Tuesday, September 30, 2008
My days have been spent working at both jobs and trying to put up what I can at home. The grapes and garden are done. I have been buying some local produce where I can find it; however, that appears to be almost finished as well.
Doing not Thinking Challenge: The furnace will arrive tomorrow and Ronnie has permission from his employer to take off when it arrives to get it installed and hooked into the house. Heat would be good as the nights are getting colder. It is colder earlier this year.
Recycling at work is going well even though the cleaning staff was initally resistant. I had added some goals to my Challenge, specifically related to Ashley's room and I think I need to revamp my list. I'm thinking on it and will create a list to the side of the blog. =)
Stay safe and well.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I like typepad; however being a paid site, I cannot justify the expense when I can ramble somewhere else for free. =) Some of the peeps I read have wordpress and I very much enjoy the variety of creative outlets available. I just need to figure out how to snatch the code (CSS or HTML) from some of the page designs I like and move it to blogger. If I can get that tackled, then I will leave things as they are. =)
Thoughts? Opinions? Or am I just feeling restless and am better off leaving well enough alone.
Oh, and the furnace has been delayed another week. It was originally scheduled for delivery either yesterday or today. Gene called to say that it would be next week. Apparently production has been slammed and there are a zillion people in front of me. Trick is my heating money has gone to purchase the wood furnace, so there is no extra for 100 gal of heating oil (especially at 4.60/gal). We are bundling up and adding blankets at night. It is good practice for this winter! =) Wood splitting is going well. Ronnie uses a maul and is through a log in no time. I use a wood chisel and an 8 lb. sledge hammer. I am still working on my first log while he is on his 4th! lol It'll get better with time. I think I just need to get another maul and work on my aim. =P
Thursday, September 18, 2008
We had a few obstacles to overcome, like small trees, lots of brush, etc. We got there though. Saved as many smaller trees as we
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Second: The recycling green boxes for work arrive this weekend so we will have company wide recycling come Monday - I am so excited!! =)
Ok, home from work (11:44 pm est) and headed to bed. Will post a tandem picture tomorrow.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
This Sunday, while Ashley and I were picking grapes, Ronnie measured and pulled through his guide wire to use in pulling the pipes and wiring through the conduit. We are getting closer to stove arrival!
When you look at the front of our house, to the right is the old Ashwood School that has been or is in the process of being renovated into an antique store (open now) with the owners living on the 2nd floor. These neighbors are pretty cool as they are into sustainable living and can from their garden all summer long. Their garden is impressive. Anyway, between the school and my yard are some hundred year old trees that are dying or have died. One actually fell two years ago and thankfully, hit nothing vital. The one branch that ended up in my yard dug a divet that was two feet deep! These ancient, but dead, beauties are coming down this October - good for the neighbors taylor stove and really good for the garden next year! =)
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
- Garden appears to be fizzling - I need to get back in and replant the cucumbers and more of them.
- Check on status of stove - everything is in place - Delayed three weeks!
- Purchase Federal license to pick up dead wood
Recycling continues to be a challenge at work. It is amazing that even though I have cans marked, how much is till put into the regular trash. *sighs* This goal will be ongoing. Sally is off work this week as her son is getting married and she holds the key for moving the program along within the company.
I think I am on track with all my Doing not thinking challenge goals, minus the mac-daddy dream: full time homesteader. Once I get the whole, how-to-pay-the-bills thing figured out. . .
A new goal: to start working on how to build/where to place a chicken coop. I want a coop the ladies can be in during the winter nights and then a tractor for them to hang out in during the day. The tractor needs to be safe for them to be in while I am not home. There are numerous ideas available on the web, I need to decide on one and run with it. Placement is key; Needs to be where they will not bother the neighbors (no rooster). Then there is everything that goes along with that - food, waterers, bedding. . Did I get everything? Also, I do not want to raise them from chicks as I am afraid they will die since I work outside the home everyday. Many locals talk about buying poulets from places a few hours drive away, which is fine with me. Fewer losses and I can get the number of hens I need instead of overbuying in hopes that I will end up with 5.