Monday, February 25, 2013

::Homestead Laundry List and Another Loss::

We're at about 41° right now with winds 25-30 mph and gusts in excess of 50 mph! 
The weather man is saying in the  30's over night lows ...adjusting for wind chills 

...and the wood guy has not called with delivery confirmation on our wood yet. 
We've gotten down pretty low on wood, not thinking we'd need to buy anymore. We cut most of our wood for this year; but we've burned just about all of it. 
We heat our home with wood---those of you up north. Stay warm! 

Over the weekend we planted our garden...I went out today and soaked it down.  I put out corn and potatoes in the North Side kitchen garden on Sunday... 
I'm afraid if this wind keeps is going to blow the dirt off! 
This year, we took the Hugelkulter and the raised bed boxes out of this area. 

Couple of reasons. We didn't grow anything over the winter-- the Hugelkulter would be ideal for this. I fought with ants really bad in the garden with the Hugelkulter as well. 

So we tilled it all up and are going with planting straight to ground. 
We'll see how this works for us. The boxes, I thought were pretty successful for us before-- and they keep weeds to a minimum!

As soon as we got the corn and potatoes in the ground... 
The chickens came round to see us and began scratching in the CORN ROWS... 
We had to hurry and get the fence back up; do you think they know it was down there? 

 You can see, I got my laundry done over the weekend too.  I suppose I could hang my laundry out tomorrow...but I'd have to go get it out in the's supposed to be windy all day tomorrow too. 

Last week-- we started the week with the loss of our Audrey Chicken. 

On Sunday, this week, we had a freak accident and lost one of  our dogs...Gracie. 

She was an 8 year old mutt. But as dogs go, she was a pretty good mutt. The Honey didn't like because she'd kill the bunnies and squirrels...but that's what dogs do. 

She was a 'scardy-dog' ...yet she would sound the ALARM any time there was someone or something in the yard that DID NOT BELONG! 

 I knick named her Yoda-- because of the way her ears would stick out when she was cool...and not scared. 
She's being cool...and smiling at me through the screen door. 

She was good with the kids.
My daughter said "Bree cried..." 

She loved being out on the property and running the fields and swimming in the tank... 
she was born here, the pup of a stray. 

Have you heard of 'brother from another mother"? 
Trouble and Gracie were:  "Sisters from different litters":  

She will be missed...

G'nite Gracie. 


Be anxious for nothing but in everything with prayer and supplication let your request be made known unto God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7 



Sandy said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of
Gracie... sad for her! And for
loosing a chicken....
I would love to have the space
for such a large garden. Crossing
my fingers it all grows well.
Huggs to you my friend!

Susan in SC said...

So sorry about Gracie. I know she will be missed.

Carla said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Gracie.

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Oh, Pat, I'm sorry you've had to deal with two losses so close together. I'm sure it'll take a while to feel like things are right. Leaves a hole in your heart and your home, doesn't it? Hope you get the wood you need. Sounds like you are ready for Spring. Love seeing your planting underway. Gives you hope for tomorrow to think about the rebirth and renewal that comes with the season. I hope so anyway.

Melanie said...

So sorry about the loss of Gracie and your Audrey chicken.

Diane said...

So sorry about your pup and chicken. Think I'll go have a cry!

Kolein said...

Oh sorry about your doggie and chicken. That's hard. :(

LOVE your garden!

Miss you!

Trying to get back into the swing of vicariously blogging through my friends!


RHome410 said...

I'm sorry about Gracie. She looked like a happy and lovie.

Am I so behind ALREADY on gardening? Shoot. We're having about the same temps as you right now.

Kristina said...

So sorry about your loss. said...

So sorry to about the loss of your dog. The picture of your granddaughter hugging her is so adorable! As a Texas transplant from the East coast, I must admit I enjoy these colder Texas nights and sleeping under my quilts. Your garden looks great and makes me realize I better start thinking about mine.

Christine said...

There is always a hole left when a family member, no matter if it's a dog or chicken, is gone. Sounds like there will be a deafening, quiet for a while.
Your dog, Gracie, sounds like she loved you guys, too.

My Repurposed Life said...

Patricia, so sorry to hear about Gracie... what a sweet face!
Apparently we had some wind last night, and thunder, but I didn't hear a thing, which is VERY unusual for me. I hate storms and usually lie awake all night when we have them.
stay warm!

Amy Kinser said...

I am so sorry about your puppy and your chicken. I do hope your garden does great this year and I hope you stay warm in this cold weather.

Blessings to you, Amy

Cindy said...

Ah, I'm very sorry to hear about your dog. Big Hugs, Cindy

Debbie @DewdropGables said...

So sorry about your Gracie (and Audrey). It's always sad to loose a pet.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

So sorry. Gracie sure was one cute mutt! Stay snug and good luck with the garden!