The Weekly Digs #142

by Becky

This week I posted a new blog post about my garden fails and wins. Interestingly enough I feel like it is an appropriate theme for my week too. I had some wonderful highs and some definite lows. 

So I’m going to run with that idea and talk about it here.

Homestead Wins for the Week:

#1 Cameron took the week off of work! We haven’t taken a single vacation this year so he had a lot of time available. It was a perfect opportunity to get some homestead projects done. I have an ever growing list of “honey-do’s” for him, haha!

Cameron and the kids worked for three days on building the next chicken coop and got it all finished! We have some happy chickens now. These chicken tractors are about ten times easier to move that our older versions of chicken tractors.

Cam also started on another chicken coop. It is the new A frame type and will be our third. In addition to the chicken coop, he is also working on finishing off the butcher block countertop for our pantry. My boys helped Cam a lot with the building projects. They like woodworking more than working in the garden so it was a welcome change for them.

#2 I got a new camera. This is not directly homesteading related, but my camera lens on my photo camera has been broken for the last 6 months or so. My Dad let me borrow an older camera of his (albeit a really nice one) until I could get a new one. 

A working camera is pretty essential because I’m sharing content all the time. I finally saved up enough money to get my own nice camera and lens. Most of the photos in this post were taken with it!

Garlic and interplanted a little crimson clover

#3 I realized we haven’t gone grocery shopping in a month. This wasn’t planned and is pretty cool! The last time I did a “no shopping” month it was painful towards the end. This time, it wasn’t and felt easy.

We have all our own vegetables, a large supply of fresh apples we had in the cold room for fruit, all our own home raised meat, and I always keep bulk grains on hand.

The only other thing we usually buy is dairy products but recently I decided to stop eating dairy because I noticed I kept breaking out in a rash every time I ate some. My family is still eating it occasionally but less now, since I’m usually cooking dinner.

Less trips to the store is great! I really feel like we are making progress on our goals to grow all our own food.

#4 It has been unseasonably warm here this winter thus far. My spinach sprouted beautifully and so did my kale. All my crops in the caterpillar tunnel are growing better than I imagined. 

Spinach and Kale Sprouts

#5 Finished a new Youtube video. It’s a big feat for me since it takes a long time to create them. Here’s the Freezer Tour if you haven’t seen it yet:

YouTube video

Homestead Fails for the Week:

#1 This isn’t a failure per se but it is a difficult thing. I have been feeling some seasonal depression coming on. 

I got a couple seed magazines in the mail and usually would be jumping for joy but I didn’t even want to open them. That’s when I know it’s getting bad when I lose excitement for things that normally make me excited.

My kids are helping keep my spirits up with their excitement for Christmas. They are counting down everyday and each night we read a Christmas story together. I also started to take some vitamin D supplements so hopefully that will help too.

This is our homeschool reading that we do each morning. Since Cam was home from work, he read to the kids while I took pictures with my camera 🙂

#2 I promised myself that in the gardening off season I would work on some of my artwork. Kian modeled for me as I painted his portrait. I decided to take a timelapse video of the painting with my new camera.

Cameron was using my sturdy, nice tripod for shooting another video so I used my smaller flexible tripod. Little did I realize, it was not a good match for a bigger camera and a bigger lens. 

After setting it up, I bumped the table it was setting on just a little and it got unstable and fell. It didn’t fall on the floor but on a couch nearby. I had the flip screen open and it snapped at the pivot point rendering the camera completely useless. 

I was so devastated. Actually, I am still devastated and feel frustrated at my mistake. But luckily I bought the best insurance they had when I purchased it and it will be fixed for no charge. The only bummer is that I need to wait 6-8 weeks for repairs. I think I will need to get a better tripod in the meantime. 

Thankfully, I can look at the bright side here and see there are more wins than fails 🙂 It’s just been kind of a rollercoaster of emotions week for me. I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the holiday season!

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Jen December 12, 2021 - 6:35 am

I’m so sorry you’ve been starting with seasonal depression. It is so hard. We struggle with that at our house. I have to take medication or end up in a bad place. You have TRULY blessed my life with your posts. You kept me motivated and working hard when I wanted to throw in the towel with my canning. You are an inspiration and a light for others. Just keep being your sweet self and know people care about you!!!! Hope you have a great holiday. ❤️

Erin Teele December 25, 2021 - 3:33 am

Have you ever tried light therapy for seasonal depression? You can buy special bulbs that you sit under for some time every day. I’ve heard people say that they really help

theseasonalhomestead December 31, 2021 - 1:34 am

No, I haven’t… I’ll have to look into that!

Laura December 12, 2021 - 5:47 pm

I’m sorry you weren’t feeling well. I hope you feel better soon!
I love seeing new stuff for you so this was an exciting week for me- two posts and a video!

theseasonalhomestead December 14, 2021 - 7:38 pm

Thank you Laura. Your comment made me smile!

Jared December 14, 2021 - 8:23 am

We’re you guys affected by the tornado at all? Hopefully no damage ?

theseasonalhomestead December 14, 2021 - 7:42 pm

That’s nice of you to ask. No damage, thankfully we were out of harms way. We got high winds but that was all.

Teresa December 16, 2021 - 7:08 pm

Hey, I love keeping up with your homestead, sorry you have been under the weather. Winter is hard , on gray days I like to turn on all the lights in the main rooms of the house, I don’t like a dark house! I like to buy bright yellow flowers , and display bright springy items around the home. Who says you have to wait until Spring! (wink) Take Care, stay warm, and safe!

theseasonalhomestead December 18, 2021 - 5:44 am

Thank you Teresa! I like those ideas! 🙂

Leo December 20, 2021 - 12:40 pm

Do you direct sow your spinach? Mine took many weeks to sprout in seedling trays and weren’t easy to transplant.

theseasonalhomestead December 20, 2021 - 5:37 pm

Yes, I did this winter and it was the best germination I’ve ever had! Previously, I’ve done seedling trays with mediocre results. I’ve also direct sown in warmer temperatures and the results were not good. I believe the key is cold temperatures when sowing spinach!


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