I am up early this morning. I planned on sleeping in, as I waited up for Papa to get home late last night from work. But I guess I am just used to rising early.
I just put some chicken in the crock pot. I plan to make bar-b-qued chicken and then, in the other crock pot, potatoes of some kind. I gotta think about that. I also have my list out on the table to write down a few groceries that I need.
Yesterday, our Mary had to go to the Home school library to renew a book. She got me the Tightwad Gazette 3. I have read Tightwad Gazette 2 to my kids when all were home. We would read to each other a little bit of it every day after devotions and before they started school. It’s a book on things like recycling and how to pinch a penny. I read it with my kids so they would understand when I recycled things or did something else the world would call nuts, like not wasting things and using common sense.
One way I save money on the garbage bill is that I throw all of my vegetable peelings on my garden outside. I always have a lot of potato peelings to put on my garden. We should all do this when we can because our soil is so depleted, and it shouldn’t be, with all the things we have to feed it. It’s good to throw old bread to the birds, too, so that they will come to your house and keep your soil fertilized.
I have herbs that grow all over my yard. Some folks would call them weeds. But many are foods and seasonings and medicines. June is white clover month and I make tea with the clover and it is a good cleanser. I don’t have the purple clover but I am sure this works the same way.
I long for my herbs as I stand here writing. Last summer was sort of a pruning for me, and I didn’t do much with my herbs. But I feel the calling of spring as I stand here, thinking of my catnip and other mints and many other herbs. I am longing for my seven sister roses. They are an old fashioned brier rose, some of the first planted when the pioneers first traveled to the midwest. They are hierlooms. They were here when we first moved to this house almost 30 years ago.
And I have never used poisons on my yard, so I have many old fashioned herbs that grow happily here. Neighbors on both sides of us use so much pesticides. It’s all so unnatural and can get down into your water systems. We, as housewives, need to do common sense things in our yards to protect our soil and, also, to feed it and to encourage the healing herbs to grow.
My two brothers are both back to the land type guys, and Papa is, too. Both brothers have a few acres apiece of good land. When they went walking through my yard with me, they could name every herb. Some I didn’t know, and Scott (age 52) told me the name and history of it and the Latin name for it. One I didn’t know was shepherds purse. Scott pointed it out to me and told me how to recognize it, as the tiny leaves on it look like a shepherd’s purse. You can use the little leaves to season foods.
I used to have rabbits and I fed them comfrey that I had grown. Rabbit fertilizer is the best food for your soil.
Also, I have always had house cats and they have been good workers. If they see a rabbit or some kind of animal in my garden, they chase it out. And they keep my house free of mice, too. One time Kitty brought in a little rabbit to play with, but we popped him on the head and told him “Bad Kitty — you keep your friends outside.” In the afternoon, if Kitty would run after birds, the blue Jays would sure tell on Puss. They would squawk until I came out and got Kitty, spanked him and brought him inside.