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  1. Thanks! When I am exhausted but can't "shut down" I cruise pinterest. Like I don't have anything else to do! Our roses sound wonderful! There is a pink rose bush by the backdoor but it bloomed a few weeks ago and is now done. There are some smallish green plants in the beds around the house but I'm hoping to plant some flowers/herbs after we get moved in. I prefer color!
  2. My parents had chickens when I was considerably younger. We had a mean rooster and I've always been adament that we wouldn't have a rooster but dh wanted one. I told him it would be a moving target if it tried to peck me. lol We have many friends close by with chickens so hopefully if we have any problems they will help us out. Dh says that the berries are mulberries....but he says there are black raspberries and blackberries out by the pond. I don't know but they were very sweet. I guess I will get pictures on my phone and try to identify them. lol My younger 2 children and I sat on the covered front porch during a thunderstorm today. The way the house sits, it faces an old non-existent road. The driveway coming from the highway is 1/4 mile long and approaches the house from the rear. So if you sit on the "front" porch you are facing yard and woods and barns. It is very, very peaceful. From the porch you can't even hear the highway traffic. Pure bliss.
  3. This is exciting to me! I would love a link to the podcast....maybe it is on the website link you listed earlier. I will try to find it. What a blessing! Blessings, Carie
  4. We will be moving in one week. The remodeling is going ok, although it won't be done when we move in But that's ok. I'm choosing to look on the bright side of things. lol Dh has ordered some chickens from a coworker. The pen is set up and they will be there shortly after we are. lol I think he said they were about a month from laying. That's exciting! Also, while out there yesterday ds found raspberry bushes. Black raspberries and regular....the black ones were turning and soooo sweet. I may send him out with a bowl and see if he can pick some today. So that's us. I feel like my head is spinning but I know the end is near....and it will be worth it Blessings, Carie
  5. My dh cleans his fish then puts them in a bowl of water sprinkled with garlic powder (rather liberally but could be to taste) and then lets sit in the garage fridge overnight. In the morning we drain the water off and put in baggies for freezing. We also fry in a cornmeal mixture - we sometimes us a cajun seasoning to spice it up Yummy!
  6. It is I wish we were buying but that isn't God's plan for us right now. The cleaning/painting is overwhelming. I'm going to spend all day out there working on cleaning. And we have no extra money. The state is messing with my dh's paychecks (he is a state employee). There's never enough to go around I guess. Oh well. Trying to keep a smile on my face and my chin up. It's just work, right?
  7. Mt Rider, Took ds#2 out to see the house so I looked and the whole system is "plugged in" so it uses electricty for something. I guess we will find out how it operates this fall. Ds #2 likes the place so I think it is a go....dh will be meeting with the landlord tomorrow. Thanks, Carie
  8. MtRider, There is propane furnace back up. So if we don't stoke the fire, the gas furnace will kick on (through the same radiant heaters somehow, it is all connected and looks like quite the contraption). The landlord already has a bit of wood cut and we will just have to cut it into smaller pieces. We have teenage boys. Do these wall heater things have "blowers"? My parents had a wood stove when I was a child that was connect to the floor vents and had an electric blower, and a back up gas furnace. When the power was out they would hook a generator to the blower unit, stock the woodstove and be good to go. But I didn't see a blower unit? I guess I don't understand the system. The landlord said that before it got cold we would call a heating/air company and have them come out and look the whole thing over and they could tell us how to work it. This is his grandparents/parents place and he hasn't lived there for 40 years It would be sweet if it didn't use any electricity because I hate dealing with the generator, but I can't visualize how the heat gets through the house without a blower. lol Thanks for all the encouragement. Assuming we can get internet out there ( or are willing to pay what it will cost) I will be around a lot more. I turned into quite the city girl the last 18 months living in town. Oh, and I will pass on the tip to try to move the garden Blessings, Carie
  9. Good Morning! Hello It looks like dh's dream is gonna come true and we will be moving into a "new" rental in the country in 30-45 days. It is an old farmhouse (100+ yrs) that is structurally sound but needs a lot of cosmetic TLC. The new landlord is very gracious and we will be able to have chickens, rabbits, goats and help him/split some feeder calves. A garden spot is already plowed. We have already got a garden in the ground here in town so I don't know how that will go. The house is approximately the same size as the one we are in, but I will be losing my dedicated sewing room. It has floor radiant heaters that are heated with a wood boiler. I don't know anything about that but I guess we will learn. It will be an adventure Blessings, Carie
  10. Our walmarts won't let us use coupons when we ad match now. So if you are ad matching an item, you can't use a coupon for that item. Our Kroger closed down a few years ago because of walmart's ad matching policy. I try to actually go to the other grocery stores in town now because I don't want to lose them too!
