Yea – I’m boring.

It’s true.  I have nothing exciting to say but had the urge to write.

Anyway….

This week I start another school term.  It’s hard for me to believe that I have approximately one more year and then I’m done.  Does that make me a college senior?  I don’t know??  This term is “Business Plan Prep” and “Leadership”.  I think the Business Planning course sounds rather interesting but I don’t know about Leadership.  We shall see.

Still hanging onto the same cold that DH and I have had since before the New Year.  Quite annoying by now.  Antibiotics are on the menu but I’m still hacking and coughing like a 100 year old smoker.

Since I didn’t make it into work yesterday, I was able to catch up on some sleep and also do a little work on my business.  See labels and some research and I listed a few things in my Etsy shop.  Not a lot but it felt good to work on something that I’ve been neglecting for almost a year.  Yes, a year.  Shameful.

And let me mention… the weather today just sucks!  Yesterday it was hovering around 30-something.  Today, 1.  That’s it. 1 degree.  At least I have a little time to sit by the fire before I go to work.

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Knee Deep Into Winter

We’re finally knee-deep into Winter here.  Had a couple nights of -15 degree temps which meant that day temps ranged around 0 degrees.  That doesn’t make for happy times when it’s too cold to get outside and even take a walk.  A brain-freeze without ice cream?  Not good…  We did finally get some snow though.

We are muddling along through the season.  DH’s truck is back on it’s wheels and runs better than ever.  I’ve been working on clearing out more of my craft stuff but it’s slow and tedious.  Considering selling large lots of it instead of just small listings just to get the stuff out.  I need to start my seeds under lights soon and all this crafting chaos is in the way.  <sigh>  What to do… what to do…

As for my New Year goals?  Well, OK  this is why I hate resolutions or anything that even closely resembles a resolution.  The 10 lbs a month thing… well maybe not this month.  (although FIL did bring me over an old stationary bike.  I just need to find room for it in the house and start using it) Don’t know.  Maybe I did loose a few lbs since I’ve gone down 1 jean size.  What other goals did I have?  I honestly can’t remember right now. 😉  I have been making a few more videos but seems like the only thing happening is birds, birds, birds at the feeders.  I love watchin my birds but that is starting to get old (even for me).  A blog post a day.  Yea… not so much.   Can’t seem to remember to do that on a consistant basis.  Especially when there’s not much going on.

Reading over the above, I see someone hit my sarcasm button today so I’ll leave it at that.  TTFN!

Jan 5th 2012 A Post a Day

Figures… I missed a couple of days.  I was going to post on Tuesday night at about 3am cuz I couldn’t sleep but turning on the ‘puter seemed like a lot of work….

So now it’s Thursday and I got some sleep last night.  Feeling pretty good today.  Sun is shining and it’s supposed to be kind of warm.  Well, warm for January anyway.

Hubby and I are working on the ceiling and kitchen cupboards.  Started the project at 7pm last night which involved pulling down two of the upper cabinets so we could patch the ceiling.  NOT fun but it’s patched and we’ll most likely put the cabinets back up later today.  We are going to keep them about 1-5/8″ down from the ceiling and then take down the other set so they’re all at the same height.  Future plans are to put in a new ceiling (at least to cover the old one up.  I like these http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=ceiling+tiles&view=detail&id=096D05BAE87233E8339AB6FCABEF457C417F90AF&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR 

Very cool and simple.  I think they’d look nice.

Finally uploaded some more Youtube videos.  Nothing fancy… just a little this and that. 🙂

Still searching for a few more things I’d like to add to the garden in the Spring.  Hopefully things will work out and I can grow enough to can / freeze to get us through next winter without having to buy any veggies, fruit, salsa or soup… and probably a few other things.  I’d like to get a pressure canner this summer so I can do a little more variety than I can now.

