Friday, May 30, 2008

Celebrating Spring with Gnomes and Strawberries


Its been a while so I finally decided to update! We have really cool internet that picks up on a wireless signal through Verizon but our signal is really lame out here so my internet is generally slow.

Nick has taken a bit of a break on the bathroom due to other tasks that must be done. I still don't have a toilet and my running water comes via a single spicket into a 5-gallon bucket. My composting toilet works great and doesn't smell. I suppose it was worth the lady at Southern States thinking I am insane. And everyone else in blogland. But you got to do what you got to do. Its better than living at my parents! Taking showers at Andy and Heather's has been really fun too. Once we have real plumbing I am having a party for everyone who helped us out. Thankfully Nick's dad is coming next week and he can hopefully help finish the major stuff in the bathroom!

Our lawn is finally mostly mowed and Leia is seriously enjoying it. I have let her run around about 3 times and she hasn't tried to harass the neighbors chickens. Now that I know them I don't mind as much having to go get my dog. Atleast I won't have to worry about hearing shot gun shells (even though I know they keep a 22 over their kitchen door). On another note, those same neighbors informed us that we have a ton of blackberry and blueberry bushes on our property. I also planted a thornless rasberry (on the verge of death) and we have some rather large peach trees. They have small green peaches and I really hope they are edible! I have heard peaches are hard to take care of because they get really buggy and diseased. I figure I will trial run everything this year, and see how it goes then next year I can add some things and learn how to maximize what we have.

I have been reading a lot about bento boxes lately and how to pack them inspired by the blogs on my last post. I even packed one for Nick's lunch today using a tupperware container. We will see how it goes over with my picky husband.

Did anyone else watch David the Gnome as a kid? It is one of those shows I loved as a kid!! I think it was on Nickelodeon for a while but you can find all the episodes on Youtube. I actually laid Anastasia down to watch it for nap time yesterday and it worked like a charm! Its such a sweet, earth-friendly show I wish they still aired on TV. Maybe then I would consider having a TV. But who needs a TV when you have Youtube and the world wide web? Here is a brief history of garden gnomes.
Sorry about the lapse in posting. I have been really busy doing boring things that I don't feel would make a very exciting blog. I mean, I could write long posts about how I organized my craft room/pantry and my thoughts on doing dishes with boiled water... but I will spare you the agony. I have several errands to run today so I better wake up Anastasia. Late nights=late mornings for her. Oh! And strawberries are in season! I am so excited to go picking here soon. Nothing like fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream and pound cake!!!

6 comments:

Sumojason said...

So, I guess Nick put my weed whacker to good use! Glad to here that the lawn is starting to shape up!

Clare said...

Yeah!! He got a little carried away with the bush hog... cut down a bunch of lemon balm and mint plants. Thanks Jason. lol.

Maybe you will get your weed wacker back :)

Laura said...

That compost toilet rocks! Lol! I would totally get one of those if it meant we could live in the country in a place as gorgeous as yours :)

Farmers markets vary, but a friend of mine sells baked goods at ours and can't sell anything with eggs in it. Not sure why...

Laura said...

Oh, and have you checked out "garden girl"? She has some great tips for all types of gardens in all locations.

http://www.gardengirltv.com/gardening.php

Clare said...

Thanks Laura! I will definately check out garden girl! I will have to post some pictures of our toilet sometime... for some good fun. :)

Annie said...

I LOVED DAVID THE GNOME!!!!!!!! That was seriously my favorite tv show when I was little!!!!!! I'm so glad you posted about it!!!!!!