Friday, July 20, 2012

Watermelon for Dummies and Blog Award

What do you do when you can never tell when a watermelon is ripe?  Grow Golden Midget.  It turns yellow when its ripe.  Don't believe me?  Check this out!

Now folks, this is my kind of watermelon. 

About a week or so again, Carolyn at Krazo Acres Farm honored me with the award above.  I am deeply touched that she would include me on her list.  Part of the deal is that I have to tell you seven things about me that you may not know and then pay this award forward to ten more blogs. 

1.  I hate peas.

2.  I don't like dogs.

3.  My favorite bands are The Smiths, The Cure, and I wouldn't be an 80s girl without loving Duran Duran. 

4.  My favorite book is "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell.

5.  I have read the LHOTP series more times than I can count.

6.  I'm addicted to ice cream.

7.  One of my favorite meals is a hamburger and onion rings. 

I have a dilemma when it comes to choosing ten blogs to highlight.  You see, I hate to say it, but I have not ventured into the blog world lately.  I stay so busy that I tend to read the same blogs without expanding my horizons.  I need your help.  Please, please, please comment and give me some good blogs to consider and I'll hold off naming my ten choices.  I hate to cop out on this, but I really need some help.  Of course, all of the blogs on my blog roll are great, but I need some new blood, and most of them have strong readerships.  Not that having a low readership is a requirement for getting this award, but I know there are some blogs out there that are just starting out that are worthy of some attention.  Please feel free to toot your own horn if you're a reader with a blog.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Happy homesteading,


Thursday, July 5, 2012


First and foremost, I wanted to take a moment to welcome the new members who have joined my blog recently.

Sometimes I contemplate ending my blog because there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to do everything I would like, and writing posts fall to the bottom of the list of priorities more than anything else.  Well, maybe not more than anything else.  I mean cleaning my bathroom would hit rock bottom every time and only when I get the heeby jeebies do I actually clean it.  Seriously, the mosquito-infested creek bed at the back of my yard seems cleaner than my bathroom sometimes.  But I digress.  I think the heat, lack of rain, and the end of the week are getting to me.  I contemplate ending my blog.  Then, I pull it up and see new followers and I think there must be something I'm writing, however infrequently, that is resonating.  Seeing new followers gives me the energy to keep writing.  So, I would love to hear from you why you keep coming back.  With all of the great blogs out there, what about my blog resonates with you? 

Now, realizing I can't do it all, I am discontinuing my Harvest Tally.  A few weeks ago the battery on my scale ran out of juice and it was probably a week before I got to the store for a new one.  Not weighing everything that came through the door or never even made it to the door because I ate it was liberating.  I would like to try to keep up my preservation tally just because I don't can everyday and it will serve as an inventory for us to see how much of something we eat during the year.  To sum it up, we are getting about 5 eggs a day from 6 layers, and a good amount of veggies, enough to eat on during the week and some left over to preserve in various ways.  I'm happy about that and seeing the food on my plate each evening that I grew myself is proof enough I'm doing something right.  I don't need pounds and ounces to prove it. 

So, sound off if you will.

Until next post, happy homesteading,