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Except for that one cold
spell a couple of weeks ago, this winter has been unbelievably mild.
I've taken the change of speed as a personal favor from the weather
gods and am enjoying every moment of the sunny days.
We broke our big splitting
Aurora's feet are now
half again as big as her mother's. Strange since our little girl is
only 1/4 Nubian (and 3/4 Dwarf Nigerian) while her mother is half and
We harvested enough shitake
mushrooms today to last several meals.
Did I ever mention that
I love manure? Mix in a healthy helping of high horsepower Kubota
action and fertilizing the garden has never been so easy or so fun.
Thanks for coming over and taking pictures, Mom! Your wonderful presence and all those delightful bags of leaves were much appreciated too. Next time, maybe I'll let you drive.
It's been a year since we
moved our firewood station closer to the back door.
My aquaponics experiment
is a slippery slope. I started out with easy
herbs transplanted out of the garden (plus a few daffodils
for color), and all they needed was the tiniest of fluorescent lights
overhead. But as the ammonia got converted to nitrite and the nitrite
to nitrate, I realize the error of my ways --- herbs aren't hungry
enough to use up all of the nitrogen in my tank.
So I've added some
greedier plants, starting these from seed because I don't have any
heavy feeders in the garden at the moment. Cucumbers and summer squash,
plus some basil and parsley to round out my herbs.
A little more paint and the
bedroom is done. It's tough to take a comprehensive photo of such a
small space (literally about twice the size of a twin bed), so here are
a few shots from each direction as a sort of tour.
bed gave me plenty of room for storage. Books by me (multiple
copies of each, so they don't need to be easily accessible) go in the
bookcase support while bins of clothes and ancient journals/sketchbooks
are safe in mouse-proof bins.
The closet is pretty
empty at the moment, but I'm just thrilled to have finally found the
spot where rodents were entering my sleeping space. Down beneath a
built-in cabinet, we discovered a four-inch hole that Mark has now
filled in with wood and liquid nails. No wonder that corner of the
trailer was mouse central for the last decade!
Better yet: my boots and
winter coat finally have a home other than draped-over-that-chair and
tossed-in-that-corner. Here's hoping that cutting down my possessions
to the ones I really use and giving each a place will prevent future
clutter. For now at least, it's a joy to have everything so shipshape.
We made a major goat
One renegade hen got
into the mule garden last Tuesday. "Whatever. It's winter," I said.
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