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the Trash vitae
Trash is the editor-in-chiefof an independent Colorado micro-publisher/ design studio. I dabble in digital photography, the lost art of film image making, and guerilla digital video. DrMAC Studios specializesin books and videos on self-reliance, gardening, dumpster diving, urban foraging and living off the excesses of others. This blog documents my daily experiences with the rest of the world
I had to turn the water back on to the swamper yesterday as it was almost 80-85 in the afternoon. Without a cloud in the sky it was HOT. While scavenging we found about 2-3 pounds of potatos and onions and some assorted greens for the birds. I also dug up some Yarrow from a neighbor lady who hated it in her yard . So now it will find a new home on the stead. 2 weeks ago I also got a milk crate full of unwanted Iris from the same lady. They also need to be transplanted in Gods little garden .
Anyhow the cold front last week seems to have slowed the zuchs and cukes down so we may have to dig them up soon and compost them. The sunflowers are pretty dry and gone. But the mums are doing well and I am getting lettuce coming in from the second planting. Yippee/
The weather warmed up nicely yesterday and it loos like more zuchs are ready to harvest. When will it ever stop.. Anyhow this lil plant ws a baby at the bus stop at the beginning od spring. Now look at it.. I do every morning....
Parts of town saw the 1st snos yesterday.. Not us we saw rain and small hail. Since the weather was due to get into the high 30s I figured that I would shut the water to the swamper off just in case. As a precaution.. Good thing because as I turned the water off I noticed some gathered water around the bottom of the water heater.. Further examination showed a drip coming from one of the connectors on the cold water flow.. ie causing a trip over to Lowies to get a replacement. it is getting to be that time of year whereby Trash needs to stock up on the essentials for prepping in the toolbox closet. Anyhow Mrs Trash made a delicious dinner of chicken breast slices, rice and stir fry veggies (zuchs).. yumyum.. Gods garden is providing.. yumyum.
hmmmm. I am beginning to think the Farmers Almanac and my knees were right. Is this a premonition of what is to come.. The mountains got snow and we see rain here. it was heavy this morning but now its a heavy mist..
Especially up here. The ants are still gathering as are the squirrels and birds. The farmers almanac is suggesting this could be a cold wet winter here and I am seeing signs of it,, The candles are ready. The ols wood stove will be completed shortly and the freezer is getting there.. Hioping to pick up a newer one this winter.. I would def like to have 2. One in the garage and one in the house.
Trash reads alot of blogs and most ore getting the paranoia ideal down quite well. They talk and talk and give up info on their goods.. What a crock? Be wary of them "false prophets".
bfast-bfast burritos with cheese fruit and coffee dinner- salmon fillets, grilled zuchs and basmati rice
Spent the day building a new puter for the wife and kids. Old one caught a big virus and the OS was toast. Then went over to Lowies and picked up some hardware for repairs and upgrades I am doing on the 'stead. I ended the day treating the clan to a fish'q.. Grilled herb salmon fillets with herbs from the garden. Along with a homegrown whopper zuch marinated in red wine vinegar and olive oil along with some rosemary and thai basil from the yard. The wife made some saffron Basmati rice and some lemonade.. Also had some freebie foccaccia with butter.. yumyum
Took a walk about midnight with the Mrs to look a the stars.. We dont do that enough. It was fun.
With all the talk of the economy the Trash stead pretty much tokes along unscathed. Why. Because we have to.. We DD as much as possible and our motto is "It's free for me". Free food seems to taste better than store bought. YArd sales and Walmart are a necessary evil but we avoid the rest of commercial America as much as possible. I barter or trade for what we need or want. Everything else God has a way of providing for us. I have now harvested 10 pounds of zuchs from the patch and more coming.
Monday was a day of tinkering.. The rose bed needed to be redone. It has never been worked in the 4 years we have been there/. I had to remove the layers of bark and the god-awful weed fabric underneath it. This exposed concrete soil.. Yes it was so hard and compacted it is like concrete.. It needs exposure to the rain and water and to be modified to loosen up a bit. More work for me.. I also spent part of Sunday and yesterday tinkering on the bikes for the kids and wife. We took a bike ride to the store on Sunday and spent yesterday afternoon at the neighborhood pool. Before heading home for sandwiches and lemonade for supper. Summertime is over.. Back to Fall and more prepping. How about you all?
OUt here at the stead prepping is a way of life not an occasional undertaking. The Farmers almanac suggested the other day that its going to be frigid winter this year. Whether its true or not we shall see. But Trash is preparing. More meat and veggies for the deep freeze. Staples under wraps. candles and the potbelly are getting prepped for use. Though its 80-90 degress now. Winter is right around the corner. Alternate sources of income and cash stashes are on the rise. What are you doing to prep?