Weather, weather, oh my!

Last weekend we had some rain in between everything. Last year we were in a drought, well we have come out of it, and the rain just keeps coming. It seems every time I plan some work outside, it just rains and rains.

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We have been wanting to buy a weather station and finally was able to get it. You can see our nifty station on the top of the big coop! It can predict weather as best as it can after awhile too, it is pretty good I can start recording it in the new garden journal, it will be fun to look back on.

wp-1498609495787.jpgThe little girls finally got a roost put up, and they are enjoying it. We are looking at expanding this week, there just isn’t enough room now that they have grown so big! I do have to scrub the water and feed buckets this weekend, these girls poop on everything, and if you can’t tell, they stand on it all!

The work is never done, and I hope that the rain holds off, so we can get some more work done. And that way the girls aren’t walking in mud all the time!

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100 posts! 60 followers!

So last post was my 100th post! How exciting!

I have 60 followers- how exciting!

I want to take a moment to Thank each and every one of you! I never dreamed I would get this far! You make me keep posting! I love hearing from each and every one of you, and following your blogs as well!

There is always room for improvement! What would you like to see or hear about? I know I need to improve on my picture taking skills! I am a work in progress since I still work a 9 to 5 as well! I am thinking about a weekly column or two! Since I have gotten this far, I am working on a blog schedule so you can expect when to hear from me, and certain updates!

So in honor of my celebration- stay tuned for a Seed Giveaway sometime in the following week! Thanks again to all my friends! I couldn’t have done it without you!

You’re Beautiful…

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Now before you go laughing at my monkeys! I love them- to each his own! I love having a fun bathroom. And I swear our life is full of monkey antics! Most of our friends and family laughter because we picked out this bathroom set for a gift when we got married- but some loved it too! Because it is just like me to have something fun- oh and has animals. If you know me- you know I love animals! I always have. So the point of this post is the new vinyl I placed on the mirror. I want everyone who looks in our mirror to know we think they are beautiful! I don’t want my girls to grow up thinking otherwise. I think we all need a reminder, and I love the fact that everyone who uses my bathroom can use the lift too!

So if you need a lift- just look in the mirror and know YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL!

Money Saving Technique..

Hubby and I have been talking about getting a programmable thermostat for the house for awhile now. Part of the issue we have is on some weekends we are gone a lot and then hubby works second shift- so there is only a few hours of the day when someone is not home. For instance- I leave the house with the kids at 6:45 every morning- normally we do not return home until 6 most nights, that is Monday through Friday. Hubby normally leaves at 1 pm and comes home at 2 or 3 am. If we are not home, I do not see the point at keeping the house comfortable like we are home! And I love him to death but he does not remember to adjust the thermostat. So this is a great option- it also has a vacation setting and you can program sleep settings and away settings by location. It will not work if the wifi is not on as far as some of the features, but when you get so far from the house- it goes into away settings automatically. You can program from the unit also- so even if we don’t get the app working correctly- we are going to use the actual unit to program. So we have been looking into saving some money on our heating and cooling bill by having a programmable thermostat. Alabama has some crazy weather- I am not kidding yall! We need heat and air in the same day. For instance the other morning it was 40 or less degrees out so we needed some heat- but then during the day it got up to 70 something- so the air was turned on. It is hard to heat and cool a house when there is such a weird schedule with weird weather.

So this is what we decided on- it was bought and installed on Saturday. Not without some hiccups of course! We have yet to program a schedule to make sure it is working! I will do an update post once we program and can watch the power bill for a month or two to see if it helps!

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So don’t mind the paint and holes- in time that will be fixed. The thermostat is smaller than the original that was in the house when we bought it.

Want to hear the funny part? Well it was not really funny when it happened, but it kind of is now. We installed the thermostat and installed the app on our phones. It was working okay at first- although it seemed to get stuck on emergency heat- by the way I have a heat pump. I finally got the mode to change- which I do have a tip for Honeywell- please put a user manual online for access or in the box. It only comes with an installation manual. Well I left for work Monday morning and called Hubby on the lunch break to make sure he was awake- and he told me the house was 75! So he got up and played with the thermostat and did a factory reset to see if he could get it to work. He didn’t get to finish programming the app to his phone- or check it to make sure it was working. Well needless to say when I got home Monday night at 7 from picking the kids up from a friends- it was 78 and it took me forever to get it to cool down. The thermostat had gotten stuck on heat again, so it had not cooled! I tried for over an hour to see what had happened and doing research but wasn’t able to. At least the house was cooling- but when I woke up it was still only 75. We like to sleep in the cool- when its too hot- no one can sleep. So needless to say I woke up and so did Tooty about 5 or 6 times that night. Hubby got home and started looking at the thermostat. After looking at it today and messing with the wires and programming, we finally got it to work. So before you install this- make sure you know what kind of programming you have for yours, and make sure that the wiring is exact that it needs to be as on the unit. We have not gotten the app to reload- and that will be a story for another day, and are making sure the unit is going to work before programming it. But it is a step in the right direction! Learn from our mistakes! I did not order ours from Amazon- we bought it at Lowes- but you can check out some more features here.

I’m not missing I swear!

Long time no blog!

I have not blogged in awhile! We have been so busy- expect to see some posts coming up! And I am so excited about what is to come. The weather has been getting warmer, so we will be working more and more!

We have some money techniques coming up- a life update- a homestead update- and some planning posts! Quick note- Since Sheldon is in Girl Scouts- Tooty just joined because she wanted to be like big sister and sell cookies. So yes, that is what my weekends have been consisting of- and at least the next 2 weekends selling cookies at booth sales! My girls absolutely love Girl Scouts!

