Saturday, October 13, 2012

Garden Plans

I've spent a large part of the past two years planning for the future of our garden/homestead.  I've had less time to work in the garden than I would like, but it has been a good time to reflect on the future of our property and how we use it. It has been a time to determine our priorities. 

It's been a good time for me to learn to deal only with what I can manage at the time.  There is no way in the world that I"m ready to take on this whole plan-but I can work at it one phase at a time. 
It's manageable this way.

John has been a great sport through all of this...we've discussed our concerns and our dreams.  I'm the dreamer and he's the realist. He's always good to keep me grounded and not take on more than I should.  He knows that I have the tendency to take on a huge projects before I'm ready.

For something this important....I had to come up with a plan.  It is important to me to be a good steward of our land. I've looked through many blogs, studied historical gardens such as Monticello, and read as much as I could about homestead layouts. 

I've decided there are things I don't want to do that would be better to purchase from others.  I'm a little hesitant about bees...but John isn' that will work and maybe someday I'll get over my fear.  I still want chickens, but know that now is not the time for me to take that project on.

So here it is........THE MASTER PLAN!

Up close details.... (dotted lines indicate future plans)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Special Day

We had a really special day on Wednesday as Ben was honored for an essay he wrote to promote no texting and driving in the state. We visited the state capital and met with the Governor for a special proclamation. It was a special honor to recieve and we are so proud of him.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Crushed Ice

Growing up, we never had a refrigerator with an ice maker. We had two of these...

When the tray was empty, you filled it up and put it on the bottom.  Mom never had a chest freezer, so every bit of freezer space was used.  I don't even remember that we had a reserve tub of ice...

If we wanted crushed ice, we used one of these:

But in the summer, we would visit my grandparent's house in Louisiana.  Granny had an extra freezer in the garage and she had reserve ice in her freezer.  Her freezer was on the bottom which was much easier for little ones to reach.  She used metal ice cube trays and would dump them into the ice container.  Over time, the little pieces of ice would build up in the bottom of the ice container. Then we would arrive and all line up in the kitchen to pry them loose. I always looked forward to getting one of her juice glasses and scooping up the little pieces of crushed ice on the bottom of the container.  Pure joy!

I still love crushed ice.... it is a just one of those little things...

Now, I can make these little tiny ice cubes this kind of ice tray.....I picked these up at Lehman's in May. I really enjoy these too.

Just the other day, I moseyed into the kitchen and filled my glass with crushed ice out of the refrigerator door.  And while that is very nice, it struck me that what used to be a treat to look forward to is now an everyday occurrence. 

It seems to me that convenience has taken the anticipation right out of life. 

Anticipation is certainly under rated in our modern society.