Country Living Series

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Busy busy busy

Man oh man it's been a busy day.

As usual, my morning started around 5:30 am. By 7:30 I was out feeding Samson and two cows (the cows belong to a neighbor, they're getting bred by our bull) who are in the bull pen.

Washed and hung four loads of laundry on the indoor clothes racks.

I also canned thirteen pints of pinto beans (for making refried beans).

I canned these 18 pints of chicken stock yesterday.

Don was in the shop most of the late morning and afternoon, cutting tankard sides for a production run of 150 pieces or so. He brought them in in batches of 50, and the girls taped them up, ready for gluing.

Trust me, these are intimidating piles.

It was also my turn to bring snacks for church tomorrow, so I made a quadruple batch of shortbread cookies.

We're also hosting our neighborhood potluck tomorrow, and I decided to make chicken strips. Here Younger Daughter is crushing saltine crackers into crumbs.

Three cookie sheets of chicken strips, ready to go into the freezer until tomorrow's dinner.

Meanwhile Older Daughter made pizza dough since we were planning pizza for dinner.

She also made a hearty batch of steeped iced tea.

Don glued up one of the piles of tankards.

Later I glued up another pile. We got a bit less than half the tankards glued.

The girls split watering the garden (a two-hour process) since I was so busy in the house).

Here's the risen pizza dough.

From this, we made three pizzas -- two tomato...

...and one pesto. This will provide us with breakfasts and lunches for a couple of days.

Can't forget evening chores: feeding livestock, feeding and watering chickens, topping off all water tanks.

I don't know about you, but I'm pooped. Once this glass is empty, I'm off to bed.



  1. Just remember, tomorrow morning you have to get up and do it all over again.


  2. You deserve a bigger glass than that one!

  3. You had a big day. I see you are using Tattler lids!

  4. I'm pooped just reading this! Definitely a productive day for y'all, sounds like.

  5. I miss doing the ranch chores. It has been 4 years since we moved out of the country and I miss it so much.

  6. Wow, a busy day indeed. The mantra in my house is country people do more before noon that most people do all day. Or sometimes country people do more in a day that most people do all week. That sounds like a weeks worth of work.

  7. That's a lot of work ... hope you're resting today.

  8. Made me tired, just reading about that day! But it was also very inspiring, to tell the truth. Much admiration for your family.

  9. People would be happier if their lives were lived as yours rather than the TV dominated virtual lives commonly lived. May you sleep well after such a day. Blessings,

  10. And I thought I had a busy day yesterday! I made eight loaves of bread, did two loads of laundry, worked in the garden, got in a full hour of rehearsal, picked berries and cooked a big supper of barbequed turkey, slaw and potato salad followed by a great berry-peach shortcake...all scratch cooked.

    Heck. You ran circles around me! And I sure didn't run that fast and jump that high today! lol Hope you had a more restful day, too.

    But the bread is good! lol

    I've been making a crispy shortbread from almond meal and rolled thin, then baked on a big cookie sheet. It's toooo yummy! It's a little like crispy pie crust, but better.

    Tonight it's peach shortcake with almond/coconut tapioca. Woo baby. I love summer!

    A. McSp

  11. Every thing looks tasty! I have planted fall garden here in Southern Illinois with cold weather crops along with green beans, cukes, zukes. If we don't have a early frost most of this will make. I have a second batch of sweet corn that is about knee high and I hope to keep the deer out of it. I am afraid your corn will not make a very big ear being planted that close. FK

  12. Wow you are great. Actually you are doing lot of works as machine. Actually I can't believe it.

  13. Not on the topic of your post, but seen this news article today in Washington state and thought I'd share if you haven't already seen it.

  14. Patrice,

    Where do you find all of your energy?

  15. Patrice, I realize it would require an initial (piece by piece)investment in time and materials, but my very first thought would be to automate, or at least simplify, that immense watering chore.

    Jeff - Tucson

    1. Oh believe me, a drip irrigation system is HIGH on our list. Very very HIGH.

      - Patrice

  16. Your day sounded wonderful, incredibly busy but totally productive! I have always found the results worth the effort. My husband and I are very much enjoying your blog and the information and photo's of your pond were a huge help in the design of our future pond!

    Plus now you have got my canning urges started....its tomato season here in SW Virginia so today is going to be a salsa and tomato sauce day.