I’m trying to remember to post pictures of this pollinator garden as it changes through the months and seasons.
Here it is on July 4, early bloomers have faded and the hotter weather blooms have started.
6 am (Eastern Daylight Time) on two different mornings this week. Each morning as I walk up the driveway I turn and look back it our little Idlewild farm-ette. The sight fills me with awe and joy. I can’t believe we get to live here, take care of this land, and in turn be nurtured by it.
It has been 22 years since we looked at this strip of corn field. Looking at it today I have trouble remembering how truly dead the soil was, how you could still see the rows of cornstalks even the next year, how the water would run off the land in sheets, and how nothing would grow. We tended it patiently and it has responded with a jubilant riot of growth. Each year the recovery becomes more apparent.
We are turning our attention to restoration and retirement. This land has always been our retirement plan — and this land if finally ready to fulfill that hope. The annual garden (1000 square feet of planting space), the perennial plantings, the woods, and even the “grass” are all something to behold.
We brought in 2 rabbits and 5 chicks this year. Next year we hope to double those numbers. I’ve been spending a few minutes every morning gathering grass/clover/weeds and drying it for rabbit hay. It seems to be working. It dries well, a vivid green, and I’m storing it in breathable bags. With luck, it will signal a transition to homegrown feed.
Cost of garden supplies + seeds this year: $78. Harvest in May = $40. Harvest June 1-15= $40. Garden supplies and seeds are repayed and all garden produce is now profit.
Spring Plans —
I’ve been thinking a lot about the tomorrow’s election. It is hard not to when it feels like the whole world depends on this next election.
Here is why I vote — because I love God and that means:
What I’m reading: Harry Potter 3 in German, Cherringham #12, The Celtic Way of Prayer
What I’m listening to: Arthur
What I’m watching: Doctor Who, The Good Place
What I’m learning in Welsh:
What I’m thinking about: The enormous consequences of the status quo.
Please Note: I no longer recommend this program. The reasons are legion.
On March 4 I began to prepare for my FASTer Way to Fat Loss program. It starts tomorrow, so I have had 3 weeks of practice. Here is an honest look at how I’ve felt over the past 3 weeks about varying parts of the program.
*How is IF?
*How is Carb Cycling?
*How is movement?
*weight loss? inches lost?
I still have lots and lots of questions! Mostly my questions concern the correct amount of calories and how to set my macros.
Reading: Die Dritte Hand (German), The Nature of the Beast (Gamache, L Penny), At Home in the World (M Guenther)
Listening: A Wrinkle in Time
Watching: Krypton, Timeless
Morning Office: Psalm 46, Psalm 97, Matt 12:14-21
Vespers: Psalm 96, Psalm 100
Weather: 14-23 degrees F, sunny, waning gibbous moon. Sunrise-Sunset = 8:00-5:35
Reading, Watching, Listening . . .
Celtic Book of Days, Commonwealth, Every Earthly Blessing
Star Trek: Voyager (rest time) and Fringe (family time)
Harry Potter 6 (as I fall asleep)
LL Bean Duffle, small
This bag is a true carry on size. It could easily fit under the seat (along with a purse) or in the overhead bin. While this bag seems much smaller than the medium bag, I was amazed when the exact same packing list almost fit in this bag. The only things that didn’t fit were the Turkish Towel and either one sweater or one pair of pants. The towel could be squeezed into my purse though.
What I fit into the bag: (Cool/Warm weather)
LL Bean fitness dress x3
shoes: sport sandals
LL Bean perfect pant/capri x2
LL Bean small organizer/toiletry bag
I also had a purse with:
IPhone, charger, stand
solar battery pack
Klean Kanteen insulated bottle
Snack: apple slices and nutrition bar
normal purse stuff
Wearing: LL Bean perfect pant Capri, t-shirt, cardigan, and trainers
It’s been a very quiet few weeks. We reached that point where everything we’re doing to prepare for our journey is little steps. Each of us has a few areas of our personal stuff where we just aren’t willing to let go until the time is nearer.
The yard work is now taking enough time that we aren’t getting house repair projects started, completed, or even thought about. Although I must say, the outside looks amazing! The garden is mostly planted and we’ve had some great salads and tasty strawberries. The blackberries are really flowering, so we should have an abundance of fruit soon.
We’ve signed our home up for 100% wind energy. To help lower the bill and be better keepers of the planet, we’ve been working on making some changes. These changes will also help us when we take the next step of our journey.
Here’s our week 10-13 list: