Garden Time?

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I have been around gardening my whole life but this will be our first family garden in our new property, so hopefully we get some good veggies and fruit. I have canning planned and some dehydrating, too.

We chose these together: tomatoes (we use a lot of these), watermelon, hot peppers (mostly for Daddy), squash, marigolds (keeps pests away), sweet corn (a few varieties), radishes, cucumbers (plan on pickling this year), strawberries, lettuce, cabbage, bell peppers, pumpkins, and some herbs, too (my memory is on vacation today. lol).

Sunflowers were chosen by our daughter, who absolutely loves them and loves to feed the wild animals, so this way the birds will not starve, this winter. They are a beautiful flower, especially if you look at a field of them together. Maybe we can get some fun photo ops with them, later.

Our garden is mostly going to be used to sustain our family but if we have extras, we plan to sell at a roadside stand or to a local restaurant. Maybe this year or next, we will be completely sustainable for vegetables and fruit. I really want to buy fruit trees and line the property lines with them (great borders and edible), and would like to try peaches, apples, a couple of lemons, cherry, and maybe a plum tree. Also, would like to try (probably a few years from now) to grow a few rows of grapes, and some raspberry bushes. We are in a good area for grapes, but not sure of the cost of starting them. Hubby and I both have experience working with them, so we could keep them alive and bear fruit, but it will depend on start up costs and things, s to whether we do much with these.

We would rather have more garden than lawn, so we will see how this year and next goes for us. Follow us along our journey as we begin to unfold a new adventure.

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Preparing for the Closing Date

Surprise! Surprise! The property that we were going to get is still available and we are going to have the closing in April and I’m very excited!

There is so much to do and get ready for the move. After the move, I’ll be limited to internet time but will have time to come up with blog ideas.

We have to buy a camper trailer that has enough space for a family of three to live in for a year or two, while we build our home and we have to downsize what we own, somewhat or build a huge shed for everything.

I’m glad that God has taught me patience and that patience does pay off. Patience is my greatest struggle, next to forgiveness. I have learned to forgive more than I can be patient, but I keep both of these in my prayers as I know that I am FAR from mastering these qualities.

We are buying 6.2 acres of land with water on running through the property and some great selection of wood. We are close to a major river (James) and about 20 minutes from a smaller city. We would like to build a log cabin, by ourselves and live in the camper until its completed.

We plan to raise chickens, rabbits, geese, sheep, cows, and a horse (because Unicorns are nowhere to be found). And we are going to have a few dogs and cats, too. We are animal type people and want to raise them for food, comfort, and fun.

Gardening and canning will be done on our homestead, as well. And we will try to import some native to Guatemala plants, to try and raise here, too (hubby is from there). I intend to dehydrate, what I can’t can. Freezer space will be limited so either canned or dried will be a must. This in the long run will save us a lot of money.

   My spirits have been lifted by this news and was another reason for being away from blogging.

Blog Titles

Sometimes I think what can I write about that isn’t already been done a hundred times and this is what I’ve been working on lately. I promise by the end of today, that I will come up with at least 2 blog posts for today and 2 for this next week. One will be on the Solar System (next unit to study) and may try to squeeze a Lakota Indian post in, too.

My mind is alive and just life has kept me busy. The property ….surprise! Wait…

See you later today for updates!

Snow Day

I think a snow day has lots of potential for learning, especially for children in the South, who don’t have sleds and snow toys. My daughter came up with all sorts of ideas to make a sled. She ended up using a cooler lid but it’s too deep to go well.

We used warm water, an empty dish liquid bottle and food coloring to make SNOW PAINT. Always fun to make colorful snowmen and practice writing in the snow (handwriting with a twist and practice for sight words). Children are geniuses when it comes to fun and not getting snow much brings out their creativity, after months of boredom and schoolwork.

All children need a break and since every other child had a day off, in our area, I saw fit to do the same. Arianna has been out dozens of times since 8am and has come back in each time with reddened cheeks and hands. The joy of being a child and playing in the fluffy, white creation we call snow is worth more than a lesson the States say our children must learn.

I remember endless hours of upstate NY winters, where I was born and raised. We had many sleds and still found other things to make it more interesting. We made ramps that would send us soaring and bump down hard on our non suspecting tailbones (didn’t hurt then, but now….) and we would choose steep hills to see who could go the fastest and farthest without jumping off. It’s a wonder our mothers never had heart failure watching us. Of course, when we got a bit older, we would get out of Mom’s sight and brave more treacherous trails with our cousins and my oldest cousin would call us babies if we didn’t go along, so we often came home with cut, scrapes and bruises but no tears and no explanations. The good old days….

What do you or did you enjoy about the snow and snow days? Do you have snow days? Do you teach science? Do you make snow cones? We do….well, she does. She is having a kool-aid flavored snow cone, right now and enjoying every drop.

Prayers to all those who lost power and are dealing with the ice.

Helping Us to realize our Dream

In this time of our journey of getting closer to our dream house, we have come to the conclusion that maybe selling handmade items could help to fund our way.

This is also my first time selling on ebay. I have bought many items but never sold anything on ebay, so prayers are needed here. I’m hoping to come up with my own line of items, later but for now I have the “Grab a Bag Recycler” to store and re-use those pesky plastic shopping bags.

Here is a link to my first one  http://www.ebay.com/itm/251778784516?ssPageName=STRK:MESCX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1554.l2649. It is a multi color, pastel.

I make hats, mittens, sweaters, blankets and toys, etc. If you are interested in anything or special orders, please email me kajenoar@gmail.com (subject box hand knits).

My Beauty Regimen

I am not perfect or even close but I do try to use organic and natural beauty stuff. It’s not for everyone but it works for me.

This is the regimen that I follow every 2-4 weeks. My daily shower is not as intense as my special ones. Approximately, 20-30 minutes prior to showering, I put all natural coconut (organic) oil (I use Lou Ana) in my hair, enough to saturate hair and I spread it all over my skin, too. Coconut oil has numerous uses and many are not food related (http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/ is one link of many), it leaves your hair very soft.

I wash my hair with Coconut water shampoo (organic) and sometimes I use conditioner, sometimes not. I do, however use cholesterol in my hair, when I step out of the shower. A small dab goes a long way and makes my color treated and overly dry hair more manageable.

After I towel dry, my skin and hair are very smooth and soft. No lotion is needed due to the coconut oil. It is well worth the time spent and pampering ourselves for little money is a great thing!

I believe us Mommies need the extra pampering and afterwards we are so much better to be around. )