Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Getting nothing done but spending money , reading new book

Our county health dept mailed these out to everyone. Mine is now posted on my door

I scanned it and sent it to a couple of friends that said their county health dept told them they wasn't doing that.

Work truck aka Ford in shop for tie rods and ball joints... so they checked the rest of the truck because Hubby hauls... needs brakes also along with an oil change. Chung $5000

Flatbed trailer was in for tires $$

New dog truck aka Chevy is in different shop being gone over completely since we just bought it and it is used. If needs more than oil change and fluids topped off our mechanic will call. $$

Quarterly taxes are coming due within a month.$$

Need more dirt, more paint for the garden boxes I am building ($$). I did find a total of 5 of the old sq ft boxes. Hubby checked them out and told me 2 need repairs and all need new string if I am going to section them off and we are out of clothes line (now ordered along with another drying rack so I can dry bedding in house without the dryer). I use clothes line to section off 1 ft sqs. He flipped when he saw all the pots and grow bags I had dug around and pulled out and put on front porch. Asked if I was hoarding pots LOL. Not really as I usually give back the pots after I plant when I buy from the Amish. Glad I didn't do that last year.

We decided that green house I thought would work is doable. ($$)
It will go on the south end of the barn where the sliding door is so when it gets too warm I can just crack open the door and the heat will go in the barn. ALSO I don't have to open an outside door to get in so there is no cold air hitting the plants. Water hydrant is on the on the other side by Hubby felt he could install the 50 gal water barrel we HAVE and just fill it as needed and then I am not dragging a water hose through snow. E said he would help with it if he has time. He has increased his gardens 1/3rd also at the request of M. Plus is putting in 2 more acres of feed corn. He is planting oats behind us. We might have enough stuff to build it and only need the plastic.

Larger garden,more seeds and plants($$) AND canning jars and food saver bags(jars and bags ordered) $$.

Is Hubby panicking? Maybe. Enough that he asked E if he could pay the land rent(he rents our back 3 acres) a month early (usually pays in May) but Hubby has the repair bill on the truck plus he might need tires on the livestock trailer and he has to pay for 3 inspections to finish his stuff for the state and work is to a crawl of 1-2 days and then maybe 1-2 loads instead of the normal 3-5 loads a day 5 days a week. I did cover his expenses for the year when we pulled the money, he just doesn't want to have to use it unless he can't cover what ever bill.

It seems like a flood of $$ going out the door, but the retirement fund has already made 1/2 of what we pulled out so that's good.

I am not panicking. I am not worrying though I might stress a bit about getting it all done without putting myself in the hospital. My moods are swinging right along with the weather and I miss my daddy so bad, grieving because I face I might not see him alive again since we can't see him in the nursing home. We get reports, got distant family and friends that work in that nursing home. He doesn't recognize us anyways... but still... Gardening has been what we shared and this spring is hitting hard of not having him to share it with. He was getting worse (dementia and not being able to eat more than baby food when this started.... it's only going to be worse by time we can see him.

Trucks and car need maintenance... granted I didn't think any of them would need $5000 in one trip but it is what it is. That's the truck that makes the money so it's fix it.

Changing how we grow and what we grow and adding fruit trees and berry bushes and winter green house costs money.. in the long run it will SAVE money and be healthier for us. I don't see me doing a recall on my own lettuce that I am eating.

Hubby brought home flowers along with a free pizza .
I am reading this book
I need to go through my seeds as he says what ones grow the best with how he is growing them. NO HEAT source which is a biggie for me.

As it is a rainy day I have several projects I can do ...right after the nap.

Friday, April 3, 2020

sitting down and shuffling

projects, money and food.


We need the basement ramp wall and the kitchen porch fixed this summer. Hubby thinks the drain in the area is broke and it's washing dirt out from the porch causing it to drop and forcing the wall on ramp to shift.

Hubby priced it out at $1200... I looked over his figures and made it $2000 and told him he forgot he would (whether it's good or bad) replace the drain as it is over 20 yrs old. Nor did he count on replacing any of the porch frame if it was bad. I can use the old floor to build more garden boxes or other stuff.

Then we looked at the deck railing. Hubby is going to pull out what we have left of the building supplies and then we will figure out what we still need. We will definitely designing it to hang hummingbird feeders and plants.

Priced it at $1000.... neither of us think the railing for the ramp is here because we weren't sure how long it was going to be.


Drive way needs finished and widened....

Hubby was going to stone around the pond but decided not to. E is planning to have a couple colts graze his land on the other side of us so we could just leave the gate open to the pond so they can have a water supply. Side benefit would be we wouldn't be mowing it every 4-5 days as the horses would graze closer to the pond.

Propane truck can't cross our concrete sidewalk as it would break it so it's a debate whether to finish the driveway to the basement....

We do have to widen the driveway. Hubby's truck has one side or the other in the yard... I had wanted it to be 2 car wide to begin with... looks like I am getting my way.

Priced out at $2000. That's on the high side but we thought we might have to move the mail box about 3 ft and Hubby will use concrete there so the mail carrier doesn't get stuck in that area. A small culvert will have to be installed where the ditch runs under the driveway. Two types of stone will be used.. base stone is expensive but necessary .



we have probably all the boards we need to make sq.ft garden boxes to get us started. Not including what boards can be reused from kitchen porch project.

I will be painting the boards as they are not treated. I have done this before and the boards lasted 5 -6 yrs before I had to replaced...longer than the vinyl ones did.

I have at least 1 if not two sq ft boxes we brought from the old farm.

I have large pots for trees to be put in until planted.

I have 15 gal grow bags and 25 gal grow bags for the potatoes

I have several of pots of different sizes I can use.

If I say I have all my seeds and plants I will probably realized I missed something. I actually have went back and ordered seeds to grow dried beans as I realized after seeing a pound of Navy beans selling for over $5 I needed to make room to grow more than what I was.

I asked before we even moved in to have a winter growing house. Hubby put me off last fall.... I even pointed out a couple styles that is around us that is NOT heated.....

He agreed this summer we would get one up, might not be what I wanted but we would get something up. He misses his salads during the winter and I am get stressed thinking I bought something on recall (usually after we ate it). I think this style will be good for the two of us

We can put it on the south side of the barn( taking the cost of the that side off the building costs) and I can enter through the barn. The barn has a water hydrant on that side also so running a garden house that we already have would do. I saw this on this site


This works in Minnesota so it should work here.
It does look like they are growing the crops in rain spouting... not a big deal as there is an Amish about 4 miles from us that makes spouting to order.


Retirement is back to making some money after we pulled money. I put part of the money we pulled  in Hubby's savings to help him cover what ever with the business.He went from hauling 2-3 loads of pallets 5 days a week to only hauling 2 loads once or twice a week. BUT he has picked up hauling livestock, corn seed, food (was on pallet) and Amish farm equipment a load averaging twice a week.  Still he is going to be a bit short if it continues all summer.The Amish produce auction is not going to open this month so that is 4 jobs he knows isn't going to happen. I can see him being short on money to cover the business for a few more months.

I put 3 months of house hold bill money in Ally savings... keeps our fingers out of it.

I put 5 months household ( or 3 if we need more to cover business) in a CD.

We bought a new to us truck to transport dogs. We use the car about twice a week to run Amish on short trips. The bank they use here in town (our bank also) is closing it's branch so they have to go 5 miles one way... it's an hour to 1 1/2 hrs trip for those in this area... I am now getting asked at least every other week to take some one to the bank.They have even starting asking others if they need something at the bank and take it with them when I take them. Last week we stopped 3 times on the way back (all on the way) to drop off deposit slips.

New dog truck
We offered 2/3 rds of their asking price, a few minutes later they accepted. Has less than 100,000 miles so even though it's a 2005, we should get it to out last the dogs. Well , maybe not Charlotte as she's only 2 going to be 3 on Father's day.

As for the balance of what we pulled I am sitting on until we get some of the project supplies in. Then what is left will go to a CD.


HEAVENS... We have enough for at least 6 month to year That gets us to the harvest and praying that it doesn't get flooded out like last year or burnt up like 2011.
 The 6 months is if we need to share. We have 2 daughters that are not working. One will get unemployment, probably by time she is back to work. The other one is a server.... so are 2 of her 3 boys living with her... All income has stopped. Their unemployment check together won't even pay the rent let alone utilities and food.
We told them to not go to the food pantries that we would help. I sent money for milk. Both are now baking bread including the one that doesn't cook from scratch EVERY and she's 40.

