Monday, January 16, 2017

More Organizing

A dreary day today so I continued with my organizing spree and hit the laundry room. It's been a long time since I have seen the top of my dryer.

I got all my soap making supplies in one spot. So much easier to lay my hands on what I need. Now I don't even mind doing laundry!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Crazy Weather

Only here in the sunny south can you go from a low of 8* to a high of 72* in the span of 5 days! It's madness, madness I say...but I'll take it.

After baking special order breads and a few errands I was back home for the day. Though still very soggy, I enjoyed the chance to be outside in the sunshine.
I opened wide the garage doors and gave it a good cleaning. Our dog kennels are in there and with the nasty weather this week it had gotten quite filthy. I organized some shelving that was stacked with junk. Animals were tended at a leisurely pace.
I spent extra time with Ludo and Talon, our 6 month old Belgian Malinois, a new addition as of September, working on their obedience. I hope to have them get their BH (basic handling) title in the fall. They must have that before we can compete.
My sweet daughter in law and my mom came foe a later afternoon visit. We lingered outside until almost dark. It was a beautiful spring January!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Icy Driveway!

It will be another stay at home day for me. Our driveway is a solid sheet of ice. I don't mind though I still have lots of cleaning and organizing to do. On today's list it will be the fridge and freezers. I have inventory sheets that I like to keep with what is on hand. They are terribly out of date. Once they are done that will give me an idea of what I will need to stock up on and preserve in the coming year. (You can download for free at the Organized Home website.)
 Speaking of preserving, today is also seed ordering day! I can't wait to get my chores done so I can settle down with a cup of hot tea, build a fire and peruse all of the beautiful catalogs that have arrived.

Saturday, January 7, 2017


The storm came in overnight. Mostly snow with some periods of sleet, totaling about 5 inches. I headed to the barn early to feed hay and 1/2 rations of grain. More hay and the rest of grain tonight. I spent most of the day organizing the kitchen. A pot of chili simmering on the stove and the fireplace burning made for a lovely quiet day.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Another Winter Storm Prep Day

I hit the ground running today. Several special order breads had to be baked and delivered before I could finish up final storm preparations. The weather models seem to be all over the place depending on the track the storm takes but right now 3-6 inches of snow seems to be what the weather people agree on. That in itself is not so bad though any amount of snow here in the sunny south tends to throw our world into chaos, it is the fact that temperatures are not going to get back to above freezing until Tuesday. THAT will be a problem!
While bread was baking I filled all the bird feeders. They were so happy they didn't even wait for me to finish to start eating. I called hubby and reminded him to fill gas cans and get kerosene, just in case we needed the heater and the generator.
Once bread was delivered, I made a dreaded quick trip to the grocery store. I needed cat food and paper towels. Then I hit our local pet food store and picked up an extra bag of dog food and frozen beef bones to keep them busy over the next few days. I have a feeling there will be a lot of garage kennel time! I filled my truck with gas and thankfully headed home.

After I unloaded everything, I headed to the pool. It has been shut down for a few weeks but not winterized so I had to reboot everything and get it running so there would be no frozen pipe disaster.
On to the barn where once again I filled all water tubs, fed extra hay and plugged up heat tapes on the water pipes, drained and stored hoses and tossed a couple of old bales in the shed with for the piggies to snuggle down in.
Lastly a trip to the garden. I harvested what was left of the lettuce. Even under row covers it will not survive the forecasted 7* low on Sunday night. I pulled lots of turnips, then covered them with several layers of row cover. I hope they make it through since they are my favorite food right now. Sweet and delicious I eat several raw every day! A couple of baskets of greens were picked and then went next door to help with sis's garden. There we harvested all the broccoli, more greens and covered some of her things.
By then it was 4 and sleet had started falling. I was glad to call it a day.
Time to hunker down, build a fire, start a couple of pots of soup, some cornbread and wait. I say...let it snow!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Chance of Snow

Looks like a bit of snow may be in our forecast for the weekend. Snow or no, bitterly cold temperatures are definitely on the way. That means cold weather preparations need to be made. Since I am working tomorrow I tried to get most everything done today. Extra water buckets were rounded up and filled. Hosepipes had to be drained. Extra hay was hauled and racks were filled to the brim. Lastly old hay was scattered in the shed for the piggies and livestock guardian dog to snuggle up in. The animals probably wondered what was up since it was almost 60* today! They will be grateful and so will I when this deep chill moves through.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Though the organizing challenge is not due to start for another week, I piddled in the kitchen yesterday. We have had a couple of rainy days and my urge to get my all together, all together is intense!!
The first thing I did was rearrange some cabinets. That should throw my kids into a tailspin. They still haven't recovered from the last rearrange 4 years ago. Haha!
I also attacked my cookbook shelf. I grouped authors and topics together and kinda put them in alphabetical order. I had to create another whole other space for Christmas books and magazines, as my shelf is overflowing. 
In an effort to eliminate counter top clutter I emptied another piece of furniture and put some larger appliances in it with labels.
It's amazing the things you unearth when going through seldom used cabinets. I found this sweet pottery sheep platter and made it home to all the oils that usually sit scattered on the counter. A pretty good start on getting my house in order!