Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Snakes on the Hill and Garden Pictures

Well we killed two snakes.One was a copperhead which are regular residents around here.The other was a black snake(I know they are good snakes)but when one has a phobia they are all bad.The copperhead you couldn't see until you was right up on it.That was scary.And we had just got the grass cut the day before. The city(if that's what you want to call them)finally got the road in front of the house fixed.I figure what happened is that they stirred the snakes up and the snakes came this way and to the pond next door. This is the first time they have shown up in the yard since we have been here.

I have the totes loaded for the summer.I'm planting to loophas again this year and I'm trying my hand at potatoes. This is a 50 gallon garbage can and a 5 gallon bucket.Don't know if they are going to turn out but we'll see!




I have the trellis thanks to hubstead,he designed a trellis for the loophas.I planted my usual leaf lettuce but I put them in a tote this time.I ate off that lettuce I put in the 5 gallon bucket all summer so I figure the more the better.I have tomatoes plants and I started too many so now I have to find a spot for them.I'm trying carrots again and broccoli plants and I hope I can keep these alive.Last time I got broccoli plants those worms got a hold o them and they looked like swiss cheese.I'm growing yard long green beans this year.I'm gonna have to put these out in the yard and hope the deer we have won't bother them.OR thinking here-I could put them in a tote and make a trellis going up the side of the deck.Container gardening hasn't been too bad.I still would rather grow alot of stuff out in the yard.

And no -no chickens this year yet.I'm still buying eggs from a local guy,he's got some really nice eggs.

Well I'm going into my 10th month of not smoking.It 's getting better every month and I'm getting more energy.I already said that now I get so sick if I am around the smoke and if I smell someone who has smoked.When I go shopping and I smell it I have to walk away real quick.I still can't believe I use to smell like that.I just want to tell people if you smoke try to stop because things are so much better.Food taste sooo good and cooking has become fun.And you can smell too.I smell things now that I have never noticed.The flowers here and the clothes when they get dried with a fabric softener.My eyesight has gotten better too.I was in awe about how colorful the trees were when they came out for Spring. I said I've never noticed how many greens there are. It's been great. I have some of my meds I take to thank for it too.

Ok that's it with whats going on around here.I'll try to post more often.I'll get the picture of the trellis when we put it up.Have a great Tuesday!!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Garden is started!

Yeah I got some stuff going. I planted leaf lettuce,broccoli,carrots,rosemary,parsley,tomatoes,swiss chard and mint.And as a trying out this year,potatoes in a garbage can.They are doing great so far!We are getting more rain than I would like.We haven't really had some sunny days because of the cold.The cold snap we had was for three nights and it was cold.

Walked out on the back deck and saw that the leaf lettuce,had little tiny leaves coming up,had been chewed off.I was so mad,I kind of figure it was that squirrel I got running around here. I had caught him on the back here while back and he ran off,stopped and looked at me like what? He's gone you can bet that!

It's warm here today at 70 degrees and we got severe storms coming in soon.That is the last thing we need here is more rain and more it being wet.

I have started making my soap! I kind of went for something that I should have waited on but I'm ok with this.I made some goats milk soap.6 bars and 4 round ones. I have to wait now for them to cure 4-6 weeks,longer is better.I'll keep ya updated on how it goes.


Here's some of it.


It has coconut oil,olive oil and crisco(yes crisco,but I was told to use lard)It was all I had.And of course goats milk. I used canned goats milk and it was gold when I poured it and I thought ,well I don't want gold bars but they have turned lighter since they were made. Oh my God! I just washed a little piece in my hands and I got LATHER which means I did it right YEAH ME LOL!!

Wow it rained so hard here last night and it also hailed.We are soaked again for awhile.I am so hoping that this doesn't hamper the seeds I planted.I was something else. Ok hope everyone has a great day,I gonna sit here and start working on my baskets.






Friday, March 10, 2017

I Finally Came Around

A few of you know that I have written about how hard it has been getting use to being here.
I really loved Texas but circumstances brought us here. I didn't want to accept that I am now here permanently so I was willing to make the best of it.What changed? Well we have been here for 3 and half years and I have been expanding my knowledge of gardening,which I wanted to do anyways,now I am fixing to get into soap making,let ya know how that goes,I have been collecting supplies right now.Later on this year I will be learning how to can! I am getting excited about all of this. I have always been self taught on everything I have done.



I have found an endless supply of basket making pine needles. I have made a few of these and people like them.It's my part of staying busy.

