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Old 10-25-2012, 08:07 AM   #41
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our home is up and officially for sale. actually it's been for sale for almost 2 weeks now. but only had 1 showing. i'm getting a little antsy. i have a house picked out that we love and i'm so worried that it will sell out from under us. we can't make an offer till we have an offer on our home due to constraints in the bank financing. if anybody is feeliing nosey, here's our listing

http://mrislistings.mris.com/Matrix/...-180458758-858



i also applied for 2 jobs yesterday. hoping i get a call back about at least 1 of them. my business is just not bringing in the extra money we need right now especially with my husband switching jobs and making a lot less money. i applied for a retail position at our local Sears. and also for a server/host/bartender position at a brand new Olive Garden that is opening next week

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Old 10-26-2012, 08:47 AM   #43
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thankyou!! now if i could only get someone to come look at it and then buy it!! lol patience
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just got a phone call back!! i have an interview for a waitress/bartender position at olive garden on wednesday!! so excited
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Do you have an EZ-Plucker? If I were going to butcher chickens/turkies consistently I would look into owning or borrowing/renting one. That would be my tip! haha. Hand plucking can be a little tedious (getting all the tiny feathers off, that is). No clue about turkies, but I imagine you'd have to have a very large pot to dunk those into! Some ladies on here use the cone method, others the axe. We just cut off the head. We only did a few ourselves and then took the rest to a poultry butchering place near us (a Mennonite couple own it and use the cone method and are very clean). They only charge 2.25 to butcher, process, and bag it and since DH was busy with crops during that time, we felt it was worth it! We butcher our cow ourselves and DH prefers that to butchering chickens. haha.
I had to laugh at the image of a sweet little girl beating a giant turkey off with a big stick! We were too worried about barn cats and the like getting our meaties so we had a portable pen we moved 2x a day. Plus the Cornish X are sooo stupid and need protection from the rainand everything. Next year I want to switch to Freedom Rangers (a more "normal" meat bird). I hear they are much heartier.
How wonderful you will feel at Thanksgiving! I'm jealous in a nice way!

Yes, our milk cows are very nice to have (we have 2 jerseys right now and one just had a heifer). This year was the year of learning how to make dairy products! (that was my new to-do this year. ) It's nice to have an unlimited supply of butter, buttermilk, yogurt, sour cream,, mozzerella, and milk. Cows are amazing. I wish DH would let me start milking once a day (and he the other time), but he wants to wait to teach me until our youngest is 3 yrs. old (then all the kids could wait in the milk parlor... DH used to have a bunch of dairy cows, but sold most and upped the number of angus... anyway, so we have a dairy barn). Now the issue is figuring out if she'll be our last baby so I know if in another 2 years I'll get to help! It's his bribe to me to lean me over to the "being done" stage. haha.

Garden did better than last year, but definitely could use improvement (which was the goal). We went on vacation during the hottest/dryest) spell of the year and our green bean plants died a terrible death. I didn't manage to can much of them. We are fairly basic in our garden (nothing exotic). Tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, rhubarb, some strawberries, beans, corn, etc. I was able to can tons of zucchini, tomatoes, and then peaches/apples from the orchard near us... next year, I need to improve on green beans (the kids eat tons of them), pumpkins, and potatoes.

Constraint is intense. When we go back to regular OT, Aquatic therapy, and gymnastics it will feel like a vacation! And yes, it is kind of hard to see and so much work. He was my traumatic homebirth and thus injury and this time (esp. last week) triggered a lot of emotions for me. The other 3 were c-sections and they are all healthy and I feel so blessed by that! We go to one children's hospital for therapies and another for his specialists. We are blessed to have 2 great places in our state!

I better get. I need to talk to DH about digging out our hog cauldrons to clean for rendering fat into lard before he takes off on the farm for the rest of the day.

Oh, is your house finished? Are you decorating? I imagine that is hard to do with 3 littl ones!

