Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Christmas and I keep on Trucken

Well theres an old saying from the 70's for you lol. That is how it feels with trying to overcome this cold dh shared with me and he still has. Trying to get work done around here. I did manage to get our little tree up yesterday and some laundry done along with things that have to be accomplished.
I am continuing to work on Christmas gifts of one kind and another, sending out cards, so on and so forth.

Looking at cookie recipes and wanting to make some but have to wait on that. Thinking about Christmas Dinner, which we hold on Christmas Eve and it will be held up here at our place this year. Trying to nail down who is coming and what they can bring along for dinner :).

It has been snowing, hailing, sleet, rain and snowing again. Cold fronts come through then it warms and melts off but our creek still isn't running. So we are still off a lot on the amount of moisture we usually have by this time of year. This first picture is what the creek normally looks like. The second is what we have this year.


On saturday dh grabbed some of our dry bean pods from the barn and started to de-pod (husk ummm?)them.
Onward I go, not much choice lol.

Merry Christmas everyone.




Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lap top back put still funny

Yes I got it back, but it still has problems. Not fun that's for sure.

Nine year old grandson in AZ had his new chained up bike stolen this last week, the thieves just cut the chain on the school grounds and made off with it :(.

We have had extreme cold front change to another warm up the last few days, the snow has melted off and now we have a layer of mud over frozen ground and boy isn't that fun in the farm yard, NOT.

The warm front brought a ton of rain along with it. Not today but for the remainder of the week again. We had another fall like this and it is so hard to keep the heat regulated in the house.

Kay ended up with the flu but was home with her mom when it hit and Dave has a bad cold after having a short term health problem two weeks ago.

I have been doing a whole lot of sewing and also trying to figure out what to get others for Christmas on a shortened budget. Here are a couple of the aprons.
I also got some llama wool washed but it still needs carded and spun.

We went and got some pictures of a couple of the old old places that are close.







Dh also helped sell off extra food storage some dear friends needed to have gone, as they couldn't take it all with them when they moved from our area. We sure will miss them. Just a few of the full buckets.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lap top in the shop

Sorry about being gone, my lap top is still in and I don't know when I will get it back. I am on a small tablet and it's hard to do anything. Will play catch up with pictures and so on when i get my lap top.

We have had some Arctic cold,a  warm  up and now another cold spell with a bit  of a warm up coming back in that will melt off the snow again.

Hubby is down with a head cold :(.

I have turkey parts making broth to can up and I love the smell.

I have read a few things that say we are headed into a major depression and yes we see the signs but I sure pray it holds off.

In the mean time stay safe.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Nasty Out Thar

Went out to open the chickens this morning shortly aer 7AM in a very stiff wind and and misting, very nasty. Don't think the cluckers will be out there long. They ran out because I had kitchen scraps for them.

We need the moisture though so I guess I shouldn't complain to much.

We found a sale at a store for blinds and curtains so for a whooping $57.00 we got blinds and light blocking thermal curtains for the large living and dining room windows. This is the dining room.
 It showed a picture of them being the Roman shade type blinds but it turned out they weren't but I can't complain about them either at $4.00 a piece.

 Halloween went fine, if not exhausting. I have seen pictures on facebook pages of many of the grand kids and they all looked great.
I had to take a picture of this guy on the sidewalk. Some folks really go all out.
Hubby picked up an illness from work it seems, he says there is a lot of illnesses working itself through the city workers. :( So he was up most of the night and home today. It is almost 8 AM and is sleeping at the moment.
I was not feeling well Saturday or Sunday and now him.

Recipe: Here is one I used to make. I can make it for others eat but can't eat it myself :(, milk allergies are the pits.



Whole Wheat - Cheese - Ham - Bread

2 tab. Yeast
2 c. warm water
2-½ c. or so of white flour
2 c. whole-wheat flour
1 c. bran or oat flakes
1 tsp. salt
6 oz. Mozzarella cheese diced
¼ pound diced ham
Corn meal
Mix first six ingredients, knead, rise, punch down, and knead in cheese and ham.  Form into one large loaf.  Put on baking sheet that has been sprinkled with corn meal.  Rise.  Put a pan of water in oven with the bread. In preheated to 425 degree oven bake the bread for 10 minutes then turn oven to 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Remove pan of water the last 15 minutes.

Storage:
Don't forget to have extra water. I know I am a broken record on this but it is soooo very important.
Quick to cook foods for time of illness because you may be alone. With me when I am ill I have only myself (most of the time anyway) so no one to wait on me as hubby is normally at work at or gone to meetings and etc. plus I have to look after grand girl and I really need things I can just heat up for the both of us.
I canned some soups and stews and froze a bunch of chili, plus I have canned Campbell soups and so on.

