My house will officially be up for sale as of Monday! I’m ready to move out a little further and think I’ll be able to find something in the 3-5 acre range so I can expand my homesteading operations a bit. I’ve spent all week stressing and cleaning, but things are coming together. It’s ready to show and I’m starting to spend some time each night detailing another small section…ripping it apart, scrubbing it down, freecycling/donating/throwing out whatever isn’t a necessity, and putting it all back together. I started in the kitchen doing one cabinet at a time and will work my way through the house.
Downsizing will not only make the move easier, but one of the options I’m considering is building my own place once I find the land. I’m planning on doing a tiny house building class next spring…and while I probably wouldn’t find “tiny” useful for a functional homestead…I can see working with something more along the lines of “small” with a small bed and bath, decent sized kitchen with a pantry, and a multi-purpose work room rather than a living room (that could accommodate the sewing, seed starting, etc that goes on as the seasons change).
Outside, things are still moving right along. Zucchini has started piling in. You should see peoples faces when they talk about their family zucchini woes from 1-2 plants and I mention I have 6 just for me :D
The first tomato will be ready annnnnnny day now.
And things have really filled in. This is my bed with all the “short” stuff. Carrots, green beans, and cucumbers.
I’ve done a bit more canning….but from this point on I’ll focus on eating up what I can so it’s less to transport later. These are sloppy joes and unstuffed cabbage, both from SB Canning’s recipe site.
And beef stew with vegetables from the Ball Complete Book
Yesterdays bunny spa night. They didn’t appreciate their manicures as much as you’d expect :D
The winter was so severe, that a lot of plants which are at the edge of their hardiness zone up here didn’t make it. That included peach trees…so my fruit cocktail tree didn’t make it. One of my big projects this summer was cutting it down, digging out the stump, and finding a replacement tree (many nurseries were sold out or had lost their own stock)
And finally…got a little bit more done on my cross stitch. This was during a recent storm that knocked out the electricity. It made for a wonderfully peaceful night by lamp light.