Thursday, October 21, 2021

Hubby changed his mind.

 This is from Erika at  (2017)

I added to it when the pandemic hit. 

Hubby pointed at it yesterday and said he wanted to add to it.

I asked what he wanted to add.

His respondence was "living on social security only"

He has decided with out any decision that he wants us to live on social security only for 1 yr to see how hard it would be. Since he has the biggest income with his IRA, he can make the choice. It took me 2 seconds to tell him we would be short what I pull from Daddy's IRA. BUT pointed out how tight the budget would be, there would be NO extra paid on mortgage or projects done that we had to buy something or hire it done. No helping kids or his parents.  We could do birthdays but Christmas would not be covered in that budget.

He said work it out  

Okay, I went on computer and changed the budget and showed him how it would have to be. I pointed out the following which is where we usually have disagreements.

I did bring up restocking. He wants to not restock until next fall but agreed to restocking with sales and then agreed to a certain amount set back as we both know it can take a bit of time to get cash from an IRA if you don't have it set up.

Propane. I prefer 68 to 70 for heat . He prefers 72 to 74 (worked over 30 yrs at furnaces in factory). I told him heavier shirts, slippers on his feet instead of just socks and use a blanket when he is sitting.  We decided on 70.

Electric. I will run the furnace fan full time (we already know that helps with cold spots) BUT I brought up he doesn't need to leave a light on by his chair and two at the desk in the front room. He doesn't need to leave his laptop on all the time and he doesn't need to put the tv on sleep for 60 minutes when he goes to sleep in 30. I really wished he would just turn it off but he is has had this habit since he was 16 and had rheumatic fever. He needs He added he quit plugging in his LED candle in the wheelchair bathroom as he found if he left the curtain cracked he could see well enough through the night with our security light.  I will not turn on my bedroom light  by the bed until I go to bed. Habit of turning it on when I close curtains so when I go to bed I don't step on Rascal who is BLACK. Means I have to walk around the bed 3 times dealing with lights, I laughed and said more steps for my Fitbit (which is under medical budget as it lets me know when my heart is racing). He suggested I use the bathroom candle he isn't using. He has adapted to less AC (since we only turn it on when Wilbur was panting, we will do the same for Rascal gets to that age ).

We by passed any bill that is set or already to the lowest we can.

Christmas is based on what ever we can afford.

Food processing this budget is at ZERO. I have plenty of canning jars (HA HA), vacuum bags, freezer bags, foil, saran wrap, press and seal wrap etc to go 2 years if I can careful.

Garden costs is set at $20/month. I need a little bit of soil for some of the boxes , I  and 1 type of tomato seed. 

Home maintenance is  $20/month. I usually use Menards rebates to refill this except for the frig filter. I buy it by every other year. We won't have much in rebates since we are not doing any projects that we don't have materials already. 

Cleaning items is $20/month. The only thing I don't have a year's worth is for the dishwasher soap. Well I might if I am the one putting the soap in. Hubby follows the directions. I use about half of that.

Personal. $10/month. I really couldn't think, we both checked, of anything we needed but felt something might pop up so it's in there.

Paper goods $5/month. Another one I don't see needing for awhile and can wait for sales

Office supplies.$5/ paper and ink, stamps (next fall) 

Eating out .... I said $40, that's one sit down meal at our local restuarant or take out Chinese. He said $120. We agreed at $80. But that doesn't include birthday or anniversary. 

Groceries ... I had cut it to $200, now I have it at $150. I did ask M and B(E's mom) what they spend at the store and how often. Both buy lemon lime soda(7 up for B as her hubby won't drink anything else) . Both said around $70  to $100 if there is non food products. They both said twice a month. Once themselves (usually their hubbys) and once with an Englisher going to Aldi's that is not in this area.  I am really stocked well now except for ham. Hubby thought another turkey( I have a 20lb one in freezer) and 3 hams for stocking. SO it's up for debate. 

According to USDA thrifty plan we should be spending $426.70 on food (not junk food or non food products) a month. I can say my in laws spend that much but I see a lot of snack foods that neither of them should be eating due to diabetes and weight issues. I know where Hubby got his snacking from. As a kid they had a snack bowl(5 qrt bowl) that they munched through twice a day. I was told to get a drink of water. 

We will see how this goes. Hubby wanted to start it NOW but I pointed out we had to pay J for the two porches, an exhaust system for Son 2 (Hubby told him he could make payments), Daughter 4's last payment. PLUS he wanted to add 3 hams and another turkey and he is not fooling me, he will order a prime rib for Christmas eve.  I got him talked into starting Dec except for groceries. 


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Odds and Ends.


I was going through a lot of papers that I kept in the Christmas notebook This is from 1995 .. Kt (daughter 2) was in 10th and Blane (son 2) was in 7th.  Blane called it hoarding and Kt thought it was funny I would have something over 25 yrs like that. Hubby asked why I had it all listed. Because there was more than one faith in our family and I listed them all. 

You know how some families point and say I am the same faith as my great grand parents.. Not my family. I am not sure if ANYONE was the same faith while living in the same house. 

Daughter 4, Son 2 and I have been struggling with menu... so Daughter 4's daughter is now in charge of sharing HER menu.

We had 123 pasta Saturday with cheddar biscuits

Sunday we had meatloaf, baked sweet potato, green beans and pineapple.  

Monday was pork butt roast with roasted veggies. 

She usually does menus on Wed. Last week she had goulash, Son 2 thought it sounded good but definitely made too much as he ate it 4 meals in a row. Had no freezer room as he had just bought a couple roasts LOL. I have been pulling from the freezers and pantry. Daughter 4 doesn't go to the store until she get the "menu".

My to do list is down to 25, I have 7 phone calls to make tomorrow, (hubby has one and has to go make the truck payment) and counted a 10 different veggies and a fruit that need processed in the next week. It was up to 32 but I did some things that were on the internet to get it down. Today, I planted over 100 bulbs of flowers part of them were in real bad shape but they were free so I planted that was on the list for a couple weeks from now. We'll see how it goes if they grow or not. Total now is 42 divided by 11 days left to get it done is 3.8 a day. I get the phone calls done and I will have done 2 days LOL. There is one day of appts so I won't get anything done on that day.

We needed humidifier filters (2 per humidifier) I found them on sale so ordered enough to get through this heating season.

 While looking for that I found adjustable window screens. Hubby had priced new screens made for our windows at $65 each. We need 9. we decided to get the old fashion ones that we will be sticking in the windows until we replace the windows. I got found them for $12 with a $3 off each code. Then got another $3 off total order and 5% cash  back on my credit card. Well worth looking for something else since we plan to replace these windows in 5 yrs.

E let us know last night that his daughter's appendix burst when they started surgery BUT since she was already in to the surgery it wasn't bad.  We checked on the older kids that was home and the eldest let us know they had an older cousin staying with them to help with chores. They spent today at the cousin's family (E's oldest brother).  Hubby just left to go get E and M and child from hospital. I sent 2 pillows, a light blanket (she had no coat when she went) and a small trash can just in case. Hubby took water bottles for every one. Hubby went and told E's family , his family was going to send a message to M's side through a Mennonite. I hope the families go help E and M to play catch up on chores and getting ready for winter.

Hubby installed a solar charger for the electric fence we have between us and the pond. One of E's horses likes to lean over the wire fence and play nip on Charlotte. Only took one zap (both got zapped and she raised up to touch the fence in same area) and both now stay off the fence but it's not costing us anything. They still race each other down the fence line. Pretty much a tie according to E.

E &M child is home late Sunday night. The 4 little ones came home Monday afternoon as B thought it would be better for M and child to have some quiet. M's brother sent one of his older girls (he has 6 girls and 6 boys) to help this week.

Monday: I cleaned all 3 frigs, Hubby took trash to the road for Tuesday 5:30 AM pick up. I hemmed 4 pants of mine, mended 1 shirt of Hubby's and he has already tore another shirt, 2 bras, 1 dish cloth and 1 wash cloth. I made 12 meals of taco meat and bagged the mushrooms into paper sacks (they will last longer.) Got 4 phone calls done. Checked on daughter 1 who had wrist surgery. She's doing fine except it's her dominate hand LOL. Hubby got one of his calls done, second one to call back and has to go to hearing aid place to get his hearing aid cleaned.

LORD what a week... it's only Tuesday and it feels like it is been a month instead of a few days. 

Hubby's one hearing aid is not working so they sent it in for repair or replacement. So he's down to only one...we should have realized it wasn't working as I kept asking him if he had them in when I was to the right of him which is the one that isn't working. It's under warranty so it's free.

I got my IRA dealt with over the phone so I don't have to drive 30 miles one way to deal with it. That's done for this quarter. Mine averaged 20% earnings.

Hubby got his IRA dealt with over the phone (60 miles one way). That's done this quarter. Hubby's averaged 12% earnings.

We will have to go in person in Dec. 