Clothes:
Don't forget to look and make sure you have warm clothes fr the coming winter that fit you and yours. Gloves and wool socks wear out. Long Johns tend to do so after 20 years also, that's if you can get your hubby to let you buy him new ones instead of having to repair the old ones over and over again lol.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Resupply for Winter Thoughts

With our Indian Summer going on it has given us more time to get some of the outdoor things done that needed doing before the real cold hits and the snow flies.

The yard all around has been mowed for the last time and the leaves that have fallen mowed and raked into the ditch, still have more on the trees but now they will be half as deep when they do.
 
Here is a picture of how low our upper pond is, first time I have seen it this low. It's down like 2 feet.

Plus our very dry upper field.
Natural cleaners and disinfectants.
*Vinegar
*Amonia
*Lemon 
*Rosemary
*Oregano oil

Disinfectant in spray bottle
2 tablespoons 20 Muleteam borax
1/3 cup white vinegar
2 cups hot water
Put in your spray bottle and shake to dissolve the borax. Spray your surface and wipe off with a damp rag.

Supplies:

With flu season upon us its time to think of things we will need when out in public or when we are at home.
N95 or 100 masks or better if you can get them or afford them.
Disposable vinyl gloves or other type if you have a problem with vinyl.
Bleach and other disinfectants:

Good supply of water in bottle, gallons and other. Make sure this can last you at least 2 to 4 weeks or more. I see sites that say 1 gallon a day per person but that doesn't include ANY washing of bodies and etc. plan for more for each person per day.

Gatorade or electrolyte supplies
Re-hydration recipe:
1/2 level teaspoon of Salt
6 level teaspoons of Sugar
1 quart (4 cups) of clean drinking or boiled water and then cooled.
 
Extra Supplies for babies and children:
Formula
Juices
Easy to heat foods that they like.
 
Activities, coloring books, games, books to read for all school supplies.(To keep older ones busy)
 
Make sure there are easy to cook foods for adults in case they are ill and its hard to cook.

A supply of ginger ale or 7-up, juice etc.

Do you have an alternate way of cooking like a camp stove etc. also pots and pans you can use on it?

Matches or lighters for same?

This is just a few of the things to think about.

hings You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • White vinegar
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Instructions

    • 1
      Fill a spray bottle with 2 tbsp. borax, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 2 cups hot water. Put the lid on the bottle and shake gently to mix ingredients. Keep in mind the borax can be harmful if ingested, so if you want to eliminate the borax, the vinegar will still work as a disinfectant.
    • 2
      Spray the disinfectant over your household surfaces and wipe off with a damp cloth.
    • 3
      Allow the surface to air dry, and clean all surfaces around the home with this solution, including countertops, tables, bathroom surfaces, door handles and any other area that requires disinfecting.


Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_7701565_homemade-natural-disinfectant-cleaner.html

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fire and Chores

There was a fire up here all last week, on Saturday it looked like it was mostly out. This is from this last Friday on our way home from town. That lump of a mountain on the left is where we live. It is very very dry here.
 Turkey butchering time. Grandgirl K took this one of us. I was helping hold one down in the boiling pot to get it all scalded. We only had 5 this year.


Glad another chore is finished with and the days will be simpler without the turkeys running around and having to be let out fed and put up each night.

Youngest son K and wife A had their little girl the 7th of October.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pushing To Get Things Done

Winter creeps in and we are still trying to get so many things finished before it does hit. We have a warm front in this week and that does help BUT this is usually our rainy time of the year and we are getting nothing here.
Our creek bed and lower pond are dry as a bone which is only the second time that has happened at this time of year since we have been up here. The other time was last year when our September rains didn't come until October.

We did get the potatoes all put away in pine shavings on Saturday. So they are snug for the winter. They came to a total of 365 pounds. I uncovered a few to show you.

Apple crisp sure is good. I have enough apples for another batch.
We have just started to get our first brown eggs, the other chickens the Leghorns have been laying for about 2 weeks now. Boy did I miss fresh eggs. The Araucana's aren't laying as yet.
With the flu's going around down in the valley and that time of year coming up. (A son and his family is just getting over it and hubbys secratery had it last week.) It's a real bad one.
Seems like all times are now flu times.
Also with the Ebola now in our Country one must think about what we have at home to possibly self quarantine ourselves in the future if this does get further along.
Best thing is don't panic look over sites that have lists for home for food and drink staples, masks, gloves, disinfectants, games, books and other things to keep busy for those that aren't ill and so on.

Here is some good advise:

Motherhens advise is further down on her page.

http://motherhensstorytime.blogspot.com/ 

http://providentlivingandme.blogspot.com/2011/08/quarantine-quarantine-quarantine-by.html