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    gardening, reading, gym, being frugal

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  1. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Sooo glad my migraines are finally a thing of the past. Makes my head hurt when I hear about someone else cursed with them. Jeepers - DH got an eye-opener from the surgeon about diabetes before the knee replacement. It really rattled DH to the point that he finally lost some weight. It WORKED! He's down to half a pill and if he keeps up his new lifestyle of eating and fitness, he will be declared 'pre-diabetic' once again. It makes a lot of difference with insurance companies and how doctors treat the patient after surgery. It's worth a try for you, especially since your world is already being turned upside down by your move. Sometimes I use Roundup when controlling weeds or starting a new flower or veggie bed. I can replant within 2-3 days but wait at least a week. Sometimes the stress of weeds/sod is worth the quick shot of the non-residual chemical. Balance is important in my world.
  2. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Happy birthday, Mr. MOMO. Isn't growing old fun? Congrats on the house, Jeepers. The fun has only begun. Our last move was 400 miles and two states away. I think we're done, as long as our health holds out. Can't seem to stop those birthday candles multiplying like rabbits. I've always wanted to have paths in my garden. I started with a few four-foot wide veggie beds to see if I could conquer the sandy soil. I knew I was in trouble when I couldn't find any worms. No food in the soil. No worms. Now I rototill in LOTS of organic matter the first year and let the beds take care of themselves after that. I talked DH into buying me a wood chipper for the tractor. He's been cutting down trees for firewood and leaving the tops EVERYWHERE on the homestead. The least he could do is buy me a 'cleaner-upper'. After two weeks of chipping and spreading, I think I finally have the wood chip paths I've always wanted. See photo below.
  3. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I've found some good canning recipes at various County Extension services. I remember that we had one of the Illinois extension service experts here at MrsSurvival. She kept us on the straight and narrow when it came to ingredients and amounts to use. DH's doctor told him to slow down on woodcutting and let his new knee heal. He has it in his head that the whole year's supply of wood must by done by June 1. We missed the date due to his major thyroid surgery last month. Now he has tendinitis on the outside of his leg from lifting logs too heavy for him. I now have great-looking ice tongs to grab the big logs and take them over to the woodsplitter. I got tired of being the other half of the log-lifting team in the woods. It's a great way to lose weight, though.
  4. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I've been busy planting the gardening and ordering too many fruit trees for our growing orchard. So far, I think Starks is the best overall for fruit trees. I think they're out of Missouri. We had a scare when DH went to a pre-op before his knee replacement. Our GP found nodules in both sides of his thyroid. We've been chasing down ultrasound and needle biopsies in between PT sessions. I feel like nurse-maid the past 5 months. The recommendation was for surgery to remove half of his thyroid. All went as planned last week in the big city. The one-hour surgery was almost three hours long. Found out they had to deal with fat in the neck, extra blood vessels, and excessive bleeding. Thankfully, they found the nerve that controls the voicebox. He's quite bruised and swollen, like a direct hit to his throat by a line-drive baseball. After all that he's been through the past months, the final biopsy came back negative. Now we can get on with our lives and keep working on that new knee joint. God is good and we're thankful for every day, and every breath.
  5. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Jeepers - Some of the newer models have an extra position in the ignition switch to allow you to mow in reverse. On mine, I start it and then turn the key back one click. I'm usually in such a hurry at the Spring time, I forget and the tractor dies in reverse with the blades moving.
  6. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I love your colorful descriptions, Jeepers! My hubby disconnected the seat shut-off mechanism on our new tractor. He hated it more than I did. However, the blades keep turning when I get off the tractor so I always have to take care not to get my toes under the mower deck. I generally wear steel-tipped boots, but still try to remember where my toes are located.
  7. Homesteader

    GARDENING

    As usual, I'm behind on my home planting transplants and fruit trees ordered from outside the farm. Why do I do this every year? 😜 DH is doing better with his new knee. It's been 3 months, and we're still doing PT every day. The ortho surgeon checked everything the other day and said, "Come back in a year." DH is doing great but still lots of stiffness and pain. It's more normal than what he would like. 😞 We've received over 2" of rain this last week, so I don't have to connect all the soaker hoses yet. It's a nightmare working a garden in sand country. 😎 Alas, I love every minute of the hard work. Spring is late, with over 8" of snow several weeks ago. The early greens are now on our table as salads. The asparagus has just started sprouting. I can finally get a small harvest this year. My mother thinks I'm crazy with all the growing acreage. She's always thought I was crazy when it came to dirt. Nothing has changed, but she still enjoys the weekly visits and help with her care, medical procedures and finances. 😘 Have a great day!
  8. 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%.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

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

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Anniston ... I was trying to remember where I did Basic Training in the military. Is the fort still open?
  15. 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.
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