Down 13.8 now. Slow for my size, but pretty happy tone losing this time of year.
I’ve finally started looking for a partner. I am an introvert and “less experienced in life” than most others. I knew I would need more time than others to “find myself” so I didn’t rush into things like most of my friends did as youngsters. As I watch them all change and divorce, I’m glad I took the long route. I know who I am now and that I’m interested in a farming/homesteading lifestyle. The person I’m looking for now is a totally different man than I would have chosen then. You really can’t find the right one for you, until you find you first.
I’ve started praying for a husband and joined farmersonly this week as a possible option for finding someone like me. We’ll see!
I am planning not to spend any unnecessary money next month. My only expenditures will be for bills and the mortgage.
This week I did the planning and got the couple things I would need to make it through. I got new winter boots because I outgrew my old ones, picked up feed and hay for the rabbits, and got a case of wet food for the cats. Since it’ll cover Christmas I also got gift cards for my co-workers.
Food is covered because I did lots of canning and dehydrating this summer. I keep stock of dry goods and have enough meat and fish in the freezer. I’ve always been in the habit of keeping extra household necessities and toiletries.
So…I’m all set to start on Sunday. I’ve done this before and found staying out of the stores made a world of difference in keeping on budget and helped me make use of what I have on hand. I’ve got lots of saving goals right now as I recover my finances after a tough year, so putting extra in savings will help me lots.
When I moved into this house, all of the carpeting was in poor shape…and everything was carpeted…even the bathroom and kitchen. I took care of those two rooms first, because that’s just gross. Next in line is the sunroom.
I’ve been using it as a rabbitry (there’s a 3rd cage on top of these, so it houses this boy, his “wife”, and their 5 kids). And I can’t run a vacuum in there, as it would terrify the poor things. I have a mat immediately under the cages and sweep regularly, but…I need to find something that will be easy to clean, as the rabbits love to throw water and hay and generally mess up the joint.
I’ve gotten a start on this one already. I’ve picked up some fabric and patterns during sales, and got a super nice pair of scissors with a coupon. I’m learning on my old Singer 66 treadle. It was a craigslist find being sold for just $20, and all it needed was a good tuneup.
It didn’t come with any attachments but I managed to find some on ebay, including this rolled hemmer.
And it turned out GREAT. I’ve done this skirt and 2 tiered skirts now and hope to work on some more this winter.
My first attempt at hand embroidering wasn’t too bad. But I hope to get good enough this winter that I can make up some lavender sachets to fill come harvest time. Then I’ll have another goodie to post on etsy and give as gifts.
I picked up a pair of juvenile broken New Zealand does along with a gorgeous juvvy Silver Fox/New Zealand buck. They’ll be old enough for litters starting in early spring. I’ve had Angoras for years now, so it was an easy addition…just a bit expensive to purchase extra cages. The hard part will be in summer.
This is one I’m re-saving for after my layoff induced financial upheaval. I moved as much money as I could into an account for this and set up an automatic transfer with enough to get me to my goal by June, if all goes well. Right now this is my highest priority financial goal, as the roof is in terrible shape and should have been replaced years ago.
I just made my first deposit into a savings account especially for my next home. I’ve been making do with what I have, but there’s only so much I can produce on my city lot. And I’m only allowed rabbits here. My dream is a bustling homestead with goats and chickens and a huge kitchen garden to grow my own food and can from. I like the idea of getting some land and plopping a small log home onto it (almost a tiny home). Someday!
We are doing a challenge at work to lose weight over the holidays…a time that’s usually pretty fattening. As of this morning I’m down 5 pounds. I’m hoping this will be a good way to kick off my big weightloss goal.
I have a Proverbs 31 wall hanging started and my goal is to finish it this winter. I really love the pattern and it’ll be a good reminder of who I strive to be.
I pulled it out this weekend and got one more section finished.
I was laid off after the election and lost my life’s savings trying to stay afloat. My goal is to refill my account so I could make it through another hard time like that. I’ve got a 15 year mortgage so the payments are high even for my modest little place, so I worry about losing it if I’m not careful. I opened a special emergency savings account this month and created an automatic transfer to help me save.
I’ve been off the site for almost 2 years, but I did want to play catchup and post that I did this one and am really excited about going again next year.
I’d been looking for folks to go camping with for years, and never found people willing to accompany me on my first trip. Finally this fall I decided if I waited for people to do stuff like this with I’d never end up doing anything.
I went big and did a solo backpacking trip along a section of the Ice Age Trail. I’m a rounder lady :D so I chose a route I could complete in 6 hours so I didn’t overdo it my first time out. The hike was just awesome And my halfway point was a gorgeous secluded spring.
The backpacking campsite was nicely out of the way of the main trail and I really enjoyed the evening of solitude.
I have a confession: I got a pasta machine last year and never used it. I really wanted to learn to make my own noodles, but it seemed like a lot of work and a big mess. When I finally broke down and tried, I found it really wasn’t either of those things, but it did take a bunch of time.
After digging through tons of recipes I narrowed it down to this rule for myself. Per one cup flour, add one egg, half tablespoon EVOO, and half tablespoon water.
Each one cup flour should make about 1.5 servings. This is a doubled batch.
Mix the wet ingredients well and pour into a well made in your flour. Mix until combined and forms a ball. Then knead a couple minutes. Let rest 30 minutes if you can. Then divide into a few pieces and start shoving it through the pasta machine. Start at the widest setting and start narrowing it until it’s the size you want.
If it starts getting too wide for the machine, fold it in half lengthwise and put it through at the same width before narrowing again. When you are done put it through the cutter and hang to dry. Cooked later in the day, it should only take 3 or so minutes to boil so keep an eye on it.
I’m obviously not an expert, so if you have any tips feel free to share them!
I started from scratch, milling wheat berries into fresh flour with my little hand mill. The fresh whole wheat gave my hardtack a strong whole wheat cracker taste. In fact, my made my next batch much thinner to take advantage of them as crackers too. The recipe I used was:
6 cup flour
1 cup water
1 tablespoon salt
Mix until combined and roll out to desired thickness. I had to add extra water to get it to mix. One of my batches was just under 1/2 inch thick, the second I tried 1/4 inch thick. Cut out and pierce with fork tines. Bake at 325 for 60 minutes, turning them over halfway though.
I took the classes last spring, which were really interesting. I’m now the chair for a charity garden that grows food for 2 local food banks. This year I’m also adding a less backbreaking job of working on the bloom team at the arboretum.
I am starting year three here on the little urban homestead. This goal has changed my life more than anything. I’ve learned so much and had so much fun with it :)
I made this video a year ago for the Dervaes protest ha shows a lot of he work that was done.
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I made it up to 182.62 pounds during the summer. I’ve still got tons of potatoes, carrots, watermelon, and dry beans waiting for harvest. The spinach, kale, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage are also still producing.
Wow I’ve got some catching up to do! These are Nonstop Pickles I found from Mother Earth News. Definitely the easiest way to do it!