Author Topic: Roll Call February 10, 2018  (Read 376 times)

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Roll Call February 10, 2018
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:28:35 PM »
Sorry to post so late, Mother has not had a good day today. :( She has been very nauseated and dizzy so I stayed close by most of the time. Finally got her comfortable and she is sleeping. I got a few things done this week. I took off the row cover from the new strawberry beds I planted last fall and weeded and added mulch. Expecting a good harvest this year, woo hoo. Also did some raking near the chicken yard trying to get rid of the sweetgum balls and all the fallen leaves leftover from last year.                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Had an email from my 29 year old grand daughter today, she was standing in front of the Gwinnett Police Emergency Management trailer; she had just finished her CERT practice drill and she acted as Incident Commander! Can you tell I am proud?
Did a bit of going through things to donate or put on ebay to sell. I hope to pare down a lot this year. Less to clean, less to insure and less to try and cram into a Tiny House...maybe one day. Check in with us folks; your messages inspire and motivate me to get busy!
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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2018, 07:49:02 PM »
It has been a busy week.  I cut trees in the woods most of the week.  I pruned two rows of blue berries.  I planted a plum tree and my row of English peas came up in the garden. 
This morning I went by Homeless Depot and got a new kitchen sink faucet set.  My old one was supposed to be dripless.  It has only been dripping the last 15 years of 28 that it has been installed.   Hope the new one lasts longer.  Now guess what?  The wife wants the bathroom faucets changed out now.
I dug out an old JanSport day pack and washed it up.  I am provisioning it for a three day hike as an emergency get home bag.  I got a new water filter pump and nalgene bottle for the pack.  In going thru my old hiking equipment I found a First Need water filter pump that looks like it is serviceable.

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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2018, 09:56:57 PM »
I have been sick 4 days now, bad sore throat first. Gargled with warm salt water and that went away. Now chest congestion and it feels like someone is hitting my chest with a sledge hammer when I cough. Bad body aches, but no fever or any other flue like symptoms. Thank the Lord for small favors !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Prayers needed !!!!!

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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2018, 10:39:38 PM »
I lifted you up to the Lord as I'm sure many others have also. I usually take Benadryl or Sudafed and sleep a lot. Benadryl usually works better for me if I have a sore throat from post nasal drip. I had a flu shot so mine wasn't as serious, but it took me a long time to finally get over it.

joebob

Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2018, 11:59:26 PM »
Benadryl is like taking speed to me, I can't even lay down on it my body wants to keep moving. The closest store to me is an hour trip and I haven't felt up to it yet. Thank you for the prayers.

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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2018, 08:15:34 AM »
Not much to report here. There will be no garden this year as my better half and I are being consumed by every other aspect of trying get the house ready to move into. We've stayed well in spite of my being exposed to flu many times a day at work......handwashing IS the key. Maybe I'll do an infection control talk at the spring campout.

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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2018, 08:42:13 AM »
Joebob - get better soon!

This is the first week I feel almost worthy of posting an update, as I've been in a bit of a funk for far too long.  I think I've gotten all the main supplies for soap making and I hope to make my first batch this week.  The lye was particularly hard to come by - but I found our local Ace Hardware has it for under $4. 

I also learned how to change a battery.  It's a baby step, but for me, it was good.  I never thought it was hard, I just never had a reason to do it before.  I let a Bobcat sit too long.  It started right up with the new power and it's really easy to use!  I can't wait to attack what will be my orchard now.  I got rid of the rut on my driveway with it.  I just hope the rain doesn't wash away all the loosened gravel/dirt.  I ran over it a few times trying to pack it back in.  Any pointers on keeping wasps out of the cab?  They seem to love it and I'm terrified of stinging things.  One jerk flew straight to the front of the cab about 10 minutes after running it.  All I could picture was a few 1000 of his evil little buddies filling up the cab.  I couldn't get the door open fast enough.

I went to the tree sale and saw Lilburner there.  The classes were okay.  I graduated the Master Gardener class officially this week, so most of their information wasn't new to me and I didn't agree with all of it.  The advanced guy introduced hugelkultur to me though.  It's basically burying decaying wood and building gardens on top of it.  The wood acts as a sponge for water and it's decay improves the soil.  The one on one with the other teacher helped me decide where to put my orchard.  He also suggested companion planting fruit trees with nut trees.  The nut trees take so very long to mature that a fruit tree will live out its natural life before being shaded out by the nut tree.  It's not a plan for anyone that wants fruit trees forever in the same area, but a good addition to those of us just starting out and wanting to maximize space with future plans of expansion.