I got my Humira ordered, sharps container ordered and 2 doctors offices to call me back when they can figure out when to schedule me. One actually had their "scheduler" program fail, just totally fail. They don't know who is coming in when at this point. No back up system at all.

I canned 14 pints of Russian Salad ( zucchini, tomato, bell pepper)

I canned 12 pints of butternut squash and 2 pints of acorn squash.

Hubby went to 3 different Menards to get the last of the stuff for the kitchen porch, 4 outdoor timers for Christmas lights and some new roller handles and paint roller fills. I should have had him get brushes also as we are done to just a couple. 

We are having pigs in a blanket for supper. It's what is in the frig LOL.

How is your week going?

Friday, October 15, 2021

Here we go again. and some good news

FIRST  Daughter 4 got her 1st  and 2nd check at once. She did a happy dance. They were concerned since her 1st check didn't go through for direct deposit so they gave her a pay card for her 2nd check and then worked out the issues with the direct deposit with the small 1st check. She is grateful Son 2 and we strongly insisted we pay her this month even though she was getting checks. As her landlord doesn't do credit cards/pay cards she can pay him with what we paid her that is in the checking acct. and use the rest for utilities, groceries and gas and maybe fix the car where the deer hit her (in front of a state cop, he sent the video from his dash cam to her so she could give it to her ins). We all cracked jokes about another hit and run of  her new to her car( 1st one was totaled and the cops still think the trash truck did it but no witnesses or evidence). At least her ins will cover this if it's more than the deductible. Her son in law thinks his brother and him can pop it out since it's on the door.

 M and E's oldest daughter got sick late Wednesday night. Since a cousin had been over and had caught the flu and they don't think she was over it completely,  they thought flu.

Thursday M sends note they can't get her stopped throwing up, did I have any ideas besides the 5 miles long list they had tried. I sent gas x (she was burping a lot) and Alka Seltzer for colds and flu. That helped a lot when I checked on her in the evening last night. She was keeping fluids and food down and feeling a lot better.

This morning at 4:15, ( It's Friday right?)M was at our door as the child woke up with pain in the area of appendix. Hubby had jury duty so I'm the driver. E called (other neighbor keeps a cheap cellphone charged in his garage for the Amish ) local hospital and they don't treat kids that young (she's 11 going on 12). So told him to go to Marion.

SO E and I took child to Marion who ran MRI and couldn't tell if she had ruptured so then they ran a CT scan and said her appendix had not burst but had a small rupture and since waiting for transport through the hospital would be 3 hrs. and then a 1 1/2 hr. drive to Children's hospital as they don't operate on children that young. (GRR, might as well drive straight to children's)The doctor was agreeable for me to transport even though he understood it would be 3 hrs. I made it in 2 hrs. before I could get her there, gave child a pain shot. and off we went.

Since I had Son 2's car that DIED OUT in E's driveway when we were heading to Marion. We came back, I dropped E and child off, stopped and let my dogs out while I grabbed truck key. Then I switched vehicles with Hubby who's truck was in the bank parking lot where the jury was told to park. Texted him so he could check at breaks or lunch of what was going on. Stopped back to get dogs back in house. Picked up Child , M and E ,made pit stop to drop off youngest 2 as the 2 older boys walked across the pasture behind us as the hay pastures join between the two families, at neighbor around the corner and another pit stop to update E's mom .

 E called another driver to pick up his parents this afternoon to bring them to Children's and his Mom will spend the night with M and child. Then driver could bring him and his dad back to take care of chores and get the older 5 over to his parents. So I am not on driver duty tonight. He knows Sherm is got a limit of drive time around 10 hrs. so he figured that counted for me also. It's a state number thing with being a commercial driver.

I told E that Hubby was hauling with his dad on early Saturday morning and was hauling for M's brother in the afternoon. But he could work in going after them at hospital if he need him to as both hauls can be put off until next week.

At this time the hospital thought they might keep her one or two days depending on the seepage  from the rupture. Since E had his burst, he definitely understands the reason why they can't say exactly when she can come home.

All 3 of them went to sleep while I was driving to Children's. 

Operating room was already prepped and they were waiting for us as E called the ER at Children's and told them when we were 30 mins away. So that helped everyone also.

I got 5 hrs. sleep last night. My rear hurts from sitting in a vehicle 9 1/2 hrs. since I couldn't go in with them (COVID rules) and it was raining so I couldn't even get out and walk around the parking lot. Blowing storms I stay put.   I don't know how Hubby just zones out while being a driver like he does. He did say it's hard when he can't go in with them and time drags forever. But since I knew how long MRI and CT scan takes and normal time of waiting for results ...I wasn't wondering what was going on as E used hospital phone to let me know that. 

Now there will be 3 households behind on things, E & M's ours and E's parents. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Oct 11th

 This month is flying by. We have taken the summer gardens down, I put row cover on the fall/winter gardens

The first one is how they look now. When it gets to a frost or freeze it will look like the second one. I replanted some in bare spots were I had already harvested.

Instead of horses we have the guinea hens visiting the pond. Rascal was frisky that day. Charlotte is always frisky

The hens just ignore them. 

Daughter 4's daughter got married in a small wedding at the preacher's house which is her new hubby's uncle. Five generations was representing his side, four on our side. Daughter 4 looked at me and realized it's my generation that is the oldest now .It kept the focus on the vows and not on a big wedding. GD said she has seen that those with big wedding crash and burn a couple years down the line when times get hard. But those that kept it small haven't. I told her it was not the amount spent of the wedding but the attitude of why it was spent that crashed. Thoughts of "I deserve expensive things given to me" will wreck your life. GOOD life not based on money.

M is doing a lot better, she still has help come in after E had the 4 little ones for a day and complained he didn't get anything done ... then laughed and hired someone to at least come in half days. He's taken to working on the upstairs (drywalling) when he is on childcare duty. M and I just laughed and laughed. 

I spent yesterday playing with the budget since Daughter 4 comes off OUR budget beginning of Nov. Still tinkering with it.

Fine tuning the last of the outside projects that to be finished this month. Right now it's more of getting him to quit changing what is planned and just get it done. We went a couple rounds about the roof over the basement ramp. J who is doing the porches stopped by to tell us 7 -14 days he is coming in to do both porches in 1 day. Bringing the work trailer and full crew. Hubby asked him what he would do for the roof... it was exactly how I said to do it. GOT TO SMILE.

I started with 76 items to get done this month I did that list on the 3rd. As of this morning I am down to 38. I told Hubby since he isn't hauling Tuesdays that he can get on his own jobs. He didn't looked thrilled with that but he could actually finish some stuff in a day or two if he quit putting it off. He is a procrastinator which has been a hard learning curve for me as my entire family is "let's get it done and off the list".


After spending time with the budget I tinkered with the grocery list. I have 4 things in the frig I bought 2 wks ago still not touched. Still good but not even opened. HUM... 

We decided to go to Kroger's or Walmart once a month and then 2 wks later go to either Aldi's (if M needs something) or Save A Lot.  

Got to get at it.. back to the to do list

Blessed be


Thursday, September 30, 2021

taking a break

 8 A.M. and I am on the second load of laundry. First load is on kitchen porch line. 

Hubby figured out that I have "save" $11.55 a month using the clothes line each month. I will save $13.76 using the clothes line when doing seasonal washing (bedding for 5 beds, 15 sets of curtains, 3 loads of clothing, furniture throws and dog beds).

I am down to washing curtains (those that are hanging and those that was in storage).

I have 3 dogs beds still.

I have 2 loads of throw rugs.

Then I will clear the gardens and garden shed if I can before the rain comes in on Saturday. If the hornets go away, I might be able to pick a few more apples. I'm highly allergic so it's not worth the risk.

Monday I got 60% of work done

Tuesday I got 99% done

Wednesday I got 15% done

That's an average of 58% done. Hubby asked me what that meant. I told him that meant instead of 15 things to do I was to cut back to 10. I think he wanted me to say 7 or 8 instead. 

Got to go hang curtains on the line.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

To do list

 It's going to be a big push as we start heading into the colder months.

In the Garden :

Clear remaining boxes of summer crops. 

Cover late fall/ early winter boxes with row cover

Air dry calla lilies to replant next spring.

Clear flower garden of bulbs. Will transplant hosta next year and put in weed barrier and stones instead of plants. This area gets no direct sunlight but tons of WEEDS coming off the pasture across the yard.

Transplant black raspberries as they are too young to put in ground yet but getting too big for the pots they came in.

Transplant orchids (just finished blooming) 

Transplant philodendron

Trim herbs

Organize flower bulbs that need planted in Oct. Get said bulbs planted in the north garden. 

Plant garlic after 1st frost.

For the house:

Prep the kitchen porch for it to be torn off this coming month. I have paint the support posts and the ceiling before they tear the rest off.

We will be getting all the winter bedding, throw blankets, clothes etc  washed and put away, all the summer stuff will be cleaned if needed and put into storage.

I will start do fall cleaning with the hope to get all 23 areas done by the end of Oct. 


what we saved this week

 $29.35  on bank fees each.. this has been all year but it just dawned on me (duh) that this savings should be either going on the mortgage or in a savings acct.

