But then, the air starts to get warmer, the ground starts to dry out, and the days start to get longer, but are still short enough that daylight hours are in precious short supply. That's when it hits us--when we want to get out in the yard and do stuff, but it's already dark (or nearly so) when we get home from work. So, to combat the worst effects of our out-of-phase SAD, we're starting a new (hopefully weekly) series featuring simple things that 'made our day' around the homestead. It'll remind us that even if we can't spend as much time on homesteady stuff as we'd like, there's still plenty to be happy about and progress is still being made. That is, we're going to combat SAD with HAP.
|Happy thing #1: The bees are still alive! Even after adding a big ol' candy board, we hadn't seen the cluster for a few weeks and couldn't hear much buzzing in the hive. But on warm days, there's plenty of activity and usually a few dead bees pushed out the bottom entrance (which is good because it means there are still housekeeping activities going on inside).|
|Rapidly growing avocado tree. It's now taller than an avocado! If we can keep it alive, we might even start to see fruit in a mere 5-13+ years.|
|The Swiss chard is still alive and starting to pick up again. We didn't have much insulation on it, just a closed in row cover, and hit -10 °F multiple times. But the chard is a real trooper!|
|A new bag-drying configuration. We finally figured out what to do with that kitchen window opening, those two eyelet hooks, and that piece of string we didn't want to throw out! [Katie rolls her eyes.] They dry way faster here than standing inverted on the counter or in the |
What made you happy on your homestead this week?