Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Puppy makes His Self at Home

He has made his self at home.Loves Orion like crazy and Orion has gotten attached to him.Ollie is growing like a weed.He loves the air conditioner,he's a cool weather type dog.AND so dang spoilt it isn't funny.Just a small update here.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Garden is Growing,Feeling Better,New Puppy

The garden has been growing great!

Green Beans


Tea plant

Swiss Chard

Things have gotten alot more since these pictures were taken. I have been eating peas and lettuce already. Next month this is going to be ready,I hope.It's wild Lettuce.

I'll be using this as a tincture for pain relief. I have found out I can't take Ibuprophren anymore so I'm going to add this to my arsenal of homemade stuff. I'm making salves right now. I made some plantain salve for my shingles that worked fairly well,I think though I should have made the plantain oil stronger.It came out nice.It does stop insect bites from itching.My soap I made came out nice too.I made a dozen bars for family and friends.

Yep meet Ollie!
Sweet as honey when he's asleep and a holy terror when he's awake!.He's half Lab/Shepherd.He loves his big brother but big brother doesn't care much for him. I got Ollie for a companion for Orion but I think that was wishful thinking on my part.BUT he's gonna stay and has already made himself quite at home.I have alot of work to do with him.

Well just a quick catch up about what's going on.I'm almost over my shingles and I'm praying  NEVER to get those again.I've never had something as painful besides child birth to hurt like that.I was alright with the itching and burning but the headaches were so bad. So now it's almost gone and I'm feeling so much better. Well this is Memorial Day weekend,y'all have a safe and great time!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Updates,Shingles and the Garden and Sad News

Well I am almost over the shingles.I have some itching left but at least the pain is gone.I still have a little headaches every now and then but just not as bad. I do not want to see anyone get this!

Now the garden part.
I have 4 in buckets and two that needs a home.

Sage,yeah I planted too many but my SIL will get some.

These plants are loaded.

Swiss Chard trying to grow.

Green beans-Bush and Yard long.

Well so far so good.I still haven't got it fenced in,right now no money but its a slow process anyways.

Now on to the sad news. My sister Linda ,she lived in Opelika,Alabama passed away. She was one of my sisters who helped me thru bad times and I loved her dearly. Her husband is still in bad health so we hope he will pull thru this. Then my sister-in-laws mother passed away.She also had been in bad health for awhile so we hope this has eased her suffering.She was a good woman and very decent human being.

It rained yesterday pretty good and no I did not go out and garden naked.It was garden naked day for all who didn't know! Our mosquitoes are going to be rough this year.I have managed to spread some stuff in the yard for ticks and fleas and so far so good. Rion hasn't been scratching. Rion is my hound.He is loving  being able to go lay on the front porch now.He sleeps out there more than he does in the house.I don't much blame him I would too if it wasn't for the bugs.

After all this time I finally got curtains and a set of blinds to put up on the windows.The curtains went in the bedroom and the blinds in the diningroom.Now its feeling like a permanent place. Yeah for all who is trying to figure that out,read the start of this blog.

Ok I have made more soap AND I have learned how to make salve.I made plantain salve for the bug bites and itches and  I made some cayenne pepper and ginger salve but it doesn't have the warm feeling it should.My next batch I'm using fresh cayenne peppers instead of powder.I think that should do it but I got to be careful about how much I put in it.The soap done great,I got it sitting and curing on the shelf.

So thats what has been going on and I hope y'all have a great Sunday.Please leave me a message I will check back!!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Shingles,not Good,Garden doing Good

I know alot of you have had shingles,for the older ones,well,I got them.They are clearing up finally.I have them around my neck and scalp and right ear.I'm hoping there is no damage.Y'all would not believe the pain it has caused.The deep throbbing is shear pain. But I am clearing up and I read where Vitamin C helps.So I had some here and have been taking them and yes it does help shingles.

