May 2019 – What Did You Do to Prepare This Week/Month

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  • #66265

    IceFire
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    Late getting this month started (but ANYONE can start the new one…hint, hint.) Had to buy a new fridge today…the other one is out of warranty and needs repairs that will cost more than the replacement I just bought. got a REALLY good deal on it, because the manufacturer send it without the handles (which I can buy and put on) they will deliver it for free, and even with the 5-year warranty, I STILL paid less than the sale price, thanks to military discount.

    The two pear trees that I salvaged from the pocket gopher attack have definitely survived (started leafing out), so only had to buy one replacement pear tree. Also found (and bought) a dwarf Cavendish banana – it’s in the greenhouse now.

    Have also planted out (from things I had growing in the greenhouse) the emmer wheat, calendulas, poppies, artichokes, Romaine lettuce, and huckleberries.

    Had to process my Rouen duck this morning…dog got into the garden and grabbed her, breaking her neck. Rather than waste the meat, went ahead and processed her, and got her into the freezer. It was interesting, though…seeing eggs inside her in different stages of development.

    #66267

    IceFire
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    The “large planting trays” I had ordered arrived….WAY bigger than I had anticipated. One of them covers the entire length of the metal shelving! Haven’t had the chance to get them onto the shelves since I was working overtime this week.

    Made a great score on waterproof boots for husband and myself. Insulated (rated to -25 degrees) with neoprene uppers (and enough stretch to get over my calves, because I do NOT have thin legs). Original price was $90, but they were 70% off, so even after sales tax, got BOTH pairs for less than 2/3 of the original price of one pair.

    Also picked up another pear tree to replace the only one out of the three the pocket gopher took out that I couldn’t save, and a small orange tree. Hope to get them planted while I’m waiting for the delivery guys to come with my new refrigerator.

    #66268

    IceFire
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    Gggrrr…was waiting for the phone call letting me know when my new refrigerator would be delivered…got the call, but they rescheduled it for tomorrow. So, Husband decided he wanted to go into town with me this morning, to get an off-brand Yeti-type cooler (just a little bit smaller, but $220 less, AND, it has WHEELS, to make moving it easier.) We got the cooler, then he wanted to check on post about getting a new holster. He didn’t get a holster, but we BOTH ended up getting new bang-toys 😀 then went to pick up just a few groceries (seriously limiting what needs to be refrigerated until the new one gets delivered.) After that, went and got more hay (two I brought home with me for the goats, the other 8 for the horses will be delivered Monday), then watered everything in the greenhouse. Also planted the pear tree that I had purchased to replace the one I couldn’t save (the others are leafing out now.)

    #66270

    IceFire
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    Got the new refrigerator in yesterday (We had to take the front door off the hinges and take the doors off of the refrigerators to get the old one out, and the new one in.) At first, I thought they were bringing the wrong refrigerator, since the one I bought did NOT have handles (the manufacturer forgot to put them on, which is why I got it so cheap) and this one did. One of the delivery guys replied that they had some handles in their “open box” area, so he put them on the fridge for me :D: Did some rearranging in the kitchen that opens things up a little more, but still need to get things put back together.

    Have another line on a bull, AND another cow. Guy who delivered the horse hay today has a 2-year-old bull and a cow in milk that he’s tired of feeding. He just has to clear it with his father (who has made rather a pet of the bull), but if he gets the OK, he’ll let me have them both for $800.

    #66278

    Cin
    Participant

    Weird, IceFire, it shows 4 of your last posts exactly the same.

    I’ve been busy the past couple weeks with company, and getting stuff done in between the torrential rains!

    The raised bed gardens are growing great – potatoes are doing good. The cabbage/brussels sprouts/cabbage are looking leafy, don’t know if they’ll grow in the future heat, but we got them for free so we gave it a shot. My deck garden is doing wonderful, too. The tomatoes are in cages now, and everything is leafing out well. Also, my peach tree has tons of peaches – hope I get them before the raccoons.

    We did our usual grocery shopping and yard saling the past few weeks. Most of the grocery stuff was restock, including building up the LTS again. Mostly canned goods.

