5/8/2017 – 1st week of Late Spring

Finally got half of the garden planted. The daughter and granddaughter helped a lot, so I have no idea what exactly is planted where. A small price to pay for making memories.

I have ran setlines the last two weekends with nothing to show for it. I changed several things this year, so I am not sure which is causing the problem. The most likely suspect is the new hooks. So I am going to go back to the hooks I had been using.

Posted in Daily, Fishing, Gardening

4/10/2017 – 2nd week of Middle Spring

I never got around to posting last week. For the most part it was cool, wet, and dreary. Needless to say, I didn’t accomplish much except hiding inside. During one break in the rain I was able to put together the beds for the kid’s raised garden. They are pretty crude, but sturdy. I also moistened the seeds that are stratify in the fridge.

This week the weather has been nicer. Less rain and much warmer. It’s also the last expected freeze date, which means I am way behind on the garden. Unfortunately, I was only able to finish filling one bed with soil. I got distracted taking the kids fishing. We didn’t catch anything, but still had fun.

Posted in Daily, Fishing, Gardening

3/27/2017 – 4th week of Early Spring

The sand plums are in full bloom. Hopefully there aren’t many cold snaps left this year.

Finally remembered to start prepping the seeds I gathered last year (acorn, black walnut, hackberry, hawthorn, honeylocust, rose, and sumac). They all got an overnight soak and then went into bags of perlite in the refrigerator. With any luck, some survived my neglect.

Posted in Daily, Foraging, Gardening

3/20/2017 – 3rd week of Early Spring

Put the order for chickens in. While I was pretty sure that somebody was still selling Hollands, when I went to purchase them they were all sold out for the season. So we decided to just get an order of 25 Brahmas (10 buff, 10 dark, and 5 light). Also decided to skip ordering broilers for now, the Brahma culls should be sufficient.

Not much else going on. Need to get caught up on chores and work for awhile.

Posted in Animals, Daily

3/16/2017 – 2nd week of Early Spring

Purchased all the supplies to build two raised beds. If I was smart, I would have had the lumber cut down at the store. Now I have to track down a saw.

Also started getting catalogs from the chicken hatcheries. Thinking about putting in two small orders instead of one regular order. The meat order would be Rainbow Rangers (or similar). The egg order would be Hollands and either Buff Orpingtons or a mix of Brahmas.

Noticed that some of the plums were flowering. Definitely springtime.

Posted in Animals, Daily, Gardening

2/28/2017 – 4th week of Late Winter

  Just about finished with the first version of the first floor plan. There are a few details that I need to finish that deal with how the first floor correlates with the second floor and the framing of the first and second floors. Mostly this has to do with plumbing and HVAC.

  Quite a bit of physical labor at work this week. On the bright side, it’s a nice way to get into shape for spring. But it is making notice my age, or at least how out of shape I am in.

  Slowly, but surely.

Posted in Daily, House

2/17/2017 – 2nd week of Late Winter

Took a break from garden planning and started working on the house plans again. I am finally getting close to being able to publish the floor plans. I have even started spec’ing out some of the windows and doors.

Slowly, but surely.

Also, I have become addicted to digestive biscuits. These are English biscuits, so they are some where between a cookie and a cracker. Apparently, they were created during the Victorian era when it was thought that baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) was good for digestion. In reality, they supplied fiber that was desperately needed in their diet. So now I have to figure out how to make them.

Posted in Daily, House, Research
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