New Seed Varieties

Good morning everyone! I hope you have all had a good week. We are good here. Weather has been really nice this week. I’ve been doing garden maintenance. We are getting some much needed rain this morning though and the temperature is supposed to drop by evening.

Check out the new seed varieties I got at Dollar General. These were only $1 a pack. I love that! All of these are new varieties to me so I am very excited to see how they do.

You might notice a new look to my blog. Dave has been working on updating it this week. I love how it looks! Thank you so much, Dave!

I guess that’s about all for now. God bless!

Seedlings and a Surprise!

Good morning everyone! Just look at these beautiful seedlings! Both cabbages and both broccoli have already sprouted!

Also some of the basil. This makes me so happy!

To me, there is something so exciting about planting a seed in the dirt, seeing it become a seedling and knowing, God willing, that seedling will produce food for my family! God never ceases to amaze me❤

Yesterday Dave came over to fix a water leak out in one of our buildings. It happily was a quick fix. The older kids were coming over to play dnd with Grace so Dave, Jess John Luke and I decided to go to Rural King for a little outing. I needed to get a new door handle for one of our storm doors.

John Luke loved the baby chicks. He wanted to hold them all!

When we got back home, Grace and the kiddos had a huge surprise for me. After they finished playing their game, they went up to the garden and moved 31 wheelbarrows of mulch and spread it out.

The garden is already looking so pretty for spring! This was such a sweet surprise!

I hope you all have a great day and God bless!

Getting Started

Good morning everyone! I hope your week has been good. We are good here. It is windy this morning and the temperature is expected to drop tonight down in the lower teens. Winter isn’t done yet!

However, I am starting to look toward spring and the upcoming garden. I try to plant by what mountain folks call “the signs”. It means I plant by the moon phases. So February 1st, 2nd and 3rd were good days for starting seeds for above ground plants. Yesterday I started Golden Acre and Red Acre cabbage, regular and purple broccoli, cauliflower, sugar rush and shishito peppers. I also started some herbs, lovage, thyme, green and purple basil, oregano, dill, chives, cilantro and parsley.

I should point out that I start herb seeds every year and very seldom have success in growing them out big enough to transplant. I almost always have to buy plants at our local nursery. I do, however, enjoy trying and maybe one day I’ll figure it out.

Just a little shout out to Dave. He printed me these little tools several years ago. I love them and use them all the time when starting seeds and working with transplants. They are definitely a big help.

So this is what they look like. They are in the sitting room right now. I haven’t put the cover on the greenhouse yet. We’ll see how that goes. Juicy, my cat, likes to pull my seedlings up so I’m sure I’ll have to put it on soon. I also have not put up the grow light or the heat mats. Probably won’t do that until March when I start the tomatoes and peppers. We’ll see if these germinate without the heat mat.

Enjoy your day and God bless!

Seed Starting Storage Area

Good morning everyone!

Yesterday Katie and I worked on cleaning out and organizing my little seed starting storage area. It was in desperate need!

Things had just been piled in on top of each other for years.

It was a mess!!

First we started by moving everything out.

We went through everything. We had a keep pile and a trash pile.

Then we started bringing it all back in.

It looks SO much better!

Everything is organized and has a place. I love that!

I am very happy to get this done. Also I am very happy that I got to spend the afternoon with Katie. She is a great helper.

God bless!

C-Burg Trip

Good morning everyone! I hope you have all had a good week. Things have been good here. Grace and I went to Big Town (Christiansburg) this past week. One of the places I wanted to go was Dollar Tree. They already have their seeds out. Just look at all these seeds I got. All for $7.00! I also got 2 pair of garden gloves. They were $1.25 each.

Another thing I got was all this yarn. I love this yarn. It is very soft and very easy to work with. I got this yarn for making hats.

We ended the day with a treat. Grace had got a Starbucks gift card for Christmas so she got us both a drink. Caramel Ribbon Crunch! Our favorite!

God bless!

More Seeds

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a good day. We are enjoying some rain this morning with temperatures in the upper 30’s. It’s a nice cozy day. I have a good fire going and a crochet project I am working.

As you can tell from the picture, I am starting to get in some of the seeds I have ordered. I probably could have just used the seeds I already have but I really like to try new (to me) seeds. In the above picture, both broccoli are new to me, both peppers and the red cabbage!

In this picture, the Mizuna is new to me. I have no idea what it is or how to eat it. It is a free seed packet from Baker Creek. I have attempted to grow the sugar rush peach peppers before. I wasn’t too successful but I want to try again. I want to make peach hot sauce for Jess and her family.

Years ago, I bought a lovage plant at a farmers market. I had it for years before it died. It tastes like celery. I am not a huge fan of celery but I look forward to having this plant again. I plan of drying the leaves and making a powder from them. I think I will also try making a salt from them. Hopefully that will be like celery salt. We’ll see!

Next, the blue cream cherry tomatoes are new to me. I LOVE trying new varieties of cherry tomatoes. These look delicious!

I have another order placed that I will share with you all when it comes in. I also want to go to our local dollar tree. They have their seeds in already. For those of you that do not know, Dollar stores have a good selection of basic seeds for a really good price.

That’s all for now. I’m going to enjoy my tea and listen to the rain on my roof. God bless!

Vanilla Extract

Good morning everyone! I hope you have been enjoying your week so far. Things have been good here. Not too cold. I took some time yesterday and cleaned out the rabbit hutches and the chicken house. It feels good to get that done.

Jess and I are doing something new to us. We are making homemade vanilla. I have wanted to do this for several years and just never got around to doing it. I hope it works. Thanks Dave and Jess for providing the supplies. I followed Ina Garten’s recipe

It is supposed to be nice today with a high of about 60 degrees. I may work some up in the garden. We’ll see. Jess and I are going to Sam’s club after she finishes school.

I finished this scarf this morning. It is a C2C stitch. I really like this stitch. It works up fast and I think looks very good. I am thinking of doing a lapghan using this stitch. I followed this tutorial.

That’s all for now, I guess. I hope you have a great day. God bless!

And So It Begins

Good morning everyone! I hope your week has been good! Things are good here. It’s a little chilly this morning but the sun is shining and it promises to be a beautiful day.

As you can tell by the picture, I am looking forward to our 2023 growing season. I went with Dave yesterday to do some work on the Madison house. We (as always) went to Lowes. They had some seed packages out. Dave bought me these two packages. I have a few other seeds coming in the mail from They have very good seeds at a very affordable price. We went to the Dollar Tree but they didn’t have their seeds out yet.😪

I already have my seed starting mix. I ordered it from I really like this mix. It is my favorite to use.

On a different subject, this is my latest finished crochet project. This poncho and hat is for me. The hat is a little too big so I need to work on it some but I really like it. The poncho is very nice and warm. The tutorial is from Bag O Day’s poncho.

I guess that’s all for now. God bless.

A Little Organizing

Hello everyone! So yesterday I decided to tackle a corner of my living room that was in bad need of an update. I love how it looks!

This is how it looked about half through. As is typical for me, I forgot to do a before picture but you can get the idea from this one. The end result is definitely an improvement!

I spent some more time up in the garden this morning and weeded another raised bed. It feels so good to play in the dirt and be making progress toward our next garden.

That’s all now. God Bless!

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