Wednesday, July 6, 2011

We're still here

It has been so long since I posted, I think of things all the time but can't seem to get them on here. We made it through the winter fine, with the work Jim did on the windows and the wood stove things were much more comfortable. We actually paid off the
last of the gas bill last month, last year we were paying all the way into the fall.

The weather has been very unpredictable this Spring, lots of
still standing in the fields. The farmers were very late getting crops in and my garden is a shambles. I will be harvesting late into to fall at this rate. I have planted tomatoes 3 times and had something just clip them off. I keep working on the fence around them and hope I have it this time. My fence building skills are limited at best,lol. My friend cleaned out her greenhouse so I have plenty of plants so can keep replacing, but they won't mature until late summer. I have taken lots of compost from the piles that have been ripening for a couple of years so hope that will help some. The Raspberry plant I put in a couple of years ago has taken over the strawberry patch and oregano bed and is heading for the horseradish. Time to move the monster, just have to figure where.

The Hollyhocks are rampant and I love it now that they are in bloom. They make me think of when I was small and we lived in UpState NY. There were some
hollyhocks out back and I thought they were so pretty. Then when we lived in WI our neighbor Connie had some so now they make me think of her. A friend brought me some seeds for a dark burgandy Hollyhock, so am going to plant some and see what I get. I have such plans for the yard and property so keep plugging away.

Things are now going to get really crazy, I am going to start some new classes for a new client. I will continue working with AAA until I am sure I have passed everything. The best part of the new client will be that I will not have to work on weekends. So 4 hours a day will be spent in classes and then trying to work the job and take care of Husband, house and critters. Instead of being paid by the call it will be by the hour, so I am thinking money should be about equal. During busy spells could make more with AAA but there are those quiet times when you only answer a few calls an hour. I am also thinking less stress, as I have enough from everyday type things.

So still pretty much at the same point, Jim is working but making less then half what he used to, I am bringing in a bit but not nearly enough. Still moving at turtle speed at getting my shop together. Selling a few more eggs which pays for chickens feed and going to try taking them to farmer's market. I just hate being behind the 8 ball and at this age it is scary also, don't want to be that old lady eating dog food to get by.

Best to you all,



Renie Burghardt said...

Your Hollyhocks are so pretty! I didn't even put a garden in this year. We had too much rain, so I just didn't bother. I wish I had planted at least tomatoes, but we have stands that sell fresh produce.

Hope everything works out with your new job duties, etc. In todays economy, lots of folks are worried.

Hope all the critters are well. Take care!

Nancy said...

You will do fine on your new job, I am sure! You're a smart lady!!!

Too hot here for a garden this year! I barely have time to even water the few flowers in my porch planters. My daughter planted some zucchini for me for zucchini bread, but even with her nightly waterings, the plants died when we were in that 100+ degree heat wave. I may still plant some in a big pot on my front porch...when I find some spare time! LOL You have such a grren thumb...every picture I've ever seen you post is gorgeous!

Hugs to all your furry kids there! And some for you, too!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Barb!

Just wanted to stop by and say HI to you & Jim! Your hollyhocks are gorgeous! It's one of my favorites. A friend of mine gave me seeds for what's called black hollyhocks when we lived at our house and they were very striking. They were an extremely dark dark purple that ended up appearing black... pretty cool. Hope all is going good for you right now. This economy is so bad. I never thought it would end up like this.
Alls we can do is try to stay out of the dog food bag!!

Lots of love to you, Sherry & Wes

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Merry Christmas to you & Jim and have a blessed New Year!

Love & Big hugs, Sherry & Wes