And the rain just keeps coming!

It has now rained everyday since Sunday.  I think I may be going into withdrawal.  LOL!  Anyway, I have been spending time going through some of my books.  Just yesterday, I downloaded 20-30 free books onto my Kindle.  They covered a number of different topics (gardening, canning, crocheting, green house-cleaning, soap-making, etc.).  As I make my way through them, I will let you know if any of them are wonderful.

Here’s to hoping for great information!!


Rainy days!

We have had a number of rainy days here in the Piedmont area of Georgia.  That means that I have not been able to be outside digging in, what will become, my garden.  So, I have been looking for free catalogs and magazines about “the self-sufficient life”.  I have bookmarked a few things, but have not found anything “FREE” yet.  I have seen a few articles that I am looking forward to checking out.  I will let you know if I find anything interesting or entertaining.  Let me know what your favorites are.  Having fun and “enjoying” the weather!

We have made a beginning!

Yesterday, we made the first (of many) steps to getting our garden started!!  YAY!!  I am very excited.  I intend to share pictures with you all along the way, but you need to know where we are starting from.  With that being said…….here we go!

Empty Yard

This is my yard as it was yesterday morning.

Stakes and Twine

We went to Home Depot.  LOL!  Looking at this picture as I am writing this, it looks like I am going vampire hunting.  Oh well!

While at Home Depot, we met Susan, The Plant Lady.  She was amazing!  She answered all of our questions about the different compost options and suggested that we use the Soil Conditioner option for the lovely clay soil that we have here in Georgia.  Fortunately, our soil is not completely clay based but there is more than enough to make life difficult.  We picked up two bags of Soil Conditioner and I plan to go back and get more every week.

Progress on Garden Layout

This was were we had to stop. (Lunch with the family for Thanksgiving is important. LOL!)

After lunch my nephew, Clint, came back home with us to help us with our work. We worked until it got dark.  I intend to take more pictures this morning, before we get back to work.

A little progress……


First things first. I would like to thank Bren of BGgarden for being the first person to like one of my posts.  It was very encouraging to be noticed almost immediately.  She has a beautiful blog that I am looking forward to exploring.

So, I have come up with a plan for my garden.  It seems very ambitious to me. I know we won’t be able to get it all done before spring planting, but I plan to give it everything I have. Between my full-time job and my husband’s part-time job and continuing job hunt, we have very little time, but I will make this happen! Let me now what you think about it and I would welcome any and all suggestions.Garden plan layout (2)


I fixed my chart so that it was easier to read.  Thanks everyone!!

Inspirations……….how we got to here.


I am Christina.  I am a wife, a mother of two and a grandmother of one.  With that being said, let me tell you how I ended up with this blog.

I have had a “garden” a couple of times over the last few years, but never anything that great. It has been a couple of years since the last time I had the gardening bug, but I could feel it building up.  I purchased a book, to help me learn more about what I was thinking about doing.  That book was The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour.Image

A friend made the comment today that this book had changed me.  I guess he was right.  I have found myself thinking more and more about the things that I want to do for, and with, my granddaughter, Sophie.  I want to give her the experience of playing outside in her bare feet, of digging in the dirt, watching something she planted grow, and having animals around that she is helping to take care of, etc. (She is my little ray of sunshine, if you can’t tell.)

I have also found a wonderful blog that I am going through the archives of. Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm is another of my inspirations.  I can’t wait to get completely caught up. In setting up to follow this blog, I was flipped into, and voila!! here I am.

Thank you for reading my rambling, and I hope you have a lovely week.