We were given produce. So the menu got changed LOL. 

I was able to split the leftover chuck roast into 5 meals in the freezer. We had philly steak subs (sub buns given to us) instead of philly steak pizza but some of the meat is now in freezer listed for pizza. I also put a bag in for what I fondly call blue plate special (shredded meat over mashed potatoes or bread dressing or both drowned in gravy with corn or green beans as a side along with coleslaw and some hot dessert) and some for 123 pasta or stir fry plus a bag for beef and noodles   

I had a flank steak, it's now 3 meals of London Broil, satay and stir fry/123 pasta. I was given a tip beef roast. It's in freezer. 

I was given more butternut and acorn squash and a couple small watermelons. I will can(pressure can) the squash. I am not sure if the watermelon is good but if nothing else I will use the rind to pickle and can. 

Hubby found cube steak marked down as he went to store for one of the Amish. He asked the meat dept. if they would mark it down more since it was at the end of the day for it to sell. He got it for 1/4th of what the original price was. I floured it and baked it with gravy. We ate it for 3 meals.

I harvest harvested peas. Found another zucchini and golden zucchini.  

We ate 5 meals off menu after I added a few to do what was given.

We went back over the budget... have some large bills being paid end of Sept and again in Oct to finish projects.

I priced what I have on my master grocery list at different stores  and made notes on the original list of where to get what. A few things will no longer be bought as I am not willing to pay $7 for a bag of California Blend veggies. 

We got back $68 on our cash back credit card. It went toward a coat for Hubby for this winter. That leaves him only needed wool tube socks size 13-16. Hard to find in tube socks.

I got a $45 refund due to a mistake that the company caught. 

Blessed Be

Monday, September 20, 2021

HA HA menu plan

I do great at making a menu... I suck at staying on menu.

So in no order of when we will eat what. On the menu

beef and noodles, mashed potatoes and cole slaw or salad

123 pasta (one onion, 2 cups protein, 3 cups or more veggies and 1 lb. pasta..sauce floats) and salad

bfast for dinner... use leftover steak from Sunday for omelets or egg burritos, French toast with pie filling.

fried cabbage, fried potatoes with onions and corn bread  Might chop leftover smoked sausage in cabbage if enough left over.

philly cheese steak pizza with salad

Breaded fish with French fries and coleslaw. 

stir fry (what ever needs used up in frig) fried rice (actually it's yellow rice with onion, peas and carrots), eggrolls and pot stickers aka fried dumplings.

Hubby says we will do 3 meals the least. I say 4. Both of us will be shocked it is all of them. LOL

16th to the 20th


 Amish started working on the front porch. Hubby has to move the fence and due some filling in with gravel before they can build the ramp that will go on it. 

Since I was so tired but couldn't just sleep away the day as I was the only one home so the one to answer questions.

I caught up the mending.3 of Hubby's shirts, One of his work pants. Of mine there was a skort, shorts, and 4 bras that the cups kept coming out of  in the laundry. I also mended 2 hand towels and 2 face cloths. 

Just getting that done made it a good day. 

I also wiped down all the canning I did last week but I didn't carry it to the basement. I can do that tomorrow.

Having leftover chuck roast , mashed potatoes  and corn.


I carried all the recent canning down and put them away. Straightened 2 shelves. 

I harvested peas, shelled them and put them in pan in freezer to flash freeze.

I harvested concord grapes and using my new steamer made grape juice. I thought about making grape mash jam from the stuff left and decided against it. I have enough canning to do. 

We talked about getting rid of that grape harbor. We have 2 other grape harbors that should start producing some next year. This harbor is right next to the curve in the driveway. I really would like Hubby to take it out and straighten that section as much as possible by widening the driveway.. which lead to the conversation that he is still putting 2 wheels in the yard when he leaves and pulls in. We need to widen the driveway at the asparagus on the asparagus side. I think it will also help him as he keeps thinking he is going to hit the mail box. Can't move the mail box as there is no other place for it due to the country drain ditch. SO that was put on the punch list.

We had chicken wraps for supper.


I bagged frozen peas. We now have 18 meals. It's been a very slow harvest. If I was canning I would have never got enough at one time to can even a pint. By freezing even 1/2 cup is doable. 

Hubby hauled. Produce auction is having their annual pumpkin sale on Tuesday. S has 4 if not 5 loads to go. Hubby started hauling the first on today. He will do 2 more on Monday and possible another on Tuesday. It will be a mad house at the auction as a lot of the local stores have people coming in to buy for their stores.

We straightened up the front porch area. He stabilized the steps we are using for right now. Not sure if we will leave steps on that end when the ramp is up because that is where the ramp starts in the driveway. We might put steps at the other end of the ramp and change the fencing in that area as I wouldn't want to walk up that close to dogs if I didn't know them and they carried on like ours does.

We had leftovers for supper


The day of rest and we took it. We did talk about getting through the rest of the boxes, extra furniture, Daddy's stuff etc. as we just had some friends have to hire help to clear a parent's home and that was after 2 yrs. of being in assisted living home and them tossing stuff on a regular bases. Like Daddy's some of the wooden furniture had dry rotted so bad it couldn't be fixed. 

We decided to finish clearing the barn (house is done except for extra dishes) by next summer. I am 2/3rds the way through the front bay.

 Hubby has the last stall done and is going to put the tractor and it's equipment in that stall. Middle stall is half done, (he thinks mowing equipment and the motorcycle. The stall at the door..the south side of it is a kennel for the dogs if needed and he wants to put  his work truck on the northside so he can plug it in during the winter . He has a diesel truck and it needs the heater to be on during winter. 

The big bay and the loft over it is not been touched at lot. Goal is to have gone through EVERY THING by next summer.

I fixed shrimp cocktail, T-bone steak, twice baked potato and salad for supper.

Our tv started messing up today. Hubby sent pic to Son 1 and he said it was dying. BUT did tell us what he just bought himself as his had just died. We bought it in the spring of 2014. 


I called 2 doctors that I am over due for check ups. Neither are taking patients at this time due to high rate of covid. I won't bother to try again as it's been a month now for the same reason. It's getting worse not better around us.

I harvested 2 zucchini, 1 golden zucchini, 1 cucumber, enough green beans to make a meal for us tonight and maybe 1/2 cup of peas that went in the freezer. 

Hubby hauled a couple more loads of pumpkins for S and then picked up a load of pallets from another Amish that's driver that had to cancel due to truck breaking down. 

We are having green beans, leftover mashed potatoes and beef and noodles for supper.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

sitting just sitting...


I am tired.

 I had 3 medical appointments on Monday, another on Tuesday late afternoon , and one more on break of dawn Wednesday. OF COURSE all were more than an hour away. I have one scheduled next week and have 3 more doctors to call for appts to catch it all up and get it done this year as my out of pocket is maxed out. I also will be getting the flu shot mid Oct and then Nov call to schedule my back injections. 

I got this month groceries bought in the home, not all dealt with. I found a 20 lb. turkey for 89 cents/lb. .

I have cherry tomatoes, butternut squash, acorn squash , watermelon and watermelon rind, peas, apples, grapes, hamburger, steak, cube steak , sausage patties , steaks and the chuck roast I baked last night to deal with.

I have a laundry basket of mending to do

I haven't started my weekly cleaning let alone fall cleaning. 

I haven't wiped down the jars I just canned and taken them to the pantry nor shelled the dried beans 

I haven't picked peas in two days, or the other dried beans that need pulled or work at clearing the garden beds that are done.

What have I done besides run to medical appts ?

I had a light stroke that got missed amongst the busyness of the season. It showed on the head MRI that was ran for other reasons, ruled out MS and tumors.

Left side that affects vision, language and memory.  It has not affected it enough for Hubby who is a EMT to notice it. Or even my doctor that I see every 3 months. I still read nightly, I still run my mouth... which neither comment to my brother or girlfriend went over very well but our kids thought it was funny.

I already have been doing all I can to keep my heart healthy since I was BORN with left side heart failure. I had a nasty fall awhile back and they now think either the fall causes the stroke or maybe the stroke caused the fall instead of my cerebral palsy. Six one , half dozen another. My attitude is IT DOESN'T MATTER ... it just is. 

My doctor who I see this coming week already called me to let me know that I just need to eat healthy, get exercise and not watch all the negative news. I'm okay. 

But right now I am drained and tired so it's a day of doing nothing. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Daughter 4's first week back to work

 Monday morning , actually it was more afternoon as she walked in her home, let the dogs out, left the back door open (yard is fenced in) fed and watered them, sat down to drink coffee and went to sleep... I sent text at 8 am when she should have been get home asking how it went... that afternoon the answer was EXHAUSTING. She played for 2 hrs. with the dogs in the early afternoon and then took another nap before work.

