Spending money to save in the long run.. New Washing Machine

Well, first a little health update, had to go back this week to the doctor, I needed a adjustment on my inhalers, they added in a long acting one twice a day and increased my rapid response one use per day. Wow, what a huge difference, I can breath!

Side note: normally because I have bare floors, and lots of critters, I tend to lean towards a broom, dust pan and mop.. but I was told to consider getting a vacuum with a hepa filter in order to help with not breathing in the dust, and dander while cleaning, and my dear mom recommended EO oils on the filter, I choose a nice citrus and so not only has it made a difference in me being able to clean with less breathing issues, the house smells very nice after I do it. I got a vacuum that is made for bare floors.. and I can see a difference.

As luck (ha ha) would have it, my second secondhand to me washing machine broke while I was gone and while hubby limped along dealing with it, and taking cloths to town, I can`t stand it, I need to wash the critters bedding x amount of time weekly, I need to keep up on the laundy. I need a working washing machine.

Now I am sure if you are in Ontario or even if you are not, that you have noticed that the cost of power is going up, up and UP. So my wonderful cheap buys at the farm sales of older sturdy machines are great in many ways but not typically on the power bill.

I decided that given the fact that they have said point blank, that the Ontario government intends to raise the power rates by 40 percent over a five year period and we are only now in year one of it, that I need to look at replacing my older models with newer more cost effective ones..

The big ones in the house are washer, dryer (for winter and work cloths) fridge, I did the stove last year, so off we went looking at ACK, black Friday in Canada sale`s and there was a very basic nice, really cheap machine, top loader, did everything I wanted but not so great on the power savings, it used four times more energy per year then the better brand that was also on sale for a mear hundred more..

Now the four times more was till a lot better then the one`s we have been using.. but I put out the extra money and should save.. around 800 plus kilowatt hours of power per year with the new machine..

The matching new dryer will have to wait a bit but will be added in soon.. Then I need to hunt down a fridge I like, I love my fridge but I know what it uses for power and it really does need to be replaced. but it can ideally be moved to a safe spot and be turned on as a backup fridge for canning-harvest season..

Does anyone own a all fridge and do you like it and if so why, what don`t you like about it..

Well, I had better be off to check that load and get another one started :) Happy Washing day.. Clean sheet night tonight on the bed LOL


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This and That post..

Well, since I have been home, I have been sick with after effects of my bad lung infection, my lungs (they say) will take a month or months to heal properly from the infection.. o joy..

Going from warm to cold, triggers coughing, the purrpots are causing me to cough, I am needing to move out all but the oldest and youngest purrpots, now they are not that hard done by, the little barn (that is the space of most regular barns, has everything they need but of course, they prefer to be in the house.. so we are having a battle of, put the kitty out..

my bedroom is currently my resting space, and that’s great but as I feel a little better each day I am trying to spend more time upstairs and get a  bit more done, all my regular fall cleaning didn`t get done, lets face it, washing wall, cupboards and draws is just not fun to do or read about ,but they do need to be done..

I have not got any real time outside with my farm critters, just barely got in the hello`s and a check over to make sure they are all good..

I have not even made it out to my garden.. whimper.. o my garden, so much that needed to be done and now its sitting under four inches of snow.. I will be grumpy about that in the spring when I have to do more work then normal.. there is a reason that you are to put your garden to bed.. sigh..

O well, at least my hubby got all the harvest`s done, that is the important thing..

My pantry is a mess, I am confused on what I do and don`t have.. so much got put into the freezer instead of canned so my canning area seems off and I have to remember to ask for things to come in terms of fruit and veggies.

I have to go back to the doctors again, I hope I don`t have to stay on the inhalers for to long but I am glad to have them at this time.

I am working hard to figure out what foods help my lungs vs what ones don`t sit well and soon have me coughing and at times throwing them back up..

What a year.. I normally say its the year of the whatever from the garden but I think this year is going down as the sick-broken bone year.. Thank goodness its a new year coming soon..

I have huge! rabbits ready for butcher and they are going to have lovely big pelts, I have ducks that need to be butchered, I have chickens, and I have not gotten any of my fall butcher of the larger critters done yet either.

One thing at a time, one thing at a time..

