|Storage onion harvest 2014|
|Drying Walla Walla onions in our solar dryer 2014|
We purchased a beast of a tiller (BCS) and it’s done a good job of throwing David over to the side a few times. When we lived here in Southern Oregon in the 80’s, we had one and it never let us down with the amount of rocks we had as well as the clay soil. It’s always worth it to buy a good product and we have no complaints about BCS.
|A sink load of tomatoes 2014|
|A quarter of one harvest 2014|
After having some compost and sand delivered, David was able to till both in, but after we started working on the cottage remodel, the garden was left alone and we’re quite surprised at the amount of food it produced. We’ve dried tomatoes and canned them for sauce (40 quarts ) and soup, we also made an herbal tomato leather in which one load consisted of 32 pounds of tomatoes and net us 20 ounces of product.
We had more zucchini then we needed,
|Drying zucchini chips in the solar dryer 2014|
|Tomato Leather 2014|
|Tomato sauce or soup? 2014|
|Drying beans in the garden 2014|
|Rattlesnake Pole, drying beans in a jar 2014|
Our 17 layers are now giving us about 13+ eggs a day and we’re selling the surplus which is paying for the organic/soy free layer pellets. We let a broody set and so far she’s been great but with 20+ eggs under her we doubt we’ll have that many chicks.
In posting this blog, we thought it would help us put things in perspective as well as share what we continue to do on a daily basis even though we’re considered to be “doomers”. Like we’ve mentioned before in our posts even though we don’t see longevity in our lives… we do see reason to continue. This is what feeds us both physically and mentally. It’s the richness of the time we have here now to experience, no matter how long it is.
Following is a list of what we’ve done since moving here the end of January 2014.
- Moved in
- Secured chicken coop, fenced in run for egg layers and got 18.
Red Ranger chicks 2014
Australorps and Barred Rock layers 2014
- Also rewired chicken coop by digging trench and burying it, was strung across in front of old greenhouse from storage area.
- Got 50 meat birds and helped friends who will help us butcher secure a trampoline with feeders for them as well as housed them on our property and took care of them for 2+ months, as they got bigger they were going through 12 gallons of water a day and spent hours shredding and freezing zucchini when outside temps were over 100.
- Fixed chimney burned from flue fire and cleaned wood stove.
- Hot water heater, replaced 2 thermostats
- Added water shut off valve from well to house
- Installed new water line to garden
- Redid electric in shop, fixed wiring problems
- Built over 6 shelves in shop
- Put in cat door and built shelves in storage area
- Put new knobs on all kitchen and bathroom cabinets
- Hung clothes dryer in house, wrought iron one we bought with us
- Fixed hall drawers so they would open and fixed shelves in closest with supports
- Fenced orchard and then had to add wire to it when deer still got in
- Dug holes and planted 37 fruit and nut trees
- Planted all transplants that we brought with us including elderberries, blackberries, raspberries, hops, lemon verbena, rosemary, and dahlias.
- Built hoop house for starts after we discovered old greenhouse couldn’t be repaired
- Planted and cared for starts until transplanting in garden
- Had 20 yards of compost and 15 yards of sand delivered… tilled both in garden
- Washed all wood floors in house with vinegar then oiled them with Olive oil
- Knitted and felted slippers for Keith
- Made two pieces of hardanger embroidery to share as gifts
|Hardanger piece made for friend's birthday 2014|
- Made three hats to share as gifts
- Knitted collar for gift
- Knitted moebius for gift
- Knitted shawl for myself
- Attended Grange meeting
- Volunteer on Wednesday’s at school thrift store, helping to raise funds for new roof
- Sold extra tomato plants on CL and delivered them to people in town
- Had several people over for dinner, Farming Fish owners and intern, neighbors that we met buying eggs from, contractor who did work on cottage, librarian that we knew from the 80’s while living here, and cooked a couple of meals for friends we knew while living here (now in their 80’s) one of which was their Anniversary meal
- Replied and contacted people from iFarm and IC.org
- Tilled a small area where horses were, several times because the soil was so compacted
- Changed all locks including shop and cottage
- Set up accounts and met those doing bulk ordering
- Picked up 20 bales of straw and mulched garden beds
- Attended two dinner parties from different people
- Had contact with three of the neighbors surrounding us
- Still exercising (walking, riding stationary bike and other, lifting weights)
- Had overnight stays with friends and family
- Painted bathroom
- Spent a day driving up the Rogue River to Galice (yes we have fun occasionally)
- Wrote three blog posts
- Cleaned shop
- Insulated attic
- Drained pond twice, then dismantled and fill it with dirt
- Transplanted the plants that were around the pond
- Cut off eve on house that was rotted and reinstalled flashing/gutters
- Bought tiller
- Hung ceiling fan in living room and one in cottage
- Installed new light fixture in our bathroom
- Fixed drain in both bathrooms
- Fixed front door so it opens and closes now…and locks
- Created burn piles
- After completion of outside of cottage, painted outside and in, picked up trash all around it including all the old roofing shingles
- Had rock delivered and spread it for cottage driveway
- Helped neighbors make chicken tractor out of a trampoline
- Installed bathroom fans
- Had vapor barrier placed under house and dry rot fixed
- Harvested and dried herbs (rosemary, basil, thyme, greek oregano,lemon verbena, costmary and calendula also processed fresh for sun infused herbal vinegars
- Fermented 20 quarts of sauerkraut and 12 quarts of pickles
- Canned hot cauliflower, sweet pickles and dilly beans
- Fixed solar dryer
- Peeled and cut 40 pounds of onions to dry
- Cut and dried 25 pounds of peppers
- Processed tomato leather (about 96 pounds of product) and dried it
- Cut and dried zucchini for chips
- Worked on tractor…oil change, flushed radiator and changed air filter and thermostat
- Maintained garden
- Still continued to make lotion, salve, deodorant, toothpaste and tinctures
- Bathed dog, combed daily both dog and cat
- Fixed chipper, replaced blades and sold it on CL
- Transplanted plants that deer were eating into the fenced area
- Pruned apple tree for friend we met through Azure Standard
- Harvested tomatoes, processed and canned tomato sauce
- Harvested tomatoes, processed and canned tomato soup
- Remodel of 650 sqft cottage including: new roof, new siding, new windows, new drywall, insulation, painting inside and out, new steps and new stove
|Cottage before remodel 2014|
|Inside of cottage during remodel 2014|
|Cottage nearing completion of remodel 2014|
Sometimes we all lose track of what we do and commiserate over what we don’t get done, but after viewing this list, not only does it help to put things in perspective, it reinforces what we’ve always said, “actions speak louder than words”. We know why we get up in the morning and why we go to sleep at night. If nothing else this list shows that we haven’t given up and we’ll continue as long as we can to live and enjoy what life gives us. We’re both thankful to be able to say, “we’ve always tried”.
We enjoyed profit in the form of money for years, we're so glad now to enjoy more of what we grow...
|Morning Glory with the beans 2014|
|Amish melon 2014|
and what we see...
|September's Full Moon 2014|