Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TOMATOES & Weekly Update

Well yeah true I'm going longer then one week at a time. BUT I'm up to my ears in tomatoes.
Our goal is to have this green house nearly empty by this weekend. But one problem?
I'm plum out of space in the garden.
Well I'm down to two rows in the green house, and they are spread out so I can match up tomatoes and plant them together. I still have a lot of planting ahead of me. 

These are my two new beds. They kinda filled up fast. 

More tomatoes

More tomatoes 

More tomatoes

More tomatoes

I do have this semi empty new bed. Guess what we may be buying and moving this weekend to fill the bed for tomatoes? 

I've had to get out buckets. I now have buckets all over the back yard and it's still not enough.

Henry Fonda was the first rose to bloom this year. 

So every spare second is spent in the garden. Hoping to have nearly everything planted by this weekend. Also hoping to get Tuckers' new flower bed into place. This child, He comes to me one day and was like Mom I seriously need more garden space (hum wonder where it comes from?) So we had an idea, I'm tearing out an old strawberry bed because even with weed block and taking care of it the grass is overwhelming and it over takes the strawberries. So we are going to build up the bed to about 2 feet high, and Tucker will be able to have it.
We are trying to finish up schooling for the year. I so want to be done with school. So I'm trying when I get up in the morning to do school and not run into the garden and be there all day. Dang it's hard. Really hard. Cole's math is on hold, he is so stinking far ahead, so we are pausing and he works on math facts on the kindle. He loves it and it will really help when we start back up again. He knows the facts, but I want to get him moving faster.
Mortgage has finally dropped to under 108k. Sitting today at 107,700. We nearly have the money for the deck. I was hoping to do that this weekend, but I think it will be a tomato weekend instead. Although maybe we can get the deck torn apart? maybe supports and beams in place? We shall see. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I'm Baaaaack....

Tell ya when chaos hits it hits. Well on my old computer, I got a warning the hard drive was dying, needs to be replaced. After some googling I though I could do this, so I ordered a new one. Got it and nothing but black. After much googling about that (on another computer) I decided to return the hard drive and save for a new computer.
Well I have a new computer, nothing fancy, just need internet.
Well saving for the computer, hubby had two weeks off from work. We took two weeks off from school. And started to tackle our list of to do's.
Make a goat play thingy. Done. It has three layers, or steps. 

Build a new side gate. We only really replaced the rotten wood, to save money. So it will look funny for a bit. We also did a new goat gate, but I somehow missed that photo. That gate just fell off and apart, and I'm shocked the goats didn't figure it out and leave?

This critter showed up in the yard, just to pass away. With all the birds flying around, he probably hit the house or something. He couldn't fly and just no perk left in him. 

I bought this. Just need to figure out where to place it.

We built a gate to go from the neighbors to our back yard. We put in a pathway, with stones and mulch. It's a start.

Hubby built this. 

Then this fell down. No one was hurt. We will put it back up later, we need some supports or something. 

We dug up all this grass, and weed blocked. Now just need mulch, some planters are going in-between the pear trees. Pavers will go in to walk on. It will take time as money is short. Turnip are popping up. 

This tomato! Bloody Butcher. Spouted yellow flowers. So I kicked it out of the green house. I harden him off and planted him. First tomato out the door. If no more yellow flowers, then about the 15th I will debate when to plant the rest. They will have to be planted in stages. Some are so ready now and some probably more towards the end of the month. 

Another photo of the neighbors gate and what she will walk into. That bed in front is a new pumpkin bed. We will now have two pumpkin beds going. 

Chives are doing well. Yes, we are chive freaks and have a chive bed. 

The green house. Over 500 tomatoes are in here. Three shelves full. 

