Not very likely. DH decided to check up on the freezer we ordered that was supposed to arrive this month, and surprise, surprise, it has been delayed until May now. I am losing all hope of ever actually seeing this thing. DH asked if the employee thought it would really come in March and he said nobody really knows. Supposedly they are supposed to be getting in some brand I never heard of "soon," whatever soon means. It's called Midea. From what I've seen the 21 cubic foot upright has good reviews, but again, it may also never actually arrive.
I am done with this pandemic and how it is affecting the supply chain, shipping, and trucking. We really, seriously, need to go back to building our own stuff in our own country. It would have curtailed a lot of this having to wait months to a year for new appliances if we'd never moved our manufacturing bases to other countries.
My goal for now is to eat down everything that is in our mini-chest freezer, so we can at least get half a hog. While I could fit a whole hog in the mini-chest freezer, we do need to have some room for fish, crab, and prawns once the different seasons start up. Meanwhile I am keeping an eye out for used upright freezers.
We are still working through our chicken freezer stash, but I can't imagine that's going to last more than two more months. I don't like what I'm seeing on chicken availability. Or pricing. I don't think I have the ability to raise meat birds anymore, either. I know it is only an 8 week committment, but they are a lot of work if you don't have room to put them out in tractors. Since most of our land is going towards garden space, we really don't have the space to give up to chickens.
Since my January pantry challenge crashed and burned due to the flu, I am doing a no eating out challenge for February. I want to keep a handle on that, because it is my greatest financial weakeness. It is just too easy to let money fritter through our hands when we get takeout as much as we do.
DH gave me the amount of tomorrow's paycheck so I was able to finalize the numbers for the budget for this payday. There was a lot of OT on it. There will be some on next time's paycheck, too, but doubtful it will be to this extent. Internet went up again, so I changed that on February and March's spreadsheets, which were as far ahead as I've worked, and then changed it on the 2022 Budget Template as well. I will also be adding line items to the budget for sinking funds for our yearly portions of property taxes and home owner's insurance, $25 and $34 per month respectively.
We have also finally convinced my mother to put out weekly trash cans instead of every two weeks and then having to call for an extra can at least once a month, so that will go up a bit, too. Since there will be a lot of stuff to throw away for the next several weeks as we clean up the back porch and clean out the garage and then tear down the rabbit shed we will be filling the cans with a lot of stuff.
Some stuff we will save, though. All of the studs out of the rabbit shed will be saved and pressure washed down. The roof's 4 x 8 plywood sheets look salvageable and possibly the side walls, but not the back and front walls, I don't think, or the floors. Depends on whether there are weak spots or spots with too much moisture damage. The window framing is also made from 2 x 4's, so those may give some salvageable wood as well. The cost of lumber is too expensive not to conserve what we have available to us. And we have always been ones to reuse as much as possible.
We may be able to build some garden beds with it. Any raised beds built out of it won't be in the main part of the garden, though, as we want all that to look uniform with the cinderblocks, so long as the cost of cinderblocks doesn't go up to high. We shall see.
I don't know if I mentioned before, but we are going to get grass-looking astroturf to go between garden rows as we can afford to do it. I am done with fighting weeds all the time.
I just hope after putting all this time into the garden this year, I'll actually have space to store frozen vegetables. I will can a lot of root vegetables, but some things are either not cannable or are just better frozen. My goal has always been to freeze enough zucchini, cauliflower, and broccoli for a year, but I still do not have the freezer capacity to do such a thing, so zucchini is my priority this year. I don't want to be beholden to grocery stores anymore than possible. The shortages are getting a little scary here and the produce is not best quality. Growing and preserving as much as I can is the biggest thing on our agenda.