Wednesday was the anniversary of the day Guinness came to live with us. In honor of that I suppose, he found some good stinky stuff to get into. I washed him down with my Sirius dog shampoo bar as soon as he came in the door, and I caught a whiff of him. That dog just loves him some stinky stuff! I continue to work on stripping the paint off the posts. I purchased rennet and enzymes for cheese making & am waiting for my order to arrive. I've made ricotta before, but want to try some other simple cheeses. We've had some temperatures in the 80's. On those days, I opened blinds only enough for the house plants to get light, & kept the south facing door closed until the evening, to keep the house cooler. I found a four leaf clover in the yard, and gave it to J for luck on a day that was challenging. Interestingly, it did seem that things turned for the better after that.
I found a volunteer grape hyacinth in the lawn, and transplanted it. Cut up some fruit for breakfast, and added a spoon of homemade yogurt to the top, along with a sprinkling of homemade granola. After spending several hundred dollars on our riding mower the past few years, which was a used mower given to us, J decided to purchase a new one. I checked on ebates, & they were giving better than usual points for this store, so he decided to join, saving almost $60 on this purchase, & I'll get a referral fee. In cleaning up a sedum bed, there were several stalks I pulled out that had a few leaves still attached to the bottom. I transplanted these in a few places. I raked the leaves off of two flower beds, which we will put in the garden. Emptied water bottles and tumblers into the wood stove humidifier. I won't be able to do that much longer, as the days of wood fires will soon be coming to a close.
I prepared pasta with our tomatoes, garlic & herbs. Chopped the parsley and oregano stems for the pups dinner. Tore up toilet paper tubes, and added them to the compost crock. Brought meals, water and tea when I worked away from home. I'm still enjoying blooms on the orchid that I bought at Aldi's just before Valentines Day. Though I can't say it was frugal for me, I gathered wild flowers and plant sprigs to display at a pottery gallery I was working at. I placed the vase where they greeted customers as they came in the door, and they cheered me while I was there. Borrowed a book from the library. I found a couple of cracked eggs this week, which I gave to the pups. I'm not sure if it has to do with a hen that has been broody, but it seems so. She has been moving around to different nest boxes. We've never finished the area we intended for this purpose. Once we do, her only choice will be to sit on the eggs in her nest.
I made lentil soup, using one of our potatoes and homemade broth. Went through ebates for cash back on purchases for our porch project. Made my Swagbucks goal a couple of days. It's been more difficult to make goal since the first of the year, so most days I only do the basics, and sometimes a few searches. I typically check there and on ebates whenever I'm making an online purchase, and go with whoever is offering the better deal. The one friend I referred to Swagbucks got his own computer a few months ago, and I've not gotten a referral point since. Go figure. Our third blight resistant pear arrived, and J & I planted it. One side of the chicken yard had sprouted a good amount of oats, so I let them into that side, and resowed the other side in oats. Walked with pups every day. J took us out for a lovely dinner for the anniversary of our first date. I brought home leftovers, & brought them for lunch when I worked.