Tuesday afternoon as she figured I would be between medical tests and bored she sent that she had nearly got ran over by another scooter, that person got in trouble, she forgot to stop completely before getting off her scooter and twisted her knee, but finished the order and got it to packing before seeking medical and filing paperwork and got HERSELF IN TROUBLE as she was suppose to STOP and take care of HERSELF first not finish the order.

Wednesday afternoon... the manager in her came out ... They need to do a better job of training and more hands on training coming from the trainer to the trainee. She is good with the job, as she put all companies have issues. Loves the benefits and is glad I made her promise me to NOT sign up for over time if it was offered this week. She is EXHAUSTED. 

Glad she is working only 3 days a week and not the 5 she would have been at the old job.  I did tell her she would need those days to recover for a couple weeks.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Why I cancelled Sam's club and other memberships

 I am glad Sam asked. 

First when I look at taking a membership or subscription I ask myself these questions... does it save me money? does it save me time? Do I learn something from this? Is this helpful in any way, shape or form? (more of this at end)

Our Sam's club is 45 minutes away. 

 If we walk through the store we end up with 3 flat bed carts. We buy the OH LOOK AT THAT... stuff that should be OH WE DON'T NEED THAT  stuff. Junk food to be sold in other stores in my pantry LOL.

We did 2 curb side pick ups during pandemic. There was limits and somethings were out of stock.  SO basically I paid around $25 each trip as my membership is $50 about. At that point it was worth it to kept us out of the stores as neither of us was vaccinated. Our Walmart and Kroger's (Kroger's is now closed) didn't have anything of my list. I did use instant cart a couple times.

Membership renewal was coming up so I looked to see if it was worth having.

45 minutes away along with at least an hour and usually two shopping and then 45 minutes back. ADD the cost of gas/wear and tear of vehicle  to get there and back. My time is based on $5/ hr. with mileage to cover truck is $1.75 (yes that is more that gov't allows on tax return but it reflects the true cost for this area AKA $5000 for entire brake system of truck)

 I compared what I was buying:

25 lb. flour (bread and all purpose) was actually more at Sam's than Walmart or GFS (Gordan food service, no membership required, 30 minutes away).FIGURE THAT ONE OUT of Walmart cheaper than Sam's.

25lbs sugar ... same thing , more than Walmart's or GFS

Yeast at 1 lb. was a bit cheaper at Sam's but cheaper at Amazon and could not get at bulk store.

SO I started comparing... where is my money best spent... I was NOT saving enough to cover the cost of going there let alone the membership. 

The Amish bulk store 15 minutes from us has it but they are higher priced than Sam's club and limited on what they have. But I can pick up some items that most regular stores don't carry. Like gelatin in bulk that I can store in old canning jars. Especially peach gelatin that is hard to find. 

GFS , my brother's favorite place for getting stuff for family gatherings (he is a retired school principle) is closer (30 minutes) and lower prices, generic for most items. 

Walmart and Save A Lot are the only grocery stores here. Both with in 10 minutes. Save A Lot has decent meat. Both stores acknowledge that Amish shop there and have items in larger amounts that those families would need to buy. 

Then I priced Amazon. The amount of tv shows Hubby watches covers the cost of the membership against the cheapest satellite tv shows we could find as cable is not out here.   Add the fact I saved over $600 on shipping last year and get 5% back on my credit card. 

IF we had a Meijer's here I would shop there. But the closest is 50 minutes from us.

We shop Kroger's and Aldi's biweekly if needed when already there for doctor's appointments.

We shop Save A Lot and Walmart here. 

I order from Amazon and some spices (not much herbs as I pretty much grow what I use) from .

We have memberships or subscriptions with the following

Amazon, shows for Hubby who zones out in front of the tv (finally is setting a timer to turn it off) , unlimited kindle for me as I am a read-alcoholic , free delivery most times. 

Seed Savers not only can I find heirloom seeds but it's a tax deduction for the membership.

Real Simple magazine. Recipes, time saving tips and I pass this to Daughter 4 who passes it to her daughter who passes it to a friend etc. I do not do auto renewal. I wait a couple months to find a good deal on it.

Milk Street magazine. This is Hubby's. He watches the shows, loves the recipes and gotten a few more quick meals that were really good on the table.I think this is one of the few things he reads 

AARP... lots of tips, great brain puzzles, discounts not so much in this area but was great where we lived before . We are looking at going that way with our taxes. Keeps me up to date with changes in Medicare etc.

MS 365. I tried open office and several times could not get it to work with things coming from Hubby's employer. 

We are thinking strongly of Norton 360 with LifeLock as we have free AVG. Three of the kids have it and it has been a blessing. Since I just dealt with my credit card number being stolen I know how bad it can be. This would fall under peace of mind.

We thought about a membership to Anytime fitness or YMCA , that's all that is here. BUT we know we won't drive 15 minutes (both on west side in town and we are east of town). The price was on the high side. Wished there was a planet fitness as I would have done that. We decided we would just wait until we qualified for silver sneakers. I picked up a Fitbit which paid for it's self when it caught I was having heart issues(again, some more , what ever). I have a Fitbit Sense with membership. 




We have a GFS (Gordon Food Service , they also supply restaurants) that sells to public 30 minutes away, no membership required. T

Monday, September 13, 2021

savings last week

 All the bills paid on time, credit cards due paid off. 

I was going to go back to the grocery store and get dairy and some freezer stuff... I didn't.

We ate from the gardens... ours and other peoples that was giving us stuff like 3 butternut and 2 acorn squashes and filled in with the pantry. I am still harvesting peas, onions and tomatoes.

We bought local honey from Amish. We got discount as Hubby hauls for them off and on.

We bought 4 pumpkins and got a discount as Hubby hauls for them twice a week. After they spend some time as decorations I will cook and dehydrate, then grind that to powder.

The front porch is getting redone on Thursday. We cleared it and I painted the bottom face boards using white paint left over from when we painted the house. I also painted 4 posts. If they can't be used on front porch (we can't see if the posts is actually the bottom feet of the porch floor) then they will go to the kitchen porch which makes me ahead on that project.

I planted 36 different variety of seeds in the fall garden. Hubby already had the hoops for low tunnels over the boxes. Now it's wait and see what comes up.

Doc sent looked over our blood work and let us know we are low in some of our vitamin areas and what they were. He wants us to eat the food not pop a supplement. 

I canceled Sam's club membership.

We open windows in morning and again in the evening. If it's about 85 in afternoon we run the AC for Rascal. He is black and gets hot and then throws up... I guess we are doing it for us to not have to clean throw up. ;) Electric bill was still below budget.

Blessed be 


Thursday, September 9, 2021


 fingers crossed... jumping for joy 



It's 3 miles farther from home then the other job was.

It's 50 cents less an hour on pay.

It's 4 hours less time.


it's 3 days a week Sunday night/ Monday night/Tuesday night. SO she can use 4 days recovery since she hasn't worked full time in over a year.

Overtime is available on a regular bases, Bonus is available with certain criteria (she gets that list Sunday night) 

Orientation is the done on the first night of work. 

Pay raises at 30/60 and 90 days

Insurance/ 401K / and first paycheck on Oct 1st.

20% discount off products

It's at Chewy pet supplies warehouse. 

She will ride around in a scooter, scan things for the order. Take order (on scooter) to packing and drop it off. Then ride off to get the next order. 

She said the 20% on her dog food alone will save her more than what she is losing on the hourly earnings. 

Jokes are already being made of her in a scooter (she has bad knees) and should be able to work in her late 60 to 70s as scooters are for that age . She called it a lazy job. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Daughter 4 update

 She got up at 4:30 this morning to go to orientation.... they didn't even let her sign in so no gas money coming back to her as they did a hiring freeze due to lack of parts and orders LAST WEEK but didn't bother to tell the 30 some people that was showing up today. 

She immediately texted me after she stopped crying about it. She is also applying for jobs on line and is willing to take part time just to get the money rolling in.

She had already changed her budget based on what she knew she would be earning (old job at old company so had that info). She has 2 utility bills that have to be paid off Nov.4th  since what she used was over what they had her on the budget for. 

I figured up what we have left in the budget for her... at least I know her divorce is paid for and the car is in good condition with repairs and maintenance. Even though that wiped out Nov and Dec budget. She figured she would be working full time. I just have to wait until MY money comes in to pay off her balances.

She knows we have $6000 of bills that have to be paid this month (truck brake system and the two porches) so I will cover her with my social security and my IRA.

We want house paid off before Medicare as a friend on the same meds as me has to pay out $6000/ month since she went on Medicare /Medicare gap. 

Extra payments on mortgage probably won't happen the rest of the year. I really hope I am wrong about that. Really hope she finds something. But even Son 2 said the airforce base is now at 25% of employees due to Delta covid.

Does this sound like a HERE WE GO AGAIN year???   

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

September... remembering Daddy

 Son 1(Hubby's) and Son 2 (Mine) turn 39. Their birthdays are 10 days apart. 

We have always said it was like raising two sets of twins as our girls (Daughter 3, Hubby's) and Daughter 4 (mine Hubby adopted when she was 9) are 9 1/2 months apart.

