An Early Spring?

I’m wondering if we’re in for an early spring this year. The Redbud tree is in bud but I haven’t checked to see what else may be budding out. The daffodils that got beaten down by the downpour several days ago have perked back up to some extent. It’s 5:30 pm and we have the house open, enjoying the breeze and fresh air. I have another pot of chicken broth going on the stove and it smells so good in the house. Our vacuum sealer should arrive tomorrow and the freezer will be delivered sometime Wednesday so I’m getting in gear to start stocking our new freezer a little at a time.

It occurred to me that I can take the frozen broth out of the plastic Rubbermaid containers…just run a little hot water over the outside of the container and lid…take the chunk of frozen broth out of the container and pop it in a vacuum bag! Voilá! Easy peasy. That way I won’t end up with all my plastic containers in the big freezer and the vacuum bags won’t take up as much room.

I can also divide up a large bag of mixed frozen fruit into servings the same way. It’s been awhile since we had smoothies for breakfast and it would be so much easier to simply grab an individual bag of fruit for the smoothies. I juice a couple of small oranges, a couple of small apples and three or four fresh carrots in the juicer, pour that into the blender and add the frozen fruit. It’s like liquid candy! Sometimes I add bee pollen and protein powder to it as well.

There is an attachment for the vacuum sealer that will allow me to seal dried food in glass canning jars and we’ll order that later. I’ve got plenty of room in the food pantry to hold several jars with dried beans, lentils, peas or even nuts for that matter.

I’ve not done any knitting today but I have almost finished the second chapter in the Thomas Sowell book I’m reading. It’s a real eye opener for sure! We just think society as we know it started slipping toward chaos in the last couple of decades but it goes back much further than that. If you haven’t read The Vision of the Annointed you should, no matter what your politics are, it’s packed with facts that everyone should know.

Brad is down at his Man Cave/Shop. He took lunch to everyone at the farm after he left church. The grandchildren stayed home today since they aren’t over their colds and congestion yet. Brad and I are healthier now than we’ve been in decades and it’s because he’s retired, retired, retired! No more going to work at a forty hour a week job with people who will NOT stay home when they’re sick, and bringing home whatever crap they are spreading around so that we are both sick. We are out and about and around other people enough that our immune systems are exposed to normal germs and viruses but we aren’t coming down with anything that keeps us sick for days on end.

I hear gunshots coming from the range closest to the house so Brad is enjoying himself! The crows are calling, the frogs are croaking, the woodpeckers are trilling, the neighbor’s donkey was braying a little while ago…Brad says it sounds like someone is torturing a donkey, lol. He does sound pathetic at times.

We had a late lunch of roast chicken, corn and green beans. I’m not sure what we’ll do for our evening meal later but we’ll think of something. Brad made us a pot of coffee about 3 pm that really hit the spot. I was sitting here at my laptop in the recliner trying not to fall asleep and asked about a mug of afternoon coffee. He agreed. I have to say, I’ve got an amazing househusband and he spoils me rotten.

It just occurred to me that I haven’t had the television on at all today, been busy with other things and never thought about it. Sure makes for a nice, quiet day. And…there goes the donkey again, lol. It’s time for me to get my knitting out and see how much progress I can make with a couple of projects before bedtime. Hope your Sunday has been as blessed as ours.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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