Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
This is what it looked like when I moved the straw covering a bit to check on it after the last snowfall we had a few days ago. Oh by the way... these potatoes I currently have sprouted are the ones that were from our eating bin not seed potatoes. They took a few weeks to sprout but they did and I am waiting to see the seed ones sprout still.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Well we're back after having our internet off for a few weeks due to not paying the outrageous initial payment they wanted. You know I'm use to phone companies who stretch the set up cost over a period of 6 months. Seems this one does break it up into 2 months. While we can handle the “actual” cost of our services through them that much for each month we just could not handle. We paid them back on the 25th which is when I received my tax refund and we were told the internet would not be back on till late Tuesday. Seems they need to turn it on at the substation in town and the service man does not go there aside from once a week.
Speaking of my tax refund... I'd like to take a moment to complain about something. Now I do not have TV here we do watch movies but we cannot get a TV signal here even for local. So after I went to H&R Block to get my taxes done and the gentleman (who did a poor job) finished filing it for me. He informs me after all the work that we could no longer get the 2 day money... well.. that irked me just a tad. I only go to their offices because of 2 day money I know how to do my own taxes and so I paid out an extra $500 from my refund just for having them do it. Well I am not going there again!
Oh, I'd like to thank those people who were worried about us while our net was down!
As for updates...
2 chain saws
1 sling shot
1 more pair of eye glasses for my daughter (3 in 6 months...)
18 chicks 2 of which are turkeys
Here are a few of the pics I took of our work while we were offline:
I Have a few of this same area
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
This is one of 2 BOXES of jars I bought for $14. They are all quart jars wide and narrow mouthed. They are a mix of store jars, Mason, and Kerr jars. There are about 16 of the "canning" jars and maybe 6 of the "store" jars (store meaning they were mayo, etc). Within these boxes of the "canning" jars I did notice that some of the jars are old! The outside of the jars have different type face or wording a few have decorations on them. One to my pleasant surprise (Mason brand), was a bicentennial edition jar. I am very happy about that one as I was born in 1976.
This was great timing for me with this find in these jars as I did need something to freeze my homemade spaghetti sauce in! Yes, that is 8 quart jars 3/4's of the way full; they are all sitiing in the freezer right now.
This is our next "good buy", these loaf pans were $.50 a piece and they are very heavy and appear to be barely used! I'm goign to try to make a "loaf" with my "no knead" recipe tomorrow wish me luck!
Next is this beautiful oil lamp, it was a steal at $2; it even comes with a wall bracket! It's sitting with our other oil lamp that is empty right now, I'm so happy I have 4 oil lamps; 2 are wall hanging ones. I love the design on the lamp shade.
These 2 books were $.25 total, I picked up the garden one to see if there was anything useful in it. If it does I am sure I will post the book's full title and ISBN number in a later post. The other is a minor history of raising sheep.
We have one of these already but this one is "finer toothed" than our one, if you do not know it is a hand weeder. We bought it for $.75, and you swing it almost like a golf club to cut weeds down. Silver thinks it's made for grasses.
Silver says this is a "garden rake", if you know it as something else or what it does... let me know. We got it for $1, those blades go both directions and Silver said it's for weeding in the garden. To me it looks like it would be good for "cultivating" the soil prior to growing, again if you know what it is and it's for please... let me know!
This pickax was only $.75 the handle is still good though a little rough. It needs a good sanding and resealing. Silver will probably sharpen it.
Well, we got this desk chair for Silver his last one is falling apart. We paid $1 for it and Silver said he'd have paid $1 just for the wheels on it! Odd thing... it's the same color as his last chair! Now I did get a pair of boots for working in there as well for $6 they are black all leather "Chippewa" brand, from the little I know that was a very good deal!
This was very interesting, Silver says this knife is made from high carbon steel. we both think it's a boning knife, hard to tell as it is "handmade". We paid $5 for it and Silver says we were lucky it was where the people didn't realize what it was. I do think the idea of putting a new edge on it has made him very happy today.
This is the last thing we got a set of 3 crocks, the set was $5 at the thrift store and I am going to see if I can put my "sourdough" in the largest one. Well everyone happy hunting at any yard sales and thrifts stores you head too!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
This lovely picture is of the chain saw we bought last year at a garage sale for $60 and then it was barely used... so unused in fact that the stickers looked brand new. Well just before the end of fall while we were still cutting up the trees we cut down it decided it would stop working.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
This little onion sprout is on the edge of my potato "bed", I have spent a little time (and money) buying and planting some potatoes and onions today. The local grocery store had seed potatoes at $0.49 a pound! Well, even though we ordered some seed potatoes online today:
Now this pot (which by the way is from our holiday tree that didn't make it over winter), has some garlic that sprouted in my garlic container. We are going to see if they will grow or not. This pot again only has goat manure in it leftover from last year. We tried growing some sprouted garlic last year, but as it was planted in the clay soil it did not do well after a couple of weeks. We are hoping this will work better.