AND then 2 wks ago Son 2 lets me know he can't find Navy beans and is on a CALL LIST for when they come in. He checked on Monday and was told MAYBE a month... so he asked the price $5.50 for a pound. I sent him 3- 1 lb bags of Navy beans, 1 lb of pinto( soup then refried or bean burgers), 1 lb of small red beans (red beans and rice (he was stationed in Georgia for 4 yrs or bean burgers) and 1 lb of black beans with a package of sazon seasoning for Cuban black beans and rice...bean burger or soup also... 2 lbs of minute rice and the last 3 Jiffy corn meal boxes that my brother gave me that was Daddy's. Expiration date was 12/31/2019... still good as Daughter 4 just used one of the two she took.  Was less than him buying the beans.

SO that sent me off pricing soup beans.... I then ordered more seed to plant for soup beans LOL. I will pay that amount to grow them, I am not paying that amount to make 1 pot of bean soup.

Asparagus is coming up... I will do a test of freezing it and seeing if we will eat it that way. I pickled most of it last year of what we didn't eat or give away. I do have 3 people willing to come pick if we get ran over... Patch is 4 ft wide and at least 80 ft long.

I told Hubby if we worked hard at it this year, we should be self sufficient in 3 yrs. IF the fruit trees produce then. We will have to buy tropical fruit always. Not enough heat in long enough season to grow them here. BUT that also means I need more canning jars and canning lids.

Temperature is now warm enough to paint the garden boxes..

Blessed be everyone

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The book I am reading now.

The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers

 It was listed in my unlimited Kindle so I read it.... then ordered it. Then downloaded a couple more of his books in unlimited Kindle. Then ordered his book BackYard winter gardening... and seeds from seedrenaissance.com his seed shop.

NOT a normal path for me or us as I ALWAYS clear it with Hubby before I order anything for the gardens because garden stuff is like drugs for me...

I now have 25 flowers ordered (besides all the bulbs I just planted) 2 rose bushes and 2 lilac bushes,3 different potatoes, 3 different sweet potatoes,26 fruit trees,4 8 grape vines, 4 black raspberry, 4 yellow raspberry , 4 red raspberry and 6 varieties of strawberries... 25 plants each....

ALSO I have 150 red candy onion sets, 300 candy onion sets and 3 varities of garlic which is about 100 bulbs when planted.

I still haven't figured out what else because I side tracked transplanting tomato seedlings to bigger pots


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

heart broken over murders.

My day was stopped in it's tracks before out of bed.

Two 19 yr old boys(men) were shot in the head in their beds in their apt.  Both were friends with my granddaughter. Young men that ran in and out of my daughter's home like their were her own.  A young woman still unidentified was shot in the head on the sidewalk in front of the apt.

A young man (who my granddaughter does not know) went to the cops and said he was robbed in the hall way in front of that apt door by 1 guy he knew 100 % that had a gun and threatened to blow his brains out if he didn't give him his money and what ever drugs he had on him ( he had pot and he told the cops he how much he had) He was 80% sure of the guy that came up behind him and put him in a head lock. He figured they thought he wouldn't tell the cops they robbed him even after hearing of the murders. Broke his heart as he wondered if they actually followed him there and thought the 2 murdered would have more... they didn't even do drugs, he was just stopping due to stay in place was going into effect and wanted to make sure they had enough groceries while he was out getting stuff for his mom.

Triggered MY kids as they had a friend murdered who was not in to drugs or anything but his brother who was in that kind of world was in a territory battle with another drug "king" and he thought they murdered his brother to get to him.

HARD enough times without this on top of it.

None had life ins so parents are now trying to find money to bury their children when they don't even have jobs and can't get through to unemployment to file even online...

Monday, March 23, 2020

plans for my week...

Daughter 2 suggested I do what I did when I was a widow and they were younger than 10.

Write a weekly list of projects I want to do... not a daily of dust and shine or the ironing. Of things I want to mark off punch list and this is bugging me list.

So here is this week's list

I can take bread off the list as when Hubby pit stopped at Save a Lot when he got fuel around the corner he grabbed a gal of milk and a large loaf of bread.

Kt is marked off also.

Tomorrow is Tuesday. So that's ironing, shine windows and mirror, swish and swipe the bathrooms. Hubby is home so it's go over the finances of his business and our home finances.

Since Hubby is home he can help clear the mudroom of the extra boxes.

I took another one of the pizza crusts and made taco pizza for supper

 I did wash the rags after dinner and they are now on the drying rack.

Monday normal routine

Hubby hauling pallets as usual.

I made the bed.

I remade the couch. We put a comforter on the couch for the dogs to lay on... Charlotte tinkled on it yesterday when the boys were petting her. Didn't got through to the couch. I washed it last night and tossed it in the dryer. I took the dog blanket I had laid on couch and put back on the floor beside the bed where Wilbur will lay when he is hot.

I did the laundry and have it on the drying rack, walkers and shower curtains. Really damp outside but at least the snow is gone because we got RAIN when we warmed up a bit.

I unloaded the dishwasher.

I dusted.

I walked down the lane and got the mail after I waved Hi to the mail lady.

I topped off the oil in the containers in kitchen

I cooked the dogs eggs, keeps Wilbur from having dandruff

I've held Charlotte that is constantly pacing... Wilbur and Rascal are snoozing so I don't know what is going on since Rascal is my scaredy  cat.

I ordered herb plants for the gardens. I wasn't going to with the way the IRA is dropping but I have the money now and in long run it keeps the home running.

I restocked the kitchen from pantry and freezers, needed yeast, salted butter, unsalted butter and cheese. Pulled phyllo shells to put choc pudding in, brownie mix, pumpkin whoopie cookies and a box of frozen waffles Son 2 gave me.

I took the jars that had been in the dishwasher, put new canning lids on and took to basement and put with the rest of the empty canning jars.

I've ate , took meds and figure out that I would be taking another pizza crust and making taco pizza as I have a couple of tomatoes that need used and know I have lettuce.

AND IT'S NOT EVEN 1 PM... sigh

Over the weekend

Daughter 2 let me know she was coming up Sunday, her boyfriend (ha ha they are over 40) was bringing her. She's laid off. Two of her sons and the one girlfriend came in their own car. JD told me he came to see us because he knows if I get this I most likely won't make it. He wanted me to know he loved me, respected me and was thankful for all that I had done for him and his mom and brothers. DN told me the same thing. They understand the reality better than a lot of adults. Daughter 2 said she was glad we were in this area with neighbors that will help. Her boyfriend (actually a kid that was in and out of our home when they were growing up) was in shock over my pantry. BUT they both agreed they should be doing the same. Daughter 2 who has NEVER baked bread (but makes popovers) asked for 1lb of yeast. She's been out of bread for 4 days.

I packed this up over Saturday and we added 2 coolers of meat to it Sunday

I had steak, onions and mushrooms fajitas Saturday night
We had it as leftovers Sunday
I have 2 more pizza crusts that need used up.

When I went  to bed Sunday night this was what we had
yep it snowed... 

Fridays work

Laundry was washed and hung on kitchen porch line then quickly brought back in an hour later when the down pour and wind hit. Most was dry so it was just a few things to hang on the drying rack.

New shower liners for if one of us gets sick and needs to hibernate in bedroom and need hung in hall  have been washed  and dried so they won't smell and make me sick that way.

Hutch now has some of Mother's kitchen stuff on top of it

The Hoosier is decluttered and I no longer have strainers falling on my head. Nor is there odds and ends waiting to be put away.

This was my parents table when they got married 70 yrs ago. Mr Johnson who was in his 50s gave it to him after his wife died told Mother and Daddy they had bought it new when they got married so it's close to 100 yrs old. I tossed a lot of paper clutter off this. I can actually see the table and found a glass fruit bowl that belonged on the bfast bar for tomatoes.

bfast bar is cleared.

Roll cart cleared... need to top off oil bottles

Dining table is not done... Going to go dig out spring like table clothes and cloth napkins 

Friday, March 20, 2020

What I did Thursday

was not what I had planned.
Laundry got done, dishes got done, I started working on decluttering the bfast bar...Supper was ham, sweet potatoes , yellow wax beans, pineapple rings, homemade rolls and homemade apple butter

Hubby came in and carried the potting soil upstairs (freaking right knee is giving way) So I went up to plant seeds...


