So I've been doing a little canning...

 Those videos will eventually be on Youtube also, and then here. There are times when everything goes right...and then times when it all only seems  to go right-- and then you're left with what looks like Mexican food diarrhea in the bottom of your pressure canner.   Canning essentials

Why I'm not posting as much on Youtube lately

 I have been so busy lately. Because a lot of universities have offered more online studies for their students, my work with campus police and crime reports has decreased while the other  side of the coin, my editing work, has increased. Dramatically.  All of a sudden, doctoral candidates have found time to begin their dissertations. 😅Who knew this pandemic would increase productivity?

What didn't make it to Youtube?

 It's been a while (again), and I've got lots of videos that I want to share that didn't make it to Youtube. Hope you find one you like!

While summer moves on...

There are so many things going on here!  The garden out back, the container garden, the trees and bushes being tended at the new property... and the farming. We are still keeping up the agricultural side of the family farm, and there are soybeans in every field. Because it is so dry and hot (with nary a sign of rain), the plants are becoming stressed. There are a few choices of watering the fields, and none of them without a down side. The most expensive is to pipe in irrigation. This is stupid for us, in my opinion, because we're trying to phase out agricultural farming and grow more food for our community locally. The soybeans we sell are most assuredly going to manufacturers for cooking oil, "soy lecithin products" and animal feed. As this solar cycle (yes, we're in a grand solar minimum) continues, food will become more scarce.  It makes no sense to continue using growing space for commercial products when people in our own county are looking at empty produce aisl

The garden is coming around...

So I've been really busy between the new homestead property being built up (you should check out the Youtube videos my husband is doing on those, like this one .  It's definitely a slow and steady process when you're not only trying to do it all debt free, but also still maintaining another household and both self-employed. The garden is sometimes my focus when I begin feeling overwhelmed by it all-- It's come a long way from last season's garden. We are doing a lot of succession planting to try to maximize our harvests. Never know when we're going to have to solely depend upon our own food sources for a while, so may as well get that jump start!

Meet Millie and Goose!

Millie and Goose are siblings from the same litter of Australian Cattle Dogs (Blue Heelers), and they are full siblings of the other Aussies in our pack, Friday and Cosmo.  They are 8 weeks old in this video, and they are every bit Heeler and lap dog at the same time! They are both named for pilots! Millie is short for Amelia, as in "Earhart", and Goose is named after a pilot in the movie "TopGun".