Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cottage Industry

Well, I have been planning and creating and praying for a few months now, and I have finally launched my home-based "business" !!!

I will be selling my hand made herbal salves, as well as a few other things. It is somewhat small at the time being, but I hope to be adding more very soon. Expect to see more by Christmas. I am hoping to add some body spritzes, a line of propolis-based salves, soaps, and even a few baby products.

I am still working on the website, so bear with me. :) Please feel free to go check it out!

Genesis 1:12 "And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good."

Genesis 1:29 "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."

Psalm 104:14 "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth."

Friday, August 28, 2009

That's When You Know...

6:30 AM: I head out to the shed to start my morning feeding duties. It's still somewhat dark. The night critters are still singing. The peepers are havin' a grand ol' time, and the crickets are playing their tiny fiddles. I make my way to the chicken coop and see a gray figure walking nearby. First, I think it is one of our cats. No, it's slinking. It ain't a cat. Oh My!! It's a postum (as we call them)! I put down my grain bucket and run like mad back to the house. I know the biddies (what I affectionately call my siblings) will wanna see this, so I know I need to get my camera. It is too early to wake them. By this time the postum is up in a tree next to the coop. Sweet little thing.

Now, postums were a regular occurrence last summer, but this is the first I've seen since then. Naturally I was amused.

Last year a big granddaddy postum came and decided to take residence IN my chicken coop. I was not amused by him. Well, I was, but in a different way. I was angry with him, and my hazel eyes showed it. :) I went after him like I would go after a Yank, hoe in hand. No one goes and steals eggs from my henhouse! He didn't know what happened. He ended up being picked up by the tail and thrown into a wire cage. Well, I had caught 'im, so I wasn't angry anymore. Just amused. We had a 4-H poultry judging meeting that afternoon, so I thought I'd bring 'im to show off.
Oh yeah. Everyone got a kick out of that.

We got home and traveled over to the edge of Mr. Thompson's woods. We let him go his way. I wonder iffen we should have let Mr. Thompson know? Anyway, he slinked on off into the piney woods and that was the end of Ernest T. Yeah, of course that's what we named him. A perfect fit. Yup, after my dear, beloved Ernest T. (If you don't watch Andy Griffith at our house, you just wouldn't understand.) I wonder if he knows a she-postum named Romeena?

Hey! Maybe that was Romeena I saw this mornin'? She may pronounce it Ramona, but he would prefer Romeena.

Well, I guess that's how you know you are a Georgian, a homeschooled kid that lives in Good Hope. When you get excited about a postum and name him after your favorite Andy Griffith Show character. Yup. It's official. I'm crazy. A crazy female that thinks postums and other critters are perfectly acceptable. In fact, she is amused by them! Good grief! She is crazy! At least we don't have any bears in our area. I'd die for sure.

I reckon I still should've eaten 'im.

Now I just need to find a coon and name 'im Malcolm Merriweather.

Or maybe a skunk and name 'im Gomer.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Oh, What You Can Find..... a COMPOST pile!!

That's right. I had a little baby mango tree and a little baby avocado tree growing very contentedly right in my compost bin. Take a look.

Very cute mango plant.

Just look at that.

One more look.

A contented avocado plant.

Look at that.

I just thought this was so neat! I tend to be amused and excited by such things. Isn't that wild they just decided to up and grow.

I certainly know what is supposed to go into a compost bin, and I certainly know that the books recommend leaving out large, hard seeds, pits, and such, but c'mon....
If I hadn't thrown these guys in, I wouldn't have been able to see this really neat occurrence.

And besides, when do I go strictly by the books?

Hmmmm, maybe I'll have a pineapple tree soon....

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Photos from Hilton Head

Just a few from our wonderful trip!

Two of my favorite things there...
Spanish Moss...

And Gators.

We were excited to see these!!