Christmas is coming and I am looking forward it! but I have almost nothing ready for it..  The only thing I have ordered so far is a gift for my mother in law, and a Christmas cd for my mom..

Well, I had better get going, my rest is over for the moment.

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I`m Home!!!

I would like to say, I danced a jig, but in truth, I had a nice lovely homemade light broth and farm veggie soup that Dh made me and put on my wonderful homemade (by dear Hutterite friends) flannel nightie and to bed early..

Poor hubby fluttered around me a number of times while I coughed and coughed, but finally got it settled down enough for a five hour sleep, which is really good at the moment, even if I did get him up before the alarm clock..

The hounds are all attached at the hip and major snuggle bunnies, they have to have a body part somehow touching mine, and while I know they have been left alone for 12 plus hours a day and so accidents happen and nothing was made of it, because no dog can hold that long, now that I am home and letting them out regular, I am not happy that we have had two accidents by the door for me to clean up..  so I will need to put them all back on ` puppy training outside timing for a couple days to a week to get them back to where they should be..

The cats gave me the eye, you know the one… you left and been gone forever! but boy did that change this morning when I was the one that did breakfast :P

The horse`s where funny, both came up very happy to the gate, Brandy was Farmgal! nudge, cuddle head down, I missed you.. Caleb was smell you all over and then give me the eye… you been gone along time, and you need to make friends with me again.. LOL No worries big guy..  Poor Caleb, its been a hard summer for him, every time I get well enough that we are really bonding, I had something happen that took me out of the bond for weeks at a time and had him with hubby.. not that bonding with hubby is bad, but I will be working hard to cement the bond we do have as the time goes on

Well, I need to make soap and lots of it, at least eight batches but not while I am still sick, you need to be in the right frame of mind to make good soap, and my head that feels wrapped in cotton is not a good one.

I am just puttering today, o my god, so much to do!! ah.. everywhere I look there is something that needs doing.. sigh.. so I am breaking it down, today`s goals are super simple, do the dishes, clean the floors, pick one small spot and clean it etc Feed the cats, feed the house dogs, make a hot meal to be waiting for hubby.

These might not seem like much compared to when I am well but getting the little things done for hubby means that he will have time to do something a little bit more or longer or bigger when he gets home..

So far everywhere I look I see super fat critters, clearly hubby made sure no one was lacking food, which is a good thing but overfeeding is hard not just on the feed bill but its not really great for the critters either.

I will grab the camera and take photos as I start getting things done, the next weeks are going to be busy!

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Almost back to normal.. hang in there folks

Ok, when I start getting private emails asking if I am ok and where did I go.. I am still alberta for just a little bit longer with mom.. I am both very excited to be heading home to the farm, I miss my husband, my critters, my farm and my friends!

But on the other hand, I am leaving a part of me and my heart with my momma here where I grew up, over the years of living away, leaving to a point had gotten a bit easier, but this is going to be one of those leaving that is going to have me in tears..

Mom is both ready and not ready for me to leave and we both know it.. its going to a very bitter-sweet day indeed.

As for second thing that has ruled the past few weeks, my health.. I was not truly healed well from my fall and my broken bones when I came out for the funeral and I got a flu that turned into a massive lung infection, ears, sinus`s and so forth, I have been two rounds of antibodic`s and its cleared but when I cough. wow.. I am currently on a inhaler for the next couple weeks that is to help with opening my lungs up and help with the coughing..

I guess it does to a point, but to no one would look at me and say, she looks healthy, instead they look at me and go… well you were better then before..

That about sums it up right now.. each day is a little bit better then the one before..

I have been taking notes on a different things to blog about and it will happen, but at my mom`s if I am on long enough to check email and or facebook an she is telling me to get off that blasted computer LOL

So just chill and relax time on the computer has not been happening.. soon.. Everyone have a great weekend.


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The ability to Shift..

Want to know what I think is the secret to successful small homesteading..  I honestly think it comes down to two huge things

1) being some of the most stubborn folks you will ever have the pleasure or displeasure of meeting! I mean we can stick like gumbo mud baby when we want to..


2) the ability to know when to change.. to float.. to take the risks, to dream what can be.. to know that to change is NOT failure, that sometimes even when its working, you can stop doing it, even when you are successful at X, does not mean that you can`t shift to Y.

