23 | Lincoln, NE | I like stuff your grandma likes
Just some garden things. 👩🏻🌾
Clearly the best spot in my house. 🌿
I grew up here. It doesn't look like much, but I spent the first nine years of my life with this football field as my front yard. Even though I grew up practically on the campus of Wesleyan, I never considered going to school there. Yet, here I am fourteen years later, registering for classes two short blocks away from my childhood home. A month ago I had the idea of going back to college to get my degree in social work and now I'll be starting classes in a few weeks. It's been a weird journey up to this point, but it's been rewarding and I'm glad things have worked out they way they did. •
Side note: my first astronomy class is the same day as the eclipse. 🌚
This morning I went to let the ducks out and nestled into the hay behind them was this sweet little egg. The first duck egg they've ever given me. I let them out, cried a little, chased them away from the kale.....and then the Swiss chard.
I knew I wanted ducks because I didn't know anyone that had them, and the ducklings were always so cute. But I couldn't have imagined how much these girls have grown on me. From getting them as tiny babies in a box, to them growing into awkward teens that loved swimming in the tub, to becoming egg laying mommas.
Raising your own food is rewarding in many ways. Obviously I get the eggs, but what I also get is three sweet, noisy, pest-eating companions. Raising the animals you get your food from makes you appreciate the animals that give their time, and even their life, for you. Living an urban lifestyle created this huge disconnect between us and our food source, and I'm glad there's a movement of people beginning to close the gap, even in the smallest of ways.
I bonded to these girls and I appreciate their work and their sacrifices. I always thought I was a dog person, but it turns out I'm a duck person. 🦆
Growing up, I struggled with body issues, just like everyone else. But, as an adult, my true struggle with self love comes from my nearly-compulsive tendency to compare my accomplishments to the successes of others. Right out of high school, I jumped into college and knew right away that I wasn't supposed to be there, but the fear of being labeled a failure kept me in school. And, due to the lack of passion for my work, I nearly flunked out. So, I dropped out and hoped that I would eventually find my calling and return to school. Now, I'm 23 and feeling like I'm just starting my life when most of my friends are graduated, married, and having kids. It's hard not to compare my life to others, especially my badass, ambitious mom, who I've looked up to for my entire life. But, I think in the world of the Internet, it's easy to look at someone else's life and their success and forget that, behind that one success, there are probably a million failures and an equal amount of sleepless nights. I get lost in the accomplishments of people my age that seem to be nearing the finish line when I'm just now hearing the starting gun. But I'm learning to realize that, although I don't have my degree, I still have accomplishments worth celebrating. I bought my own home at 22, I've nearly paid off my car, and I have the love of my two dogs and three ducks (like my bby, Fisher, who thinks she's a parrot). It's easy to get caught up in the fear of being a late bloomer, to feel like you wasted time. But, what's truly important is living your life at your own pace, learning to find who you are, and appreciating all the days you get spend on this planet. I think if you can do all of those things, that's true self love that's worth celebrating. 🖤
Ok, seriously guys. Go to @powderroomparlor and get your hair done. @belovedliz is AMAZING! This is the first time in my life that I don't regret cutting my hair short. I'm literally obsessed. And no, I don't think it's weird that I've been watching A Handmaid's Tale and in flashbacks Offred has short hair. It's just a coincidence. Shut up.
One year ago today, I moved into this beauty. Now it looks way more put together out front, and soon the porch will be surrounded by fruit bushes. In one year, I tore out a wall, got a second dog, became a mother to three ducklings (😂), planned a massive garden, and dreamt about all the amazing things I'm going to do with this house. I cried a lot while house hunting (it's stressful af) but I would do it all over again if I knew this house was waiting for me. I feel so lucky to have a place to call my own, where I can be myself and get as many animals and plants as I want and no one can tell me I can't. 😅
Here's to another few good years in this house. 🍻
Guys, I finally did it. I brewed my own flavored kombucha. I tried making a standard batch of kombucha about nine months ago, and quit when I moved my scoby into a new container and it somehow became moldy. (😖) But, a few months ago I discovered @deannacat3 and saw all the things she was doing with kombucha and became re-motivated to try again. Two months ago, I began growing my own scoby. I was doing weekly brews of sweet tea, swapping out the processed tea with the new batch, and waiting to do it all over again the next week. It's been a long time coming, and I finally have a decent sized scoby. Last week I noticed my kombucha was starting to fizz during the first ferment, so I figured trying to do a second ferment and adding flavors wouldn't hurt anything. So I bottled everything up and waited. It's been about seven days, and today I thought I would do a taste test. It's amazing. I made pineapple ginger and it's like a tropical ginger ale. It's way better than any store bought stuff I've tried, and it feels good knowing I made it myself.
I just wanted to give a shoutout to @deannacat3 for her amazing tips (everyone check out #deannakombucha!!) and for inspiring me to try again. I can't wait until summer so I can have my own fresh veggies to try out fermenting again. 👩🏻🌾
I would like to introduce my new babies. I got three khaki campbell ducklings to start a backyard flock and they're my favorite things in the world.
Duckling number one is named Pomona. I named her after Hogwarts' finest herbology professor, Pomona Sprout. Like me, Pomona loves plants and is a fellow hufflepuff. So she deserves to be honored.
Duckling number two is Fisher, in memory of the incredible Carrie Fisher who means more to me than I can explain. It's pretty fitting because this duckling makes sure she is heard and takes no crap from anyone. 💛
Lastly, duckling number three is Gypsy (Gigi for short). She is named in honor of Stevie Nicks, my kindred spirit and one true love.
These ducklings will see all the Harry Potter and Star Wars movies they can handle, and I'll make sure they know every Fleetwood Mac song ever recorded. I love these girls.
After a couple weeks of 50+ degree weather, we're expecting snow tonight and will have below freezing lows for the next ten days. I'm just so ready for spring and plants and staying outdoors. So, to help me cope with the cold, here's a throwback to last summer at the flower garden at my aunt and uncle's. My uncle is an amazing "hobby" landscaper and last year they had massive garden beds full of hundreds of zinnias, marigolds, canna, and other flowers. The amount of butterflies was unreal. I got a bucket full of their zinnia and marigold seed and I'm dying to get them in my yard. HURRY SPRING!!
This is my bff, Big Momma. We don't really have names for our chickens, but this girl is my favorite. I call her Big Momma because she's easily the biggest and fluffiest, and she tends to be broody the longest. It kinda makes me sad that she'll never be a real momma, she really wants to be one. She's the alpha in the pack and she always clucks back at me when I talk to her, especially when I call her name. I ❤these chickens and I wish I could spend all day laying in the grass listening to them gossip. 🐓
Sometimes it's hard to look at this section of my yard and realize that in two short months this will be fully fenced, packed with growing veggies, and home to three ducklings. Even though I would prefer mountains and more land, this is a great property. I have a black walnut tree on one side of my garden and a mulberry tree on the other. I have dozens of snakes in my yard, millions of night crawlers in the spring, and even a random fox. It's not where I want to be, but it's close enough for now. 👩🏻🌾