Monday, May 3, 2010

Independence Days Challenge, Gotta get my but in gear

Yup. I am having a hard time getting motivated. I sit here today looking out at a garden I am not that inspired to work in. The weeds are creeping in and the black flies have made an early appearance. Ugh. But if the soil is not covered with good stuff it will be covered with alas...hi-ho-hi-ho it is over to the garden to hoe.

Evan and I drove out to Farmington this past weekend to meet up with some homeschoolers. We thought we would connect with some of the community ahead of time so that we can find some new friends and activities as we begin our homeschooling journey next fall. We also spent the night in our new home. There was plenty of daydreaming and planning. We should close on the house by the middle of June. On Saturday morning we woke and headed into town where we found that the farmer's market is not only of Friday mornings but Saturday mornings. Mark was in a 5k road race to benefit his school and Evan and I attended the yardsale that was also to help the school. It is beginning to feel like we can see the light at the end of this very long tunnel.

Which sorta means that the motivation to work on what is here at home is not there. I just have to keep in mind that all the work, here and there, gets us where we need to go. So in that spirit I must use the Independence Days challenge to keep me focused.

Planted: Sun flowers, cucumber, tomatoes, swiss chard

Harvested: spinach, lettuce, dandelion greens, dandelions, violet petals, parsnips

Preserved: 1 gallon Dandelion wine

Local Foods: local milk for making yogurt

Eat the food: mixed green salads. YAY!

Waste not: mending, hubby is hard at work on fixing one of our cars for inspection. He tries to do as much of the work as possible on our cars.

Want not: I have a list of things I am looking for this yard sale season. Among them winter clothes for the wee one. I found a pair of snow pants for a 1$ at the Goodwill. I found a Simplicity pattern for 10cents to make him PJ's. I found more canning jars at the yard sale.


Wendy said...

I can understand not being motivated to do any work where you are when you know you're moving. Being in transition is really tough, and I think, sometimes it's easier to have an emergency to react to, than to have to do the hurry up and wait thing.

Speaking of plants, though, I wanted to thank you, again, for the sunchokes (Jerusalem artichoke). We (accidentally) dug some up this spring and ended up eating them, and then, I intentionally dug a few roots to move them. They're doing great, so far, in their new spot, and I obviously missed (quite) a few, because they're coming up like gangbusters in their old spot too. In fact, I had tossed a couple of the roots that I didn't have room to plant in a plastic plant pot last fall, and they're growing, too ;). With as resilient as they are, I'm thinking they might actually be the answer to the world's hunger problem - but definitely a great choice for suburban self-sufficiency endeavors ;).

The Knitty Gritty Homestead said...

Glad you visited my blog, and happy to see yours. Feels like we're in similar places in our lives. I hear you about the weeds starting to win already, and the blackflies helping them by chasing us indoors. I was thinking the same thing this morning when the garden beckoned...the thing with living on a farm is some things won't wait. Sigh. Time to buy a bug hat! My plan to homeschool my oldest fell through last fall...bit of a story. Good luck with it, though! Will follow your blog. Nice to "meet" you!

Hullabaloo Homestead said...

Yay for the light at the end of the tunnel. Sounds like you are making wonderful finds around your new home. It is so hard to keep the little ones from walking in the gardens...and dogs barking, I know about that one too!