Ward House

Of eggs, seasons, and walipini

Deborah, over at Antiquity Oaks, just posted about Winter: the egg-free season.  This post is too well written and has too much information for me to butcher by trying to summarize – definately worth the read.  What really stood out to me was this > 

I’ve grown to love eating seasonally, and I find a lot of wisdom in it. When we’re not doing much physically, we probably shouldn’t be eating a lot of eggs. We probably should be eating more dried beans, cabbage, squash and root vegetables that store well for winter consumption and are low in fat and calories.

Intense.  Thought provoking.  Makes me think/wonder about the milk cow or dairy goats.  Their production/dry periods are less in line with day light and more synch’d with a hormonal schedule.  We try to stick with what we have canned/put away for when fruits & veggies are not in season – a goal that I continually try to meet.  Stitching to fruits that are considered local is a bit more of a challenge.  That would leave us with no citrus.  =(  and I do love clementines.  What’s a girl to do?  My indoor gardening skills are not what I wish they were (due to a too busy schedule) otherwise I would grow some fruit trees indoors.  What do you do?

While I am on the egg thing, Es*sence posted about her experiment of long term egg storage without refrigeration.   The first link is the beginning and then this one is at the 90 day mark.  Looks to be the answer of how to get through the no egg times.

And then I find this project from Phelan; a walipini.  Oooh, I want one!


January 27, 2010 Posted by | Chickens, economy, greenhouse, self sufficiency, tutorials | Leave a comment

Where have you been?

I have been here and on the road.  Friday we drove to Richmond to watch my girls and the Charger team play in the high school state, class A, volleyball tournament.  We won Friday and went on to play at 9:30 on Saturday morning.  It was a good show and we made Gate City fight for their championship.  Yes, Gate City won – it took them 5 games to do it.  Talk about an amazing 5 games; I was so nervous that practialy a whole dishcloth was knitted (all except the border)!  Knitting saves my nails and cuticles from a chewing.  =)  On Facebook, I’ve been able to link to several papers, if you want to see more information. 

This dishcloth has renewed my passion for knitting and especially that dang sock.  I think, though, that learning to knit on a circular will be the way to go for the next pair of socks.  This one that I am finishing, is going to be used as a primitive Christmas stocking. 

Christine, over at Treasure Goddess, posted the following in Phelan’s blog about a Depression Christmas – just that title makes me want to create a button to share with everyone.  =)  Thank you for the pattern, Christine.  I cannot wait to make some!  Guess I need to find out what size needles, eh?

I’ve decided it’s the year of the wrist warmers for us. Teacher gifts/family gifts.

CO 40 stitches, join in the round.
k1, p1 rib for 4 rounds
k3, p1 every round for 5-6 inches from start, then go back and forth (no longer in the round, leaving an opening) still in the K3, P1 pattern (when you go back on the wrong side you’re K1, P3 –knit the knits and purl the purls)
knit & purl in pattern back & forth for 12 rows, then go back to knitting the pattern in the round for 6 rows.
K1P1 for 4-6 rows and bind off.

What are you making for gifts?

 Oh, just in – a friend of ours passed away a few months ago.  She had been good health, despite the fight,  and went quickly on September 12, 2009.  I miss you Sally!!  With her passing, Jack has been left alone; Jack is her cat.  He has run away from his new home twice (about 1/2 miles away) and the new homeowners do not want an indoor/outdoor cat.  Mason passed several months ago and even though I love and adore Otis, I miss Mason terribly.  Jack needs a home..  Tonite we are going to see how the two (Jack and Otis) get along.  Jack is an adult cat, neutered, shots, and fully clawed < which is a good thing.  Otis is a Jack Russell and does not realize his own strength.  Cross your fingers. 

November 23, 2009 Posted by | Pets, tutorials, volleyball | 6 Comments

Rice filled heating pads.

Having worked for a physical therapist, having my personal training license and two daughters in sports, has taught me much about icing and heating; the when’s, where’s and why’s.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional and this is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advise.

Making your own, slushy ice pack is simple: using a ratio of 1:1 rubbing alcohol and water, fill a zip lock bag and seal. Place in another zip lock bag and seal; the second back is for just in case the first one leaks. Then into the freezer. The rubbing alcohol prevents the water from turning to ice so you have an extremely cold ice pack that is moldable. If you really want to benefit from the ice, before placing the pack on the injury, take a wash cloth and get it wet using hot water – as hot as you can stand it – place on the injury first, then the ice pack on top. Top with a dry towel and wait 20 minutes. You can ice, not more than 20 minutes at a time, every 2-hours. I know you are wondering about the hot wash cloth – isnt that contrary? Not really. The hot opens the pores in your skin and pulls the cold in faster and deeper while the fabric prevents direct contact of the cold pack on your skin (can you say frost bite?).

We have always used cold and the P.T. I worked with preferred cold; however, heat was sometimes necessary. We do not own a heating pad and I don’t want to buy something that I need to plug in. What’s a girl to do? Well, make her own rice filled heating pad! Here is a list of some great tutorials:

Add this to my list of items to create once I have the time. FDL. Perhaps this is why I use mostly ice – no sewing!

September 11, 2009 Posted by | tutorials | 3 Comments