Viewing the 'Gardening Organically' Category
August 6th, 2021 at 09:19 am
I finally made it to the grocery store for a decent sized shop. DS and I went to Whole Foods since today was his day off. It really isn't as expensive as some people think. Like all stores it depends on what you buy. For organic, it can beat some of the other stores and some of their prices were lower than for regular produce or gluten free items in regular stores. I never find moldy produce there which is beginning to be more and more of a problem at one store I shop at. And it has more selection than say Trader Joe's, which I haven't been in in at least 9 months, because they were so draconian in their Covid practices.
I mean, the employees at TJ's were always rude, like shoving their way in front of you to stock something instead of waiting until you moved out of the way or rolling their eyes when the store layout had changed and you asked them were something was now, or when they discontinued an item that you bought a month before but they would lie and say that was discontinued months ago or a year ago. I've had a couple of them knock me off balance because they just run into you.
But their Covid practices were what really pushed it over they line. They were like 8 steps beyond what every other grocery store was doing. I swear I expected to end up in the disinfection scene from New Earth on Doctor Who or something. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htkUa_fVwCA
But they were inconsistent on enforcing it between registers. And I got one too many rude cashiers when I asked why the other cashiers allowed you to stand in front of the plexiglass instead of making you wait 8 feet from the place where you could watch your prices ring up or start bagging your food, I was done. They were just snarling and one even swore at me and I swear I was polite. I've worked in the service industry, so I don't ever talk disrespectfully to employees even if they are being donkey hats as it gets you nowhere (and I never talked to customers that way either, no matter how exhausted I was). If you have rules, everyone should follow them, not just one sole cashier. There is nothing they have that I cannot get elsewhere anymore. Plus their parking is, pardon my English, utter crap. I was willing to put up with it when they were the only game in town, but they haven't been that for a long time.
Anyway, here is what I bought at Whole Foods:
2 uncured sliced meat selections (think chorizo, cappicola, etc.)
1 organic watermelon
2 jars of soy free Hoison sauce (first time I've found this)
2 whole organic rotisserie chickens
5 organic nectarines
1 2 lb bag organic French fries
1 box Lundberg's organic Spanish rice
4 boxes Jovial gluten free brown rice penne pasta
1 box almond flour crackers (gluten free)
1 jar organic dill pickle spears
1 box Vital Farms pasture raised butter (cheaper than Kerrygold)
1 box gluten free pancake mix
1 box gluten free organic cereal Cheetah Chomps (like Fruit Loops in concept, but healthy)
1 box of strawberry applesauce (4 shelf stable pouches)
1 small box organic baby spinach
8 Siggi's skyr yogurt (various flavors)
1 pint organic grape jelly
10 pouches organic baby food
1 box Annie's gluten free white cheddar and shells pasta
1 box Annie's gluten free cheddar and rice pasta
1 half gallon bottle of organic lemonade and iced tea (mixed)
1 bag with 7 colored bell peppers
1 head of cauliflower
1 lb sugar snap peas (which they rang up as a serrano, I see, which is a lot cheaper)
1 bunch green onions
1 6 inch piece daikon
2 heads of broccoli
1 large bok choy
3 lbs of dark red cherries
I spent $211.95 and that grocery cart was full. I didn't buy much meat because we have a ton in the freezer. I will have to go to one more store to buy milk, bread, gluten and soy free bread, uncured hot dogs, and then Whole Foods was sold out of ginger and black plums so I'd like to get those, too. I shouldn't have to buy much else during the next two weeks, depending on how the fruit lasts. It seems to not last as long with days in the 80's and 90's like right now. The garden is producing lettuce, raspberries, zucchini, patty pan squash, and cucumbers now and it looks like I will have a lot ready by next week.
Oh, and the organic baby food pouches are because my daughter's gastropaeresis is acting up again, which makes it very hard for her to digest fiber. This allows her to have some fruits and vegetables in a pureed form. And since it is all organic, it really isn't that much cheaper to do it myself. The convenience factor is worth it, though I will still puree any food I cook for her that can be pureed. Right now having a soft food diet gives her digestive system a chance to rest without sacrificing nutrition. It is very easy for her to become malnourished and I don't always have the stamina or freedom from pain to do it all myself anymore. That particular yogurt was also for her.
I did order a shade cloth from Amazon last night for the strawberries. It cost $30.46. It's 10 x 13 and the two beds together are 12 x 4. They are hooped so while I probably only needed 8 feet instead of 10 for the sides, this was what was available. The strawberries are really struggling in this unrelenting heat and they are in the garden bed that gets the most sun during the day. Watering well just has not been enough and I don't want to lose them. I will move them next spring to a bed that gets shade during the hottest part of the day, assuming those beds do get built in late August and September as planned. I know at least one will, but I don't know if all four will. The potatoes and tomatoes are thriving, but I don't know what is going on with my peppers this year. They are stunted. I need to fertilize with fish emulsion.
There is the sweetest young cat coming by. I think she is descended from Mrs. Norris, a stray cat that was pregnant a couple of years ago, because it looks just like her. This is the most beautiful tabby in the traditional grey and black stripes. I think it is about five or six months old. It is just shy of the lanky teenage cat stage. It looks healthy and like it is eating, and I saw it with a mouse once, but there is no collar and when you pet the friendly little thing it has a lot of flea poop that comes off its fur, so it is infested.
It is what I call friendly/wary, which makes me think it has been recently dumped or got loose, but was raised among humans until then. I am putting out fresh water for it, but mostly the neighbor is looking out for it. It'll wind around my legs and loves to be pet, but it will not let me pick it up. I do wash with soap anywhere it touches me, though, as soon as I go in. I'm not getting flea bites or taking fleas into the house. Any clothes it touches go straight into the washer.
I wish I wasn't allergic to cats and DS wasn't. I haven't had one since the cat I got when I was ten died when I was 26 and I do like my ability to breathe. But this cat just makes me want to adopt it. It is beautiful and sweet and has such lovely eyes. I'm afraid I might fall in love with it. It is hard to be the cat person you are when it makes you miserable to have one in your home. The neighbor is looking out for it and will probably adopt it or at least bring it in for the worst part of the winter. She's a soft touch and all of her cats for the last 3 decades have found her, not the other way around. I might buy a flea comb if it gets really comfy with me and see if I can't help it. And maybe a flea collar. Do they make break away flea collars these days?
