12.30.2012

Oh, Hello Winter

So, even though we didn't have a white Christmas, we will certainly have a white winter. I can remember last year, even though it snowed, it didn't really snow a ton. Like, I didn't even have to wear my coveralls. This year, Hello Snow!

It has snowed everyday since Christmas, and I am by no means complaining. I love the snow and think it is beautiful. The chickens however, do NOT! They will not even come out of their run, even after I shoveled the backyard for them! Yes... I just said I shoveled the yard. Since they hate the snow so much, next year I am going to cover the run in that clear plastic stuff one can use for the roof of a sun room as I worry about them not getting enough of that good sun vitamin, Vit D. I really have no idea what it is called, but I will take pictures next fall when I do it.

Backyard, shoveled, but no chickens in sight!

12.27.2012

Lean Mean Sucking Machine

First off, I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I am happy we survived the "apocalypse" and impending doom. The New Year is coming, so in my mind, it is time to get clean!

A couple weeks ago, I ordered my new vacuum, the Shark Navigator Elite Pro Lift-Away Rotator. That was quite the mouthful! So here is my assessment.

First off, the price is insane and I got lucky because I had just sold my textbooks back to Amazon and only actually had to pay $50 for my cleaner. Second, this thing SUCKS! Holy cow! Here is the story... My house hadn't been vacuumed in nearly a week because my old cleaner died. I borrowed my friends cleaner so that I would have a clean house for our Christmas eve brunch. I was truly amazed at how much even that thing sucked out of my carpets. Really, I was amazed. So then my NEW cleaner was delivered right after brunch, and my sister and I could NOT WAIT to try it out. Being girls of the house, that is what we do... Clean...

Anyhow, I was AMAZED at how much hair and gray nasty dirt it pulled out of my carpet even just the day after I had pulled out what seemed like 20 pounds of nastiness. I feel so clean! I wish I had before and after pictures of my furniture, but I got into the zone and did not want to be bothered by it. The thing about this vacuum is, is that the whole unit comes off of the upright base and can be placed onto a caddy for wand vacuuming. This is what I did to clean the furniture, as all the reviews said the machine would topple over if you use the wand without the caddy. I did not want to chance breaking my new sucker, so I followed the recommendations. The pet hair attachment is awesome! Not only did it suck all the blonde cat hair off of my dark blue chairs, it also sucked off those annoying "cat prints" they inevitably leave around due to cat litter (yes, I know it's gross, but my cats are awesome so get over it.)

So, my overall opinion? This thing is amazing. The filters are cleanable, the hose is long, the attachments are great, the power cord is super long, and OH! It is QUIET!!!! I can't believe how quiet it is in comparison to other vacuums. Hubby, who hates loud noises and would literally go outside while I cleaned the floors can not sit at his laptop and work without being driven completely insane.

So, yes, you should should buy this vacuum Carolyn. I know you need a good sucking machine!

12.22.2012

Punkins Home!

She came home this morning at about 515 am, and I could hear her little meows from outside the back door, all the way up the stairs, and into my sleep. I ran down and rescued her, but all she was interested in was food.

She has a little bit of an eye infection, but I have drops and ointment for that, and I am calling the vet as soon as they open to get a microchip. Ornery little thing she is! I wonder what she does on these grand adventures???

12.21.2012

My "End of the World"

Punkin has escaped again... Hopefully we will find her before there is too much snow...

Happy Last Day of the World


Update: Time missing - 24 hours
               Still missing... Chicken Stalker has no problem sleeping in the cat bed on the porch, why can't Punkin figure it out?! If/When we find her, she is getting a microchip ASAP.

12.20.2012

White Christmas???

Oh my gosh! We might have a white Christmas! I really hope so! I could totally use the snow to get me in the Christmas Spirit. 

 

Fri Dec 21

Snow / Wind
36°
30°
Snow / Wind

Sat Dec 22

Snow Shower / Wind
34°
27°
Snow Shower / Wind

Sun Dec 23

Partly Cloudy
34°
27°
Partly Cloudy

Mon Dec 24

Partly Cloudy
35°
34°
Partly Cloudy

Tue Dec 25

Mostly Cloudy
38°
27°
Mostly Cloudy
Chance of precip:
20%
Wind:
NNE at 10 mph

12.17.2012

Having 4 Animals Sucks When....

.... Your vacuum stops sucking and dies. It's a good thing I had Amazon credit from selling text books... There goes my new coffee maker and pasta press... Well, maybe just the pasta press... Or the coffee maker...
It's not our fault!

