Bet you’re wondering why it’s been quiet!

Well, I started a new job at the beginning of fall, and am starting to gain my bearings a little with that. It’s paperwork and numbers, but I enjoy it.

In addition…

We’ve been moving. Much slower than I’d like, but there’s only so many hours in the day I can juggle all. the. things. This is my [adult] parlour and office. Including all things Angry Moose. (So many things!)

Above is before. I got those awkward shelves up on my walls, all by myself.

Below, slightly more put together. Whole house is still a work in progress. But it’s bright and cozy, so lovely.

What cracks me up is that the kids have a whole family room in the basement. With the PlayStation and big tv (with working audio). Yet 80% of the time, they gravitate up to this little room of mine upstairs. To curl up in a corner or on the couch with a book or Kindle, use the computer on my desk (formerly a dining table, the heirloom from my grandma and great great grandma), do homework or crafts on the coffee table, you name it. Sometimes it’s aggravating. But then I step back, and realize it’s adorable that they want to hang out together/with me. The cozy natural gas fireplace I’m sure helps a little, too.

Anywho, it’s been a quiet flurry of activity. Lots of pans in the fire.

Healing Stick

An adorable healing stick, for rashes and mild skin irritations.  It does contain glycerin, but not alcohol (I made sure when I purchased ingredients!).
All purpose, to use on what you need healing and antibacterial-ness on.  Yes, I just made up a word, you’re welcome.

Below, you can see how the mini roller bottles fit in snugly in the first aid kits.


Hand saved, heirloom seeds!

It’s about time to plan for the coming year’s garden, or to winter sow your seeds!
What better to plant your garden than lovingly hand-saved seeds?
These are all acclimated to my chilly Zone 5 garden.  No chemicals, my children eat dirt from the yard and lick rocks.  Seriously.  Which is why I don’t do chemicals.
As a bonus?  All these seeds are from unkillable plants.  Some have been ignored, forgotten to be watered, etc.  And they keep going.  I adore these plants, they keep self seeding themselves.  Which for a woman who is kinda lazy, is pretty fantastic.  I love when my yard just keeps doing it’s thing, even when I suck at taking care of it.

These are the 2015 varieties I have available.  The germination rate may not be as high as the 2016 seeds, but they’ll still do something.  You don’t even want to know how old some of the seeds I personally use are, I just plant more of them to make sure I get the plants I want.  Sets are available at Coeur d’Alene Fresh, and I will get them on Etsy soon.  The 2015 seeds are available at a discount in part because of that.  Plus I collected even more seeds in 2016.

These are most of the seeds collected in 2016.  I don’t have my calendula or Thumbelina carrots packaged up yet.  I keep getting distracted by all kinds of random things happening in life.  My bad.  I have my list, hoping to make progress through it in the next few weeks.  I have tons of chive seeds.  They’re one of my unkillable plants, they just keep going and gong and going.  It’s fantastic.  Until I have to pare down the plants because they’ve quadrupled in size.