Daughter 1 hit her 15 yrs at Walmart .

Daughter 2 is pretty sure she has a new place to move to Oct 1st. She thinks she might even have other people to move her that doesn't require her 62 yr old parents to move heavy furniture. We are okay with using our truck and trailer if she can work around Hubby works schedule since he can't afford to take off now.

Daughter 3 is planning her wedding. They are eloping. They have not set the date... or at least have not told when. 

Daughter 4 starts work this week and gets her 2nd covid shot.

Hubby picked up a couple extra jobs to help pay for the brake job. Meant he worked Saturday and Labor Day. BUT the less he has to pull from his personal account to cover the business the better he will be.

I canned 14 pints of cole slaw, 4 pints of cole slaw dressing, 8 pints of ratatouille, 6 quarts of veggie soup and froze 2 more cups of peas. I harvested and pulled plants of black coco dry beans and small red beans. I still need to shell them.

We are running water from the pump house to the pond for 1 hour in the late evening. Pond is down to 3-4 feet instead of the 8 feet it is supposed to be. We watched E's horses walk across instead of swimming across the pond while they were over here. His pasture south of us is now connected (we removed fence with his blessing even though it was OUR fence) to the pond area. Saves E from carting water and we don't have to mow around the pond as the horses do a good job of "mowing" it. 

We are down to 46 % on propane tank, so we are on spot with not needing a fill for another month at least (fills are when tank is at 25-30 %). We usually only prepay winter heating season and summer fills are full price and cash. This year they allowed summer fill to be added to the prepay of winter season so I added it. If they get the fuel for less than the prepaid price we get the lower price BUT if it is more, we still get the lower price. It can go down but not up so we don't have to worry about if we have enough to pay for heat.

I cleaned all 3 refrigerators (which is why I canned ratatouille).  I pitched some out dated dairy. Last blood work showed we were low on calcium, doc was not happy with the comments of eating more ice cream (Hubby is trying to lose weight, he lost 8 lbs. in last 3 months but still is over by 38 lbs. Both his parents are over weight by 100 lbs. He doesn't want to follow that path). 

We spent last week talking out how bad our eating habits was (our go to snack... Reese cups anyone?) since we moved here. We used to eat healthy , rainbow diet of eating different colors daily, balanced carbs and protein, calcium...etc. 

What happened?

We bought this place and started working on it. With the drive we were 10 hrs. gone from home. We staggered when we left, drove separate so the dogs were not stuck inside that length of time. Bfast was McD's on the way here, lunch was Chinese or the local store that serves hot lunches but no veggies. Dinner was what ever sandwich or pizza we could pick up once we got home as the focus was to get the dogs out and give them play time. Do laundry etc. 

We did a brain dump of what meals we used to eat (think 1940s through 1970s because that is the food that is from our childhoods) and what salads we really like when we eat out, as salad at home isn't as well liked. Then we went to bfast which neither of us eat. Mine due to stomach issues and Hubby always ate supper for his bfast since he worked 3rd but he would be up a few hours before eating PLUS he doesn't like to eat much as outhouses are the only bathrooms available with his work. We even listed desserts for fruit and dairy.

He is now carrying more water  and cut back on the coffee (was a pot a day now to half pot like me) and has beef jerky and slim jims along with granola bars that he is putting in his old lunch box (small cooler) daily when he is working the full day on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

We decided to follow Daddy's eating pattern as he was a diabetic at age 60 and only took 1/2 metformin daily until he was 92. He was on insulin, lowest dosage for his final year of living. He was the healthiest of all of our parents.

Daddy ate bfast 2 hrs. after he got up. Bowl of raisin bran with extra raisins and 1/2 banana ( he wrapped the other half in saran wrap to eat the next day and washed the saran wrap to reuse), drank the 1 cup of milk he poured on it. YES HE MEASURED THE CEREAL AND MILK.  He rode his exercise bike the two hours before bfast while he drank his first 4 cups of coffee. He put a shelf on the bike so he could put his coffee cup on it. Watched the morning news while riding.

THEN he went for a 1 1/2 mile walk, rain, sleet, snow didn't matter.

Then he had his dessert... pie, cake, pudding. Sliver of pie about 2 inches wide at crust, 2 inch by 2 inch cake or brownie or 1 /2 cup of pudding. 

Then he did weight lifting for at least 30 minutes. He has free weights in the upstairs bedroom. 

At 11:30 he ate lunch. A slice of thin bologna sandwich with mustard (tomato if from garden) on whole wheat bread, 3 fig newtons, a small apple or 1/2 of large apple and another 2 cups of coffee. Then he walked 2 miles.

Snack was at 2 pm what ever dessert he had followed by 2 cups of coffee.

At 3-3:30 he took a nap of 20 minutes. I can't get to sleep in that time let alone take a nap. 

In winter time he would take 1 1/2 mile walk... when the sun was shining he would do it after dinner.

Drink more coffee

Dinner was at 5 pm but the menu was a floater until his final 2 years at home. Then it was navy bean soup with ham hock, fried golden potatoes, and corn bread. With  4-6 cups of coffee. Wasn't nothing for him to make 2-3 pots a day just for himself. It was how he was raised.

He was 90 when he couldn't take his walks any more. Bad knees even after surgery. He handed over the keys to the car without battle as he felt he wasn't safe for him to drive anymore. Balance was starting to go. When he burnt his brownies so bad he had to throw the pan away he stopped cooking and asked for help with meals. When he started having problems eating (he had throat cancer and the scar tissue from surgery was causing issues) . He went to the nursing home. Until he was 92, he was still active, walking his wheelchair, eating well, able to carry on conversation even with his dementia. The only time I ever saw my Daddy frown he was sleeping. He always had a smile. 

We want that life for our selves. I know how had my Daddy turned his life around at age 60 when his health started going down and he was 60 lbs. over weight. 

Right now it's "just talk" now we have to walk the walk. 

Neither of us watches the morning news. Hubby might watch noon news for weather if he is home. I only watch the evening news if that. I might start listening to our local new (which is actually our little town ) on the local radio station. I will check their website to see when that is broadcasted. 

We both know we have to change this NOW as Hubby's parents were doing silver sneakers at their YMCA right around the corner then decided to not go out when winter hit and it's been a downhill slide since. 

Are you changing anything to be healthier through your senior years?

Thursday, September 2, 2021

In the pantry .. close enough ... garden coming in


Henderson lima beans to shell... 2 1/2 gallons of these to shell.

Italian cranberry beans ... have 2 1/2 gallons of these also to shell.

I have great northern beans to shell also about 2 gallons of them

I got 1 1/3rd cup of peas off 24 feet of garden beds SIGH. I need 2 2/3rds cups more to have enough for ONE meal a month. It wasn't a good year for peas. I am hoping I get enough as they are still blooming. But if not, we will make do.

I have 11 jars of peach pie filling to wipe down and move to basement.

I have 13 jars of rutabaga to wipe down and move to basement.

I have 2 jars of turnips to wipe down and move to basement.

I was given 3 cantaloupes that need cut and frozen.

I have 2 small watermelons that need cut and frozen. I might make pickled watermelon rind.

I was given cabbage so I will add that to what cabbage I have to can cole slaw. Will also make fried cabbage, New England boiled dinner using smoked sausage instead of corned beef and cole slaw with mayo dressing. 

I have apples,( some we bought but the second apple tree is almost ripe now) so that's apple pie filling. apple jam and apple sauce with cores and skins going into apple butter and jelly. Ham and apple Welsh rarebit (rabbit depending on who says it) is on the menu as Hubby's request.

Hubby got some extra $  so he bought 8 jars of 32 ounces mild hot pickled cauliflower. We go through a jar a month and I had 4. He called and asked how much I had. They were on sale for 25% off. The only condiments we are low on is Heinz 57 steak sauce and sweet and spicy mustard that I will get when I see a sale. 

We are at the point we can go a year with out worry. We have what we need or can make do with.  I follow Daddy's advice to have at least a year, eighteen months is better and two years worth is great for hard times. M found this out when 4 yrs ago she stopped canning and gave produce away or sold it at auction because she had 1 year's worth. The following year they lost their main garden, not once but 3 times to flooding. Lesson learned. That year she had to buy peas at the store in cans so they could have peas once a month.  

We still have garden coming in.

On the list to process:

tomato juice 

tomato paste

cherry tomatoes to dehydrate

cole slaw

veggie soup ( bought celery)

Italian (wide) green beans

apple pie filling

apple sauce

apple jam

apple butter

apple jelly

grape juice (not quite ripe yet)

grape jelly

grape mash jam

ratatouille (eggplant, tomatoes, onions, garlic, zucchini and golden zucchini from gardens)

dehydrate garlic.

finish curing onions.

