Thursday, February 12, 2015
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...
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Yep me. I planted hundreds and hundreds of tomatoes this week. And yesterday they started to pop. So very exciting. I won't know the final count until or if they pop and are planted? I am also growing a few for the neighbors. Not to mention the tomato book I ordered and me googling the author and finding his blog and now I need all the tomatoes he created. OY.
I am dabbing in peppers this year. I'm doing 3 hot and 3 sweet. We shall see? I did mark the tags properly, as HOT or Sweet.
We got a new toilet this week. Our old toilet, it got to the point you just couldn't flush. You plunge and plunge and yeah no, couldn't flush. It was 20 years old, so it was time.
Our new toilet came with a cat apparently?
Onions are starting to pop. So exciting.
My tomatoes. Every time I go in to look I see another has popped and looks like this. It's so exciting. To see a seed you saved, and it looks like this. I have two more orders coming in. As seed orders come in Tomatoes are planted asap. Would love to have over 200 tomato different seeds by the end of the year. Currently sitting at 163. I keep my tomato list updated as they come in.
During rain breaks I've been out working in the old raspberry area. I got some of the raspberries planted. Although our goal is to have the new raspberry bed done and raspberries planted by next weekend. As raspberries should be in the ground as they are getting ready to start growing and blooming. I also want to get the old area all cleared, looking pretty and weed block down so I can plan what to do in that area next? It might be kept cleared this year? It's a tough area, so we will see? Might even open it up to the goats?
Money, Well house is below 111k. YEAH. Currently sitting at 110,838.47. Staying on track so far. Would love to be about 100k at the end of the year?
On the goals, the truck is set to get tires next week. We just have to get it to town. Hubby wants to do one more thing on the truck and then it's done for the moment. It will go back on the list later for other things I"m sure. But need to work through a few goals first. On the way home from town we will pick up a truck load of dirt to fill the raspberry bed. I also need to get the tomato bed up and going soon. So much to do and sooooooo little time.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
And it has been another week. I do not think I have sat down once over the last two weeks or so? Between the garden, canning, school and neighbors. Yikes. Neighbors are keeping us busy on hubbies days off. We started a deck for them, it's more done then not, although forgot to take a photo. We are hoping to sneak over there off and on next week and move forward on it. Next project will be benches on the new deck and then a shed out back. But we need a few nice days in a row before pouring concrete. So it will be a little while.
We've had some pretty warm days, in fact on this day it was in the 60's and I was out in a tee-shirt digging up this grass spot.
The grass spot is in front of this bed. The bed was cleaned out, my hope is to go right down the line of cleaning out beds and digging up dirt.
The raspberry bed is in. You see that long bed along the fence line.
This is the old raspberry bed. I lost probably half the raspberries in this bed. Now to clear away the wood and work around the edges.
I've been in the process of canning 100 pounds of potatoes.
Here is the new shelf we got from Costco. It's dreamy. I have set up the trays and filled with dirt, now to plant the seeds....Soon.
The boys got a new "couch" it's two big cushions. We need to make pillowcases, we bought some fabric today. Got these so the kids can pick them up when we move the couch in there during Christmas. Low enough for the kids to bounce on.
This one started fourth grade math last week. And is actually doing really well. Actually I have had Ethan teach Cole the math lessons and help him and it's been going OK.
The neighbors are paying us to put in the deck and such. With that we can afford one of our really big goals of getting tires for the truck. We've been saving for awhile so we were close. Raspberry bed just needs dirt and well raspberries. And it's done. I will now work on buying pavers for the front. That has been on my list for two years, time to kill it. But plan on getting the tires in about two weeks, it's our first up coming free day. So we are working slowly on our list of to buy.
We have a week of rain coming, if I get outside during the morning we will work on deck, if it's after lunch I will be out working on raspberries. And if I can't get out, I will be inside planting seeds.
Our Mortgage, I don't know where I left off, but we are at 111,300. Next week we should be in the 110k range. Exciting.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
I'm running a wee bit behind in life again. See that little black critter? Last week she told me it was time. She is 17 years old or older. She was starting to become miserable. It was time. So I wrapped a towel around her and glued her to me and that is where she was for about 3 days. I would put her down to make dinner or do this or that, but mostly she was glued to me. After the third day she closed her eyes and stopped breathing and she was gone.
The day before we had finally picked a spot to bury her. So she was buried. And it's been tough. She has been such a part of my life for many, many years, and during the last few, you take care of her every need and then she was just gone.
