I gathered these roses from bushes in my yard one day. Notice my 'vase' of choice ... at my house mason jars have many uses! They are now sitting on my dining room table where I get to enjoy them continually!
In the Garden: We did more planting this week ... watermelon, tomatoes, basket gourds, butternut squash ...
We continued eating broccoli, cabbage, spring onions, swiss chard, radishes and potatoes from the garden and are anxiously awaiting our first squash of the season.
Here's an update on the 'stump' that I planted last week ... all the seeds came up!
From our herb garden I harvested: yarrow, rosemary and St John's wort. The yarrow will be air dried, sealed in a jar and added to the medicinal part of my pantry as will the St John's Wort. I plan to air dry the rosemary and use it to make a rubbing alcohol infusion for cleaning purposes.
I also snipped some young moringa branches and replanted them in a second and third pot. Because of the prolonged and deep freeze, we had this past winter I was afraid I had lost my moringa plant. I was delighted when it started popping up through the soil about a month ago. I'm determined to not have all my moringa in one pot anymore!!!
I started harvesting garlic. There's more to harvest, but it needs a bit more time in the ground. The plants I harvested this week were ready!
In the Pantry: we are busy eating out of our pantry making room for preserving season which will start in the not-too-distant future for us.
In the Kitchen: I have enough fresh veggie scraps that I've been saving in the freezer to make a pot of vegetable broth. I plan to get that started today. If I have enough, I just might bring out the canner and can some up for the pantry!
Fitness: I did my balance exercises every day this week and my weights every other day.
Sometimes I get tired of 'maintaining' my current fitness level and then I'm reminded that I was even more tired of being at the level I was before I started the journey. Both levels were and are hard and with every choice I make each day, I'm choosing which hard I want to maintain. Hmmmm, I think I'll stick with maintaining my current fitness level!Sewing: I brought out my crocheting, turned on this Youtube Video and taught myself how to crochet roses. I have wanted to learn how to make these for a long time and this week I decided it was time. This is a great project for working on while riding in a vehicle and for using up leftover yarn from other crochet projects.
I started working on making the apron from the beautiful fabric I was gifted last week. I got it cut out and am ready to start stitching on it.
Bible Study: I chose a new memory verse to work on committing to memory: Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Psalm 141:3. I chose this verse as a reminder to myself! Anybody else ever feel like they need to post a guard over their mouth!
Bargain Hunting: This week my bargain hunting happened at a local Hobby Lobby. I had a purpose! They were running a sale on their thread for $.99/spool, (the regular price of each spool could not exceed $3.49). They also had their zippers on sale for $.99 (I chose longer lengths in basic colors with the intention of cutting the zipper down to the size I would need for specific projects.). I did a stock up on both thread and zippers using my personal allowance money!
For my continuing education, I watched this video on companion planting. Along the same lines, I've been reading The Small-Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery. I first read it through Libby, (online library app) and after sharing some of the info with my hubby we decided this would be a good book to have on hand as a go to for info on caring for our small flock.
That's it for this week, I hope you've had a good week!
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