Friday, November 27, 2015

Farm Friday

Last week's Farm Friday got skipped because I had to set up for a craft show that took place the next day. Then I had to go to what turned out to be a 3 1/2 hour mandatory training session because I do some work in the local jail. Getting home after 10 pm meant I wasn't going to do any blogging that day! Besides the craft show and the jail training, I kept busy with a few other things:

  • In addition to setting up for the craft show, I had to make a number of items to take with me so that occupied much of my time over the last two weeks.
  • Our homesteading group met at our house (the same day as the craft show!). Had a great discussion on winterizing your house and farm. We had delicious food, too.
  • We filled a large number of farm orders on Saturday. Bill had to organize them and bring them to the market. I usually head up this part of our farm operation but since I had to be at the market at 8 a.m., I wasn't able to do it.
  • I placed and received our monthly feed order (we only buy GMO-free feed for our farm animals). We get our feed from a Mennonite farm that is about 2 1/2 hours away so we're glad they can deliver to us.
  • I harvested some herbs (cilantro, dill, thyme, and oregano) before the really cold weather kills them off for the winter.
  • I dried the dill, thyme, and oregano in the dehydrator. I'm getting less dependent on store-bought herbs.
  • I made pesto from the cilantro and will have it in individual servings in the freezer.
  • This is the time of year that I start growing various types of sprouts so that we can still have a fresh salad with dinner. I started some mung bean sprouts, adzuki bean sprouts, and a delicious salad mix that includes dill, clover, and other seeds.
  • I have some potions steeping in the kitchen and will need to strain them next week (fire cider for the cold and flu season and some oil infusions that will be made into healing salves).
  • I thought my vacuum cleaner bit the dust but after doing some research (thank you, I tried a simple technique that saved me from having to buy a new one.

Don't forget what today is - it's Buy Nothing Day! Stay out of the stores (and don't do any internet shopping, either)! Weather permitting, get outside and enjoy nature.

I also want to take moment to remember my dear friend Dixie. We lost her a year ago this week. She was my faithful companion for almost 16 years. Bill referred to her as my familiar because she was never far from me. I still miss my girl. 
Dixie liked to perch on the back of sofas and chairs
She had to put up with things like goats in her house sometimes
She could create drama with Ginny
Dixie was a great friend to me and I'm glad she was in my life
Have a great week!


EcoCatLady said...

Awwww... Dixie looks like she was a real sweetie. Big Hugs...

Cherie said...

EcoCatLady - thank you.

April Michelle said...

I normally buy nothing on Black Friday, but I am sad to say I had to replace my jacket since my disappeared and I couldn't find it after my shift. Oh well. I worked the holiday, but I'm not a fan of it.

Cherie said...

April - sometimes people actually NEED something so I understand your buying a jacket. A friend and I did a no-shopping challenge a couple of years ago. We both ended up having to buy shoes since ours had actually worn out (boots with cracks in the side don't keep out the winter cold and wet!). It's the crazy frenzy of shopping for its own sake that bothers me. Sorry to hear you had to work the holiday. :( (FYI, I ran into your mother-in-law a couple of weeks ago.)

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

About a month ago I had to say goodbye to my beloved dog, Monk. It has been a sad, sad month. I am so sorry about your kitty last year & your doggie earlier this year.

I finished up an excellent book the day after Thanksgiving and BOUGHT NOTHING!

Cherie said...

Shona - so so sorry to hear about Monk! I know how much I miss my girls but I also remind myself that they had great lives and knew how much they were loved. Hugs. (())