Recent posts

raspberry season has begun....

I mentioned a week ago that I'd picked the first of the red raspberries. The kids picked some during the week but yesterday I felt it was time for a serious harvest. I picked about a quart, but left hundreds of almost-ripe berries that will probably get picked tonight.  read more »


just home from the post office

We got some fluffy mail today! Eleven baby goslings will be taking up residence here at The Frugal Farm. I might be a little crazy for taking this on, but it ought to be fun.

Click on the picture to go to flickr and see the rest of the photos.

coon vs. skunk

coon vs skunk

I have caught this raccoon taunting this skunk on at least three separate nights. The raccoon has not been skunked. Yet.

They are both hungry, and eating (or trying to eat) cat food.

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day, eh?

A little-known fact is that Frugaldad is half Canadian. His dad was born and raised in Alberta. When I saw this plate at the thrift store last fall I snatched it right up.  read more »

kitchen progress...

Blogged at the renovation blog.


Not too long after I posted these fox photos, the chicken coop door was accidentally left open (ok, it was my fault!) and at 4:30 one morning I was awakened by chickens screaming and all three of the birds I had left were killed. A couple weeks after that, we discovered that there were three kits with their mama on the adjoining property to ours, so we felt a little less bad that we had fed the hungry foxes some chicken dinner.

I had already planned to buy new chicks this spring and having no older chickens to integrate chicks with actually made the job easier.  read more »

an old wive's tale that actually works!

About a month ago I got sick. I think it was the flu, because it started with fever and chills and had a cough that lasted for 2 weeks. Then I coughed sporadically for another 2 weeks. Then I caught a cold so I am currently coughing again. (Let's not mention the stomach bug that came in the middle there as well--I am ready to be healthy again!) I had heard that rubbing Vicks Vapor rub on your feet at and putting on a pair of socks makes coughs go away at night. This is the sort of advice that I hear when I am healthy and forget when I am sick. I actually remembered it this time, and I am happy to report that it works!  read more »

the sweetpod!

I have been intending to sew a soft structured carrier similar to the Ergo Baby Carrier for nearly a year. My friend Jess wrote up a great tutorial but I just never made it a priority. I bought fabric, I bought hardware, and I waited. Then in December, Jessica released the Sweetpod pattern, which I bought immediately. The Sweetpod is more like a Beco Butterfly with an internal panel to hold smaller babies more securely and make putting babies onto your back easier. Fast forward four months, and I decided that it was finally time.  read more »

Spring Tops!

I committed myself to Spring Top Week back in March and I made a valiant effort. I only completed two tops but I have fabric for more and even have a new pattern traced that I can't wait to sew up!

This green one, I am not so happy about. I had to modify it a ton after the fact to make it modest enough around the neckline, and the fabric is just wonky. But I really like the color. Next time, remind me that I hate sewing thin jersey.  read more »


My exact conversation just moments ago with a woman at the Idaho State Tax Commission:

her: May I help you?

me: Yes, I am ready to file my Idaho taxes and I owe a little bit of money and the address on the voucher form is different from the address on the Idaho Form 40 and I wanted to make sure I am mailing to the correct address.

her: Yes, that is correct.

me: Which is correct?

her: Well, we have lots of addresses, it will get to us either way. You can mail it to (says address).

me: So the address on the voucher isn't right?

her: Yes, that one is for payments.

me: So which one should I use?

her: If you're mailing a return with it, go ahead and mail it to (says first address again)  read more »