This is actually my office.During the winter I take my budget computer down stairs because we don't heat this area.

SO I decluttered it, cleaned it and planted tom seeds, kale, kale sprouts, spinach, swiss chard, eggplant, and lettuce.

Won't be long and I'll be taking the winter curtains down and putting up the summer curtains.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Tuesday decluttering

this is the big part... it is always cluttered. So today is going to be taken care of.

daily life during a pandemic

keep a schedule. get up at a set time, eat meals at a set time, go to bed at a set time... DO NOT DRIFT through the days. It's not a vacation.

Plan daily chores, cleaning needs to be done daily in the bathrooms and kitchen and where ever you are just hanging out. Wipe remotes and PHONES.

Plan an enjoyable activity... game, movie, get outside in the yard (not with a group of people over 10.)

Fix snacks... limit how much they  or yourself can have.

Plan physical activities especially for children... if you just sit around you won't sleep well which means your mind will worry about what you can not control.

Focus on what you CAN control... look up new recipes that will stretch your food or find substitutes for what you are out of. I get at least one text a week asking what to replace what with.

What you need to know LOL

Sheltering in place sucks even for a homebody. I did ask Hubby if we could once or twice a week take a ride around the block in the dog truck... which means I want to take the dogs for the ride also.

 Amish got a letter from the state asking them to close their schools and for those 70 and older to shelter in place.

Hubby got 3 calls to haul so he was off to work. Since he has a package coming in that had to be signed for I had to stay on the first floor since I can't hear the door in the loft or in the basement. His new phone is in which is very good as his old one is no longer updating his apps and he needs to put another app on it for his business

SO No I didn't get to start my seeds.

I did laundry as usual, cleaned 3 frigs as usual since Tuesday at 6:15-6:45 trash is picked up.

I decluttered the bedroom which I hadn't realized was that bad. I replaced a broken curtain rod also.

I decluttered the laundry room including the dresser. I am thinking of changing the table linen from the dresser so I can put the bed sheets/pillowcases in the dresser and get rid of the hamper that holds the bed stuff. Then I could hang the rack to hold the dust mop and mop .Broom sits by trash can always. dust pan hang at top of basement steps which share the kitchen wall where the trash can is.

I decluttered the hall.

I answered the door 6 times... 3 deliveries from Fed x. 2 from post office (they have someone delivering packages as the carrier can't lift at the moment)  and one from a neighbor down the road checking to make sure we didn't need anything.We talked through my glass door.

Hubby called four times and son called twice and then daughter 2 blew up my phone with texts... She finally decided she was coming up Sunday to get food and cleaning supplies but did mention if she was sick, she would still be here but she would let me know to put the stuff on the porch or somewhere else and just let her know. She is a server and will barely make enough to pay her rent. Her 3 teenage sons are working some and they are going to try to cover the utilities. She has enough to make it to Monday.

It's 10:30 and I have already answered the door for a package then Mail lady then pulled in (wearing gloves) to give me a package for Hubby's business. Amish neighbor H came over to use the house phone. He stayed out side because he deals a lot with the public and doesn't want to share germs since he knows I am sheltered in place. He  walked away from door until I put the phone outside and shut the door again.

Laundry is washed and hung to dry.

I gathered some cleaning products for Daughter 2 and decluttered the south and north lofts while doing

I decluttered wheelchair bathroom which wasn't much.

I plan (ha ha) to declutter the kitchen and dining room and start seeds and get hangers out of the basement.

Wednesday list is

laundry as usual
decluttering front room and mudroom
ironing about 21 shirts.


No errands or doctor appts.
laundry as usual
declutter the basement
declutter the office (west loft)

Friday depending on weather
either out in the gardens prepping areas for sq ft gardens
or starting in the barn of decluttering

Is going to be  a thorough cleaning since Daughter 2 is suppose to come up. Neither of us is sick, none of them is sick and it would be a gathering of less than 10.

I might make noodles for her to take with her. I will see how it goes.

Monday, March 16, 2020

sheltered in place

No I am not sick, just doctors agreed it was best for me to shelter in place (granddaughter calls it home prison) .

I am a home body to begin with, when I get cabin fever a good ride in the dog truck with the 3 dogs usually blows it away.

I might miss my granddaughter's baby shower ( I was at her first one, this one is "sprinkle" shower for basics like wipes (which I have) etc). But she is a NURSE so definitely understands...

I want to stay current with the news but not be sucked into the depression of it. I keep Hubby up to date as the Amish he is around is counting on him to keep them current with this news.

I don't want to focus on what I don't have but the blessings I do have.

I imagine our elders had many a new way of life.... WW1 and WW2, Great Depression. Spanish flu pandemic which was the worst one that lasted 2 yrs.

SO take care, stay safe, make sure information you pass on is correct. I've nailed a couple friends on FB for false information. FACT NOT FEAR needs to be the motto right along with THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

Blessed Be

Thankful I stock

Daughter 4 who also has a suppressed immune system and her 3 drove a 4 hr round trip to come get toilet paper. I filled her car with food and cleaning supplies. Kids had food sitting on their laps and under their feet besides the full trunk. Even Daughter had 5 dozen eggs sitting on her lap as she drove. I don't think the kids will ever make another comment about how I stock for a year to two years. She is looking for her factory to shut down soon as two of the four plants they supply have shut down effective immediately.

Son 2 called to make sure I had what I needed... He had been to the store and grabbed the limit of 2 toilet paper in case one of his sisters or elderly friends needed some. He had enough at home barring diarrhea to go to May.

Hubby went and got 156 lbs of dog food...that will take us to May.

He also stopped today after getting his CDL physical and drug test to get me 2 bottles of Jack Daniels Tn Honey.(HE was glad I insisted he have hand sanitizer  in his truck)  I use it for hot toddy's when I am sick, I don't usually keep it this time of year but with the way things are going...

I was going to cut back in the gardens...nope, that's not happening. Even Son 2 has asked me to grow kale and Brussels sprouts for him.Daughter 4 wants what ever she can get due to knowing she's not going to have money for food and won't qualify for food stamps as her kids don't live with her.

I ordered 2 shower curtains, hooks and a tension rod to put in the hall if one of us gets sick  we can quarantine in the bedroom and that bathroom (and laundry room )  and the other one can still get to the pantry without having to go outside and down the ramp.

I will be changing the routine for home blessing... It's going to be more than normal especially with Hubby still working in public. I don't greet him at the door any more, he goes straight to the bathroom and washes his hands.

With the stock market rolling and knowing his work will be cut down or completely off... we are looking at our finances a bit harder. We just got propane and if the weather stays decent we won't need more until late summer. We don't have cable. Our internet and home phone are a fixed amt though we could drop cell service but since I had a heart attack while driving in the middle of the boonies and didn't have a phone to call for help. I can see Hubby refusing to go that route.

I would not be surprised if this doesn't trigger something along the Great Depression.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Why TP is in high demand

Most of people are used to going to the store when ever, doing pit stops for something they are out of or want. Ordering in, eating out, grabbing a meal from the grocery store...

This is changing fast.

I'm in Ohio, Nursing homes are allowing no visitors (I miss my Daddy, but Brother gets a phone call daily from nursing home with status report, Daddy okay). K-12 schools closed for 3 weeks (if not more), grandkids not in school won't get free meals and will be using the TP at home. Only grandchild needing care while his parents work is great grandson and his great grandparents on the other side live within a mile of him so it's covered. BUT he will be using their TP instead of the daycare's. There is a BAN of any gathering of 100 or more in any 1 room. Right now that does not include retail or factories but that could be coming sooner rather than later. TP, sanitizer and cleaning products are being hoarded ...

First the average person uses 2 rolls of TP a week... multiply that by how many you have in your home or could if you are taking care of someone that doesn't live in your home. Now you have your weekly amount.NOW times that by at least a 3 wk amount if you had to be quarantined... 2 weeks to recover and 1 week to be well enough to actually go to the store... I will use Daughter 4 as example as she is down to her last roll (and is kicking herself) and has 3 kids. SO that is 4 times 2 equals 8... she knows they use about 2 rolls a week for kleenex with out colds and adds 2 more if they all have colds so that is 12 rolls a week... now times that by 3 wks... that is 36 rolls just for 3 weeks. BUT she has only been buying the small packs and didn't stock any more. She now is going to have to drive 4 hrs round trip to get tp from me...All the rest of the kids had already stocked up.

