I canned another batch of green beans (two quarts, five 24 oz. jars) and made several more sheets of peach fruit leather. I also picked our first cucumber of the season! Sunday evening, I picked six cherry tomatoes! One has been nibbled by a grasshopper, but the others are fine.
Some of the seeds I planted for fall are sprouting a bit, and there are happy flowers throughout the flower beds. It will be a while before the flower beds are filled in the way I want them to be, but we are making progress.
|Marigolds, bachelor buttons, cosmos, weeds and more.|
|Wild asters with a caterpillar. I looked it up - it is a species of owlet moth.|
|Forget-me-nots (I was given the seed for my birthday) and wild tansy.|
Now that Daughter is in school, I am available to do more subbing at the library. I worked seven hours this week.
I made a double batch of liquid laundry soap and hung our clothes to dry. Mostly, I hung them in the basement on racks, because they days I was washing laundry were overcast with intermittent rain. It's nice to have an indoor option for rainy days and winter months.
My friend came for a visit and brought me some lacto-fermented vegetables - they are SO good! We spent the morning together - did some visiting, dug yucca plants for a school project, planted a sedum plant, brought some stuff from the shed...and I gave her a hair cut. It was fun to catch up a bit and have some time together, even if we were doing my chores.
|I grew these rainbow coleus from seed this year. They have been outdoors, |
so there is a little wind damage, but they will fill in soon enough.
Daughter's new school utilizes parent involvement to enrich the educational program. The current expedition is about Western Expansion, the pioneers and Colorado history. On Friday, I took a wash tub, a wash board, some homemade soap, clotheslines and clothes pins, river stones, yucca root and old towels so the 4th graders could get a better sense of what it would have been like to do laundry as a pioneer. We filled a container near the water source (our pond) and the students hauled buckets of water to the wash tub, then washed and wrung towels, then hung them to dry. We used stones to crush the fibers of yucca roots to make soap, much like pioneers did when they ran low on lye soaps. It was fun, and hopefully educational.
I am also volunteering a couple of mornings each week at Daughter's school to help student increase their reading rate, fluency and comprehension. It's really rewarding and gives me a chance to get to know the school a little better. I'm in the process of signing up as a nutrition services substitute as well. I would be able to cover absences/sick days for the regular nutrition services workers. It is a paid sub position, so it would help offset some of our school-related expenses (fuel driving to and from school, for example).
Another aspect of Daughter's school that I like is that Fridays are half-days. It means we have a weekday afternoon together! This week we went fishing and caught 5 rainbow trout in about 2 1/2 hours! We used grasshoppers for bait. We caught the grasshoppers out in the field the night before. Nice! Husband smoked the trout on the charcoal grill, and they were very, very good. We ate three and I removed the meat from the other two. I froze that meat for another time.
The little chicks are growing nicely. We are playing with names like Morning Glory, Pop Tart, Muffin and Omlette, but nothing is really 'sticking'. I'm sure it will happen when the time is right. Pepper, our little bunny, is growing well too. She is a cuddle bug, and likes to be held and petted. I would like to train her for tricks or agility, but she shows no interest in such things. Snuggling may very well be her super power....if so, I guess I'll just make her a cape and be done with it, hee hee. Daughter is training her to wear a harness, which she does not seem to mind one bit, once it's on her.
The three of us attended a Maker Space Safety class at the library - it is a pre-requisite for using the 3-d printers, laser cutters, audio-video equipment, sewing machines, serger, vinyl cutter, etc. I also took daughter to a math tutoring program at the library on a different day. Both programs were free and available to the public. There are many amazing resources our library offers.
How was your week? What helped you to spend less, save more and make do?