Not an April Fool’s Joke ~ Win $1000

Not an April Fool’s Joke ~ Win $1000

I’m so very very very excited to be a part of anything Simply Stacie is up to. She and the girls at Survey Junkie and Little Yaya’s are giving away ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS! Enter the Boost Your Buzz $1,000 Giveaway! One lucky person is going to win $1000 USD paid via Paypal! Gain entries in this giveaway by following The Survival Mama on The Blog via GFC, Twitter, and Facebook!!! The giveaway starts April 1st 12 am EST until April 15th 11:59 pm EST and is open worldwide. $1,000 CASH prize will be delivered via paypal as soon as the winner’s entry has been verified. Boost Your Buzz can be entered on Survey Junkie,  Simply Stacie or Little Yaya’s (you only have to enter on one of the sites as the forms will be the same on each). GOOD LUCK!! Share...
Interactive Planting Calendar & Tuesday Train

Interactive Planting Calendar & Tuesday Train

How do you know when to plant? Image: Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Even though it’s snowing (AGAIN) I’m itching to get out and start planting. The greenhouse request has been denied by management (who can blame him, really, given my track record) so I needed to figure out when I can start sticking stuff outside. I have 8 raised beds, and I’m doing a better job of planning this year so I don’t have 2 zucchini and 2983 tomatoes. We don’t even eat tomatoes…. I used the hardiness calculator to determine my last frost date (at my EXACT location) and plugged it into this handy calculator to figure out when I can start seeds, and get a head start on everything without botching it. Which means I can start planting: 2/27 Sow onion, celery and celeriac seeds indoors (11 weeks before last frost). 3/13 Sow broccoli, kale, cool weather lettuce, escarole, eggplant and thyme seeds indoors (9 weeks before last frost). 3/20 Sow pepper seeds indoors (keep temp above 78*F for germination). Also sow indoors marigold, parsley, basil and beet seeds. (8 weeks before last frost). And I’m anxiously awaiting: 4/1 Start watching the soil for the first direct planting! As soon as the soil can be worked its time to sow peas, fava beans, arugula and radish directly in the garden (up to 6 or 7 weeks before last frost). (Note: In warmer climates, where the soil doesn’t freeze, this tool may not give an appropriate pea planting date. Check with local gardeners for best date.) 4/3 Sow tomato seeds indoors. Sow cabbage seeds indoors. (6 weeks before...

Rainwater Harvester – Video

Great way to harvest rainwater with a brilliant manifold connecting all the barrels for about $50 and 220 gallons. NOTE: A friend of mine mentioned water laws, and since that sounded like something my state would have, I looked it up. Until May of 2010 it was illegal to harvest rainwater (WTF?) but here’s the deal now: Rainwater harvesting is now legal in the state of Utah, starting May 11 2010. Senate Bill 32 was approved in the 2010 session that provides for the collection and use of precipitation without obtaining a water right after registering with the Division of Water Rights. There is no charge for registration. Storage is limited to one underground 2500 gallon container or two above ground 100 gallon containers. Collection and use are limited to the same parcel of land owned or leased by the rainwater collector. CRAZY! What are the laws in your state? Share...
I quit. Wait…

I quit. Wait…

Ever feel like quitting? Image: Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net When I started writing over eight years ago, my life was vastly different. Kid-less, married to an alcoholic who owned a bar, with a part-time job. I had lots of time to write. Today, if I want to work on my novel, it requires me to get up at 5am or run away. My current book is beyond a challenge. It’s a new genre, I’ve been out of the writing mode for a couple years while I was having babies and building a family, and the game has changed. Now, in addition to crafting a genius novel, I also have to build a platform. I’ve finished the first two drafts, and based on feedback, I get to revise over half of the story. Last night was the results of the first contest I’ve entered it in. The judge thought I’d be better off writing poetry. I quit. For about two hours. Then this stupid character, Ben, wouldn’t leave me alone. This morning I got up at 5 (ok, it was closer to 5:30) and wrote. My computer monitor looks like a post-it lion, littered with encouraging quotes from other writers who didn’t quit: Expect No Mercy. Gratitude: For better to come, good must go. Be Courage. Today, I’ll be chanting my favorite mantra: Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent....