Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekly Update & Mortgage Challenge

Yeah, it's been more then a week since the last update. Tell ya the garden has opened up and swallowed me whole. So went out of town to a family reunion. We thought we would head south and roast in southern Oregon. I'll show off my new goodies later. All in all, not the greatest trip and my mother and I may never speak again before she passes. She needs rehab and I don't see that happening. She has chosen not to speak to me anymore, but that is what drunks do, they kick out the ones that care. Her loss. But either she smarts up and goes to rehab and get on her feet or she will mix pills and alcohol and pass on. 

Came home to 12 pounds of cucumbers and suddenly canning season has begun. I'm now picking 20 pounds of cucumbers daily to every other day.

One should not turn a blind eye to zucchini....We went out and picked 15 today. Gray Zucchini is new to me this year and very dreamy. Not only the coloring, but the insides. Oh how lovely it is. One I will grow every year from now on.

Got home and got a wild hair to gut our house, starting with this room. You tell Tucker and Cole to clean their room and this is what you get? We gutted the room, took everything out but the bed.

Tell ya about 70% of it left the house! two loads went to goodwill, not all from the bedroom, some from the playroom as well.

Just not pretty.

So asked the boys about painting their room. Oh they wanted it painted, but I was out voted. Do you see the changes? We also put in closet length shelves. It was a great idea.

See they have a floor.

Pulled this from the playroom. It holds all their stuffed animals. 

Next up is the playroom. Doing this on a very tight budget so it's slow going. The only thing I bought for the bedroom was a gallon of paint. For the playroom, we plan on getting a new carpet remnant, and about one gallon of paint. Also we will go to surplus and get a kids table, they run about ten dollars. So the whole play room should run under 100 dollars. So stay turned for that. But nice to refresh the house a little? Declutter and take a few loads to goodwill. 

So after a rough month and missing a few extra Mortgage payments. I have been sending a few dollars here and there to play catch up. I'm currently short 298. Now our payment went down by 20 dollars so I will have that. But I will make an effort to catch up and stay on track. The last two weeks have been good. We are currently at 117,340.35 should be in the 116's by the beginning of next month. Exciting. 

If you don't hear from me, I'm canning, drying, or doing something. Just wait until tomato season!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Weekly Update & Mortgage Challenge

Crazy, crazy week. So much going on in the garden. Our up coming camping trip. And my dreamy herb dryer died on my yesterday. No idea what I'm going to do. I'm using my excell right now, but it has a fan in the back, not great for everyday herb use. 

We are picking pounds of blue berries, raspberries, and strawberries daily. We harvested half of the turnip bed the other day. Now giving room to the other half to grow, harvest those after our trip and replant. 

We scored a free chest freezer the other day. Which is so needed since I'm filling up our other two faster then expected. 

When we get back from our trip it will be nothing but garden, garden, and garden. We are adding two semi big beds. If we can cut down an area we kinda let go, then I will add beds there? I plan on expanding at least one bed. 

Thought I would do updated photos on the hydroponics. My lettuce never took off. Did new seeds and kept them in a cool dark place and still nothing. Re-did the seeds for a third time and put them in the green house. And BOOM they took off. Hoping another week or two and I can put them back in the pipe. 

The strawberries finally took off, they apparently went into a shock for a few weeks, but finally came out of it and started to grow green, and bloom flowers. 

Same with the cucumber after a few weeks of shock I noticed the other day it was finally growing and taking off. 

Max is still with us. I bring him out twice a day to feed him grain. He is on the weaker side and has lost a few pounds. But still going strong. I just have to shake the food dish and he comes a-running.

Well not much going on, on the Mortgage front. I need to do my monthly payment. But this week and last I didn't make the extra payments. So last week hubby's work messed up his check so bad it wasn't even funny. We finally got paid, but they didn't want to pay him for sick. But his check came in pieces, we had to take the van in to get ready for the upcoming camping trip. Had to buy a battery, and other things piled on. This week it's all about the kids. Went through Tucker's and Ethan's clothes. Guess who has no summer clothes? Guess what I'm buying Friday? 

What I figure is our Mortgage payment is dropping by 20 dollars. I will keep paying the same amount so that is an extra 100 dollars. And between now and the end of the year I will try hard to find another 160 to make up the difference so we can stay on track. Find 5 here and 10 there it will add up and we will get back on track. 

OH our Mortgage payment is dropping by 20 dollars. Complete shock because the Mortgage payment always goes up and up, this is the first time ever it went down. So can't wait for the re-fi to really drop the payment!