Just staying really busy well hubby was home. We were out working when it wasn't raining. We were in working when it was raining. And the list is still not done. But sadly hubby returned back to work today.
We are currently working in the kids play area. We are removing grass, removing wood chips, then raking it out, and putting in new grass. It's so un-even back there. It's just ugly. So work on that over the next few weeks.
We cleaned out our bedroom. Wanted to gut it, it has become a collect all, to the point you couldn't get in there. We are still not done, BUT we have a floor, we can walk and breath in there. We removed 14 boxes for goodwill. 4 totes for under the house. Where did all that crap come from? We removed the growing rack, it's under the house for now.
We are starting school back up on Monday. We made a plan and should be finished up mid June. But things like history are nearly done, so once it's done it's done. Leaving more time for English. English will continue until done. During summer we will do Science, and typing. Ethan may be doing some writing. On another note, I've been freaking out about school, more towards high school. We are ok now, but the higher grades are coming. Been hoping for an answer, and I think one has finally fell into our laps. It's through a local school district and it's online. So we will go in, in about two weeks to their open house and chat. I like that idea. I think it will be a good fit for Ethan. Ethan has lots of questions, I just can't answer. So this will be good for him to ask the teachers. It's only for 6th grade and above. So only Ethan would start. Leaving the other two to continue what we are doing.
So Mortgage is doing good. Seems like we've been stuck in the 108k's for awhile. But that is how it goes. Currently at 108,460. I just paid mortgage so it should drop again tomorrow.
A lot coming up, a lot of juggling. Although always seems like that this time of year?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Sneaking online for a second. It seems my hard drive has died, well near dead. After some googling I thought I could fix it and ordered a new hard drive. Got that and plugged it in and got a black screen. Googled how to get past that and did everything mentioned and NOTHING. Finally to save my sanity, I decided to send it back and save for a new computer. After thinking by the time I paid for the hard drive and maybe recovery disks that don't have great reviews and probably having to have someone look at it, because I'm so not a computer person. You have spent enough to buy a new computer. 

So we are in the process of saving for one. Since we pay cash it may take awhile. Although after getting a computer I'm dreading attempting to hook the computer to the printer. Took me many months after getting a new router to get the computer and printer to talk. Still can't get hubby's computer and printer talking. ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

Be back as soon as I can.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekly Update

Yeah, it's been awhile.

The Easter Bunny came, He hid the eggs outside this year. Took the kids awhile to figure that one out!

This Critter finished fourth grade math. He will now receive a 3 week math break. Next week it's catch up on English week. I think a good hour a week on English he should make a dent?

Sierra says Hi.


We finished filling the new tomato beds.

Then my kids were goofy tonight at dinner. So what is a mom to do? Grab the camera, of course.

Crazy busy transplanting tomatoes this past week and will continue over the next few days. I will post more on tomatoes, later. Lots of experiments this year. But I think I have it figured out on what will work for me. Now just need to get them out to the green house. I'll have a semi final count later, but it's over 300 tomatoes.

Hubby gets two weeks off soon. We will then take a two week school break. YEAH. Ethan will be done with 5th grade math this week. Since Cole is way ahead doing 4th grade I gave him 3 weeks off. 

Well hubby is off, a ton of projects to do around the house. We have made a very long list, during the days we are out and doing things and at night we are de-cluttering our bedroom. It has become a dumping zone. Get the tomato rack out of there and get busy.  Got some boxes from Costco to fill for goodwill. So done with clutter. 

Mortgage fell to under 109k. Which is actually a very big deal around here. We bought the house for 109k. We are now officially making a dent on the house. But might have big changes coming for next year, as I may need a new van and before long we will need a second car. You are not getting that on 20 dollars a week. And the last thing we want is a car loan. So a big debate coming at the end of the year. Right now our focus is getting under 100k. 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekly Update & Mortgage Challenge

Just ARG. So I do the last blog post and then all heck broke loose. Ethan who never complains, well ok he complains, but if something hurts he works through it. So in the midst of doing chores and trying to push through, he plops on the couch and starts crying because the pain was so bad. So asked the neighbor to take us down to the ER. The joy of an ER. But it's a kids ER. Come to find out it was a virus. Ethan seemed to be one of the first ones, where the virus fills you with air and you are in pure misery for days, with a slight fever. Neighbor who is a nurse came over about two days later saying the ER was filled with kids with the same thing as Ethan. 