SECOND OKAY ... FLU causes diarrhea... if you are already using 10 a week normally that is going to increase with diarrhea. I know I personally will double the usage.. Daughter 4 says her family does also so she now needs 72 rolls of tp to cover regular and flu usage.

Third... quarantine... we already know it's 2 wks... but you might not feel well enough to go shopping or worse your home goes on quarantine because instead of everyone getting it at once you went one by one with a week or two between ... now add that it could be 4 wks.... Stocking up is good, hide sight is always 20 20 . Things could get worse , factories and retail shut down and you won't even have a place to go get tp...  What are you going to use instead.

You can use corn husks if available.. soak in water if they are dried.. and toss in trash not your toilet.

You can use a rag and wash just like you would a cloth diaper...those that don't know about using a cloth diaper or how to clean one, google it.

Do you have prescription meds for the month or for 3 months? DO you have stuff for colds and flu for the entire family ?

Do you have cleaners for the home ? You will be cleaning more with the flu in the home.

DO you have sick food and drinks for 3 weeks for the entire family?

IF you are touching someone as soon as you come through the door STOP. GO WASH YOUR HANDS FIRST.

We went out yesterday. Hubby is an EMT so we practice hygiene probably more... BUT we caught ourselves a couple times doing things we shouldn't.

touching the screen at the ATM and gas pump without gloves or a paper towel (which there was none so now I have it in the car and Hubby is getting a pair of old gloves to use for fuel pumping).

I have now gloves in the car for shopping.

Not sanitizing our hands BEFORE we got in the car from shopping and eating at a restuarant. I had to spray my car when we got home. We did sanitize our hands BEFORE we entered the house.

Touching the door at the restaurant... I used my arm to open it, Daughter 4 pointed out that you sneeze and cough on your arm, to use my foot or my back to open door, if I have to pull them open to use a cloth or towel. She is still wearing her winter gloves, washed them out every night with hot water and soap and hangs them up to dry for morning. YES same kid that didn't stock TP.

NOT SHARING FOOD OR DRINK... okay , this is something we have always done... especially when eating out and asking the other one do you want a bite to try this? Not happening any more.

Hubby is not worried about me giving him it but of me getting it from him. He works for a community of people that do not vaccinate. 

Stop and think, what you need... TP will be back on the shelves, they haven't stopped making it but they aren't going to build factories to cover the shortish.
They have workers that are getting sick too.

If you have the habit of buying a meal and not cooking much at home, make sure you have a month's supply of shelf stable food to feed your family 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks. ALONG with drinks.

There are guidelines for stocking for a pandemic... google them

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

when you think you weren't frugal all week

and realize you really were more than you thought

Hubby is dotting i's and crossing t's for his hobby turned business. He ball parked it costing $6,000 to start, I said $8000... it's closer to $10,000... almost to the dollar of the trailer he paid off last year.

He called our farm ins guy and asked for referrals for a business inc..... Our guy came back with 8 quotes... he marked 3 that he felt offered the best coverage. We chose 1, and paid for the year (ouch) to save us over $1000.

When Legal zoom called to verify all they did (which saved us $2000 compared to local lawyer) they offered to do the state stuff... Hubby turned down the offer saving us $1600, he has spent 8 hrs so far doing the state stuff himself.

He still have to get a DOT physical and drug test.

He still has to have both trailers and the truck inspected.

He has to change the plates on the one trailer to commercial , tags are due in June anyways.

He has to finish his UCR  (some registration) and the IFTA (fuel stuff)..it's in process. When DOT called him, to go over what was needed , they were surprised he had so much done or in process. Said it normally takes 4-6 months to get someone through it. They did send him an email so he can check it off and then send them back the info they need when he is finished. Might be because we both have been self employed and know what needs done. He got his business bank acct.Now I am running 4 checking and 4 savings on top of the IRA. He hate paperwork and I do better at saving than he does.

Hubby took pet screen that we bought to replace a window screen and cut it and made covers for the ends of our rain gutters... there is a screen over the top to stop birds from making nests but they didn't put end caps on it so the birds just wiggled in through the ends. We figure if the dogs can't cut it with their nails the birds can't with their beaks.

I washed all the towels, bedding, dog blankets aka beds and throw blankets and dried them on the yard clothes line when we had a warm breezy day yesterday. I dried 2 pillows I washed from the couch (Wilbur lays on them) in the dryer.

We sat down with the punch list we created when we bought the house 2 yrs ago. and updated repeatedly through those two years. We have 163 still listed.

I cleared the blue berry bushes pots, made a note for Hubby as he is usually the one to make the coffee for us, to not toss the coffee grounds to use in the blueberries.

I cleared the black berry vines , need 2 more trellis added as they have grown past the trellis that is there.

I cleared the 12 rhubarb mounds, E told me to take the manure that is he spread in the pasture last month if I needed if for my rhubarb because it would be well rotted by now and next Feb to use 10-10-10 fertilizer before they come up.

I cleared the flower hill and the small lily patch at the mudroom door.

I cleared the herb garden that Hubby mowed over 3 times last year. Since they came back up Hubby has requested I move them to a sq ft garden.

I cleared the strawberry patch and I requested they be moved to a sq ft garden as the grass in that area is over taking the strawberries.

I cleared the walking onions patch. Looks like I might be able to start getting a few this year.

I started a rock garden in the cubby area that grows weeds and the dogs run through. I used weed barrier we already had that Hubby took up last fall and gathered large rocks out of the gardens and where ever I find them around here. E told me to walk the back field after he plows as there are several back there.

I started clearing the flower garden on the north side of the house. I have some bulbs I am going to plant there that did well on the north side of the old farm.

We cleared a 6 x 6 ft area in the barn to put stuff we are giving to Daughter 4 (she takes our donations and passes them to people that are in need) PLUS she figures her daughter who is graduating this year is probably going to get her own place, she's talked of a studio or a 1 bedroom as she doesn't want to have a room mate at first.

Clothing budget came in under.

New phone came in a bit over budget but I needed ear buds so I can be hands free for our law in state. I am going to have to learn talk to text and how to voice command my GPS LOL.. Son 2 can help me with that as he uses it all the time. Hubby connects through his truck radio. I might do that also. I usually just don't bother to answer it if I get a call or text but I have clicked to check GPS which means it is in hand... I bought a weather tech phone cup holder as I don't have any place to put a phone on my dash that won't block my view.Nor will the vent clip that Hubby uses work with my vents.

We ate from the freezer in the kitchen... All that is left is fish patties(4 for 1 meal) ice cream, orange zest, 3 small packages of lunch meat to wrap around pickles with cream cheese and ice packs. I will have to reload it from one of the other freezers for this coming week.

I have to straighten the spices and herbs, can winter sq, and do the ironing. Not sure what I will get done . I woke up buried in dogs and my back is complaining about it. I think I heard a rumble of thunder while I was sleeping. Charlotte and Rascal don't like thunder. Rascal hates wind I definitely heard it. Might have to take a nap instead LOL

How is your week going?

Monday, March 2, 2020

Preparing to buy list for buying clothes

Two years ago we bought this house. Now that we have been here we have noticed how we dress different and how clothes and shoes/boots are wearing out. Hubby wore uniforms when he worked factory. So he didn't wear out clothes much.

We set the budget at $1000... that sounds like a lot but actually we have more than that in the clothing budget. We both need winter coats. Hubby wears carhartt... not cheap but they will last him about 5 yrs... He usually only replaces one set (coat and bibs) for good and then moves the old good one down. He picked up about 4 inches on his waist and can't get the good set zipped. I told him to put that set back (as he is trying to lose the weight) and get 2 new sets.

First thing we did was go through Hubby's clothes. His clothes are ragged and stained so I pulled most of them. Daughter 4 is going to use them for rags and donate what ever she doesn't use. He has nice tee shirts (that were in a bottom drawer where there was 2 dozen from when he told the kids to buy him colored tees ), nice undies and socks. Jeans for work... he is down to 4 pairs and 2 of them should be replaced ASAP due to where they are worn thin in areas it would be an issue if it gave way. He has 3 pairs of dress pants *he very seldom wears* His work long sleeve jean shirts he always wears year around... toast.. all 8 of them are toast.  I ordered one from Amazon(wardrobe prime) and if he likes how it fits I will order more *$10 each*.  He like Rural King carpenter pants but they were out of his size for awhile. I just found them again on line so ordered him 3 pairs *$10 each*
He needs 2 carhartt bibs *1 work 1 other* and 2 carhartt coats *1 work 1 other*. But those he will have to suck it up and try on when we go to doctor's appt and run errands on Thursday.