My green beans are coming up! Frost got two of my little cherry tomatoes. Right now we are under a tornado watch.Going to get alot of rain today.While I'm writing this I'm also keeping an eye on the weather.I went and bought two more blueberry bushes and two raspberry bushes.I know we aren't going to have any berries this year or next but I like the idea of investing in these things.I'm looking to get a couple of fig trees and some elderberry bushes next.So I am so excited about getting this homestead going!. The chicken coop has yet to be gotten but it's gonna be here this year.
For the beans ,front,tomatoes,middle,and pea trellis,back.I also have Swiss Chard planted between the peas under the trellis.

Peas and the that space in the middle I have the Swiss Chard planted.

Can't wait to have beans climbing up this! I planted bush beans and yardlong beans.

I made my own plant markers .I found this idea on Pininterest.

Dragonfruit in the white pot with the pole,avocado(big leaves),and behind it is the tea plant.

Well there ya go that's what's going here and it's all coming together,slowly,but coming together.Y'all have a great Saturday!!!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Started the Raised Beds and Poison oak

I was so excited about the raised beds we put in and I did a booboo though.I had raked up some dried leaves to put in the bottom of the beds and I raked up some poison oak with it.Well needless to say I got that stuff on my neck and hairline. I have never had it before so my body is going crazy. But it hasn't stopped me from working in the yard. This is what I got done so far.

I planted green beans and yard long beans here.

This is where I have peas and Swiss Chard.

Those are cherry tomatoes and peppers.I have regular tomatoes to go in the middle.My eggplant did come up and I will be putting them somewheres.Got zucchini too.

I am going to put a couple of more beds in.I know it doesn't look like much dirt in them but in one I have some branches and leaves and the other just leaves.Today I'm putting rabbit manure on them and I want to see how well they deal with it. I haven't been doing well with the containers but I am going to put some stuff out in containers in the space.As soon as I can all this will be fenced in.Hubstead isn't happy about it but.....

Since I skipped Easter on here,hope you had a good one! This is what's going on here so far.Have a great day!!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Started the Garden

I staked out the area first.

Yesterday put in two raised beds.two more to go(maybe more later).

The new future residents of the beds.

More future residents.

These are the new trees.If I don't kill them first.The Dragonfruit tree,the tea tree in behind the Avocado tree.

This what I did yesterday with the help hubstead.  We have two blueberry trees that I will probably plant today.I'm having to do things between rain showers and it's such a pain.We so need a drying out period to get everyone of the plants regulated to being outside.I have my seedlings outside and when we have rain coming I have to go cover them. My peppers and some of my tomatoes came up but it doesn't look too promising .I may have to break down and just go buy some plants. But of all that I planted you know the marigolds are doing great! They always do.I planted some daisies and bachelor buttons in a pot for the bees and butterflies.We'll see if they come up.I also planted Rosemary(not yet come up),Thyme which is trying to come up and parsley(hadn't come up yet).So I am so hoping this year will be good.I have alot of bigger plans.I'm fencing in the area once I get some  of the beds situated.I'm putting the totes out there. I can't seem to find anyone here with regular mulch so I am going to use straw on the ground in the garden.And probably for mulch.Any suggestions would help.The only thing I won't use is the colored mulch,heard is was not good for plants.

Well this is what's going on right now. Y'all have a great day!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Getting Ready to Plant

A couple of weeks ago I went and bought the boards for the raised beds I'm putting in this weekend.And of course there is rain in the forecast but I have no choice but to get them in.I guess between rain showers.
This is the potential site for the raised beds.

All that has to be planted if they don't drown first.I have some tomatoes and peppers and strawberries. Some Rosemary and Thyme.

That little tiny thing in the big pot is Dragonfruit tree(well it will be when it gets bigger). The Avocado tree is growing and I'm propagating another to graph with this one.Behind it is the tea plant I ordered.
Isn't she beautiful? That flower came with her.I love this plant and I hope I don't kill it. I also  bought two blueberry bushes.

So I am excited to get this going.As long as this rain will stop and we get some sun.Yesterday was a good day for sun and I sat out on the back deck to watch the birds and butterflies.AND this year I finally get my chicken coop and chickens!!!! Will post pictures later.It's going to an awesome year here!