Well, in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s been awhile since I updated this site. What between vacation, deaths in the family, teething baby and computer crashes (yes, that’s plural!), it has been quite a challenge to keep up.
The garden is in and doing nicely. Parts of it are,that is. If all goes well, we will have abundant tomatoes, corn, beans, squash and melons later this summer. Lettuce and carrots don’t seem to like me too much. But the comfrey and mint and basil do, so that’s good news.
Due to a rash of attacks by wolf-dogs on my goats, which nearly wiped out my herd, you will be seeing some cow’s milk soap in the store for a while. Be assured that this is made with the same loving care as our goat’s milk soap, only this milk is coming from a neighbor’s happy, hand-milked Jersey cow.
Summer on the homestead brings water conservation to the forefront. Here in Northern Arizona we have to go so far down to get water that it is really cost prohibitive (way too expensive!) to drill a well. What we and many other folks do is haul water. There are many variations on this practice, but what Mrs. D does, is to hook up a small utility trailer with a 400 gallon tank on it, to the pickup, and drive about 7 miles to the town well, fill-er-up, and drive home. Next, the 400 gallon tank is hooked up to a small water pump which then pumps the water into a 2500 gallon storage tank which provides water to the house and homestead. Now, I suppose all this sounds like an awful lot of work; it is! It is also very time consuming. Hauling it yourself really heightens the awareness of how much water a homestead and family can use. We have become water misers. Bath and dishwater is saved for the garden. So is most of the laundry water. We actually know that it takes 30 gallons for mom’s shower or bath, only 10 gallons for dad’s, and 5 for baby’s bath. Our low flush toilets use a gallon per flush; dishpans have made a comeback at the kitchen sink; laundry is 30 gallons per load. We have discovered that there is actually a real purpose for that cute little glass that comes with the toothbrush holder set.
Water is such a precious commodity here in Arizona, even in the high country, that folk are prone to invent rain dance ceremonies of all kinds. So if you happen to be drivin’ through on your way to the Grand Canyon this summer, and you see some of us off in the distance actin’ kinda strange, don’t worry – we’re just prayin’ for rain.
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