I will need a new winter coat. SIGH... Mother used to buy a coat a little big on her and than give it to me. Daddy would give me which ever coat he decided he didn't want anymore as he was always shopping at the thrift shops for leather coats.I haven't bought a winter coat for a decades.

I need one pair of dress pants in brown and one in black.
I need one pair of white jeans(ordered with sale of half price).
I need no sleeve blouses  (ordered with sale of half price).
I need long sleeve white blouse (ordered with sale of half price).
I need 2 maxi skirts (ordered with sale of half price).

I do not know about skorts as those are still in storage of the barn but I have new shorts from last year,I hope they still fit as I have found most of what I had to be about 2 sizes to big even after I took things in last year.I am hoping that's not the case with the shorts I bought last year.

I need shoes for summer... slip on tennis shoes. I started looking last year, made due with 2 pairs my granddaughter passed down to me... Still looking.

I wear a chef croc in the gardens so I can spray the dirt off.A men's work boot when mowing. I have nice dress shoes and sandals. I have light weight coats and jackets and hoodies. I have shawls and scarfs.

I tried on my jeans. Passed 3 pairs to Daughter 4 as I have lost weight, rotated the pair I have been wearing with another pair.

Decided to do some clothing capsules to get more wear out the nice clothes but for right now tee shirts and sweat pants are my around the home clothes

How do you work your wardrobe and replacing things?

Friday, February 28, 2020


a friend just asked me if we were quarantined if we would have enough food and meds for our dogs...

we have 156 lbs of dog food in the barn and I can always cook food from the freezers if needed.  Meds..  we would make it 3 months.

Feb ending , Planning March

I didn't get two of the books read I wanted to read .... Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler and the Journey Without You by Teresa Carter Kissie.

I didn't do any winter sowing. Temperatures have been swinging from high 50s to teens. No wonder everyone is sick.

I didn't start any seeds before I went to Son 2's so Hubby didn't have to worry about watering them.  I didn't start them when I got home because I had an allergy attack and figured I best get over it before I start messing in potting soil and stuff.

I didn't feel well most of Feb and the week I did I was babysitting son 2 HA HA

So for March

Hubby wants to have his LLC and DOT/PUCO numbers and a sign for his truck all set up. He still needs a digital log also but is looking for one to run on his phone. He is also looking at getting a better phone. His is several years old and it would handle what he is doing better if he had a more up to date phone.

He wants to have the sq foot garden boxes cut and ready for me to paint by mid March. At this point I am thinking it will be probably closer to end of March due to 1 hauler being out of state for next 10 days, one still working on repairing his truck for next 2 wks and one out sick for next 5 days.

He also wants to have his cost estimate of repair of basement ramp and kitchen porch around.

Mine is

start seeds in grow light cart.

paint and seal square foot garden boxes (going to be 2 ft wide, 8 ft long and 1 ft deep)I can do this in the barn

Fill sq ft garden boxes with soil and cover to warm.  Then start planting cool weather crops.

That's the priority ...getting the food started.

I want to also go through my clothes and down size again. I've lost inches so a lot of things are just "hanging" on me.

We are eating from the freezers. I would like to see the 3 refrigerators freezers empty so I can start pulling food from the deep freezers. This should be very doable as I emptied on of the freezer drawers on the kitchen refrigerator last week and refilled it from the other freezers.

I have a couple chuck roasts (buy 1 get 1 free plus $ off if I bought so much in the meat dept) to cook to make pot roast, Channel 10 (Columbus OH) Dom Tiberi pot roast chili (to can), beef veg soup (to can) and beef pot pie. Maybe beef and noodles if there is enough left.

I need to put the house maintenance stuff in to storage that we got yesterday. I already put the OTC meds away.

I need to put the non food stuff away. Freezer bags, foil, sandwich bags etc.

I need to put the odds and ends of food we got also. Tortilla chips (we do nacho's a lot in warm weather) Fritos for Hubby when he eats chili. Potato chips for the sandwich meals  Coffee that was on sale for $2 off and then you got another $1 off if you bought 5, so basically I got 2 free. Coke/Sprite I am down to 1 coke every other day. Sprite for when I am sick.

I got 3 lbs of frozen chicken breast for $1/lb due to being on sale and having coupon for the chicken. Going to cook all of it at one time for chicken salad and stir fry and chicken broccoli and rice dish.

I got broccoli (for broccoli salad, stir fry and chicken dish)

I got asparagus... too cold yet for ours but it's was $1.99 for a lb. I have none left in freezer but we have some jars of it pickled left.

I got mushrooms half priced. Milk, heavy cream and half and half marked half priced.

I got 4 large red bell peppers for the same price of 3 tricolor bells.  I can't eat green ones.

I got 1 bunch of green onions.

The only thing I didn't get on the list was wonton wraps and egg roll wraps because the store here doesn't carry it. I will get them next week when we have a doctor appt in Sidney as they carry them all the time. I have hamburger and bean sprouts and cabbage to make egg rolls with. And some recipes to make wonton soup since I have all the rest of the ingredients.

I got tomatoes on the vine and shredded lettuce for tacos and enchiladas

I got steakhouse salad mix with my coupon and marked down so we could have some fresh salad to help me adjust to eating raw veggies before they start coming in from the garden in May.

I pulled Angel food cake slices today for dessert to go with mixed berry pie filling.We just finished the rhubarb strawberry pie.

I would really really like to not be sick and tired during March as I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I sure don't remember my parents every being as ill as my brother and me... Now Aunt Hazel and Grandma on Daddy's side was always sick. He always said I took after them.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Feb 25th Meals from the freezer... Talk of pandemic

Hubby asked for a rhubarb or strawberry rhubarb pie... I pulled 1 qrt of rhubarb pie filling and 1 pint of strawberry pie filling, mixed them together and used store bought pie crust that had been in the freezer. It's now in the oven.

He wants an apple crumb pie next.

I pulled turkey noodles and sliced turkey out of the freezer to go with instant mashed potatoes, fruit cocktail and some veggie that I will find in the freezer for tonight's dinner.

I pulled strata out of the freezer for tomorrow . There is enough for 2 meals with adding sides.

I bombed the Feb pantry challenge of being efficient in the kitchen. Good Cheap Eats pantry challenge is to FILL the freezer... My freezers are FULL so we decide to empty the freezers. We also decided to go back to going to the store once a week until fresh produce starts coming in the gardens(late April /early May) as I've tossed enough that I am not trying to go every 2 wks anything more.

Hubby is an EMT... emergency medical technician... it is a level above first responder. He asked if we went on quarantine due to the pandemic coronavirus aka Covid-19, would we be okay including medical supplies. Unless we needed the antiviral shot, we are covered.

During the Black Death plague epidemic(7 yrs long ) quarantine ran up to 40 days.SO I thought would our children and grandchildren have enough food to go that long?

Out of 6 kids, 2 would be in trouble, both live in apartments with limited storage, I told them to shove canned goods under the furniture. Out of 6 adult grandkids... ZERO would be in trouble. Well two might resort to using clothes or towels for diapers. I suggested ordering some cloth diapers and rubber pants.

Hubby's parents have enough for 60 days including medications. Two daughter would need their meds brought to them , their pharmacy does deliver. Not life sustaining meds but I don't think their kids want to be around them when they are off their meds.

I also told Hubby that I know it could get worse for us if we have no access to fresh veggies during the winter. Daddy and Mother always talked about how sick people got because of that. So that is something we would have to deal with also.

Monday, February 24, 2020

SIGH at home again... going back to wearing make up

I had to promise to not post anywhere any pictures of Son 2 before or after surgery. Except for a white pad as a mustache he didn't look any different that when he has a head cold. No bruising etc. Did very well... about 6 wks ahead of how I recovered... I didn't sleep well. Couldn't figure out why because I usually sleep very well at his house and then last night when Wilbur started snoring I realized I kept waking up and checking on Son 2 because he was NOT snoring. Which used to be a bad sign and I would get him to move. Doctor said he was maybe getting 50% of air through his nose the septum was so bad due to hand to hand combat it was broke two different directions. He said his cat wasn't smacking him either which Cuddles would do when he was asleep.AND Bailey was sleeping with him, she would leave when he started snoring.

