Sunday, March 16, 2008


Ah....spring! It is finally nearly here. With that comes a seemingly traditional activity of Spring Cleaning. In our case, it means another round of decluttering. This time, clearing out the outbuildings and having yard sales to get rid of the usable items we don't need.

It is amazing how much stuff has been stored in the outbuildings. Nearly all of it has been there for several years, placed there by other family members back when they had lived in this house. Now, we are sorting and purging all that we have no use for. What a blessing! one of the outbuildings is large enough to be used as a stable for about 8 large goats or sheep, with plenty of room to move about. It could also be used for a large feed shed to house the grain and hay for the animals. It will save us alot of extra work and the expense of having to build new buildings.

With the warm weather, thoughts of planting the garden are on our minds. The days are warm enough, but last frost is still a month away. I am preparing to start seeds for ttransplanting after last frost. Lettuce, cabbage, brussel sprouts and peas along with root crops can be started early. Only thing we are having to deal with now is the "girls", our goat and ewe that graze freely in the yard. Knowing them, they will quickly eat the young vegetable plants as soon as they are growing. Joe is planning to get them to graze elsewhere before we plant the garden.
I can't wait to get everything done. Baby Micah is due in 2 weeks, so he should be here before time to plant the garden. I will probably have him outdoors, carrying him in a sling that I used when Abigail was a baby. It will be fun to help Abbie plant a little garden of her own. Strawberries, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, green beans and peas will make up her garden. At 2 yrs old, she loves playing in the soil, so giving her a little garden of her own will be fun. Especially when it starts producing and she can pick the harvest to snack on. I plan to take plenty of pictures!

Allow us to help those in need, sell back your spare PocketMail and make some extra pocket money.