  11. Thank you for this info! Where do you get the garlic gels caps? Just wondering...and the liquid garlic? I use garlic powder and buy minced garlic in a jar. I need to learn to grow it. Do you suppose that I could grow it in pots in the winter?? Just wondering outloud. My poor tired brain is working double overtime tonight. lol
  12. Hello all! I don't know if any of you remember me, but I think some do. We are celebrating our 1st anniversary in our "new" rental after the whole mess with my family the year before. Still lots of unresolved stuff there, but the stress and environment is so much better here Thanks for all the prayers about that. I know we aren't supposed to get political and stuff here but I have to say that my dh and I watched the election with dread last night. I knew something was wrong when my dh said he was voting. My dh never votes. Has never voted. He always registered just because it is another form of ID but he never voted. He and I went together last night and voted. Then we watched the election results come in. And went to bed and cried. I just can't express the feeling of dread we have around here. Honestly, we are barely making it as it is. I don't know how we will handle more inflation, more expenses. But I know that God is in control and I am here to learn and re-learn all I can. I let my stockpile go when we decided to move and haven't ever had the resources to stock it back up. Dh says that will be a priority with any tax refund we get. Looking forward to catching up and talking to all of you again. Have a good night! Carie
  13. My youngest is potty trained.....yay! Anyway I want to sell the rest of my cloth diaper stash. I have some covers - pink. I think there are 6. I will take $20 plus shipping for them. I have 18 bum genius 4.0 all in one one size diapers. Some neutral. Some pink/purple. $10 each or make an offer on the whole mess. Plus shipping. My email is carie_shinn@hotmail.com Carie
  14. Carie


    Hello ladies! I hope that all of you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving today with all of your families. We traveled 3 hours south to spend the weekend with dh's family. Hanging out in the hotel room. We've got an internet connection, the first time since before we moved. Our internet is scheduled to be turned on on the 29th. I just wanted to thank all of you for your prayers. Our church family came in and helped us move about 10 days ago. They even set up house for us. I couldn't believe how well everything went. I started the day so overwhelmed and ended it so thankful! God is soooo good. I posted a little about the house on my blog this morning and hope to get some pictures up there soon if you want to check it out. www.misscarie.blogspot.com Blessings, Carie
  15. Thanks for all the well wishes! We decided to move this Saturday (tomorrow). So according to Murphy's Law there were problems. lol I usually only work 1 day a week but I got called in for 3 days. So most of the packing etc. went to dh who worked 2 days as well. We had our bankruptcy trustee meeting yesterday and that went off without a hitch. Today is the last packing day then our friends will be here tomorrow to help us move. As for my family, I haven't told them. I didn't need the added drama of them freaking out on me. I have no doubt that they have seen us coming and going a lot making trips to the new house and all the trucks and trailers full of furniture should tip them off tomorrow. My mom can call and yell at me then. I honestly don't care at this point. Dh is doing better. Still some bad moments but the packing has kept him busy. It was a relief to have our part of the bankruptcy done. We had worried ourselves sick about that. So I need to get to work. thanks for the friendship, encouragement and prayers over the last year. i can't express how much it meant to know someone was praying. Blessings Carie
  16. Good afternoon ladies! It has been quite the week here Finally something good to report. We went and looked at a house Wed. morning. It was in horrible shape.....no electric/heat in the upstairs and the walls/ceiling were falling in. It was horrible. Dh had an emotional breakdown (that's not the good part - please pray for him, he is still in bad shape) and turned the search over to me. Actually he dumped it in my lap and said if I didn't want to be homeless in 6 weeks or so to find something. There was a rental listed in the paper but it was in town. However it was listed as 5 bedrooms, etc. and I had called earlier that week and gotten info on it. Dh consented to my renting something in town (up until now he was refusing - rural only). I went and looked at it on Wed and submitted an application but several other people had done so as well. The landlord's daughter came down from Chicago Wed night and they went through all the apps and checked all the references and then yesterday while throwing myself a pity party I got the call that we had been selected to stay in the house!!!!!!!!!! This house is beautiful! It is probably 75+ yrs old but well cared for. 2 stories. The downstairs has a kitchen, laundry room, 1 car garage, bathroom, library, sitting room, living room and dining room (along with 2 covered porches). The upstairs is completely hardwood floors and has a bathroom, 4 bedrooms