Well folks there is at least a plan. As the fella tries hurriedly to finish the leaning building, heretofore known as the tractor garage, the plans to return to working on the actual house are at least being discussed. These include, but are not limited to: Continue reading “Another Season “
It’s been awhile.
There hasn’t been too much updating happening on the homestead front. And that doesn’t bother me one bit. Because we live here.
I have a sneaking suspicion most people in Iowa don’t actually harvest Mulberries. Mulberries are an unassuming little fruit, that grow like weeds on trees, and have a very light sugary flavor once the tree is developed. Younger mulberry trees produce tart fruit, that have a little kick to them. Continue reading “Harvesting Mulberries”
About a year, plus a few days, ago we had a large thunderstorm that produced crazy gusts across the homestead, causing two large black walnut trees to be ripped from the ground by their roots. Continue reading “Clearing the Ruble”
I’m a little chilly, but at least my allergies and my lungs are much happier. Continue reading “Welcome to the 20th Century! “
One day last week, as the sweat rolled down into my eyes as I was trying to count the remaining sweet corn in the latest row I was weeding, I sat up exasperated. There were two. There were two surviving corn plants in a row of twelve. TWO.
I looked around me at the very black soil and sighed. Of the five rows of sweet corn, only about a dozen ears had germinated and were growing. Continue reading “The Way of the Universe “
I’m already dreading the weeds.
Y’all last year the weeds were such an obnoxious issue. And with mostly blank, black soil, those little bastards are poking through every day.
The nettles are awful. I’ve been killing them with Dawn dish soap and vinegar before pulling them to avoid being stung by their…well their…stinging nettles…whatever part it is that actually stings. But the wee little besties have still managed to get at me through garden gloves and dead leaves. Continue reading “2017 Garden Update I”
I would say it feels like there are a lot of projects slowly progressing at the house, but it doesn’t just feel that way. It is that way. Lots of simultaneous projects, each slowly nearing completion.
In an alternate universe, I would be about ready to pop out a baby in the next couple of weeks. Continue reading “The Color of Joy “
For some time I have been wanting to compile a post with a completed project…or, at the very least, one that felt like it had a beginning and an end.
But that hasn’t been the case because there are a number of small projects in the works that are moving along slow and steady, like the tortoise in the race.
So here is some photographic evidence of what has been happening. A complete story will come about at some point I’m sure. Continue reading “A Brief Easter Update “