July 30th, 2021 at 08:32 am
I didn't fall asleep until two last night, which isn't unheard of, particularly on a night when I've been writing, but I wasn't last night. Then I woke up at 8 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep. I've been dragging all day, but I am in a surprisingly chipper mood.
I did manage to get some stuff done that I have been putting off. I called the main doctor's office to follow up on referrals for my daughter. She was supposed to have them done for P.T. for the torn miniscus and for an orthopedist for the same reason. The P.T. has been approved by the insurance company, but the orthopedist referral hadn't ever been started. They said to go ahead and call the P.T. place. I hate it when we see someone who isn't our actual doctor. They always seem to drop the ball somewhere.
While I had them on the phone I had them ask to renew a prescription for my daughter and one for me. Her's is a powerful NSAID, but not a narcotic and mine is a narcotic. Both cannot have refills left at the pharmacy, but have to be called in each time. It used to be you had to go into the doctor's office to pick up the paper prescription, but that changed when Covid lockdowns happened.
Then I called the allergist to schedule an appointment for my son. That was no waiting time on the phone, thank goodness. It'll be a 3 hour appointment so he can get all the little pinpricks to see what he is allergic to. He can't be on anthistamines for 5 days beforehand. It's not until October, so he should have had time to settle into his job by then. Speaking of which, orientation is tomorrow (the time stamp is still off, but I mean the 30th) for 3 hours. I don't know why I'm so nervous for him, but I am not showing it at all. I don't want him to be nervous.
After that, I called the P.T. place, but still no referral on their end. *sighs* It's a bummer, but there's only so much chasing down I can do. And I don't know how far out they are scheduling. I need to make sure they actually sent it to the place I asked them, too, if I haven't heart in a place. It might actually be somewhere else as they do use another place sometimes. I've gone to both, but one is a lot closer to our house than the other.
The new drug continues to help a lot. I was able to wash my hair without any help from the husband today. Usually he has to wash my hair, because it is hard for my one shoulder to be held above my head that long. I have obnoxiously thick, long hair, so it isn't a quick shampoo, rinse, shampoo, rinse, condition, rinse. It is a longer process. It's still no fun bending over the kitchen sink for my back, though. And I had to do the towel on the floor, wipe stuff up with my feet method for the water I got all over the place. Then kicked it to the laundry room. But I still did it.
The part of the garden on the drip hoses got watered. Two more drip hoses arrived in mail today, a 25 foot to finish off the blackberries and huckleberry area and a 50 foot for the strawberry bed. I picked off some more of the potato flowers. I am about 2/3rds of the way through with that. I can only bend for a little bit before it starts to ache. I harvested my first zucchini and some of my cucumber plants have itty, bitty cucumbers on two of them and I have an tiny patty pan. My pepper plants have itty bitty peppers, and my tomato plants have some small and medium green tomatoes on them.
My lettuce is finally ready to be harvested. Planting late on that means no lettuce until practically August, but at least I have some now. It is leaf lettuce so I just take the outside leaves and more grows from the center. So a salad is on the meal plan for tomorrow. I think I'm going to go ahead and pull the onions. Transplanting them from the containers might have been okay if we hadn't had that excessive heatwave for so long, but the watering just couldn't keep up, so a lot of the greenery died. Better luck next year.
I forgot to mention in the last post that DH got crab on the weekend. He got 8, one guy only wanted two of his 5, from the second day of crabbing. The first day was for the "office" party for his group. It wasn't as big a showing as usual due to people still not being vaccinated and not wanting to go to large gatherings. The kids and I were sick with that stomach virus, so we couldn't go. DH ended up bringing back five crabs from the leftovers. DH got the meat all picked out of the shells and a lot of went into the freezer. I can't due the picking due to my RA. My hands just can't. There is one container in the fridge that holds 2 picked crabs' worth of meat for snacking. It's pretty good. Dungeness always is, though I prefer snow or King, they just aren't around here.
They hope to go out again, but not sure what the season will allow. They will be going fishing, though. The salmon haven't really started running yet.
DH still hasn't called the Fridgidaire people. I hope he manages to get it done this week. I really need to give the hog lady a head's up. I do almost all of the calling and appointment making, but DH is the one who can explain things with the freezer best, so he really needs to do it. My speech gets confused a little too easily these days and I fluster when I call unfamiliar places that aren't doctor's offices, because that is usually some variation on a long memorized script. It's the meds (not the new one), but what else am I going to do? I'm miserable without them.
June 3rd, 2021 at 10:55 pm
We took the van in for a 5000 mile check up yesterday. It was basically an oil change and fluid fill up and an inspection to see what else needed to be done now that the car has reached ten years of age. They do have things they rec at either 10 years or 100,000 miles. Well, we only have 51,000 miles, but we bought the van in June of 2021 so we are going with getting the work done that is recommended. We paid $94.69 for that appointment.
Because we want to drive this van until it dies, maintenance if very important to us. Vehicles, even used ones, are super expensive, so we take as good of care as possible of our vehicles. They want to flush the transmission at $315, flush the coolant at $200, do an induction (cleaning the build up off the inside of the engine) at $170, and something to do with the electonic fuel injection at $170. That's a total of $855 worth of work. I only have $708 in my car maintenance envelope after paying for the other. That's a shortfall of $147.00.
Since DH will get quite a bit of overtime on the next paycheck, I will take out $200 for car maintenance, which will cover the shortfall and leave a little left in the envelope. I set aside $100 a month generally in this envelope. I will set aside an additional $100 the following payday, too. I don't like to run that envelope so close to bone.
I didn't end up planting any seeds yesterday, but we did get the wire hoops cut to size and put into the bed and then measured out and fitted the netting to the hoops. We hand watered, too. It was still pretty hot and it just sapped your strength. Today is 68 and much cooler so we will try to get it done. My soaker hose is supposed to arrive today. I got it for the bed that has the tomatoes, peppers, and summer squash in it, because those don't like to get their leaves wet and will get blight if they are wet too much. This way I can water at the base and not have to worry about that.