and a sunroom and a covered balcony. Can you believe it?!?!?! I still can't! I picked up the lease yesterday and turned it back in today with our deposit. There is a small water issue they are going to fix and then we will be able to move in. This house is a dream come true and so much more than I ever expected to have in this lifetime. I know it is just a rental but I am going to enjoy it while I am there And I enjoy living in town for the most part and we haven't done so for 13 years. My oldest son says we will be "city slickers"....but the town has less than 7000 residents so it isn't very big. I will feel safe to walk again and I cant' wait to get to know my new neighbors. We are also only 2 or 3 blocks from my oldest son's school so he can walk back and forth and after evening activities. God has blessed us so abundantly. I can't stop giving Him the praise and glory. We went from thinking we would have to accept a fall down house to being allowed to live in a beautiful home. God is soooo good! Thanks for your prayers! I'll let you know when we get moved and settled in. Blessings, Carie
  17. Carie

    busy week

    I got a message from our lawyer on Wednesday saying that he had finally filed our case. Yippee! In the scheme of things with our housing situation it doesn't really help any but at least for once something is happening the way we wanted it to. Now if we can just get the house we are praying for we would be good to go. Anyway, I've been knitting like a crazy person lately. I'm making my mil a shawl for Christmas. I wish there were more hours in the day! We are having an old fashioned sunday at our church next month. I knew that some wanted to plan it but they hadn't set a date so I hadn't considered our outfits. LOL All the boys are just going to wear jeans and shirts. They don't want anything special and honestly, I'm not going to have time to make them anything. I was wanting Little House on the Praire style dresses for Abby and I. I found patterns on Folkwear and ordered one for Abby. Then I got frugal and decided that I would make myself a "civil war era" dress that I have the pattern for in my stash. I got the instructions out this morning and I don't think that there is anyway that I can get it done.....it calls for pleating and boning, neither of which I have ever done before and I refuse to try to make a corset so I worry about the fit. I may have to break down and order the matching women's pattern off folkwear. Does anyone have any experience in this kind of thing? Nothing like waiting till the last minute!!!!! Today is our local town's homecoming. So we are going to the parade this afternoon and football game tonight. I hope the wind quits blowing. It is fierce out there!!!!!! I hope that all of you have a wonderful day and weekend! Blessings, Carie
  18. Can it continue again...maybe still continuing....lol Hello ladies! I wish I could say that we have moved to a new-to-us rental and that our bankruptcy was finalized and all was back to normal. but I can't say any of that. The lawyer that we paid on July 15th, the lawyer that came well recommended, the lawyer that said our papers would be filed by the end of the week (of July 15th) hasn't filed our papers. He contacted us by email because he forgot to have us sign a paper but we couldn't see him until we finally were able to contact him the middle of Aug. Then he needed updated copies of our bank statements and check stubs (because they weren't the newest since it was over 30 days from when we thought he was going to file). So we got all that together, again, asap and have been waiting for him ever since. He says he has filed, has the case number, but we never receive an email. Then he says he has mailed the papers but it has been over a week and we still haven't gotten them (and the filing fee is still in my bank acct).....and now he isn't answering his phone. An answering service on Friday said that his son was in a car accident on Friday morning and critical and no calls would be returned till Monday (today).......but really, why didn't he get this done in July???????? It should have been done in July. Murphy's law kicked in during the month of August....I needed 4 new tires, dh needed 2.....other stuff, you know how it goes but we don't have the money to pay ANOTHER lawyer to do this especially when we already paid one lawyer in full. Very frustrating! And we got our first foreclosure notice. The credit card companies are getting upset because we have been telling them we would give them the case # but we still haven't. Dh is so very angry about this. AND we can't find a rental. Almost all the rentals in our area are in town and 2 bedrooms. We would prefer the country and 3 bedrooms but even when I call the 2 bedrooms nobody will return my call. Then we found a house that we heard a rumor might be willing to be sold contract-for-deed.....in the country, 4 bedrooms, below our price range, closer to dh's work by a lot....in other words, perfect. Dh thought that God had led him straight to this house (it was physically hard to find). But the owner wants to try to sell it outright first......so we wait. And we heard rumor that 2 other buyers are lined up. I've been trying to stay strong for my emotional-new-Christian dh but I am weak and just