Well, all of the ballots in my family have been registered as received by local officials. Ain't the internet grand? Right now 3 out of 4 have been marked as signatures verified. DS didn't get his in until Saturday night and the rest of us got them in on Wednesday, so that is probably why.
We have done all the grocery shopping we are going to do and now are prepared to hunker down for the week and/or month. I am hoping nothing bad happens, that people accept the results of the election with dignity and grace, but since that didn't happen last time, I have little faith it will happen this time. Hopefully it will just be tantrums again and not rioting, but the last several months with the riots springing up constantly, I again, just have little faith.
The downtown businesses are prepared to board up and will be armed on election day and the week following. I don't know if it will come here, but someone blew up a mailbox about 8 or 9 blocks away the other night so hard it ended up in four pieces, one of which landed on the roof of the home. I believe the mailbox was at the street and not on the house like many here are, but don't tend to be on that street since the houses are set so far back. I can't verify it through a news source, but the rumor on the neighborhood blog is they had a political sign in their yard. I really wish the reservation would stop selling dynamite to people who are not part of the tribe. It's really getting to be an issue.
I just want this week to be over. It's like sitting on the edge of my seat all the time and waiting for the country to explode or not explode. We are as prepared as we can be with the resources that we have.
I did get 14 quart jars of chicken canned and we will grind the rest of it tonight for the freezer. I still haven't gotten the garlic planted. My body is killing me from cutting up all the meat. I hate rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. It takes days to recover from things like this that are so simple for other people.
DH and I have started planning next year's garden. We want to build a large rectangular raised bed garden with enclosed fence. Two foot wide raised beds will horseshoe around the inside of the fencing and then the side with the door in it will have a sitting bench on one side of the door and a potting bench on the other with a sink I can hook a hose up to for rinsing vegetables and watering plant starts. Then in the middle section will be one long raised bed that you can walk all the way around. We will also fence over the top to keep out racoons and squirrels. That will protect everything but the strawberries from the deer and rabbits, too.
As for the strawberries, I want a hinged cage to go over those. One that will lift up from either side so I can pick one side, then the other, easily, without having to take the whole cage off to do it. Since it is an eight foot bed, taking the cage off is awkward for me to do on my own. With hinges, half can rest on the other half and then be pulled back down into place with very little effort on my part.
As for the inground garden, I'd like to expand it enough to double our potato yield and mom wants to double our corn yield. The green beans were just right this year, so that area is fine as is, just needs to be ammended and covered with a tarp for the winter. I think we will probably plant corn on the far side of the house in the narrow area between the house and the fence and that will be Mom's project. It gets a lot of sun there and should do just fine. Personally, I wouldn't waste the ground growing corn again if it were just up to me. We've grown it there before and the roots are shallow enough not to interfere with the French drain.
I will continue to grow my herbs in big containers, but next year it will be one type per container, except my big rosemary bush. I want it in the ground as a permanent feature. It is about 3 feet tall right now and quite tree-like. And basil will get two big containers. We have been self-sufficient on herbs that can be grown here for 3 years, but I can always use more basil, especially since it won't overwinter and the growing season for it is only 4 months.
I have been trying to sell the last two rabbits, both bucks, but winter is usually not a good time. Most people don't want to feed animals through the winter and want to aquire them in the spring before breeding time begins in earnest. They are quite beautiful so once people want them again, they should go quite quickly.