If I like the way the soaker hose works I will order them for the other beds, too. I want to see how great the coverage is with it. A soaker is the type that beads out water droplets not sprays them out. That's a drip hose. People get them confused, understandably, and then complain on Amazon reviews because it doesn't work the way they thought it would because they ordered the wrong thing. A simple reading of the description would tell them. But the whiney reveiws were actually helpful because I knew for sure it would do what I wanted it to do.
Tomorrow is my MRI on my back. Since the 20 weeks of physical therapy did nothing to improve things, they are now looking for disc issues, most likely a slipped disc. It would be nice to have an answer and maybe a better course of treatment. I really don't want to be on pain killers the rest of my life. It addles my mind.
June 2nd, 2021 at 10:58 pm
We finished building the second 21 foot long raised bed on the weekend and worked on getting it filled up on Monday. We let it settle and my intention was to plant it on Tuesday, but it was 86 degrees for most of the day. It finally cooled off enough to be outside around 8:30. DS and I transplanted the onions out of the totes I was growing them in. I gave them a deep watering and will water again tonight. We did get the rest of the blackberries planted, too.
By the time we were done moving the onions the sun was almost down, so I didn't get to plant any seeds. It is hot again today, but not nearly as awful, so I will go out after dinner and plant seeds for carrots, radishes, parsnips, broccoli, cauliflower, and kohlrabi. I am only going to do one row of cauliflower. Last year was the first time I was able to successfully grow it and I'm still a little hesitant to plant more after years of failures. Since I only have the two beds for now, I'd rather not risk much.
DH isn't going to have time to work on the third bed for probably a couple of weeks. He's got a lot of overtime planned. The next paycheck should be a very good one. I can plant more broccoli and perhaps cauliflower then for the freezer. And I'll sow more carrots for canning.
We've been picking strawberries for a week now. There hasn't been much, enough for everyone to have one every other day, but a lot are ripening. They are very good berries.
I still have to plant the sweet potatoes. I got a 90 day variety called Beuregard. I have the slips in water in a window. I am going to grow them in big round totes, with trellising for the vines to grow up. I'll put the totes on black plastic, because I don't want the runners escaping out of the tote and going into the ground. The whole point of growing this way is to avoid digging in the ground. We'll set the totes up where the fourth bed will go. That way we can build the bed around it and next year have a fourth one ready to go. As well as a fifth and sixth one.
Next year we'll really be able to grow a lot of food. This year it will mostly be eating fresh from the garden with some to can and freeze, but not enough. Still, it should lower food costs July through April and that money can go to save for pork and chicken bulk purchases. And I should have harvestable lettuce in a couple of weeks and radishes in 3 to 4. It will be nice when I can just cut the grocery budget in half for most of the summer.
May 14th, 2021 at 08:08 pm
Until today I think I went about two weeks between posting. I had my colonoscopy/endoscopy on the 3rd and it really threw me for a loop. They gave me ketamine. The anesthesiologist says it was the highest dose he had ever given anyone in his career. I was in a lot of pain and kept waking up. I don't remember being in pain, but I do remember waking up once and going ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, then nothing.
I think a lot of the pain had to do with the position I had to lay in, which was on my worst hip and worst shoulder and it put pressure on my degenerative discs, as well. But when I woke up my fibromyalgia pain was gone. I had been in the middle of a bad flare up and it was the weirdest thing in the world. Usually my pain background level is a 6 or 7 out of 10 and the really bad days can go up to a 10. I woke up at about a 3 and it was very specifically the degerative discs and the joints with arthiritis in them. And high as a kite. It was so weird to be at such a low level of pain. I'd forgotten what it was like to not have the fibro pain.
The high lasted a good 48 hours and then I was just kind of dissociative for another couple of days before I felt like I was in my right mind again. The fibromyalgia pain has not come back yet. It will, but for now it is turned off and I am getting stuff done.
My daughter had her lumbar puncture on the 7th and her spinal fluid pressure was super high. It was supposed to be a 20 and it was at 44. She was given a new medication to start on, but we had to consult with her neurologist because she is on another medicine that does not play well with others. It is generally a drug that needs to be weaned from if you take it for epilepsy, but she takes it for migraine. So we are waiting to hear back, but of course, the neuro doc is out of the office for the rest of the week.
They were going to see if they could consult someone else, but even if they do, that person may decide it still needs to be a consult with her neuro doc first. So we may get nothing until Monday. She can't start the new drug until we find out and she really, really needs to start it because her pressure is building up again.
People always go on vacation at the least convenient times, I've found, for our medical needs. Ah, well, what are you going to do, but wait it out?
Once she does start this medication it should help her significantly.
My chiropractor mentioned the other day that they are testing a new fibromyalgia drug that is supposed to be really promising and they are looking for volunteers. I have to look it up and see if I can find out about it. I wouldn't mind being in a trial and neither would DD.
My husband, son, and I are all scheduled to get our first dose of the Covid vaccine on Sunday and then DD is scheduled for the 25th (she wanted a late afternoon appointment and that was the soonest they had). We'll be getting the Moderna vaccine. I will be glad to have that done with.
We have hit our out of pocket max on medical so now all of that is covered for the rest of the year. We hit it before the above procedures so those were completely covered. I will still be putting money into the medical fund, though. DD still needs to get a pair of glasses. We were waiting until this stuff was resolved. And then DS needs braces. We'll be doing Invisilign. I have $3000 saved for that so far. We have to go in and do a consult and get an estimate, but it will probably be around $6000 based on what I am seeing online. Which I can save by the end of the year if I put $400 per payday into the Medical Fund starting next week.
I don't want to go into debt for it. I am hoping the orthodontist is willing to start with $3000 up front and then either do a pay as you go or wait until January for the rest. When DD had her braces the doc we went to wanted half up front and then the rest paid off in the following 3 months which was very hard on the budget and that was when we had 50% coverage on insurance. We have no coverage now with the dental we have.
I had been hoping to use that money for our deductible and out of pocket max for 2022, but such is life. We just never get ahead when it comes to medical expenses. But at least we break even.
I need to get the ball rolling on trying to get DD on disability. She's got hypothyroid, secondary adrenal insufficiency which makes her steroid dependent, ideopathic intercranial hypertension (too much spinal fluid on the brain), fibromyalgia, bulging discs in her back, traumatic brain injury, Raynaud's Syndrome, and Sjogren's disease.