Oh, I Homeschool my oldest as well! He is 5... we use My Father's World. Nice and relaxed! We took a break for this month because RIghty is out of use. The other kids are 4,2-1/2, and 1.
We don't have an EZ Plucker, it looks nice though...we do have a farm boy who is a freshman in high school who is on the fire dept with my husband. We've talked about calling him to help us out the first time. He asked dh if he wanted to help when they butchered a bunch of his cousin's meat chickens, but we were busy that day. We do have a guy maybe 5 minutes away that will do it for $2-3 a bird, and I think we're going to do that for this fall. I'll have to look into the Freedom Rangers. We haven't had chicken meat in so long, we've been getting local beef and pork, and I had an aversion to it when I was pregnant with my 2nd dd...but the girls do like it. I won't buy store chicken, so we'll have to raise it.
I would LOVE to hear more about your butter and cheese! We buy whole, nonhomogenized, pasteurized milk right now. It's the closest I could get to raw in the store. I tried to make cheese from it twice, but it was a big fail. My dh is worried about being tied into milking twice a day, but it's not like we don't already feed 2x/day anyway! I would likely be the one to milk. Do you use the dairy equipment to milk than (rather than hand milk?)?
Our youngest is 6mo (this Tuesday!). I always kind of wanted 4, but I'm not sure now. I'm pretty content at the moment, but who knows what God will bring our way. We're pretty laid back about that, we wouldn't trade our kiddos for anything.
I'm sorry to hear about your garden, but it sounds like you still got some good stuff! I want to check out the website that some of the other gals use for planning their garden...it looks decent. I don't want anything special, but do want some good basics too.
It is a blessing to have good children's services. I lived in rural TN for a while and worked at a nursing home - we provided therapy services for the entire county - including a contract with TEIS (their early intervention system). I loved peds, but it was weird to see them at a nursing home! I worked at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital after that (did some constraint there), it was a good system.
You render your own lard? Tell me more! We just got a pig butchered that we split with my parents...is it hard?
Our house ... I love it. We are finishing the trim right now. I have plans, but it's going in stages and I'm not sure how much I want to fill up my walls with "stuff"! I'm slowly digging stuff out of the basement and putting it in goodwill boxes or bringing it up, but yes, it is hard with 3 kiddos! It's good though, for sure. We are taking it very relaxed ourselves...we started out with Sonlight for language arts, Horizons math, and some Sonlight science and a phonics program that my stepmom had (she's a teacher). We abandoned Sonlight LA though, and are just trying to focus on math, phonics, and nature-based science and writing through the other activities. She's very crafts oriented and initiates a lot of writing and stuff on her own...I love homeschooling. I don't know that I'm the best at it, 'cause I work part-time, but it's a blessing so far and even if this year is a waste, she could still be in K next year and not be old for her class.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:15 PM   #46
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Getting some wild wind here (havebeen since yesterday) and that's in Downeast Maine! Can't imagine all of you further south with this storm.

The ice storm of '98 beat the prepper into me so the other day I forced DH to buy a generator (since our only source of heat is a furnace), plus I have 2 kids with chest colds on the nebulizer every 4 hours (or 2 in the case of the 3 yo at night, I got 45 mins of sleep from when I went to bed at 11:15pm last nite to midnite, she was on the neb and/or screaming/coughing/crying/hyperventalating all night), actually we 'just' finished up her last session before bed. So she's hyper and destructive (albuterol ALWAYS) makes her that way) just waiting for it to blow over (Give me hurricane Sandy any day vs a 3 yo on albuterol!)

Had an interview thursday was supposed to hear back today or at the latest tomorrow to see if I got the position in the ER (which is the job I REALLY want!) had a call thursday afternoon for an interview with a nursing home. Keeping fingers crossed that I get the job inthe ER! it's MUCH better pay and two 12 hour shifts/week and I'll accumulate vaca time, plus it's busy and they like the fact I was an EMT a decade ago.

Ok, time to wrestle the obnoxious 3 YO into bed.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:26 AM   #47
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-Missc, I tried to quote you, but messed up!

Anyway, I hear you on the chicken! After reading how it is processed, I wasn't able to bring myself to buy it anymore either. Until our own chickens were butchered, I was bartering with a friend for hers. It cost us around $9-10 per chicken to raise (between the feed, electrolytes, probiotics, butchering, etc). Many people around us sell their pasteured chickens for 15-17 dollars (closer to the city, for more). Too expensive for us to buy so we will definitely be raising meaties every year.

We used to run a dairy operation (we closed it as the milk company wanted us to upgrade the barn and everything and we didn't want to invest in all of that), but we still have all our dairy equipment/tanks/barn set up. We kept one jersey and sold the rest, but recently bought another jersey (who had her heifer a few weeks ago). So DH milks with a machine, but he can also milk by hand when need be. Heavenly Homemaker's blog has some great tutorials on butter/cheese/buttermilk/ricotta/sour cream/dairy product making! I don't let my mozzerella hang as long as she does, but other than that; it's basically the same process. Here is her link:
http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/recipes-2/dairy
Read her article on what to do with 2 gal of milk. I tried it and got 5 balls/pats of butter (around 1/2 cup each), 3 balls of cheese, and a small tub of ricotta, and whey to make pizza crusts with. I had always just done 1 gal at a time, but 2 gal is much more efficient with time.

That 3rd kiddo's babyhood sure flies by fast!!! We didn't start trying to prevent until I had my 4th baby and was like, "whoa... this is pretty busy with 4, 4 and under! my body and sanity need a break!" Now we are very diligent with raincoats! It's annoying, but I definitely feel good about having a bit more space if we decide for a 5th. And we were failures at NFP, so this is our only option!

