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Update - waiting on a hip & stitching again

 Crazy long time since the last post again.  Finally figured out how to get signed in again though so time for a little diary entry.   Presently on the list for a new hip - doesn't that look like a fun little project?  No immediate cause to worry though since it takes between 12 to 18 months to get in for a consult with the surgeon.  One month down... seventeen to go. Can't believe that we are still dealing with Covid after more than a year.  I knew it would take awhile but really did think it would be under control by now.  The one year mark was like a magic anniversary in my mind.  Can't really be sure how long it will take to get the vaccine but it is very hopeful now that I can actually name one or two people who have had the needle.  It's like knowing someone who won the lottery.  Almost everyone knows someone at least with six degrees of separation.  I managed to finally focus enough to start stitching again in the new year and have to say I am loving it.  I decid
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Love my chooks!

Chickens have got to be frugal, right?  They love to forage around the yard looking for things to eat and, in fact, only eat half as much feed as when they are penned up in the winter.  I love watching them out there too, interacting in their little social ways.  When they are outside foraging the egg yolks get a lovely bring colour and are so much more appealing than pale store eggs. Unfortunately, we heard from the neighbour last weekend that something got in and killed most of their chickens.  Not too sure what it was although I thought it sounded like a weasel since it didn't take the birds, just killed them and left them.  Of course, that could easily be a loose dog too.  The only thing we have caught sight of is a fox hanging around but I am inclined to disbelieve she is to blame since I think she would have taken the birds with her and wouldn't have killed so many at once.   In the meantime, my chooks have had their freedom curtailed until we determine if it is saf


com·ment /ˈkäment/ Learn to pronounce noun plural noun:  comments a verbal or written remark expressing an opinion or reaction. "you asked for  comments on  the new proposals" I think I have figured out how to fix the comment section so if anyone is actually commenting, the comments should come through now.  Of course, if no one is commenting....never mind.  lol

Crazy Garden Work

The amount of work going on in the garden here has been insane the last couple weeks.  I worked away from home managing a campground for ten years, from the last snow in the spring to the first snow in the fall basically, and in that time my garden went back to sod.  What a job it is trying to reclaim it!  That is my excuse/reason for not posting anything for a couple weeks. The first job I accomplished is represented in these feed bags - completely useless work that should never have been there to do.  Someone (God bless his little heart) thought he was being helpful by taking all the bags I had filled when I cleaned the chicken house the last two times and dumping them in my garden in a pile.  Noooooo!!  Chicken poop is way too "hot" to just go into the garden like that, not to mention all the weed seeds it contains.  So, I spent a whole day digging it all up, scraping it together and then refilling the bags so I can drag it off to a compost pile to age for a couple years.

Establishing a Raspberry Patch - Frugally!

Once you have a successful and established raspberry bed, it tends to double in size every year so it isn't hard to find someone with raspberries who is willing to share some canes with you.  You really don't want to be buying them if you don't need to.  A quick google search revealed prices between $4 and $24 per plant in my area and even at $4 each, my 50 canes would have cost $200.    What do these two buckets look like to you? You likely see about 50 raspberry canes... I see a ton of work ahead in getting them planted.  My local garden guru, Ken, generously agreed to dig up some canes for me from his abundant patch of raspberries.  So, home they came the other evening gently nestled in these pails of enough water to keep the roots covered.  The buckets were placed in the shade until the next day when I got to work on planting them.  You want to get your canes planted within a day or two - no dilly-dallying! Just a word that there is a best time to dig up your canes

My Best Spaghetti Sauce

Mmmmm.... Look at all that goodness that is going into the spaghetti sauce!  Lots of veggies and meat get added into this great basic sauce before the tomato and spices go in and it simmers away!  For our family of two hearty eaters, we get one meal from it the day I make it and five or so for the freezer to enjoy later - a bonus as the busy summer season it coming. Here is the recipe for you to try and enjoy! MEATY SPAGHETTI SAUCE 4 T. olive oil 1-1/2 cup sliced mushrooms 1 onion, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 1 red pepper chopped (or whatever colour you prefer) 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 pounds ground beef 1 pound ground pork 2 cups water 2 - 28 oz can diced tomatoes 16 oz tomato sauce 2 - 5-1/2 cans tomato paste 4 tsp salt 3 tsp basil 1-1/2 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper 1/2 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne  1 bay leaf 1/8 tsp pepper Saute the vegetables in olive oil until onion is translucent and veggies are tender

So, how did your day start?

This is how mine started - with a perfect little mess.  I am in Victory Garden mode because of all that is going on and the Covid-time grocery prices.  So, growing as much of our own food as possible during these times seems like a good idea - save money and keep myself busy.  Since I refuse to go to a store unless I absolutely have to, I am planting seeds in every little container I can find around the house.  These little cucumbers were in a piece of heavy packing material that my instant pot was nestled in.  My husband pointed out it was just like a big peat pot and I agreed but obviously we were both wrong...  As I moved it to a different position to catch more sun, I found out that when the plants were watered this very firm cardboard like material has the strength and consistency of a wet tissue. So, what is a Victory Garden?  The term goes back to World War II when citizens were encouraged to grow a garden to ease the effects of food rationing. After my first grocery shop