Free For All Friday: Random Punk Rock Edition

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April 4, 2013 by Kriscinda Lee Everitt

Been pretty busy, I suppose. Here are some highlights from the last week here at the ol’ homestead.

Big A got more of last year's garden pulled up and half the black plastic gone.

Big A got more of last year’s garden pulled up and half the black plastic gone.

Still this to do, but we're further than we were!

Still this to do, but we’re further than we were!

All's well in the greenhouse.

All’s well in the greenhouse.

I added some more compost/vermiculite mix. About an inch, as the soil had compacted about that much.

I added some more compost/vermiculite mix. About an inch, as the soil had compacted about that much.

The plants seem to agree that it was the right way to go.

The plants seem to agree that it was the right way to go.

Our little basil plants have sprouted, but our catnip hasn't. I think they're duds.

Our little basil plants have sprouted, but our catnip hasn’t. I think they’re duds.

Made some more pasta...

Made some more pasta…

...wheat this time. I'm getting better at making the noodles.

…wheat this time. I’m getting better at making the noodles.

Ended up with about six servings of pasta.

Ended up with about six servings of pasta.

Yesterday we made some of the wheat pasta...

Yesterday we made some of the wheat pasta…

Turned out well, good flavor, good texture.

Turned out well, good flavor, good texture.

Tossed it with some zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and garlic in some olive oil. Also, pan-fried roughy in rosemary, garlic, and lemon juice. GOOD.

Tossed it with some zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and garlic in some olive oil. Also, pan-fried roughy in rosemary, garlic, and lemon juice. GOOD.

Also, made some garlic, tomato, and basil focaccia. Here's the dough and other ingredients.

Also, made some garlic, tomato, and basil focaccia. Here’s the dough and other ingredients.

It turned out really well, certainly for a first time. Tasted good!

It turned out really well, certainly for a first time. Tasted good!

We cut it in half and gave one half to the neighbor.

We cut it in half and gave one half to the neighbor.

Made another no-knead dutch oven loaf...

Made another no-knead dutch oven loaf

...we're making our way through it. I also made two wheat loaves. Froze one.

…we’re making our way through it. I also made two wheat loaves. Froze one.

Moggy's been doing what he does. Mostly sleep in his hammock and show off his half-bald bunny feet.

Moggy’s been doing what he does. Mostly sleep in his hammock and show off his half-bald bunny feet.

We took him to the vet about his over grooming, but they weren't much help. We switched litter, so hopefully that'll be the problem and it will be fixed.

We took him to the vet about his over grooming, but they weren’t much help. We switched litter, so hopefully that’ll be the problem and it will be fixed.

They keep saying it's stress, but he's really showing no other signs of stress. At all. And we tried pheromone sprays and such, but they're 1) expensive, and 2) doesn't help.

They keep saying it’s stress, but he’s really showing no other signs of stress. At all. And we tried pheromone sprays and such, but they’re 1) expensive, and 2) doesn’t help.

Other things being worked on, but there are no pictures: Big A’s been bringing everything together to:

1) Put the rain barrel system together: Right now, we need to clean out the tanks we got, which is a long and involved process because, well, we have no tools. So, he’s getting them as we need them. So far, he now has what we need to get the tanks out of the cages so we can bring them down to the house and to a source of water. We found a pressure washer in the barn, but the attachments are missing. So, his next task is to see if it works and get the attachments we need.

2) Big A found us some wooden planks (2″ x 10″ x 8′) at a good price to build the beds. There’s lumber in the barn, but it’s really old and it’s just not what we need. We realize that we have to spend some money to construct all of this our first season out. After this, we’ll be good to go. Anyway…the wood’s being delivered on Monday.

3) Big A also found us a good price for the soil for the beds. Again, next year we’ll have a nice compost pile going, but we need something to start. It was suggested by the soil guy to dig up this unused acre we’ve got, but we’re hoping to eventually get a big pumpkin patch in there at some point, so, um, we’ll need that dirt there. So, we’ll just get this soil delivered. We need about forty cubic yards—about a ton.

(I would be remiss if I didn’t give a huge shout-out/hat-tip to our good friend and neighbor(ing town), Gary Streiner. He’s been very generous with his time and expertise in figuring out how to do all of this. Thank you, Gary! Note: We’ve named the tractor after him: “Fast Gary.”)

Fast Gary is a Farmall Cub, we think from the 50s, but I still need to check the model number.

Fast Gary is a Farmall Cub, we think from the 50s, but I still need to check the model number.

We’ve got a lot of work to do. =) Oh! Almost forgot! I started crocheting granny squares for a new afghan-thing. I’ve never made one of these before, so we’ll be lucky if it doesn’t turn out to just be a large, knotted-up ball of yarn.

No metal for the weekend. Today, Big A was listening to The Wipers, so I thought I’d share. A lot of the thrash/crossover stuff I post is punk-ish anyway, so why not? So, here’s the whole Is This Real? album. Enjoy…

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7 thoughts on “Free For All Friday: Random Punk Rock Edition

  1. Anthony Everitt says:

    =)=)=)!!!

  2. Oh my word you have achieved so much and isn’t your big A wonderful and so resourceful too.

    I love the look of that pizza. Yummy.

    And the pasta. And the sound of the rug.

    Wish we had a green house, we could get so much ready in it.

    How’s the sealed pot going?

    Sft x

  3. Linne says:

    Kriscinda, your garden and greenhouse look great and make my fingers itchy!

    The pasta and foccaccia will cause readers everywhere to drool, I’m sure. I used to make both of those (well, I had no pasta machine; I rolled out the dough and sliced it into wide noodles, then put brooms and mop handles across the backs of a couple of wooden chairs facing each other and hung up the noodles to dry. Don’t think I ever stored any; my growing and very active boys always finished it off!

    If you ever miss that tractor, you will likely find it being ridden in my direction. ;-) The old ones are so, SO cool!! The best thing about it, to me, is the wide wheelbase in tbe front; much more stable.

    As to Moggy, is his skin dry? I’ve had good results adding a drop or two of olive oil to a cat’s regular food. I also like to give them an egg mixed in. I’d recommend one a week, see how that goes, then add one mor often if needed. A bit of nutritional yeast is good, too. My herbal books are packed away, or I’d see what Juliette de Bairacli-Levy recommended. She didn’t write a book ‘specially for cats, but it seems to me there is a section in the ‘Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable’. When my collie was paralyzed, I used her remedy for sheep and it worked; he was standing a few hours later and running around again the next day. We never did know the cause, but when I found him that night, he was limp and couldn’t even hold up his head. Scary!

  4. Linne says:

    Oh, yeah: tge thing to remember about afghans: they dob’t have to be perfect to keep you warm . . . ~ Linne

  5. […] friend Gary, whom I mentioned last week, is coming over this week to see how exactly we want to get the tanks ready and hooked […]

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