Summertime (& why I’ve been MIA)

Summertime

You GUYS!  I know I’ve been absent from the blog for a while, but I’ve been SO summertime busy.  And I know every single one of you Mamas out there know exactly what I mean by that:  I’ve been working in the yard, the garden, the house, catching up on all sorts of things … including school, and trying to get us all on an efficient-yet-fun summertime schedule. I haven’t accomplished as much as I wanted to so far, but Continue Reading

Summer Gardens Begin in Winter

The best summer gardens begin in winter.  Which is why seed companies and nurseries ship their colorful and alluring catalogs in January, of course. I used to think these festive fliers in my mailbox were just designed to mock me during the cold, dreary days of winter and make me covetous of warmer climates where there was still color, even in January.  But as I turned through the pages, gazing at what could be – what might be Continue Reading

A Long Row to Hoe

At our place, it’s once again time to get the garden prepped and planted. Several years ago, we established a permanent garden spot, complete with raised beds that we built from reclaimed lumber and pallet boxes. We hauled in soil and fertilizer (read: manure from the corral), drew up detailed planting charts and diagrams and vowed that from that point on, our garden was going to produce enough to feed our growing family and provide Continue Reading

The Great Squash Mutiny

Over the past several years, my husband and I have made changes in our lifestyle designed to allow us more freedom – both financially and time-wise. We moved out of a town where the taxes and utility costs were sky high, into a much smaller house in the country where living expenses are lower. We paid off our cars and kept them, rather than trading them off for newer rides with high payments. I started Continue Reading