Black coco beans to harvest and shell

Small red beans to harvest and shell

cucumber (down to just enough to eat fresh)

Cannellini beans to harvest and shell

Red kidney beans to harvest and shell

peas to freeze

carrots fresh eating

basil and sage. (other herbs need trimmed back)

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Happy Anniversary

 I told Hubby that I texted JD and told him happy 21st birthday... And then I said "Happy Anniversary Hubby".. he looked at me like I lost my freaking mind. Our anniversary is Feb. 

Four years ago we moved in. YEP. We signed closing the day before our oldest grandson's birthday and moved in on his brother's birthday.

As of today we have 153 items to do on the punch list not including a greenhouse. 

We talked about how the area is more to the lifestyle we grew up with. How the Amish is our bubble and the struggle to fit in with family when we are at gatherings. His sister is Mennonite so she understands. Our kids just make sure we can keep things up without much help and keep busy as they know that is what best for us in the long run. 

 My brother when out here the last time mentioned we both seemed at peace and happy and he hadn't reached that yet. He is 10 yrs old than me , definitely a work alcoholic that can no longer work due to health issues. He had planned to work until he died. I suggested some on line tutoring. Part time in the mornings as he needs a reason to get out of bed. He is looking into that. Cracks me up that he will text me "hey I am planting lilac  bush , what color do you think I should get? ( I suggested he asked his wife).  Or when he sent me the pic of the mixed flowers he got to grow for him. His wife told him anything he plants he has to take care of. He is in the city so the yard isn't big so that might keep him in control but you never know with him. He is happy in the city but misses the quiet of the country. 

Where did the week go?

 First, M ended back in the hospital for a D&C  then back in for low potassium, came close to losing her, talk about a scary moment. Church is having a meeting this week to figure out how to help pay the bills. M is home and has a niece staying with them to help her run the home. M has been ordered to bed by her mother in law ( I offered to "sit" on her to help keep her in bed) and E's father ordered him to stay on the farm for 3 days as E was helping others when we had to go after him twice (that takes an hour to go and get him and him get home). The 5 older children have started school as of Monday so the oldest of the 4 still at home is 4 pushing 5 yrs old. M goes Sept 20th for a check up. We have spent 3 days of supporting them with these issues. Hubby has slept more than once in the truck in the hospital parking lot. I did remind him that his parents live right around the corner from the one hospital but he didn't want to go there since he wasn't sure if anyone had been around with covid. His niece came down with it 2 wks ago. Not vaccinated.

Daughter 2 is pretty sure she has a place to move to Oct 1st. . She is looking around for furniture that people want to just get rid of. Since it's just her and one son, they won't need much but she is making a list as she thinks it through. Ten bucks says she will ask for food and or kitchen stuff.

Daughter 4 is antsy.. she is so ready to go back to work. She figured out if she saves enough money by Feb she could look to buy a house instead of renting. Son 2 went that same route. He has already passed all the info he had when he bought his house to her. I did tell her she was more than welcome to come up and do the fall cleaning. I doubt if she will take me up on the offer 😜

Daughter 1 and 3 are working steady and staying well.

Son 1 is being over ran with IT work  LOL. He is going on vacation with some friends to go fishing and will be out of touch for a couple weeks. 

Son 2 has made a name for himself at his new job. Not sure it is a good name. He went over blue prints for the new building and found one room has no doors to get in it and the room that houses some training equipment that can't have windows in the room ?simulators? has windows on 2 sides of the room. There is a storage room but it can't be used for it is too small. 

He asked one manager what color he wanted his tent...the guy was like what? "You didn't respond to my email of how many people is in your department so you won't have an office for them in the new plans. SO what color do you want the tent that I will put up in the parking lot".  Guy starts flipping thinking his people is going to be all over him for his screw up. Son 2 quietly adds "wait until they have to use port a johns because they won't have scan cards to get in to use bathrooms since they are not housed in the building". When the guy turned white. Son 2 lets him know he could have everything if the information was on his desk in 30 minutes. After that it's back to the tents. Later at a meeting it was brought up that EVERYONE should answer his emails with in 24 hrs. of receiving as there is a program in place that shows when the emails come in. His own boss was not thrilled to find out that he hadn't even gave himself an office and he signed off the blueprints.  Son 2 laughed all the way home.

Hubby got his truck fixed after almost 2 weeks. He lost 12 jobs and paid $5000 for the truck to be fixed. While they were waiting for a part to come in they did the regular maintenance that was scheduled for last Monday. 

BUT he got things done around here. Tower with tv antenna and his HAM radio antenna is up. Hoops for row cover for winter garden is on one box, a second box is started and the third has hoops cut for it. He ran out of a couple things. Since we can't afford the green house this year, we are doing low tunnels ( 

I have seeds sorted that I want to try to grow. I ordered seeds that I was low on. I had to order from 8 different places to get 12 different seeds. I have some to notify me when the seeds can be ordered.  I will be doing the grow cart and grow light this year.

I harvested and cleared some of the garden beds. I added more green beans, turnips, tomato juice, peach pie filling and rutabaga to the pantry

We ended the month with in the black and paid extra on mortgage. Can't say the same for the business.

Blessed be.


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Need prayers for Neighbor

 4 p.m. We rushed M and E to ER today. She was having a miscarriage AND her blood sugar had dropped AND her blood count was off AND she is passing massive blood clots. Hubby is an EMT so I drove while he called the hospital to let them know what was coming in. Getting a squad out here to pick her up would be a 20 min wait and that is if the squad was available as there is only 1. 

We went and got E's mom ( M's mom lives out of state). She went to take care of the grandkids and then she went to sit with M at hospital as E came home and did chores and now E is back to the hospital along with his mom to see if M is coming home or spending the night. Hubby is doing this round of sitting in the parking lot as there is a limit of who can be in the hospital due to delta covid. 

 We dropped E off where he had been working on a pole barn and left his buggy. We checked on the kids. The oldest two are old enough to babysit and even do the evening chores at that. 

7:30 pm Hospital called and asked for E to come back to hospital. Hubby picked up E, reminded kids I was just across the pasture if they needed something.

8:15 pm M is being transferred to another hospital 20 miles away. They are trying to make arrangements that E can ride with her. When they reduced meds she started bleeding again. SO sending her to get a scan, and most likely will have to have surgery. E's mom had mentioned D &C as she was M's midwife before she retired from being the midwife. She is hoping the uterus's has not torn. Daughter 2 had that happen with her 3rd son. Not good.

So Hubby waiting to make sure he is only bringing E's mom back to M and E's and not also taking E to hospital. 

Going to be a long night as we will get the call to go get E or both of them later. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021


 The brake system on the work truck is broke. This sucker has 6 tires and a brake system for what ever trailer Hubby is hauling. 

$5000 to fix.  He has already lost 8 days of work and will for at least the rest of this week as they couldn't get the parts until this coming Wednesday and said it usually comes in late afternoon and it's a 5 hour job so will be Thursday before they start on it. So a total of 12 days most likely of no work on top of wiping out what little net profit he did have.

He ran into another hauler that had wrecked several times so quit hauling. Said the man can hardly walk now because he just sits around like Hubby's parents started doing. Hubby said he doesn't want that to happen to us. Considering how much I walk around this house and around the perimeter I don't think it's going to be me.

We were supposed to move Daughter 2 but that's a no go now as she needed the livestock trailer for her stuff and my truck doesn't tow that trailer. Might end up being best as her son thinks he found an apartment (instead of her moving in with a friend )that will be ready to rent Oct 1st that is in her price range. 

Hubby was supposed to have a hearing aid appt last week. Doc was a no show and no call to cancel or explain. Receptionist called yesterday and apologized as she thought the doctor had called everyone as she had covid. She picked up the day after Hubby had been in. She got it at church. The whole church got it. My sister in law got hers at church and the whole church caught it a couple months ago. 

I was getting my blood work done when they were setting up the area for booster shots for covid. Said the Delta variant was hitting our area hard and to mask up even with being full vaccinated. It will help stop the spread to children and those not vaccinated. We also have RSV hitting kids and we have not had that happen in August before.

Daughter 4 got her 1st covid shot at her primary doctor's. She was going to have a check up for her lupus but when the insurance got the report the surgery and treatment was done and she is in remission. The insurance canceled her policy. Her notice that it was being canceled is in the mail GRR. Her doctor told her to keep doing what she was doing during her cancer (since she couldn't take her meds) and call him when she has her insurance from the job she starts Sept 8th. 

THEN she was driving home and heard a rattle under the car so took it straight to her mechanic. Bolt was loose but her other tie rod is going out... so it's back in today for a tie rod and a complete inspection because I KNOW something will happen when she starts work and we won't have an car to loan her to get to work while the jeep is being worked on.  THEN she got called from Columbia Gas that the program she was on before Covid had not renewed and she had an outstanding bill that had to be payed in full before Oct as it's the new heating season. They did take part of the amount off since they told her she was still on the program through the state. AND they were willing to take 3 payments. I told her to get the full amount for the bill and the car brought up for winter and text me the amount. Since she is going to work 3 months before she would be off our budget she can use that money to fix the car, get that debt off her back and start with a clean slate when she starts work. She was freaking that she would have to change her car ins and go back to door dash etc... I redid her budget and sent it to her and HER DAUGHTER said Daughter 4 wilted to the floor in relief.  

