Tuesday, November 25, 2008

We've been pretty busy the past few days, working on projects around the house and preparing for Thanksgiving. Hubby has been working on the wood pile, and most all of the salvage wood is cut up now! I have some piles to get stacked, but look at all this firewood!

This is all that's left to cut up!

Piles (to be stacked)

Mt. Firewood (six rows deep!)

Some of the wood has nails in it, so those pieces get tossed on the top of the previous stack. It may not be pretty, but it'll keep us warm!

Meanwhile, we got a few things from the fall order with our co-op. Pecans (huge ones!), almonds, a tropical dry fruit mix, raisins and....five pounds of baking cocoa! Actually, all the stuff we ordered comes in 5 pound bulk bags, but five pounds of cocoa - to us, that is a lot!

I've been cleaning out and organizing my kitchen cabinets for several days. I just do one, then another...and eventually, things should be less cluttered and more organized. Remember when we went to the carnival, way back in May? This is what cotton candy turns into if it gets 'lost' in the back of the cabinet.
Is it me, or does that look like it came out of a (very pink) cow? Even the clown looks a little embarrassed!

So far, we're on track with Thanksgiving preparations. I didn't get cloth napkins made like I wanted to, so we'll use the ones we have (which are 'very assorted', hee hee). However, the turkey is thawing, as are the mashed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin for the pie. I'll make the pie tomorrow, prep the carrots, and gather all the nonperishables. Hopefully all the preparations and cooking will come off without a hitch!

Best news of all, Little Bit decided that potty training was on her personal 'to do' list recently. She went from being a diaper kid to being 100% potty trained (even through the night!) in no time flat! Yay for our girl!

Psst...wanna know a secret? We've started on Little Bit's Big Christmas Surprise. Because she often sees my blog, I'm going to have to figure out how to show y'all what we're doing. I don't know if I'll just post links to photos, or set up a secondary 'secret spy stuff' blog for entries about it. It is so neat - I can't wait to share it with you!

So, what'cha been up to these days? Got any projects going on? Let us know! :)


stacey said...

this may come as a surprise but i have been a knitting fiend lately. i am on hat 5 of 6 for christmas. started them last friday, so that's less than a week. i am hoping to get two sweaters done for my niece, but this close to christmas it may be just one, and there are a few more possibilities for knitting projects between now and dec 24th.

HisEllieMae said...

You *have* been busy! How exciting to be getting that wonderful firewood cut and stacked! That's what Darling Husbie and I will be working on today again, too. We've got tons of dead wood to be cleared from the slough.

I have a question for you ~ after you've burned the wood that has nails in it, do you sort the nails from the ash to enable you to use the ash elsewhere, or do you toss those particular ash loads into the trash?

After seeing what Cotton Candy morphs into, I'm almost afraid to admit how much I love it! Oy!

I sure wish I lived close enough to you to take part in that Co-Op!

Don't fret about your Thanksgiving plans ~ everything will turn out beautifully...just as you have planned.

May you and your precious family have a very blessed Thanksgiving. As I thank the Lord for my many blessings, I will certainly be thanking him for you!

tenthingsfarm said...

Stacey, you rock my socks with the knitting, and your work is so beautiful! I have tried to knit a few times, resulting in a major increase in tears and swearing. I found some of that cotton peaches and cream yarn in my craft stuff the other day, and was thinking I should give it a try again, maybe a dishcloth. That's not too much commitment!

'Ellie', we do keep a big magnet by the stove for getting the metal out of the ashes, but we don't really use the ash for anything else at this time. When we lived in WI when I was a kid, my mom put it on the driveway snow for traction, and it worked great. I know you can use water to extract lye from it as well, but I've not tried that. Our soil here is already alkaline, so I don't really want to add more alkalinity to our garden or anything either. That said, the wood we burn would end up in a landfill...so at least if we throw away some ashes, the amount of bulk going into a landfill is greatly reduced!


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