December 2018- What Did You Do to Prep This Week?

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  • #65832

    IceFire
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    Starting the new month. Took the car in first thing this morning for brake job and alignment. To me, keeping vehicles maintained is an important prep.

    This afternoon, de-pooped the chicken coops, got the duck pool cleaned out and re-filled, and got a little more stuff moved into the greenhouse.

    Neighbor across the street from our back section asked permission to trap some coyotes on our back acreage. Turns out there are TWO coyote dens back there, so having him remove them is a plus. I WILL have to check with him if he has plans for the pelts. If not, son-in-law wants them to practice tanning. Seems like a win-win, to me.

    #65833

    Cin
    Participant

    I’ve not been doing much because I had company for the past 2 weeks. And now I’m gearing up for Christmas. I make most of the gifts we give, sewing, food, and sometimes other crafty things.

    10 pints of hickory syrup made. I won’t be canning these, they will be gifts for neighbors and friends.

    Sold nothing at the consignment shop for October…:( but apparently I sold stuff in November (we get paid a month behind, after the 10th).

    Today I have to hit the sewing room and get some gifts made!

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    #65836

    IceFire
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    After Church, went and got the 12 ft. 2x4s and ridge cap for the greenhouse, as well as the additional 1x4s I needed, plus a couple of 10 ft. 2x4s for making the greenhouse door purchased. Replaced the cattle panel I had swiped from the pig pen to make “chicken Ft. Knox and wired it in today, then got the gate rigged up, so other than the shelters, the pig pens are done. After that, worked on cutting the 1x4s and getting them screwed into place between the polycarbonate panels on the inside. Also got some more of the brackets in place to hold the mister in place. Still have more work to do before the greenhouse is done, but at least have some more progress made.

    #65842

    IceFire
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    Since we couldn’t go to work today (Post was pretty much shut down since it was declared a Federal Holiday, so no access to the buildings) husband and I worked on the greenhouse. Got the vent windows in (to include cutting down the roof panels a bit so the windows would fit) and got the ridge caps on and screwed in. (Of course, I was the one up and down the ladder, and hanging over the side to reach the spots where I had to get the screws in.) After that, finished getting the mister hosing fastened in, and got the mister heads set in. Then got the corner holder for the yard tools wired in to the frame (so it wouldn’t fall over) and put the tools in. Also got the cabinet that had been in the other greenhouse (that was blown away) emptied and taken apart, then reinforced the shelves, moved it into the greenhouse, reassembled it and started putting SOME of the things back in it (the rest will need to wait until I can get some new containers to hold the small things.) Also got some “eyes” screwed in to the top to hold the hooks for the hanging planter baskets (4 of them, which are now hanging.)

    Once all of that was done, took the truck into town to get gas and to hit the grocery store for “Old Farts Day” (MY name for it…1st Wednesday of the month is “Senior Discount Day”.) Bought a little more than originally planned…Campbell’s soup was on sale for .99 per can (it’s usually 1.99), and with the Senior discount, came out to .89 per can. Husband wanted a strawberry cheesecake and Caramel Apple pie, as well as some smoked Gouda and Edam cheeses (his “reward” for helping me with the greenhouse) and grapes were .99 per pound, so got some of those for me, and the Turmeric tea I use to help with the arthritis in my hands was on sale, so stocked up. Finally, bought myself another 6 bottles of wine (also on sale.)

    #65858

    IceFire
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    Didn’t get a whole lot done this weekend, as we had a prior commitment for Saturday PM, but at least I got started on the greenhouse door. Using 2x4s for the outer part of the door then will staple aluminum screening material to the framework for when the weather is warm, and an outer solid but clear portion (removable0 for when the weather is colder. Hope to get it finished next Saturday AM, as we also have someplace to be in the afternoon.

    #65884

    Cin
    Participant

    Grocery shopping and errands today.

    Restocked what we used
    Husband is restocking our canned goods, he has a list of what we ate, and what we didn’t eat, so is basing our new restocking on that. I know he got some spam today…

    I’ve been sewing and sewing and sewing for Christmas and beyond, of course. Long lace vest for my Mom (she saw one in a shop window for $70!), microwave bowl cozies, fabric baskets, tote bags, boogie wipes for the grand-niece, neck gaiters out of fleece for the men, and so on. I have lots more to do.

