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Monday, December 23, 2019
Natural Dyeing with Onion Skins & Frugal Accomplishments
Hello, friends. It's been one of those weeks with numerous challenges. All the hours on airplanes caught up with me. I came down with a cold, and appointments on Monday and Tuesday had to be cancelled. On two separate days, a hawk got one of our chickens. My check engine light came on again. That's just a sampling, but you get the idea. This too shall pass. A quiche was made, which used our eggs, peppers, garlic and parsley. I pulled lambs quarter and spaghetti squash from the freezer for a side dish, and made thousand island dressing for a salad. I dyed a second round of fabric in onion skins, and was pleased with the results of both batches.
With living in a handmade house, as well as Joseph's knowledge of so many things, we have a number of unusual systems on the homestead. A while back, I decided to make a systems book, mostly for my knowledge, but eventually for future occupants, which I hope is a long way off. I hadn't put much in the book so far, but last week, I added the procedure for draining the rainwater pipes during frigid temps. I had previously been making sketches in the book, then realized photos would work really well, so that's what I did this time. My goal is to steadily add to it, until all systems are included in the book.
I paid the propane bill within 10 days to get a small discount. Laundry was hung on the line. Split pea & barley soup was made from pantry items that needed using. Kale was harvested, and a kale salad made to bring to a family gathering on the weekend. I also made an autumn succotash to bring, with a couple of our butternut squash. J is still working hard on firewood, whenever he gets the chance, and has split and stacked more wood. We decorated our tree, and the house. I'm hoping to finish wrapping gifts, and hopefully bake cookies on Monday. Wishing you the happiest of holidays!