People often ask how I get everything done. The short answer is, I don't. We make to-do lists, I have a scheduling notebook, and an online calendar, but sometimes things simply don't get done. This is one of those weeks. In spite of my best intentions, a few big, time sensitive projects dominated the week. On Monday, I thought I'd quick video garden tour so you could all see what really goes on behind the scenes here at Common Sense Home. (I don't know about you, but I always enjoy investigating other people's gardens.)
What I thought would be quick and easy turned into a very time consuming and aggravating mess. Between our slow internet connection, youtube editing combining sound from one video with pictures from another video, youtube simply eating three videos (WTH???), and my utter lack of experience with video editing, it was ugly. I started Monday, and am still reloading damaged videos on Saturday. Oy. I hope you still enjoy the garden tour, in spite of the wind and rather primitive video.
Big News at Common Sense Home
Some of you already know about this, but others may have missed it. After five years of working and living in another city during the week and only being home on weekends, my husband, August, is now working at a new job closer to home. It's such a relief to have him back home, and to be together as a family again. This week we were scrambling to finalize the sale of the small condo where he had lived. The paperwork required for real estate transactions has just gotten nuts. Stacks of forms, multiple signed copies, hunting down a notary public, and before all the paperwork, cleaning and emptying the condo. A couple weeks ago we rented a U-haul and moved all the furniture home. I am very grateful to have two strong teenage boys, because that was a lot of work! It had been raining so much that when my husband tried to pull the truck around to the back of the house to unload, it sunk into the yard and we had to get the neighbor over with his tractor to pull it out. Fingers crossed, I think we are done now, and set to close on July 16th. That will be a huge weight off my shoulders.
Common Sense Home Website Updates
After years of avoiding it, I have been dragged reluctantly into the 21st century. My husband got me a smart phone, and I can now see just how poorly the site displays on mobile. Given that over 40% of readers access the site on mobile, it's time to tackle that problem. I've begun working with my friend, Casey, and our goal is to have a mobile friendly site in action by the end of July. A couple readers also let me know that for some reason, when accessing the site via tablet, it jumps to the bottom of posts. We're completely changing the back end of the site, so hopefully this will be resolved, too. One fun thing about the new phone is that I can now use Instagram, although I'm still not sure just how all of it works. 🙂 You can find me at the username commonsensehome.
Common Sense Home Garden Tour
Our garden sprawls all over our yard in a series of beds that popped up organically as we kept adding more and more plantings. We started with a center garden wheel, and then kept adding beds each year until it was surrounded by seven other rectangular beds. For those who are just starting out, I highly recommend you plan a little better than we did, and make your beds roughly the same size so crop rotations are easier. Here, the rotation system tends to resemble a game of expert level Tetris. Now that the beds are well established, it would be challenging to resize them because of established paths and well-amended soil in the beds themselves, but we've considered it. These garden beds are a little better protected from our strong winds, but they are on lower ground and are slightly more prone to frost damage. We added our final bed on the north side of the house, which is higher ground and warms quicker, but is more exposed to the wind. Our windbreak trees are growing, so hopefully over time the wind will be less of an issue.
As you can see, the garden doesn't look much like those heavily manicured, weed free beauties you see in magazines and most gardening websites. I thought it was important to share that your garden doesn't have to be perfect to be productive. I also use many of my weeds for food and medicine, so pulling them all out of my primary growing area would be rather silly. Many of them make good deterrents for problem bugs, and good habitat for beneficial insects.
Next week we have two great giveaways – one for preparedness items, and one for the new book from my friend, Laura, of Momables – “The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet”. I also hope to get back to my regular writing schedule, now that we have some of the “big stuff” off our plates.
I hope you have a great weekend, and once again thank all of you who have offered your support and encouraged me to keep writing. I don't have time to do everything, and I'm not “making the big bucks”, but if I can help people, that's really what it's all about.