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    gardening, reading, gym, being frugal

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  1. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Spot on, Kappydell. We moved back to Wisconsin to retire. Our former family business has a pleasant outcome .... four generations of family remained in Wisconsin. Couple that with an aging matriarch, and our U-Haul couldn't stop anywhere else. The Packers still give us heart attacks. We switched from Farve to Rodgers. Keeps the heart ticking wildly the last 5 minutes of every football game. I must admit that I like the slower pace of winter. In many of the countries we lived, I could garden all year. While it was my cup of tea as a master gardener, I grew weary of pulling weeds all year. Now, I'm back to the marathon for 6 months and then recovery for 6 months.
  2. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I read somewhere that the vinyl signage tarps work very well. Considering the size of signs along the road, DH and I may not be able to pick one up and throw it over our woodpile. It's a thought, though. Nothing tougher than the material they use on billboards to irritate us as we drove along American's roads.
  3. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Been reading about your move, Jeepers. Hopefully, we're done for a few years. It's always painful, with tons of work. We were inundated with over 16" of rain the past two weeks. We were helping Samaritan's Purse crews with mudding out less fortunate families in our community. One family had 12 children and lost everything in their basement, including 3 bedrooms with lots of beds and furniture. The guys hauled out the washer and dryer and freezer and watersoaked mattresses. The mother was still in shock. Her kids were to start school the next day. We were blown away by the cheerful attitudes of the children. They held doors open for us, and even showed us how to make the biggest splashes in the muddy puddles around their house. We pulled off the volunteering until we can get our own basement waterproofed. We dug down to the bottom of the foundation and think we know where the problem is. Several thousand dollars later, we should be ready for the next "100-year" rain. Our State has seen THREE of these "100-year" rains in the past 15 years. Thankfully, we live in a sandy area these days. I decided to help the Samaritan's Purse cooks with some veggies from my garden. They are feeding over 60 people every day. (They use our church for housing and storage of the food, but have their own cooking trailer.) The volunteers come in from all over the USA and usually spend a week at a time with the clean-up. I have lots of veggies available but I'm too busy working on our house foundation to do any canning or freezing. I'll start hauling food today. Samaritan's Purse is huge. They always arrive at a disaster several days before any govt organization. They are a well-oiled non-profit organization with thousands of volunteers around the country. The staff are experts on logistics and so full of compassion. It's run by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham.
  4. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Jeepers - We've been forced to move many times. It's a hard way to part with so many earthly things, but necessary if we want to keep our sanity (and our backs). A friend recently told us to NEVER retire. We would just get busier, with less energy to do everything. Smart friend. We've had disastrous floods in our area this past week. Our own pond's earthen dam was breached on both sides and exposed a 3-phase feeder cable that powers the whole area. The electrical company was out several days later with a Bobcat and filled the dam back in. We're the blessed ones. We have a few towns that went underwater. We found out in church yesterday that Samaritan's Purse was arriving with a semi-load of mudding-out equipment. It's a ministry run by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son. We've had training at their North Carolina headquarters for disaster relief. Now that we're retired, we should have plenty of time to volunteer with one of their teams for the next three weeks. Our church is housing about 60 of the volunteers so there's lots to do. I sure do love it when community comes together and we can be the hands and feet of Jesus as the world looks on.
  5. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    You are in my prayers Momo. I took care of my DH for a few months this year, and I was healthy at the time. I can't imagine what the two of you are going through. Getting old is the pits.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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%.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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