Both of those skills come from the ability to have a rock solid belief in yourself.. I read a lot of blogs, ok I read a few blogs these days but over the past ten years I have read a lot of blogs, followed some for a few weeks, some for a few months and some for years now.

Those that struggle the most (not those that have a health issue or a fire or something outside the norm) tend to still look outside themselves for the pat on the back..

Those homesteaders or small holders as very few folks truly homestead, are still living by the `working`system, they look at the farm as their job and they take the feedback from blogs, from books, from friends and family, like its feedback from that world as well

Now don`t get me wrong, blog feedback is great, LOVE IT, but I rarely seek it for what should we do on the farm.

Those folks really struggle, I don`t want to make as simple as to say they have not found themselves yet.. but if you made me try and say it in a single sentence, that would be the one I would choose.

I have always been very blessed in that I `live in the moment` I can make myself look back or forward, I have been trained to see the big picture but my natural headspace is `right now`to be in the right now, to feel the right now..

Its normally very peaceful in the right now.. not always.. sometimes the now is darn right mean but most of the time.. the now is a good place to be.

Lately I have been forced to spend more time in the past and the future, then I normally do..  I find myself craving the `now`


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Mustard Seeds..

mustard patchAh, my crop of Mustard plants did great this year, fresh itty bitty spicy mustard greens for salads, then strong hot ones for cooked greens, or add in to soups, stews or stirfries..

Then came the flowers, we had problems with knock down this year but given that the plants grew upwards of six feet high, It was expected in the heavy winds and rains..

But hubby has collect box`s of them for me to process when I get home.. I am very hopeful that I will get a min of 2 quart jars of them, anything more then that, and its just gravy

I will take photos of process of shelling but its pretty basic folks, thousands of tiny black-brown mustard seeds..

Some will be used for mustards, lots will be used for sprouting or micro-greens over the winter, a goodly amount will be used a green cover crop in garden area`s and last but not least the rest will be used for next season`s seed box..

Ah, but I forgot something didn`t I.. at least some will be gifted as free seed in some way..

PS, Also have lots of Radish pods to do as well..

Did you grow Mustard this year, if so for greens only, for cover crop only, did you seed save or use it in the house..



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Pulled in different ways..

The last couple days have been very interesting, in some ways things are settling down into a routine at my mom`s, we deal with something in the `business`end of things pretty much daily, we keep house, work our way though a closet, or area of the house, the phone never seems to stop ringing and the company comes lots, which means stopping for both.

At the same time, we have been driving out to the farm to get it ready for fall, look after the horse`s, (which are now moved to the winter digs) and we have brought the farm cat Netta back to town with us..

It was awesome.. for the past two weeks, I have been splitting my time between my mom`s and my dad`s farm..  and while hubby is doing a awesome job, I am still doing some things long distance for him as well.

So being able to finish at my dad`s meant that I can focus more getting the rest of the stuff done at mom`s, outside, I have put her square foot gardens to bed, but for her big garden, I still need to empty the big composter and till her garden and prepare it for next year.

I need to cut the grass one more time, and do the yard clean up and put the rest away for winter time, I am trying to get all the extra things need to be done before I leave to head back to the farm

The farm is moving along, a new litter of ten buns born last week, my last fall litter, I will breed two more litters after I get home, hubby had quite the surprise. In the ten years we have been on the farm, we have had a lot of feline drop off`s  but never have we had a dog till just recently.

hubby hit the alarm and let the dogs out, they like to bark in morning happiness and the van barked back.. HUH

A young black with a tiny bit of white border collie X that was hiding under our van, hubby rounded up our hounds and coo`d him out..  as he needed to get to work that day, he got in contact with a local lady who does a lot of dog rescue -help and she took him in.. she will do all the footwork in regards to shelter contact etc

I know that I if I had been home, it would have gone down differnet, like hubby I would not have turned him over to the local country pound, they have a VERY  short keep time and they are a active kill shelter, so I would have done the footwork, the flyers and then either, I would have had a new young dog for the first time on the farm in years or I would have worked to find a new home or with a breed rescue till foster or rehome.

O well, I was not home.. so be it

Hubby did good making sure he got the best chance for a rehome.

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