I think she should qualify and then there would be that money to use towards her medical expenses as well as to give her a little something for herself. We can handle the living expenses, it's her medical that has us barely making progress towards our goals. She has to go off our insurance at 26. I don't know if there is any provision for her staying on longer because she is disabled, other than 18 months of COBRA. DH is supposed to check into that and what qualifies for it.
I am not sure if going on disability also qualifies a person for a government insurance like medicare or the other one, but we might be able to afford a policy for her with the disability at least. That's what she wants it to go towards if she can get it, her medical expenses. A private policy would probably be better just because so many doctors don't take medicare or the like and you are often relegated to a lesser standard of care because of it. That has been my experience with Mom anyway. It would help if there weren't so many run away costs in medical treatment.
Anyway, other than that we've been working hard in building the garden. It is going slower than planned, but is starting to come together. Once we make a bit more progress I'll post photos or a video link or something.
I've also been reading now that I have functional glasses. I'm on my third book in 4 weeks, which may not seem like a lot to the avid readers around here, but for me, it is. The first book I read this year took me 3 months because my glasses were so bad and it wasn't easy to read. This is so much better, now that they raised the reading line a couple of mm. It's such a tiny amount, but it has made a world of difference.
They are saying the library might open up on a limited schedule shortly. I hope so. I like to browse and by then I will be fully vaccinated. You just don't stumble across books that might be gems if you have to know what you are looking for to reserve online. I like the books I wasn't looking for. Those are some of the best.
It is also looking hopeful that the fair will run this year. They didn't have it last year and it was a major bummer for the community.
Not much else going on here.
March 18th, 2021 at 02:56 am
My husband, son, and I spent a few hours working in the garden before the son went down. My son was weeding the strip beside the house where we will be planting the blackberry bushes. He got a 4 x 2 foot area and a 4 x 3 foot area weeded. These are the nasty weeds that are really hard to get out because they have runners.
My husband got the garden bed empty that was so heavily invested with morning glory. The root structure in there was unbelievable. The three sides to the bed still need to be taken down, but he was beat after that, so that is a project for the next nice day we have. It's supposed to rain tomorrow but be overcast only on Friday. And then rain for the forseeable future.
I was working on digging up and dividing strawberries. It took me about 3 hours, but we have quite a tidy amount to sell and I've expanded the ones we are keeping to fill a 12 by 4 foot garden bed with four rows. I filled 4 garbage cans that I grew tomatoes in last year and then 3 more containers. There will be lots of strawberries this year for fresh eating, jam, and freezing. I should be able to sell 4 dozen plants at a dollar a plant.
I'll be able to divide both my peppermint, lemon balm, thyme and spearmint this year. And I've got some more fennel volunteers that can be sold. And I can divide my bee balm and plant it in a couple of locations. We will also be selling raspberry plants because we have way too many plants based on how many people actually eat raspberries. We will keep a few of the thornless ones and plant them in a different area away from the fence, so we can see if the morning glory starts creeping over from the neighbor's yard again and do something about it before it gets into ours.
I got a check in the mail today from Allstate for the safe driver's refund. It's for $37.49. I will deposit it on Friday (payday) and send it to the EF. I am starting to think maybe we will hit the original goal for the EF for this year after all. Wouldn't that be something?
February 10th, 2021 at 04:13 am
Every year I make up a food preservation plan, which is an overarching pantry plan, really. I keep the previous year's plans so I can see what I planned before, what I actually achieved, and what I might want to do more or less of. This includes a canning plan, a dehydrating plan, a freezer plan, and a long-term staples plan. It's really quite in depth and when I make them up, I feel like I've got a really good handle on things for the coming year.
This year I will need to fill 1,316 jars, 626 quart jars, 28 pint and a half jars, 573 pint jars, and 89 pint and a half jars. I have around 750 reusable canning lids, but will need to buy more and maybe some metal ones if I can find them. I prefer metal ones for waterbath canning, but reusable for pressure canning. They are supposed to be back in stock now, but there was huge shortage during 2020 due to people growing and canning a lot more food because they were worried about food shortages. I think I have enough jars, but if I need to, I can store the culinary herbs, medicinal herbs, and teas I grow in take out soup containers or spaghetti sauce jars.
Knowing how much I want to do, helps me to plan how much of what I am going to plant in the garden, how much freezer space I will need, and how many mylar bags and food grade buckets I need to have on hand, and of course the aforementioned jars and lids.
All of this, if I can achieve it, should cut our grocery spending by half. That is assuming a good growing season and a good harvest year. It is worth it to me even though it is a lot of work. When you have to eat gluten free and you don't want a ton of processed food in your diet, and you prefer organic, you have to find other ways of doing things so you can actually afford all that.
In my case, it turns me into a prepper, at least with food. Not a crazy one, mind you, but like what our grandparents and great grandparents did, because they had to. I will be most comfortable, especially in these days of pandemic, to have a year's supply on hand. That is my ultimate goal. We have been building it back since the year we had to use it almost all up when DH was unemployed for 10 months.
Anyway, if you would like to see my 2021 Food Preservation Plan I made a video of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iDcIjsSbTI
Maybe it will be helpful to anyone else who wants to build their own plan. Mine is for a family of four adults.
January 22nd, 2021 at 08:55 pm
I did get my Google/AdSense payment this week so I added that into the regular budget. 10% of that went to the tithe and the rest to the Emergency Fund. I did buy some garden stuff with the Citi card, but the rest of that was monthly charges for Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Sirius Satellite for the van (that includes the up to date GPS information), and Ting (our cell phone service).
I know I'm not meant to be using that card for anything but the subscriptions, but I did. And I'll be transparent about it, because that is what this blog is about. The seed catalogues online are selling out already and I didn't want to wait until today. I'm glad I didn't, or I would have missed out on the onion plant variety I wanted, the thornless blackberry plants, and multiple varieties of seeds that are very hard to get. As of today they were sold out. I checked. I have made all of my seed orders now. I will still have to order the seed potatoes I want, but if I miss out on those I'll just get some locally of a different variety. The shipping will get you on the seed potatoes, because 25 pounds is heavy to ship, so I probably won't order those until next payday, but on my debit card this time.
