Yes, yes, I need to squeeze in an update, don’t I? So it took all of that snow two days to melt, and the garden came out of it better than it was! So good to have a nice big snow  drop all that water, because it is soooo stinkin dry out here!

Now it’s been raining pretty good for three days, and everything is really popping!  Just about all of the beans have second and third leaves popping. The broccoli is doing fabulous!  We clipped the first leaves back on the kale, and fed them to the chickens. We have about 22 or so zucchini plants in the ground from our own seeds from last years plants.

For the zucchini we saved seeds two ways last year. We harvested some from the last zucchini out of the garden, and let them dry on a paper plate, and then we just let some get tremendously big on the plants, and then when they felt all woody and the plants were dying off, we cut them off, and then stored them like we did the potatoes over winter. We get those cardboard flats from the store, like PowerAide and Coca-Cola come in, and you just lay them out so they aren’t touching, and then keep them in a cool place.

Our whole house stays pretty cool over the winter, so mostly I just kept them in the kitchen. Next year we’ll save shelf space under the basement stairs though, because some of the potatoes we saved were near a heater that we turn on in the kitchen on below freezing days, and they started sprouting in January, but then we moved the heater, so they grew really really slow for a couple of months. They are in the ground now, and coming up just fine though!

But, back to the zucchini… the seeds on the paper plate we’re horribly horribly dry, so we haven’t test sprouted any of those yet. BUT when we cut open the woody zucchinis that we saved, the seeds in there already had a wee little white shoot coming out of them so we got them into some dirt!!!! Three days later we had 22 out of 24 plants coming up! And we still have three big woody zucchinis to cut open, and aren’t even half way through the first one!  It’s all a grande experiment though, so we’ll see what they produce, and we’ll tell ya how it goes. I think we might be buried in chini soon! 😀 That’s good news for the chickens, because I hope to cut their feed cost down to next to nothing when we have zucchini, sunflowers, and pumpkins and other squash to feed them. Oh, and the crab apples too! The guy at the nursery told us if we had a crab apple tree it would pollinate all the other apple trees wonderfully!  Then I found out from another source that they have two crab apple trees, and that helps feed their chickens! Win win!

The Pi Day chickens…. are getting BIG!!! We are going to introduce them to the Memorial Day Weekend flock this weekend! Should be interesting! I’ve gotten lots of advice on how to do that, so they don’t go all crazy and try to kill each other. The Pi Day ones are white though, so the Reds are gonna know somethings up. They might be dumb, but they ain’t that dumb! So pray for a happy pecking order!

Ok, tomorrow (or the next day) will be a knit and crochet blog. I’ve been working on special projects again!  I am so excited!!!! Kind of happy to be finished with the big projects, and we have dr appointments for most the rest of the week also, so I’m going to go back to baby hats and small little knits for a bit of a break!

TTYL 🙂

 

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Spring Garden 2017! The broccoli, kale, onions, and beans might make it. We brought the strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, and rhubarb indoors. Potatoes and cabbage are gonna be our long shot. Might have to replant. But snowballs that actually hold together…. priceless!!! 😀

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Pictures of knitting soon. ❤

TTYL 🙂

Gardening Spring 2017

Been working in the garden this week between appointments, and hospital visits. Yeah, it’s been another one of those kind of weeks. Could use a few prayers for dh if you feel so inclined.  Best part of having animals and gardening things to do is, it gets me away from all the troubles and crap that’s been going on.

So, here’s what we did this week… First we pulled back the wood chips to see what everything was looking like. Beautiful beautiful dirt under it all! I am Loving the wood chips!!! Must get more!

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Then we had left all of our tomato and pepper plants in the bed from last year, so we had to pull up all of those, and then the kiddo’s and I got our five gallon bucket and pulled all the green already coming up.  We bucket them so we can take them to our very brown compost pile. Living in a desert sometimes sucks. 😛

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But We’re not pulling up these greens yet!!! We already have six onions coming up that didn’t take off last year!!! How cool is that! So now, next Fall I am going to be dumping onion and carrots starts/seeds in a couple of the beds to see how they over winter, because if we can get a big ol jump on those, then I can start canning and dehydrating right away in the Spring, and then we’ll have more room for other plants as the over wintered ones come out of the garden!

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And here are some of the apple trees already putting on so many blooms!

