23 Apr

Catching up

I apologize for being absent so long, Jim and I have been making a lot of decisions and I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately!  We have come to the decision not to build on the seventy acre piece of land we bought here.  With it being in the Pottsville school district, the taxes on all new construction are terrifying, to say the least.  We can afford them now just fine, but I doubt we’ll be able to in our dotage.

So, the plan now is to find a home with a slightly smaller acreage for sale.  I’ve been looking!  Probably around forty acres or so, and an older home we’ll remodel.  At least, that’s the current plan.  You all know those change rapidly around here!

We hope to be able to keep the seventy acres as well, for an investment.  With that in mind, we don’t plan to much more to it other than keep the road up, the pastures in good shape and finish clearing out the brush piles from the dozer work we had done.

So today I’ve been working on re-potting the fifty blueberry plants that we got for the land from one gallon containers to three gallon containers, in hopes that we will have a new place by winter so I can plant them there.

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I’m not quite finished, I had to come in for a very late breakfast, but there’s just four more to go.  I have quite a few blackberry starts I want to dig up as well and pot for our next place too, but my back has had it for today!

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I ground wheat and made bread this morning, sure smells good!  None for me though, I’m blimping out again because I’ve been doing a lot of baking lately… when I get depressed I cook!

I did some experimenting several days ago and oh dear god, these are absolutely insanely delicious.  I think I gained three pounds gorging on them.

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I’ll make them again soon, photograph the steps and share the recipe… it’s too good not to!

One of our beehives swarmed a week or two ago, and we managed to catch the swarm this time!  Not without some serious effort though, as they again swarmed high up in the trees.  It took us an entire day to knock the swarm down over and over (with a rock on a rope) until it settled low enough that we could reach them by Jim standing in the tractor bucket while I raised him up to the branch.

That night, we had heavy storms, and the lid blew off the new hive, and a lot of the bees drowned.  But they kept the queen warm and dry and the hive is still there, so hopefully it will survive.

My breakfast break is over, time to go finish potting those last four blueberry plants.

2 thoughts on “Catching up

  1. It is nice to have you back. Wow, I can’t believe you have accomplished all of that already and it is only lunch time. You are a real go-getter. Good planning to keep the blueberry plants for your new place when you find one. I hope you get a nap in sometime this afternoon!
    Carol in Oregon

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