Laundry Line

With our trees now gone, we also lost our laundry line.  I had been trying to use our small drying rack, but it just wasn’t cutting it.  So let me say it loud and proud, I am so grateful that JGL can build things!  He worked and worked and worked all day long to get this up so that I would have it to work on our laundry that’s been building up over the last week or so.

I know I share this often, but I’m so darn lucky to be married to a man who a) puts up with my crack pot ideas, b) is willing to help me execute my crazy ideas (and execute them beautifully, I might add!), and c) does it with such a loving heart.  Love ya, JGL!


A case of the ickies


I’m laying on the couch with a 101 fever watching my Lucy chasing something in her dreams and listening to JGL snore over in the chair.  I really, really hate taking medicine, and the concept of the medicinal herb garden I read about in The Backyard Homestead is sounding real appealing right now.

So hopefully when I stop feeling like a mini-heater we can get to some of the good stuff–the cleaning up the gardens and mapping out exactly what we want.

Any herbal remedies you all recommend out there?

Homesteading 2011

I’m sitting as snug as a bug in a rug in my parent’s 1800’s something house in NH watching the Blizzard of 2010 create a winter wonderland outside.  We’ve set up Dad’s new iPod, and Mom is having fun reading on her new Kindle.  JGL’s Kindling it, too, and thanks to some research we realized he and I could share books, and more importantly notations in books.  It’s a little mind blowing as we have so many technologies converging here how Christmas might have felt up here 200 years ago.

But back to my Kindle thought…part of my Christmas gift from JGL was the book, The Backyard Homestead, which I’ve been eyeing up for quite some time now.   I was incredibly pleased at the depth and breadth of information, and as JGL said to me last night, “You’ve been going on with new garden ideas for almost 24 hours straight!”.  And he’s right, I’ve been pretty fired up about new gardening ideas and techniques, and I’m really quite excited to start to try to implement them. Not to mention all the notes I’ve made for myself on the Kindle so he can go straight to my bright ideas.

So as 2010 winds down, we’re already gearing up here at the JLG Homestead with visions of composting, A-Frame trellises, cold frames, hot houses and raised beds!