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May 8, 2012

Independence Days Challenge, Dark Days Challenge For Next Winter, Fun Blog!

Rose and Molly
Independence Days Challenge-

1. Plant Something- Moved one of our rhubarbs to a sunnier spot, does that count? :) Will start planting the new cold frame this weekend, if I'm not too yucky (cold). Read the 10 Veggies You Can Grow in Shade, to get ideas.
2. Harvest Something- Eggs, grass clippings, food scraps to chickens.
3. Preserve Something- Dave bought a used bike and sold his old one. Easier on his shoulders and made a good profit!
4. Store Something- I keep stocking up on more basics every week, working on the freezer now. 
5. Manage Reserves- Get A Good Deal/Barter/Stock Up/Prep- Getting ingredients to make homemade laundry soap.
6. Eat the Food- Try New Foods/Recipes- Made some Jambalaya with leftover hot sausages and chicken, yummy!
7. Build Community Food Systems- Still need to get to the spring farmers market, again.
8. Recycle/Re-Use- We built a new raised bed from recycled, free lumber, finally! Will move some soil from the main bed soon to plant. Used recycled cardboard boxes taped together for our chicken condo til the little girls can go outside full time.
9. Skill Up- Still reading Little House In The Suburbs by Deanna Caswell and Daisy Siskin, good book! Reading up on what to plant soon.
10. Regenerate What is Lost/Salvage Something- Re-habbing thrift store clothes with repairs, hemming, etc.

 Dark Days Challenge For Next Winter- I had never heard of this before, what a great idea! Dark Days Challenge I will try that next winter.

Fun Blog- I like this one, cute ideas! Thriftathome

Chicken Update- Rosie getting acquainted with her new sisters-

Neighbors gorgeous tree...


Candy C. said...

Rose and Molly are getting so big!!
Remind us about the Dark Days Challenge this winter! ;~)

nancy said...

Yes, will do...

Leigh said...

Independence Days Challenges are so inspiring to read. I participated last year (? or was it the year before?). I love the new categories and think a Dark Days Challenge is an excellent idea.

Rose and Molly are beautiful! It's amazing how quickly they grow.

nancy said...

Thanks! The girls are starting to look more like chickens and less like chicks every day :)

Candy C. said...

The Country Homemaker is a blog hop on Wednesdays hosted by Heidi at My Simple Country Living. Robyn was commenting that she had mentioned my post from the week before. :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, those are some pretty lofty goals.... you go girl! You will feel so accomplished!