Tuesday, June 13, 2017

No internet

Life is Life. We had to cut the internet. The promotion we got when we moved has expired. It just costs too much. I've been down the no internet access at home road before. It is difficult but not impossible. I have my phone and a small data plan. Not much else. Library is free WiFi. Other places too. Just have to adjust my habits.

Garden is starting to grow. A bunny rabbit ate half my long rows of beans. The rose bush is blooming. The Peonies are blooming. Things are growing. I go out daily and water and weed.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


When the neighbors across the ally offer to till the garden, the answer is Yes, Please. We got the whole big spot tilled. Big tiller, dug it all up nice and deep. Funny how small interaction can have a big impact. We learned the neighbors garden outside of town, putting in a half acre of veggies and another half acre of just of sweet corn. The wife, retired, puts most in the freezer but also cans salsa and beans. She offered us extras for when as she put 'i get sick of picking'. Very nice couple. The husband offered to till the garden again in the fall.

Last weekend we knew there would be lots of rain focast (indeed there was) I planted two long rows of parsnips, sweet corn, one of Bush beans, a short row of small pumpkin, a row of dry beans, swish chard, turnips, and the garlic, and also bunch of spinach.

Still yet to plant are the carrots and Basil. I had couple cucumbers, one yellow squash and sunflower seed ling's that I put in the end of the garden beds. Oh and the peas we put in super early are coming up cherily.
Helpful A points at the peas he helped plant.
Other flower beds are growing up strong. We took a road trip to Kansas to visit friends. We lived together for a few months three years ago. It was hot and miserable as everyone got sick. But I got a bunch of plants to add to my beds. Irises, daylilies, purple cone flower, black eyed Susan are some of the perennials. Oregano, three kinds of mint, are the edibles. Plus some others I can't remember. But my flower beds are filling in and looking great.

Back yard, flax flowers. A messy bed I thought was only weeds

The garden and the giant lilacs

This is the north side of the house between the lilacs and the house. I can identify day lilies, irises, lilies of the valley and a wild violet, and a fern. Time will tell if anything blooms

Before and after tilled garden

I want to keep writing. I loose track of time and suddenly it has been weeks. I think I'll set calendar reminder, then maybe I get my once a week updates. Happy spring

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New Aquarium Fish

I'm addicted to my aquarium hobby. R even told me he really seriously enjoys my tanks in the house. Likes looking at them. And he told me he doesn't mind helping me build parts and pieces to go with the tanks. Even said someday he wants an aquaponic system to raise peppermint and bluegills fish. Tea and supper.

Last weekend I got the opportunity to go to an event held by the Minnesota Aquarium Society in Bloomington MN. I took my youngest daughter and an old friend. A real treat to leave our big kids at home with dads.
It was the Society annual auction. All sorts of things dealing with the hobby. Tanks, fish, equipment, aquatic plants. Everything you could want or dream about. The event was free, held in a large church gym. Very clean and well run. I was having so much fun bidding and general entranced by all the activities I didn't take any pictures.

However I did pick up some very neat cat fish. Corydoras variety called "Sterbi" I've been drooling over pictures on the internet. They are just neat looking both spotted and striped, with orange fins. Corydoras can certainly very shy fish. My new ones are in a quarantine tank for a few weeks before putting them in my big tank. It is fun because in the smaller space I can see them much better.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Big Garden

Tiny House, Big Garden

Earth Day 2017. We spent as much time outside as I could handle with the kids. Weeks ago when we were still getting hard frost, we staked out the side yard for the garden. Now we are busy removing the grass sod to make our garden. I'm finding clever places to put the sod. Filling in low spots in the yard. Can't hurt, R says the worst will be the lawn mower will kick up dirt if the sod doesn't grow. With way the low spot will be a little more filled.  I try to get outside to remove the sod a little everyday. It is a big task. After all the sod is gone we have a tiny tiller that R thinks he can get running. The soil seems to drain well and is on the sandy side. Compost would be helpful and I will get some from the city when I figure out how to haul it.

It is interesting to watch my flower beds around the house. The renter clearly dug up most of the perennials. However she missed some. The tulips are easy to identify but until the rest get bigger I can only guess. I recall seeing day lilies but that's about it. As I didn't pay much attention. The tulips got disturbed and don't seem to be bluming this year. In fact all the perennials that are coming up are much slower then my neighbors. Maybe mine know that there will be one last snow storm or something. 

I planted some peas in a corner of the garden. I used dead branches from our lilacs bushes for the peas to climb on once they start growing. It is also a good marker for where I've planted. 

I have a rose bush on the corner of our small side yard. Having read a good article about pruning roses (link below), I confidently got to work. 

I maybe should trim down the big tall one but it had buds all along the stem. We'll just have to wait and see. I wonder what color the flowers it will have? There were rose hips from last year on the ground. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tiny kitchen​ and forgotten bulbs

I promised a kitchen picture. Here you go. Rarely is it this clean, I try but end up baking and get flour everywhere. Or life happens. Dishes - I'm making a resolution to wash and put away every day regardless of how many or few. We have had a dishwasher in the past, but honestly I'm just lazy.

  I noticed something new in my front flower beds, bulbs are sprouted. Tulips I'm guessing. Renter must have forgotten them. It will be fun to see what they turn out to be.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tiny house projects

Here at the small house most of us have been ill. A viral crud has gone round and round. I haven't felt much like doing anything. March weather hasn't helped, most of the days are gray cheerless. But a few projects have gotten done here and there.

Library corner of the living room got organized. 
 The kitchen got a couple much needed additions. First R turned a tall odd cupboard that the prior renter used for trash can and broom holder into a much need pantry space. He measured and cut me shelves. Specific to the height of Mason jars and a tall space on the bottom to house my big pressure canner.

Beginning. This is located between the fridge and back door.

The new pantry! With room for my canner on the bottom. 
 I'm very happy to have this pantry. I try to meal plan for two or three weeks, a whole month is my goal. So having a stocked pantry is key. Also I can can garden produce this year. Last couple years I haven't done very much canning due to lack of space and moving. This year we'll pay for our CSA produce share and try our own garden. Either way I should have lots of veggies to can.

The microwave got its own shelf! With extra room to store cookbooks. This allows for more counter space for meal prep. I'll try and get a whole kitchen picture next time it is cleaned.
Now on to the living room. R put up the two shelves in the corner above my desk, printer specifically. But I needed more shelves for books as the library corner is full. Little A is growing up fast loving to read. Both R and I want to dig out our favorite childhood books. More space, more shelves.

After poking around outside I was happy to discover the renter didn't take all the perennials. When we bought the place it was written in the contract that none of the perennials would be included. Yep the renter dug them up in November and took them with. All the flower beds around the house are dug up and empty. Looks dreary now come spring I'll fill them. BUT I found some she missed or left. They are in a big bed in the middle of the side yard.  Too early to tell what they are. Our plan is to expand that area into a extra large garden.

That's all I got for now. Happy spring everyone.