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A Do Nothing Day

May 26th, 2019 at 11:27 pm

Every morning after I take my Enbrel shot I wake up nauseated. Sometimes I shake it off, other times I throw up and this was a throw up morning. I hate that side effect, but I guess it is worth it for the benefits. But it kind of messed me up for the day. So I did nothing today except make pico de gallo. I used cilantro from the garden. Oh, and I guess I did harvest some lettuce and spinach and make the salad, too. DH did the cooking for dinner which was carne asada for our tacos al carbon. I didn't eat other than dinner today because it took until 5 for the queasiness to go away.

However DH painted the boards we primed last night. Now all that is left to do is the outside frames for the long sides. I hope to get them primed before we go to bed and then painted in the morning so they can be assembled in the afternoon tomorrow.

DS weeded the last 32 square feet of the onion beds, so all I have to do is ring those onions and then I can start weeding on some of the other beds. I should feel a lot better tomorrow and can do that while I am waiting for the paint to dry.

I am still hoping that on Monday we can take down the old turkey pen, because we want to use that ground for the garden as well, probably for potatoes. They'll be late potatoes, but that is fine. I just want to get them in the ground. It will be very fertile in there due to the bird droppings over the years.

I forgot to say that yesterday I turned over the compost pile after I cleaned out the rabbit shed. Things are getting done even if I have to take a couple days off here and there. I also had DH drill holes in one of the garbage cans, filled the bottom with the hay we swept up from the garage, put in 8 shovelfuls off compost with lots of red wigglers, and then topped it off with garden soil.

I am wavering between getting another tomato plant or putting acorn squash in it. We do have four other garbage cans that we can use, too, so maybe I will just do both. I am waiting for the dirt to settle and weigh down the hay and see if I need to top it off before planting in it, though. Sometimes the soil can drop as much as 8 inches, so it is always good to wait a couple of days.

I think we are going to come a lot closer to providing our produce needs for the year than we ever have before. Well, obviously we will still need to buy some fresh produce during the non-growing season, but those numbers are really going to come down for everything else.

When the onions are ready, I am going to try this really simple recipe for roasted whole onions I saw on Townsends [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV9spqCzSkQ[/url] Actually, I might try it before that. It just looks really good and we love onions.

Irlen, Rabbits, and Rain

May 24th, 2019 at 09:35 pm

I ordered some Irlen reading strips a while back and they finally arrived. My son, my daughter, and I all have some degree of difficulty with reading, particularly off a stark white page, but sometimes even off recycle paper color. I can adjust my computer with a filter, but I can't adjust books.

The reading strips are transparent and come in ten different colors and you put them over your page and move it down as you read. The difference in color makes it easier to read, especially with small print. This is something I have had more problems with since I broke my nose and had the concussion with it (I think in 2015), but I had no idea my kids had the same issue until I told them I had bought the strips and both piped up about it.

Anyway, it was fortunate that we all needed a different color. I was hoping that would be the case. I need a purple tint, my daughter needs a dark blue tint, and my son needs a lighter blue tint. This should help with headaches as well as words dancing and reading fatigue. Just judging from the little I've used it the difference is huge.

Today I cleaned out the rabbit shed with lots of petting bunny breaks and DH rearranged the rabbits so they are all on one wall. Then we brought in the haykeeper from the garage, which is also big enough to have the garbage can full of feed in it. It used to hold two bales of hay side by side, but since we only have 7 rabbits now, we only buy one bale at a time. And without the excess cages in the shed it can all fit in there nicely without taking up so much space in the garage.

It rained so there was no painting done today and no weeding. On the plus side it rained enough that I won't have to water the garden for 3 to 4 days. It was due to be watered today if it hadn't rained well. Tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same, but DH says he will fix a space to paint in the garage so we can get it done and hopefully be ready to assemble it on Sunday.

I Did Nothing Outside Today

May 23rd, 2019 at 11:51 pm

Well, yesterday I got 4 2 x 6 boards primed and painted, but I did not do anything today. I kept thinking about it, but it was so hot and then by the time it had cooled off, I just didn't want to. Which is a shame, because it is supposed to rain tomorrow and Saturday. Maybe I'll see if DH can rearrange some stuff in the garage so that I can get it done tomorrow. He only has to work for five hours tomorrow so will be home early. Then we have the long weekend to finish up.

