The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily & naturally, by Jere & Emilee Gettle with Meghan Sutherland

My Copy: 9781401324391 (image from rareseeds.com) I'll just say right now that I'm a huge buyer of heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. When that seed catalog showed up in my mailbox, thicker than my town's phone book... let's just say it's the first time I thumbed through a catalog cover to cover … Continue reading The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily & naturally, by Jere & Emilee Gettle with Meghan Sutherland

Optimism, the hard crash, & stress cleaning all in one day…

Yeah, I feel ya, Spongebob. I wasn't expecting much from today, except trying to get some information for my house so when it's time for the improvements, all is in order. I'd hoped to have more time for Masterclasses, gardening, and writing... but the records issue sucked up most of the day. Especially after the … Continue reading Optimism, the hard crash, & stress cleaning all in one day…

Q #159: When has something run by the American government been good for corporations AND the people at the same time?

This one's been bugging me for a long time, and certainly the past couple of weeks with the Texas Winter Catastrophuck of 2021. There's a line about some government funding that would help the corporations during the Iraq War from Fahrenheit 9/11. One of the attendees at a conference said, "It's gonna be good for … Continue reading Q #159: When has something run by the American government been good for corporations AND the people at the same time?

The Tax-man cometh (or rather, I go-eth), financial brain farts, & I take the plunge…

You know those days where an hour or two into them, you firmly believe you should kick off your shoes, go to bed, pull the covers over your head, and start over tomorrow? Yeah, it was one of those. Too many things going wrong or weird, and I was running around so much I couldn't … Continue reading The Tax-man cometh (or rather, I go-eth), financial brain farts, & I take the plunge…

The Hell of a prolonged creative paralysis, especially when it’s mostly your own fault.

The phrase popped up in my mind, out of the blue a few minutes ago. I didn't even know it was a legitimate thing until I Googled the phrase "creative paralysis." But apparently that's the proper term when it comes to what I've been beating myself up over the past several months. Writing notebooks have … Continue reading The Hell of a prolonged creative paralysis, especially when it’s mostly your own fault.

Beautiful days are returning to the neighborhood with more tolerable temperatures.

I'm sure most of us Texans have been happy to live in Texas (until now) specifically because we don't get the crazy cold temperatures. You can call us wusses on that if you want, I guess. I suppose it's not much different than the folks who live way up north because they can't stand muggy, … Continue reading Beautiful days are returning to the neighborhood with more tolerable temperatures.

With this storm mess dying down, I decided to talk to a solar power company today…

This wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision. Rather, it's been a recurring idea I've had the past decade, but til I got my own house, there was no point even trying for it. The idea of being mostly off the grid and going solar was some daydream. I did some research and made a call yesterday. Funny … Continue reading With this storm mess dying down, I decided to talk to a solar power company today…

A silver lining on a gray (& yes, still pretty damned cold) day.

I'm guessing a lot of folks responded to requests to curb their power usage from the news stations and the energy companies yesterday, because a few million more got their power back overnight. Not that the energy problems are solved by a long shot (Galveston's probably in the worst of it because of their isolation … Continue reading A silver lining on a gray (& yes, still pretty damned cold) day.

Entergy is asking those in Texas that have power to curb usage to help stretch electric resources.

I got the text about an hour ago from Entergy, the big energy company down here: We request limited electricity usage due to present extreme cold weather immediately, including turning off electric water heaters and lowering heating thermostats [sp] settings. Insufficient reductions may require temporary interruptions of electric service. We apologize for this inconvenience and … Continue reading Entergy is asking those in Texas that have power to curb usage to help stretch electric resources.

Q #159: What are some great ways you know of to make icy steps safer (or de-ice them) quickly when you live where typical treatments aren’t sold?

Down here in Southeast Texas, there's not one brick and mortar location with any de-icing solution beyond the basic antifreeze you put in the car (and by the time they special ordered it, the crazy weather would be over). Not much help when you're in the middle of it. I started by researching the kitty … Continue reading Q #159: What are some great ways you know of to make icy steps safer (or de-ice them) quickly when you live where typical treatments aren’t sold?