It sure makes a difference in both what you get done in a day and how you feel if it’s sunny and warm. Of course when the sun’s out, our solar panels are charging like mad. We haven’t had to run the generator for three days. And, of course, Will’s busy at work putting up our new panels. (If he just doesn’t fall off the extension ladder while he’s putting up the three highest panels…)
On Saturday we drove to son Bill’s, for our grandson Mason’s eleventh birthday get-together. It was nice to visit with everyone and enjoy watching Mason open and play with his new Leggos.
I finished canning up the last of the turkey. It’s so nice to have all of the turkey finished. I got ten quarts of turkey with broth, plus we ate a good meal and snacks from the same bird. I’ve got the new beef neatly stacked in our freezer and the pantry is bulging. (I’ve also filled quite a few of the storage shelves in the basement that Will told me “These are not for food!” when he built them. He sure isn’t complaining now.)
I’m busy updating our new website, adding a ton of new stuff and trying to get the catalog ready to go to the printers. Whew! Of course we’re also planning what we’ll be planting in the spring and where to put it all. We sure don’t have a lot of prime agricultural land. The main garden is on gravel, as is the house garden and berry patch where we also plant some vegetable crops. The new Sand Garden is … well … sand with manure added — very promising, seeing as how well it did as a brand new garden this year. But the Central and North Gardens are on white clay and kind of low ground so too much rain sure affects them badly. My son Bill has an old Simplicity riding lawnmower with a tiller attachment we’re going to buy. Hopefully, I will be able to till between the corn and other crops in those gardens. In the past, Will has run the big TroyBilt tiller there, but when he starts haying the grass and weeds try to take over. I can run that tiller for about half an hour and my knee gives out. With the Simplicity (if it works!) I can sit and till which will result in a completed job several times during the summer — a big improvement. Sometimes I envy those growers who have all the perfect equipment they use to till their plots. But then, we’re not buried in debt either … A big thing to consider, for sure. — Jackie