I am sure there will be some breaks in the rain so we can get the bed put together on Saturday and then on Sunday, when it is sunny again I can start sifting the dirt out of the other bed and filling it.

I think I am going to take two of the garbage cans that we had for duck, chicken, and turkey feed, drill holes in the bottom and use them as giant planters. I might do some more tomatoes in them. We will have extra soil and will need to put it somewhere.

The bed that is so badly overrun with morning glory is only half full, but the dirt will still have to be moved, because the infestation is so bad there, that we will have to poison it and let the ground lay fallow for 4 months. I hate to have to do it, I've used nothing but organic methods for the past twenty-five years, but we have tried every other way so far and nothing has worked. Sometimes you have to compromise when the pernicious plants get too awful, and it seems there is no plant more awful than this, except maybe Himalayan blackberries.

In the fall, we can build the new bed and put down a thick layer of cardboard (probably 3 layers) as a barrier against the poison ground. Then a garbage can's worth of pine shavings (we don't need them anymore because no nesting boxes), which should cover the cardboard with an inch or two, then a foot of the used hay bedding from the rabbit shed, before putting in compost and garden soil. It will take a few years for the cardboard, pine shavings, and hay to break down and by then the soil beneath the bed should have recovered. Meanwhile, it won't get into any food planted there.

If we have any tree branches or chunks of wood off the trees laying around I will throw those in the bottom of the bed, too, as hugelkultur. We did that in most of the beds when we started them years ago. It was interesting to note when we emptied the one bed that the only thing left of that wood was bark from the biggest chunks. All the actual wood had rotted away and become part of the soil. It's a great way to dispose of wood when you trim your trees if you don't have a wood stove in the house as opposed to paying for green recycling at the dump or advertising free firewood. It is $12 per load to green recycle. This way I can compost it without tying up my compost pile for a few years.

Well, that is enough from me tonight.

More Gardening and Thinking About a Perm

May 21st, 2019 at 09:42 pm

I got the ends of the new garden bed painted turquoise this afternoon. I needed to wait and see how it dried as to see whether or not it would need another coat of paint. It doesn't, so I'm happy with that. It was very hot so it didn't take too long to dry at all. Now I just need DH to move them (they are heavy!) and put out the side boards for me so that I can prime them tomorrow and then paint them. It's not supposed to rain for the next two days, so getting this done before it does is big on my agenda.

I got another 24 square feet of onions weeded and ringed all the plants in that section. I have 48 square feet left to do. I will probably do half tomorrow while waiting for the paint to dry and then half the next day. One bed is about what my back wants to do in a day and I am not going to push it.

We planted 100 seeds of corn today and the butternut squash. I need to make one more hill so I can plant the sweetmeat squash. Both are very long keepers. I want to do some acorn squash also, which keep quite a while, but not as long as the other two. Sweetmeat is my favorite, but it is so large it is hard to get through one without processing a lot of it and freezing. It is bigger than a sugar pumpkin, but not quite as big as a medium sized pumpkin. Unfortunately you cannot can squash due to it having an inconsistent density or I'd can the heck out of it.

My back is doing so much better. I am still having issues with my left hip, but not as bad as before we rotated the mattress.

I am thinking about getting a perm in my hair. My hair is 3/4 loosely curly as it is, but the area from my ears forward and my bangs are straight. It is weird. I would like all of it to curl. I haven't had a perm since college and my hair was super long then and I got one of those spiral perms. I am not sure I would want to do that, especially with my hair being so much shorter now, but I want something smaller than a barrel curl.

I want something easier so I don't have to mess with it too much during the summer and can just take a spray bottle to it to tame it or put some curl cream in it, scrunch it, and go. What I don't want is to end up looking like a poodle like in 6th grade. Also, I don't want to have little old lady hair, either. So I need something in between those two things. I don't sleep well in curling things of any sort or I'd just do that. They get in the way of the C-pap, so not a good option for night time.

It's a tough decision. I dithered for months over getting my hair cut this short and then was so happy I did so afterwards. So maybe I should just bite the bullet and get it done. I have enough money in my allowance envelope to cover it, since there is next to nothing in personal care at the moment and won't be anymore going in until the 14th of June. I don't spend my money on much of anything so it would be a good thing to use it on.