I did not tell her 3 of her siblings have already said door dash is doing poorly in the area. 

SO based on all that $$ going out, I am glad we spent the money on another half bushel of peaches and a full bushel of apples to finish the pantry. I am not sure I am getting corn for corn relish from M as half of her canning jars of corn came back open and spoiled. I told her to make sure she had what she needed as I was only making corn relish not a need but a want. 

I think September needs to be a NO SPEND month.


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

rough week

I got 5 loads of the last of the pasta sauce and both mild and hot salsa done Saturday. They need wiped off and taken to the basement. I still need whole tomatoes and tomato juice.

Sunday we went to great grandson's 5th birthday party at his other's sides grandparents home. It was a pool party even though it was on the cooler side (mid 70s) and we didn't take our suits for that reason. It was a really nice party, I told both grandparents we were thankful they invited us. We haven't seen this child in two years. He walked up to me and I introduce us... his daddy's grandma Nonna and his granddad. He gave me a hug and a kiss. His mom who we will always call our granddaughter came up to say something to him about who we were and he told her who we were before she could say anything. She said that both Taylor and her have made points of showing their boys pictures of us so they at least know what we look like. 

After we got home, since we ate supper at the birthday party ,I measured out dried beans to start canning this week. 

I canned 21 quarts of beans (7 of them were mixed beans) and 45 pints of different beans. Took me Monday and Tuesday to get them done. 

Tuesday we went to Lima to drop off Hubby's work truck for repair. Dash lights were flashing at him and the right front tire was squealing horribly. I followed him and neither of us thought about it when we left.... we drove right by where we had Wilbur put to sleep just 7days ago. I was bawling by time he started to get in the truck with me after dropping off his truck. I had already moved to the passenger side which I normally don't do.  I know it will get better with time.

We stopped and paid our mechanic. Our bill in full and Son 2's payment as he sent it to me as twice now he has had to put stop payments on checks that never arrived.  My personal checking and his are connected. SO that's another bill off the pay this month list.

We went to Wendy's for a lunch we split in our car.

We went to chiropractic. Doc told me to watch how I am sitting and standing as I am throwing my back out a lot.

We went to Menard's and got a new door handle/lock for the front door as the one had snapped off. We got white flex seal (gallon) to coat the top of the basement ramp instead of getting metal to cover it. I can use it around the basement windows also. We also got a new outlet/USB for the bfast bar as the one there quit working right. I got some additives I needed for the gardens so that's off the list also. We used all the Menards rebates so didn't have any out of pocket.

We went to Walmart. M had sent a list over as E had been to town and our Walmart had no sugar at all.  We got the last 3 bags that Walmart had. BUT I forgot her list and could only remember part of it (was half) and when we came home we grabbed the list and finished getting was what on it.  I got 25 lb. sugar, 25 lb. AP flour, 25 lb. bread flour and 12 pack of Vernor's ginger soda (only thing I can drink when sick). I picked up a gallon of milk when we stopped back at our Walmart after picking up M's list (which was laying where my purse was sitting SIGH) .

When we dropped off M's stuff to her she gave me tomatoes. Her tomatoes are bigger than soft balls. She gave me 5 and they filled my Dutch oven. I canned 4 qrts. of juice today. 

We did some errands for M and E after leaving there, ended up ordering 1/2 bushel peaches to come in this week. M's brother W is going to pick peaches for an orchard. We have been seeing them for $42/ half bushel and he only wanted $12. I can finish making pie filling and some peach chutney.

How has your week been?

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Working in the pantry


I changed out some of the jars that I could use in canning and used Daddy's old jars in their place. I know when the harvest comes in I will most likely need a few small jars.  I put the beans in the north/south staircase to go upstairs. Hubby decided he liked them just like that as he could see which one he was looking for. 

He went to an Amish auction today as there was a couple things listed to be sold at that auction we have been looking for. He knows what they sell for new. The auction he was at on Wednesday was extremely on the high side when it came for what it sold for. UPDATE.  Was there from 8:30 to 4:30 and only got what E was looking for. Everything we wanted was going too high almost new prices.

As I was getting the mild salsa made to can, he asked if I knew how many loads I had to can to have the pantry were we wanted it. AND how much was water bath canner vs pressure canner.

Water bath canner 28 loads (7 jars/load)

Pressure canner 65 loads (7 jars/load) 

93 loads.... about 14 weeks as I don't can on Sundays usually. At least one load a day puts me at the middle of November to finish the canning... last year it was in December and it was tomatoes from N's hoop house.

END OF DAY... We harvest Italian green beans so I might have a quart of those. Cherry tomatoes that some will be dehydrated.. A couple regular tomatoes. A half a cup of strawberries, 3 watermelon and 2 muskmelons. 

I canned 14 pints of mild salsa (finished salsa) and 16 quarts and 1 pint of pasta sauce. With the 16 quarts and 1 pint I already have  the total comes to 32 ... 33 quarts as the two pints would be used together. I decided to make tomato juice that I will be out of when I make the next batch of veggie soup before I make any more pasta sauce. We can always go to every other week instead of every week for pasta sauce.

Have a great weekend everyone
Blessed Be

Thursday, August 12, 2021

in the pantry... how we eat during the year.

 Daughter 2  and Daughter 4 asked how many jars of each things I canned or stored... then they changed it do what do I "put up" and how many of each.

I use old pickle, mayo jars and jars over 10 yrs. old (thank you to my late Daddy who kept his canning jars even when he quit canning for dry goods.

I have 36 of 5 gal buckets for different flours/sugar/oats /assorted rice and homemade noodles.

I have 12 quarts of different grains.

I have 6 quarts and 12 pints of different "sweeteners/syrups" such as maple syrup, fruit syrups, honey etc.

Fruits (anything I can get my hands on) 1095 pints

Dried fruits * if I buy and it's in plastic it goes in a jar* 104 quarts (old jars)

Pie filling  192 quarts  192 pints

Vegetables 24 quarts 1460 pints 365 pints in freezer bags and 52 quarts dehydrated (old jars)

Soup Chili 52 pints Veggie soup 14 quarts.

Broth Chicken/Turkey/ beef  21 quarts 42 pints

Tomatoes  pasta sauce 52 quarts

                 tomato sauce 52 pints

                enchilada sauce 26 pints

                pizza sauce 26 half pints

                whole tomatoes 52 quarts

                Roma roasted tomatoes 52 pints

                green tomatoes diced 52 pints

Jam/ jellies/ fruit butters 156 pints

Pickled anything 12 quarts *refrigerator pickles/ spicy squash pickles and 180 pints

Condiments  208 pints 104 half pints

Juice Apple and Grape... 48 quarts

I keep my dried beans in canning jars. I grow dried soup beans also. I have 56 quarts Plus what ever is coming in this fall from harvest. 

I keep my pasta in canning jars. I have 60 quarts in use right now.

I keep my home grown herbs and any spices that are not in glass (I buy bulk a lot) in canning jars. I have 80  quarts/ 40 pints/ 20 half pints in use right 

That totals come to close to 768 quarts (64 cases) 3600 pints ( 300 cases) 168 half pints(14 cases) that's 4536 jars I HAVE before this delivery came in


52 quarts of beef chunks

12 quarts beef pot pie filling

52 quarts of hamburger crumbles

12 pints of steak

52 pints of hamburger patties 

52 pints meatloaf patties

52 quarts of pork chunks

24 pints of boneless pork chops

52 quarts of sausage crumbles 

52 quarts of ground pork crumbles

52 pints of sausage patties

52 pints of ground pork patties

26 quarts chicken chunks

26 quarts turkey chunks 

24 pints of chicken soup( I will leave out noodles or rice as I can add them when reheating soup)

12 quarts of chicken pot pie filling 

12 quarts of canned meat sauce for pasta

12 quarts of canned meat balls and sauce for pasta

24 pints of canned sloppy joe

24 pints of canned taco meat

52 pints of canned bean soup

26 pints of pork broth.

12 pints of apple jam 

12 half pints of tomato paste

That is an additional 30 cases of quarts and 34 cases of pints and a case of half pints (I only have 2 half pints empty)

I'm sure since he is in "prepper" mode that will be more. At least he takes the time to hunt up good directions on how to can it safely. 

That's not touch the corn relish I am going to try for the first time pints or anything else that comes along. I have beans and tomatoes coming in(admit this is starting to run me over) and M has corn, tomatoes which is running her over.  B and A both have cabbage they want to give me. Or the pumpkin that will come in during the fall, maybe more beets? 


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

canning jars and lids

 Over 1500 and I messed up and didn't order enough quart wide mouth or pint regular mouth. I walked over to M before the semi driver had pulled away to let her know I had jars. That was at noon. By 4, two of the kids was over with the pull wagon to get 6 dozen of the regular mouth quarts. E had been to 3 places and got ZERO jars. 

