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    Rosa, the cumin seed was in a green bean dish. ...

    Rosa, the cumin seed was in a green bean dish. It goes into the oil and starts to darken before you out the beans in. It’s a little bit nutty and the flavor is more concentrated/separate than with...
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    Razz, that sounds lovely! I would like to do...

    Razz, that sounds lovely! I would like to do more flowers, but I always prioritize the food and don’t seem to have enough time for that. At the moment my blooms are tiger lillies, blackberries,...
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    So, I am thinking about what I will plant for...

    So, I am thinking about what I will plant for fall as spaces open up in my garden - so far I have added carrots and rutabagas.

    I have dried some kale and green beans, the chickens are eating well...
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    those are my neighbors. 1) that imaginary...

    those are my neighbors.

    1) that imaginary volunteer believes they have a right to make their own choices free of his input.
    2) there is a non-negligible risk that you will be “targeted” back.
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    Wow iris, that is a serious gut remodel. Razz,...

    Wow iris, that is a serious gut remodel.

    Razz, is it a rain garden?

    the raspberries are mulched.
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    I put two more hours in mulching raspberries. ...

    I put two more hours in mulching raspberries. They look good. Up to 10, 45 on the outdoor projects.
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    The garden is going well, although I am currently...

    The garden is going well, although I am currently swamped in things I need to put up or eat.

    Record keeping us also going well.

    chuckshaw is almost done, and I’m down to 39 chicks thanks to a...
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    Yesterday I put a few minutes in on the studio. ...

    Yesterday I put a few minutes in on the studio. I was actually out there for over an hour, but my grandson was “helping” me, so I’m not going to try to count the time. I made a small box of things...
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    Oh, the chicks. Thank you for the sympathy. I...

    Oh, the chicks. Thank you for the sympathy. I wish the raccoons would just stay out of the barn. But they are raccoons. I stopped naming most of the chickens years ago (now and then one catches...
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    Mschrisgo2, you are making good progress! I...

    Mschrisgo2, you are making good progress!

    I watched my grandson yesterday, but still got in an hour on the garden, so 8, 45 on that.

    and I did an hour on an online course on meeting the tech...
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    Another 2hrs 45 minutes on the outdoor homestead...

    Another 2hrs 45 minutes on the outdoor homestead goals - bringing me to 7, 45. No progress at all on the studio yet. Still working on recovering from emergency changes and jury rigged solutions...
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    We are home from vacation and I spent five hours...

    We are home from vacation and I spent five hours on outside/homestead work today (not counting regular animal chores)
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    You might want to check with your goodwill. Ours...

    You might want to check with your goodwill. Ours recycles fabric - they accept ripped and stained items.
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    Is the deck redwood or treated? You don’t want...

    Is the deck redwood or treated? You don’t want to burn treated wood.
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    Thanks Rosa. I can see where you need to...

    Thanks Rosa.

    I can see where you need to focus, that’s 4. ��

    I am still just hanging with my family.
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    Solstice to Lughnasadh

    I’m back?

    I read the last thread but wasn’t ready to post. My brain is still scatters, and I had a really hard time trying to set goals and intentions yesterday, but I’ve come up with a few...
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    It’s lunch time and I am done planting vegetables...

    It’s lunch time and I am done planting vegetables until July!

    (I do still need to put up three more tomato stakes, and a bean trellis that I need dh help with.)
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    Razz, I love the photo idea! lavender is on my...

    Razz, I love the photo idea!

    lavender is on my possibilities list for next year - I know where I want to put it, but I am going to do my goals for 2022 in December.

    our Lily of the valley is...
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    Homestead goals for 2021

    I don’t know who else might have homestead goals, but I figure there are a lot of tendencies toward “local” and “self-sufficient” here. You don’t have to have livestock or be moving off grid - maybe...
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    Catherine, a better solution would be to do some...

    Catherine, a better solution would be to do some investigation about the production of your cordwood. Try to find someone who is using sustainable or regenerative forestry.

    We burn wood. We cut...
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    Gardnr, your job must be agonizing. I might...

    Gardnr, your job must be agonizing.

    I might get used to intractable idiots, but telling the little ones no would beat me down. One of the things that helped me get through the end of the school...
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    I have been teaching hybrid pottery classes with...

    I have been teaching hybrid pottery classes with a part time (1-2 hours a week) aide to help with supply distribution.

    Before you can pin a student to look at their work, you have to wash the clay...
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    Two more days of school. Today is the last day...

    Two more days of school.

    Today is the last day that I have online students. 3 divided into two classes.

    the LAST day. If students cannot be in my room next year, they cannot be in my classes....
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    I made homemade vanilla with my own eggs and goat...

    I made homemade vanilla with my own eggs and goat milk last week - yum!

    get to share some with the little grandson tomorrow.
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    Maine - currently - one of the highest rates of...

    Maine - currently - one of the highest rates of vaccination. One of the highest rates of infection.

    There is still plenty of covid to go around for the unmasked who would like to try breeding...
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