Just weird to have her gone.
So I'm behind. I find myself looking for her. I keep finding mess after mess she left. So a lot of cleaning up that needs to be done.
And then yesterday our lives kinda blow up. Neighbor came over, and she wants a list of projects done and she is unwilling to wait any longer. Hubby apparently said he would do the projects, but wanted to wait more towards spring. Because it's freakin cold outside. She wants this and this and that, and OH BOY. BUT talked her down and said one project at a time. So that was agreed on. First up is the front deck. So hubby today drew it out, and got prices and gave her a quote. She was OK with the price, and the project will start. So hubby has a part time job. Which is great, because we need tires!
Get that done and have her pick the next project. She has a list a mile long.
The boys and I have been putting sets of legos back together. Going through books picking something and hunting for legos and putting them back together. I have many sets half done because we are missing pieces, so we move on and hope we come across that part. It's a nightmare, but we are making progress.
Last week I was able to get the shelving unit from Costco. With Costco the fear is they will run out of something before you can buy it. So I rushed to save the money and we had enough last week. Oh the crazy time we had trying to bring it home. Let's just say we seriously considered tying a child to the roof of the van. We didn't but we came close. I'll have photos soon. Today I have been cleaning up the bedroom to make room for this thing. It's now all clear, now to bring it in and set it all up. I'm excited to have all my starts in one place.
And then there is tomorrow. Tomorrow is Tucker's birthday. So I'm off to bake a cake in a few. He demanded a cake. He all ready has his gifts. But he hasn't been able to play with them yet. Although time after time, I would catch him in my room on the bed just looking at them.
And Monday, oh Monday. We will attempt Cole in fourth grade math. I think he can do it, but if he struggles we will head back to third grade math. But he has a math brain like his bother and mom. I actually think not too far down the road Cole will be passing Tucker in math. Oh why couldn't Tucker get a math brain as well?
Mortgage is dropping. Slowly as we've had serious budget issues. But I'm trying hard to drop it something every week right now. Currently at 111,600. I see 110 coming...That will be exciting.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Oh please let 2015 be much better then 2014. Although I can't complain too much about 2014, no real major crisis. But the garden kicked my butt, and a few other things, really dragged me down.
This week has lead to me tossing all the left over squash, I give up. I started to plan the garden for next year. Next thing to do is write out start dates of seeds. I know first up are tomatoes and onions. I'm trying to plant the rest of the garlic, but we've been frozen for the past week. Checked it today and I can move the dirt about an inch, not enough to plant yet.
Buddy survived Christmas.
I got busy in the kitchen last night. We've been without an all purpose seasoning for many months now. My basic mix is about 1 cup of onion powder, 1 cup of garlic powder, and then toss in everything else as you wish. From dried herbs, to carrots, tomatoes, orange peel, to kale. Although I never add salt. I add salt as the dish needs it, and normally I don't salt as I cook we salt at the table.
I made a mess and there was no one to clean up after me? I really didn't plan that too well.
Holy Garlic Batman! This is elephant garlic, I have about 52 cloves I'm trying to get into the ground. This is the year we are trying hard to change all garlic over to heirloom types and toss out the store bought garlic. Photos to come!
So it's the first of the year. Time that people make goals and such. We make money goals, we actually made them about a month ago. So this week we started to put those goals into play.
On the side bar of the blog I actually wrote down some of our goals. Some are small, but will take many weeks for us to buy/do. As we save a little each week until we can make the purchase.
On the Mortgage front, if we don't re-fi we will be close to the 100k mark at the end of the year. Our base extra payment a week will be 135. BUT we will push ourselves weekly to hit 150 a week. And on the really good weeks as much as we can, to get us closer to the 100k mark. Although if we re-fi all those thoughts go out the window. But since I have no idea what those numbers will be can't even think about that math now.
Our first goal is to get a new shelving unit for starting starts. Last year was a mess! I had tables up and the hallway blocked and peeing at 3am when you have a few inches to move is not fun! Plus a cat got up there to sleep and killed two flats of tomatoes that were going good. We can put the shelving unit in our room and be able to shut the door, so no one can bug anything! After that probably lights for the shelving unit. Although I have two from last year, so only need two more. And might not even need those because I will be starting seeds at different times, not starting everything at the same time. But it would be nice to have on hand. Then the tires for the truck, we are nearly there, but it's time to get them off the list.