We didn't do it!
Hopefully this little dirt-sucking-beast will be able to tame the fur of the Tiny Gardener Homestead...
The Shark Navigator Elite Professional... 3 vacuums in one... A swiveling upright, easy to carry canister, and a lift away pod (whatever that means...) Look out hair!!!!!!!!

Christmas in SEVEN Days?!

Wha?!?!?!

Are you ready? I am not ready... I mean, I have bought all the necessary presents, and my tree is up. So I am ready... But my brain is like, Seriously Dude???  Maybe it needs to snow or something...

12.09.2012

My New Blog

You know, why not add another thing for me to write about? I mean, gardening in the winter is kind of dull, so let's work on sprucing things up around the house!

Join me over at Our Lovely Home to see all of my ridiculous projects, DIY's, and renovations we have done in our home and are planning on doing. I will try to focus on being frugal while decorating, furnishing, gardening, and all that other fun stuff that makes a house a home.

Thanks for joining me/us on our journey!

12.07.2012

Tis The Season

For Garden Porn! Yes, finally, I get to gaze at the pages and pages of glorious descriptions and shiny pictures of next year's potential crops. I LOVE December! Garden porn, Christmas, snow, hot tea, stews and chilis, breads... If only I could grow my vegetables, winter would definitely be my favorite season.





I have JUST placed my seed order with Baker Creek, and I can't even wait for that little package to come in the mail. Truly, I have had these catalogs for a week now, so I have been drooling with out telling you all, and after cleaning out my old, old, very old seeds, it was pretty easy and uncomplicated to pick out the new prospects.

I can almost already taste the first peas and radishes of Spring... They are only 20-24 weeks away...

12.06.2012

Dark Days Challenge

This year, I am only a week late on getting on the wagon with the Dark Days Challenge. Last year, I had no flippin clue what it meant. This year, I am ready to go and doing this via Nancy's blog, Little Homestead in Boise.This is a great challenge, AND it gives me something post about every week! (Winters are slow in the blogging world...)

So what is this challenge thing about??? Here are the guidelines, and if I am incorrect, please correct me!

Dates:The challenge runs from December 1st, 2012 – April 15, 2013

What’s the Challenge?
Try to cook four meals each month (1 per week) focused on sustainable, organic, and local ingredients (SOL). Whatever you can find is fine! Write about it on your blog, or here in the comments section. Feel free to link back to me on your blog if you have one!

What does local mean?
Traditionally local food challenges call for a 100 mile radius, but winter is more difficult in many climates. If you’re new to eating locally try 150 miles. Typical exceptions are oils, coffee, chocolate and spices. If you’re making fewer, or more exceptions, please note that on your first post or comment.

What if I can’t find every ingredient locally?
If you can’t find every ingredient, or even most ingredients, please still write about your attempts. This is just as much about what we learn, the obstacles we find and the decisions we make as it is about cooking with SOL ingredients. Do what you can, where you can.

What if I don’t have a good photos?
Take photos of what you’ve got, just do your best. No worries, keep it simple, or just tell the story and we’ll use our imaginations.


What if I don’t have a blog?

You are still welcome to participate! Just you come by each week and add your meal/experiences as a comment.


I think I will be pretty good to go on the protein front, as I have a freezer full of beef from my Sister and her Farmer, Row Family Farmers Extraordinaire, and we have our own chickens for eggs, and the chicken we eat come from a farm in Akron. The veggies might be difficult for me, as nothing is in season right now except for winter squash. 

On that thought, I am going to do a quick recap of what I have that we grew ourselves... A zillion pounds of winter squash and pumpkins are in the garage, bags of frozen green beans and corn are in the freezer, I can make pasta and breads with our eggs, we have tomatoes, apple sauce, pickles, peppers... Ok, I think we will be good! 

I am looking forward to seeing what everyone posts for their Dark Days Challenge! 

12.03.2012

My Christmas Break Project... Maybe...

I was on my favorite website, Pinterest, where I found this awesome looking hutch/island made from old windows...


Cape Cod Kitchen Island

And guess how much  this website wants you to pay for it?! $1300.00!!! I have LOTS of old windows laying around, and I am sure I could fashion a nice top and shelves (maybe not drawers) from old barn lumber I can scavenge from an old barn in my sister's field. And I have paint laying around, and floor stain from when we installed our stair treads.

The question is... Where will I put such a thing???

12.02.2012

I'm Egg-Static!

Ecstatic for eggs! All 4 hens are officially laying eggs!!! I couldn't be a happier or prouder chicken mama!!!

So here goes! I will be needing some egg recipes... Got any good ones???