Hello, friends. If you've been having to deal with frigid temperatures, I hope you've been able to stay safe and warm and cozy. Last week, I redeemed a coupon for a free can of dog food. I made potato leek soup, using our potatoes and broth. My new boots were sealed, and I've enjoyed hiking in them. I worked many hours on taxes last week, and think/hope the end is in sight. The main day I worked on taxes, I put a pot of apple cider on the wood stove, with a cinnamon stick and some cloves. I sipped on this throughout the cold day. A simple treat, but it helped to keep me motivated. Scratch paper was used for notes and lists. I made yogurt and thousand island dressing. Our canned crowder peas and sweet potatoes were used for dinner one night. Ziploc bags were washed for reuse, and egg shells saved in a pan to dry for compost.
Two loads of laundry were hung on the line. I made carrot pineapple salad, and individually froze the remainder of the crushed pineapple, enough for 3 more salads. Homemade yogurt was used in the salad. I pruned several fruit trees and bushes. I'm wanting to move more towards permaculture principles, and did what is called chop and drop, cutting up and piling the trimmings beneath each tree to break down. We have a partial large bale of spoiled hay, and I intend to cover the trimmings with this. I've enjoyed watching youtube videos on permaculture, and joined a permaculture fb group. I'm writing ideas down to try as I learn them. Even with gardening organically here for many years, there always seem to be challenges. I know that permaculture can't fix the problem of squirrels or other critters getting our fruit, for example, but if there was more of a bounty of fruit, maybe there would be enough for everyone. That's my hope.
|hawk on windmill|