_400.00 Grocery Envelope
__75.00 Household Envelope
__71.99 Life Insurance--DH
__60.46 Life Insruance--Me
_300.00 Taxes Fund
_100.00 Spending Money--Adults
_479.25 Emergency Fund
_100.00 Car Maintenance Envelope
2814.73 Total Money Out
January 17th, 2021 at 06:07 am
My daughter came home from the hospital last night. They got all of the tumor. We have to wait a week or so for the biopsy results, but it did not appear to be cancerous. She is doing well, eating soup and Welch's version of Jell-O, which has no artificial dyes in it. She's a little high on the pain medicine, but that's kind of how she reacts to it.
I started physical therapy on Friday. They can't do much with me because of how inflammed I am right now, but they started an electrical stimulation thing called a tens machine and did that over the L-4 and L-5 vertabrae on my back. I think it made a small amount of difference, but it is early days.
The pantry challenge is going well. We still have not gone to the grocery store yet. I have only repeated one meal and that was because there were leftovers. I have salmon and spot prawns thawing in the fridge, both of which my husband and son caught. DD thinks those will be easy for her to eat. Her jaw and throat are pretty sore from having a breathing tube in during surgery. So easy to chew foods are on the agenda for a couple of days. We have a lot of seafood in the freezer, but it is getting close to the time when it needs to be used up by.
I finally succeeded in finding some dye free, fragrance free shampoo and conditioner. I am hoping they are good products. I still can't find a body wash like that that doesn't use coconut oil. We make do on the castile bar baby soap that is fragrance and dye free, but sometimes you just want a liquid body wash.
If that new stimulus Biden wants passes that will give you money for all dependents not just children, we will be getting quite a lot of money. DH made a mistake when he was trying to figure out our taxes early. Turns out we will owe somewhere in the $900 range, not the over $2000 he'd originally thought.
If so, and if this stimulus comes quickly I figure we'll open a spousal IRA for 2020, which may be enough to get rid of that tax bill, and see about getting a new ceiling in the tiny bathroom. If it doesn't pass or we don't get it, then I guess we will just have to save up to fix it. First off I will need to price everything, but I think DH and DS can do it themselves.
It should only require two pieces of the moisture resistant drywall and rental of a drywall lifter, and some tape, some mud, and some paint. We have plastic sheeting to keep paint from dripping onto the floor, tub, sink, mirror, and shelves. We saved everything our mattresses were wrapped in.
I got my first seed order today from Victory seeds. I am really excited about starting to plan for the new garden. We are completely redoing it with cinderblock raised beds that we will use mortar on to make a permanent structure. The wooden beds just fall apart too quickly and I don't want to throw away anymore money on this.
I have another order coming from Fedco and I have to order a couple more things yet, but not much. I am just waiting on one of the companies to put up its seeds for the year, which should be any day now. It's just the type of broccoli and the type of lettuce I want.
Not too much going on here. I have slowly been working my way through the novel I am reading and am about 80% done. I can't read like I used to since the concussion a few years ago and because of the floaters in my eyes so I mostly take 3 to 4 weeks to read a large print novel these days. I set my goal on Goodreads to 12 books read for the year. I listen to a lot of audio stories and books, though, but I don't count that as actual reading. I do read quite a bit online, but I have to put the magnification up pretty high.
I've now lost 13.4 pounds, but I gave in and ate gluten today, still within the confines of my diet. It was breaded cod fish. We will see how I feel tomorrow. I don't react like my kids do, but it usually makes me feel bloated. At least I made it halfway through the month.
November 3rd, 2020 at 01:24 am
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.
October 28th, 2020 at 10:24 pm
The lack of progress on the blogs is really starting to frustrate me. I know it’s a platform change and that just makes everything drag out longer. It looks like a better system when I can get into it. At least one from this century anyway.
So, I added up the numbers and this is what we have harvested this year:
102 pounds of potatoes
5 pounds of bell peppers
5 pounds of Anaheim mild chile peppers
3 pounds of serrano chile peppers
6 pounds of Trident poblano peppers
2 pounds of jalapenos
12 pounds of radishes, plus their greens
3 pounds of carrots
64 ears of corn
104 pounds of green beans
6 bunches of celery
12 broccoli heads
45 pounds of cucumbers
3 months’ worth of lettuce greens
30 pounds of tomatoes
5 months’ worth of chard (still going strong)
10 pounds of beets, plus their greens
1 quart jar each of dried peppermint, spearmint, raspberry leaves, bee balm, calendula, and yarrow for tea
1 quart jar each of dried basil, oregano, sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley, and nasturtium buds (dried they taste peppery)
I will be drying and powdering some of the poblanos to make ancho powder and the serranos to make a substitute for cayenne powder.
Sirloin steaks are on sale this week for $2.88/lb. Hopefully I can make it over to the store this week and get some. I’d like to grind some for burger. You can’t beat that price right now. Don’t know if I will make it or not. This sinus infection is still kicking my butt. I did go and have a car appointment on the 23rd and the doctor I saw put me on prednisone and an antibiotic called cefdinir. I had to get the liquid kind though, because the pill form is red #40 and red #28 and I really prefer not to have migraines, thank you. It tastes like artificial sweetener, which I also try to avoid, but sometimes you have to pick your battles. Since I can’t take penicillin without getting hives it is the lesser of two evils. And the Z-pack didn’t work last time.
Mom canned 14 jars of beef for me and seven jars of potatoes, so even though I’ve been in and out of it, things are still moving in stocking up the pantry for the upcoming cold and flu/political upheaval season. Time is running short and I want to be ready in time.
Oh, I forgot to mention, DS passed his driver’s test. This makes my life so much easier. His license should be here in a few days.
October 28th, 2020 at 09:57 pm
Things have been trucking along here in the days of a non-functional blog platform. Mostly, I've been canning beef. They had a massive sale on chuck roast, $2.99 a pound, at Fred Meyer on the last ad flyer and no limit. I went in 3 times and ended up with a total of 34 roasts. I did check with the meat guy and he said people just weren't stocking up and to take what I wanted because if it didn’t sell they’d grind it into hamburger. I always made sure there were plenty left. I will never clear a bin or shelf of anything except the particular type of chili DS likes. It is hard to find so I grab it when I do. I will be canning 14 jars today and putting the rest through the meat grinder for hamburger. It is far cheaper at the roast price than at the burger price right now.
