The Worms!

Our well house has turned into a worm condo. The new set up for the red wigglers is working well and they seem happy. Time will tell.

For some reason, the concrete foundation in the well house ended about 18″ from the left wall. I’m not sure what the former owners were thinking but it was pretty inconvenient when storing things in the well house.

When we had insulation blown in, we added it to the well house too. The insulation is thick in there!

Insulation

Insulation

You can see where Vince had to dig out whatever that box is. This insulation helps keep the well house from getting too cold or too hot and I’m hoping it will be a good habitat for the worms.

Well House

Well House

Vince filled in the gap between the foundation and the wall with sand and leveled it all out. 

Worm Houses

Worm Houses

The worms are all set up now. Two box of red wigglers and two boxes of meal worms. I know we can keep them warm enough in the winter but I’m not real sure I can keep them cool enough in the summer . . we shall see.

Marking Jars

When canning, I don’t always label my jars. Things that I know will get consumed this year and things I can look in the jar and see exactly what it is, I usually don’t worry about labeling. But when I could be confused about what’s in the jar, I label and anything that I think might not get used right within a year, I be sure to put the date on it.

Labeled Jar

Labeled Jar

This year I’ve canned prickly pear juice, prickly pear syrup and prickly pear jelly and sometimes it’s a guess as to which one is which, especially the juice and the syrup so I be sure to label those and I simply use a Sharpie marker on the lid. If using Tattler lids, I don’t want to mark on those since I re-use them and I generally use the stick on labels.

Jar Label

Jar Label

Last weekend I was on a blog and saw that someone was using the Sharpie Paint Pens for marking their canning jars.  The Sharpie Paint Pens come in several varieties – medium brights, medium normal, fine brights and fine normal colors. Next time I need some, I’m getting this set with all 15 colors!

I’ve never used the paint pens for labeling the jars of canned foods but I love them for labeling leftovers. 

Jars Labeled

Jars Labeled

We store our leftovers in Mason jars. Vince would pull a jar out of the fridge and say “how long has this been in here!” I’d have to stop whatever I was doing, go back to my menu from last week (or the week before!) and figure out when we had that stuff but then I started using the pain pens and just putting the date on the outside of the jar so there’s no guessing as to how old leftovers might be.

Also, when I make yogurt, I label the date on the jar . . not that yogurt ever sits around here very long.

Labeled Jar

Labeled Jar

The paint usually comes off in the dishwasher or in the sink but if not, I use a scrubby on it and it comes right off. Whether or not it comes off easily may depend on how long it’s been on the jar. We usually wash it off within a week or so at the most. I suppose if it’s hard to get off,  you could always use rubbing alcohol to clean it. I’ve never had to do that though.

I’m not sure I’ll ever use the paint pens for labeling the jars of canned foods but it works great on leftovers so I’m sure it would work great on canned food too!

 

Country Living

Today, I had to laugh. There are so many times when I think “I wish my old friends could see me now!”

I was out gathering eggs and at one of the coops, I happened to look up and where the front and back roof come together, there’s about a 1″ space. There was a little mouse hanging there. He was going into the coop and I don’t know if I startled him or if he was just resting but his back legs were still out and his tail was hanging down. Instead of running, screaming like a girl, I grabbed my camera and tried to get a picture but he went on in before I could get the camera on and focused.

No Service

No Service

There was a time in my life when given a choice of having no oxygen or no phone, I would have voted for no oxygen. Here, our internet works good when it works but it’s way too often that it doesn’t work. When the internet doesn’t work . . neither do our cell phones. This afternoon I was knitting and hadn’t even noticed the internet was not working til I reached for my phone to call Nicole and realized the internet wasn’t working and therefore we had no phones. Didn’t bother me at all . . more uninterrupted time for knitting but there was a time when having no phone would have sent me over the edge . . whether I needed to use it or not. It’s a good thing I’m no longer that way because we spend way too much time these days without phones or internet.