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A Little Maintenance

February 15th, 2017

I sew a lot in the winter, this winter has been no different. Sewing machines are like any other machine, they need periodic cleaning and maintenance. My machine gets a good vacuuming every couple months and a bit of oil.

I’ve been sewing so many zipper pouches this winter, I should have cleaned it sooner. The amount of lint buildup inside was a bit ridiculous. One of these days I need to take it in to have it properly cleaned and serviced. We’re lucky to have a guy that will pick it up at my local fabric shop and drop it back off the following week. My little machine isn’t an expensive one, but keeping it properly cleaning & maintained has made it sew like a champ for the 18 years I’ve had it.

One thing I need to get better at is keeping my garden tools properly maintained. This summer I need to build the bucket of sand with some sort of oil (maybe organic linseed or jojoba) to dip my tools into before putting them away. That’s one area I definitely need to up my game, especially before putting them away for the winter.

Do you have any tips for properly maintaining gardening tools?

Back at the Old Homestead

October 24th, 2012

We’re back in Ohio this week for a job we booked last year. It’s not all work, we’ve been enjoying time with family and friends. Of course we had to go back to the old Chiot’s Run to mow the lawn, harvest potatoes, and check on everything.

By the looks of all my beets, dill and other crops, the deer have been enjoying our absence and taking advantage of the all you can eat organic vegetable smorgasbord.

This sweet little cat was seen lurking around the week before we left. She seems to have adopted the gardens as her own now that our cats are gone. She’s stealthy and quiet, but did rub on my legs and stop by a few times for a pet while I was out working. I wonder if she’s using the pet door in the garage?

If you remember, late last fall I planted some Jerusalem artichokes I got at the farmer’s market. They grew well this summer, though the deer kept nibbling them off. I decided to dig them up to see what lay beneath and was pleasantly surprised with a nice crop.

I’ll be cooking a few tonight for supper so we can all try them. The rest will be divided up between my garden and my mom’s for future crops. From what I’ve read they’re more digestible if they’re fermented, I might save a few and give that a try too.

How’s your garden progressing at this late stage in the year?

A Little Light Maintenance

March 20th, 2010

This time of year I take advantage of these beautiful days to do a little maintenance. I’m not always doing gardening, I have other chores to do. The other day I was noticing that our outdoor light fixtures were getting really faded.

Good quality outdoor light fixtures are not cheap so it’s important to give them a little love every now and then. I spent a couple years looking for the right fixtures for the outside of our home and I want to make sure these stay beautiful for a long time! This past week I spent some time giving them a protective coat of linseed oil and scrubbing up the glass globes. The difference is AMAZING! They look better than they did when they were new.

This chore couldn’t be any easier, all you do is rub a light coat of oil on with a cloth or sponge. It will make sure the lights look great and last a long time, which will save me money in the long run. Sometimes a little bit of times spent in maintenance saves us lots of time and money in the future!

Do you do any kind of maintenance chores that save you time and money in the long-run?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.