Welcome to MY ADVENTURE OF DAILY LIFE. I have long since wanted and been encouraged to document the plethora of items I work on, learn, and in general tinker with. I travel and experience new things far and wide and love to share what I gain from them. Here I am sharing with you not just the amazing but the every day as well. They may not fall under the category of "daring adventure" but I am usually having a blast doing them. Enjoy!
Ok so we expected for a lot to be happening when we got here but it has certainly exceeded what even I thought. We have been here for a little over a month and so much has happened in such a short amount of time!
- Completely redone the well house (wish I had taken pictures of the before!)
- Fixed up an old moonshine still building into a chicken palace
- Bought a tractor with a bucket loader and a backhoe
- Bought 24 chickens in various stages of laying ages
- Bought 2 pigs to help clear and fertilize a messy wild couple of acres
- Gardening, gardening, gardening
- Moved tons of dirt around to smooth out gullies and create more room for ourselves
- Seeding our land with clover and other assorted grasses in preparation for a spring calf
- Painting cabinet doors on days that haven't had high humidity
- Trying our best to stay on top of regular maintenance (mow mow mow mow mow and weedeat)
And countless other little small projects here and there like painting the mail box, etc.
We are exhausted... ha ha ok so it's not too bad really and everything had been such an adventure! Everyday is a chance to do something new and it's apparent that none of us will ever be bored. It's a bit overwhelming at times but if you just concentrate on one thing at a time, I amazed at how much does get done.
More details to come, this is just to let you know we are still alive! Right now we have blackberries galore that are ripening so after watering and feeding the piggies (Jimmy & Paula Dean) we pick blackberries. This is my view.
Looks like just a wet paper towel and a ziploc sandwich bag right? Wrong! This is a magical process that will produce fruit for years to come. I watched this video about a container that is great for growing trees since it trains the roots to grow straight down rather than in circles.
Did you play it? Did you hear what he said about cold stratification (3:41)? Apple seeds and any seed that needs cold to germinate needs a period of cold to think it's gone through winter. It's not about the number of days, it's about hours. At least 30 straight days in your crisper is enough time for that to have passed. So it's no wonder that around this time of year, I find so many sprouted apple seeds. When I buy my apples from a local organic source where they have been refrigerated, I bring them home and leave them out in my fruit bowl on my table. When I get to the core, I often see little tap roots coming out.
If you sprout in this house, you get planted, so I have some trees from last year that are doing very well. I have been told on numerous occasions that you won't get the apple seed to reproduce the same apple. That's ok by me, apples of any size and taste have thier uses. Even if they are just used for pig food or making vinegar.
Now that I have watched that video, I go ahead and make sure to get the rest of them out of there too and put them in a wet paper towel and stick them in a ziplock bag. The last time I checked this I have gotten 6 more seedlings out and got them into dirt.
We will have more apples than we know what to do with! Better start looking around for where to get some piggies...
Remember the days before safes? Remember the days where people would hide stuff in ordinary places under plain view?
Ok so we don't actually REMEMBER those days but we have read about them and seen them in movies. I was really excited to come across this article last year and thought this would a fun project to try.
Lets Make A Book Safe!
You will need a book, puzzle glue, two plastic bags, tape, some newspaper, a ruler, an exacto knife, a piece of felt, and possibly a brush.
First you will want to brush off any dust that's on your book. Then pick a point in the book at least several pages in, so it's not too obvious from the time you open the book, and slip those pages and the front book cover into a plastic bag. I found it easier to deal with if I pulled the excess back and taped it so that it would stay put.
Then I did the same to the back cover with out the extra pages.
Then I opened the puzzle glue, squeezed the whole book shut and painted the glue on to the exposed page edges. I went ahead and gooped it on fairly thick using the little paddle that came in the puzzle glue bottle. If your puzzle glue doesn't come with a paddle then you would need a brush.
In the article I read,they put it in a vice but I didn't have one of those, so I put it down on the newspaper and piled a bunch of books on top. The idea is to keep it compressed while it is drying. It's supposed to be done after an hour but I like to give it over night.
Next day, pull the plastic bags off and start cutting your box. I used a ruler to give me a guide but soon the husband muttered something about me lopping off a finger and took the whole thing away. So here he is doing this for me. (I call this outsourcing!)
After he had cut out a nice depth, we used the felt to line the inside. I got the kind that had a sticky back already, had to do some fancy trimming but presto! A secret book safe that no one knows about.
Well except maybe you.