Son 2 gave us a 5 lb pork loin... I almost didn't have room for it.

SO I am home... laundry on the kitchen porch line. Hubby is running errands for neighbors as E is working maple trees and has over 1000 bags/taps to deal with. I'm dragging butt.

While we were talking last night I mentioned that March's pantry challenge it to eat from the freezer and asked which one he wanted us to start on. I bombed the efficient kitchen pantry challenge. I bought too much because I forgot that it was the 3rd week I would be gone not the 4th and I was battling feeling like crap the first 2 weeks.

This is the one he wants to start on.

yeah, right... it is the one with the chocolate chips, cool whip,nuts and cheese.

SO he asked which one I wanted ...

I can be a wise butt also... at least it has fruit, nuts and bacon and frozen hash browns.

Be nice if these were in the same frig but nope.

Woke up with E knocking on the door, his dog Linda was over in the ditch barking and in pain... being Amish and Sunday he couldn't use his gun to put her down and didn't want to bash her head in with a shovel. Hubby dealt with her. She was not hit by a car, her tumor was twice the size it usually is and Hubby figures is was blocking her from using the bathroom like Rascal's would have if we hadn't had it removed. Since Linda had seen the vet and had this fatty tumor for 4 yrs... E didn't think of about it blocking her. ANYWAYS. She is over the rainbow bridge running around healthy and happy. While those in the neighborhood mourn for her.

We went and saw Daddy. The man has a H..L of a grip even in sleep. He woke up enough to take my hand and then went back to sleep. My hand aches today. He did wake up again and say bye.  I really liked how things were going there. They had him out in the community room and had the fire doors shut so no one could go roaming around,that keeps him out of trouble.

We went to Menards. We found we need 2 of the larger humidifiers to keep the house humidity where it should be. I now have Daddy's old one back in the hall where the bedroom, bath and laundry room is . New one (on sale) is in the front room and is a lot quieter than the old one so we don't have to blast the tv to hear over it. We also picked up 6 bottles of dishwasher soap and some cleaner for the copper kitchen sink. Both humidifiers take the same 2 filters and both use regular tap water.

On the way home Hubby asked me when I was going to order my make up/skin care... My dermatologist had already been on me. I've had friends and total strangers ask if someone hit me... I have dark spots that look like bruises. I just sighed. I was taught as a child to always wash my face with Noxzema not soap and to use a face cream twice a day. Mother used Pond's. I am allergic to it. I tried Avon... nope. I finally found Olay that  was good. I did every day "make up" of cleaning, moisturizing, perfume, mascara and lip balm. Mascara and lip balm to shut my 4 girls and Mother up and get off my back LOL. Out for work ... it was what I called the works.... notice I said what I called the works....

So Hubby said something to Son 2 and now I get a list of what I need, what to buy and the ORDER to apply it from Son 2's ex who used to sell make up and except for the eye liner and shadow never looked like she wore make up. But she did... Son 2 vouched as he watched her spend 15 mins doing her hair and make up every day before work. AND I NOW KNOW WHAT THE WORKS REALLY IS . GEEZE

Okay... I can do 15 mins on hair and make up IF it helps my old dried skin and stops people from asking me if I am being abused. I also am happy this young lady knows me and listed 3 routines... yes more expensive (and not what she sells) BUT acknowledges I AM OUTSIDE,I have allergies, I have dry skin, I have dark spots and wrinkles and I am 61 and I do not want to spend much time to deal with my face and I don't want to feel as it I am wearing a mask. While at it she told me what sun screen to get and to NOT MIX MAKE UP BRANDS. It can cause allergic reactions.  She also suggested to get bins or some kind of open containers that I keep it corralled in based on when I am using it.

I had switched from Olay when the price got too high for me to Neutrogena and found I liked it better also because it doesn't feel like I mudded my face.

I will see how this works for me when it comes in. She told me to "play" make up a couple weeks to what looks I like

Monday, February 17, 2020

Hubby's thoughts and death in the community

I whined about being behind due to health and what ever. Yes whined about being sick... sick and tired of being sick and tired.Thing we planned to do over the winter not getting finished ...whine whine whine. I need a glass of wine, with cheese and bread sticks... running joke with Son 2 who is our #1 whiner.

Hubby listened or tuned out, can't ever tell with him 😀

And then quietly said.... Have you been in the hospital?  NO

                                        Are you laying in the hospital? NO

then you are doing what you set out to do ... not be in hospital for 1 yr so they will lower your biologic to once a month... nothing else is as important as that... staying out of the hospital, not having Crohn's attack which triggers hiatal hernia attack. Then he hugged me...Hubby is not affectionate.

I told him I was sorry for the whine and he was right... he understood as when he was 16 and had to lay in bed 6 months due to rheumatic fever, he learned the lesson himself. He figured I needed to get the whine out before I went to stay with #1 whiner. 😛

This morning he let me know that the Amish community had lost a child... really just a baby that he had taken more than once to the hospital in Columbus for testing and treatment for the seizures.  Community in mourning , funeral tomorrow.  My heart aches for them.

Hubby suggested I figure out what our outdoor priorities are and what our inside priorities are so depending on the weather we can get things done for March.

I am taking all the garden stuff to plan what is going where and when to Son 2's.
My laptop,kindle and some reading books. 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Feb 16th... In 2 days I will be at

Son 2's home... normally I call this my vacation as it's usually babysitting the cats and doing sewing or what ever I want to do that I can't get done at home...

Well Son 2 promised me he would deal with his snoring... and for my birthday last month he made the appt with his doctor. I guess our 25th anniversary present is me babysitting HIM while he goes in for surgery for his septum surgery. I won't be back home until late Friday... Was suppose to be late Saturday afternoon but a friend of his doesn't have to work Friday night so they are going to stay with him Friday to Saturday so I can come home after taking him to get the stents removed. He is mean when he is in pain... SIGH.

I know I won't get anything done Monday and Tuesday and will pretty crash when I get home on Friday. SO where does that land me with getting things done for Feb.

First I moved finances around and we now have the 2 months of bills saved. So that's marked off.

Second since I was moving finances around I moved a bit over to the medical and we are now over half way to that goal for the end of the year.

Third while with our tax preparer Hubby brought up switching from his hobby to a LLC business. She worked everything both ways and he has decided to do the LLC. So he started that process.

SINCE our preparer is very familiar with Social Security stuff, we asked about that. Her advice was wait until 63 and 8 months for Hubby at least as long as we can pay for our medical. Too easy for the business to go over the earnings amount in a month and mess up the social security and cause us headaches of pay back etc.

Fourth. We went over the punch list. We have 2 things completed that we had only done over the entire of winter... Can tell we were worn out and I was down sick.

We are going to focus on the basement ramp and kitchen porch due to losing ground there. Widening the driveway because I don't like the ruts or that Hubby drags the mud from the ruts up the driveway where we actually walk. Putting railing on the deck I decided on two designs based on what we have already on hand. The gate to the fence at the deck ramp and the fence to replace the gate is already here so that's a to do. The tower and the antenna is already here so that is a to do. Painting the ceiling of the kitchen porch and putting the 2 outside ceiling fans up there are here so that is a to do.  Getting the square foot gardens (2 ft by 8 ft by 11 inches deep) each bed size to equal 1200 sq ft total. Most of the seeds are bought and the plants ordered. I just need to deal with getting the soil in and painting, sealing and putting them together after Hubby cuts them.  Basic warmer weather than what we are getting to do stuff.

I got 9 things done off the declutter 365 list so only have 5 things left for the month.

I am taking my garden list, Sq Foot garden books, etc with me to Son 2's .... I have read everything else that was on my reading challenge list this month.

We found we owed a bit more on the life ins loans than what we thought... more like HUBBY owed more than he told me. SO that is going to be paid on and hopefully off as I am not willing to go pay interest on a personal loan to pay them off even though it's less interest but a higher payment then the truck payment.

March is going to be interesting

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

What can I do that is frugal?

Besides all the regular stuff...

laundry cold water, homemade laundry soap, vinegar for softener, line or rack drying.

Always checking for best prices for anything we have to buy.  Any service that isn't required by warranty aka Truck and tractor is priced out.

