Here's all that's happening in the garden for now, except for the broccoli and cabbage. I think it would be nice to have produce staggered throughout the year, so the canning and freezing would always be manageable. Wait till I get all 25 tomato plants in. Talk about pressure canning ; )
I figured it would be good for the kiddos to get out into the fresh air, so after Latin I told them to go plant some cabbages. The big girls did just that. Katie, however, planted 4 dandelions smack dab in the middle of the future tomoato patch, and a pan of wild strawberries. I don't have the heart to tell her that her flowers are weeds.
No pics today because I was scrambling to get laundry washed and hung out. It had been raining an inordinate amount for the last few weeks. And I've quit using the dryer, as you may remember from earlier posts. It was so windy today that the clothes were dry by the time I got them up! It was a funny experience. I should mention that I've started bringing laundry in and tossing it in the dryer for a few minutes to make it less like sand paper and more like cotton. My drains are all clean now, and I learned a very handy lesson. I started cleaning the traps myself, and when Big Dan came in, he took over. So now, I'll just start random chores I want him to do, and when he sees me, he'll jump in. No more nagging. The result of the drain cleaning was actually too scary to post pictorially. Soon I'm gonna have those peach blossom photos.
You'll notice the beautiful hair on all of our daughters. That's the hair that's not in the sink drain. Yet. I'm about to go clean the "J trap" with directions from the Internet. Now I can keep up with people in California who have scary drain issues. My rechargeable batteries are recharging, so if my findings in the drain aren't nightmare inducing, R rated content, I'll post my work. Spell check says that Internet is spelled with a capital I. I never knew... Did any of you know that it's a proper noun? I'd like to find out how to take surveys on here because I also want to know how many of you think my poor orchard will live after the goats got to it and stripped all the bark yesterday. I'll show that when I have batteries too. Wish me luck...
Here's our guest from Pittsburgh, Pa. Flat Stanley. He's here for a visit and some sight seeing, then back to his K-8 schoolroom to tell about the Virginia experience. Probably there will be lots more Confederate converts after he makes his report back home. Here's Stanley ice skating at the La Haye center at Liberty University. Aren't those a pretty bunch of skaters with him?
Well, I've gotten new batteries. But they need charged up already. Hopefully I'll be back to blogging at my usual rapid pace soon.
Tomorrow we go up to the big city to pick up my little dog, Scott. A wonderful family adopted him from me a couple months ago, but he's been a hankerin' to get back to the woods, so off we go to retrieve the retriever.
Today is my friend Sam's birthday. Happy Birthday, Sam! Double digits, woohoo!
PS Flat Stanley is a small, fictional boy made of paper at the bottom of the photo.
My children lent my camera batteries to a friend, and now I have to make a trip to Lynchburg before I can share more visual stimuli with you. We had a speck of lovely spring weather before the rain appeared again. It was nice while it lasted. This week started off about as bad as it can get with a pit bull starving to death on a chain right in Appomattox. Surprisingly, things went downhill from there. Our good friend who sold us the 65 acres died today at the age of 37. John had surgery for pancreatic cancer last Monday and never recovered. He leaves behind a wife and four children. Knowing that there was a person on this earth as good and fair and honest as John made life better for everyone who knew him. The whole town is grieving and we're all in a state of shock. So I may not be posting till I get some semblance of normalcy back. Oh, and I also have a scratchy sore throat from pollen, so I'm extra cranky. Maybe next time I post, I'll have beautiful peach blossoms to share.
In another example of our dreary, English style weather, here's Big Dan coming to the rescue. If he didn't, the bad horses would mug the cows for their hay. Now, in case you're wondering, the horses have their own stash of hay right down the fence line. But that's not good enough for them. They must have all the hay!
We had such balmy weather earlier that I thought summer was here. I was wrong. But at least this is typical spring weather. The stuff that poems are made of. It's cold and raining. And raining. And... In the morning, Sirius Black and Katie share a heat register.
Here's Big Dan in chainsaw heaven. I think that all the trees on fences are gone from around the house. There were trees across the path today when we went toward the creek. I'll take the camera tomorrow. The weather is absolutely perfect.
Here are the little sprouts which will hopefully become cabbages, broccoli, and tomatoes in my garden. It's funny that just a few days ago the weather was hot and we were planting pea seeds, then the blizzard hit. According to the forecast, we'll be back in the gardening mindset by tomorrow.
Outside my window is a winter wonderland that I can enjoy more fully having had a shower. The last two days were so much fun, well, maybe fun's not the right word, but they were definitely educational. There's something rewarding about being self sufficient, even if it's only for two days. I liken it to the toddler in us all saying, "I do it myself!" Even though it's clearly not as efficient. We're also more aware of what we need to do in order to be more fully equipped for emergencies. My first goal is to buy an Alpaca cook stove. I'll use it outdoors for canning in hot weather too. I'm wondering if I can use the shed to do canning since it'll have shade and no breeze to blow out my propane fires. My good friend Laura had sent me a link on how to make my well work without electricity, and wouldn't you know, I glanced at it without really reading it. Now I get to go back and find it! Becky's going to make lots of plain candles. They were wonderful! They burn for over 45 hours, and you can actually just let it burn all night without any trouble. Gotta love soy candles.
Here's Laura's lonely birthday party. The storm has just started when the castle turrets were lit up, and by the time it was eaten, the roads were bad. Spinster came over to celebrate. Then we never heard from her again. She's still without power.
Top: Here's the highway to our place, heading south from the unethically advertised property ; ) Bottom: Shhh! I don't know if I was supposed to take Mr. Amish Snowman's picture. He's wearing his good hat though, so how could I resist?
Top: How'd ya like to have this for your driveway? Middle: A typical scene and an explanation for the widespread power outages. Bottom: A jewel encrusted tree almost makes up for how bad I smell. Almost.
Here are three pictures taken by Laura on the morning after the big snow. I'm not sure why I was looking forward to a blizzard after all. The power was off for over two days. The phone was off for one. I suddenly remembered why it is that I love the South! I'm going to be posting lots of photos.
Here's Big Dan getting a good workout on the Wii. I don't really believe that you can safely presume to play sports from your recliner and expect not to get posted about. Do you? Not with me for a wife, anyway.
Should I become superstitious? The storm of the century is about to hit, finally. Why? Because I baked a castle shaped cake for Laura's birthday and hung out wash, I guess. Either that or global warming. We're supposed to get up to 10 inches of snow. Right now ice is coming down. Of course I was low on groceries too, which helped the storm to form. No pictures for you yet since right now it's just ugly out there. Soon I hope to post lots of white!