Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Today's Update - 13 Aug 2014

Rain has kept much of what I had planned from getting accomplished.  What do I normally do when it rains?  Paperwork.  Ugh.  Not that paperwork is a completely evil activity but doing too much of it tends to make Mother Hen a cranky ol' gal.  So I stopped and focused my energy on something new and that was going through the books I have here at the property.  Space considerations back at the main house had me bringing most of my "not of immediate use" books here, lots of paperbacks for entertainment and that sort of thing.  Well it's passed time for me to go through the books again and decide if I'd ever really read the book again or if I need to gift them to a new home.  I will do the same thing with the few DVDs we keep up here tonight.  I love having a BOL but in a sense it really just means more house work and twice the seasonal cleaning and decluttering that I have to do.  If/when you make that kind of move build your BOL with that in mind. 
But the rain also gave me time to get the blogs updated a little earlier than I thought I would.  Even managed to get done all the ones that I did yesterday:

Zombies Aren't Real ... Are They?! 

Eidetic Sunshine

Up On Hartford Ridge


Larkspur in Eden

There Is No Such Thing As A Thornless Garden

Enduring On The Lake

When All Doors Close

Mother Hen's Recipes

If I finish everything I want to get done today around the house I hope to get in a little extra writing so that I can stay ahead, we'll have to see.
Today's videos actually came from research I did after cleaning all the grass seed off of my van where we drove in.  The road back to this place is a mile long and all ours.  Most people don't even realize there is a property back here much less a house and orchard.  We keep it that way by leaving the road as grass ... well some of it is actually hay that we keep mowed down like grass.  Stands up to rough usage without necessarily giving away the expanse is used as a road.  There is one section that is an old wagon road that will likely never grow much but weeds and sawbriars that is a bear to maintain the fence line. 

Geez got off track.   What I meant to say was that I wondered if there was any way to use grass seeds for survival purposes and low and behold I am far from the first person to think of it.  Here are some videos from the JoeandZachSurvival channel on youtube.  They have a lot of them but I found these pretty doggone interesting.  The first one is taking the seeds of wild grasses and turning them into flour.  There's also one in there no turning rose hips into flour. 


  1. I want to thank you again for all your stories. I was bad yesterday and did not comment on them but I was so tired. But I wanted to at least comment here o that you know you are appreciated BIG TIME!!!

    1. Don't sweat it Kellie. People can't comment all the time. I just want people to have a chance to enjoy things. Hope it helped you relax from whatever made you tired.

    2. Just getting into the new schedule :)

  2. I was just wandering around the web, seeing 30 cases of ebola in the US, seeing the thousands of ppl From Africa flocking to Spain, wondering if I should let my daughter fly two states away to Montana on the 25th for a week visit with her aunt. Worrying about my kids and What I can possibly do to keep them safe if Ebola does indeed spread in America. I know flat out that nothing I have in my natural and not so natural medical back of tricks isn't going to do a thing. I feel overwhelmed. Im not afraid, but I am stressed. Its really the first time I have ever questioned whether or not I could keep my kids safe. Its 2 am and Im done catching up on terrible news for the day, so I came here. This is where I come to get all of the bad things out of my head for a little while. I read your stories and somehow I relax, laugh, get offended for a character, or become happy for one. Its where I learn new tricks in cooking and root for my fav characters to accomplish something. I forget the world 100% for a little while and that is long enough to get me in the right frame of mind to sleep. Thanks Kathy for all these years putting in all this effort so each of us gets something good for the day.

    1. This humbles me. I started writing years ago as a way to relieve stress. I also used it as a way to play out scenarios in my head to see how realistic some of my research projects and plans were. The writing has given me so much more than I ever expected, including people like you who bolster me when I wonder why I'm still doing this after all these years. Thank you. If what I can do helps even one person besides myself then I count it an activity well worth the blood, sweat, and tears that I sometimes pour into it.