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Raised in a Barn…

Day-to-Day Life of a Country Mama

Worms to Beetles 

Well, the good news is that I haven’t seen worms on my tomato plants for a little while. The bad news is that some kind of large beetle is now eating on my tomatoes. Not the plant, but the fruit itself.  

I don’t know what they are.They  seemed to show up as soon as the worms gave up. I’m killing them by hand when I can until I can find something that helps. I’m going to try spraying the plants with peppermint essential oil I think. I believe most beetles don’t like it. We are still getting some pretty tomatoes though!

Realization 

I just realized something as I drained the water from washing Travis’s work shirts by hand. His work shirts are dark gray or black. For as long as I have washed them, their rinse water has been a little dark because of them seeping color. Until now. 

A little while back, I started experimenting with Castile soap. I am now using it to wash clothes. Since I’ve been using it, I haven’t noticed this with Travis’s shirts. Maybe it will keep our colors from fading like all the fancy detergents claim they do. 

Simple Excitement

I’m beginning to think that I get a little too easily excited and happy. But that is exactly what I am today. It’s not just that the girls are playing happily together in the floor as I work; though that certainly always adds to it. 

Two things add to it today. First, I’m making progress in both my essential oil products and the garden. I love hearing from people the oils have helped. One of my workstations is downstairs across the room from our winter rations area. As I am working, I enjoy glancing over to see more natural and home canned items taking over the shelves. 

Another thing I am so excited about is that a Hobby Lobby is coming to town. I know it’s probably silly, but I’ve been beside myself ever since it was rumored. Now, it’s a month out and I’m already working on a list of things to check out when they open.

I better control my excitement for now though and get some work done. 

Tired of Guilt Trips

I caught up on my newspaper reading last night. I gave myself the night to think on it and decided I would still post the rant. 

Who all is tired of the left/liberal/socialist guilt trips? Go ahead, raise your hand. I read another in the paper last night. I just glanced over it, felt my blood pressure start to rise, and moved on. Apparently, the federal government may cut heating cost assistance. Now we get to hear all of the crying about the 80-year olds that will go to bed cold. Why is it that liberals always pull out the saddest examples to plead their cases? To play on our emotions and guilt us into submission. 

I would be considered cold and uncaring for my stance against the liberal/socialist idea that the government needs to hold the purse and decide who gets money. It’s not that I don’t want our elderly helped; what I want is people to take personal responsibility to make sure the local elderly have what they need. Don’t expect the government to take care of them and others. 

Charity begins at home. Keep charity local first. It cuts out paying the bureaucrats and helps ensure the funds go to those who really need them. If you’re concerned about the heating cost for elderly in your area, get out and ask them if they need help. Or check for locally based assistance funds. Our electric company even has a program in place. Charity is one more area that we do not need the federal government meddling in. 

No Time

I’m sorry my posts have been sparse recently. My docket has been overflowing of late. That is compounded by a teething baby who refuses to easily go to sleep when I need her to. 

I have been trying to play catch up the last two days. I’m reworking the corn plot and hoping to have our late planting in soon. I may not have time to wait for a favorable moon; I need to check the almanac. I am also trying to curb the weeds that overtook while I’ve been busy. 

This morning, I’m trying to catch up on processing produce. I seem to have a little of everything to get either canned or frozen before it gets questionable. I also have a requested cake, chocolate zucchini, to bake for services tomorrow. 

Hopefully by the time the girls nap, I’ll be done in the kitchen and can move back to the garden. After that, I will probably spend the rest of the afternoon working on my new Facebook page and cleaning house. Not enough hours in the day! 

Canning Green Beans

I’ve broken my pressure canner out for the first time this season. I have several days’ pickings of green beans snapped snd ready to go. I’m going to can them quick while the morning is still relatively cool. I still have a lot to do today. Our tomatoes and corn need tending. Before long, we will be picking the last of the corn and replanting. Hopefully, I’ll get to try canning corn this year. 

Garden News

As it usually is with gardening, I have good news and bad news. So we can end on a positive note, I’ll cover the bad first. I had to pull up my pretty zucchini plant. It went down hill quick and I didn’t know why until I pulled it. The stem broke off a bit above the root and I discovered the problem. In that break were three fat, white worms. I don’t know what they were, but they are in the burn barrel with the rest of the plant. (I prefer to burn infested plants.)

The good news is that I have some nice new growth on my two biggest peach trees. Two others are indicating to grow soon. Only the smallest one looks like it’s not going to survive. It’s branches are slightly brittle and it lost its leaves. I’m trying to decide what to do with it, but I am so excited to see the others thriving. 

I am already marking off branches to trim off the walnut trees. Looks like I’ll also be adding peach trees to my list. Always lots to do. I am still fighting the bugs off my squash plants, but the self-rising flour is helping me break even with the tomato worms. We are picking corn and green beans. Anyway, I’d better get back to work. 

The Bad Side of Mini-mes

There is nothing more disheartening about raising a two year old than seeing the bad habits take root. Even more so though when you realize the child is just mimicking you. 

I have now had this happen more times than I care to relate. I start to correct her, stop, and mentally slap myself. It’s caused me to work on my own behavior to help her keep from continuing the cycle. 

One example has changed our lunch routine. I used to have the girls take their combined nap beginning somewhere between 10:30 and 11 am. I ended up running around, munching on a quick lunch while trying to get the girls down to sleep. I then started having to get on to Savannah for running around with her food. When I realized I was the cause, I started fixing our lunch and having everyone sit at the table. It’s not a long meal, but it’s enough that she has gotten a bit better about sitting to eat her main meals. 

Now I have this automatic reaction when I have to scold her. I immediately begin looking at my behavior through her eyes to see if I need to change something. It’s certainly continuing to be an enlightening and very humbling experience. 

Adding to the Busy

I’ve added a little more to my work load, but I hope having it works well. I am also hoping it will keep folks in my products through the off-season of the farmers market. I have created my first Facebook page. There isn’t much on it so far. I’m trying to work on it a little each day. If you’re interested in checking it out, here is the link!

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