The Value of a Stay at Home Parent
Spring is all about energy!
It worked!! The milk jug mini greenhouses are doing great. I was waiting to see how they did before I shared this idea which I got from a Mother Earth News magazine article. (Feb/Mar2017p37) I planted in March and put them outside, ignoring them. "The seeds will know when it's time to grow," I was told. Sure enough, they did. I now have gypsophila, candytuft, cabbages, asters, and tomatoes growing outdoors in my mini greenhouses. The great thing is that they are hardened off and can go directly into the garden when I'm ready. Along with the plants I started from cuttings, (see my post from 3/11/2017 for more info) I have ample healthy young plants for my vegetable and flower gardens for practically no cost.
For more information and great ideas: www.steps2permaculture.com
Holiday (Not) Spending
Holidays are tough to resist. I can attest to many Easter's of buying candy, cute little stuffed animals, baskets and plastic eggs. But the most memorable Easter was at camp in Oklahoma.
The Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge is where I spent my last 2 years of high school. My father was the refuge manager. It was there that I learned to love the prairie.
Two years after high school, I married and moved north to Minnesota and yearned for the wide open wild spaces I had known. The refuge held a million acres of wild land that I could roam at will, and I did. Southern Minnesota is mostly farm fields, a far cry from what I knew.
One Easter, I took 5 of my six children (ages 9 to 17) to the refuge for our Easter/Spring break. It was amazing going from cold, dreary weather to the total springtime of the southwestern part of Oklahoma. It was warm, sunny, and green. We pitched our tent, set up camp, and got busy getting ready for Easter.
First off was making Easter baskets. I spread out a tarp on a grassy area and told the children to find whatever they could and create a basket. Grass, vines, sticks and mud all came together as each of them created their special basket. It was beautiful and we had such a sweet time together.
Next, we made a fire and boiled the eggs, saving some for blowing out and decorating for our Easter tree. We didn't color nearly as many eggs as we would have at home but we had fun just the same. The blown eggs were decorated. We had a small evergreen tree right outside of our tent and hung them on that.
Hiking the Wichita Mountains, bird watching and experiencing the beauty of the area all made for wonderful memories. Easter morning found the baskets with candy and a few stuffed toys from home. We attended Easter mass, celebrating the risen Christ with a lively and joyful community in Lawton.
Coming home got colder and more dreary with every mile. But soon the spring caught up with us as we waited for it's rebirth in Minnesota. The cost of the trip was minimal and was so tremendously worth every penny.