Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cabin Fever!!!

I know we shouldn't wish our lives away, but I'm so looking forward to getting the tiller going again, and planting the garden! I'm thinking of expanding it a bit -- it's only 8000 square feet now, and not enough room for what I want to do.
It'll require some extra planning, because I've got to decide what I want inside the fenced area, and what will be safe to leave outside. This year I want to plant a 6x50 foot patch of red winter wheat, to be harvested next year. I've always wanted to try growing, grinding, and baking with my own wheat, and I figure I won't be able to do it for too many more years, so I'd better get started. Part of the new area will be for that, so I'll have to till up the bed and maybe raise some short-season stuff there, and clear it off in late summer so I can plant the wheat.
Then there's a couple of top-bar beehives to make, and bees to buy for them, so I can get some home-grown honey. But the main reason is for pollination. I didn't see a single bee in my garden all last summer! So I'm going to try to make sure they're there this summer.
I've got most of the seed already, from Fedco, and they've backordered the peas I wanted. I'm sure they'll get here in time -- still another month at least before it's time to plant them.
Gonna try potatoes under hay again. Last time I did that, the mice got into them, but we got some beautiful spuds anyway, so it's a tradeoff -- lose some taters, in exchange for a lot less work to do in planting and harvesting.
Any commens or tips on all this will be welcome -- no way I can think of everything!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Here's an interesting tidbit, from the folks entrusted with our care and well-being. This oughtta give the bad boogers some headaches -- and the ACLU too!


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Can we get past it and on with our lives?

No, I don't mean health care reform or offshore drilling, though those are very interesting topics.
I mean the annual frenzy we collectively worship -- the SuperBowl!

It's really getting bad now, but I didn't realize just how bad until I checked out a youngish couple -- three kids with them -- at the grocery store the other day.

They had a cartful of junk foods "For our Superbowl Party!" They were all excited about it, and fretted that they might have forgot something.

Well, yes they did forget something -- and I almost committed one of Political Correctness' cardinal sins as they slid their card and announced "EBT." I very nearly asked them if they realized that they had spent nearly their entire month's food stamp allotment on junk munchies for their Superbowl Party!

With three kids to feed, they blow their whole food budget on one stupid football game! What are they going to eat for the rest of the month?

And they're not alone -- there were other similar abuses, and we see them every day.

When are we all going to wake up?