I’m fine,just busy

I made a deal with a friend that I will start blogging here daily. She says I can’t just write a post about having electric and internet shut off notices and then be quiet for days after. I need to at least post a thing. Anything. “Even if it’s a stupid inspirational quote or to say how much the latest season of Arrow is not going as well as you’d like!”

Ok,so the good news is – I have electricity and Internet. I was just really busy trying to get my 80,000 lbs of tomatoes canned and winterizing the house. Winter is coming. I’m not happy about it but I’m dealing.

This is typical of what I’m pulling out of the garden every day now. I can’t even tell you how many herbs I’ve been able to harvest. It’s been too much to keep track of. I’m set for herbs for the rest of the winter, both culinary and medicinal. I still transplanted some into pots to keep inside for the winter. It helps to brighten my mood during the winter just to see them and smell them. And obviously it’s just awesome to be able to cook with fresh herbs all year long.

I forgot how water intensive canning is and ending up having to freeze a lot because of our water shortage here. I officially have no more room in the freezer, especially now that there’s ¼ deer in there (Thanks, Bruce). I saw a chest freezer(working) offered on Freecycle this morning but couldn’t arrange a truck to go get it. I think we’re going to need another freezer. Husbeast will hopefully get a deer of his own soon and I still have  more coming out of the garden.

I am honestly amazed that I come across people in the comments on Facebook who claim they work a full time job plus still “grow all their own food”. Either they’re lying or they don’t eat much. I’m working at home part time and not growing anywhere near ALL our food requirements. It’s really time consuming and a lot of work, especially when you throw in family life with kids.
(Psst: I think they’re lying or at least exaggerating profusely)

But anyway…that’s the gist of what’s been happening here. I’m fine!

Other good things that happened this past week/weekend:

  • My daughter came home from college for the long weekend.
  • I scored 2 bags & a box of clothes for the 6 yr old on Freecycle. The woman offering said they were “nothing special but good condition”. They turned out to all be really nice…and they’re all fall/winter clothes. Usually this time of year, the clothes offered are summer as people clear out for fall/winter
  • I took a huge garbage bag of clothes to our food pantry’s exchange closet. It always feels good to get rid of stuff. I brought home two nice and heavy blankets.
  • we went to the Mall to get things that daughter needs at college. Stopped in at Old Navy on a whim to browse their clearance rack. Found a pair of shoes for kidlet (this kid and shoes is a whole story in itself) that was marked $8.99. Got to the register and they rang up as 97¢. They were $1.01 with tax. I can’t even find beat up second hand shoes at the thrift store for that.
  • Other college-daughter (the one who lives at home) started a new job.

The bad news on that last bullet point is that now we won’t get SNAP after this month. Grr.

 

 

4 thoughts on “I’m fine,just busy

  1. LOL I think I remember at least one post about your kidlet and shoes… my kidlets feet seem to devour shoes slightly faster than they can grow out of them. Nice score on the shoes, it’s always nice when the universe cuts you a tiny bit of slack (wouldn’t it be nice if there was more of it though)

    I’m working full time, and have a pretty good little suburban veggie patch… but nowhere near even supplying half of our food, so I am agreeing that it’d be near impossible to grow all my food!!!

    glad you’re soldiering on hun!

  2. Isn’t it always two steps forward one step back? Child gets a job, Yay! Oh, now I have less coming in because of that job. Are you going to ask that kid to give you the amount you would’ve gotten from SNAP? Not likely, that child earned that money to pay for her own needs. Sigh.

    I’m glad to hear that you agree you can’t feed your family 100% and work full time as well. I work full time and never have the time or energy to do much else. I kept trying to figure out how on Earth anyone could do that!

    1. Yeah, that’s exactly how I feel. She did offer to pitch in for groceries and that’s awesome but she’s making $9.75/hr and technically part time. She has student loans and it would be awesome if she could save money for her own car .

      I am AMAZED that people try to claim you can work and do the self-sufficiency thing. THAT’S a full time job!

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