Hubby thought me spending several hours yesterday figuring out medical mileage was a waste of time since it's a deduction of 20 cents a mile. Until I showed him proof we had over 4500 miles. That is well worth the time I spent.

I cleaned the frigs and made note of what produce needed used up first or froze so nothing wasted. Made a note of what I don't need to stock this spring. Pickled asparagus is a biggie need.

I hung my head upside down and cut my own hair. It's past my waist so I am able to cut it in a U or V shape in that position.

I topped off everything in the dry goods bookcase  and checked the pantry making note that there was a few things that was going to be on the stock up list but there is enough to wait for a sale. I am down 60 lbs of sugar and by next week will be down 60 lbs of flour and 9 lbs of almond flour. That has been since last fall and I still have 90 lbs of sugar and 140 lbs of flours not counting specialty flours like cake flour, semolina etc

Hubby is with friends and they did a pit stop at an Amish bulk store. He found 1 LB yeast and called to find out what was a good price. A 2 lb package is about $2 cheaper than what I find it around here. I told him to get one for M also as I know she will be happy to have it. That will bring my yeast back up to a year supply and hers up to one month supply. Woman bakes 36 loaves of bread a week not counting sweet rolls.

Laundry is on the drying racks. Dishwasher is running on hi temp (only use it when cleaning it, never use the dry cycle) with a cup of vinegar in it. Clothes washer with Afresh will be done after the dishwasher is done.

Hubby asked how I was feeling... Mother Nature has ran over me with a Mac truck with this weather. He asked what I would do if I was growing up, single and widowed widowed... I had to laugh because when he makes comments about me doing something he had planned to do I always respond I did it when I was growing up, single and widowed. I would probably take a nap and other than laundry and meals not worry about getting anything else done.SO I guess I won't go out in the cold drizzle to the extra lumber pile and see how many 4 x 4 x 8 posts we have so I know how many to buy for the deck railing that I have part way figured out. The rest is what to put on the top of the fencing we are using between the railings so then I will know what style of growing pots to get or make. Trying to use up what we have and save money.

While talking to Son 2 last night about what we were going to eat while he is down with nose surgery and I am down there since he isn't allowed to be alone of drive for 2 days, he mentioned he had a pork tenderloin for us that he had shoved in the freezer as he got one free. I might take it out while down there (don't need meat here but will use it since he bought it) and make him pork tapas cut in very small sizes. I just need to take my spices with me.He made the comment about eating steak  or something and I cracked up ... he didn't think about not being able to breath while he chewed since he will have stints and packing in his nose for 2 days.I I thought I was going to have to stay until Sat but he has a friend that can come stay with him on Friday so it's Tuesday night (our 25th anniversary) to Friday afternoon after I drive him over to Columbus to get his stents removed. He does have a friend whose son just had this very surgery so he is getting a hold of her and seeing what he could eat.

I had a friend suggest some reading material about inflammation and eating . Her hubby had bought it for her and she first thought was what a waste of money. But she said with just doing 1/4th of it has helped her. So she was now going to focus on doing 1/3rd... small steps is better than no steps and I don't see her giving up her coke a cola or coffee or butter any more than I will. The suggestion of using coconut oil in coffee instead of cream just doesn't sound good. I might try it but HUM.

I finished Family Feasts for $75 a week by Mary Ostyn. I should probably look at going to the store every 2 weeks for fresh produce and not try to get it to last 3-4 wks with just a milk run at 2 wks.

 I need to serve soup or casseroles more to use up leftovers of 1 servings. Though Hubby can eat those from this week while I baby sit Son 2 LOL. As I have shoved 2 meals in the freezer and might put a 3rd one in if he eats dinner with his friends... if they are going to be getting in after dinner they always stop for sandwiches.

What are you doing to save money ?

Monday, February 10, 2020

I think Feb is going to be a no save

Month instead of a no spend month.

Hubby blew a tire on the trailer while fully loaded. When he took it in to get it replaced he was grateful he didn't ruin the rim but was told he actually needed 2 tires.

Daughter 4 bought a car (paid cash, so proud) and then cleaned my car (smells great and looks better) AND filled the tank up AND gave me the money for an oil change (surprised). Our mechanic went over it completely and told me it needs brakes and rotors.. He is good about making sure our vehicles can drive out of state. He is going to check belts when I bring it in for the brakes and oil change.

I thought we had filters for everything (furnace, kitchen cold air vent, 2 frigs, sweeper, whole house water) until June... NOPE, need them NOW . Now have that ordered except for furnace as we get that one cheapest at Menards on Thursday when we have tons of errands in that area.

I went to change the ink in the printer and couldn't find the extra ink.... Hubby got to thinking about it when I asked if he knew were it was and then realized he had gave it to his parents last month when they were printing tax stuff and he forgot to go get some (I didn't ask why he didn't just go get some for them since he drives past the store on the way to their house instead of taking ours) ... I ordered that since I was already ordering office stuff with a discount and coupons combo.  Got free shipping and 35% of when all said and done.

While checking the water filter I realized we needed salt for the softener... should have clicked when we just got propane as they have been matching all winter. Ordered that to be delivered, they will do a check to make sure everything is working as it should while here.

I finally got everything around that we need for taxes...then our tax lady reminded me of medical mileage, she said usually it's not enough to add but she knew I was going a long distance for mine so told me to bring it.... over 4500 miles for last year (which was why I needed ink for the printer) when I finished that.

I finished the book Daily Rituals. It included several types of artists and how they did their work or days. Was interesting as a lot of them had trouble sleeping.

Compared to Jan of 2019 we reduced our electric bill by 302 KW for the month. That was nice to see.

I paid the bills, got a couple due this weekend that I will pay on Friday.  I am waiting to see where the money is in all the accts after we deal with the all the bills on Thursday.

We ate leftovers yesterday with some fruit. Tonight I fixed taco meat for quesadillas. I will have refried beans, guac and tomatoes along with canned mango for the fruit.

Definitely on the tired side, but got enough done to feel good about what is left to do.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Saturday ER visit

24 hr bug.... Not influenza A or B just run of the mill (run the key word there) stomach bug.

No visits to Daddy... so glad I was just there.

Friday, February 7, 2020

1/4th of Feb gone, goals for next week.

What do I have done?

Taxes are gathered and appt is for the 13th along with our chiro appt... at which time we will also have our Valentine's Day and Anniversary (18th) meal out. I am thinking Lock 16 steak house in Lima. Bills are paid until the 10th. I am focusing on doing the finances on the 2nd of the money and then the 2nd Wed (as that is when Hubby will get his SS) and then the 3rd Wed (when I would get mine). This is the routine Hubby's parents use. I got a hold of Social Security (heavens what that a pain) and asked about the income test for those that file before full retirement age. She acknowledged it is written and is very confusing but the 45 hrs was suppose to be for professionals that work part time like doctors... and Hubby would fall under the part that is monthly earnings of NET income. She was polite enough to send it to me in writing also. Hubby doesn't have a net income with his hobby.

Propane is delivered. We have enough credit to get 3 more tank fulls.... that should actually put us in to next spring.

We have not saved any money on the chart :( unless you want to count the ZERO block

I ordered what we were out of on spices and condiments. I can sub on Mexican food but not Asian and we do eat it a lot.

We went to store and I bought a lot of fresh produce as I am trying to work that back into my diet. I can eat 1/2 cup total a day without problems. Goals by end of March is 2 cups a day.

Hubby paid for his oil change for the truck and maintenance.

Daughter 4 is getting a car this weekend so I can go get mine back from her (4 hr trip to get it)... It will need an oil change (she is paying me for the oil change), and brakes. So more money not saved.

Hubby was in getting a new converter (used with lawn mower battery for nebulizers for Amish as the one he had bought the fuses blew and he found he could not replace the fuses,will not buy that style again) and saw dog food was on sale for $1 off. He had a coupon for 10% off total amount. So he saved $3 on each 52 lb bag. They go through 2-3 bags a month. That should take us to end of March unless they become horses, as they already eat like piggies.

For Modern Mrs Darcy challenge I have read The Year of Yes By Shonda Rhimes. The Family Garden by Melissa K. Norris, Starting over by Jackie Clay, A Day In An Amish Kitchen by Bob Ottum, and We Had Everything But Money  by Reimen Publications.