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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2018, 09:55:39 AM »
Still here, getting ready to dig some Gold.

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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2018, 10:23:11 AM »
Doing the spring cleaning, as usual, in the winter when I actually HAVE time.  LOVE my new washer & freezer, they are working great & both getting a workout!  So happy I went with the larger freezer, got everything I needed in it with room for more.

The old lady still has something left - moved an 80 lb barrister type bookcase by myself yesterday from one end of the house to almost the other!  Put a terry rag on the floor, lifted one end, shoved the rag under, tilted it and dragged it.  Then moved all my soaping supplies and essential oils into it (they need to be out of the light & this has solid wood doors).  Got a few more smaller pieces moved into that craft room, it's starting to come together.  Gotta wait for Sam to help move the floor cabinets & 8' counter top for the sewing machine & then I can work on that storage area, too.  As someone said several years ago, it looks like a prepper threw up in there.   Every room in the house is contributing something, so it will be a bit more roomy in here.

Planning the garden and where to set up a place inside to start some early seeds this year.  Won't be able to get that garden burned off anytime soon, high chances of rain all week up here, but I'm actually a little glad to work inside:   IT'S NASCAR'S HOLY WEEK!  Practices and races almost every day!  DISH was installed this week so I won't miss a thing & I love the excuse to take time out to sit down and knit.  I learned this year that I need more wool hats & they work up quickly.

And I just couldn't resist, started 10 Jumbo Pekin eggs and 9 from the chocolate Ancona who lays green eggs (the boys will CARRY the chocolate gene but they'll all be Dad's color - B&W).  Although it looks like Ducky Betts is doing his job, I think he's shooting blanks - only one Jumbo has veining, but all the Anconas are developing.  3 more weeks.

Have a great week everyone!
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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2018, 05:30:24 PM »
Hip Hip Hooray for our ladies w/ an independent spirit!!! Starlady moved an 80# bookcase from one end of her house to the other by herself. Upacreek changed a battery by herself and learned how to operate a bobcat.

If I missed any other ladies that showed an independent spirit, pls forgive me & my short term memory. Post your accomplishments & I'll send you a Hip Hip Hooray also.

Prepping is a different mindset than most other people have and self confidence will make you a success when there's not much else to rely on.

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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2018, 07:38:10 PM »
I haven't got much done physically between the rain and apparently I work full time for my lawyer and accountant now.

Lots of planning as I've been discussing in the plant sale thread - I want to cover every bit of sunlight (and some shade) in the house area of the land with food trees because... duh. I want to get it all this year and get it going except maybe next year cut down three pine trees and replace them with two pecan trees.

I've been trying to decide what I want from my parents house. I got a washtub! I literally got overalls and a washtub on back to back days LOL. I'm not sure if that makes me a redneck, but it can't help.

I have a tiller picked out at Tractor supply, so I'm going to start digging fruit tree holes as soon a it quits raining enough. I decided to go with a tiller over my auger, because I can make wide holes with it - churn up clay, clear it, and then go again.

Also got the last of the shelf liners for my main BOL pantry shelf, and book inventory software that uses the scanner on the phone and populates the database just by shooting the book. Yay. Also got a few gun racks ordered and  on the way to NEGA so I can do a little more organizing.
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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2018, 04:36:17 PM »
been sick as a dog.

Learned about a nice program my insurance uses, called Dr on Demand, basically a program where you can call in and video conference with a doc for simple problems like a cold, infection, etc. $5 co-pay, can do it anywhere I get a signal on my phone, and real easy for the basic stuff. Much better than losing time at work, sitting in a waiting room, and paying $35 co-pay just to be told what I already know, sinus infection. It does have some limitations, but is a nice go-between. I literally saw a doc on my lunch break, got a script called in, picked it up on my way home.
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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2018, 08:54:52 AM »
Speaking of issues deadeye (you get credit for that) how is that going?

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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2018, 09:01:10 AM »
Regarding "Dr. on Demand" (mine is called "Tel-A-Doc"), if you can take advantage of it, you can avoid going to the "danger zone" as the doctor's office, urgent care, and emergency rooms are full of flu patients. 

>>> Not recommended for anything that requires a specialist or fragile patients who really need a medical team with access to all of their records.

It really saves money, time, and hassle (especially for a child you would rather not take out of the house.)

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Re: Roll Call February 10, 2018
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2018, 12:25:28 PM »
Just joined. Glad to be here.