2018 NOVEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

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  • #65586

    Cin
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    Started the new thread…

    The garage sales are finished for the year.

    Grocery shopping:

    Restocked what we used
    New canned goods for the LTS
    Sta-Bil for the gas cans (Husband refreshed them last week)
    2 new pairs of Cuddle Duds long underwear for me

    Husband mulched leaves that are falling. Temps are falling too – we might start the wood stove next week.

    Finished 2 quilts that have been on my project list for a while, one is from 2012 (did the patchwork, never quilted the beast). They are now in the ‘extra blankets’ storage area. One is backed with fleece, too, for extra warmth.

    #65589

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Took the truck (AKA “the Beast”) in for an oil change and tire rotation (regular but necessary maintenance to keep it running properly) today. Air filter and battery also needed to be replaced (Battery failed the load test done as part of the 28-point courtesy check.) Also had washer fluid replaced. Total cost to me? ZERO! The battery was replaced under warranty, and the rest of the cost was covered by my “Loyalty points.”

    On the way home, stopped by Lowe’s and got 10 more heavy-duty T-posts for re-enforcing the back corral panels and also picked up a hop vine on clearance to replace the rhizome that never came up.

    #65590

    Cin
    Participant

    I found an empty Lysol wipes container, so I took some flannel, cut it to the same size as the wipes (7 1/4 inches by 7 3/4 inches), zig-zag sewed the edges, rolled them up and put them in the container with a homemade solution recipe I found on the internet. The container can hold 20 wipes (it held 35 paper wipes, but they were thinner).

    The homemade solution:

    1 cup water
    2 Tablespoons vinegar
    1/2 teaspoon dish soap (I used Dawn)
    8-10 drops essential oil (I used lemon)

    Shake and pour over the rags in the container.

    I used one to spiff up the guest bathroom today and it worked great.

    I’l probably make some for the kids. I don’t use the paper wipes but may be forced to buy ’em to get the container. 🙂

    #65591

    IceFire
    Moderator

    After getting home from church, went to the feed store to get a couple bales of hay for the goats (wanted to get more, but that was all they had left. Will have to try again Tuesday.) After getting the hay home and in place, helped hubs with wiring the back corral panels to the T-posts he had driven in. Then, moved the last of the adolescent chicks out into their new homes (Speckled Sussex with the Buff Orpingtons and Barred rocks with the Barred Rock/Silver-Laced Wyandotte bunch. Finally, planted the Cascade Hop vine that I bought yesterday.

    #65595

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Picked up a bag of meat bird feed (for the turkeys) and sunflower seed (for the goat grain mix) on the way home from work before stopping off to vote. At home got the feed and seed unloaded in their respective areas before switching out to the truck to go to the nearby feed store for 4 bales of hay and a 50 lb bag each of oats, wheat, and milo (also for the grain mix.) Got it all unloaded into the feed room and mixed up the grain mix.

    #65598

    IceFire
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    We had a fire drill at work today so while we were all evacuated from the building, decided to take advantage of the time out and walk a few laps around the track…by the time they let us back in I’d done two miles. At first I was the only one walking, but by the time I finished the first 4 laps a few others had decided to walk a few laps as well.

    After stopping by the mailbox on the way home from work, had to go to the post office to pick up a package…my turkey-sized leg bands and killing cone for the turkeys arrived today. Now I’m ready for harvesting our Thanksgiving turkey.

    #65601

    Cin
    Participant

    Grocery shopping today.

    Restocked what we used
    Stocked up on canned goods for the LTS
    Turkeys were on sale for 78 cents a pound – I bought three

    Husband lit the wood stove this evening, temps will go to the teens tonight.

    A friend asked me to sew some goodies for her table at the local craft fair in December. So I started on some small projects, mostly bowl cozies for now. Also picked up a commission this evening, a Christmas apron. 🙂

    #65602

    IceFire
    Moderator

    After feeding animals, de-pooping the corral, then (AFTER washing up) making breakfast (yes animals get fed before people get fed around here), made the 90-mile drive to the city for a Sam’s/Costco/fabric store run today.

    Stocked up on the shelf-stable bacon hubby likes (can NOT get it around here), another 45-roll package of TP, 12-count package of paper towels, 2-pack of Peroxide, a couple 2-packs of Salsa, 6-pack of macaroni multi-packs of batteries, butter, stuffing and a few other things. At the fabric store, found a nice black silk shantung that will make a nice blouse (AND a few other items, since there was a bit over 5 yards on the roll, and I took the entire thing) and a thick-woven black and brown silk (think like a kind of coarse weave you might find on a sofa or chair, but SOFT, because it’s silk) that I’m thinking of turning into a suit for wearing to work.) Also found hubs a couple of long-sleeved pull-over type 1/4-zip collared shirts he can wear to work.

