Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday, a day to remember Jesus eating His last supper with His disciples which led up to His crucifixion and then resurrection.

I am busy cleaning and planning for family Easter dinner at our house. It’s a matter of cleaning bathrooms, dusting, vacuuming, straightening up and planning and fixing the meal. It will be a nice day to remember the new life we have because of Jesus’ obedience.

“He became obedient unto death.” –Phil. 2:8

Thank you, Lord, for Your perfect sacrifice!

I enjoy seeing the new growth of the lettuce and making a couple other swc containers and transplanting other plants and seeing seedlings grow. It’s getting springy out even though some snow is still with us.







6 hours later – most of the snow is gone



getting ready to put my seed potatoes that are sprouting in the sack in this space I cleared of leaves – wonderful compost type soil for the potatoes.



snow stay-at-home day

Got a couple things accomplished so far:

cleaned and rearranged bedroom

alphabetized amazon for-sale books and put them back in boxes under our bed

made path in snow around house

vacuumed bathroom

still have more to do so better get bussssyyyy

pictures of snow we received in the last 15 or so hours and top picture is latest from dear daughter in Chile; bottom pic is my goofy brother who works for a community theater and has lots of friends



Dear husband snowblowed the driveway and then a beautiful sunsset.



patriotic mud flaps

We saw these mud flaps driving down the highway today.


Dear hubby is snow plowing on this lovely March 23 snowy day. The following photo is at 6:20 p.m. I guess we could call it a spring wonderland !


I thought of a project to do. Found these molding boards on side of the street along with that box I recovered. This will be better for my spices – the boxes worked okay but have to look through all of them to find something – excited about my new idea, except I have to wait for some touch up white paint to dry before putting spices on it.


alrighty – got it done – much better


March 22 – snow :(

Here we are a couple days into Spring with possible 8 inches more of snow coming our way by Sunday 😦

3.21.13It started to look springy a couple days ago, then the flakes started. But, I was born during the ’51 flood and it was snowing/sleeting on that day in April, so nothing has changed that much.


diet: must do better – I plan to weigh in on Monday so must eat lots of celery 🙂

organizing and cleaning house: must do better but have lots of time to work on it considering I’ll probably be shut in through Sunday at least

bought a bunch of books for 50 cents or less at salvation army – most of them I can’t sell but they are all good to read. (can’t sell them on amazon because there are already bunches of them for sale for 1 cent )


Here are a couple of fun ideas to do:


This isn’t my onion picture, but it gave me the idea to do this with garlic (picture below) – we’ll see how it goes; maybe I’ll put more garlic in, but probably too late now – too hard to cut the holes with the soil already in, but I can always make another.


Another was made – 26 cloves rather than 14:


sweater vest owls

square foot garden planting guide

self watering container for lettuce

I planted some lettuce seeds in this newly made swc this morning. Hopefully it will turn out well.

DSC08632Here are some basic steps on making one.

1. Find a container to use and cut it apart a little more than halfway down. The bottom part is the water reservoir.

2. Punch or slit some small holes around the bottom part of the soil container. You can put felt in the bottom of where the lid was to wick up the water. In this case it was a weird shaped container so I cut it off and put it back in the top part because the top of the bottle was so long. If I would have used felt maybe so much soil wouldn’t have gotten into the water reservoir, but it doesn’t really matter.

3. Water the container from on top the first time.

4. Place seeds on top of soil and then a bit more soil to cover the seeds. Water a little more.

5. It should be a long time before it needs more water, but when it does, lift the soil reservoir and just put some water into the reservoir.

6. Cover it and place in safe place and wait for it to sprout.

Concerning my weight loss, I found out I should only eat slightly more than 1300 calories per day. So far I’ve had a Granny Smith Apple, 4 small pieces sourdough bread with sunflower butter, agave syrup and raisin, all which come to at least 470 calories. Will need to consume a bunch of celery and raw veggies today. Yay

Here’s my 2nd one today then must make soup.

lettuceswc3.19.131st picture – cut container, made slits in soil container, put felt in opening

2nd picture –  placed soil container in reservoir

3rd picture – watered from the top

4th picture – put in some lettuce seeds and covered with a bit of soil

5th picture – placed on top of ‘fridg with other one I made today


update 3.24.13 – have some sprouts:

18th of March

Today is the 18th of March. To read about chai:

3.18.13Today is a good day for new beginnings. My large cherry tomatoes are popping up. I have a new box for my knitting (see it also on the previous post). I am starting the countdown to our son’s wedding in June. I hope to be down at least 15 lbs. by then.

Also need to get back to dear Fly Lady.

Today I need to Shine My Sink. before picture:


after picture – kitchen sink shines 🙂


recipe for tonight:


3 c. broth (veggie)

3/4 c. lentils

1/2 c. rice

3/4 c. chopped onion

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. garlic powder.

Preheat to 300 degrees. Mix all together and put in 11″X7″ pan. Cover and bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove cover and bake 20 minutes more. Sprinkle with Parmeson.

finished product – although I added brussel sprouts, and some diced tomatoes and used no Parmeson.


my swc (self watering container)

I worked on my first self watering container – took some pictures as I went along. Yesterday I bought the 10 foot drain pipe and tried to buy the 1″ PVC pipe but they  messed up on the pricing and charged me $6 something instead of $1 something, so I’ll get that later somewhere else.

First we need the tools.DSC08590

The drill is for drilling small holes in the lid (next picture). The clippers and saw are for cutting out most of the lid.


DSC08580I cut it too far in so had to go back on the long sides and cut closer to the edge. Then I duct taped it on.

DSC08586Next I put 4 containers in it – the main thing is they should be the same height and have some holes in them for water to flow through them. They support the lid.

I cut 2 lengths of drainage pipe the same as the black pots so there would be enough support. The video in my previous  post said to use all drainage pipe, but there is lots of wiggle room here to do whatever works and use what you have.

Then I cut 2 circles in the lid top for the 2 drainage pipe pieces to fit in them – they go above the lid and will be filled with dirt. The water will rise up through these and  be able to reach the soil reservoir where the plants will be planted.


DSC08600The upper right hand corner I left open for the UPC 20″ long and 1″ wide pipe. This is where the SWC is watered. Although, first it is supposed to be watered on top to get it going, then only through the pipe.

After the soil is put in, seeds may be planted or transplants placed in it. Black plastic (trash bag) should be put on top so that when it rains it won’t be flooded. The outer rim of the lid will hold the black plastic in place.

to be continued 🙂