Saturday, February 23, 2013

Estate Sale - Annual Books Sale - Magazine Recommendation - Sowing Seeds - Experiment


I was so excited this morning, Bulldog Man and I were going to a very large estate sale at the local fair grounds. There was supposed to be a Loom, spinning wheel, butter churns, old-fashioned ice cream makers, dishes, antique furniture, linens, materials, frames, camping items, chests, jewelry, Asian rugs, and an old doctor’s carriage. There were two estates selling items today, one from a California home, and another from an Oklahoma home.  We drove up, looked at large items displayed outside of the building, and looked through the windows to see what was on display inside while waiting for the doors to open. 

When the doors opened, Bulldog Man and I walked in and went to the items of interest, those items we had view through the windows.  After a detailed inspection of those lanterns and household items, we both were totally disappointed.  The items were broken, and priced way out there, as if the items were brand new.  We also looked at the Loom, and I wanted to cry.  The Loom’s pieces were broken or missing and the price was $1,250.00.  Totally disappointed, we left the estate sale empty handed.

After the estate sale, we continued on into the big city where we hit the indoor farmers’ market, and the Oklahoma City annual library books sale.  Bulldog Man and I ended up picking up several books, my favorite, and cookbooks.  The prices of the books at the sale were extremely reasonable; $1.00 on hardcover books and 50 cents on paperback.  Without exaggeration, there must have been over 100,000 books.

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Have you ever seen this magazine? 

I’m reading through this magazine now, and may consider a subscription.   It’s very interesting, and outlines great articles on survival, and homesteading, it would make for a great reference. Another magazine I love to read and use as a resource:
 
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The seeds I just sowed the beginning of the week have started popping out of the ground.  I have broccoli, golden beets and hyssop (herb) growing!!! 
 
I planted the hyssop seed for its beautiful blue/purple flower; this flower attracts both the bee and butterfly.  The herb itself is great for congestion.  My plan; make essential oil from hyssop (learning process), and then create a chest rub for congestion.
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I’ve started cutting off the ends of my celery bunches purchased at the grocery store, and putting the ends in water; to start rooting the ends for planting in my garden when winter decides to leave.
 
As an experiment, I also cut off the tops to parsnips and placed them in water, after two weeks, I have a little bit of a root and leaves appearing.




 
Have you started sowing seeds?



16 comments:

  1. Gotta love good deals on books!
    I read Ask Jackie religiously. Her blog is great too!

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  2. Up in Indiana, the rabbits always got my first harvest. But if I could go to an estate sale, I'd head for the linens and hope I could find some fantastic old fashioned hankies. I have a hankering for them.

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    1. This sale was just so disappointing, all kinds of broken things. I didn't see any hankies.

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  3. Sandy,

    I used to subscribe to Backwoods Home years ago. I sometimes still refer to the online version when I have a question.

    I want to try the celery rooting method.

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    1. I like having the hardcopy mag handy, just in case we lose electric.

      The celery rooting is great, quick and easy. I've done it last planting season and had a success. Watch out for birds, they love to target the celery once planted.

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  4. Sorry to hear about the estate sale, how disappointing...Sounds like a great score at the book sale though...I subscribe to the survivalist magazine and have for a year...I have every issue ever put out...great, great information in there! I began subscribing just as they put out their first issue..

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    1. I have to remember there will be more estate sales.

      Great magazine!!!

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  5. A long time ago you could get some really great items at an estate sale but now I hear more and more people like yourself who finds a bunch of stuff that should have went to the garbage bin. At least you found some good books later. I used to subscribe to Backwoods Home. I think I need to pick up that subscription again. It was always full of useful stuff. I tried Mother Earth News for a while. It's good too but I don't like "green" being pushed on me at every page turn unless I want "green"...LOL

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    1. M-Bear,

      I agree with you regarding estate sales, especially those handled by companies and not the family.

      I don't like being pushed by anyone or a magazine selling something. If this happens it's an immediate turn off for me.

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  6. It will soon be time to plant outside here, usually I try and have my garden in by March 1st. I learned something about starting celery. I really enjoy the spring garden.

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    1. Duke,

      With the way the weather is going here, it looks like I won't get a garden in the ground anytime soon.

      Celery is really easy to root this way. Once you have all kinds of roots, plant the celery in your garden or pot. It will do well, watch out for the birds though. For some odd reason the birds love going after the celery growing.

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  7. I haven't started sowing seeds, but I just am off my game this year. But I have been drinking hyssop tea, and I guess that would be a great thing to start! I would love to learn how to make essential oils. I use lots of them and love them. But the hyssop I have only used as a tea.
    I have seen that magazine! My daughter loves it, too! Lots of cool articles.
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  8. Sweet Susie,

    It's okay, you can always plant seeds when ever it's good for you.

    I want to learn how to make essential oils too. That is why I am growing several different herbs. The internet offers so many websites to learn, I'm going to find a site that works for me and try. I'll let you know how it works out.

    Yes, great magazine!

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    1. I can't wait to see how it works out for you! You are so adventurous!!

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    2. I love trying new things. Specially if it ends up helping with health.

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