second) it's a safe bet the UPS driver will knock on your door. If that doesn't work for you, I don't know. Maybe you just aren't as lucky as me?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Superhighway in the Sticks

I know we've just come out of a week when Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday title. I KNOW I'm supposed to be listing the things I'm grateful for and counting my blessings. But... but... but...

Okay, I'm busted.  I won't go off into a big ol' hissy fit. Instead I will just calmly explain that you haven't heard much from me lately because my internet has been slow- so slow that sometimes I think it is running backwards. And my schedule has been in overdrive. I've been running so fast to get everything done that I'm passing myself sometimes. 

Since I haven't been able to lose myself in the distraction of technology, I've got a lot of stuff done. But I do miss the quiet time of connecting with internet friends. Hopefully this post will, well, post. I've put in another call to our provider and now that the holiday is passed I expect our service and my schedule will improve (By golly, they better!) 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Winter TIME

Does Daylight Savings Time mess up your routine? I have the hardest time adjusting to it. Just when my body is starting to get used to the fewer daylight hours, the government goes and changes the clock on me! Lately I've been having a hard time staying awake until 9:00 PM and then my eyes snap open at 3:30 AM. It takes about an hour for me to convince myself to go back to sleep and then at 5:00 AM I have to drag myself out of bed.

You might think that my being retired from working and living on a homestead would allow me to ignore the clock, just get up and go to bed when I want. But there are doctor appointments to keep as well as church services and meetings to attend. For now, if I have an evening event to attend, my chickens are on lock down because the rabbit cages are in their run and I have to keep nighttime predators away. Nighttime is 6:30 pm!

I guess you could say I am not a fan of Daylight Savings Time. Or maybe I'm just cranky due to lack of sleep.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

New Trees

We've almost got plenty of trees on our little acre- mostly maple and redbud with a few fruit trees thrown in the mix. But there's always room for one or two more, right? We had to cut down all our evergreens a few years ago and I dearly miss them. The maples hang out in the front and sides of the property with the fruit trees in the back section that we loosely refer to as "the orchard." The orchard trees are mostly apple, peach, and mulberry, Just this year we placed a beehive back there and have started paying more attention to the types of trees we have, what we want to keep or add.

I've always like sassafras trees. I grew up drinking sassafras tea OCCASIONALLY as a treat. I remember chopping up the roots from my grandma's tree to brew or buying little cellophane packets of root pieces in the grocery store and taking them home to make tea.  Nowadays the FDA has prohibited the sale of sassafras due to the possibility of liver damage from consuming it. So I am not recommending drinking sassafras tea to anyone. But I still love the smell of sassafras. You can get a good idea of the tree's properties here. A few weeks ago one of my local friends posted on Facebook that she was clearing out a patch of sassafras saplings and anyone was welcome to come over and get some. Boy did I jump at that offer! So this week we planted our very first sassafras trees!

Last week while we were out celebrating our anniversary, we found some persimmon seeds and fruit on the ground. I was excited because persimmons are another tree I've wanted to add to our "orchard." Persimmon fruit makes a very good pudding. It takes a little extra work but the flavor is unique- most people either really like it or really don't. Persimmon trees have some of the same wildlife attractions as the sassafras trees and you can find more info about them here. Once I had posted about finding the seeds on Facebook, another friend offered to let me get some small trees from her property. I think we will try to start them from our seed find first but if that doesn't work out, I'll be taking her up on the offer!

So that's my exciting tree news! I've got a new spark of interest in my orchard, nectar producers for the bees, and an enticement to the wildlife to visit our yard!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Delayed Post

I know you were expecting to read all about my tree experience today but life has thrown a curve my way. I could make a quick post but I'd rather wait til tomorrow when I can carefully share all the excitement I've been storing up.  Sorry for the delay! Check out all the cool blogs I follow (listed on the right of the page) while I get things back under control here.
See you tomorrow!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Giveaway Winner

Today's the day! I inserted the number of comments from the giveaway post into a random generator and got this: 2

The second comment was posted by Lesley UK! So Lesley, if you will, scroll down a little and find the contact form on the right of this page to send me your name and email address for the Amazon ecard. I'm so happy to send that to you!

Thanks to everyone who entered and who follow along on my blogging adventures!

I'll be back on Wednesday talking about trees.