Wednesday, October 9

So Many Changes


 I have just discovered that since my absence the format of publishing posts & pictures has left me confused. I have figured out the post part, however, cannot figure out how to share photo's on my posts.

Researching this matter so bare with me my friends...

Tuesday, October 8

Back In The Swing of Things....Like Blogging!

Sorry, for my absence, I'm not sure what kept me away for so long, other than... I just wasn't into it!

 Perhaps, I felt as if I'd run out of interesting things to talk about. 

I did think of my frequent blogger friends, and missed you all dearly! 
Looking forward to peeking back to see what you all have been blogging about. 

I have been busy as usual with gardening, gathering, and preserving. Our vineyard yielded over 3000 lbs of Frontenac Gris grapes. We kept a tote for ourselves, as we like to make some for family, friends and barters. 

Speaking of bartering, I met a cousin of mine, one I never knew I had. We have a few things in common, gardening the organic way, was one of them. He grows garlic, and I love garlic, I grow it too, however, not at the same level as he. I traded him a few bottles of our wine for some different varieties of his home grown organic garlic. Was surprised when I received the box and it had something like 8 different varieties. Can hardly wait to get some planted, and I already tasted one of the clumps, it was awesome! 

I have a few more things to can, such as; potatoes, carrots, beets,and pumpkin, then perhaps I can get the garlic in prior to winter. Just finished my apple butter today, which was great, the whole house smelled like apples, cinnamon, and cloves.

It's time to start thinking about dinner,  I'd better scoot for now. 

Blessings <><


Tuesday, December 25

Merry Christmas from my family to all of you!

<><  Mel

Monday, August 6

August, Already... Are you Kidding Me!

Hello to all,

It has been a real busy year here... I just cannot believe; it's August.

I have spent the past few months, planting gardens, pruning the vineyard, raising chickens, working for an elderly couple, did I say, pruning the vineyard, nursing a horse back to health, and tryting to keep up with the everyday chores of a housewife, mother & Grammy.


It has been a really hot and dry summer for us, bringing on the extra work of watering all the plants, and keeping the livestock watered and cool.
One of our horses is suffering from a severe head injury so I have spent a lot of time trying to get her back to health.  At first, she didn't even know how to eat or drink, but a few days into it, she figured that out. She had in the process bit her cheek and caused an absess, which on top of steroids, and asprin the vet had to come back and supply us with antibiotics. Three times a day; I would go out feed her some horsey porage ( complete feed slushy) and give her the meds. She has progressed... some... however, she is still off in her thinking processes. When she gets herself worked up she loses her balance and leans to her far right. She doesn't remember how to follow the other horses into their stalls at night, so I have to coax her into a small paddock just outside the barn, and close the gate very slowly. Wait it out, until she settles down and I can walk up to her and clip her lead line onto her halter and lead her in.  We do not know if she had a stroke, or was being  her usual bully and trying to herd the other horses, only to get a kick to her head.

Either way, we just hope and pray for a full recovery.

Even though it has been dry and hot, our veggy garden is supplying us with lots of good eats. So far, I have collected beets, lettuce, peas, basil, summer squash, a zuchini, spinach... so not bad. As I sit and write my blog,  I have summer squash dehydrating in the oven, next the beets will be thinly sliced and dried also. I hear, beet chips are awesome,... must try for myself. The best part is, I can save some by vacumm packing and store them for winter use. I love my veggies!

I haven't blogged in so long, I have wore myself out, must take a nap before I have to fix dinner.

You all stay hydrated and cool

Blessings, Mel

Friday, May 4

Baby Peep Emergency

                                          In Need Of A Chicken Whisperer
I know a few of you have had experience raising your own hatchlings. I have thirteen; 6 day old peeps and at least 2 of them have closed and matted vents. Are they to young to soak and remove or how should I handle this situation?  If I do nothing they will die, yet I don't want them to get chilled from being wet either.

Blessings, Mel