Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Back in the groove

Firstly the newest addition to our household. The grossest pets I have ever seen, hermit crabs. The girls love them. The dog and cat want to eat them and I just try to avoid them, they give me the creeps.

After a rough start to 2014, I'm getting back into the groove. Sticking to our budget and doing the things that I like to do. As it happens, budgeting and household finance-type of things are my thing. I like numbers so totting up the books is fun (as long as it the numbers are in the black).

My garden took a bit of a hit but I am in full swing now and I'm not only getting back out there but I am enjoying it. The garden isn't just the place where I grow things for our table but it where I do my bit for the environment and for my own joy too. It's a good place.

 We have beans galore so they are on the menu every night no matter what we eating. Trust me beans on a pizza are quite nice even if they aren't a usual topping.

The eggplants are a few days away. And I have to say they are one of the most stunning vegetables. This year I grew spaghetti squash. I haven't tried it before so I'm looking forward to it. It does sound like the type of vegetable that might be love or hate with not much in between, I'll let you know where I stand once I've tasted one.

My garden is glad to have me back, just like everything, it flourishes with the right sort of attention. The weeds not so happy of course.

Now I'm off to deal with a lot of beeswax. Some of it is rather grotty but putting it off won't help any. And guess what? I can even sell it for a few dollars per kilogram. At that rate we should be rich in about a thousand years. I think beeswax is however quite expensive to buy from retail outlets.



Jan said...

fresh beans? Yum. In fact uncooked fresh beans are the only beans one son will eat. Another feels the same way about peas. I think I would be making sure those crabs could not dislodge the tank lid.

Sharon said...

Yay your back, I have got spaghetti squash this year as will, Ive never tried it so should be interesting.
The garden is looking great. I quite like your hermit crabs I had some when I was younger. I havnt seen them in years. xx

shez said...

love seeing pics of your garden tracy and i am so glad things are better for you,have a lovely day my friend.xx

Vickie said...

lovely to see your back and into the garden as well..gorgeous fresh beans yummo..will be interested to see if the family like the spag squash (I don't )..head up and onward girlfriend cheers Vickie

Joolz said...

Yeah, hermit crabs - not a fan! I'm glad you are back in the groove and thinking positively.
I hardly feel like I've stopped since Christmas, work has been busy and therefore I am doing more hours. The girls are back in Adelaide and life goes on, another busy year ahead...sigh!

Cheers - Joolz xx

endah murniyati said...

your eggplant and beans look so stunning. I think you have a better weather than me for the current time.

Lisa said...

I meant to comment on this the other day. A hermit crab for a pet? Interesting. But I have to say I always thought they were cute things.

Jen Ham said...

Oh yes....beans on pizza sounds fantastic!!! Gorgeous photos again! xoxoxo Jen