about ready to give up. I can't deal with all this stress anymore. I want to run away and live in a tent somewhere. We managed to get the bus route fixed so that they would pick up my oldest son at our house rather than me having to meet them somewhere. But the pick up is at the end of our driveway, where my brother lives. My son finally told me that my uncle was yelling at him the other morning, trying to pick a fight. My son is 14. He doesn't need this stress. We need to be away from here. But here we are. I feel so downtrodden but then I read the caringbridge blog of a local woman who is a year younger than me, has 3 small children and terminal lung cancer. She never smoked, always exercised. They gave her 5 months and she has made it 10 but they told her not to expect a miracle. She is praying for one and my problems seem so small. At least I am healthy. I'm not dying. And I feel bad about my pity-party. Please pray that my attitude will improve. God knows best and I don't, but that's sometimes a hard pill to swallow. Blessings, Carie
  19. Thanks for the prayers. He is depressed. He knows he is. He refuses to go to the doctor. I told him today (after he snapped at me about something) that he was being grouchy. He said he knew he was and that I needed to learn to live with it. In the past few days he has blamed me for several things that either weren't my fault or weren't really anyone's fault. I know he needs someone to blame but I don't know how long I can hold up to being the punching bag (figuratively, he would never hurt me). He took the older 3 to town a few minutes ago and I am sitting here while the baby sleeps crying. I think I am more angry about my parents hand in dh's withdrawal than anything else. Their actions (or inactions), their words have contributed to this. I am thankful that we have a strong marriage and I pray that God will be able to reach him somehow. Blessings, Carie
  20. Hello ladies! I've been busy with stuff and haven't had a chance to get on the computer yet. The kids always seem to be on it and I did some babysitting for a couple of weeks that kept me extra busy. As usual, the excitement never stops here. LOL Ds #1 had his 14th birthday and got registered for his freshman year of high school. Ds #2 went to church camp and had a great time. I babysat a little cousin for 2 weeks so that kept all of us buys. Our little dog (20 lb. cocker spaniel) was attacked by our back door by the neighbor's (my brother) german shephard last week. Thankfully we were home. Dh shot into the air, scaring the attacker off. Poor Sadie (our dog) was bloodied up pretty bad. I had to give her aspirin for a day and help her on and off the furniture. She seems to be healing up nicely. I really worry about the kids. My parents (or someone, I assume it was them) put fence stakes on our property. They run parallel to the property line, but are about 15 -20 ft on our side of the property line. They are dividing a field lane that they use from our yard. I think that they think they own the field lane, but we have a copy of the survey and they don't. We aren't wanting to make a big deal about it since we are moving anyway.....the bank is much more demanding than us and will take care of it after we are gone. I almost relish the thought of someone with the resources to take on my parents. That's probably mean though. The rental search is not going well. I have a call into a owner right now, but so far we are out of options. For some reason our lawyer hasn't filed our bankruptcy paperwork so I guess we aren't in a hurry. We have about 4 months after we file to get out. That was Thanksgiving but since the paperwork hasn't been done yet, we are looking at Christmas or just after the New year. My brother keeps blocking the driveway though and being a general nuisance so I am really prayer for a sooner rather than later rental. Dh has had an emotional breakdown. He is crying all the time and told me that he won't be finding us a place to move to. That is all on me. Which means if I choose a bad one it will be my fault. Go figure. But I have to do something or we will be homeless soon enough. He is very depressed. I have sought out assistance from men at our church but nobody seems to want to step forward and support dh emotionally. I really need some help. Everyone says that they are praying but some tangible help would be nice. Oh well. I know that without God's support I wouldn't be able to make it through each day. I know he is here. Sometimes it just seems hopeless. I'm glad the weather here cooled off. I've been knitting and hope to do some sewing this next week. I need to do something I hope to have more time to spend here as I love to read what all of you are doing around your homesteads. I hope to soon have a more permanent place to call home.....its been a long year of transition and I pray it is over soon. Blessings, Carie
  21. Carie

    Summer Saturday

