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Week in Pictures

This week has been an interesting one. Saying goodbye to the 4 acre property that we knew would turn into a headache rather than a blessing was hard, but ultimately the right decision, and now we wait and see what comes up. The hardest part!! So with that, we are continuing to prepare for the unknown – and one of…

Week in Pictures

“The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.” ~ Gary Zukav It’s going to be a long…

Week in Pictures

  the heat wave is over!!! the inside of my car is normal, the bees have stopped bearding outside the hive to cool off, and summer is back to its regularly scheduled programming…yayyy! August is in full swing and the gladiolas are finishing up, the cardoons – which after a 3′ year last year are now well over 7′ tall…

Eco-licious

July is progressing nicely at least in the weather department – no heat wave that’s made me cover the tomatoes or peppers, and a big bowl of marionberries and blackberries (thornless on the latter – very, very cool I gotta say)? Gotta stretch sometimes to find the positives, but they’re there… Husband is still harvesting honey (16 lbs so far!!),…

Week in Pictures

The garden, oh my! I love the evolution of the season, and as we are fully into summer, we’ve got (clockwise from top left): tomatillo (this year I’m making my regular peach-serrano salsa AND, for the first time, a salsa verde, so I’m thrilled it’s flourishing!), fingerling potatoes, echinacea (I started out with 4 plants and husband has divided these…

Week in Pictures

  Oh hell yeah! Our first honey harvest was on Thursday, where we harvested about 2 1/2 quarts of gorgeous, delectable raw honey from our Flow Hive. What a cool experience that was, and it was great to not interrupt the bees at ALL during the process. The harvesting is done in the back from frames that are completely full…

Week in Pictures

Absolutely no regrets choosing general over local anesthesia for the vitrectomy. I may gasp at the bill, but the horror of knowing THIS is what they did is plenty for me. Headed to the doctor again for another checkup this morning to see what he thinks of my progress, but I can say I’m optimistic as the “horizon” (where the…

Week in Pictures

Dan’s April charcuterie project was Bresaola! He bought 2 lbs of Oregon Country Beef‘s top round beef and cured it with a combination of #1 pink salt, juniper berries, bay leaf, salt, sugar – after having soaked it in red wine. WOW this is good – and I am not a huge fan of beef. It is so lovely so…

95 Homesteading Skills – the 2017 edition

Last year I posted this Homesteading Skills list as a way to audit our capabilities as urban homesteaders as well as  and we’ve accomplished a bunch more of them. From getting through our first year as new beekeepers, to making our first batch of farmer cheese, to learning to cut up a pig and cure the meat for bacon, etc.,…

Week in Pictures

Yay! A tree finally is in our house, lit up and decorated! Amen for the nearby Optimist Club tree lot and the three leftover Noble Firs we had to choose from in our height range 🙂 We also did a quick drive to see a few houses in the neighborhood known for their annual light displays before my back got…