While I had my night of insomnia, I was thinking about things that would be useful to have in my car.  This is just a personal list based on what I do…. yours would no doubt be a little different.  This isn’t just a winter type of thing but it’s a list of stuff that kind of comes up when you’re gone from home.  The, “Oh, I wish I had one of these with me right now”, kind of things.

This is what I’ve come up with so far:  measuring tape, notebook and pencil, rope, scissors, knife, blanket, small shovel, bandaids, matches or a lighter.  I am sure I’ll think of more….

TTFN!

A Blog Post Per Day – Day 2

Last day of vacation for the youngins and hubby goes back to work tomorrow.  Strange, I don’t want any of them to go back to their own routines. LOL  Back to my routine tomorrow too.  Pkgs to mail and I need to pick up some chicken food….  Hopefully it won’t be as cold.

Bitter cold has arrived with some strong winds to match.  I don’t know what the wind chill was but it’s pretty cold especially since we’ve been spoiled by mild temps so far this winter.  Makes me thankful for our fireplace!

Been practicing my guitar which I haven’t consistantly played in years and years.  My fingers are starting to get tough again but they’re hurtin.  I have a lot of catching up to do and a WHOLE lot to learn but it’s fun.

As for the Etsy shop closings and clean up….  Last night I sold ALL of the listed jewelry in my Bramble Oak shop.  All gone to one buyer.  Pretty cool!  The other two shops are still in clearance mode and still have lots to cleared out.  I’m also still listing lots of supplies and jewelry on Yardsellr and that could take another month or two just to list everything and move it out. 

I’ve decided on a couple new varieties of seeds to plant and I’m going to be ordering them from Totally Tomatoes.   Tomato varieties will be Stupice and Box Car Willie… mostly for salsa.  Pepper variety will be Tabasco….  I want to make and can my own hot sauce and the last thing will be Tomatillos.  I want to make Salsa Verde for the older girl because she recently tasted it at a restaurant and said she liked it better than regular salsa.  She loves her hot stuff… just like her Dad  🙂  Cool thing is you get two free seed packets from Totally Tomatoes with just a $5.00 purchase.  Can’t beat that.

Going to start sorting through my personal seed stash also and see what I’d like to Winter Sow this year.  Need to start thinking about that soon too.

 

 

Happy New Year 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope everyone is having a great start to 2012.  Resolutions?  Nah… me either.  I never follow them anyway.  Couple things I’m going to try to accomplish is to complete a blog post a day, work on my Youtube videos a bit more consistantly…. maybe 4 per week?  Oh and, try to loose 10 lbs per month.   Guess we’ll see.

The year has started out OK for the family and I.  We got some snow (which we needed).  Poor plants didn’t have a blanket to protect them from the cold.  So, with the snow’s arrival, we pretty much hung out at home all day.  Hubby and Younger DD ran to town for movies but that’s about it.  In-laws came over and stayed for a bit and my FIL reminded me of exactly where my husband got his Polak from. LOL  Ah, but that’s another story.

Clearing out my Etsy shops and clearing out supplies is going pretty well so far.  I feel like I’m doing a serious Spring cleaning.  It’s kind of hard cuz this is my ‘stuff’…. my ‘stash’ but in another way, it feels good to declutter.

OOHHH and the seed catalogs have started arriving!  OH JOYOUS DAY!  Making lists of things I’d love to try but this year I’m trying to keep the pepper and tomato varieties down to a managable amount.  (yea, good theory but is it possible??? hah!)

TTFN!

Got things a-rolling along now….

I’ve got things a-rolling along now.  In motion… moving along… etc. etc. etc.

All three of my Etsy shops are updated.  Everything that is going on sale, is now on sale.

All jewelry in Bramble Oak on Etsy is marked down to 80% off.

EVERYTHING (supplies, vintage and collectible goodies) in my Gypsy Wynd on Etsy is 50% – 80% off.

EVERYTHING in my Rustic Diva Designs shop is up to 90% off.

