This is the two fires from my backyard.
Not sure where the time has gone, I hate when it takes me a week to get a post out. But in my defense, it has been pretty busy here. Have had two weddings in the last two weeks one of them we took our camper and stayed the night. The other was far enough away it was pretty much an all-day event.
We did get most all of the gardens in, we have three different spots this year, in our old garden spot, in some new raised beds, and over where we are leasing pasture. Hopefully, we will get some produce this year after last year being so bad.
Well, my income has dropped a lot this summer I only have 2 part time kids. So I will be living out of my pantry and will be trying to implement all of my homesteading/ self-sufficient ideas and the ones that I haven’t really focused on lately. At least this way I can see if there are any holes in all my plans.
We have two huge fires not far from us the 416 above Durango already over 2000 evacuations and more on pre-evacuation notice over 20,000 acres so far. Then the Burro fire about 30 miles (2000 plus acres) from us so the air has been horrible. With all the evacuations it really makes you think about what you would take in an evacuation if you had time to pack a few things ( everyone should put a list together way beforehand then in an emergency you won’t panic and forget half of what you need to take.). My daughter is working the smaller fire as an EMT and we have several from our volunteer fire dept on the 416 fire above Durango.
A couple weekends ago we had to make a quick and unscheduled trip to Olathe to pick up a tiny camper that Andy’s Mom had parked at some friends to use while she was there. It had been there for close to 15 years and they were needing it moved. It isn’t in to bad of shape for having been parked for so long. I am going to totally redo it so I can use it then when Andy has something to do and I am wanting to do something different I can use this camper it is small enough to pull with my pickup. Pretty excited about it I am thinking pink and white. I do have to do some work on our main camper first so hoping that it won’t take to long. I want to paint and put new wallpaper in it then eventually put down wood floors. ( Guess I decided I didn’t have much else to do hahaha). After I get that done I will start on the little camper.
I am getting about a quart and a half of milk from my goat, I have been feeding it to one of my doggie calves. Wanting to get a couple more milk goats with the money from selling my calves when they get bigger. Been getting around 5 to 6 eggs a day from the chickens. I do think something is getting in and eating some of the eggs, thinking it may be a couple of my outside cats. Going to have to keep a petty good eye on that.
300 a Month
As I mentioned above my income has been reduced by a lot for the summer so I am really going to have to buckle down on my spending. I am thinking about ordering milk from a friend who has a dairy down the road and they deliver this way I won’t have any reason to go to town if I am getting milk delivered then I can just make all my dairy products think I will even try my hand at cheddar cheese.
The last two weeks I bought tea, bananas, cream cheese, mushrooms ( marked down), spinach leaves, kale & spinach blend ( also marked down), macaroni, strawberries , coconut oil ( two pack), milk, sour cream, almond milk and some foil pans ( I got the foil pans to make the girls some freezer meals for their Birthdays).
I spent 101.98 the last two weeks so that is 101.98 for the month. It leaves me 198.02 for the rest of the month.
I have spent 883.21 so far for the year. That leaves me with 2716.79 for the year. Hoping this gets better this summer although It is going to have to with not having as much money this summer.
Got all the pineapples finished, about 2 gallons in the freezer.
This week I need to get a couple hams cooked and canned and a turkey cooked and canned. We have a beef going to the butchers this week so need to make more room in the freezers for it.
I also want to make up a lot of freezer meals for the girl’s Birthdays they are so hard to buy for and with my money being tight this year I thought this would be a good idea since they don’t do a lot of cooking and are tired of fast food.
I worked a little on wash clothes ( very little) going to try and get more of these done this week.
I have got to find some time to set down and do some sewing seems like I put that off until the last and it never gets done. So hoping to get a little sewing done need to work on the girls’ quilts and have a little mending that needs to be done.
I did get the playground areas cleaned, flowers hung along the walkway, and I got the back patio area started.. Having a hard time getting the yard done this year seems like there is so much other stuff I am trying to get done. Guess I need to have a BBQ or something so I will have to get it finished haha.
I would like to get the back completely finished this week so I can start on the front.
We have most all the garden planted, do want to get a couple more raised beds put together and planted. We planted in three different places this year one in the old garden spot one where we are leasing pasture and then the raised beds so maybe we will have some veggies this year.
What I am reading,
Haven’t got much reading done but still on the same books I was on, Tox-Sick by Suzanna Sommers it is about all the toxins in our everyday lives and the effects they are having on our health.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand I love this book even though it takes forever to read, If I didn’t know better I would think it was written today but it was written in 1957.
And The Game of Thrones I am on the first book.
Trying to get back to daily workouts and not doing very good at it seems there is always something else that needs to be done. Going to try a little harder to get back on a daily routine.
I won’t be taking lessons this summer but will try to work on it a little this summer.
Cream of Wheat
To these, I will add toast or fruit.
Mac & Cheese
Chicken Potato Soup
Mac & Tomato
To these, I will add fruit, crackers, or something as a side dish.
Andy will have leftovers from the night before.
Green Chili Enchiladas
Sausage and Potato Casserole
To these, I will add a vegetable or appropriate side. One weekend night we will have leftovers.