Monday, August 31, 2020

Garden Progress

So it's been about a month since the last garden update. I'll just get right to the pictures. Aarron has done some changes, removed some things that were done or dead and added more seed for another round. He tries to make sure that the same thing isn't planted in the same spot again to help the soil as well.





I'm so proud of what Aarron has done with this. I can only take credit for a little of the watering, it's been pretty much all Aarron taking on this task. It's been amazing to have this garden and watch it grow every day.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anyone. - Maya Angelou



Sunday, August 30, 2020

Quote of the Day



Don't let you loyalty become slavery. If they don't appreciate what you bring to the table, let them eat alone. - Unknown



Saturday, August 29, 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

Greenhouse Progress

I am so excited with how my greenhouse is doing this year! We have gotten basil, parsley, bell peppers, and dill out of the greenhouse this year.















Have great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day




With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. - Wayne Dyer


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Quote of the Day



Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world no matter what you look like. - Unknown



Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Water Conservation

Living in the desert, water is always an issue. Because of this, we have stated to learn ways to conserve water.  Rain water is a big one.


We don't really get a lot of rain here, so we have to make sure we can collect as much as possible when it does rain. With this in mind, Aarron has several different containers around the house that are used to collect the rain.



 

Aarron uses these to help with watering the garden. Also when we change the waters for the animals, he pumps that water up to the garden as well. We try to reuse everything that holds water and funnel it to the garden. Even the water from the pool! We use every bit of water of we can in more ways than one to ensure the garden gets enough water. If we change the waters for the animals and the garden doesn't need water right then, he has set up a holding tank that will hold all the water from the animals. It is pictured below, and he has piped it to go right into the garden also. All he has to do is flip a valve and it will drain into the garden.



So this is how we work to conserve water in the desert. What are ways that you conserve water? Leave me a comment below and let me know your ideas.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



Nothing is a coincidence. Everything you're experiencing is meant to happen exactly how it's happening. Embrace the lessons. Be grateful. - Unknown



Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Quote of the Day




If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. - Martin Luther King Jr.


Monday, August 24, 2020

Winterizing Your Home

I know it's still summer time, but it is never to soon to make sure your home is ready for the coming winter. We usually start around now to make sure that everything is ready to go before winter really starts coming in. Of course some of this is common sense that will help with electric costs in the summer time too.


The first thing you will want to look at is your doors. Do you see sunlight coming in under or around the door like this one? That will need to be fixed to keep the cool or the heat in. We will take and replace the rubber that runs around the door and that should fix this up right nice. In the winter, it's places like this that you will get your drafts. It lets the hot air out too making your heater have to work that much harder to keep your house warm. So this is the first thing on our to do list for winter this year.



The next thing you will want to do is check for drafts around your windows. This is also an easy fix if you feel any air coming out from around the window. Aarron will usually go around each of the windows every year with caulk to seal it all up nice and keeps the drafts away.



The other thing to think about is the window covering itself. A heavy one like this will also help to keep the warmth in the house.

Finally, one thing that maybe most important and I completely forgot about until now, is to make sure all your outside pipes are wrapped with the foam stuff (I know, I don't know the technical terms or what these things are actually called.) to keep them from freezing. This will save you money in the long run because you won't have to replace pipes in the middle of winter because one bursts after freezing.

What are some ways that you make sure your house is ready for winter? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day




You are beautiful. Never forget that. In a world of 7.1 billion people, there is only one you. So take care of you because the world needs you. - Unknown


Sunday, August 23, 2020

Quote of the Day



It's beautiful to be alone. To be alone does not mean to be lonely. It means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society. - Jiddu Krishnamurti



Saturday, August 22, 2020

Quote of the Day



Faith. It's all about believing. You don't know how it will happen. But you know it will. - Unknown



Friday, August 21, 2020

Blood Pressure Monitor

This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. I received this Blood Pressure Monitor for free or at a discount for my honest review.  

This one seems to be one of the better monitor's available right now. I really like that this one speaks to you too!



This monitor has a large face on it so it is really easy to read. This is a great feature for people such as my father who is having difficulty reading smaller print now. The large numbers on this make it really easy to see so even he can see what it says without a problem.



This monitor also talks to you. It tells you exactly what your blood pressure and your pulse are. So even if the large print wasn't enough, it tells you what it says too. And it's loud. It's easy to hear what the machine is saying. You don't have to be really close to it either.



I like that this tests the blood pressure on the arm rather than the wrist. I would think since the doctors use this type of monitor it would be more accurate. I don't know for sure this is true, but it just makes a little sense to me so. I like this feature of this monitor.

You can get this monitor on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089Y5RXSL?ref=myi_title_dp

I would love to know if you have this monitor and what you think of it. Leave me a comment below and let me know.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real - Unknown



Thursday, August 20, 2020

Quote of the Day



Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end. - Unknown



Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Tree care - What We Are Learning

When we first started this homesteading thing, we thought, garden - just put the seeds in the ground and it will grow. Boy were we wrong! It takes a lot to tend a garden and make those seeds grow. The same is true for trees. We are learning this the hard way I guess, but that seems to be the way we do everything.


The tree above is a white apricot tree and we have almost killed it twice. This was our very first tree that we planted. I say we, but it was Hubby that planted it. We had no clue what we were doing when we put this tree in the ground. We bought it and a plum tree at the same time. The plum tree died. We have managed to keep this one going but only barely, until recently. We finally got blooms on it this year, and then the wind blew them away! So we know now, that for next year, we need to get some sort of wind break for this tree so it won't loose it's blooms and maybe, just maybe we get will get fruit.


This is the next one we planted. This is a mandarin orange tree. By the time we put it in the ground it was getting warm. I think it went into shock or something because we lost every leaf that was on it when it went into the ground. You can see a little bit of green on it again now. It has just started to come back. The way we got it to come back was to water it constantly and add compost to the tree well. The compost helps to feed the tree and it helps to keep a little moisture in the soil. So I am hopeful this will continue to grow well this coming year.



The mesquite on the other hand are suffering. This particular one got a parasite so we cut most everything off of it and are now hoping that it will come back. This is a new thing for us so we are not sure what we are doing. From the looks of it, I think we may have finished killing it, but we shall see. We've been giving it water every day to try to help it mend so I guess time will tell.

If you know about mesquite trees and what we may need to do for this one, please leave me a comment below and let me know!

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take. - Unknown