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Frustratedearthmother's Journaling Journey

Discussion in 'Member's "Self Sufficient Living" Journals' started by frustratedearthmother, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. Apr 20, 2017
    NH Homesteader

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    That is a ridiculous amount of rain. You are fortunate to have a long season. It's hard here because something like that could ruin our year.
     
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    Size seems to be variable on the Midget Whites... not sure that's a great thing. But, I've read anything from 12 - 20 lbs for toms and 8 - 12 lbs for hens. Supposed to be very friendly, docile birds too. They are on my 'list' but not at the top.

    I took another long hard look at what I used to call my garden today. Looks like a lot of damage from their feet too. I had planted a row of radishes just a few days before the break in. The radishes popped through today but very few of them are at the top of the row - they've been tossed around and are coming up everywhere, lol.

    And, just for grins we're supposed to get a "cold" front this weekend. Overnight lows in the upper 40's... WHAT?

    Still three more does to go... I want this insanity to end!! Hopefully have a guy coming Saturday who wants a few goats. Also hope he passes the "sniff" test. He said he'd like several - and I've got several to sell - but I have to believe that he has their best interest at heart. I hate selling! I think I'd rather eat 'em than send them to an "iffy" home. It would be so much easier if a doe didn't have to give birth to lactate...
     
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    Storey's says hens often only get to 8-10 lbs and they are somewhat vulnerable. Some call them a bantam turkey.

    My husband likes bourbon reds, I like Narragansett. We both like black spanish, but are focusing first on our chocolates. They're all fun!

    Upper 40's?? Sheesh it was 40 last night here, but has been getting down to the mid 30's.

    Hope the guy coming to see the goats is decent. It's so hard selling them. I heard from a guy I sold 2 does to last summer and they're doing great now, but usually you never have that reassurance!
     
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  4. Apr 21, 2017
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    Well, it's official - we are a one income family. DH resigned his job today. He can't see to do his job and driving has become treacherous. Even his "good" eye is getting worse. But, on a brighter note, he's already got two job prospects after his eye surgery. :fl And honestly, knowing that just might have made him feel a little better about walking today.

    Even though we are ok financially - I've gone into 'SHTF' mode. We will be extremely frugal until we know where we stand in light of him EVER returning to a job or not.

    I already have a buck listed on Craigslist and supposedly have someone coming to look at him on Saturday. And, I put the bottle babies on Craigslist - but so have a billion other people with bottle babies. It's that time of year.

    The garden area is trying to recover. But, nothing is in its nice neat rows anymore. It looks like a drunk planted it, lol. I may find another area to work up in addition to this one. I will want to plant enough to be able to 'put up' some of the produce - if it produces.

    While he's off DH is going to go through our stocks and organize them a bit better than they are right now. He'll be putting like items together and making sure the older stock is most accessible. We've been needing to do that for awhile.\

    Yay - I've got a house husband, lol!
     
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    Hang in there, FEM, something always works out....don't we learn that as we get older? :old
     
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    That's the absolute truth! When one door closes - another one opens. It's all part of The Bigger Plan!

    It's probably a little weird, but when something like this happens I take it as a good excuse to practice everything we talk about here on sufficient self. It's a challenge and I'm probably a little warped because I like to see just how frugal and self-sufficient we can be!
     
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    Wow, he must be relieved that he won't have to deal with that boss ever again, but also I understand it's probably quite stressful. My husband and I live off one income and it can be stressful, but I've found my thinking has changed dramatically about spending and only having what's necessary.

    I don't think that's warped, I think it's great!

    Good luck selling the goats. There are goats everywhere for sale right now, but I hope you find the right person!
     
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    Ain't it the truth!

    We live off one steady income also....and, our business...which HAS to do well if we are going to make all ends meet. I start to get nervous if I see sales slow down.
     
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    FEM :hugs and :fl I hope the surgery will go well for him and he will be able to work again afterwards, should he choose to. Good luck with selling the kids!
     
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    Thanks everybody - we appreciate the well wishes! We'll be ok. Surgery date is 5.17.17 so a little less than a month. He did call and see if there was a possibility of getting in earlier, but so far it doesn't look like it. If it goes well and they're able to do all the repair that they hope for his vision in that eye should be as good as it ever was. If it doesn't go well and they can't clean it up as they expect - it will be a different story altogether.

    We're hopeful that this will be a positive step forward!
     

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