The current street view of the Small House Homestead in its summer glory.
My days are beginning to blur….paint the coop, weed and spread bark chips, water fruit trees, cook a meal, and take care of the chickens. This is one of those day that I shake my head and when I remember that….is my l-i-f-e-and I chose it.
Day lilies add beauty to the brick planter. If you don’t like it, hide it is my motto!
I am feeling a sense of urgency now that it is mid-July to get things done and projects wrapped up. Visitors are coming soon, I’ve offered to help a friend pack up her house and load the U-Haul for a long drive to the Northwest, the RIR chickens need to get into their new coop ASAP. I am sick of putting down bark chips and just want to that job to be done. And some days, like today, I feel like I am just spinning my wheels and going nowhere fast.
Yesterday we took the day off to drive to our dentist in a distant city. While the day was almost a loss work-wise, the older I get the more I am grateful for another good dental checkup and cleaning. I’ve had gum disease and gum surgery so any checkup where I get a gold star, is a good one.
We don’t have dental insurance but even so I know that being able to have access to a highly competent dentist is truly a privilege, because all too many people in my own community and in many other countries do not have access to dental care at all. I know that I am indeed privileged.
I’ve been thinking a lot of privilege lately. Even though I left home at age 17 without any parental support or insurance coverage and have experienced hard times my life has been better than many. Divorced at age 45 and starting over again without any support or alimony I made it through creativity, hard work, German stubbornness and perseverance. I took in renters, cleaned houses and did what had to be done.
The entrance to our front door.
The fact that I am white, that I live in a safe, dry home that is paid for, have a car to drive, that I have been able to retire, enjoy affordable health insurance, dependable electricity, food to eat and clean water to drink…. all help me to remember every single day I am indeed a privileged person.
Living in a poor, agricultural county I could easily have a landfill or a fracking sit in my backyard…
I have a no more fracking sign in my front garden. I am totally opposed.
I did cook a healthy by scratch meal when we got home from the dentist so I accomplished something good yesterday. I made a baked sausage in fresh pepper meal that was delicious and picked enough greens from our garden to make a tossed salad. I don’t really have a recipe per see, I just make it up depending on experience and what I have on hand.
The July garden at the Homestead.
Baked Stuffed Red, Orange and Yellow Peppers
1 lb. of Meijer’s mild sausage
3/4 of a medium onion, chopped
3/4 cup spinach, chopped
2 organic eggs
½ to ¾ cup of Italian bread crumbs
Garlic to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
Chopped oregano to taste
I also like to add cooked brown and wild rice to my meat mixture but I got a very late start today so skipped the rice.
Mix the sausage, onions, add the bread crumbs, and stir in the eggs. Mix well.
Cut off the top of the peppers and use a spoon to dig out the inside of the peppers (save the seeds and pulp for the chickens!)
Fill the peppers with the meat mix
Bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes until the peppers are cooked thru and browned on top.
I hope you had a productive day and a great dinner as well.
Small House homesteader, Donna