Emergency Fund Update

May 21st, 2019 at 12:25 pm

I got my Google/AdSense payment today. After taking out 10% for tithing I transferred the rest to the EF.

$3569.33 Balance Forward
+__99.95 Deposit Added
$3699.28 New Balance

This leaves me with $300.72 to go to hit my next mini-goal and $36,300.72 to go to hit my ultimate goal.

Meal Planning for the Week

May 21st, 2019 at 12:18 am

Salmon, asparagus, mashed potatoes, berries

Chicken and broccoli, rice, berries

Tacos al carbon, tortilla chips, pico de gallo, berries

Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, grapes

French onion chicken, baked potatoes, green beans, grapes

Cheeseburgers, homemade French fries, grilled onions, salad, cole slaw, canned nectarines

Homemade pizza with pepperoni, sausage, red onions, bell peppers, fresh basil, cole slaw, pineapple

Odds and Ends

May 20th, 2019 at 11:19 pm

Well, I got some of the stuff done that I wanted to get done over the weekend, but nowhere near what I had hoped for. Mostly because MIL went into the ER for several hours and DH had to go be with her. But it turned out just to be an inner ear infection. She had never had one before, so didn't have a clue on the symptoms, and it was pretty severe and she had lost all sense of balance. This after they did an EKG and an MRI and ran a ton of tests. It can be pretty disconcerting the first time you have one of those infections. And then the next day DH wanted to go out and spend time with her.

I didn't have a ton of energy on Saturday anyway. On Sunday I did work in the garden for a couple of hours. I weeded 40 square feet of the onion beds and ringed those ones. I have 72 more square feet to do. I also planted basil (purple and sweet green) and broccoli and made up a hanging basket with nasturtiums.

I avoid planting nasturtiums in the ground or the beds at all costs and it will spread like crazy and take over. It is about as bad as morning glory for taking over, but it is not pernicious, in that when you pull it out it does not come back. Still, it crowds out other plants so confining it to a hanging basket where it can trail as much as it wants to without touching the ground and rooting is the way to go.

Mom roto-tilled the area for the corn and green beans and then this morning she planted the corn and made the hills for me to put the squash in. I haven't planted it yet, but I have the plants. Tomorrow she wants to plant the beans and I will work on painting the garden bed ends so we can get it moved off the table so I can start working on the sides. I want this bed built this coming weekend and I have 3 days of no rain to prime and paint in.

We rotated the mattress 90° last night as it was developing quite a dip on the side I sleep on and I thought it might be contributing to the pain in my hip. So now the head is the side, which is okay because it is a king size bed and it only takes a couple of inches off the end. It did make a big difference in how I felt when I woke up. I figure we'll have to rotate it again before this side breaks down, which is why I didn't just do 180° this time.

I need to sit down and make up my meal plan for the week. Usually I do that on Monday morning, but I slept in really late this morning and haven't got to it yet. I usually sleep in hard after working in the garden. It will only take me a few minutes, so I best hop to it.

Payday Report for 5/17/19

May 17th, 2019 at 12:42 pm

We had an additional $220 from MIL that we added into the budget for this two week pay cycle. It was reimbursement stuff so wasn't added into the tithe. But it does throw the numbers off a little bit, so I had to make a note of it on my budget spreadsheet. I always try to do that when this sort of thing comes up.

$327.36 Tithe
_400.00 Grocery Envelope
_300.00 Medical Fund
__75.00 Household Envelope
1000.00 Citi (Autopays and a lot of crap we shouldn't have bought last month)
__61.74 Life Insurance DH
__60.46 Life Insurance Me
__50.00 Blow Money Adults
1000.00 Monster Mom Loan Payment
_120.00 Allowaces Kids
_125.75 License plate tabs for the van
3520.31 Total Money Out

Monster Mom Loan Payment

May 17th, 2019 at 12:34 pm

$19,700.00 Balance Forward
-_1,000.00 Payment Made
$18,700.00 New Balance

I should be able to make another payment of $200 on the 31st. It is good to see the balance dropping so substantially again. Next month should be somewhere around $1500. I want this last debt gone so badly.