Monday, July 22, 2013
This and That
Life on the homestead continues to be lots of work and lots of fun! The heat has affected production, but we aren't giving up!
The girls (our 12 laying hens) have really cut back on their egg production. We were gathering 10-11 eggs daily, but because of the high temperatures, we are back to gathering 2-3 eggs per day. After not buying eggs from the store for a while, it is very difficult for me to PAY for eggs, knowing they are not near as healthy as the ones we get here at the farm. Hopefully soon we will be back up to full production, and will have enough to eat AND some extra to share with friends and family again! Interested?
In the garden, the heat is taking it's toll as well. Despite watering, our fruits are simply busting on the vine. The cantaloupe are not ripening, and the watermelons are cracking open, letting the bugs feast on the insides before we get a chance! Ugh! I'm going to do a little research so that maybe next year we won't have this problem. Since we are organic gardeners, we struggle to create harmony with the bugs.
The okra is still going strong, and is actually ready to be harvested today. It is sitting out there just waiting for me to come and pick it. I fear some of them are too large to eat...if the okra gets too big, it doesn't taste well. Blech!
We are also still getting jalapenos, tomatoes, and squash, though not very many. It's a good thing this year was our trial year, learning the ropes of gardening in sandy soil. We were used to brown dirt at our old house, so this year's garden has been different, and a learning experience. Next year, we will know more what we are doing! Maybe. Ha!
As for the kids, we have been enjoying weekly trips to the library. Our new library is really well laid-out and the kids both LOVE browsing the children's books, finding treasures to check-out and read each week. It won't be long until once again we will be on a first-name basis with the librarians! The kids are participating in the summer reading program, and are doing really well. It's so fun for them to earn Library Bucks to purchase books, as well as tickets for the raffles they have going. Levi is determined he is going to win the tablet they have...keep reading buddy!
We continue on our journey to healthy living by trying to eat as local and as natural as financially possible, eliminating sugar and grains from our diets. It isn't easy, and we still don't have it down perfectly, but we continue to try to do our best. Homemade laundry soap is still something we love, but I am trying to tweak the recipe a bit to make it a bit more effective on our work clothes. Suggestions? I am still on the hunt for a natural body lotion that Natalie and I can use (we are allergic to so much! UGH!), and I REALLY want to find a natural deodorant that works for us, too! Let the search continue!
We hope your week is blessed and that you are staying cool!