2. Cooking: I didn't do any notable cooking this week. For meals, we had the usual: hash, tacos, eggs, venison steaks, leftovers, more hash. I'm getting very bored with cooking; the freezer has a lot less variety now, plus the weather is warm, and I don't feel like making the soups and casseroles that were appetizing during the winter months.
3. Gardening: I put in tomato plants, cucumber plants, and purple asparagus this week. I have never planted asparagus before, so we'll see how that goes. I also weeded and mulched my raised beds, and set up my sprinkler system. During the sunny days this week, I spent at least an hour every day weeding strawberries. With Baby, an hour's worth of weeding takes at least 90 minutes.
Raccoons killed two of our chickens this week, so I spent some time fixing up their pen, moving them around, etc., hoping to fix the problem. My brother-in-law found and eradicated a whole family of them, so if they were the problem, we will not lose any more chickens.
On Monday I had a very successful beehive inspection. I was able to find the queen, and also saw eggs and larvae- something I hadn't been able to do yet. Now that I know what I'm looking for, I hope the other inspections will be faster.
4. Reading: I finished Meet the Frugalwoods (free with my Scribd subscription) and also renewed two library books: Montessori from the Start and The Art and Science of Grazing.
5. Writing: I worked on the manuscript for The Housewife's Guide to Frugal Produce. I still have some recipes to try and graphics to make, but otherwise, I've finished the actual writing. Next, I'll be editing the whole thing for grammar and typos.
6. Cans: I collected cans to recycle, while on walks this week.
So, that is about it for the week. No marvelous accomplishments, just slow and steady work that will hopefully pay off long-term. I spent most of my time this week either outside or reading. We also had social events and a few other surprise issues to deal with that took up some time. Summer is like that- lots of outside time, lots of people time. I've learned to expect it, but still sometimes feel cheated when I get to the end of the week and don't have much to show for it. But gardens and people (and books) are worth it!
What did you do last week?
Til next time,