Hello, friends. I wanted to post this before heading out for a little road trip with my sister and niece. If I take any worthwhile pics, I'll be sure to share. I had a frugal fail last week, forgetting about the green stamps I'd accumulated from the grocery store. They were only good for a few days before expiring, which is what happened. I didn't spend any additional money because of the stamps, but it irks me I didn't get a free knife or two with them. I did find 4 Tom's deodorants on the mark down rack for $2.95. It was the exact one J had been using, & when I called him to check, he said to buy all they had, which I did. They also had 3# bags of onions on sale 2/$4, and I bought 2.
It looks like it will be another week before the part we need for the riding lawnmower will arrive, so I mowed the garden with the push mower, mostly to help keep the dreaded winter bittercress from spreading. I noticed some sedum remaining in a bed J had dug up and moved recently, and transplanted it to a spot we'll be able to enjoy from the porch. Kefir and yogurt were made. Produce scraps, shredded paper and cardboard were added to the compost. I thought to ask for a Most Benevolent Outcome in finding usnea on my walk one morning, and found the largest piece yet. I realize it may be too woo-woo and a bit of a stretch for some, but I'm sharing it here because MBO's have worked well for me over the past few years. If you're interested in MBO's, learn more here. There are other versions of benevolent prayers out there as well, if you care to search. You may be pleasantly surprised if you do try it.
Oils for a batch of For The Love of Rose soap were melted on the wood stove. Vegetable soup included homegrown onions, garlic, corn, okra, squash, potatoes and homemade broth, plus some store/pantry items. I cut another few spears of asparagus, and enjoyed home grown lettuce on a sandwich and in salads. One of the milkweeds wins first up in the wintersown seeds. Only one seedling is up, but it's a start. It's just as well, because we've got two nights forecast in the low to mid 20's this weekend. That will surely do all the peach blossoms in, and I expect the blueberries too... again. I'm hoping there might be a few blooms that were later in opening, and we'll still get a few of each. Oh, the joys of gardening. Once more, I'm thankful we're not surviving on what we can grow here.
Expecting a friend to visit, I used left over sweet potatoes to make a sweet potato pound cake, which also used homemade vanilla and our eggs. Her plans changed, so we ended up having it for ourselves. I make it with a few changes to the recipe, using organic unbleached flour and Spectrum organic vegetable shortening. We like it without the marmalade or condensed milk topping. For the first time since plumbing the house for rainwater, last week we added some well water to the cistern, worried about the low water level. Happily, a few days later, we got over half an inch of rain, which added 1000 gals. to the cistern. Two celery ends were planted to regrow in a bed with the lettuce. I was happy to have a couple of good sales in one of my online shops.
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