Archive for January, 2011


Monday, January 31st, 2011

I’m still working on the newest beehive. I got all the parts assembled and nailed, and both boxes primed and painted. Now it’s time for the fun stuff! I got this far last night: And then had to pause because, wow. That’s pretty darn girly. I know bees are almost a matriarchy and all, but […]

Battling the man-stank

Monday, January 31st, 2011

My latest bath & body project: homemade deodorant. See, my poor Josh has a problem – he’s allergic to whatever anti-perspirant it is they put in deodorants. I’ll spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say that there are certain places you just don’t want rashes and so he’s always been very careful […]


Sunday, January 30th, 2011

I know most of you read this blog through a Reader, so I just thought I’d point out my new header with y’all. You know, so you can tell me it’s so purty. I love graphic design-type stuff. (It may not look like it, but that photo above took hours of editing. It originally ended […]


Sunday, January 30th, 2011

I got my hive order in the mail a couple days ago. Toddler for scale. I can’t believe how much faster this one is going together than Colony #1 (which I’m naming Lady Grey). Same make and model, I guess it just pays to really understand exactly how everything’s supposed to work. Only two days […]

Convenience packaging

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

I’ve been using my pressure canner quite a bit lately. I’ll make a double batch of something, feed us that night and dish out enough leftovers for a couple days, and then can the rest of the food before I go to bed. I’ve made a lot of chicken stock, mushroom bourguignon, and kale-butternut-bean soup […]

Snow day

Friday, January 28th, 2011

We put big branches on the back to look like wings. Then Sofía got excited and gave it a tail, too. And she decided it needed a real carrot nose. (I don’t know how she learned that snowmen have carrot noses). It was too crusty for snow angels, but she did have fun flopping and […]

Dry air

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

I am just about ready for winter to be over. Not yet, mind you – I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to afternoons spent with TV and knitting. But I’m getting there. My skin is itchy, the heating bills are astronomical, and I am really tired of getting shocked whenever I turn a light […]

Woodstove update

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

This thing is amazing! There are 5 inches of snow on the ground outside and even more billowing down, but it’s 79 degrees in here and once we started the stove in the morning, the heat pump never kicked on once all day!

Growing crystals

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Inspired by one of Martha Stewart’s holiday ornaments, Sofía and I grew our own borax-crystal suncatchers. And while they certainly don’t look anything like Martha’s, they’re pretty (and dead easy and educational to boot) enough that we will probably be making them again. Make a suncatcher creation out of a pipe cleaner. Then mix 9 […]

Future flowery forage

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Yay! The bee-friendly flower mixture that I coveted is back in stock at John Scheeper’s Kitchen Garden Seeds. I’ve talked before about what I should do with the Swamp Bottom area. To cultivate, or not to cultivate? I should probably leave it fallow, but don’t want to “waste” the space on crops that won’t feed […]