Well the doctor of course sent us home with drugs. Hum one doesn't need drugs if you are filled with air. Came home and googled them, the side effect was coma. Well Joy there. But me being me, I gave Ethan olive oil. About 1 tbsp every two hours until he started to feel better and then went to every four hours and then twice a day. Well pushing apple juice.

He then passed the virus to Tucker. Who had one dose of olive oil and claimed he was cured. Ok then. But the day after Ethan was feeling better, allergies hit. This child has never had seasonal allergies, was dying. But Cole was much worse. He looked like he went ten rounds with king kong. Poor baby. His eyes were black and blue and puffy, his nose was running faster then a hose. 

After a google search came up with Hylands. So had daddy bring some home. After two doses Ethan was fine. But poor Cole, it took a full day before it finally kicked in. It was two days before he could live without his towel he was carrying around. 

During rain showers, I've been out working or planting. If I'm stuck inside I'm working on cleaning the house. I don't know what happens I think the house sneezes and just crap everywhere. 

I got two tomato orders in over the last two days. I have two more orders out. I'm doing one last experiment. This time with fish fertilizer. My seed starter is just crap, so about once a week I'm feeding my tomatoes and that is really helping. I now have nearly 100 that have been moved to 4 inch pots and are doing really well. Just waiting for the weather to warm up so they can live in the green house. Right now the 4 inch pots go out during the day and inside at night.


I'm in the midst of a new project. Hopefully I can reveal it next week? I can't wait to do the next project, it excites me. I just got curtains done for the neighbor and later this weekend I'm hemming dresses for her. Always something to sew.

On the Mortgage front, I sat down the other night and wrote out the rest of the year. If we stay on track and make every extra mortgage payment. Then we will be 1,121 dollars short of being below 100k. So hoping over the next few months to find money here and money there to put towards it. I found a whopping 5 bucks today. BUT. The truck is back in the shop. And logically nearly everything is under warranty and shouldn't costs us much of anything. That truck IDK. We drove it to the dump, then to pick up hay. Then we were off to get dirt. We get two blocks from the house and it dies. Utterly dies. So a call to brother in law and he shows up about an hour later. He tinks with it and runs home to get his truck to tow hubby. Hubby thought to give it one last try. And it takes off. So he went. The hood pops up and he comes racing home and lands in the area across the house. So he calls brother in law, I get a hammer. I get the hood down, and he was able to back into the driveway. 

He runs over to the mechanics, who says he will send over a tow truck. Get the call the tow truck will be there Thursday. Nope, never showed up. So we are leaving to do errands today and here it comes. So we help it get into the drive and out. You can get in and out, you just have to do it in such a way. 

So hopefully next week get word on the truck.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Weekly Update & Mortgage Challenge

Days are flying by here. Tomatoes are happier, this is the week where they need to grow, or tank. With the weather warming up, I'm putting 3-4 flats in the green house everyday. So they can have real sunlight and warmth. But because it's not a heated green house I bring them in after dinner. I don't know how cold it gets out there.

Peppers are just happy. I think this is a fluke of nature, but lets see what comes out of it?

I got another sewing project done. Well it's not done, but it's done. It's on fabric, I just don't know what to do with it? Will it be part of a quilt? a wall hanging? So it's rolled up waiting for it's final fate. Starting on a new one tomorrow. Need to get these ideas out of my head.

All the detail was done on the sewing machine. It works really well since coming back from a good cleaning.

As usual things are crazy busy here. Ethan and Tucker are trying hard to finish up their math so they can have two weeks off at the end of April. I got parsnips planted today. Hopefully turnips tomorrow. Everything is weather depending. I was able to finish up the old raspberry area today. I was waiting for any babies to pop up. So I moved those and got that area ready for my new rose hips. We are nearly done killing an old compost pile, which will be our new second pumpkin bed??? and we are putting in another potato bed. So lots to do out back.

