What Are Your Weekend Plans?
Poet, great topic. It’s inspiring to read what others have written.
As for me, we finally got a real nice spring weekend in the NE, so:
– Cleaned out garden in preparation for tilling and planting (Safewrite, your longer growing season really strikes a contrast to where we are at here! It makes me question, once again, the wisdom of living where the winters are so long, even if it is “home”);
– Played “catch” with my son (we’re trying to get him over his fear of catching pop-flies);
– Sent our son off turkey hunting (1st time ever) with a close friend of my husband’s at way-too-early-in-the-morning-on-a-weekend this AM. Our friend taught him how to make turkey calls on a slate turkey-caller (amazing how well they work!), and taught him 1st lessons on the art of hunting turkeys (“turkeys have great eye-sight, so you have to move veeeery slowly”, etc.) This is one area where I see welcomed evidence that my husband may -deep down- be hearing and coming around to what I’ve been talking about for the last 3 years, as it concerns the future well-being of our son.
– Contemplated the unexpected death of one of our neighbors this last week. Once again we re-lived the lesson: you never know when your time is going to be up; cherish life now;
– Trying to wrap up decision on whether to get a new/used car that gets high mpg or not. Need to clear that off my mental plate (no, not metal plate), as well as do it while it can be done (low rates, availability, etc.), so I can focus on other, higher priority preps. -The hybrid car thread was perfectly timed for me! And VF’s comment on another thread re “an electic car being the least of his worries vs being warm and fed in the future” (paraphrased!!) reflects some of my own uncertainty of the wisdom to even go down that path given higher priorities;
– Catch up on CM.com and some others so I don’t feel so damned isolated in my beliefs!
PS I harvested my first batch of spring asparagus ever from my garden…you have to wait 3 years until it is ready to start harvesting annually. What a great feeling!!
-weed and water the garden (2500 square feet)
-thin the peaches
-listen to Jim Puplava
-jog 3 miles (I really stink at this-so out of shape, but I try)
-church (spoke with a guy that had prostate cancer-took my mind off of the 3 E’s for awhile)
-irrigated (flood irrigate 10 acres – about 6 hours)
-start Mauldin’s new book – got it for my birthday
-red wine and BBQ pork ribs tonight (their great!)
The asparagus sounds wonderful. I ought to plant some of that!
We planted turnips, sunflowers, more cukes, spinach, okra and peanuts. Watering the garden now takes 30 minutes, except for the times we leave a hose on things to soak. We put shade over some fragile plants for the hot weather. It’s the same frame we used to make cold frames with clear plastic: that’s a “dome tent frame” made of two eight-ft lengths of 1/2-inch PVC pipe crossed and ends jammed into the inside corners of the 4-ft x 4-ft square foot garden box. A piece of an old sheet was attached with clothespins. If insects or critters become a problem we can cover the frames with netting or chicken wire.
Sprayed everything with BT, too. Recommend you use safety glasses and a dust mask with that stuff! It may not be able to hurt you, but it sure can burn and sting a bit.
Fence is now prepped on the north side and up on the south side. We have to pull it tight – getting a trailer hitch for that among other reasons.
Chose a propane emergecy generator. Have to order it.
Researched a chest freezer that can also be used as a bench seat. May have to put a shout-out on CM to find one, as we have space issues and a chest freezer can only go in the dining room.
Got one estimate on the pump house: two more to go.
Thanks to a tip from a fellow CM member we looked online at cold-weather citrus at McKenzie Farms. (I will cross-post the link to the gardening thread.) Some of this citrus is hardy as far north as New England! We chose the Thomasville Citrangequat and the Browns Select Satsuma and possibly the Bloomsweet Grapefruit – great stuff. The farm is seven miles from my husband’s family homestead so we will buy them in person the next time we visit there. (Figs seem to need citrus & cinnamon when you can them. They are really bland otherwise.)
I shelled half a 25-lb bag of raw peanuts. Then I roasted & salted them, and packed them in eight half-quart jars. It took hours, my arms hurt, and I am tempted to just roast the rest in the shells. We also harvested our first peas and another cos (romaine) salad., I highly recommend Jehicho cos lettuce for gardeners in the Carolinas – drought and bolt resistanf, prolific, and very tasty.
Fig and peach cobbler inthe oven! I’ve been using up last year’s canned peaches and figs in anticipation of this year’s crop. The tomatoes are gone. Need to can more this year!
And we got three stars on EVERY BOARD on Angry Birds!!! How cool is that???
Transplanted our Beaver Dam pepper seedlings to the SFG. Finished hardening the Trinidad Scorpion Tail peppers and staged them for transplanting into the raised beds this weekend. Weeded and thinned the gardens. Picked a giant bunch of buttercrunch, red sails, pak choy, raap broccoli and sweet lettuce for dinner. Went preemptive on the cabbage loopers and sprayed the brussells sprouts and lettuce with BT. Gave our 12 year old Golden Retriever a summer haircut – called a false drape – by shaving her tummy. It was not unlike shearing a sheep except it took almost 90 minutes – sheep are much more cooperative. Went to Mass in shorts since the Contemporary choir has the next two weeks off. Noodled on the guitar for an hour working on “Whiskey Before Breakfast” – almost have the walkup from the Em to A and D to A dialed in at speed, I’m stuck on 80 bpm and need to kick it up closer to 120 bpm.
