Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gorgeous weather out today!! I got the sprouted onions and garlic out in the raised beds yesterday. There was a light frost this morning but they seem to be doing well.  I've been taking the seedlings out for a couple hours each day when I get home if William hasn't done it for me.  He's been busy in the garage building more weapons and shields so I dont expect him to remember all the time.  I was contemplating taking a half day tomorrow but Helen has to go to Kentucky and William is going with her. Hopefully she will be bringing back her lawn mower!! I'd like to not have to get one.

In other news Im finishing up the Square Foot Garden book that my friend Temetra's  mom got me.  I am helping them out with a gardening this year and I belive the SFG will be their best bet.  I am tempted to put in some myself now, but Im torn because I also want to improve the soil that I have.  Yeah I know its more work that way, maybe Im just being difficult.  With all the nicer weather I feel re-energized.  Im wanting to do more in the yard, I just need it to dry out!!! Well Im off to upload my next article for Homemakers Who Work.  It's about my attempts to use my clothesline even though I work during prime drying hours.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Today was a fairly awesome day. I got up fairly easy (not a morning person) I got to work on time and I had an awesome day at work.  My co worker's mom got me a copy of Square Foot Gardening (I am helping them set up a system and went in on seed orders with them)  I have been meaning to get a copy for myself.  Today was rainy but the coming week is suppose to be rain free!!

I also found out I won a bar of soap from Pile O'Melays! How awesome is that?

PS- How are you liking or disliking the new background and layout?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring fever and fear

It poured all day and night yesterday.  I have standing water in my garden area :(  It was nice today and is suppose to be nice tomorrow then rain again Sunday then its suppose to be nice & dry 'til the following Sunday.  I hope to get the onions and garlic planted in the raised beds.  If it dries out completely (crossing fingers) I can do some tilling. It does not look like I will get to put up tunnels this spring but I hope to maybe in the fall.

I'm sorry still no pictures.  I am chugging along with things here though. Things have changed since my last post. Dillan moved out. Things with him and his wife fell flat and she was paying his rent, so he went back to his mom's but then opted to stay with other friends. I believe he has decided to go into Job Corps and I wish him well, however he skipped out on paying us for the last month and I had plans that were contingent on that money. He told Bill he would pay us back but I am not holding my breath. Soon it will just be me, Bill and Helen.  My step daughter and her baby have gotten a place about an hour or so north of here where her mother's family is, I wish her well also.  For a little bit there wont be anybody moving in. We don't know anyone else who needs a place to stay that we'd be cool opening our house to.  The house is far from quiet tonight though as we still get the boys every other weekend.

The house is a hopping place at the moment with both Bill and Helen making things.  Helen is going with us to Ragnarok and she needed clothes for her persona.  She has been a shopping and sewing mad woman.  Bill has been busy making a mushroom chair (Pics as soon as I can get good ones!) as well as weapons, tabards and other things.  What am I doing??  Gardening stuff. Seedlings and grow boxes and garden plans have kept me busy.  I also have been doing quite a bit of crocheting dishcloths. 

I should be working on clothes also but I just cannot bring myself to do it.  I have gained a lot of weight over the fall and winter and the thought of trying on anything or making anything at this point in time makes me both anxious and depressed.  Places I'd rather not be. I have no idea what my weight is at the moment other than it's unhealthy.  I think I am at or past my highest weight just before I got my PCOS diagnosis and to be honest Im scared to death.  Bill is extremely worried about my health and finally confessed it to me.  I have a plan in motion to help out and it will cost me a little but if I don't do something soon I am going to end up diabetic and on heart medication or worse.  My blood pressure wasn't good last time I checked it at the store. Diabetes and heart disease run in my family so Im scared.  I'm not going to the doctor and creating yet another set of bills.  So I will try this first and see how I do after I drop some of this extra weight.  

Thursday, March 18, 2010


I forgot to tell you about the wonderful score that we made about 2 weeks ago! On the 4th we were out and about and on coming home we stopped at the 4-Way gas station to get William a soda, it was a slight deviation to our normal route. On making our way back home we came from the north instead of the south and as we were driving I happened to look over and notice about 13 boxes on the side of the road that said Kerr or Ball.  We looked at each other and decided that we would mosey on down the street to our house and "take the dog for a walk".

So with Tater and my middle stepson in tow we proceeded with our recon.  Sure enough the boxes were actually FULL of jar! I went up to the house and asked the owner if he minded me taking them (just in case) and he said "Sure I was just gonna toss em"  which, of course, made me ecstatic.  While the men stood and guarded our wonderful score I ran back up the street and grabbed the blazer, got them loaded up and brought home.  We went through them all, some of the boxes were crappy and some of the jars were bug graveyards but only 1 out of all of them was broken. They had rings attached to most of them but they were corroded and rusting out none of them could be saved. It took several full loads of the dishwasher to get them all cleaned.  The boxes they came with were burned and I got new boxes for storage from work.  I believe all in all it was about 150 jars, not all the boxes were completely full.  They were mainly quart jars with some nice pretty fruit pint jars included.  I have pictures of some of them laid out all over the kitchen table but I will have to ask get them from Helen and put them up.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ides of March

Yeah I know I haven't been on.  Today I took a half day and got some things accomplished.  I worked on the raised beds. Several onions survived the winter.  I also got pots filled for seedlings and I also started some onion bulbs. My house goes through a LOT of onions.  I also sprayed vinegar around the house to kill off weeds. We'll see how well that works.  If it does I will be planting a flower mix called Real Shady Mix on the north side of the house. Later this evening I finally caught up on blogs and also managed to get a half hour of belly dance work out in with Helen.  So yeah its quarter 'til midnight and I'm going to bed.  My schedule at work has changed so I go in an hour later!! YAY! Getting up and going to work when it's still dark outside sucks and I don't have to do it anymore.

BTW, I hope everyone has a Happy St. Patrick's Day.