This weekend will include a trip to the dump (the truck is filled) and then off to get dirt. We will then finish off the two new tomato beds and get a bunch of barrels ready. I have rose hips, goji berries, and two roses to get planted. 

Mortgage is down to 109,655 slowly trucking along.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Yes, Yes, Yes, It's been a long time. Sadly this will probably be the normal for awhile? The weather is so nice and nearly in the 60s' so I'm out when I can and enjoy it. So much to do and so little time.

The new tomato beds are in. Hoping next week to finish up with the dirt. The neighbor is using the truck right now for their dirt.

The far wooden bed, it's being replaced as soon as it can be. The front wooden bed we will replace over the winter. The wood is falling apart.

I had a tomato emergency. It seems the dirt I was using was holding water and drowning the tomatoes. So I transferred them to new soil. Stuff I used last year that did really well for me. But even now I'm not super thrilled with it. But that took many, many hours. Now I just have some left over splitting to do. Really hoping this saves my tomatoes. Only time will tell. 

We cut a fence in half. Nothing like being able to see everything the neighbors do now. But this is a good thing, more sun in our yard. And with the neighbors working all day I can keep an eye on their place. We still have much more fence to, but we like to pause and live with things for awhile. Would hate for neighbor to come home and say how much she hates it?

The neighbors deck. As of today it's all done. Well the deck part. She is now talking railings or benches or well something? Come Saturday their garden beds will be in place and filled and Ethan is heading over to teach them to plant peas. They have three starter beds and will probably add as they go. But with them both working so much it's a start. They are aiming to retire soon. So. 

We still have many more projects for them on our list. But one thing at a time. We are pausing on them at a moment, and working on our stuff. We have two trees to get into the ground. Right now we are tearing out an old storage area so we can get the apple tree into the ground asap. Hoping to have both trees in the ground tomorrow????

Our list to do is long. But the weather is helping.

So on the Mortgage front, We are now under 110k. 109k is what we bought the house for. So this means all the medical is now totally paid off. We had borrowed about 20k from the house to pay off bills long ago. It's hard but we are hoping to stay on track and be really close to 100k by the end of the year.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Weekly Update & Mortgage Challenge

Oh another crazy week here. Need to remind myself later this weekend to take a photo of the deck we have been building at the neighbors. We are so close to done. Today was building steps and leveling them, without killing each other (hubby and I) and putting in the final boards. Now just have the side boards to put up quickly and we will be done.We also took down four of her fence panels. Slowly opening up the neighbors fence so she can see how far back she wants to take down the fence. (less to replace later)

This week, I dragged hubby out to help me. This is the old raspberry area I have been tearing apart. Been racking my brain on what to do with the area and finally I just decided to give it back to the goats. It's really hard to water, and sun isn't always 100% there. So we ripped out everything and bent the fencing back and around. And OH how they love their new area. And now the neighbors can see them and pet them. So a win for everyone. And if I ever want the space back the fencing is still there. We just tore out the other 4 layers of fencing I had up.

Buddy says HI!

For the past two days I have been digging up the new tomato bed area. There is space here for three new beds. Now the area is all cleared. I just need to move the roses, weed block and buy brick. But this weekend we will be focusing on the new raspberry bed. Raspberries MUST be in the ground this weekend. Then I will focus on the tomato area.

My baby tomatoes are looking GREAT. As I counted tonight all by four tomatoes have started. I will start the splitting process this weekend, for those that are ready.  I'm also starting some herbs this weekend.

I started tomatoes two different ways. Both ways worked really well. The ones in the jiffy pots are my bulk tomatoes. Like Bonny Best, John Baer, Heinz, Earliana, and one more. These are the ones I can give to neighbors or anyone else who asks for starts. And if not well more for me.

And in pots. I planted about two seeds in each pot. For some weird reason some pots have 5 starts? Figure that one out. Oh well.

So every spare chance I get that the weather is nice I'm outside working. So nice to have our weather, so I'm getting a lot done. Work that would normally wait until late March or April. So hopefully I can get a lot done this year?

On the Mortgage front we are down to 110,675...