 More than once I went to check on Wilbur. More than once out of habit for sure I would call "I am going out, Wilbur do you have to potty?" and then remember he isn't here. The tears still come, I just remind myself he is with his mom and being happy and free. Charlotte and Rascal hardly ate, Rascal clingy more than normal. Charlotte kept nosing Wilbur's collar so I put it on her and she settled down pretty good. She took it off her self(easy to do as his neck was bigger than hers) and laid in on his blanket that he always wadded up to sleep on during the day. I left it there. Probably won't mess with it until next week if then as I had just washed it a couple days before.

We got decent rain so I won't be watering. I will be canning. 

Wilbur is over the rainbow bridge

 back together with his mom

Weebels and his siblings as he was the last living of her litter. 

Born May 3rd 2008 on my Daddy's birthday. Died August 10th 2021. Exactly 1 yr and 1 month from Daddy dying.

Found a softball size lump on his neck last night that hadn't been there that morning as I check all my dogs for lumps.  Emergency vet said cancer and it was crushing his wind pipe and in his lymphoid.

Hard day today as Charlotte has never been without him. She kept nudging his collar so I put it on her , seemed to comfort her. She took in off herself a couple hours later. Rascal looked for him last night and this morning... 

Heart breaking through the entire family as he was originally Daughter 2's dog and from her older dog's litter. 

Blessed be everyone 

Monday, August 9, 2021


 I have been writing out what big bills are due for the month and taping it to the wall beside the budget. 

AUGUST 1st :

Basement ramp  J's bill . Paid, charged only for materials since there was issues with the labor's work. J gave estimate to do the two porches we have material on site for to do later this fall. The estimate for those are less than the money set back from the estimate he gave for the basement ramp. I will still have to do the painting unless I hire Amish ladies to come paint. 

Flex seal top of walls.

Basement ramp roof, Hubby is looking at ordering this later this month.

Tractor Repair, waiting for phone call to say it's done.

Fuel Tank pump bought on sale. In barn

Fuel Tank filled diesel (got estimate of price, waiting for propane to be paid off)

Items for low tunnels in gardens this fall. In and paid for bought on sale.

Seed Starting soil for this winter.(6 cubic feet) Ordered on sale

Vermiculite for garden boxes Hubby has a coupon that he can use after the 15th so getting at local store.

Liguid fertilizer for garden boxes Bought on sale.

Seeds for next year (actually 2 yrs is best.) Got half ordered and paid for. Found that getting some of my basic variety of seeds is like looking for wide mouth pints with lids. Hubby is in Holmes county Ohio today so he is stopping to see if the one greenhouse has it's catalog and has seeds I am looking for. 

Propane for coming heating season (I added summer fill also)Will order tomorrow and put on credit card so we get cash back.

Staying on budget so far. 

Blessed Be 

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Needed in Pantry

I am still fighting bronchitis... it's better... lot better so I caught it before it got bad but regretfully the bronchitis meds gave me a migraine so limited on what I do today. 

To make :

Grape jelly (have ingredients)

Apple jelly (have ingredients)

Apple butter (need more apples)

Applesauce (need more apples)

Caramel apple pie filling (need more apples)

Pickled onions (have ingredients)

Pickled watermelon rind (1st watermelon ripe)

Mustard relish (need cucumber and dried mustard)

Italian green beans . My roma green beans didn't get very wide. I do have more Italian beans growing so I hope they are wider OR I will buy Allen Italian green beans in 32 oz. can

Canned cole slaw (need cabbage)

Hot salsa (need roma tomatoes)

Mild salsa (need roma tomatoes)

Pasta sauce (have ingredients)

Vegetable soup (have ingredients)

Canned rutabagas (Still growing)

Peas(to freeze, fall crop growing decent. Need 4 cups<I freeze in 1 cup in sandwich bag and then put in freezer bag> the least to get through the coming year)

Garlic powder (will wait until I plant the fall garlic, I grow hardneck and use my own garlic to plant in the fall. Then I will dehydrate and grind the garlic that I don't need for "fresh")

Canned taco meat (need lean ground beef)

Canned beef (need roasts)

Canned chicken (need 2 chickens)

To Buy:

Sauerkraut (in jar) 

Hot mild cauliflower (in jar)


 We went to the garden and harvested.

tomatoes, basil and an onion Hubby wanted for sandwich

Handful of strawberries from second blooms, purple radishes and eggplant.

purple beans (turns green when cooked) , Roma bean (suppose to be a wide bean but not very wide this year) and cherry tomatoes.

Box full of carrots. I will can the carrots and dehydrate the tops to mix in my powdered greens jar.

2nd batch of onions to cure 

And how Hubby ended the day. Work Truck front right tire blew while driving on a back road with a full load on the 32 ft. trailer.  Said it didn't really pull to the right when it went and he had a decent spot that others could get around him on the road. Figured it was a good day since no one was hurt, no damage was done and the spare was good. He did call the shop that he gets his tires from to let them know he would be in Tuesday for replacement since he is going out of town with a couple Amish guys on Monday. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Stop the Merry Go Round

 I do not want the brass ring ... I WANT OFF

There are times I think this family gets together to see if they can drive me crazy...they need to remember I do NOT HAVE TO SHIFT OUT OF PARK to get there. GEEZE.

Hubby has been watching doom's day Preppers on tv, now wants to be a homesteading prepper. I did ask why? Because  a known drug dealer from two counties away was murdered (shot to death beside the road) 2 miles from here. Amish heard the shot and had their English neighbor call it in. Englisher went down the road to see if it was an animal or what. Business at the end of the road has the sound of the shot and then a car racing pass on their security camera. I reminded him of the Grube murders in Fort Recovery OH that was close to where we lived at the time along with cattle and pig rustlers when he worked 3rd... now he is home during the night and worries about me during the day. He has taking to calling me while he is waiting on loads. I don't carry a phone when out side so he best just quit or he is going to worry himself to death.

Then Son 2 called to whine about being bored in his new job because he can't do all his stuff yet. I asked him how much more he was getting paid from his old job that just 3 wks ago he whined about having too much to do. His answer was too much to whine to them but not enough to not whine at me. I told him to call Daughter 2 and listen to her whine as payment to me since I had listened to her for 4 hrs. the other night as she whined over choices she made but isn't willing to do the work to correct the problems.

Daughter 3 texted to whine about her daughter wanting her to not get married (decent guy that is very supportive of Daughter 3) BECAUSE she wants her parents to get back together... I will commit Daughter 3 into the hospital for mental issues first and I told both granddaughter and her dad so. He finally admitted to his daughter that he put her mom in the hospital from beating on her and then landed in the hospital when he tried to do it a second time when she was with Daughter 2 when she blocked him from hitting Daughter 3 and then smacked her then she kicked his butt for him and then had the cops scrape him up. Granddaughter's asked if punching someone the norm for her dad's side (yes, it is).She has never saw her mom hit any one. 

Daughter 1 whined about her younger daughter not wanting to come around because Daughter 1 thinks she can tell her how to raise her baby and run her life. As that granddaughter had already told me why she wasn't going around her mom. Daughter 1 hung up when I reminded her that is why she wasn't in her own biological mother's life who tried the same crap with her.

Daughter 4 was doing good until some mortgage broker tried to talk her into taking one of his classes to get a down payment for a home in the county she lives in...She asked me for the money for the class (Her own daughter told her it was a scam) I had her call him on speaker phone, granddaughter called a cop and cop  listened in. Guy is now sitting in jail. Meantime Daughter 4 really thought after not working for 18 months she could just up and buy a $100,000 home and the bank would only want 3.5% down (not sure where she realized how much that was let alone the thought of where that was coming from) and she would get 3.753 % interest rate WITH A CREDIT SCORE of 500.... AND she has a collection against her from a credit bureau with she defaulted the payment 2 yrs ago when she was working a good job.

 Granddaughter had her send me her budget for when she starts working because Granddaughter thought it was missing things.  Both Granddaughter and I found several things missing from the budget and not enough in the grocery budget but plenty for extra like cigarettes etc. I got Daughter 4 talked into going to the same doctor Son 2 went to when he quit. I have no clue to why she started back up but Granddaughter said she was buying them with her door dash money. WHICH she is not doing now. I had Granddaughter show Daughter 4 that she would need to pay at $900 a month for that house with those guidelines. She can't afford that on the money she will bring home on her job. 

SO since I had 5 of the kids whining, I decided to text Son 1 (he works all sorts of hours so I didn't want to wake him if he was sleeping). He said he was fine, working steady and getting ready to go fishing for a week away from whiners at work.  LOL. 

I did update our budget. Updated the pantry inventory. Checked over Daughter's 4's budget and sent that back for her and Granddaughter to go back over. The laundry including all that Wilbur wet on (about half of what he did 2 days ago and he only has 1 more day of the meds that makes him pee... it should take a week for it to stop completely)  Rascal has to Monday and then texted Hubby I was taking the rest of the day as a MENTAL DAY.