It has been a while since my last post, but don't worry I haven't stopped writing! It has been a very busy few weeks and these cold snaps make it very hard to get outdoor work done. Currently I am putting together a cookbook that I hope to have completed around July if all goes well. It is very time consuming to transfer all my handwritten recipes to the computer and I really don't have the patients to sit all day and type. My next chore will be to find a program to print it from, but technology is not my favorite thing!
We have been very lucky so far this winter as we only had five cords of wood cut and split for this season and as long as we don't have another really cold snap we should make it through till April. I have to tell you when we first moved here I was so afraid of the wood stove, having a few house fires when I was younger had made me very unsure of them but I put my big girl boots on and sucked up my fears and I have to say even though I am still not 100% with the wood stove I know how to use it and it keeps us warm, so I am no longer a panicked mother watching the temp every five minutes!
Now as February quickly approaches we have our garden stands in our windows waiting to have seeds planted in the soil, we have created a chart to help us keep track of each seed we plant and how many. Last year we did not totally succeed with our garden due to all the rain but we planted 7, 239 plants by hand, we are hoping to do just as many if not more this year. I also plan on trying to sell some seedlings in front of our home in May, so I have to make sure we have extra plants growing. This year I am going to learn my herbs, so I am trying to decide where I would like to make a herb garden that will get adequate light and yet at the same time keep it away from the vegetable garden. Planning the rest of the garden will be done after we work the field, from experience we know this should have been done last season but unfortunately we did not move in on time and did not have the equipment. I am ready though, if it takes us making raised beds in the garden than that is what we will do! In order to succeed in our dreams the first few year will be hectic and a lot of work but I know we can do it!