Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Today I ordered a couple of things. These two things will help us on our ever-evolving path to sustainability. The first is this...

It is a automatic opener for the cold frame we'll be building this winter for our early spring lettuces & new seedlings. It is temperature sensitive and can be set to open when the temps inside the box get to anywhere from 60-70 degrees. I bought it from Johnny's Selected Seeds. I have been looking at these for a long, long time. We've had a cold frame before, but they do get very hot inside without ventalation. I get more joy out of buying this than I ever get from buying clothes :-). It will be used all next winter too if everything goes as planned. (That is, if we are living at the farm)

The second thing I ordered is this...
These are Tattler canning lids. Reuseable lids that are BPA-free! They should last a lifetime & if they don't, replacement is FREE! One more good thing about them is that they are made in the USA. Here is a link to their website. Of course I have many other wants & needs on my list that always seems to be growing. I would like to make a hoop house this year and would love to have a "Quick Hoops" bender also available at Johnny's. It is fun to dream a little :-).

Work-wise today...I still haven't figured out the payroll setup in Quickbooks. My ability to follow instructions is limited (since the accident) so I get frustrated VERY easily. Looks like Steve will be taking a look at it  tomorrow.

Tonight I decided I will work on a pair of "longies" for Jaelyn. Longies are warm little pants for sweet babies. :-) Here is the tutorial I am using to figure it out. I am using a velour-type material  (sleeves cut from a re-purposed jogging suit top) to make them. My first time for this project, but it doesn't seem too hard.  Sewing is something I "never" ask Steve to help with :-).
Hope you all have a great night!

6 comments:

fullfreezer said...

Ooo, I may have to check out those lids. I've heard of them but never looked into them. Thanks for the link.
Judy

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm going to have to remember the lids as well--I have high hopes for this year!

Hope you're having an enjoyable and warm evening!

Lynn said...

I've been thinking about reusable canning lids but had no idea anyone made them. :D I've ordering some. And, found some articles at Johnny's that I've been looking for.

So, thanks for the info!

Happy Days said...

The cold frame and auto-matic opener look wonderful!! and they do get HOT!! phew! It's amazing. The new reuseable jar lids sound great!! I don't can, but I can tell you I'd use them! ...debbie

Nancy said...

I have seen those lids and have been tempted to try them out. I hear they are great!

Sounds like you are really getting things in place for spring. Looking forward to seeing how all of your purchases work out for you.

Have a great day, Barb!

s said...

You'll love the auto-vent. I found one at a garage sale (of all places) and it works great!