Rendering is a low and slow process. Low heat for a long period of time. ASAP: if you are getting it butchered at a butcher, make sure you call them up quick and ask for the fat! A lot of butchers just assume you don't want it and have a standing order from another place for all fat from pigs (I am guessing pet food companies). We had to ask for ours. Another family is getting fat from 4 hogs so we are going to dig out our huge hog cauldrons and render it outside in that. It will be a family day. I'm guessing in December. Here are some fun reads on the how-to:
http://homejoys.blogspot.com/2011/11...ring-2011.html
http://homejoys.blogspot.com/2010/12...-day-2010.html
We don't do the butchering for hogs, but those posts make me want to! For now, rendering will be enough.

I hear you on not feeling like the best at homeschooling. We are on break now, but even though this therapy program ends Nov. 15th, I'm thinking about just breaking till after Christmas. It's just kindergarten and I'm learning not to get too worked up about it. Kids learn so much faster/easier around 6 years old, so I'm learning not to sweat it. He was getting frustrated with blending before we took our break, so we will take it one step at a time when we resume. Do you feel like Sonlight is worth how expensive it is? Just curious.
Our plan is to keep doing MFW because it is heavy in science/projects and to supplement Math-U-See next year.

Sigh... I didn't figure I would homeschool when I had kids, but I don't like the thought of the public school near us either!

Aiyanna- Sorry to hear about the albueterol! That sucks! It doesn't seem to affect my two year old (well, he was 1 at the time, when we kept having to use it with him... viral induced asthma, that seems to have gone away, knock on wood). Last year was horrible for him. Anyway, I've heard it can make kids super jittery and all that though.

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Aiyana- I hope you are staying warm and hunkered down. DH says it's sleeting outside right now. Can't imagine it where you are!!!

Today, might be our first break from this therapy program. It's sleeting and I won't risk life and limb (or my kids') to make the drive to get there. DH wants me to cancel. We are allowed to miss 2 appts. before getting the boot. That makes me nervous! A day at home sounds kind of nice though. And I am a weather wimp when it comes to driving. In the winter, I basically only leave the house (me driving) for therapies for Captain Obvious. Other than that, DH drives us to the store and church during snow/ice. Friends know that playdates happen at my house come that time of year! haha. I spun our car 3x on the ice and almost went over a bridge 4 years ago and it scarred me and DH (who was on the phone with me, just listening to make sure I got home okay... you can imagine his franticness when he heard me screaming and babies crying!). 8 firemen pulled the un-phased car out of the ditch. Crazy, crazy. Maybe someday, I'll be more brave!
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raisingcropsandbabies: It's actually pretty warm here, in the 60's, we must be on the 'right' side of it or something. Tons of wind and driving rain (and it's been so wet I haven't been able to get my clay pit of a garden tilled for wintering as it is, it may be spring before I can get a till.)

All my kids have asthma ranging from having actual reactions to an allergy (rare now that we moved out of the moldy trailer), to viral induced. We actually haven't had any attacks that needed treating outside of viruses in a year (which is when we moved out of the triler, DD#2 is allergic to everything but it seems as tho only her mold allergy touches off her asthma, for me is skunks and super spicy food, oh and extreme sudden stress.)

DH scares the crap out of me when he drives in the snow/ice. He's from Colorado so he grew up driving in snow, but here in Maine it's always a mixture of snow/ice, roads are rural (vs the city her grew up in) and not as well kept and we have pot holes and frost heaves that effect traction. He often drives speed limit when one should be doing 20 under and he tailgates anyone driving sensibly. We've fishtailed so many times with him driving (and he drives 99.9999% of the time he's in the vehicle, he's only ever been a passenger with me twice), luckily he's good at properly correcting when he fishtails vs overcorrecting and causing an accident, but still I hate rising with him n the winter. He also takes the windy, twisty, hilly route instead of the more sensible flat and well maintained rte 1. It IS a beautiful drive and I love that we always go that way spring-fall, but there is a reason no one lives on that road outside of summer camps and no one travels on it in the winter. I grew up here and know what I'm talking about, but he thinks it's just local 'hype'.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:32 AM   #50
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Oh my goodness! That would drive me crazy (no pun intended). I also gasp when DH drives and it makes him angry. haha. Better than yelling!

We are out in the sticks too and our road is especially bad with potholes and gravel-fixes. When I moved here I told DH it's like drunk people mapped the roads as well! I'm from the flatlands/grid system and think it's much better that way.
I also would rather take the longer, straighter way to town in the winter too.

I wonder why you are so "warm"? It's in the 30's here. Crazy fall weather! Okay, kids are done with breakfast and I told DH I'd type up his chicken scratch all nice and formal about the oil wells. That is a drama in itself!
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