    Gassed up the car before heading home (gas was about 38 cents a gallon cheaper there than it is here) and got back just in time to help hubs feed animals and gather eggs.

    #65799

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Spent most of the day today working on the greenhouse. Used the polycarbonate panels salvaged from the greenhouse that had been destroyed by a microburst; also used reclaimed 1x4s to cover the gaps between the panels, and hold them in place (until we ran out, but what we had salvaged took care of half of the build. Did have to go into town to get additional 1x4s, and some 12-foot long 2x4s for use as supports for the roof. Daughter helped with putting up the panels and wood strips. Finished the walls on either side of where the doorway is, one end wall, and the entire length of the back wall (about 19-20 feet.)

    Still need to get the other end wall done, the roof over the one end and entry (the other side is already covered) and get a door on, but it’s done enough that I don’t have to worry about the stuff inside blowing out; as well as enough of a difference in temperature in the covered end from the outside air that it will protect the potted citrus trees, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, and aloe plants from the freezing temps we are expecting tonight (had our first frost last night.)

    #65805

    dmwalsh568
    Participant

    Replaced a leaky toilet (had already repaired it too many times and it was still leaking, so decided it was time to go new.) At least the new unit is dual flush so that should help with water usage.

    Got my early winter preps ready. Car kits have been put back, ice melt at each entrance to the house and shovels too. Snow was forecast for within 50 miles of us later this week, so it was time to get ready…

    #65808

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Picked up 4 bales of hay for the cow and goats, 100 pounds of oats, and 150 pounds of chicken feed.

    #65812

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Got the 4 12-ft long 2x4s up for the greenhouse roof, then had to stop and take the car in for oil change/tire rotation. On the way back, picked up some metal joining plates, then when I got home, put in the 2×4 pieces between the top and bottom 2x4s on one side, which will support the front vent window.

    Still need to get the support pieces for the vent window on the other side cut and screwed into place, then get the roofing panels on, and the end panels up.

    I’d get SO much more done if I didn’t have to keep stopping to go in to town to run errands. And of course, while I’m gone, NOBODY else (who is/are SUPPOSED to be helping) does ANYTHING on the projects while I’m gone.

    #65813

    IceFire
    Moderator

    After Church, went back to work on the greenhouse. Got the end wall up, and got the panels up for the roof. Now the only things left to do are getting the vent windows installed, get the ridge cap on, and get a door on. After that, it’s just finishing touches–adding wood strips to the spots between the panels on the INSIDE, putting the mister system in (already have it, salvaged from the greenhouse that blew away); then I’ll be able to get shelving back up/rearranged; get the “supply cabinet” emptied, reinforced, reassembled, re-filled; and get the corner tool holder in (and attached to the greenhouse frame so it doesn’t fall over, then re-filled); and get all the mess left when the other greenhouse blew away cleaned up. With the new setup, I’ll even be able to have some hanging planters, as well.

    #65818

    IceFire
    Moderator

    After feeding animals; getting the pumpkin pies made, green bean casserole, candied sweet potatoes, and stuffing made; went out to de-poop the corral and cow/goat pen. Then, decided to de-poop the chicken coops. Was coming out of the run with a bucket of chicken poop in one hand, and a shovelful in another, when daughters damned dog got in and started going after the chickens! She got hold of one hen…I literally had to grab her collar with one hand and start beating her with the other to get her to let go; then she got away from me and got my rooster. She managed to get out of the run with the roo and I was trying to round up the chickens that had gotten out when she took off out the gate with him. Finally got the rest of the chickens back in the run, picked up the injured one (she has a 3-corner tear in the skin, is missing a LOT of feathers, and some muscle tearing) and got her into one of the nest boxes. Trying to nurse her through the trauma and hope she recovers. So far, she seems to be doing OK. Not moving much, but alert.

    Once all the chickens were taken care of, had to chase the blasted dog all over several acres before I FINALLY caught up with her and took the rooster away from her. Got him bagged up and in the trash (pickup is tomorrow.) After that, spent the next couple of hours building an OUTER fence that extends several feet around the coop/run area. Had to remove some cattle panels from where I was building the “chute” at the driveway, but want to avoid a repeat performance. Using some leftover wire fencing as a temporary gate until I can pick up a gate and some gate poles/hardware on my way home from work tomorrow.

    #65822

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Picked up the posts, hardware and gate for the chicken yard perimeter fence; ridgecap for the greenhouse; 100lbs of oats for the horses, and a back of “meatbird” feed for the turkeys.

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