Sunday, April 24, 2016

Earth Day

Making my existence a bit more earth friendly is important.

What happened this year?

We used half the amount of propane for heat this year then last.
Opening and closing blinds at certain times of the day was a major help.

A number of solar lights made it into our lives.

Most of the "regular lamps" are now led.
A solar oven has arrived.
Learning how to use it will be a delight of the summer.
Our garden is up (literally) and running.
The plants that were not sprouted in our kitchen were sprouted by Mrs Yoder in the next community.

The new composter has produced the first batch of soil for the box.
This will be the second time for the local CSA. Yum.
We also have started to purchase all of our eggs, chicken and beef locally.

The stream at the back of our property had bogged in a few places. Some work in the late winter cleared the bogs and the stream is once again flowing properly.
The two of us worked several trail projects for the town. Litter still seems to be a problem in Delaware.

A good start for our new home.
Happy Earth Day!

Saturday, April 09, 2016

New baby and old traditions.

Our newest grand arrived last week.
She is precious.
She also has joined a household of two rough and ready boys!
Her two year old brother will teach her to jump from anywhere.
Her eight year old brother will teach her to read and do Minecraft.
My life has been put on hold
while I make dinners and rock children to sleep.
It is a good life.

Our religious traditions continue in two weeks.
The eight year old receives Holy Communion.
Four weeks later his sister will be Baptized.
These ceremonies are important to the child
but they are also a long standing part of my family.
The part that brings a tear to my eye
is that we are celebrating these passages
in the same community my father's family celebrated
for several hundred years.
Considering my family has never thought of themselves with long roots,
it is important for me to see they are re established here.

My days are long
but there is nothing like them.
What to do in retirement?
The last is the best for me.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Just keeping busy

 Train rides
 Eagle in the fog of the morning
New part of the American History Museum
 Cherry Blossoms blooming???

Striping a chair
And snow again!
Crazy winter.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Food Storage #2

We went to see 18 Hours tonight.
After living through an attack,
we could see how all of it could happen.
It makes us hope that Bernie or Rubio makes it to the top.

PTSD returned and we went home to talk about food storage.

Inventory was the word of the day.

No,  my storage is pitiful in comparison with people like this.

We looked at what we have in the house
and what we like to eat.
Really pitiful.

My part of our monthly allowance
was unleashed at this site:
Really, it was way more exciting to me then
 clothes shopping
or shoe shopping.

These people are serious about their food
yet they are practical in promoting it to be used
and rotated.
Of course they are LDS.
There is so much to learn.
These two blogs can drive a person more cans!

If the sun were up, I would probably be outside by the stream.
At least now I will be able to sit in my folding chair with some yummy
freeze dried strawberries
if the grands don't eat them all first!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Delaware Weather (and politics)

is a lot like Kansas.
Stay for a while and it will change for you!

We enjoyed an amazing day yesterday.
Walks, dogs barking, birds everywhere.
Today? BURRRR!

My husband and I are both independents
so we have enjoyed the plethora of debates
this last week.
We have booed and cheered like the best of them.
How can we like two such different people?
This will be a tough one for us.
The two people we like are polar opposites in most everything
but the feeling of leadership is within their stances.
We like where they came from
so we feel that they have skin in the game.

The country just needs a steady hand.
Everything else will work out.
It simply does.

We have one person on either side we will never vote for
and have agreed that if they both win and run
we will probably
for the first time ever
not vote.
Well, maybe we will vote for a third party person.
We did that once.

Opps, never talk about politics!
How is the weather where you are?
Off to make a small batch of Choco Chip cookies

Saturday, January 30, 2016

How is that food storage going?

Canned Chicken was on sale
and beans.
Unfortunately,  the man before me in the aisle
took every can of sale beans off the shelf.

He must have had the same idea!

It did not stop me from making up ten dinners for my daughter's family.
They don't get any of the canned stuff.
Our local butcher 
had an abundance of chickens come in this week.
I could not pass up $1.60 a pound of local
free(ish) range
FRESH chicken.
Sweet and sour chicken
Chicken with garlic and lemon
Peppered Chicken
Fajita chicken

and then
of course
my new favorite
Ground pork and apple sliders.

They butcher the community pigs.
Remember that we live in an Amish community.

The family will be well fed
while waiting for their newest family member.

What is it about honey?

There is a great deal to learn about international policies.
Most of that information there is no real need for
you have to dig in.

It is about honey.
Honey, in my house, is local.
It tends to be expensive,
local honey just is.
It is our family cure for allergies.
We used to purchase the local fall honey for the winter
and then pray we have had enough to help with
my family's incredible allergies.

Now that we are "settled", the thought was that we could do without the local stuff.
So much cheaper to purchase at Sam's or Costco or the commissary.
We plunked down the bucks for local honey
and then bought some "store bought" bear honey :)
for everyday use.

Today, this article showed up on my feed.
Without forcing you to read for yourself
it turns out
China has been dumping honey on our markets.
They are attempting to crash our markets
and have been for many years.
The honey has been ultra pasteurize
and has no medicinal value.

We use honey in many ways.
One way is to help with cuts and burns
the spores help with the healing.
If they are not present....

Not only is Chinese honey ultra pasteurized
it also contains many contaminations
that are illegal in the US.
They get away with that by shipping their honey to India,
and shipping it here to sell.
Evidently, that is not something the FDA has any interest in monitoring.

Back to local honey.
"Good" honey is also found at Trader Joes
and most Farmer's Markets.
And then there is one producer in ... Kansas!
It is worth the price for liquid gold!