Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Best laid plans

Well, Saturday morning didn't exactly get off on the right foot. I somehow managed to get my butt in gear by 8am to pull a few stray weeds and give my mud pit a "last" tending-to, only to have a few crazy storms come through. The dirt people won't deliver in the rain. By 1:00, the sun was shining brightly, but still no luck. Our civic association doesn't allow commercial vehicles after 1:00 on Saturdays.

So, still no dirt. Still a big mud pit. Still longing for grass.

Other than that, the weekend went well. My snap press arrived, and I managed to make 2 new diapers, as well as converting a couple of old ones to snap closures. That will hopefully cut down on C's stripping for a little while.

My copy of Storey's Basic Country Skills was delivered, too. I am in love with this book. The authors share a sketch of their property's layout, which provides them with about 75% of their food needs, plus animal feed and wood for heat, on just 2.5 acres. Since I'm afraid of being kicked by cows, and I don't think I could bring myself to eat my own pig (though I am starting to come around to the idea of eating my own chickens), and I have a fondness for electric heat (and solar panels on my wish list), I'm thinking that I could do quite a bit with less than 2 acres. This makes me happy.

Combined with the other books I've just received, Mini-Farming for Self-Sufficiency and Sidetracked Home Executives, I'm on my way to becoming an organized little country wife. In my head and on paper, at least!

I wouldn't be able to do it without the help of my new coffee pot, though. My Keurig is here! I'm all wrapped up in my love affair. With a sample pack of darks, lights, flavoreds, organics, and their various combinations, it's been like trying to get to sleep on Christmas Eve. I'm just too excited about the next morning's possibilities!

There is one thing that has disappointed me about my new love, though. It's kind of loud. I was NOT expecting that from a coffee pot. Considering I can't remember the last time I managed to start my day before anyone else was awake, it isn't that big of a deal, but I guess I should warn anyone who is privileged enough to enjoy their first cup of coffee in peace. Or maybe I should have kept my mouth shut to sabotage people like that.

On a sad note, I had to lay my old laptop to rest. Well, no. I didn't have the opportunity to pull the plug myself. It just completely crapped out on its own. But now I have a new little pet to curl up with, so that's good. Except now I really have to curb my internet shopping.

That's okay. I can only handle so much excitement in a short period of time!

Happy Birthday to the husband! I'm always so much happier when we're the same age. :-)


kwr221 said...

Don't you love the ability to stalk whose reading your blog? ;-)
Enjoy the coffee maker!

Hope you have dirt soon!

PearlsOfSomething said...

Yup! It does make me feel like a dweeb when *someone* has the coolest links, so I show up as stalking them a million times a day, lol.

Amy said...

Haha! I enjoy the 2 months when DH and I are the same age, too, lol.

PearlsOfSomething said...

:) We get over 8 months of being the same age. Still, the kids never let me forget who is older!