Planted the dwarf nectarine, apricot and bing cherry trees. Cat and I started out headed for the antique store, ended up detouring to the nursery were we found a semi-dwarf, self-pollinating peach tree. That goes in the ground this comming weekend. Will have to move the plum tree to an up-sun spot. Finally got to the antique store, were looking for junk silver, found nothing but foofy sterling thing-a-ma-bobs. Came home with a bakers rack that is now outside in the garden terraced with potted peppers, bush (determinate) tomatoes and some other stuff. Polished off the appropriate number of bottles of Sam Adams Noble Pils during an impromptu “Two Beers With Steve” Sunday night session until we were cut short by the announcement of OBL’s demise.
Pretty much the same plan this weekend except there’s a trip to the coin store for more gold and silver, a handful of authentic Philly cheesesteaks (on Amoroso rolls of course) and a shift from Sam Adams to Sierra Nevada Summerfest.
And whatever else Cat tells me to do.
Well I got a new Excalibur and kept it busy all weekend. Very into that. I was very impressed with the green beans—I stood over the pot and watched them plump back up when I put them together with the pasta for a caserole dish. I also dehydrated down two big bags of frozen hash browns–they made two quart jars of much smaller dehydrated potato slivers. And also i got a gallon of strawberries at a roadside stand and they all went into the dehydrator too.
I also received the sample order I had made from Harmony House and have been working on how to use the dehydrated stuff in my everyday cooking. I got their vegetable soup mix too and was pleasantly surprised with that.
Outside, I added more soil around the potatoes and tomatoes and planted out some nasturtiums and marigolds under the tomatoes. I didn’t see any bugs on my pepper plants, but there have been some there and i need to deter them. I’ve found that the squash with aluminum foil collars are doing the best now. My sweet potatoes are ready to plant, but I haven’t gotten around to that yet. Last year I found that they looked really pretty potted with vincas, so i plan to do that again this year.
On a different front, I also have a daughter getting married, so there was some shopping and running around with that.
We have this strangest, irritating noise outside because of some cicadas, 13 year locusts i think. Everywhere you go it sounds like a sqeaky motor. At least they aren’t right up against the house.
I love this thread because it’s so great to see what everyone’s doing.
So Saturday instead of going to our little community garden plot, we went to a local park to have some lunch. We walked around and also looked a the little zoo they had. I had fun petting the goats and feeding them pellets. I consider that “training” in goat-handling. 😛
Sunday, instead of going to the San Diego Zoo, we took our baby boys for their first ever dip in a pool (and a very brief) dip in a hot tub. Passing skills on to the next generation? 🙂
Wow, interesting thread and nice change of pace. I’ll give it a go:
Fri: Sold 3/4 silver holdings (ok, I don’t know if that counts as the weekend). Got delivery of 2 kilos of red worms.
Sat: Tried to make it to farm, but couldn’t due to protests blocking roads. Returned home to care for sick dog. Went to friends’ house for dinner and drinks.
Sunday: Did make it to farm. Added Eisenia fetida (red worms) to aquaponics grow beds. Did a little system maintenance, planted lettuce and more tomatos. Returned home, went grocery shopping with girlfriend, and returned home to care for dog, cook and eat. Also set up red-worm composting bins at home and at farm, following general instructions at this very helpful site.
Monday: My sweet sweet dog of just under 2 years died. Went to farm to burry her. Tick desease sucks. Sad but life goes on.
Oh, Farmer Brown, I am so sorry about yout dog! Dogs have always been a part of our family, and it is always heartbreaking to lose one. My heart goes out to you!
My kids say my worm farm is the strangest of my new hobbies. I have the “can of worms” and even so I killed them all the first time around and had to start over with new ones,…..I think I gave them half a watermellon—might have drowned them, I don’t know, I was also given to stir them with a long handled pasta spoon….
Now I treat the little fellows with more respect. I try to keep the moisture level even and even run the scraps throught the blender sometimes, I use gloves and handle them carefully. Now I have all kinds of big ones and lots of little baby worms.
The castings are absolutely fabulous for your plants. The tea is great for baby seedlings.
You can get very philosophical when working with worms. Its very humbling, awe inspiring actually, to meditate on how our world fits together.
Youngest son slept in past his normal 5:30 wake-up, till 7:00, which meant Mom and Dad could too! Breakfast and a slow cuppa Joe delayed my chorin’ till past 9:30. Critters must have thought it was Sunday. After chores I found a local window and door installer who was selling salvaged windows. Scored a vinyl 3-1/2′ x 9′ double casement/picture window and two smaller windows, all in mint condition, for $125 to use in converting a horse stall into a tack room/milking parlor. I love Craig’s list. By 12:30 we were at the Little League field for my two older sons’ (six and four years old) game, the duration of which I spent tryin’ to keep my three year old out of the adjacent dry creek bed that his Momma thinks is rattlesnake heaven. In the afternoon my buddy’s wife dropped by to pick up some goat milk and ended up staying for a BBQ. He’s a fireman who was four days into a five day+ shift and she, with four kids, was in desparate need of some adult conversation. Two bottles of Two-Buck Chuck and a couple of skinned knees later and the day was over. Never did get to work on my tack room.
Mass at 9:00 then onto chores. After some irrigation system maintenance and some gardening, went on to do some prep work for the Solar Hot Water crew that was coming in to do an install on Monday morning. An early BBQ dinner dashed any hopes of working on my tack room. Que lastima! Evening couch time was intermittantly broken up by watching the boys play Angry Birds (what a crack-up!) and watching PM’s take a dive. Nothin’ but ZZZZZZZZZ’s after that.