 I am reading Daily Rituals by Mason Currey , Original Square Foot garden by Mel Bartholomew and Family Feast for $75 a week by Mary Ostyn  right now. I float through 4-5 books a day. Read a chapter or two and then do another book. My "sleep" book is always a reread book which is Nora Roberts trilogy of The Sign of Seven.

Grocery pantry challenge...We are eating from the pantry of course. Just adding dairy and fresh produce. I did buy some cans of fire roasted tomatoes since I didn't get any roma/paste tomatoes last year. I got 1 can per month until tomatoes should be in to make my own. I lent 1 lb of yeast to M as when E went to the bulk store they boxed the groceries up while he was loading something else and he didn't think to check the boxes and the yeast that was on the list was forgotten. I told her to just replace it when she gets hers but that should last her 2 wks according to her. E now knows to double check before leaving the bulk store. I keep 2-4 lbs of yeast in the freezer as it lasts a good year after date that way. I need to work on being more efficient in the kitchen which is the challenge for Feb.

I am slowly changing from buy stuff premade like Creme Fraiche, Kimchi and sour cream, things we don't eat a lot of but use enough to make it but not to buy it and then it go to waste.

I decided against winter sowing since the weather is bouncing from teens to 60s on a regular bases. I haven't planned out the spring planting yet. I do have the list for my grow cart plants to start.

On Declutter 365 I have 15 left to do of 29 days. One of them is from Jan and that's the decluttering on the spice cabinet which is in the dining room. I will do that when I spring clean the kitchen in which I add the dry goods book case, china cupboard and spice cabinet.

I spring cleaned my bedroom... took 3 days. Probably would have only taken two (I am showing my age by not having it done in 6 hrs) I did move some furniture around and boxes out from under the bed. The only thing under the bed now is my shoe boxes... two take up half the area under the bed. Shoes I am wearing now are in the shoe rack hanging on the back of the door and boots are behind the door or beside the bookcase. Easier to dust mop now.

Goals for this weekend and next week

Change dentist appts for us to a Thursday from Tuesday as Hubby wants to make errands and such all one day a week when it is both of us so he doesn't have to check the calendar if someone calls and asks if he can help... he knows not on Thursdays.

fill out Kroger survey for 50 bonus points.

Scan and send verification for health ins

Scan medical bills and send to RRA for reimbursement. We decided to use the RRA for copays,deductibles and just pay the health ins out of our pocket like it will come out of the SS when we go on medicare .

finish printing stuff for taxes

Appts... taxes and chiro, Valentine and anniversary dinner on Thursday, I guess we can add celebrating getting the taxes done???

Start seeds in grow cart.

straighten the pantry, make note of what is out/low and what needs used more.

spring clean the kitchen, set up to be efficient.

Design deck railing... figure out costs.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wednesday ...worn out dealing with Brother and Daddy.

kind of....
Yesterday I woke up to my brother , who is 10 yrs older than me blowing my phone up with texts (he was at work,he has retired 3 times already and is back to work) because Daddy had to be moved from the nursing home he is in because he roams. Brother darling told me he had to find a place that took non violent Alzheimer with medicaid...

Okay, research mode with friends that work or did work in the nursing homes... A place for Mom web site their phone calls back to me... I found some in the area. Now it was Brother who had to call them and find and opening...


Hubby and I go to the nursing home... BROTHER either has dementia himself (wouldn't be surprised as his wife and daughter crack jokes all the time about it) and he freaked out, not the first time as he did more than once when Mother was dying, and had a melt down. BUT they were glad we were there and caught us up to what was really going on. Daddy is roaming and going in other peoples rooms, taking crocs(he thought they were mine), and tried to crawl in a lady's bed as she was crying because he wanted to hold her why she cried BUT STILL... A couple other residents threatened him and they are being moved to a violent Alzheimer's ward. But Daddy needed a different set up that would allow him to roam (at night) and keep him and everyone else safe. They also took him off most of his meds except his insulin and he is doing better.

First Hospice had found a place for him and Brother was told the day before they had found him a place 7 different times and he was being moved RIGHT THEN. Glad we went because we got to help move him, he felt better with us being with him until he settled in the new place which had a dog and was going to have singing .... waved me off and told me to go take a nap... most he has spoke in weeks.  He now has a room mate and shares a bathroom... Daddy has been a widower for 30 yrs , not sure if him sharing is going to work but the other guy plays guitar and Daddy loves music so it might be very good .. PRAYERS FOR BOTH OF THEM

Second he is NOT on Medicaid... and since my brother pays the bills he should know that???? SO now I have his wife taking him to the doctor for dementia check up.

The Hospice lady told me she called Brother at work...told him it was fine, Daddy was moving to the new nursing home, I was there... he actually took a breathe and then  asked her if Hubby was there, since she didn't know Hubby she told him a man by this name is dealing with Daddy (he didn't want anyone to push his wheelchair but Hubby). She said there was a silence... and then a sigh of relief and said Ok, sis has this.  She thought it was weird for him to ask about Hubby... first my own health is worse than my older brother's and second , no matter how bad Daddy is , he won't buck Hubby. She was like... okay that make sense.

The new nursing home gave us a couple tips... if we get dentures make sure they are engraved with our name (daddy's is) so if we are in the nursing home and lose them they will come back to us where a lot of them without names end up being tossed... they can't just stick them in your mouth to see if they are yours.

ALSO if we buy a wheelchair to make sure we can remove the feet rests in case we are a scooter like Daddy (he uses his feet not hands to move the chair) as they can't take off the feet rest like the old nursing home did.  You can take your own cane, walker and wheelchair to the nursing home. I have a cane and a walker so I just need to start checking for used wheelchairs that feet can be removed.

So since we were in town and my coupons were expiring that day, we went to the store that was close by instead of driving 40 min to the store we usually go to. I saved 25% with sales and coupons. Got everything that was on the list with a couple substitutions as I wasn't up to another stop. AND we ate AT HOME. There are no leftovers of any kind in the frig as Hubby found out today when he was home for lunch and had to eat summer sausage instead of leftovers. 

I think I will start going to the store when we go see parents and then to Aldi's when we have doc appts . That would make no extra trips unless for milk and Hubby can stop at Save A Lot for milk when he get fuel.

Since I am now worn out to the point I don't even want to change out of the long sleeve tee shirt and sweat pants I slept in I decided pot stickers and egg rolls for dinner with fruit and pickles. I am not sure if a nap isn't on the schedule.

I did call in and order propane.... we are having a fill every 7 weeks instead of the 6 weeks we did that year. So we have "saved" 21 days of fuel. So what we have done so far to help with the energy audit has helped already.

I sat down and researched social security. Might be to worn to physically work so will do mental work.

The first thing several of told me to do was ask for the estimate of what our medicare would cost and deduct that from what our lower benefit would be since we are looking at not waiting until full retirement age. and it would come out when we turned 65. Same price of what we are paying now pretty much and I matched it to be the same coverage.

Second... look at earned income test that will change the amt of benefit when below the full retirement age.... We are okay there  EXCEPT there is one clause of 45 hrs worked PER MONTH... even though Hubby is doing a paying hobby ( no he is not making too much to lower his benefit) we have never tracked his hours... Which is not a problem to do.

We do know rules and amounts change all the time. A paying hobby might be considered as self employed or might not be... no one could really answer this at social security without an appt so we are figuring it as the worse and is considered self employed to see where that set us.

Most don't realize that social security can be taxable when added to your other income. We did because Daddy paid taxes on his and so does Hubby's parents.

I figured out and our financial guy did also.... we would have enough SS to cover the medical now and when we turned 65 and the mortgage. Which is what we had always planned it to pay. Meaning Hubby's hobby which is paying his truck and that ins would be the same and the only money pulled from IRA would be utilities/ house and my car ins and things like that which cuts what we pull by half.  So Hubby it going to think about it. My SS is based on his as I couldn't come anywhere near to what he was earning while I worked odd jobs as a Widow and raised the kids. That makes our IRA last twice as long if not longer.

At least that is a concern off our shoulders.

I scheduled our appt with our tax preparer. She feels after this year I should be able to handle doing the form myself (I used to work for H&R Block). I am just a little iffy about the hobby work... self employed no problem , been self employed most of my life...hobby never done before.When you are making money and getting 1099s from it hobby or no, you claim it and deal with the taxes.

I am tracking what we are spending money on each day to see if there are holes we can plug

Blessed Be