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    gardening, reading, gym, being frugal

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  1. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    The credit union gave us the loan on our paid-off house. They put a lien against the house and were the first to be paid when we sold that house and bought the new place in a different state. The equity loan was used to make a huge downpayment on the new place, thereby dropping the annual interest rate down to 3.1%.
  2. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Have you tried credit unions? We're with the second largest one in Wisconsin. They easy to work with. Could you get a 'bridge' loan? We bought a house before our old one even went on the market. We got an equity loan on the old one and made the first few payments on the new place. When our place sold, the equity loan was paid off first. Creative financing can be enjoyable, especially if you have your sights on a new place.
  3. Homesteader

    GARDENING

    When we moved in, only the carpet was left (and lots of holes in the wood walls). The local storm had abt 8" of rain overnight and that area became wet. We arrived a week later to a moldy smell. Our friends from church helped us move in all morning. In the afternoon, we went to Home Depot and bought carpet razor knives. The carpet was out by nightfall. Moving multi-states and ending up with water in lower level was almost too much to bare. The furniture for that room is still in the garage. It takes SO LONG to get anything done, especially when EVERYTHING needs our attention.
  4. Homesteader

    GARDENING

    All of my veggie plants had to be removed from the hoophouse and now live on a wagon in my kitchen. I had been adding more seeds/plants to the area with the shelving and lights. No room for the older kids anymore. DH is still recovering from the knee replacement so we're trying to find things he can do standing up. We're back to finishing a lower level wall. The windows are replaced, the Styrofoam installed, and the drywall installed. I'm doing my favorite job ... taping and mudding. I have to work around the woodburner, so the work has slowed down due to the sudden snowstorm and cold weather outside. Before and after photos.
  5. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Several months ago, my DH had to take a treadmill test for his knee replacement pre-op. The doc opted to give him a med via IV, while laying on a table. DH thought someone was sitting on his chest the whole time, but the test gave the same results as a treadmill test. Don't know if that is an option for your hubby.
  6. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Unless your roommate is Black, she wasn't my DI. I think I was down there in 1971-72.
  7. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Anniston ... I was trying to remember where I did Basic Training in the military. Is the fort still open?
  8. Homesteader

    GARDENING

    Nope it missed us. I took three trays of seedlings out to my hoop-house today to get some sun but brought them in tonight. It's going to 21 F tonight and I don't want to lose sleep over them. It's too early to waste an electric heater on them. I only took out one 6-pack of each variety of cold weather veggies. That way I don't lose the whole lot.
  9. Homesteader

    GARDENING

    Ambergris - Do you ever use sprouts from roots of an existing fruit tree to start new rootstock? My new orchard is only one year old so I know which trees are standard, semi-dwarf and dwarf on all the different varieties of fruits.
  10. Homesteader

    GARDENING

    I would like to experiment with some grafting of fruit trees. I'm too old to wait between sprouting seeds and edible food. I've always wanted to purchase some root stock, from known cultivars that survive harsh winters, and graft known fruit branches onto them. I've heard that mounding up dirt around a planted root stock will cause many sprouts to grow, thereby multiplying one root stock into many, for the following year. So many things I want to do. So few years left to experiment and play them out.
  11. Homesteader

    GARDENING

    I really enjoy seeing everyone's early gardening endeavors this Spring, especially Ann in Arizona. I'm not sure I have enough years left in my lifetime to get the soil to respond to my wants in the desert. DH and I are working on getting the hoop house nice and cozy for the hundreds of seedlings that are ready to come out of the basement. I keep trimming the greens and tossing them into our salads so they don't outgrow the shelving and grow lights. This year, we're trying black buckets, filled with water in the unheated hoop house. The first few nights, we ended up with ice on top of the water. I didn't realize the temps would drop almost to that of the outdoors. If we can get the nights close to 32 F, we can supplement with an electric heater. I may only have to add one more layer of plastic over the seedlings and buckets of water to keep the heat in a smaller area. I like pushing the envelope of Springtime in the north. I'm ready to come out of hibernation and start GROWING!
  12. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Age, overloading, under-inflating will shorten a tire life as evident by cord failure (from my hubby the former race car driver). We've had it happen before. One time was just before our tires were recalled from Firestone (Wilderness Explorers). We called them Wilderness Exploders as we had a sidewall explode on one while I was driving high speed. Steel belts are much stronger and don't end up with a flat spot if left sitting too long.
  13. Homesteader

    GARDENING

    I get some of my inspiration from here: https://www.youtube.com/user/OneYardRevolution Eliot Coleman http://fourseasonfarm.com/portfolio/new-organic-grower/ also uses hoophouses/greenhouses to raise crops throughout the winter in Maine. You can figure that one layer of plastic will add 1.5 zones to your growing season. Both of these guys use two frames of plastic to gain them 3 growing zones. It will be interesting to try in Wisconsin this year, even if I can tack on one more growing month in the Fall and Spring.
  14. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    You have the shoulders to prove that you're a hard worker in the woods. Even though we live up North, (no fireants) we are covered with ticks in the early spring. We try to cut before mud season, and after the ground is frozen. It makes for more enjoyable time in the woods. That's a GREAT tree you have there.
  15. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Kappydell - It may be the part of the country you live in, but the crick looks pretty green. I'm not sure you can have the water tested, but maybe ask neighbors if this color is normal for cricks in your area. We live in sand country so the water coming into our pond is crystal clear (and cold). We're going to have our pond tested this year to see if we can stock it with varieties that we like. Having water, firewood, and shelter ... we feel much prepared for the future. Ann - Love those spices.
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