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I am Tricia. Momma of nine, homeschooler, artist, foodie and maker of all kinds of things. It's a pleasure to share here our family homesteading adventures, the things we make, and what inspires our days. Read more about my family and work here. Thanks for visiting!

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Spring Cleaning Day 1

I have recently discovered that the origin or “Spring Cleaning”is Catholic. Well, I could not resist. What a great way to get ready for Easter. Here is an article from the Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs by Francis X. Weiser, S.J. (1958)

EASTER CLEANING — According to an ancient tradition, the three days after Palm Sunday are devoted in many countries to a thorough cleaning of the house, the most vigorous of the whole year. Carpets, couches, armchairs, and mattresses are carried into the open and every speck of dust beaten out of them. Women scrub and wax floors and furniture, change curtains, wash windows; the home is buzzing with activity. No time is wasted on the usual kitchen work; the meals are very casual and light. On Wednesday night everything has to be back in place, glossy and shining, ready for the great feast. In Poland and other Slavic countries people also decorate their homes with green plants and artificial flowers made of colored paper carrying out ancient designs.

This traditional spring cleaning is, of course, to make the home as neat as possible for the greatest holidays of the year, a custom taken over from the ancient Jewish practice of a ritual cleansing and sweeping of the whole house as prescribed in preparation for the Feast of Passover.

Day 1

Organize pantry

Clean out refrigerator and freezer

Organize, declutter and wipe out all cabinets and drawers

Organize kitchen island

Clean microwave

Wipe down all cabinets

Scrub and clean sink

Polish stainless steel appliances

Clean oven

Clean glass stove top

Clean light fixtures

Clean windows and blinds

Sweep, scrub and mop floors

Paint baseboards.

Throw myself in bed and do again tomorrow. Thank you Poppa for bringing home Taco Bell so I do not need to do one more thing. Tomorrow we work on the living room and dining room. Stay tuned….


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Ewwww…. worms

Yes, this is a blog entree about worms, specifically composting worms. We have adopted about 1,000 of this wiggly worms as a way to move us further into the green world of self sufficiency. How in the world, can 1000 night crawlers help in being self sufficient? Is this your next question, OK just humor me.

We have a huge catfish pond with about 200 farm raised Carolina Blue Channel catfish, we also have 11 chickens (herein after referred to as the girls), 1 guinea hen, 5 drake ducks, a blueberry orchard and veggie gardens. Are you still with me?
The worms multiply quickly which will give me free protein to feed my fish, which we raise to eat, the girls and ducks can also benefit from free protein, the worms poop fertilizer which and castings which will make my garden grow so we can get bigger more beautiful veggies. The worms also take care of my sunday papers which they eat and turn into compost. Tada, told you they were useful.
Back to the ewww part, lucky for me I have lots of little hands who love to play with the wigglers. In order to keep such pets as company, they need a home. We used this plastic storage container which we poked holes in for air, filled with damp shredded newspaper, peat moss, and a scoop full of rabbit poo (thank you generous neighbors). Our new little friends will now take care of our fruit and veggie peels, egg shells, tea bags, newspaper and shredded mail (hey I finally found a great use for all that unsolicited mail I get). This is quickly becoming a very popular way of composting no matter where you are, people even keep them under the sink in apartments.
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