DH dug up the last of the potatoes. It was a little over 4 pounds of baby reds. So that is done. I harvested all of the peppers and pulled them because I want to plant garlic in that bed, assuming I can find any to plant. I’m checking the feed store today. I cut off the side shoots on the broccoli and pulled them, too. I still need to finish that bed and then we will be using it for strawberries.
I picked the dried out snow pea pods and harvested the seeds for next year. With the way things are going seeds may sell out faster than they did this year because of the pandemic. I’m saving bean seeds, too even though I still have a big packet left. Thankfully, I’ve got quite a bit of corn seed. And if I can’t get seed potatoes in the spring, I can do the organic grocery store potatoes again. Maybe some of the ones I harvested will keep until March and I won’t have to worry about it. I have tomato seeds and zucchini seeds and sweet meat squash seeds that I harvested a couple years ago. And I have copra keeping onion seeds. I am most concerned about finding an open pollinated carrot seed so I can start saving carrot seeds in the future, too. There are a lot of seed packets in my bin of some older seeds so maybe some of those will germinate, too. I’ll be starting a lot of my own seeds in the spring. I’m going to do a full set up, no playing around this time. It was hard to find all the starts I wanted last spring. I need to be better prepared this time around.
I just want to be ready for whatever is going to be thrown at us next. I really dread what the next three weeks are going to bring for this county. If riots come to my city, I don’t know if we can protect ourselves. We should be far enough away from Seattle, but we do have about 100 or so of that sort who like to cause trouble here downtown. Mostly college students and university professors. Usually armed citizens come out to deal with it and protect the shops, though, just as a presence that keeps things from getting out of hand, so who knows? There’s three months to go after that before we see if things will even go back to some kind of normal.
Hopefully, it’ll just be bad for a week. We have to go to Virginia Mason in Seattle two weeks post-election to the liver specialist to see if my daughter’s liver tumor has grown, although we should have the MRI results back in her patient portal sometime this week. I still like things interpreted by a doctor. The day before that she will be meeting with the new endocrinologist who specializes in adrenal insufficiency, so there will be an overnight down there which makes me even more nervous. Most of the rioting has been going on a half mile away from the hospital, but that is not very far. The talk is that they will riot no matter who is elected. Fun times. /sarcasm Remember the days when people accepted the results with dignity and grace?
This afternoon I have to take DD to the rheumatologist and remake the appointment I cancelled for myself because I was sick while we’re there. I think I’ll just make mine a telemedicine visit, though. This time of year I tend to get sick a lot. I really need to make an appointment to get my eyes checked for new glasses, too so I can get them and some contacts. I am sick of my glasses fogging up every time I put on a mask so I want contacts for the days I have to go out in public.
I made a very good loaf of gluten free bread last night, in the bread machine, using Jovial gluten free bread flour. I tweaked it from the last time I made it and it was far less dense and the crust was amazing. It was almost as big as regular sandwich bread. I think with a bit more yeast, honey, and salt I can get it to be a fantastic loaf, but this one was enjoyable. The one before was too dense for my liking. I am getting this thing down. And once I do I’m going to try to find a way to make a crispy crust gluten free pizza. I can make a soft crust, but I want to get that crunch I like so much from the gluten pizzas. I think this bread flour will help. Jovial’s been in the business of gluten free since way before it came a thing and just belonged to celiacs. They have the best pasta and I am looking forward to trying their pastry flour, too.
Well, I’ve wasted enough time on here, I best get back to real life for the day.
October 22nd, 2020 at 08:51 pm
October 11th, 2020 at 07:19 am
We harvested two more rows of potatoes and got 22.6 pounds of mostly gold potatoes. Organic gold potatoes go for $1.79 a pound right now, so that is $39.38 worth of potatoes. Two rows took 9 seed potatoes cut in thirds. There were about five reds in there. The golds were a lot bigger than the reds were last harvest.
We have 7 more rows to do and I am hoping we will be able to get a couple more rows dug tomorrow. It depends on the weather. It takes 15 pounds to do a canner load of potatoes. Technically it is two pounds per quart, but by the time you peel everything and cut away any spots you've lost about a pound, so I always plan 15 pounds.
These rows got more water than the initial 3 rows, so I think that is why we got so much more from them. As we continue to go on they got even more water, due to sprinkler reach. Next year I am going to make sure I have a sprinkler directly in our potato patch. It needs to be watered at least once, if not twice a week, and more evenly.
I am just really happy I did so well on Trader Joe potatoes and not even seed potatoes. Next year we will get seed potatoes for sure, though. I am not playing any late garden games. It will be ready early no matter what the excuses are from the men folk about weeding and preparing the ground. If I can do it with my chronic diseases, then they can do it without having any of them and work right by my side. To be fair, DS did help in the beginning, but I had to bribe him, so there's that.
We still may be having food shortages next year, so we will be more prepared than ever as we go through 2021. It might be worse than this year and I am determined to keep my family fed if this virus continues keeping so much of the economy closed.
October 10th, 2020 at 12:28 am
My plan for the weekend is to get the rest of the potatoes dug, so I can get them curing for 3 weeks so we can bag them up and store them in the basement. We also need to move the piano from the great room to the living room. My sister will be moving into the great room soon. She's not going to have an easy time of living here. There won't be any privacy for her and Mom is already making things difficult, not wanting to give up an inch more of space than she has to. She's always been kind of stingy with space, like that. It took us years to actually have full use of the cabinets in our own kitchen.
Mom is a bit of a pack rat. She holds onto things well past when she should. She still has a lot of my dad's clothes and he's been dead for years. She's also been hanging onto my Dad's dresser. Not because she needs it, it is empty, but because it was his. It takes up a lot of space, though. I get that it holds sentimental value, I suppose, but its been like 10 years. She won't let anyone refurbish it and use it, either. It's a nice, solid wood dresser, but it is very dark. We would have liked to have stripped it and done a nice pine colored varnish or a pretty paint or something and actually used it, but she's a little irrational about that idea. Bringing it into this century would make it useful.
She also needs to get rid of some books that were Dad's, but won't. He read a lot of westerns. Mom doesn't read westerns and no one else does either. Mom doesn't really read much at all. She still has all of her books from college, which she went to in the 60's. I don't even have all my books from college. I kept the history book. She says she'll never read any of them again, but she doesn't want to give them away.