Update of  my quit smoking.I have officially stopped for 8 months now. I still get wheezy and I have to go to the doctor about it but I have found doing things around here so much easier. Now if I can find some relief for my back,I'd be a happy camper. If you smoke please give it a try to stop. My hair quit falling out,my skin cleared up and yes I have gained some weight but nothing that I can't take off. I can concentrate finally and focus on things I need to do.


 As my soap making ,I will post pictures and hope the soap turns out good ,there is no guarantees on that lol.


It was a good thing we got the roof on.There has been SO MUCH rain,if we hadn't we wouldn't of been able to live here.The yard has been flooded and the news says we will be getting alittle snow either this weekend or Tuesday.We'll see on this but it has turned off cold again.

Yep I planted carrots and lettuce outside,they haven't come up yet. Next weekend ,praying,it will be better cause I have to get the potatoes in. I picked yukon gold,I might have bit off more than I can chew.

I have tomatoes  and bell peppers in my red cups.I also decided to try to grow broccoli and brussel sprouts from seeds. I'm trying the swiss chard and onions but I don't think they will do any good.May have to replant those.So I got something going on.I don't have enough totes to plant some of these plants in but have found a feed store,my favorite,to get some straw bales of hay. I got the yard space and I heard it was a great way to grow stuff so I'm willing to give it a try. The bales cost 3 cents more than the totes and won't use hardly any potting soil.Win,win.

I have a bit of work to do over the next 2 months,it will be slow but hopefully steady. I'm deep cleaning the house now and it needed it. I get into these slumps and I feel I just can't move. I have a doctor for that.Most know I have bipolar disorder and sometimes it gets to me.I don't feel like cleaning house or much of anything else so when I get  a burst of energy I try to use it to an advantage. It may also been because of the weather. We have had a warm winter here in the south and alot of times I have had the front door open.I think that has helped me get going. If I can get off the sugar that would be great! I told my doctor,he said something about caffeine and I stopped him and said look I quit smoking,I don't do the drugs and I quit drinking(yeah a boring life) but I am not fixing to stop my caffeine,I don't think he liked that too well. Its all I got left.

Orion is doing well,being a little brat as always.


When he looks at me like this I melt. I had to do surgery on his toy yesterday. He got mad at it. Night before last he finally caught the mouse that has been driving us insane! Hubstead walked into the kitchen to see what he was doing and he was flipping it and playing with it. Hubstead tried to take it away from him and Orion got so mad he was growling at him.I told him hey it was his mouse he caught it so he just wanted to play with it for a few minutes.Didn't go over well. At least I don't have to have a cat uh?

Sorry it took so long to blog,been trying to get this house ready for spring,keeping our fingers crossed.  I am beginning to feel it will be worth it to fix this house.I do like the idea of having a roof over our heads. So have a good day,evening,night where ever you are!


Monday, January 23, 2017

New Year,Finally!

Whew that was a little rough last year but made it through.Boy these last three nights were sooo cold here.It didn't snow and I hope people who did get it are safe. I was not looking forward to the snow we had in 2014. Three inches,nope don't miss it. Told hubstead that this next winter,a wood burning stove is going to be here.I hate this electricity use.As far as I can tell we didn't have any pipes to burst.Thankyou Lord!!! The water in the shower won't go down yet.I'm dying to have a hot shower.

Can't wait for Spring to come already.Been reading the garden seed catalogs and see so much till my eyes hurt.Hubstead is building the smokehouse.Had people already ask how much he would charge to smoke stuff.He killed a buck over a week ago.I don't mind taking it to the processor but I do mind the money.I will have to rethink about the doing it myself.I don't care only the blood smell makes me gag.And we need a grinder to make the ground meat and I need one of those stainless steel mallets for cube steaks.Then it would be all good.

I have officially been smoke free for 6 months! I feel so much better and can do more. I sleep better and my taste has returned along with my sense of smell. I've gained a little weight but I can rid myself of that.

It has been unusually warm.My kale that I thought had gotten killed has come back and taste better than ever.It has been pouring rain this past week.The front yard is soaked and now we have a cool wind blowing. I have been writing on this blog since the first of the year.It's now the 23rd of January and it's just cooling off again.This weather has been crazy.I kinda wonder what February holds in store for us?

I've been making my pine needle baskets again.The pine needles fell early this year and I was able to get a bunch in a garbage bag to keep me busy for this winter. I made one already and working on a smaller one.I have no idea what I'm gonna do with them.

Come on Spring,can't get here soon enough.Well this was short and no pictures yet so everyone have a great Monday!






Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Enough with the Rain Already!

