Lady winter is a fickle old gal, that she is! One minute blowing hot and the next minute cold. The truth is that we needed this desperately. We needed it to help with the insect population next year. We also need the moisture desperately in any form we can get it. We may not like the inconvenience but in the long run it is what is best for us.
O Wise One and I were pleasantly surprised to hear someone this morning out in our driveway. Seems the neighbor boy had decided to clear our driveway with his truck and blade. This is the boy that my husband has helped alot through the years with his poultry 4-H project. At some point in our lives I think the neighborhood has figured out that we are old. One day after a storm (not this one) I looked out to see the insurance man out there shoveling my snow covered steps. Maybe I need to start wearing my makeup more often : )
Storm or not I keep myself busy! I processed and froze 6 bags of pumpkin puree.
And baked bread.
And then cut up perfectly good bread according to Baby O. She was not happy! But she will be.
Once she tastes these garlic, basil and ramano cheese croutons.
In the freezer they go because salad season is coming.
Salad season is coming. You don't believe me look at my baby lettuce....
Then I cut up some more bread and made garlic bread rounds for the freezer.
To go with these stuffed shells that are freezing as we speak. I caught a sale on cheese: ) Stuffed with a mixture of cheeses, garlic, basil and eggs.
I also spent some time surfing the web. I don't do that very often, I usually get on the computer and get what I have to get done anymore and then get off. I found where someone had pinned my seed saving post and made the comment about my unconventional seed saving : )
See I told you people.... the gardening police were watching me!
Just imagine I manage to plant an entire garden or make that 3 of them without the help of a cell phone app of any kind. No garden notebook or computer program to plant my garden. No diagrams or plans. Ah the madness up here in this crazy, jumbled, old gray head of mine. I manage to care for, and harvest, and preserve enough to feed my family for years. Not to mention supplement the animal diet of my animals. We do this each and every year except for the year I was fighting stage 4 cancer. Imagine we only cranked the tiller twice last year. I have enough seed saved to plant my garden for the next three years atleast. This year I have ordered 3 packs of seeds. All my other seeds are waiting in my pantry, all those unconventionally saved seeds : ) Sitting there in recycled peanut butter and mayo jars free for the using. And I don't even have a horticultural degree and I have never tested my soil and I don't even buy fertilizer, and rarely buy a pesticide of any kind. I make my own compost, and fertilizer, and bug spray. I spend sometimes 6 hours a day on the end of a hoe and then take time to sit down and write posts about my unconventional ways. And I am old enough to be your grandmother and probably your great grandmother.
Honey this is the lady that is still talking on a black rotary dial phone. When it storms I can still call anyone I want when there is no electricity. They just don't answer because
THEY DON"T HAVE ANY PHONE SERVICE BECAUSE THE ELECTRICITY IS OUT!!!!
Or they don't have reception cause there is a storm ..
That phone is unconventional too but it works just like it has worked for the last 60 years.
I'm gonna go quilt now and listen to the snow melt off my tin roof.
Think I will quit surfing the web!
Everyone stay warm and safe.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter