July 15, 2017
The good and the bad, no one said life was easy.
The Bad :
Things change and they can change in a blink of the eye. Sure we make plans to live the best life we know how but then when life throws you a curve ball and it was totally unexpected, things change and sometimes never go back to the way they were.
That is kind of what has happened here. Things happened.
First a mild winter and a rainy Spring and Summer and that means bugs, bugs and more bugs.
I lost crops that was going to be food for the winter.
The grass and/or weeds took over the bottom field, so much rain I could not keep up with it.
Next the riding mower broke down and I just did like I always have, push mowed, but never made it to the bottom field so its four feet tall. I worked so hard in the garden and mowing I totally exhausted myself, so much so I stayed in bed a whole day and slept 16 hours.
I am completely defeated, tired to the bone.
What is funny is people were shocked to hear me admit defeat, they said " I have never heard you give up on anything!" Well there is a first time for everything. I just cannot do everything with nothing. I refuse to mow anything but around the house until I get a new mower, and I plan to this week.
The Good :
While I gave up the upkeep of the property I never gave up on providing for myself, even with cost.
I bought more peaches and I made more peach products and I hope they will last for a good long time.
I made a different Peach jelly/jam, sliced peaches in light syrup and a few more jars of whole pickled peaches.
And I made three pints and one half pint of tomato sauce. As I get the tomatoes I process ( home can) what we do not eat, I try not to waste any.
Another wonderful thing is the tomato seed Tony had sowed in a flower pot outside got big enough to be planted in the garden on Monday and the bell pepper plants I had sowed from seed got put into the ground on Wednesday.
What I did was I took up the wire cages from the tomatoes that were dead or already had all the tomatoes it could bare and was no longer flowering, I mowed them down. In those spaces Tony planted more tomatoes and I replaced the wire cages for each plant.
I am beginning to get okra and I made a meal of fried okra and green tomatoes one evening. I am also getting cucumbers, not many but enough to feed us a couple daily.
For how to home can peaches click here : Pickled peaches and Jelly
After thoughts :
Although I had planned things so well, that I would be off the grid with solar power, well water, a root cellar and a large greenhouse things just are not happening, I am in limbo and I cannot make these decisions at all because of the unknown, that little curve ball is still in motion. I do know one thing about me and that is without proper tools I cannot and will not be able to handle this place alone.
So I must invest to reap the benefits. We`ll see how thing are in one month and maybe then I will know what will take place and what will not.
By Andria Perry
Photos by Andria Perry