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Then on Thursday, before another big Emergency Room day, dh saved the day, because I almost planted some of our over wintered potato starts into last years pepper bed! Dh says, “I think potatoes and peppers are in the same family!” So we did some looking up, and yep, they are! So I got potato starts into two and a half beds, and then since I couldn’t plunk some into the holes I had already dug… we planted bush bean seeds there instead! They should take a week to ten days to come up, and that puts us beyond the last frost date! *Fingers crossed* there is no late frost this year!

And it looks like my rhubarb is going to seed!  Whhhhhhaaaaaaat! Yep, so we’ll see how that goes and then maybe see if it’ll do well or not. Sadly I’ve never grown rhubarb before, so we’ll see if I can do this or not.

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And I trimmed back all of the rose bushes. Dh was happy to see when we stopped by Pueblo court house that all of the rose bushes there (and they are Amazing when they are in bloom) look just as poorly as ours do right now. I kept telling him they probably won’t start growing for another month and a half, and they won’t bloom til around the end of June, but he doesn’t hear me. He has to hear it from others, or see it himself, to believe it. Blah. Just like it took him confirming with two other people besides me to get him to go to the ER. Men. lol

So, that’s a little update from here. Hope everything is going well with everyone else. I keep hoping things slow down here, so I can read blogs, and watch Tubes, but it’s just not happening. It is, what it is!

Random garden heart! 🙂

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TTYL 🙂

So this week began with eye appointments for everyone, and ended with dentist appointments. Cassie is super happy because even though she needed reading glasses when she was little, she is the only one now that doesn’t need glasses! Two of us need them for reading, and three of us need them for all the time! I said I was going to get pictures when we all had our glasses, but everyone wants to wait to show them off to their friends in Colorado Springs first. So I might not get to post a picture for a few weeks until we make time to make a trip north to go visiting!

At the dentist Friday Ben got his one tooth that was bothering him looked at, and now that’s all good. His wisdom teeth are pushing in too, and that’s been giving him some crowding pain. Dentist is working up a plan for that.

I got the last of my top teeth taken out, and I’m preparing for dentures. Sad thing is now we can afford the health insurance, but we’re not going to have enough money to get my temporary dentures. Same with my glasses. Yayyyy, we can now afford the health care, but the glasses are going to be $204 for me, so I have to wait a month or two til we can actually pay for them! :-/ The temporary dentures are around $400, and by the time I can save for that, it’ll be almost time that my gums will be healed enough for the regular ones. So I’m just gonna go toothless til mid July! I have no one to impress anyway, and if people talk, they talk. Blah.

All the waiting around in dr’s offices has yielded some new pretties. I’m making dragon scale pouches. Here’s the first one. Green, so Austin ninja-ed it for his dice and card decks (it could fit about six regular card decks in it, and a set of D&D dice too)…

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and here’s the bottom of the bag. I thought of sewing it flat across the bottom, but this will make it more roomy…

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and here’s the second one. It just needs the draw string now. Each of these about took up a whole skein of Sweet Roll yarn! I’ll be putting some on the shop as soon as I get the sewing machine set up, and figure out how to put linings in them…

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Besides that, I got three more baby hats done this week also. Seems like I’ve been slowing down on that for a while now. I need to get motivated, and just crank some out. Maybe I’ll do a lot of white ribbing brims on my circ needles, so if I have a beginning it’ll push me to work on the hats more.

In other news… we’re going to start some seeds this weekend, so we can get out in the garden soon. I trimmed back my rose bushes too. And all of the apple trees are leafing out and blooming like crazy!  And the new baby chickens are doing soooooo well. Emily caught some pasty butt on one of them too, so now she knows how to take care of that if it ever happens again! And that’s about all from here. We’ve got a full line up of appointments next week. Dh is getting ready for his next round of surgery I guess.  It all keeps happening so fast. See the dr, and boom, a call that the insurance accepts whatever, and whammo, you’re hooked up with another dr or a surgeon… it’s amazing how together this group of drs is. I love efficiency!!!! But it’s making my head spin! lol

TTYL 🙂

Sorry (not sorry) I haven’t blogged much after I said I’d try harder to blog. One week ago today was dh’s hernia surgery! It went well, but I’ve been shadowing him for a week now during recovery. First three days it was hard for him to even get up, let alone walk much. Finally Sunday he is able to get around a bit better, but no lifting or doing anything whatsoever for another three weeks. And there’s just so much he does around here from helping to get the groceries from the van to the house, and we have 2x4s and things so we can make another chicken coop and put up shelves in the house, to even last week with our big ol wind storm, and our dumpster blew over. Me and three of the kiddo’s got it up though.

