|.50 jar Grandma Wheatons Old Fashioned Receipts|
J & I made our list of what we're growing in the garden this year, and the dates we need to start tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and possibly cucumbers. It's helpful to me to have things written down as a reminder, or they often don't get done. Lists work really well for me. I don't go by a list every day, but it definitely helps me stay on track with things. J made a plan of where the plantings will go in the gardens this year. I made swagbucks goals several days. I've added a morning walk, to the evening one. I gained a few pounds during the darkest days of winter. Eating denser foods and being less active does that to me these last few years. I'm determined to lose what I gained, plus a few more pounds. I took homemade fire cider after feeling a slight sore throat, and it quickly went away. I've been very impressed with how well fire cider has worked each time I've used it. I highly recommend it. There are variations on the recipe (here's one), so just use what you have and what appeals to you.
Another small tuft of usnea was found in my wanderings, and added to the jar of tincture. Laundry was done with homemade soap and gel, and hung on the clothesline. The guys finished working on a biodiesel plant, which is soon heading to Bad Axe, MI. That's them above preparing it for shipping. The rhubarb has begun poking up. I expect it will need to grow more this year, before I'm able to harvest any, but I'm happy to see it. The snowbells have begun blooming. I didn't know about them until a few years ago, then fell in love with them. J told me they were getting ready to head to lunch on Friday. Cleaning the fridge was on my to do list, and I'd just gotten all of the top shelf set out on the table, when he came back into the house to say they'd changed their mind, and were eating here. A quick clean of the shelf and bottles wiped, with a few things past their prime kept out, and all was put back in. Perhaps doing it one shelf a day will work better than doing it all at once anyway, if I can just keep it up. I don't enjoy the process, but the end result is a good thing.
While walking to the mailbox one day, I noticed a bright pop of red. One of the anemone hollandia's had bloomed, then got frostbit, so it was hanging over. Not to waste such a cheery bit of color this time of year, I cut it and brought it in the house to enjoy. I planted a dozen containers of wintersown medicinal, herb, pollinator, & dye plants. The ones I planted were eyebright, woad, columbine, 2 types of milkweed, lovage, echinacea, rosella, and one plant I'm not sure about. It's a nubby seedpod I got somewhere, which I believe may be a kousa dogwood. Don't know why I didn't label it, but there you go. I cleaned another shelf in the fridge. Just one more shelf, the crispers and the door (ugh!) to go. Eggs were boiled, with 6 made into deviled eggs and a couple given to the pups.
As Tuesday is my usual day in town, and the day I run errands, I skipped the grocery store this week. I had just enough time after Hospice work to get home and get ready for dinner out with my Valentine. J picked up 1/2 gal. of milk, but otherwise we've been eating out of the pantry this week. I suppose you could say our grocery money was spent on dinner, and a lovely one it was. With warmer temps, I uncovered and weeded around the lettuce, chard, and celery. Pasta Norma was made for dinner, using our tomatoes, eggplant, garlic, oregano, parsley, basil and chives. Today has been a flurry of activity... doing the biochar burn, sealing jars, repairing the wardrobe and siphoning and bottling the mead. I'm thinking this post is long enough. It's officially a new week, so I'll share these things in another post. Be well, friends!