It’s inevitable that emergencies and hardships will hit our lives or our family’s lives at some point. I’ve often heard it said, how are we going to deal with the emergencies or hardships when they do come. This week John and I are facing some tough decisions on the homestead. Do we fall apart and roll up into a ball and hide our heads in the sand? No life goes on and we have homestead chores to get done, so we just have to deal with all the issues as they come…
Getting Chores Done Around the Homestead is a Different Story Now
When John is here we move through the weeks with our regular chores check off list and we normally work through
them without even taking notice of much. It’s all a different story now. I’m the head cook, dishwasher, laundry
person, outside chore lady and everything else I can’t think about at this moment. I really didn’t think about how
much John did around here, or how much I do around the homestead. We just worked together and got it all done.
I sure do appreciate John a whole lot more now that he is not able to help on the homestead, just for a season. He told me the most important chore he misses is waking up and making my breakfast and packing my lunch for work. And of course, he misses getting on the tractor to mow the yard and tool around like he does. This will all come back in time; we have no doubt about that. He gets stronger and stronger every day. Thank God for His grace and mercy on our lives.
Daily Homestead Chores Don’t Stop On The Homestead, Even If One Of Us Is Away
Actually working around the homestead is not a hard task. Daily homestead chores don’t stop on the homestead, even if one of us is away. I really enjoy working outside. Four days a week I work at the health food store, so when I get home in the evenings I’m ready to hit the yard. Working out in the wonderful Ozark Mountain fresh air is the best.
I’m so glad John does such a good job of trimming the bushes and trees on the property. It makes my job easier following his lead. The Rat Tree being one of those trimmings. It may look a little choppy but all is well.
2017 growing season has been the best year yet. I have been gardening organically for the past 8 years. This year is the 3rd year here in Missouri. John was ready last year to close up shop in the garden department. I told him it was going to take awhile to learn the terrain in Missouri. It’s so very different than gardening in California;
- soil – very rocky
- climate – rainy and humid (human as my grandson used to say)
- bugs – more bugs in MO than I’ve ever seen in my whole life
- growing season – shorter than CA
A Great Harvest On The Homestead
So in response to John, I said we need to be patient – we’ll get it in time. This year proved to be the beginning of a GREAT HARVEST ON THE HOMESTEAD!
Tomatoes – this year we went out on a limb and bought 2 tomato plant starters at the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. Annual Spring Planting Festival. We have never grown beef steak tomatoes before. Oh, my goodness are they gooooood. And we are also enjoying the little yellow pear shaped tomatoes. Along with the seeds that I started in February, we had quite the harvest. Last year we had a total of 2 tomatoes and the bugs ate them.
Cucumbers – I must admit I went a little overboard this year. We juice our veggies a lot so we use quite a bit of cucumber daily in our diet. I think I will cut back next year as we really had a bumper crop. I was able to sell some down at the health food store in Kirbyville, MO, that helped a lot.
Green Beans – Our green beans this year are slow as usual; I remember harvesting with my sister when she came for a visit in October. Looks like I’ll do the same this year. I actually have about 20-quart size bags of frozen green beans from last year in the freezer.
Sweet Peppers – One of my good friends and comrade in blogging gave us a styrofoam cup with a sweet pepper start last March. She had started it from the seed of the Organic sweet peppers you get at the grocery store. Being adventurous and wanting to try it myself I now have quite the sweet pepper patch. Yellow peppers, orange peppers, red ones and green sweet peppers. I’m sure I’ll have to do a lot of freezing this year.
Water Melons – This last week a critter got into one of the melons, I think it’s time to harvest before I lose them. I did get anxious a couple of weeks ago and opened one up. It was delicious, sweet and juicy. But I know it needed a little while longer to ripen a bit.
Beets and Swiss Chard – Our Swiss chard is for juicing and it has been wonderful this year. Next year I will be sure to plant a little bit more. This is my first year for beets, of course, we use those for juicing too. Excellent crop. Does anybody have any ideas on how to freeze beets? I really don’t like canning, it’s hard, hot and a hassle. And you lose all the nutrients with the water bath raising to such a high temperature. If you have any ideas please let me know.
Why Was The Garden Such a Great Success This Year?
I’m going to make a huge guess as to why the garden did so well this year. First off, I used diatomaceous earth or DE for the first time. We’ll do a video and blog on that in the future. It is an amazing tool not only for the garden but
really helps your body to function in a better way. And oh, by the way, my lettuce was a huge success this year also. It may have been because of that wonderful raised garden bed I made with a lot of help from John. And I’m also going to bank on the fact that God’s grace is so amazing. That is really the bottom line for having such a good garden this year.
Update on John’s Hospital Stay in Rehab
We are both so excited with all the progress that John is making. The Team at Cox Acute Rehab Center in Branson is as excited as we are. His release date is August 24th so I am getting things in order for the big day. Because he is wheelchair bound, for now, we had to purchase a ramp for him to get into the house. That will come and be put together next week.
My sweet sister Sue will be flying in on the 22nd so I’ll have a lot of help with getting our lives situated in this new season. That’s how we look at this right now, we are in a new season with new opportunities to trust God and watch His hand moving in our lives. We are so grateful to Him for the wonderful people he has surrounded us with and the amazing blessings he has provided for us during this time. Thank You, Lord! And thank you for your continued prayers of support for us. Thank You!!
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John & Lisa in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in Southwest Missouri