Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Garden planning

I could easily top $100 in seeds for 3 seasons of growing and winter cover crops. I need to order them soon, too. Especially if I plan on trying potatoes.

I also came across an idea for raised bed edging that I hadn't ever thought about before. The use of straw wattles. According to the home improvement store website, I can get at least 10 for a starting price of about $150. Considering cement blocks for each bed were looking to cost about $200 per bed, buying enough wattles for a maximum of 10 beds for less sounds like a deal to me. And after a few years, I can just compost the wattles. Easy.

Will keep y'all posted as things happen.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dog update

Blaze is on antibiotics and an antifungal medication for the next month or so. The medicine he was given before didn't do anything for his skin infection. So the vet decided to try a specialized antibiotic for anaerobic bacterial infections. Hoping this round will actually help keep the poor guy infection free for longer.

Beyond that, not much happening. I still haven't ordered my seeds. Or started collecting supplies for the beds. Sooooo... yeah.

Not dead.

Monday, January 5, 2015


Remember how I said content might get a little thin until spring? I'm serious this time. There is just not much going on at any one time to warrant frequent posting. I made some candles, a clay cleansing mask, and still haven't ordered my seeds or even finalized planting plans. And I don't feel the need to post every time I run a load of laundry or vacuum.

So, let the sporadic posts begin!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Poor Blaze is on another round of antibiotics and steroids for his skin. The otc allergy meds seem to keep him from being quite so itchy, but that's about it. He still gets skin infections.

Stupid dust mites.

At least he doesn't have giant bald patches like that one time. He just has tiny scabs that result in tiny bald patches that can only be seen in the right light or by lifting his fur. And he still stinks. I wish I could afford the sublingual drops so he would become desensitized to the dust mites and not break out in skin infections.

Ya do what ya can, I guess.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Not dead yet!

So, I have survived another holiday visit with the in-laws. I am exhausted.

But! I made a face mask this evening. It was simple enough. French green clay, a little green tea extract, some aloe, vitamin e, a couple splashes of apple cider vinegar, and a bit of water. I let it sit on my face until it was almost completely dry. My face pulsed near the end and I am still flushed-looking after having removed it over two hours ago. I wanted to use activated charcoal, but the only kind available was $30 for a small bottle of loose powder. No, thank you.

We'll see how my skin behaves over the next couple of days.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


Husband asked for a hat. So I modified the pattern I used before. He gets a monster hat because I didn't feel like making the fin for a shark hat.


So, since moving into the Perry postal code, we really haven't been to the little town at all. But, this picture I stole from one of the Facebook pages makes me want to go see what they've got going on for the holiday season. I know there's an old hotel there that serves meals, and a variety of little shops. We love the library, though, and need to go more often.