Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thirteen More Days ...

I feel more than a little guilty for not writing more blog posts, and I hope you'll forgive me.

There are some VERY good reasons. As you know, I'm working hard at getting the newsletter ready, but Canadian Doomer is also ... rebranding.

This is something I've thought long and hard about, and I've talked about it on my FB fan page, and now I'm doing it. At the same time, I'm working hard on getting the newsletter ready. The first weekly issue is written and ready to go.

You'll KNOW that it's me when you see the new site, I promise. You'll still see my smiling face up in the top right corner. You'll see my name. And you'll see the SAME CONTENT you've been reading for the past four years. But ... I won't be Canadian Doomer any more, which is a kind of weird thought after four years!

The old posts will still be there. Some are going to be edited and updated, and all will (eventually) have a note to tell new readers that Canadian Doomer has rebranded.

But since the old posts have already been moved over, and I'm starting to edit and tidy them up, anything new (posts and comments) will not move over.

For the next thirteen days, I'll be posting the countdown.

Please join me.


Friday, December 12, 2014

December Will Be Quiet on CD

Most of you have probably already noticed that the Canadian Doomer blog has become really, really quiet. There are reasons for that, and some of you have already seen some sneak peaks.

So that it won't be a complete surprise ...

Canadian Doomer is rebranding. In some ways, everything is changing - the name, the blog, the graphics ... and in other ways, nothing changes because I'm still me, and I'll still be blogging about the things you've been enjoying all along. Only better. I promise, it'll be better.

In the meantime, have you subscribed to that newsletter? What are you waiting for? Let me give you a few good reasons:
1) You'll definitely not miss out on any posts. I have some great ones planned. (Actually, some are in draft form already.)
2) I'll be having giveaways and contests in 2015 that will be for subscribers only.
3) "The ups, downs and in-betweens" of life on our off-grid homestead are going to be in the newsletter.
4) The first January issue will have the ONLY fudge recipe you'll ever need. You'll love it. I promise.
5) I promise to do my best not to waste your time. I can't guarantee it, but I'll try.

I'm STILL around if you email me, as always.




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Monday, December 08, 2014

Rotten Beans

My beans rotted.

I'm rather disgusted with myself. I KNEW I was supposed to dry them completely, and I was just too focused on my health issues that I ... didn't.

And a half pint jar full of dried beans, set aside for planting next year, rotted.

A big reason why this upsets me so much is that the beans were all grown from a handful of beans given to me by MyNewOldHouse before she left blogging. She sent me several little packets of heirloom beans, all containing between 4 and 10 beans, and I carefully planted them this year and let them grow out.

And of course, the children pulled out all of my labels. BUT the beans grew. And they dried. And I harvested. And I was happy.

Now, not so happy. Fuzzy gray mold all over my beautiful heirloom beans.

So here's the deal. If you're harvesting beans to keep for next year's planting, dry them properly. I spoke with Farmgal this afternoon and she said I should have put them out on a screen until they got completely dry and wrinkly. Then I should have stored them in paper and not in a mason jar.

It's not enough to grow them, harvest them and save those seeds.

You have to dry them and store them properly, or you'll cry bitter tears.


P.S. I know, the template sucks. The nice template WILL be back, I promise.


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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Don't Panic!

So - most of you had a sneak peek at the new blog design, and I'm very pleased that you like it. We're going to an icky design for a few weeks, but when the newsletter is launched, I will also launch the new design officially. Don't worry - it will be back!

More stuff is in the works. :)


If you haven't signed up for the newsletter, what are you waiting for? It starts January 1, 2015. Sign up now!



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