Happenings at Noble Homestead

It’s been busy. I recorded a fun video but it *still* hasn’t made it onto my computer, along with about ten other videos. We are BUSY, and when I sit down at night to edit videos, most times I end up asleep.

The kids started public school and we all ended up with pink eye for two weeks on and off. Ha! not fun. However, they seem to be having fun.

First Day of School

I turned 50 this summer and Ray took us to New York City for two days.  We saw the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. We finished the day with a visit to Untermeyer Park where Ray and I used to live in Yonkers, but it was dusk and we could only visit a little, yet fantastic piece.

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We love this place. Untermeyer Park.

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The next day we went to the American Museum of Natural History, a Swedish Marionette Theater, The John Lennon Memorial “Strawberry Fields,” and then Untermeyer Park, among other things… SO many things and swimming for hours in the hotel pools in between, having the time of our lives. We boarded Demmy Dog at Milton Manor, and he was very well cared for, and we have much gratitude for that!

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Giant lap dog!

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We have made some soap, jalapeno jelly, lilac syrup and wine.

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Olivia helped us harvest lilacs for syrup and wine.

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We are gardening like crazy. We have clay soil, so Ray bought us a truckload of topsoil, and we have been amending the property in the garden area and our “oasis” pond area.  I have such great video for you all and am trying  not to kick myself for not having it up on our YouTube right now but if I did, we would be accomplishing much less.

I will do my best to get some of the videos up on the next rainy day :).  However, I keep learning all the time, too.  I have been earning certificates on Herbology and Hospitality and Event Management on a couple sites, Udemy and IOA (International Open Academy). 

We put in a Tentrr Glamping site. It’s awesome!

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This place is so cozy!!

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In addition to school, the kids are taking ballet and are both going to be in the National Museum of Dance, School of the Arts’ Nutcracker this year.

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V's first class 🙂

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This lucky kid gets swim class on his birthday

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They are also taking swim lessons on Thursday nights at Skidmore College (thanks to my friend Chris, an alum, for the info on THAT!!). Vince is also starting the trumpet.

AND both kids have a birthday this month!!! Nanny (their maternal GREAT grandmother) has already made it so special by getting them shirts and awesome presents.

Olivia got a FANTASTIC blanket, Vince got his last year.

Sooo much more to catch you up on but that’s all the time for now! Watch what we’re up to on Instagram 🙂

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Vincent's proud of his garden.

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Vincent grew a giant purple carrot!

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V enjoying the last day of summer vacation

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We picked our corn 🙂

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Starting a Tea Garden — Planning an Ozark Homestead

I’ve been taking many herbal classes lately.  This totally caught my eye! I had to reblog this awesome article by Planning an Ozark Homestead:

If you like tea and are thinking of starting an tea herb garden, here are some herbs to consider. Lemon Verbena – Said to improve digestion, joint pain and fever reducer Mint – Is used for digestive disorders, abdominal pain and stomach cramps Thyme – Said to calm stomach problems and sore throat. Chamomile – […]

via Starting a Tea Garden — Planning an Ozark Homestead

Spring Fever and the Potting Shed

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:

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Come on, Spring!

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And the rest are in the downstairs grow room, which seriously needs attention, but the DOOR is cute 🙂

 

**IT Has Hit the Fan’ Not the Best Time Ever SHTF & Peek at the Garden

Things have not been easy here at Noble Homestead.  Here’s what’s going on and a quick peek at my garden downstairs.

UV Glasses I use in my grow room: http://amzn.to/2CGhXiE

My Grow lights: Little 45w LED light: http://amzn.to/2EV99nj

Bigger 300w LED light: http://amzn.to/2CUgnaw

Really awesome dual head clip lights I love: http://amzn.to/2Au0t3W

Pine Needle Calendula Tea and Catching Up!

Did you ever try Pine Needle Tea? I learned about it on YouTube, through Off Grid with Doug & Stacy . I bet you never knew it was delicious!

It is simple and a whole food and so mild.  Be careful though, and know what you are harvesting:

A few words of caution: while there are over 100 different varieties of pine, the Ponderosa, Norfolk Island and Yew needles should be avoided, as brewing can prove toxic. You’ll want to collect your needles from trees at a distance from the roadside to be sure they haven’t been

exposed to exhaust or chemicals, and far away from dump sites. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid pine needle tea as it has been linked by some sources to miscarriage. -source: http://www.medicinalfoodnews.com/articles/pine-needle-tea

What’s so good about pine needle tea?

1. Pine needle tea has a pleasant taste and smell (always a good start).

I LOVE these bags!

2. It is rich in vitamin C (5 times the concentration of vitamin C found in lemons) and can bring relief to conditions such as heart disease, varicose veins, skin complaints and fatigue

3. Vitamin C is also an immune system booster which means that pine needle tea can help to fight illness and infections.

4. Pine needle tea also contains high levels of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyesight, improves hair and skin regeneration and improves red blood cell production.

5. It can be used as an expectorant for coughs and to help relieve chest congestion; it is also good for sore throats.

6. It brings you clarity and mental clearness.

7. It can help with depression, obesity, allergies and high blood pressure.

8. Pine needles contain antioxidants. These reduce free radicals, which are harmful to humans and can cause disease.

9. Taoist priests drank pine needle tea as they believed it made them live longer. There is researched evidence that pine needle tea can help to slow the ageing process.

10. Pick some pine needles and let them soak in boiling water on your stove and it will add a crisp pine smell all over the house. Perfect for Christmas.

source: https://www.forestholidays.co.uk/forestipedia/10-reasons-you-should-be-drinking-pine-needle-tea

Beginner Gardener Tips: Should You Till?

We’ll be doing raised beds from here on out.

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When we bought our first house in 2000, it had a 1000 square foot area that had been gardened by the 90-year-old prior owner for 20 years.  It was a simple rectangular area, and she had planted her crops in rows, with a big Rhubarb in the corner.

f69f6-andytilling2The soil was hard-packed clay, and while there were definitely crops growing, it was hard to imagine where the water would go.

We had read about raised bed gardening in a book by Edward C. Smith called The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible that we could till up the soil to make raised beds without having to bring in extra soil.  We didn’t have much money, so this made sense to us.

We found a tool rental shop, and it was about $75 to rent a gas-powered tiller for a day.  I had zero experience or fear, so there was a bit of a…

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