Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Busy As A Bee


I have had a busy day here at the homestead! Had to run into town to pick up some scented oils for my soaps as my order hasn't come in yet and I didn't want to wait to get a couple of orders out. Made 3 batches of soaps and then went outside to rake and burn. I MIGHT have all the leaves raked before they start falling again in the fall. If you have seen the old movies with the plantation homes and the big old oak trees with the limbs hanging down heavy with leaves... Well I don't have the big ole mansion but I have enough big oak trees for several plantations. Along with lots of pine, dogwood, sassafras, magnolia, holly cedar and hickory. They all shed their leaves and there are so many it kills the grass. There is too many for our mulch pile so I have to burn some... A lot. Sorry if you don't like it but it has to be. Anyways, besides raking and burning I cleaned out the goat shed and chicken house. Cooked the dogs up some rice, gravy and added a few leftovers. They didn't even fight over who got which bowl when I gave it to them. After they ate they laid down and did nothing the rest of the day. They didn't even bark at Fran when she came over for a visit! I made some fetta cheese today. As soon as I get my rennet I am going to try my hand at other goat cheeses. I have 3 more tomato plants to set out. We already have 12 that are growing and some already have small tomatoes on them. Picked another bowl full of lettuce. I planted a variety pack of seeds and it has turned out to be the best lettuce we have ever grown. I have visited a few blogs and will finish getting around to everyone's later tonight. Hope all are having a good day. Don't forget to count your blessings and overlook the negative!

11 comments:

ms*robyn said...

Peggy, I think there is nothing nicer than to burn leaves. It brings back memories of my childhood. Oh I know the 'greenies' will have fit at this and I know they will say each burnoff has an effect on our environment..but ahh the smell of the leaves and the meditation/reflection you can do while doing it. Enjoy it dear Peggy xoxo

Mindy said...

You are such a busy lady Miss Peggy!!! When we lived in Texas, we would drive to Oklahoma to see my in laws, they would burn leaves, and the smell is amazing!

Flossy said...

I love to hear how busy you are on the homestead - brings back memories of my childhood :) I hope the rest of your week is as productive.
P.S. I can't wait to get my soaps!

Maggie Ann said...

Sounds like you've had a busy day and then some! Wish I had some of your energy =)

Connie and Rob said...

Peggy,
You are now making your own cheese? I love fetta. You are truly amazing.

Take care,
Connie

dolly said...

ooh Peggy what a lovely days it sounds like you've had, busy and productive, oh and feta cheese, home-made from your own goats, wowza my mouth is watering!!

deni said...

Don't forget to count your blessings and overlook the negative!

Thank you for the reminder!

God bless.

Jeanne said...

Big hugs to you darling one!
Love Jeanne

cityfarmer said...

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We'll chat soon I'm sure.

Maggie Ann said...

Oh boy, those small tomatoes sound so good, you are way ahead of us! Well, lets see, the positive side of that is we don't have to do garden tilling work for a few weeks yet and in the meantime we eat Aldies cherry tomatoes....=) It would have been fun to meet and have a cup to tea together...if my hubby would stop that long...he likes to keep his foot on the gas pedal...you know how those long trips drag. Going down he did drive 5 hours and we got to stay overnight at a motel...I liked that =) Of course we didn't leave h ome till 8pm at night. He had things he wanted to finish up here. He's the greatest guy to me...as I'm sure your hubby is to you. Blessings to you!

Sharon K said...

Wow, I planted a few flowers and a few seeds, girlfriend you have been busy and will someday make a salad out of all you planted.
Good for you and enjoy watching your garden grow.