A few things on the list will be conquered when we get our tax return. Like the two gates and the back deck. Our side gate has fallen, it was leaning and we propped it up for now, but our dog has broken through it once. Plus it's to the point you can't open the gate. The goat gate broke many months ago, it's so bad, not only do we lock it, but we tie it up. As the goats know how to open it and let themselves out. BUT they don't know how to untie yet. And the deck has big holes in it. It's way past time. Just a matter of time before we fall through it. Hubby will have to take off a week here and there to work on these projects. So need to figure that out shortly.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Spend all this time dreading Christmas and then BOOM it's here. On Sunday before my mother just showed up. Oh the fight we had. Excuse after Excuse after Excuse. Only a drunk makes that many excuses. Tell ya if my father wasn't there (he won't let her drive) I would have probably slammed the door on the first excuse. Just tiring and draining.
Here is the last dress for my niece. I just adore these and I'm toying with selling them on etsy. I'm toying with a lot of things right now. My poor brain.
My boys have been in this position since the 24th. Building lego set after lego set.
My mothers gifts utterly suck. Oh no I'm not calling you fat. Then she buys me 1x clothes. I have never been a 1x a day in my life. If you plan on buying crappy clothes at least get them in my size? Yeah, her and I are about to have it out again. But this is the pile of crap to go back. Can someone explain to me what is wrong with cash? Because now there is something I really want, but it will take many weeks to save for. 50 bucks would have saved her money and gotten me 1/3rd of the way there? Just saying.
We will be taking down Christmas soon. Just wasn't in the mood this year. A lot of it has to do with my mother. The fighting, and the crappy gifts. It's depressing to know she will never ever get me one good gift. It has utterly ruined Christmas for me. But the kids had a hoot. So many Lego sets so little time. The best gift I got them was a movie. They got to open it Christmas Eve. Of course only got to watch a few minutes, so had to finish it on Christmas morning allowing us to sleep. And mommy likes sleep, mommy doesn't like being woken up at 7am going is it time is it time and that doesn't end until you drag yourself out of bed and tell them it's time.
On the mortgage front, trying to hit is hard. Finding money here and there. Gas prices are down so take a little from there, and we now have a wal mart gift card so use that for food and put that money into the bank and send to the Mortgage. Currently sitting at 112,305. We have a new HUD house right around the corner, so our Feb date may be pushed back. Our house prices are just not going up around here.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Any one else not in the mood for Christmas? Or is it just me? Christmas movies since Halloween, Come on all ready, boy meets girl, they have a love story, fall in love and blah blah blah, and it ends happily after ever.
OK back to real life, because life isn't happy after ever. Life is hard. So you paddle along and hope for smoother water coming up?
So first hubby's work. Took away all holiday pay. There is NO holiday pay this year. No over time, no nothing. OH and too boot, they are forcing hubby to take a vacation day here and there. Yes, probably illegal. But really do we tattle? if we tattle will he be fired? Because oh they don't need him? Love how the higher ups sit behind a desk running bottom numbers, they don't sit in the middle of a Fred Meyer or any other store they own and just sit and watch. They don't walk in employee's shoes. Just tiring. All this after no pay raise this year. Oh and last year we got a whopping nickel raise. Just sad to see a company go down like this. Very sad to treat people like this.
IDK the best thing I can do is work on paying the house and saving money and hope the day never comes where he is fired?
Oh and then my mother, My mother who I told her to her face that I was DONE. She took that as I was done until Christmas then we can do a family Christmas and be oh so friendly. NO I'm done until you go to rehab, and therapy, or until the drinking kills ya. You pick, but I'm done. So I will be reminding her of that shortly.
Boys are counting down the seconds until Christmas. Oh Lordy. They have had math all week, told them if they do their lesson today then no math next week. So they did their math and Ethan helped Cole since I was gone all morning. Speaking of Cole we are tempted to move him ahead in math. Moving him to fourth and skipping third. I think he is more then ready, but if he isn't we can always go back to third. He is all ready a 1/2 a year ahead as it is. So we have time to play if we need it. But yeah I get a week off from math.
So I'm really not in the mood for much of anything. The boys have struggled on what to get each other, I've had sewing projects like crazy. And really didn't want to do another. But was finally inspired to work on barbie clothes. These are for my niece. She gets a barbie and some handmade clothes. She really wants Ken clothes, so we will see what happens? So far three very fancy dresses are done.
