The first harvest of the spring!!!

The first harvest of the spring!!!

Yesterday morning was beautiful.  That was before the winds whipped up and coated the entire city in a gross, dusty haze (we really, really need some real rain).  Before the haze, though, I got some work done in the front yard (when you wake up at the crack of dawn you can get a lot done before 10am)I started off…
The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters

Bandelier National Monument is a fantastically beautiful place (especially on a weekday in spring when there are not a trillion people mulling about) and has been "calling" me back for the past couple of years.  We finally made the short drive yesterday (the beauty of following the public schools calendar it that, when they are closed, I get to take…
Which way is up?

Which way is up?

Alright, so in all of my searches for "how to plant peanuts" and "how to start peanuts inside" all I've found is "Plant seeds from shelled raw peanuts 1 to 3 inches deep".  Well, I did that and I got this...About half of the peanuts have spouted right-side-up and about half of them came squirming to the surface like something…
The rise and fall of spring temps

The rise and fall of spring temps

With the beautiful weather we've been having over the past few weeks, our fruit trees are starting to bloom.   They are gorgeous and full of hope and life!  They are also super sensitive little creatures that can wither and fall right off at a moments notice when the temperature drops just a degree or two below their comfort zone.Well,…
The Chicken Mansion

The Chicken Mansion

Here in Santa Fe, not only are we surrounded by our beautiful mountains and fantastic open spaces but we also have a rich culture and history, lots of conveniences and the wonderful ability to keep as many chickens as we'd like in our very own back yards! Well, with the addition of our Newbies, we've found it necessary to expand…
Bee prepared

Bee prepared

Our bee supplies arrived!!!YAY!!!  I am so excited! Now we (and the hive we built...and by "we" I really mean Tool Lady with my assistance) play the Waiting Game in anticipation of our bees arrival!  Their expected ship date is May 10th.

Finding hope in chicken poop

How the heck do you find hope in chicken poop?!?! A few years ago I read the book Harvest For Hope by Jane Goodall and went back and forth between feeling very overwhelmed by all of the madness we have created and feeling very empowered and quite capable of making changes in my day to day life to help our…