Take a peek inside the potting shed!! I will be planting LOTS of seeds this year. I had gotten a HUGE seed lot a few years back:
So it’s going to be very handy this year, when times are lean and I couldn’t afford to buy anything!
I started some seeds downstairs in my growroom, and some are in the kitchen:
And the rest are in the downstairs grow room, which seriously needs attention, but the DOOR is cute 🙂
Maya Angelou told it like it is! I am so sick of snow and ready for Spring. I have my seed starting flats out and went through two bags of starting mix already! Being I am in Zone 5b, I have PURPLE peas and tomatoes and peppers growing downstairs under awesome grow lights. I am READY!
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So our cats live outside. By this I mean on the porch, in their cathouse, and in the barn. I have two insulated boxes set up on the porch with cushions I made that are filled with rice that I microwave on cold days and wrap in a blanket and those guys are TOASTY!
Well, the two cats scuffle on occasion but mostly cohabitate and we feed them in bowls on the porch, and if there’s any left over we leave it for them to eat at their leisure, within reason. I was just coming up from my indoor garden downstairs and absent-mindedly reached down and to my right to “scritch” the cat my periphery suggested was there, only to hear an UNcat-like hiss. I sidled away and whipped out the ol’ phone with the handy flashlight app that pops on with a certain movement. Two flicks of my wrist and I was peering into a snarl of teeth and some creepy-cute beady eyes whose lenses flashed me back like lasers:
This one did not perform as expected according to legend, and did not faint, or “play possum.” This opossum seemed to be down for a new challenge as it would be worth it to have a full belly of cat food.
I know better then to mess with wild animals, and I hope you will follow suit. We humanely had it leave. No more cat food left on the porch!
I sent my friend Suzanne of WTFarmGirl a couple treats and her reaction has inspired me to sell them on our Etsy store.
I had made these reusable cotton face masks to help me with the dust when I am working in the barn or woodshed. They help keep the dust out. You can wear them either way, whatever suits your fancy, as they are curved to fit your face and the straps are a soft, round elastic.
I have no packaging or labels ready yet, but up it goes! I made some awesome apple butter with orange and clove that I call “Sunshine Butter” and also some “Salve So Good!” that has Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive oil infused with plantain, Grapeseed Oil infused with Jewelweed, Carrotseed, Cedarwood, Lavender, Red Raspberry Seed, Clove, Calendula, Geranium, Vitamin E, and Rosemary oils. You see many salves with some ingredients, but mine will rock your socks! While you’re at it, slather some on dry heels and cover with cotton socks for a mini spa treatment!
Our poor chickens don’t like cold toes, so I shlep out some hay out to carpet their yards. It warmed up enough for them to want to come out. I play you some Happy New Year song 😉
I started at over 260 pounds. This is where I’m at now…
It’s tough to learn, but essential! If you do not value yourself and your own time, neither will anyone else.