    Yard saling was mostly small things. Picked up some flannel baby blankets, I keep a stock handy to cut up into burp cloths and wash cloths for future baby showers.

    Husband had invested in some wool blankets a few years ago, and while cleaning out the garage, we found them again. (oops). They smelled horrible, so I washed them in a combo of detergent, borax, and dab of bleach to kill any germs…they still smelled, so I washed them in Mr Clean, of all things! They came out smelling fresh and feeling so much softer. He packaged them in plastic and sealed with the food saver, then they went into the spare blankies box. 🙂

    #66282

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Don’t know why that post showed up 4 times, but I deleted the extra 3, so now it’s only there once. SUPER busy weekend, between doing Relay For Life in town 30 minutes away and working with a play 30 minutes away in the opposite direction. In the midst of all that, though, DID manage to get about 4 hours of work done in the greenhouse. Got everything watered, then repotted some plants that were outgrowing their pots, plus potted up a whole bunch of plants from the seed starting cells into pots.

    #66298

    IceFire
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    Put money down today on a 1 yr old heifer, and a week-old bull calf. Half down today, the remainder when they come home (after the bull calf is weaned, in about 5 months.) In the meantime, I can go visit and play with them.

    #66301

    Cin
    Participant

    Benn kind of busy with work, so not much prepping only picking up groceries to replace what we used. Yard sales have not been happening due to excessive rain…the flooding is getting bad, but not around us. We’re blessed, others are having issues.

    The neighbor’s cat had 2 kittens in our heated cat house this morning…a little over two months after she had the last batch!!!!!

    My potted garden on the back deck is not doing well, the rain really hammered it, even though we put them all under the table or the BBQ shelter. I dragged them all out in the sun today, hoping to dry them out and get them going again.

    I now have 6 lime trees growing, none more than 3 inches tall. I also planted 3 more lemons, we’ll see how it goes.

    My sister came to visit, I gave her some of the lilac jelly I’d made (I got 16 assorted small jars of jelly from the lilacs) and she was supposed to bring me some blackberry jelly she made, but she left it sitting on the table at home! But I’ll get it when I see her next time. 🙂

    And now…I have to find homes for those kittens!

    #66305

    IceFire
    Moderator

    OK, 2 questions. Why do YOU have to find homes for those kittens? Should be the neighbor’s responsibility, as it’s THEIR cat! Second, why the heck don’t they take the cat to the vet and get her spayed?!

    #66313

    Cin
    Participant

    IceFire,

    The fact the cat came over here to have her kittens should tell you much about the “owners”. Despite me contacting them several times, there’s been no attempt to get the cat back. They really don’t want her and the cat doesn’t like being around their 2 large dogs. My understanding is that she was a feral cat their young daughter coaxed into their animal family, and if she disappears, so what.

    Second, my husband is a softie, he couldn’t stand for her to starve, so he started feeding her. She’s pretty much ours now.

    The neighbors, like many around here, don’t believe in doing anything for their animals, they’re the live and let live type. In the time they’ve been here, about 4 years, they’ve gone through a lot of dogs and cats, just like the previous neighbors who lived there. Around here, neutering and spaying is practically unheard of and if your dog or cat gets killed by wildlife or vehicle, just go get more. Animals are expendable and if they think the animal is worthless, they just shoot them or dump them when they become an inconvenience.

    I’ll probably take the cat to a low cost vet clinic when she’s done nursing…although last time, she was pregnant 5 days after she had a kitten. They were born 77 days apart. I was debating asking the owners for money to help pay, but I’m afraid they’ll just say let her be. My understanding is these are her 4th and 5th litters, and she’s only about 2 years old. All her previous litters died until she came here.

    My oldest kid is wanting the kittens, so it’s not an issue.

    I whine about strays all the time, but I just can’t let any animal that comes up to our property starve or be treated inhumanely. So I guess its my own fault I enable the neighbors to dump animals (although I will say, this is the only one they’ve dumped on us).

    #66314

    IceFire
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    Cin,

    Now I get the picture…You’re a softie, too!

    Gggrrrr…I can’t stand people like your neighbors…they treat animals like a disposable commodity, to be tossed out like a bic pen when they become inconvenient.

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