Now he’s going back this week to have them look at his knee. Finally got the MRI on that, and the soft tissue is torn. Then next month he starts Physical Therapy for his hip! So when he’s doing that they’re going to have a surgeon look at both his hip and his knee, and possibly do the surgery on them both! Probably not the same day, but over the next few months it’s going to be surgery, heal, surgery, heal.  Luckily all of this is all on his right side! And he’s been in pain for years, dare I say a decade, so it’s not like all of these surgeries are going to make anything worse.

Add to all of that, Monday night we went to the store, and part way home he had to go to the bathroom, so we swing into a McD’s, and he goes in to use the bathroom and buy a Coke. Well, about five minutes after going in he texts me and says to come in and tell the management he’s locked in the rest room! I go in and they laugh at first, and tell me to go check on him, and yeppers, the stall is one of those twisty locks that looks like it has a key on the outside, and the thing is busted. I go tell the management again, and they send one of the burger flippers in with a screwdriver. He slides under the stall, they take the thing apart, and it’s not working. He goes to get more tools, and slid out and back on the disgusting bathroom floor three times!!! Couldn’t get the lock undone, and I’m telling dh, “you are Not sliding out of there you’ve just had surgery five days ago!”, and the guy is telling dh he doesn’t know what else to do, and if he doesn’t want to slide out it’s going to probably be a half hour or more wait. :-/ Dh slid out under the door… and of course pulled his lower back! Mega Pain all the way home!!! Me telling him he needs to call McD’s and have them file an accident report. But nope, he won’t do it. He says he chose to slide out because he was feeling claustrophobic, so it wasn’t their fault. Ummm hello, broken door = their fault. But whatever he has pain meds for both his hernia and his knee pain, so he says it’ll be ok. Went to the primary care dr today, and she says it’s a pulled muscle, so I guess he’s gonna be ok.

On the up side of things, I got boodles and boodles of paperwork filled out for all of the kiddo’s to go to new dr’s, and a new dentist too! I counted. One hundred and three pages for five of us. And as much as I hate the insurance system, it is pretty cool being able to have healthcare again! And they zip you in sooooo much quicker than if you’re paying out of pocket. Referrals out the wahzoooo also!  I cannot believe the level of care they give here over the crap crap crap care we had in FL!  Now I just have to convince Cassie things are going to be ok. She’s a bit nervous. Oh, and we’re getting family counseling included also. Our health advocate says she thinks we have all been a bit shell shocked and traumatized from what we’ve gone through the past five years. Gee ya think. lol So even more help!!! Thank the good Lord!

So that’s about it for health stuff. I get to go to the dr’s too, but I’m as healthy as a horse. There was one place on the paperwork that asked about bone sprains or breaks, so I put down that two years ago I think I might have fractured my leg/ankle, but we didn’t have money to go to the dr or er, so I just did what I did til it stopped hurting. Took about three weeks til I could walk on it again. They maybe might xray that, but they aren’t re-breakin nothin. It works. It doesn’t hurt. But it would be nice to know if I broke or fractured it. Just for fun.

TTYL 🙂

I swear, going to dr visits and hospital stuff just about every day for the past two weeks, is just as tiring as a full time job!  We have been doing pretty good keeping things straight though. There’s the regular dr, and then the orthopedic dr, and a surgeon, and three other dr’s to keep straight. And then there’s going to  be counseling to set up on top of that, and then the whole family of six of us to switch over to another dentist too! Consults and appointments out the ying-yang!!!

Yesterday when we did our shopping they had potato and onion starts in Wally World, so we got a good smackrel of them to start out with! Like four or five baggies of each! I planted around 60 onion starts last year, and they only lasted til the middle of January. So this year I am going to go Large, and we’re going to start off with these 80+ that we have, and I’m going to try and do around 80 more in a couple of months. We need enough for just regular onions for cooking, and then some for meals in a jar, and spaghetti sauces. I still have around five quarts of tomato sauce from our Roma tomatoes last year, so it looks like we’ll only have to double our tomato planting to get from one planting season to the next. A little more if we want stuff to stock our shelves longer than that.

Potatoes??? Yeah, we have some seed potatoes saved from last years crop, and then bought four more bags of them also. Dh is going to try cutting and curing the ones we just bought, and I’m just tossing the ones we saved directly into the ground the way they are. We’ll see what we get!

