Rain, Rain, Go Away

Reader Contribution by Monica Smith
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The past couple of weeks has been almost nothing but rain! We’re about to float away down here! Which means, work on my chicken coop has slowed to a crawl. That is very frustrating. I’m ready to get some livestock on the homestead.

On the days it didn’t rain, we finished getting our garden prepped and planted. We didn’t plant a whole lot of any one vegetable, choosing instead to kind of experiment with different things. We planted sweet corn, white potatoes, green beans, sweet peas, squash, carrots, cabbage, onion, and garlic. I’ve also planted some raspberries and strawberries around the place. I’m a berry junkie!

I couldn’t resist starting some seed trays as well!! I planted some tomato and watermelon as well as chives, thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, basil, and stevia. Only one of my stevia are coming up, but then I was told that starting it from seed is difficult and it still may not be sweet when it grows. I hope it is. I really want my stevia plant!

All that rain did have some positives, however (besides feeding the thirsty plants, of course). I’ve had time to work on my knitting and crochet. I started crocheting on a curtain for my daughters’ bedroom window. The last one got messed up a while back and never replaced, and I’m just not satisfied with anything I see in the stores. Necessity being the mother of all invention, I decided to design my own. Then all the sudden, the orders start coming in! Setting aside the curtain for now, I began work on two hats. This is how I make some money to help things along since I don’t work.

A friend of mine ordered a fox hat for her son, so I bought the pattern to knit and went to work. Only, either the pattern didn’t make sense or my brain doesn’t make sense! So, once again, necessity was the mother of all invention, and I designed my own again. It made my day to find out the boy loved it! He wore it even when it was making him sweat.

Now, I’m working on another hat and soon will be crocheting shoes out of flip flops! What a cool idea! I wish I could claim the idea as my own, but I would be lying.

You can see some of my work on Facebook.

Now that the weather is turning nice, its time to get back into action. Of course, more rain is on the way so I better hurry. The coop won’t build itself!!

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