Friday, October 6, 2023

October Homestead Chores, Selling cut flower bouquets. and Going out of my Head!


I went beyond ...umm how do you say it, my comfort level and sold some of my flowers this past weekend.  The grandson is going on a trip with school so  I wanted to contribute.    I was up all night thinking about this and wondering if I could do it (anxiety level was high).   I thought this maybe a stupid idea but I sold some bouquets.  Made $20 on Saturday then nothing on Sunday but I'm ok with that.

Then I went out of my head 

One morning this past week, I made bird suet with some leftover oil,  I made apple pie jam,  picked and dried herbs, boiled and pickled some eggs, picked mustard greens for dinner, washed and dried three loads of laundry, folded two, towards one o'clock I made dinner, ate,  started washing dishes, quit and fell into bed exhausted at 2.  I think I thought I was 30!  I took a old person's nap and was ready to go again...well enough to crochet and watch youtube.  

What homestead chores do we have planned  for the rest of October?

Make chicken run larger 

Paint front door and trim on garage (keep up the house)-it's down now in the 50's and 60's is that too cold to paint?

We have two small rows of potatoes left to dig but we have to wait until it dries up.  It rained a lot yesterday

Finish weeding strawberries.

Rake leaves in to the garden and cover strawberries with them too. 

Can mustard greens, apple pie filling, and zuchinni pineapple.

All that will have to wait -both grandkids are a little sick this morning.  Smokie though is happy to have company!  

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Cheryl Kimbley said...

I have days like that sometimes. Get soooo much done in a short time and then boom - collapse. Our brains are still 30!!!!!!
Flowers are pretty.

Rhonda said...

My! You’ve accomplished lots!
Years ago when my daughter was in high school, she needed to raise a huge amount of money for a trip to Chicago. Another mother gave me some sucker molds and told me her daughter had sold homemade suckers at school a few years earlier and earned enough for her event.
It sounded crazy to me but I started making suckers- sugar and water and flavoring cooked to hard and set up in molds.
Anyway, I don’t think selling homemade candy is probably allowed at most schools anymore but there are ways, using our skills, to earn $ sometimes.

Your flowers are beautiful! I would of bought some

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

My problem is that I watch those youtube videos and think I can do all that. I can't do all that LOL. Glad you understand Cheryl!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Rhonda, that's so smart! I bet they wouldn't allow suckers but I love that idea. So far we have have took back bottles that were donated (10 cents a bottle in Michigan) and I have sold some things on market place. I have a few more things to sell so I'm going to get with it.
Have a great weekend.

Nancy said...

Hi Vickie! That 30 comment made me laugh! Know what you mean-I do the same thing then have to recover for a day! Good going on your flower bouquets. Our garden is mostly cleaned out, only cabbage and rutabagas left. Canned over 140 jars from the garden. Just picked our 2 apple trees, gave away alot and canned applesauce, apple pie filling and apple juice. Getting cooler up here in Northern Wisconsin.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Oh Nancy you are a worker. I love that your apple trees are producing so much. Someday.
The weather has changed if sure is cold here this morning.. All windows are now closed. Brr.
Cabbage and potatoes are still out there ...I want to try growing rutabagas some day. Sounds interesting.
Have a good weekend.

Practical Parsimony said...

The bouquet is beautiful. I hope you did not sell them too cheaply. Check the temperature and the humidity. If it is too cool or too humid, don't paint.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

I think it's too cold brr Practical it has turned to feeling like winter in Michigan. Hope it warms up!