Hello, friends. With cloudy, cooler and rainy days in the forecast, I moved the house plants from the great room and bedroom out on the porch, and will move them onto the plant stand in the next day or two. Some things were put in the ground that I started from seed, including nettle leaved mullein, and harlequin livingstone daisies. I pulled a bag of our lima beans from the freezer, and we had them with mashed potatoes and broccoli salad. Homemade blueberry pancakes were pulled from the freezer. I enjoyed them with jam for breakfast. J's favorite way to eat peas is "peas and pastry", which he had as a kid. I made them, along with roasted asparagus, a nice spring on the homestead meal. My Mom's ricotta pie was made for dessert. I'm enjoying roasting and baking while we still have some cool days. I shelled the peas while watching youtube episodes of Deep South Homestead and Off Grid with Doug & Stacy.
|Our first service berries|
While J was working on mudding, sanding and priming, I tackled a project that's been on my list for a while. While at the coast last September, I found a watercolor painting I liked for $5, and a wood frame for $5, which I preferred to the metal frame the painting was in. To fit the other frame, though, I needed to trim the mat quite a bit. My preference would have been to not cut the mat down, but having a nice piece of art for $10 won out. Once the house painting is done, I'll play with a new arrangement for all the floral paintings. It seems like I had just canned broth, but between the asparagus ends and pea pods, along with all the usual, I already had almost 3 gallons of vegi scraps. With the cool, rainy days, I decided to can broth, and have another 9 1/2 pints to add to the pantry. With all the garden we've planted, I expect to be canning plenty during the hot summer, so this is one less thing to can during the heat. A bonus is a bit more room in the freezer.
I went through swagbucks for a purchase. It was only for 1% cash back, but it all adds up. The painting job was hard work, for both of us, but especially for J, working many hours up and down the ladder. Every piece of furniture had to be moved away from the walls, or into another room. And everything in the rooms had to be cleaned. Some of it needed it anyway, but after getting covered with powder from sanding, it all did. Ah well, it's a good spring cleaning, and will feel nice for a little while. When we attempted to turn on the a/c, it did not come on. Though it was warm (mid-80's outside), we mostly turned it on to help dry the paint. J brought the dehumidifier up from the basement, and we also had a fan blowing. It's been very humid, with rain most evening or nights. Thankfully, the forecast is for temps in the 70's for a few days. Hopefully, we can get the a/c fixed before it's really needed.
I gathered seeds, which were a mix of kale and turnips. As difficult as it's been to buy seeds this year, I want to be mindful of saving what I can. The first two tomato plants have blooms, which is one step closer to fruits. With the kitchen being part of what we've been painting, meals had to be simple for a few days. One day, we had egg salad sandwiches and waldorf salad. Another day we had vegi "chik" patties with fries and baked beans. On Sunday, I made pasta salad and a green salad, using up most of the beautiful local bibb lettuce. I gathered a sprig of basil to go in the pasta salad. I washed all the rugs I pulled out of the rooms that were being painted. They were hung on the line to dry. My spring allergies have really kicked in. I'm thankful for homemade nettle tincture, which I take several times a day. Of course, part of it may be all the dust in the house from mudding and sanding, but it helps me breathe easier in any case.
All of the house plants were moved on to the plant stand for the warmer months. Well, all but the biggest plants, like lemons and avocado, which I'll probably needs J's help with. They're happy on the porch for now. We're getting a serious rain as I type this. I did some weeding in the carrot patch this evening, but the mosquitoes convinced me to go back inside. Photos were taken of two items for ebay. Some peas were harvested, but it looks like they will soon be done. Eggs were gathered, and more suet made for the birds. They are going through it in record time. Orders continue coming to both my online shops, and I feel blessed. The governor said last week that massage therapists may return to work, with stipulations. Many of the Hospice employees continue to work from home, so it may be a while before that resumes. Wishing you a peaceful Memorial Day.