AND…. I’ve knocked down most items in my Yardsellr at least 50%!  I will be adding most of the rest of my stash to my Yardsellr so if you’re looking for beads, yarn, fabric, jewelry findings, VHS movies, books, collectibles, vintage goodies or an assortment of other things… this is the place to go!

Other than that… things have been quieting down.  Christmas was good and I enjoyed my time with the family.  Kids are still on Winter break and I’m really loving having them at home. 🙂

 

Wintersowing and Me

Here’s how I do it….

First you need to do a little research to find out what type of seeds you can wintersow.  If you take a look around www.wintersown.org, Trudi has made lists of seeds for specific zones to use as guidelines.  My method is, “if it’s a perennial, biennial or hardy self-seeding annual in MY zone… I’m going to wintersow it”.  Simple as that.  But everyone’s a little different so  do your research to see what will work for you.

 

First…got my area prepped.  Box of seeds for WS’ing ready.  Permanant markers to mark my containers. Check.  Basin of water. Check.  Basin to hold my mess in with newspaper underneath.  Check (although I know I’m going to make a mess anyway!) Bucket of soil.  Yup.

Get your containers ready.  I use just about any plastic container I can find and cut up but I prefer to use milk jugs, plastic water bottles and pop bottles.  Wash them good. (if using water, milk or pop jugs…throw out the caps.  You don’t need them)  Next, cut them in half with a serated kitchen knife or scissors…whatever works best for you.  Now cut slits in the bottoms of them for drainage.   If using containers like sour cream containers or butter, toss the lids.  You’ll need to cover those with plastic wrap or lg baggies.

Label your containers (unless you like surprises)  I usually label mine in a couple different places…like the side and the bottom just in case some of the lettering fades.  In this case, I’m going to seed a couple of containers of Rudbeckia (black-eyed-susans) “Irish Eyes”.  I also dated these…can’t remember why tho.

Put approx 3″ worth of soil into the containers.  Any less than this will not promote good root growth.  Set your jugs into your ‘mess tray’ and soak the soil really well.   Setting them into the ‘mess tray’ helps them drain also.

Sow your seeds.  I’ve basically thrown these  right on top of the soil and I will press these down into the dirt just a little bit.  Do your research for your particular type of seeds you’re going to sow.  Some seeds need light to germinate and some need to be in the dirt a little further.  The amount of seeds you throw in also depends on the type of seeds you’re sowing and how much YOU want to thin the clumps in the spring.  I’m usually pretty generous with my sowing. 

Snuggle the lid on.  Sometimes I have a bit of trouble getting that lid back on… so I’ll cut a 1-2″ slit in the side to get it to slip back on. (or back IN to the bottom part of the container)  Now we’re just about ready to throw these outside.  (don’t really throw them!)

Got this tray ready to go outside.  Added a couple more containers of BES seeds…think those were “Indian Summer” or something like that. 

Pick a nice place for them to sit during the rest of the winter.   Can you see them?  When I took this picture we had about 6″ of snow so they’re really snuggled in there.  Now…  I actually can’t see them at all because we’ve gotten another 12″ of snow since then.  Which is OK.  The snow on top and dripping into the containers is good!  They need the moisture during the winter.  If it starts to get a little dry where they’re sitting, I’ll usually find some more snow and just throw it on top of them.

  I chose the north side of the house at the edge of the woods.  If you put your little ‘greenhouses’ on the south or east side of your home, they can become too warm in early spring and then sprout too early…so choose someplace on the north side or someplace with just a little shade.  When Spring arrives, your little seeds will sprout at just the right time and you’ll have oodles and oodles of new plants for your garden.   When it gets consistantly warm, take their tops off and treat them as you would any transplant.  Easy as pie!

OK… I’ve covered the wintersowing and now for ME.  😉  I landed a job at a large nursery nearby!  Starting in March, I will be working at Prairie Nursery in Westfield, WI.  Very exciting!  Check out their website if you get a minute.

http://prairienursery.com