    I made hickory syrup again and am giving it out to neighbors and friends as a Christmas gift. Baked some sugared pecans and white chocolate chex mix, too.

    Started developing a craft box for my grand-niece – foam sheets, tongue depressors, ribbon, small pieces of fabric, pony beads, elastic thread, and other goodies – some I bought, some I am raiding from my own craft stash. She will be starting home school soon and hands on craft items help with learning.

    #65898

    IceFire
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    Picked up 200 lbs of grain (100 lbs of oats, and 50 each of wheat and milo) yesterday, and ordered in another 8 bales of alfalfa for the horses (and they actually delivered it within about 15 minutes of me getting home!) Also got a new stock pot…42 quart, with a large basket that fits in, so I can cook down poultry carcasses WITHOUT having to pick through the broth to remove the bones.

    Started re-building the emergency “cash stash” in the lockbox in the car ($400…$300 in 20’s, and the rest in 10s, 5s, and 1s) and the stash in the safe ($300 so far, and building up)

    Today, removed 3 contractor-sized wheelbarrow loads of manure from the corral to the “future fertilizer” pile, put one of the bags of oats from yesterday’s purchase into the oat barrel for the horses, and mixed the remaining grains (along with 10 lbs of sunflower seeds) for the cow and goat doe. Also had to cut off one horn from the buck, since he had half broken it, and it had healed to where it was growing in front of his eye and was pressing in just below it.

    Also did a commissary run…got 3 boxes of cereal FREE with a coupon they had, and scored some major deals on the reduced-price meat in the freezer–two multi-packs of boneless pork chops (About 8 chops in each package, and the packages were $1.39 and $1.77) 80% lean ground beef for $1.23/lb (4 packages), 3 packages of bottom round roast for around $2.40 each, instead of over $5.00, 3 packages of beef marrow soup bones (funny thing, is they were a bit more than the roasts!) and an Eye of round roast for $5 instead of over $8. Took 1 package of the soup bones and roasted them, then boiled the roasted bones to make a quart of beef stock. Once the bones are cooled, I’ll cut off the bits of meat to make soup, and give the bones and remaining fat to the dogs. Tomorrow I’ll cut up one of the bottom round roasts and roast it with onions and carrots then work on making a pot of beef soup.

    #65899

    Cin
    Participant

    Prepping has sort of slid a bit, but we’re still doing small things.

    Grocery shopping:

    Restocked what we used. Husband is still re-building the canned goods supply -veggies and Spam this run.

    Husband ordered a Luggable Loo, finally! I’ve been wanting one for emergencies for ages.

    Got a $36 check from the consignment shop, YAY!

    I’ve sewn a lot of Christmas presents, pleased with my progress. Everyone’s gifts are done, and I have more stuff for the consignment shop, too.

    #65902

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Picked up another 200 lbs of poultry feed (50 for the turkeys, the other 150 lbs for the chickens.

    Finished the greenhouse door today, so other than some
    “finishing touches”, it is DONE! After that, worked on getting the shelves re-organized, and getting plant starters set up and ready to go.

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    #65904

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Since the weather did NOT cooperate with my plans to work on the 3-bin composter today (up on a ladder trying to screw in 2x4s with gale-force winds blowing was just NOT going to happen!) decided to start planting some of my herbs that prefer cooler temps to germinate. Although it was cold and blustery OUTside the greenhouse, it was quite pleasant INside.

    Cut up celery and carrots (both for eating and for tossing into the pot along with the onions, garlic, and chunk of bottom round to first roast, and then boil down to make into soup) as well as parsley (also for soup), then put a small smoked ham into the oven to cook for dinner.

    Also started going through my seed catalogs, to start getting my orders ready.

    #65907

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Since I ended up coming home from work after only being there a little over half an hour this morning (partial shutdown due to “weather”…puhleeze! It was raining with temps around the mid-30s. Big whoop. Granted, the surrounding mountains DID get snow…a couple of inches. Think someone wanted to extend their holidays.) and was doing a “work from home” thing (computer-based training to meet annual requirements) was ALSO able to finally get that pot of homemade vegetable beef and noodle soup cooked up (cooked all day). After husband and I ate our fill for dinner (he had a second helping) jarred up the rest. Ended up with 3 quart jars, 4 wide-mouth pint jars, plus a half-pint jar.

    Also got a seed order made this evening.

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