She also has a bunch of dresses from the 80's she doesn't want to part with. Like ten of them. She'd have to lose 100 pounds to wear them again, which is never going to happen, the woman lives on carbs and won't touch most vegetables, but she is keeping them because she might lose the weight. At 81, I don't see that as happening. And yet she goes on to complain that she doesn't have enough space in her closet. She has two closets, plus one in the upstairs full of useless clothes.
She's said over and over she doesn't want to leave a bunch of stuff in the house for us to have to deal with when she dies, but then she holds onto it with a vice grip. It's weird and maybe a mental issue. I figure there will just be a lot we have to deal with when the time comes.
There has not been much going on in the financial realm for me this week. It's been 7 days since the last time I spent any money. I've been working on the pantry, or rather, on filling it. There was a great sale last Friday on chuck roast, so I canned 10 quarts of chuck roast and 2 pints of chuck roast. And I helped Mom with 9 pints of chuck roast for herself. Meat takes a long time, so there is a lot of baby-sitting the canner involved. It's about half an hour waiting for it to vent, 10 minutes venting time, 5 to pressurize, 90 cooking time, and then a half hour to come down from pressure, and 10 minutes with the lid cracked to equalize to room temperature before taking them out. A regular canner will hold 7 quarts or 8 wide mouth pints or 9 narrow mouth pints. So it was a lot of work and wait time. And that doesn't even include the amount of time to cut all the meat up.
There is a new sale on chuck roast at a different store this week, so I will break my no spend streak and pick up some more roasts. Depending on the limit, I'd like to get at least 4 for a canner load, or 8 if they will let me for a double canner load. Fred Meyer didn't have any limits, but Safeway usually does. Right now I have sixteen jars on the shelf, but I would like to double that before winter hits. I also want to do at least another 14 jars of chicken.
Today, however, I have to do tomatoes. I cut them up last night, so all I need to do today is heat them, fill the jars, and get on with it. Tomatoes are quick in the pressure canner, just 25 minutes for pints (plus all the wait time at the beginning), so they are not a several hour process.
I also think I have enough green beans for 4 pints, so will hopefully get that done tomorrow. There might be enough still in the garden to pick more. We have gotten nowhere near a frost yet and they will keep producing right up until. If we are lucky we will have a late frost. Generally it is on Halloween, but there have been years we didn't get one until Thanksgiving. The tomatoes have slowed way down, though, because the nights have been in the 50's and they don't like that. I am tempted to just go strip them and let them ripen in the house, so I can be done with that part of the garden.
It has definitely turned into sweater weather here. Long pants and socks, too. So far we have not turned on the heater or the heated blankets, but I have added a second blanket to the bed. It is also getting to the point where I have to wear my hair down and not up or the back of my neck and shoulders is goosebumpy. The leaves are turning and we have some really pretty yellow ones going on right now. The red and orange ones usually take longer to show. The roses are still blooming, though. It is very pretty. Stew weather is here. I think that's what I'll make for dinner tonight.
September 21st, 2020 at 07:39 am
The air quality is back to normal here as of yesterday and thank goodness. We still have the new air purifier going because the house still feels a little smokey, even after cleaning the duct work and the furnace filters (has a cooling function, but not air conditioning). It is working really well. We got a Japanese made Zigma, which can do 1580 square feet. It's very quiet and it is doing its job well. After 3 days, I think we will be able to turn it off tomorrow.
Yesterday we went out to a U-pick apple orchard, but we didn't actually U-pick. The apples we wanted that are ripe right now were Tsugaru and those ones are 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot. Honeycrisp was also available for U-pick and those ones are a 1/2 mile walk. Now they do have a tractor train, but because of social distancing they only fill every other car and only one family group per car. The line to wait would have been an hour.
Instead we paid the extra 10 cents a pound and walked out with 11.7 pounds of Tsugarus (my favorite apple) for fresh eating for us and 7 pounds for Mom. I spent $33.17 and Mom spent $20 even. She didn't go, we just got them for her. I did break my gluten free thing for the fresh apple cider doughnuts. They weren't as good as I remembered and I'm swollen today, so that wasn't worth it.
We picked corn and beans today and yesterday. We got 31 ears, five of which we gave to Mom. There was probably a canner load of green beans. I'll be canning tomorrow. Tomatoes, too, since I have a ton of ripe ones in the house. Raccoons had gotten into the corn, because some of the stalks were pulled back and partially eaten. There isn't any more mature corn out there and I don't know if we'll get the rest or not as it may be too hard to keep the raccoons out now that they have found it.
We'll be eating corn this week quite a bit and I'll freeze a few ears. I don't know if I want to bother with corn next year. I know my mom does, she wants more than we planted this year, but she didn't really help with the garden much this year at all. Maybe two hours total of helping to weed and get stuff in the ground.
Preparing the ground for corn is not on my priority list and is a job that requires my son and I to do most of the work. He is likely to have a job next spring and I don't want to do it myself. I'd rather give it to things that will last all winter, like potatoes, carrots, onions, and green beans (canned). We never plant enough corn to can it and if we did we wouldn't be able to plant anything else. Mom is really good at planning work for other people to do.
We had to buy a hand rail for the inside steps where we are going to be putting a ramp. They are so expensive, it is ridiculous. But trying to design one was driving DH insane so I just said to go ahead and order one. It will be easy to install and it will be done. That was $335.71.
As to things that are completely irrelevant to my life and finances, I finally got around to watching the first episode of the new season of Dancing with the Stars on Hulu, my one reality show. My favorite pairings are Nev Shulman and Jenna, Justina Machado and Sasha, and Jennie Mai and Brandon. Justina's personality is so much fun and she moves really, really well. Nev seemed like a natural. I thought Vernon (the football player) and Peta Murgatroyd had a very good chemistry and balance between them and he had some natural grace..
The basketball player was, as they usually are, awkward on the dance floor, and too, too tall for a natural posture with his dance partner. They had the best costumes, though. The ice skater, Johnny Weir was a natural, but I always feel skaters have an unfair advantage. He's a little untrusting of having a partner since he is a singles skater. You can see it and feel it, but once that has passed I think he has a real chance to win. The others were good but didn't stand out to me.