Oh my,my pond is back in the front yard again. At least there won't be any frogs croaking.My peas and kale are soaked in the totes and I can't get my deer hide to dry out yet.  Hubstead nailed a deer and we processed it ourselves. There was alot of meat on the doe and we sure could use it.Times are a little thin around here lately. I'm so happy we invested in the new roof. All this rain we have been having would of caused us to have to move. The pond next door was down by a good 10 to 1 feet.looks kinda full now. We have had the fire ban lifted finally. Cold weather will come this Thursday into Friday.

Remember when I talked about the road out front? Well I have been talking to the Mayor of this town and she was suppose to had talked to the county about getting the road out front fixed.We can not and will not be able to get out this winter if she doesn't do something. Nor for the fact if I have to call an ambulance it won't be able to make it down here. She has said she is going to get it fixed as soon as it rained.It's still raining,we got a possibility of ice coming in with a little snow mixed this Thursday and Friday. Guess what?,my truck is not moving. So we are still stuck for those two days.


I just finished my 5th month of not smoking. Never thought I would get this far but staying away from people in general has helped. I feel like I got my mind back instead of walking around in a fog. Yes I went totally cold turkey. It's been hard and I wouldn't of done it without some help from my bipolar meds. They helped a whole bunch keeping me level. I joined a stop smoking group on facebook and we have alot of fun. If you want to stop come on over and we give lots of support.


I don't know why I haven't done this before but I am hooked now. I do not throw my potatoe peelings out anymore. I fry them and I love it. I'm eating some right now. Instead of buying these or potatoe chips,I keep my peelings from the night before and fix them with my lunch. I have a thing that a sandwich doesn't taste right without the chips. I have put on about 6 to 7 pounds since I don't smoke now but my doctor told me that was usual so I'm ok with that.I can sure taste food now.


I'm working on some pine straw baskets. I did some last year,you can find the posts I think around October or November of last year. I'm trying some new designs and see if I can do them.Here a picture of a couple of them.




I had fun making these. I can't take a picture of the one I just finished but will try when I get some batteries for my camera. I try to make something every year for people for Christmas. I didn't get my luffas in this year,but it makes a nice gift basket if everything is made by hand.


Well that's what's been going on around here. Just trying to keep my mind right and thinking lots about the people up in Gatlinburg and hoping they can have peace of mind for the holidays.I know some lost family members and that is so stressful this close to Christmas but  prayers for everyone.












Friday, November 4, 2016

Homeowner Blues

Yep it's that time of the year.Fall is upon us.I felt so stupid earlier this year,I did find out that my back bedroom window did have another windowpane with it,we have storm windows and I thought one was busted. Oh well lol. Now I got a sewer pipe that has to be fixed.I wondered where the smell was coming from. Fortunately it isn't that far under the house. The new roof is holding up great! We have had NO rain here,except a tiny,tiny shower last night and I didn't even know it.Didn't do much good though. The weather people said we were going to have a dry fall and I have been having to water my container garden with tap water. Earlier in September I had a run in with some mice.I got that under control for right now.Keeping my fingers cross.

We are smoking a turkey this weekend.Hey Turkey is always good any time. We got a 23 pound one for 18.00 not bad I didn't think. Hubstead still wants to build a smokehouse.I told him he could make a little change smoking stuff for people.

We had the talk about becoming self-sufficient and him quiting his job but until we can figure out how to make some money to pay the utilities and taxes he'll have to work a little while longer.I believe we can do it. Of course he would have to do some hunting and during the summer some fishing. We still have the does in the backyard,might be food soon.It's a plan in the works. He wants to also see who gets to be president too.

Oh I can't wait til spring and winter hasn't even hit yet.I'm going to try some winter gardening too.

YES! I have made it to 4 months not smoking,pretty proud of myself so far. I can get around someone who is smoking and I get so sick. I break out in a sweat and get a headache.Well that's about what's been going on.











Monday, September 19, 2016

The new Roof


The guys were just finishing up. Still have alot more work to do on this place,but,couldn't do it because the roof was leaking. Now next is the siding and skirting and the eaves.We also have gotten the grass to grow in too.Before it was nothing but weeds and dirt.


This is the before picture



It has been a rough road to get this place cleaned up and I really think it will take longer too.We are going to lay down flooring and panel the walls.Redo the kitchen totally.The plumbing and electric needs upgrading bad.But I know it will take time.The back decking is going to have to be redone.We want to put a bigger deck out back.

Misty Pines is again living up to its' name this morning.
They have a fog advisory til 9:00 a.m. this morning.