Monday, June 1, 2020

Always Ask Questions

Why are we able to go to big box stores but cannot man meat packing plants and now warnings we will not be able to man fields for harvest?

Why were animals destroyed when there was clearly a demand for them?  Have you seen the price of meat lately?

Did you know that certain farmers have to get rid of a harvest if they are in contract with a company that cannot use it?

Why would you allow tracking via your cell phone?

Is it a coincidence that we have escalating riots at a time when we are opening the country back up?
Don't be distracted.

Do you track the articles you read back to the source?

Do you have a local supply for your food?

Can you grow some of your own food?

We can riot but we cannot go to the polls to vote?





Thursday, May 28, 2020

Changed World

Everything has changed since I last posted.  Deemed essential I have worked throughout this Covid Crisis.  Some people I know have gotten sick and some have passed away.  Writing about prepping for years, I had to look at holes in my own home.  I was lucky and got in under the wire with some things.

1.  Seeds.  I did not have enough and was able to order through a few of my suppliers before everything shut down.

2.  A wide mouth jar sealing attachment for my food saver.  I got in under the wire for this before they became unavailable and I really should have had this.  If I couldn't get one I would have dry canned in the oven but I really didn't have the time to do so.

3.  Canning jars.  I always feel I never have enough but now they are harder to find.  I managed to find some in the half gallon size that I needed.

4. Meat.  Have enough for now but we do have to be more frugal with how we use it.

To save space I will be using the food dehydrator more as well.  Will post more about this in the future. 

I did sew up some masks and already had hand sanitizer, wipes, alcohol etc. 
I am thankful that we are all healthy here at home.

The new house was going full steam ahead through all of this.  We will be at sheet rock completion soon where we will take over the rest of the work.  The land is rough and that will take a while to get it into shape as well.


I hope this post finds you all well.





   

Monday, February 24, 2020

Rain

Hopefully after this afternoon the rain will clear up for a while.  I can't complain, at least we didn't have the flooding that was north of us.  This doesn't help with the construction of the new house.



Our footings are in and have been inspected.  This week we are hoping for the block to go down for the raised foundation.  When we called about the land we were told the gas line runs down the front only to find out later we have to go to a tie in.  Wonderful. 


We have a well now also.  Progress is slow but hope to see it get off the ground this week and hopefully next.
There are a lot of decisions to be made and we have been at this since July.  By the time the house is finished my daughter will be married and my youngest will graduate high school.  Lot's of changes.

My husband and I have been on a low carb diet for the last month.  I am down 10 but have stalled.  It isn't easy, I love my carbs.  We did the typical thing, trying to substitute cheese and different flours and it is much easier not to do those things.  It's really not the same.  I did buy a little Dash waffle maker and made chaffles with mayo, egg and almond flour.  It helps a little.  I made a large batch an froze them so I can pull them out when needed.  It is mostly snacking we have a hard time with.  I could live on potato chips. 
The latest buzz at work and the internet is the Instant Pot.  I bought my step-daughter one and she loves it, as do the people at work.  I have a regular pressure cooker that only use for beans but I am sorely tempted to buy one.  I had an air fryer that was given to me but I passed it on.  It wasn't worth the space that it took up in my kitchen for me to keep it.  We'll see.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Land

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas.  I couldn't post my news until now.  We bought 2.5 acres in the county.  Not too big, not too small. 


We have been looking for a couple of years. Above is the before picture.  Off to the left was an old house that was knocked down and unfortunately some mature trees were taken down as well.


This was taken after the land was cleared.  We still have about a hundred feet of wooded area in the back and a small creek runs through it. 


We also had some sand mix, and crushed concrete brought in.  We are waiting for some bids and look forward to building soon!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Nothing to See Here




Just a wet, cold day here.  Here is the pug on a sunny day.