Friday, December 2, 2016
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
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
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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
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
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
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.