Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Well, THAT was a week I would not wish to repeat!

A couple of years ago, my son had surgery to correct his scoliosis. OK, fine.


He got a raised sore on his back. I put triple Antibiotic cream on it and the swelling went down, but after a couple of days it showed no sign of healing. Less swelling, yes, but that is not the same as healing.

So I called the doctor and had him seen.

They sent him straight to the hospital, and he had surgery the next morning. The funny looking sore was caused by a slow infection in his back along the rods, and it grew until it forced a passage out.

His back has fused because the rods WERE in for 2 years, and, apparently, not using a joint for that long makes it grow together. So, the doctor says he no longer needs them and they have been removed. My son will be on antibiotics for the next 3 months.

So, the homestead has not been worked and the lawn has not been mowed.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


La Nina strikes again, and I have had just a TOUCH of frost!

The vegetables have mostly been nipped, and it is too early to tell what will survive. The zucchini has some healthy-looking buds at the base, but the bell peppers are in SAD shape! The  buckwheat  on the hillside is dead, and the tops of SOME of the asparagus were lost.

They keep talking about how La Nina is winding down, but it is still cool here in Kansas, and usually it is hot in May. So, while LaNina may be winding doen it is still HERE! And, this year, winding down or not, we have FROST!

Also, the wind keeps shifting my weed barrier. I have tried weighing it down with firewood, burying the edges, and driving pins through it and into the ground. STILL it moves some when the wind blows hard! OTHER people do it in the Midwest, or so they SAY, but for me not much works!

I keep putting it back after every stiff wind: with firewood weighing it down it only shifts a foot or so but it does need frequent attention.

Oh, well. When summer comes the wind will stop blowing. The peas and beans I planted around the edges are doinng very well. This LaNina weather is GREAT for peas and beans, even if it does frost a tad!

I am going to miss those peppers, though.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Part of every homestead, of course, is the EATING! And, the first spring greens are AWESOME! Alas, I will have to wait a bit longer: the greens that I started inside have been nibbled down to stubs.

I have NO idea what is eating them! But, once there is more variety available outside, perhaps my greens will be nibbled less. On the GOOD side, the asparagus is starting to produce.

I like my asparagus cooked very simply. I slice the spears, and I split the fattest pieces in half so that the asparagus cooks more evenly. I simmer them until they are tender-crisp, and then I drain them VERY well! If the asparagus is still dripping then the dressing will slide off.

I then dress them with either mayo or butter and salt, and I enjoy!

After an entire winter of cold-storage vegetables from the grocery store, there is NOTHING! like food that is truly fresh! And, the greens will recover if only the varmints will stop eating them......