Archive for November, 2010

New traditions

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Howdy folks! Apologies about the delay in posts – we were out of state for Thanksgiving. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I really wanted to make an advent calendar for SofĂ­a this year. When I was growing up we always did those store-bought ones with chocolate inside the windows that you hunt […]

Candlestick maker

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I found an old bag full of broken candles in one of my recent basement-and-garage-cleaning-spurts. I got pretty excited because I instantly made plans for those suckers. Yeah, I know we’ve been here for a year and I’m still finding hidden stashes of old stuff we didn’t know was in there. (I found a box […]

Getting back to work

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything about the little tool shed, and for a good reason – once I got the roof on, the shed has taken back seat to everything else. I mean, I had a dry place to stash my long-handled tools – so what if it didn’t have shelves, […]

A very crunchy post about making lotion, plus some wacko theories

Friday, November 19th, 2010

My stomach problems have made me really interested in ingesting more probiotics lately. I’ve started making milk and water kefirs, have been eating more yogurt, and even begged a kombucha starter (a tangy cultured tea drink) off a friend of mine. See, the theory is that over time certain products such as antibiotics or a […]

November roses

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

When I first planted our little backyard bed last year, I thought this rosebush was a goner. I nearly pulled it up and threw it out. It did finally manage to gasp out one single tiny lopsided yellow half-bloom, so I gave it a bunch of manure, mulch, watered it regularly, and let it stay […]

November leaves

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Fall is here! I have to say I’m loving our electric leaf blower/vacuum mulcher a whole lot. Josh sucks up all the leaf piles and the machine mulches them into tiny bits. Josh then dumps wheelbarrowloads of lovely leaf mulch down in the swampy area where they’ll be put to good use. It’s not a […]

A whole new ball game

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

I play with the big dogs now – I canned homemade chicken stock in a pressure canner for the first time! Remember back when I told you that a friend of mine had gifted me the pressure canner that I’d always wanted? Well, I got it working and I didn’t burn down the house or […]

Last of the sunshine

Monday, November 15th, 2010

These last two days have been the most beautiful weather I can remember all year. Mid 60’s and sunny – just perfect for a last hurrah before winter. Can’t you just feel the sunshine? I’ll keep this photo close on those cold winter days to come.

Birthday loot

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

We went antiquing for my birthday last week. I picked up an old mayonnaise maker and this sign: It’s more scuffed up than the high-contrast photo makes it appear, which I love. I thought it was funny so I’m going to hang it above the kitchen door!

A day in the slow life

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I’ve never participated in a meme before. They’ve been floating around the internet in all shapes and forms for as long as I can remember, but none have ever interested me until now. See, recently (okay like a month ago) Backyard Feast came up with the idea to document and share a typical day as […]