The calendar says it’s mid September but looking at the gardens it’s hard to believe. After a couple of weeks of needing to close the door early evening to keep from freezing and an extra blanket to sleep comfortably yesterday and today have been in the 90s. The fan even got plugged in again, poor lonely fan that had very little use for weeks now is happy to be out. Yesterday I was so busy the day flew by. I had food I needed to get prepared and in the freezer, I had furniture that was being picked up today and wanted to get more work done on them. Today I simply wanted to enjoy the day. So today’s theme is gratitude and beauty.
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I didn’t mean to leave you hanging without the latest Change the World Wednesday challenge from Reduce Footprints. I was simply busy from morning till morning. My day started off being woken by the little ones who wanted to visit and check their garden, which is coming along nicely. As I began to work on a small piece of furniture I hope to show you Monday, I received a call from a friend who had received a large box of apples that had fallen from her mother’s tree. She asked if I would want to spend the afternoon processing them in exchange for half of the finished apples.
Would you believe me if I told you I was so exhausted my brain is misfiring? I spent most of today working in the field, I like how the cement blocks are working around the garden beds and finally broke down and purchased 30 more. That was the easy part, the hard part was leveling out the ground where I wanted to place them and hauling each one around the field to where they belonged. I paid for the gas in my son’s vehicle to pick them up which was cheaper than having them delivered. I still need quite a few more…
Usually on Thursday night I write my Friday Faves post. Well, I’m exhausted and don’t have the energy to complete the list tonight. I will have it up for you tomorrow evening instead. I thought I would share, instead, what I did today, and give you an update on the deer deterrent.
It’s again Wednesday, and time for another challenge from Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints. This weeks challenge is a little difficult for me but I will explain in a bit why. For now, here’s this week’s challenge:
This week preserve local produce. This could be large scale (eg canning fruits and vegetables)…or simply freezing some herbs. You might want to dehydrate fruits for healthy snacks, make a small batch of freezer jam or shell some peas for the freezer. Canning, freezing, dehydrating, curing, pickling, etc…the choice is yours. The goal is to preserve local produce, perhaps from your own garden, for use in the winter.
If you are experiencing winter instead of summer and don’t have fresh produce to preserve, please prepare at least one meal this week using local foods. This might include items preserved from last summer’s harvest, canned goods sold by local farmers, etc.
After posting the latest dumpster finds I was asked how I knew things left in the laundry room were free to take. Here’s a shot of the entry to the laundry room.
The table was installed to give people a work space. Instead tenants use it to leave unwanted items. You can often find a stack of paperbacks or office supplies there. When laundry detergent is left we assume someone forgot to take it with them when finished and no one touches it. This bottle has sat here for a few days now. It won’t be touched until the owner comes for it, that’s just common courtesy.
Now on to how the garden beds are doing. Read the rest of this entry »
July was a busy time for me. We celebrated my son’s 26th birthday, Independence Day and I had plenty around here to keep me busy. It was an exceptionally wet month for us with cold temperatures which meant every time the rain stopped I was outside weeding. I also took on the challenge of No Plastic in July and collected even more furniture which needed to find new homes. Here’s how July looked from here.
It’s now Thursday afternoon, while it rained some early this morning it has turned out to be a lovely day. My son came over this morning with the little ones to help me get the rest of the cement block out that I found in the field. The ground was too damp for me to risk getting stuck in. Yes, this is the same area where I found three different types of snakes the other day. He found two this morning and took time out to hold them and let the children pet them.
You may want to know what I am doing with the cinder blocks. I am building raised beds for next year which will make it easier for me to reach and will help to keep the weeds from creeping into the gardens. For now I don’t have enough to surround everything which means the compost areas are getting the first blocks.
Time for my Friday Faves.
The past few days the subject of community and saving our natural resources has been a big topic. When I participate in the Change the World Wednesdays at Reduce Footprints I sometimes think that it sounds like I am the only one around me who lives a conscious, lighter lifestyle. I thought I would clear that up for you. Since I spent the day working in the gardens (yep first day without rain in over a week!), I’m also going to share some pictures with you of the field.
I live in an apartment building where 12 of the 16 apartments are studios without access to a stove. We live in matching 300 sq ft spaces and have had to make the space fit our individual needs. While taking a peek into each apartment you would find no two look the same in how we fill our homes but you would find plenty of similarities.
I hope you had a great weekend. I had a busy one, which doesn’t seem to be anything new, but I was doing things I love causing time to fly by quickly. I was close to finishing the rehabbing of the finds from our garbage hunt when the students went home in May, but today I found myself collecting several more items. Most of them needed absolutely nothing from me other than find them a new home. I spotted a pickup loaded with stuff pull up to the dumpster, I rushed over and begged the gentleman to let me have them instead. He looked at me as if I were crazy, regardless of what he might have thought these were not going to end up in the landfill.