Its snowing today. It started late Saturday afternoon, and will probably continue until Monday morning. The only thing I am so glad for is we do not have the winds that they were talking about on the weather, 30+mph with 50+ gusts. With that, you just plain have a blizzard. And it is cold, but we do not have the below zero temps that was mentioned either though it will get cold. I can put up with cold, but when the wind is blowing, and below zero, I have a major problem with it, like trying to keep the house warm so water pipes won't freeze, and when the wind blows from the northwest a certain way, my furnace's pilot light goes out, and it is a pain in the butt to try to keep lit. Ah, the joys of winter.
Got my potato chowder on. I like mine a little thick and have some ump to it. And with it, a grilled cheese sandwich and I think that we are set for the evening.
All I do is just cut up potatoes, and I shred carrots and this time, I cheated, I used a large can of cream of celery soup, and a little chicken broth, and some evaporated milk. That's it. I didn't feel like making a soup base from scratch. I am lazy today.
I am going to lay out my garden ideas out on the table after supper, and start getting ideas for new beds and layouts. I have a very major problem with space here, since my modular is 16' wide by 76' long, I have a strip of yard that is 5 ft wide from the south side of the trailer and the full 76 feet long. I need to lay it out where I can get more plantings out of this space, and I have a plan for building vertical planting space using stringers that you use for house steps and building a more vertical space. Now I am not a builder or carpenter, but I do have this idea. I also want to do this to save water, and make it easier for me since it is getting too hard for me to bend and dig anymore, but I do not want to give up my gardening or being outside. If I had to give gardening up, I think that I would just wilt away.
I get overload when I get all of these seed catalogs. There are so many seeds and flowers I would love to try. But I have to really put a bit in my mouth and hold and buy a few new seeds to try. If I like them, I will order more next year. I am trying to take the open pollinated varieties, and each year, I go more and more to them. I want to save seeds and I love old fashioned flowers also, so I work each year to add to my stash of seeds. I was so excited the other day. A wonderful blog I read from a lovely lady who lives in the Ozarks, mentioned a type of squash/pumpkin that is open pollinated and seems to take squash bugs well. I looked and looked and the other night, I found it in one of my new garden catalogs, Kitchen Garden Seeds, (http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com/) and they have it. It is called a Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, and I think that I will order a package and try them. This catalog is nice, but the seeds are expensive, but if it is open pollinated, you get more seeds and do not have to buy any more seeds.
Well, I had best get going and finish some work in the kitchen, and in the utility room, washing some clothes or I won't have any to wear Monday morning.
Take care my friends, and have a great week whatever you are planning.