Time for the weekly list of accomplishments! This is my way to stay motivated and accountable in my productive home progress.
This wasn’t a super impressive week in terms of “to do list” activities, because there was a lot of personal stuff that took priority, including last-day-of-school activities with the kids and supporting a family member who had surgery.
If you want to list your own weekly achievements in the comments or on your own blog (share the link!), please do. We can give each other virtual fist bumps for doing what we can, where we are, with what we have.
Planting & Maintenance
- Everything is just chugging along now.
- Basic watering and weeding.
- Another big weeding effort in the food forest.
- Continued training my indeterminate tomatoes.
- Helped my neighbor tend her vegetable garden.
Everything is starting to happen. I wish I had planted peas this spring – I miss them now!
- Beets! (I pulled this beet bouquet from my neighbor’s garden cause I’m helping her out with maintenance and watering for a bit and get to harvest whatever is ready. Real community, guys – it’s like gold!)
- Lettuce is booming.
- Tons of cherries on now.
- Chard, kale and mustard greens
- A few more strawberries have ripened.
- Herbs continue to be insane.
- Got a big batch of kombucha into primary. I’m gonna do some experiments on the most reliable way to bottle carbonate kombucha.
- Pitted and froze a bunch of cherries that my son harvested.
- Egg rice. Because we’re still dealing with a counter top full of eggs.
- Dealt with refrigerator dregs – all the tiny leftover scrapings and random half-eaten jars of applesauce. I think of this as turning ingredients into food and whenever I do this the meme below flashes through my brain and I giggle.
- Made a huge batch of waffles from the fridge-dregs. Kid didn’t finish his applesauce? Waffles! Half-eaten jar of yogurt? Waffles! The strained out rhubarb purée from when I made shrub? Waffles! He asked for a second glass of milk then didn’t drink any of it? Waffles! All of the above? Waffles!
- I cooked duck and it was delicious. I’ll just leave it at that.
- Basic daily flock maintenance.
- Redid the duck’s access to their bathing tub – went from cinder blocks to a shallow wooden ramp and cleaned the whole area up. (Patrons, you’re getting a video about this on Monday.)
- Last Saturday we got kitties! Picked up two little calico sisters from the humane society. Tiny little fluffballs of energy and napping. So there was all the basic pet maintenance stuff, plus integration of the kittens with our old man cat (he was lonely – he’s been so nice to them!). And of course we played with them. This is very important for their socialization. Yes, yes, that’s exactly why I snuggled with the purr-monsters so much. Socialization.
- Cleaned up the back patio. This was a full 2-day project because the patio had become a dumping ground for everything. It’s really nice to have that space back!
- Scrubbed down the outside of the greenhouse. I may yet plant it this year! What seemed hopeless two months ago seems in-reach now.
Business, Finances and Frugality
- Broke over 100 awesome Patrons and $300 per month of direct funding on my Patreon page! Whoot – love how Patreon is going.
- Despite a full week, we only got food out as a family once. We consider that a win. Nick also picked up food at the hospital while supporting a family member, because priorities, obviously.
- We spent a lot of up-front money on kitty supplies.
- Way behind in logging our expenditures in GoodBudget. Dang it! Need to catch up.
- Overall…not a great week in the frugality department but for pretty justifiable reasons I think. Family and fluffy.
Energy Use & Solar Panel Production
- Total electricity used: 174 kWh (The duck filter pump is kinda killing us here, but the spend on energy saves so much on water.)
- Total solar energy produced: 209 kWh (= $112.30 in production incentive)
- Energy “sold back”: 35 kWh (= $3.68 in net production)
- Total earned through our solar panels this week: $115.98
- End of year field day! So much fun!
- Continued to work on class registration schedule for next year.
- Debating schooling over the summer – how much and how that will look for us.
- PS: if you missed it, here is why we homeschool.
Planned & Researched
- How to fix some of the several dozen annoying things about my website without breaking the whole thing. Specifically: odd sized images from back when 600 pixels was considered a big image, how “clean” the site is on mobile cause 70% of you visit from your phone, how to give people more options in how they print recipes, why my related posts plug-in just disappeared one day, and how to make the Patreon wide-bar image at the bottom of every post not be a tiny little half-size image on desktops. There’s this whole back-end side to blogging that’s really fiddly and interesting but also kinda hair-pulling sometimes.
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