    Hello! Little Miss Abby and I slept in this morning (after getting dh off to work) - 7:30 We'll take it! Ran 2 loads of laundry through the washer/dryer and folded them and washed a load of diapers. It looked overcast this morning so I didn't hang anything out, but I'm going to have to start taking chances as the central air isn't working right and since we are moving, we aren't fixing it. Can't afford to heat this house up any more than I have to. LOL Abby and I took a bath and then woke the boys up and we took the trash to town. I sure hope that we when move we will be somewhere with trash pickup! Made a few stops in town and then back home (to find out the central air wasn't working again). We had donuts for lunch. Aren't I a terrible mother???? LOL I tried to finish a sewing project for a friend, washed dishes, sorted through Abby's outgrown clothes. I'm going to have to get another dress made for her as she doesn't have hardly any summer clothes in the next size, only fall/winter stuff, and not much of that. I've got material, just got to get motivated. So far on the house-hunt.....there is exactly 1 rental available. I suspect that is because it isn't in the newspaper. LOL Dh and I have both separately drove by the house (in town) and it is small. 2 bedrooms. But it has a garage. I'm going to suggest to dh that we could use the garage as extra living space maybe? Especially if it has electricity for a heater (landlord willing of course). I'm very nervous about the lack of rentals as we have to be out of here by Thanksgiving. (((sigh))) I know God has it all worked out. Several jobs are opening up in this county at the power plant and at a nearby town's refinery so I gather that rentals are hard to find right now (I've heard between 2-300 jobs all together over the next 6 months, great for the local economy, bad for house hunting). I'm going to make homemade chicken strips and gravy for supper (DQ style LOL). Probably some biscuits if the central air continues to work for the evening. Tomorrow will be busy with church and then for the evening service we are meeting at the river and having a cookout/games/service on the sand bar. Should be fun but it is going to be hot. I don't really like hot. I know it isn't even August yet but I am looking forward to fall. LOL I hope all of you have had a wonderful day! Carie
  22. Yes, Amber, I do see the irony in it. Dh and I hope that my parents get the neighbors they most fear (blacks, mexicans or a homosexual couple). They are very racist and it would serve them right. Anyway, I wonder if they run the bankrupties publicly when you file or when it is discharged?
  23. Hi ladies! I've been reading with envy about all of your gardens and canning adventures. On one hand I miss mine, but on another as hot as it has been I don't miss all the hard work. If we had known we would still be here we would have tried to put one out, but alas, I can't see the future. Dh and I went yesterday to the lawyer and filed bankruptcy. Our lawyer said that we would have 3-4 months to be out of our home. So far the rental search has turned up nothing. I'm am praying for the perfect rental Rural would be nice, but I am open to living in town especially if it was on the edge and not on a main road. We really need 3 bedrooms or a very large 2 bedroom. Otherwise the house doesn't need to be big and we aren't picky about features, etc. I hope we can take our dog, but if not we will cross that bridge when we come to it. I'm waiting with dread for when my parents will find out about the bankruptcy. I pray we are moved before then, but only God knows about that. I am looking forward to a difficult but bright, stress reduced future. If we find a place, I'll definately update. Until then, I will continue to drool about all your garden yummies Blessings, Carie
  24. Well, dh made a huge decision last week. We will be filing bankruptcy, probably July 15th. We are only filing on the house and credit cards, we are keeping our auto loans and a small personal loan of dh's. Dh feels that we should pay back as much of the money we have borrowed as possible. I agree. We are hoping to find a suitable rental in the next couple of months. Our attorney said we could probably stay in the house for a year or so before we would be evicted but dh and I both feel the sooner we get out, the better. I had a nasty phone call from my mom a few weeks ago. I just don't understand her mindset. She lied about something Bear (age 3) said and when I called her on it she blamed me for teaching me to hate! (Even though the comment he "actually" made wasn't hateful at all). She wouldn't listen to me, which was what I expected but I do feel better that I at least tried to defend myself. Up to this point I hadn't. I think that's when dh decided that this was enough. I am very calm about it. Dh is really hurting now but I hope that after the actual filing is done and we find a new place he will do better. He knows it is right, but it is still very difficult. 2 weeks ago we found some pot leaves in the glove box of my van. They had just been put there. And we can smell pot burning every night if we are outside. We will be so glad to be gone from here. Please pray that we can find a good rental. We haven't rented a house in 14 years. LOL We need something that will work for 1-2 years until we can rebuild our credit enough to buy something else. Our list of preferences is long and I have been praying that God grant at least the major ones. Our computers were in the shop for over 10 days....so I'm catching up again! Good talking to all of you. Blessings, Carie
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