A bit frosty around the edges! Actually, we fared pretty well last night. The thermometer on the porch was reading 29F this morning when I got up at 5:40 am. A tad bit chilly after the 80 degree temps we've been having recently. Amazingly, while a few things got nipped around the edges (mainly in the herb garden) most everything looks to have survived pretty well. The apple blossoms look OK but it's hard to tell. The strawberries already have buds on them but I don't think they're developed enough to have taken much damage. Still, we've got some cold nights ahead early next week so we'll see how we come through.
My away from home work has been rough for the last few days. It's been busy and the patients are really ill which always makes my job more stressful. Plus, being Easter weekend, there are a lot of people not happy about being hospitalized and away from their families. I do work tomorrow so I've got one more day to go before I get a break- but then next week should be easy: Monday is my day off; I work Tuesday and Wednesday; Thursday I'm off all day at a conference for continuing education (one on managing chronic pain) and Friday I'm also off for my comp day for working Saturday.
Today is Friday. Time for my usual Independence Days check in. It's been a bit hectic around here so I hope I've got things to report.
Plant something- actually not much. Only my sacrificial cucumbers and some melon seeds that I saved from a really tasty honeydew that I picked up at the store. But soon I'll be planting again.
Harvest something- eggs (46 this week) and nettles. Do the masses of lilac blossoms that I've been bringing into the house count? I suppose I could make lilac jelly but I'm not sure I'm that motivated this year.
Preserve something- hmm... I can't think of anything
Waste not- mainly the usual- recycling, composting and scraps to the chickens. I did snag another 18 count egg carton from work before it got thrown out. And I'm definitely going to hang onto these wonderful bags from Seed Savers!
Want not- they're having a sale on sugar at the store this week. I picked up two packs but I'll probably stop tomorrow on my way home from work and get two more. We did pick up candy for the children for Easter and I'll probably try to ration it. Although they aren't usually too bad about rationing it themselves. I think last year I found part of someone's chocolate bunny in the cabinet in June.
Eat the food- Yummy raviolis last weekend. Brats from the freezer- most everything from the freezer this week. We stopped at the store the other day to get sugar and milk and couldn't really think of much else we needed. Yeah!!
Build Community Food Systems- sold 5 dozen eggs at work this week! That's a new record. Otherwise, not much.
Skill up- hmm, hand crank pasta maker and ravioli maker is all I can think of. I'm sure I'll have lots to report in this area next week. V has all kinds of plans for deck and construction stuff for my Monday off.