Black dress with butterfly's on it.
This is a blue dress with fancy silver spots on it. Hard to see.
White dress with a lovely print. These are from Simplicity 8481. I still have one more to do, it will be red. Then see about Ken clothes.
On the money front, Mortgage is sitting at 112,500. So half way to our goal. Not too bad in about 8 weeks. Starting next week, I will be penny pinching like no other. Hoping to scrap together the money and get it to 110k before Mortgage guy calls.
I will be counting down days until Spring. I have a project in mind that we may be out working on here shortly, More later if we do.
Well here is hoping my canoe doesn't tip over. I hear the water is really cold!
Friday, December 12, 2014
I caught the bug, the gardening bug that is. Who can think about Christmas when spring is right around the corner. OMG gardening season is COMING.
OK so I'm running about two months behind on life. So I don't even have garlic in the ground. Come this Sunday that will be fixed, But try ordering garlic in December? It ain't happening. I finally found one. And it arrived today. What I want to do is remove the store bought garlic I planted last year and only grow Heirloom kinds of garlic. So I guess that is a next year sort of thing?
Finally gave up on Garlic and went into onions. We plan on playing with our onions. Hubby wants to grow really big onions. We will probably do a bed of just Alisa's and some tubs to see how they grow. Really space them and fed them and tons of water and just play. So that order came in today. See I'm ahead. HA tricked myself. I plan on planting probably end of Jan? Need to think on things.
Seed catalogs are starting to arrive. Just in time for Christmas....
(Guess who is still processing squash?)
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Another sewing project done. Hubby told someone at work that I could make a 3 foot tall penguin. Well ok then. It was for money and we need money so I whipped one up. This pattern is from Carol's Zoo, I just blow up the penguin to make her up to 3 feet.
My youngest got up from the table tonight and announced he wanted all his hair chopped off. After my heart attack, we compromised. I didn't cut it all off, and he got it cut short. I think it was starting to weigh on him and hitting his eyes and such. He was done.
We lost power today for a few hours. So we had school work by window light. Got my seeds sorted and the rest of my tomato seeds put into storage. Little stuff. Would have kept going but the energy company finally showed up and turned back on the power.
So had a VERY nice surprise this week. Our refund check from HUD that is two years late finally came in this week. Not of course for the amount it should logically be. But hey anything helps right now. My first thought was boy that would buy a LOT of seeds, but then we got logical and we sent the Mortgage a 1,000. So that dropped us to the 112k range. I am now tightening our belts and I'm actually sending Mortgage more this week, then we will be spending on food and such. Out of our paycheck. I also did the math on doing the re-fi verses not doing the re-fi. If we stayed on our track we would have the house paid off in under 10 years. If we did the re-fi, we are looking at about 8 years and a few months. So it's something to think on there. Right now our only focus is to get the house down to 110k before the Mortgage guy calls.
Went from 113,778.55 to 112,625. A very nice drop this week. If only every week could be like this?
Friday, December 5, 2014
Another crazy week here. I got a few projects finished up. I LOVE how the felt boards came out. These are for the neighbors grand kids. If you google Mr. Potato head felt board the pattern will come up, the dinosaurs came off pinterest. I'm always on there looking for felt ideas.
I stapled the felt to painting canvas. I got the canvas at Michael's at 67% off.
The bunnies are for someone at hubbies work. Now I have trained hubby to say NO to gift swaps. We can't afford it and the crap we get in return is not worth it. BUT the managers did this on his day off, without asking him and when he found out who he got, OH you can make something for her, she LOVES bunnies. OH I have one that is blind and near death I can give her? Hum he said no, but had to think about it.
So I had a McCall's bunny pattern that has been sitting on my desk I have been wanting to do. So I made a mock up and really liked how fast it sewed up and no real issues. Well except I sewed the head spot together. oops. But you see the big bunny? that is the size they gave me. So I shrunk down the pattern to make the babies.
And I will tell ya they are so flipping adorable. I LOVE the cow print one. Makes one wonder what his dad looks like?
So this actually costs me nothing, I bought nothing to make these. All fabric was on hand.
On the Mortgage front, we dropped a lot this week. It was the monthly payment time, and the extra we pay every week, so we had a nearly 500 dollar drop. Oh how I wish I had that weekly. Oh well.
Currently sitting at 113,778.55, yep under 114k.