And for the Big news… since none of our incubator chicks hatched out, we got nine more chicks from the tractor store! White Leghorns this time! I am hoping and praying we have no illnesses in this batch (last year, one of the chicks got rye neck and we tried all the online suggestions, and finally ended up putting her down) and no more roosters!!! We have pullets, but there’s no guarantee that you won’t end up with a rooster!  We have Number 9 with our original flock, and that’s about all the surprises I want. LOL So we put all of these wee baby chicks in their new home, and they all ate a little, and then flopped over to sleep! Too cute!

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In knitting news… I have finally gotten around to packaging up a lot of items here and will be mailing them out tomorrow!!! Five packages. Three hospitals, one domestic violence shelter, and one group that gives bereavement items to parents of still-borns.

Here is the latest shawl on the needles. Sweet Rolls color Frosty Swirls. Cassie is already eyeballing it. Nothing ever stays around my desk for long once it’s off the needles.

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Part of my dr office knitting has been prayer cloths. I’ve been making these kind with the little puff stitch cross on it, and then plain knit ones that the group Bridget’s Cradles likes. So easy to transport these in a zip lock bag, with small needles and when they call your name for your appointment, zoop stuff it away in my purse, and we’re off and running! Takes my mind off of my troubles, and keeps my hands busy!

In other Big news… we might be going back to church!!!  Dh grew up Catholic and we needed some direction recently, and he thought the church would help. And talking to the priest did help him a bit, and for that I am thankful. But man oh man, the symbology, and people stuck in their rituals! Ey-yi-yi!!!! But maybe rituals is what dh needs right now, so I’m just rolling with it, and will keep my thoughts to myself! The priest we met with has my sick sense of humor at least. So that’s something, right? lol He reminds me of Gru from the Minions movie too, so that’s kinda fun!

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And there you have it. The week has just begun, and that’s what’s happening! Now, I am off to be inspired by other peoples knitting and crocheting, and maybe I can get back into the swing of things over the next month or so!

TTYL 🙂

Health and hatching’s

I guess I need to blog a little more. I didn’t think it had been since the day before Valentines since I had blogged! But since then we have gotten an incubator and have tried hatching our own chickens eggs. We have a rooster and he gets busy a lot while we’re out there feeding and watering them, so we figured we had fertile eggs! Well, hatch day was Monday of this week, and we’ve gotten Nothing. Not even one little peep! Blah. So I let an extra two days go by, just to be sure, and still nothing. We cracked six of the twenty-one eggs and absolutely no chick progress in any of them. So yesterday we started again. Seven eggs fresh from the chicken coop, and no freeze the night before, so I marked them all and popped them right in the incubator. Officially today is day one, since yesterday was just a half a day. So the 26th of this month is day 18, and then three days of lock down til day 21 puts our hatch day on the 29th of this month. *fingers crossed*

Other than that it’s been chaos here. Dh is having more and more health problems, and we finally got him to the hospital, and he now has a healthcare advocate that is working her butt off for our whole family! ❤ All the kiddo’s are now covered under CO healthcare. Dh is covered too, and we have like ten dr visits over the next couple of weeks and even a surgery coming up! He had to fight with his bosses to get cut back to part time, and with that came a horrible big pay cut, so kick a guy while he’s down. No raise, not even cost of living increase for the past 20 years. So much bull crap coming out of their mouths how they can’t afford this, or that, or anything. Telling us we chose to live like we do, while the main boss rides around in rented limos and crap, to impress customers. Karma’s such a -itch though. I have to believe one day what goes around comes around. It’s all that gets me though.

So yeah, everyone is covered except for me. I don’t care. I don’t get sick much, and when I do, I muddle through. Hell, I’ve even had fractured ankles and crap that I just patched it up and walked on it as best I could, just because there was nothing we could do. If I ever get as sick as dh though, I guess I’ll get a healthcare advocate of my own. Who knows.

I guess that’s about all I have time to write today. Always so much paperwork, and phone answering, and appointment setting to do lately. I’m knitting a wee little bit, but not as much as I’d like to. I even shut the Etsy store down for a few weeks, because I couldn’t keep up with checking it. But now we need the money, so it’s open again fwiw. Sooo freakin tired though. But no rest for the weary in this mess, so I just keep going as best I can. We’ll see how things go over the next couple of months. I found out if I want to drive an hour and a half round trip ever day I can qualify for job training and placement… but then who would be here to pop dh’s knee and hip back in place if they go out. I guess he could wait a half hour for an ambulance to arrive if I were at work. Life just got hard I guess. Trying to keep my chin up.

TTYL 🙂

 

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