There was a lot of good potential with most pairings, but the cat lady needs to go. She got the lowest score so she likely will. It was weird not having a real audience and to see the judges so far apart from each other. I was very pleased to see Britt had made it out of the troupe and into being a pro. I've noticed her in the troupe the last few years and was hoping she'd get the promotion at some point. Her smile always seemed the biggest, she was the most energetic and enthusiastic, and I don't think I've ever seen a black female pro in competition on this show before, just males like Brandon and Keo, both two of my favorite dancers.
I wish Whitney and Lindsay were still on, but they are both Australian so may have had issues with travel like Len, who isn't judging, but will pop on via satellite a few times, it looks like. I am still ticked that Tom Bergeron is gone, but I haven't liked a female host since Brooke so I wasn't sorry to see Erin go. Tyra Banks does not seem at ease with the role of host, a little like she is trying too hard to be liked. I hope she settles down into a more comfortable rapport with everyone. It might have been a lack of audience. She just seemed really nervous. Hopefully she will get over that in the next couple of weeks.
It was a great episode, though, and a nice bit of escapism. I am surprised they let them make it though, with the Covid restrictions, because no one is wearing masks and the partners can't social distance from each other obviously. It's nice to see it, though.
September 4th, 2020 at 06:10 am
I canned 10 more quarts of green beans yesterday, bringing the total count to 29. A deer got in the garden and ate a lot of the middle sections of beans and I am not sure if that part will grow back now that we've fixed the fence. It has caused a rush of growth at the top as the plants try to make up for the loss of leaves, so maybe it'll just get really full of beans up there where the stupid dear can't reach. It doesn't eat the vines, thankfully, so the plants are still alive.
I may have to buy some beans if I want to have enough canned for the year. I had really hoped not to have that happen, but I want to can 104 jars. I should have been able to with what I planted. I sure wish I could put that deer in my freezer to make up for what it has stolen from me. I am just glad they don't like tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. Maybe someone will trade me beans for cucumbers.
My knee was so bad today I didn't do anything but stay in bed and keep it elevated. I was pretty wiped out from snapping beans and canning them yesterday anyway. It doesn't seem like it should, but when when you've got two autoimmune diseases, it takes its tole on your body. Tomorrow is payday and shopping day, so I am glad I took the day to rest. I think I will have to use the ride on carts, though. I try not to unless I absolutely have to, but I'm not sure my knee can handle one store, even with the shopping cart for support.
I'll be through my antibiotics by Monday and they should let me come in for an in person visit on Tuesday at that point. If I can just get the fluid drained and maybe a cortisone shot I think I can manage. Unless I did tear something. If it gets any worse over the weekend, I'll just go to the hospital. Our out of pocket max is met, so it won't cost us anything to do that.
We've gained over $500 in the stock market in six days. It's been a crazy week.
September 1st, 2020 at 01:00 am
It always seems to take forever to get here in the garden season, but finally at the end of August everything explodes into production. I picked more green beans today and it is around the same amount I got last time, so I think I will have another 12 quarts at least. Something has been eating the middle portion of the vines. I am thinking a deer got in, so we are going to have to do some additional deer fencing. Darn dear.
I picked half a 6 quart bowl full of tomatoes and got 2 more zucchini. I gave half a dozen cucumbers to the neighbor lady. I will work on snapping them tonight and will can them tomorrow.
I did pull out a lot of weeds from the base of the beans. I am just glad I felt good enough to do it. I still have some things to harvest tomorrow. It looks like the first broccoli is ready, maybe two. The last of the carrots need to be pulled. And the potatoes still need to be got to and the herbs need to be attended to. At least everything got watered really well last night. One of the tomato plants needs more today, though. It really is suffering. I might want to pick up a bag of compost for it, too.
It will be nice having the veggie portion of our grocery bill go down for the next month.
August 30th, 2020 at 12:29 am
I spent 4 hours yesterday snapping beans. DS helped me during the last hour. All of that resulted in 12 quarts of green beans, bringing the total I have canned so far to 19 quarts. I need to go out and pick some more today, but likely won't snap and can them until tomorrow. My hands need a break. I need to pick tomatoes today, too, and maybe see about getting some of the herbs in and drying. The carrots might be ready to pull and I need to do a test dig on the potatoes that were planted the earliest.
All I really want to do today is veg out in front of Hulu watching ER. I forgot to take my blood pressure medicine yesterday until bedtime, not the ideal time to take it, but I took it then. I feel very hungover, but at least the fluid is leaving my body. I swelled up pretty bad. I thought it was just from all the repetitive motion of snapping the beans, but no. I think I need to start setting reminders, because I forget to take it at least once a week.
My weight loss continues. I am down 11.8 pounds and have 1.9 pounds to go to finish my dietbet. I have 11 days to go. I think I will crush this if I don't do anything stupid with food between now and then. I don't think DH will win his. He is only at 48% of goal, but at least he is losing something. Other than quitting pop, I'm not sure what he is doing. I don't think he is exercising at all. I mean, I'm not, either, other than gardening, but I am controlling my diet.
Yesterday was my mom's birthday. She is 81. It was pretty low-key as she wasn't up for anything. She did get calls from some of her grandkids, an email from one of them, and of course my kids saw her in person. She forgot it was her birthday for most of the day anyway. My eldest sister came over. I don't know if my middle sister called her or not. I didn't ask. She usually sends a card, but she's in the process of moving so I don't know if she remembered to this year or not.
I'm debating on what to make for dinner tonight. Maybe we'll barbecue some burgers and sweet onions, patty pan squash, corn on the cob and have some fresh cucumbers. That is a pretty easy dinner. If DH is too tired to drag out the BBQ than we will just do it on the griddle inside. I really am in the mood for burgers, just not takeout burgers. I'm avoiding wheat, so gluten free buns or no buns is the deal.
So far we only ate out once this week. My goal for next week is to not eat out at all. But once was sure better than four times. I am really tired of wasting money on restaurant food. I just need to have the energy to make it happen at home. DS said he'd step up to the plate more, so hopefully he actually will.
I need to try to make it to the grocery store tomorrow. Chicken and chuck roast are on sale and even with limits, they take the same amount of time to can, so between the two I can get enough meat for a canner load. DH will cut up the roasts and I will do the chicken. We'll get it done.