|This is a Serrano pepper plant that I overwintered.|
It put on loads of new growth and now that it has been
transplanted, it is going wild.
* I planted more tomatoes, peppers, beans, lettuce and radishes. I have in total: 15 tomato plants, 11 pepper plants, a small section of scarlet runner beans, one long row of appaloosa beans, one long row of jacob's cattle beans, a section of Blue Lake Bush Beans, 80~ heads of garlic, lots of carrots, radishes, beets and swiss chard.
|This is Hazel-ra, the more calm, docile doe. She's taken a|
shining to Trucker. She climbs the front of the cage when
he walks up with fresh greens.
* I harvested several small, overwintered parsnips (nothing to write home about), a small carrot and 4 small, but decently sized radishes. I planted more things in the spaces they vacated.
* Continue to add compost and rabbit poo to the beds.
* To prevent bugs, I need to cover the rabbit poo while it's in the trays. I've been grabbing a handful of wood ash from the firepit each day and sprinkling it over the trays. No more bugs. The wood ash is also good for the garden beds, so it is a perfect thing to add. As we continue to cut grass this season, I'll let it dry a couple days, then rake and pile it near the rabbit hutches to use. In winter, I'll try to have more leaves available to use. If I run out, the plan is to shred newspaper.
|This doe, still unnamed, is fiesty. She clawed me up pretty|
bad when I tried to handle her. Her quick growth will
hopefully make up for her lack of social graces.
* I harvest weeds daily to feed to the rabbits. Frank is now eating a huge amount of dark greens. I'm starting the girls out with a lower level and I'll build them up like I did for Frank. This will save me a lot of money on food while increasing my self-sufficiency.
* We had a couple leftover stuffed peppers from last week, so one day I heated those up, added some salsa and sour cream to moisten them. I made a couple of quesadillas. Satisfactory lunch and super frugal.
* I made pop tarts one morning for breakfast. I made Smores (marshmallow creme, crumbled graham crackers, chocolate chips and sprinkled with smoked sugar for a bit of campfire) and orange curd. The orange curd pop tarts were wonderful, perfect for me, although Trucker thought they needed a little something more. They were very understated, but I liked that. I don't think most people would love it as much as I do, but that's okay. I re-rolled my scraps to make more pop tarts that weren't quite as good, but were still decent.
* I made homemade pizza. We had run out of pepperoni, so I tried using a tiny bit of salvage-grocer beef jerky ($.50/worth). While I wouldn't do this on a regular basis, it wasn't too bad. I also added black olives and pickled jalapenos.
* Went on a couple of cheap coffee dates.
* We went to a free concert at a local theatre. We stopped at their turn-of-the-century style bar for a cocktail. The drinks were a bit pricey (for us), but in all, we spent $18 for a couple drinks and a concert, making it a cheap date.
* I got to spend a whole evening with one of my dearest friends. We visited her father (see below), went out to eat at our favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican place ($6 for perfect al pastor tacos), walked around a Half Price Books (I didn't buy anything) and then hung out at my place and talked.
* I make sure I go outside every day. Since I'm not working so much anymore, I am really enjoying getting the chance to be outside. I'd forgotten how pretty the sky is!
* I bought new underthings on clearance using a coupon for an additional 30% off.
* Composted weird things.
* I worked over a half hour on the one day I worked this week.
* I packed a lunch of leftovers for the day I worked.
* Trucker brought home a 5 gallon bucket of coffee grounds for my garden.
* Trucker brought home a bag of goodies from his job.
* I continue to go out exercising at least once a day, sometimes 2-3 times. These are shorter bursts, 15-30 minutes usually, but are adding up to a fair amount of exercise.
* Because of the holiday, I wasn't able to work my Monday shift, so I lost out on some pay.
* Family emergency.
* My neighbor saw me working out in the garden and brought me some perennials he had divided from his garden.
* I mowed the neighbor's lawn. She is ill and currently lives across the neighborhood with family. The grass had grown to be 3 feet tall and it's obvious no one is there. It's had some issues because it looks so painfully vacant, so I decided to take care of the yard so it looked a little less abandoned.
* My friend and I went to visit her father, who is a gardener. He shared some great tips with me. He sent me home with a huge bag of lettuce, kale and spinach and a bag of heirloom lettuce seeds.