Archive for August, 2009


Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Once I find out the zoning of the Severn property, I’ll know for sure whether we can have livestock or not. Thus far things look hopeful, as the property has no HOA and is nearly 2 acres. I’m waiting to hear back from the seller’s realtor as to what the zoning actually is –  but […]

Peach-blackberry cobbler

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Summer is the season for peaches! This cobbler is so light and delicious, and can probably be made with any combination of fruits. Peach-blueberry is another good one, especially since they’re both in season now. I can’t wait till I can try this with homegrown fruit. This recipe is originally from J’s mom, but I […]


Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

In the interest of being able to budge the composter when we move in four weeks, I have stopped adding compostables to the pile. Hopefully by the time we’re outta here, all the lovely scraps of egg shell, corn husks and paper towels will have dutifully decomposed into delicious humus. Then we can spread that […]


Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Look what I was doing today: Learning about keeping bees! I learned so much – we were there for about two and a half hours. I was half afraid that seeing the seething masses of bees would awaken some latent paranoia and I’d get all freaked or something, but everything was just as cool as […]

It’s actually happening!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Just got the update from the appraiser – we came in at $222, which is not where we wanted but is still workable. We’re going to contact the buyer and seller and ask them for less and more closing costs respectively, and make this thing work. So… here we go!


Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Just thought I’d follow up that last canning post with a few instructions. Making yogurt is super easy, ya’ll – wish I’d been making it ages ago. Woulda saved quite a few bucks during my smoothies kick, lemme tell ya. 1) Pour any kind of milk into a clean jar. I used some organic whole […]


Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

I just finished reading Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, by Novella Carpenter. I’d tried for months to get it different ways through the local, county, state, and national library systems, but no one was loaning it yet, so I went ahead and ordered it from Amazon. It was everything I had hoped […]

A string’s the thing

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Turns out Kitty got into my upholstery thread and choked down a nice, looooooooong bit of it, the dummy. The vet found the upper half under his tongue and the lower half you-can-guess-where, and pulled and cut as much as she could. We are hoping he will pass the rest. He stayed at the hospital […]

Poor Kitty

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Kitty’s doing worse, so I took him in to the vet this morning way before his appointment – they seemed to think it was important enough to try and sneak him in between appointments. I’m so worried about him, poor thing – he feels so poorly and he’s in pain, but he was still rubbing […]

One good thing

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Oh something good did happen today. ButterBean put together a couple signs for the first time: first “more” and then “nursey”. And she did it several times. She made a real sentence, and she’s just 13 months old! What a smarty pants.