Aug 26, 2011

This morning begins another blessed day and it’s going to be full even though it seems like I don’t anything. lol I’m listening to Stevie Nicks on GMA. Such beautiful music.

I’m waiting for my glycerine soap flakes to get here in the mail so I can make laundry soap. All ingredients are gathered except the flakes.

This morning I am trying my hand at homemade dog treats. I was given a lb of ground chicken and Jackie is out of everything but dry food – he’s been a spoiled little dog 🙂 He runs to the dresser and sits against it and ‘talks’ to us, very insistantly to get his treat for eating his dinner or using the bathroom. Steve started the habit and I didn’t fight it too hard because it’s darn cute. But treats are expensive and even the dog needs to adjust. So I mixed the chicken with 3 cups of flour, 2 eggs and 2/3 c of cheese with some chicken broth I had from a dinner I made last night and a tsp of salt. Mixed it into a gloopy mess lol and baked at 350 till they started to brown on the bottom a bit. They ended up being soft, I broke each one into thirds and while the dog is still sleeping, the cats certainly approved! A friend told me about the ones she makes – liver, flour, garlic. I think I can use chicken bullion too and leave out the meat, just making a cookie and he’d eat it.

I’m almost finished with a shawl I’m making for my little online store. The color is called Lagoon by Lionbrand. It’s their homespun line. It’s going to be so warm and lovely, so soft. I’ve never fringed anything before so that will be my challenge.

We got our EBT sorted out. Two months with only 200 each for food has depleted everything we had in the pantry. Steve’s brother is giving us some 30 yr old freezedried food that has no shelf life limit. I’ve researched it and it should be fine. Corn meal, powdered milk, wheat berries, protein powders – there was a time when we’d have been too good to use it. Not anymore. We have $349 a month pension Steve was able to start, and a $200 a month cleaning job. That’s it unless we pick up a little bit of trivia money. The kids won’t be helping anymore after September so we are busy job seeking, but also paring everything down to sell or store. Things will come to a head soon.  It’s hard not to be afraid.

We have a trivia tournament on Saturday. The first place pot is $5000. We are good enough to have a real shot at it. Divide it by 6 and we get two shares if we win. That will catch the house payment up. Sometimes I hate the importance this has in our lives, the fun is gone. The house cash feeds us, the cash contests put gas in the Jimmy. Our team got revamped at the last moment and even though we were a bit upset at first, right now, it’s way better than it was! So cross your fingers for us. Light a candle – we need a win badly.

G is doing well at school. He had one of 2 100%’s on the first test in his classes. I’m always so proud of him. V is feeling first movements from her little one. My middle daughter’s family is in the path of a major hurricane in the VA Beach area. My youngest daughter has moved back to Atlanta. My army girl was in town and I chose not to meet her boyfriend who beat her up horribly, so I didn’t get to see her. That was hard on my heart. My oldest son found out he won’t get out of prison till NEXT year. We thought it could be any moment and as mama, I was pretty disappointed. He’s ok except he’s hungry. So all in all, the kids are good enough.

I tried to buy seeds for the fall garden and Walmart stops carrying all seeds on August first. Not good. My beds are ready to plant in again. 🙂 I met a lady in England who posted a recipe for dandelion fritters. they looked lovely. Really, foraging and homesteading is a lifestyle we are prepared for. This weeks musings are of selling the house before we loose it and buying a small trailer and paying for some land outright so we can’t be kicked off it and just living on our skills. I’m looking into a generator and some kind of survival mode living for us. The animals can eat oats or mush if they have to. We are still resisting taking them to the pound. I need an outbuilding and a travel trailer and a piece of land – everything else is expendable. I know, take a deep breath. Nothing is set. No deadline has hit us. We will have utilities for at least 2 months. two months flies though and I have to prepare.

Winter’s coming in more ways than one.

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About Green Jean Granny

I believe in and practice positive living with a bit of a barb it seems. I love YARN, music, reading, history, and gemstones. I am passionate about the Earth. I am a true homebody. I've said I was Pagan for years to separate myself from a churchy upbringing and judgmental family that left me outside of its beliefs. I believe it's our responsibility to tend and protect the Earth. I basically do my thing in a (not so) quiet, amused way. I believe in the power of my own hands, the energy of combined prayer, and caring for the earth. I attend a nondenominational Christian Church. I have 6 kids, all home-born and successfully breastfed. The oldest 5 are grown. The youngest is attending Community College and living at home. I'm the oldest of 9, daughter of a missionary mother who lives in The Republic of Congo, married to the son of a preacher, with 3 spoiled dogs and and an add on (my daughter's pit bull lives here for a bit while she hikes the Appalachian Trail. Right now, there is small balance after yrs of unemployment. My disability was approved due to degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia. I believe we owe it to ourselves to protect our mental health. It's precious and the one thing we can control. I dislike my own housework and I talk too much. I bought a house in North Carolina and after trying to get my husband here for 6 months, he had a stroke. I'm a two-time caregiver. Steve's got hemiparesis and diabetes and is learning to walk and trying to use his right side again. It's slow going. Our 10 kitties were rehomed by rescue after his stroke.
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One Response to Aug 26, 2011

  1. Heather says:

    I love reading your posts, even if they aren’t sugar and sunshine. They’re true and honest and beautifully written. Pictures and emotions are so easily painted in the mind’s eye…
    You really should consider a book one of these days, dear one… just sayin’ xoxo

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