Sheldon has Beta Club convention coming this week- which will be so fun for her- but I will have some late nights with pickups. So I have been planning- well trying to plan as much as I can. I am the planner and list maker. Trying to get organized is a chore- I have been decluttering and this month has totally flown by. I don’t think much progress has been made- but little progress is still progress!

Sheldon helped me declutter a week or so ago. We cleaned out the 4 totes under my bed- which were full of papers. I organized the girls school work. Each of them has a Ziploc now with their work and report cards and special papers separated by grades. And I had to do 6 years for Sheldon- boy was I behind! But I feel so better, and now have 2 empty long under the bed totes to store things! I am a work in progress yall!

So what has everyone else been up to? This is only the small tales of what we have been doing! Be sure to follow along to get updates in the coming week! I sure have missed writing!

Weekend fun-

This weekend was semi-productive. I was happy to spend part of Saturday at my friend’s house. I am completely in love with MJ! By the way- that is the baby goat. I totally think I need her in my life! Just spending some time with her made my day- I love animal cuddles! By the way- it looks horrible in this picture but I cut and died my hair last weekend and absolutely love it! So enjoy!

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Isn’t MJ so cute? She is growing too! In 2 weeks she is almost half the size of her momma!
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Mj was hugging me! Oh I am in love!

 

I did replant my aloe pot. I bought an aloe plant at Lowes one day and I felt bad- I knew it needed a new pot- so of course I repotted it this weekend. It looks a little sad and it is not growing much- any tips welcome! Help a sister out!

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It sits in my kitchen window! I think it may need more sun though!

 

We got the quail coop finished! Yay! The post was made before this one.

I also purchased some more canning jars- preparing for the future! I had coupons yall! I couldn’t resist- besides they had coupons for the blue jars! Awesomeness!

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Don’t mind my messy table! I have to find a place to store my things!

Rain makes it hard…

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Violet says hello!

 

So we have been getting a decent amount of rain this week. I totally needed some sun to finish some projects. I am happy that we are receiving rain so maybe drought conditions won’t be that bad this year- but man does my yard look horrible!

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This is the spot from where we moved the coop. Yuck!

 

We did get the chicken coop moved, and boy am I glad we did. I also laid some hay down on the ground because they had already tore up the grass where we moved it.

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The girls freaked over the hay being added- so I gave them a block to enjoy!

 

I am so glad I own a pair of bogs, they definitely helped in the project list this weekend.

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My new bogs- and I definitely didn’t get my feet wet! A whole part of my back yard looks like this!

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

We have had a fair amount of rain this week- and Lord knows I am not complaining. But it sure does put a hack in my plans because we don’t have an inside work space to build. So it has put a serious halt. Also my whole yard is mud. I will have to show you pictures. We did get a chance to move the chicken coop- my poor girls ended up with mud on them. I wanted to cry- but it gave me a chance this morning to wear my boots. I finally got a pair that I can fit into! I broke down and ordered a pair of Bogs. I ordered a cute pair- but they were out of stock so I picked another pair- and thanks Bogs I got a coupon code since the original ones were out of stock! That is very good customer service.

Let me tell you, I love them so much- here is the pair that I bought on Amazon- I did buy mine direct from Bogs though!

Teal Bogs

Funny story- I was so excited my boots were here on Friday night- I had to open the package and try them on! Let me tell you- do not put them on without socks- my foot got stuck and it was the funniest thing to see me trying to get them off! I almost fell over! But it was a good thing I had them- because when we moved the chicken coop- it was nice to have a pair of shoes I didn’t have to worry about getting muddy- that is their purpose y’all! They fit much better with socks by the way! I did get the taller ones, and I think for my birthday I will ask for a pair of the shorter ones. Just so I can slip them on and off easier. I love having a bright pair too! If you haven’t learned teal, purple and black are my favorite colors!

I endorse buying a pair of Bogs- they came recommended and now I see why! They do carry a bunch of different options- I just got a plain rain boot and I think it may have started an addiction! So feel free to click on my link and order a pair for yourself!

Disclosure: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Weather and Sickness-

So we bit the bullet and took Tooty to the doctor. We went to UrgentCare since that was all that was open. We got there a few minutes before noon- we were trying to wait until the roads thawed a little more. I was a nervous wreck even though we borrowed a 4wd. Oh lort- it was an adventure- nothing happened other than I was nervous. When I was signing in they told us there was only one doctor there and it was a 2 hour wait. Well, I think the kiddo had strep so this momma said ok. And glad I planned for a bit of a wait and she took a bag with some things. The hubby went ahead and went to Walmart to get some things so we wouldn’t have to wait until way later. I did have to specify some on the list though and I am proud of him- all that was extra was a pack of pens, so he had something to cross off on the list!

We finally got back to a room- well after another hour- I asked them when we were going to see the doctor. We had 5 more patients in front of us. Low and behold she had Step and some scarlatina ( Don’t ask how to spell it- and spell check doesn’t know either.) So of course he wanted to give her a shot- oh boy! That little one is strong- it did take 2 nurses and both hubby and I to make sure she could get the shot. Alls well that ends well, and we are praying the rest of us don’t get sick. So we ended up getting McDonald’s because that is what she requested. Eh, this momma will treat her to it- especially since we were all starving. It was certainly a long day. Hubby stayed home with her today and then went into work when I got home- I am so thankful for an understanding boss.

It was chilly this morning and I was so worried about driving, I made it to work and home. Now getting ready to send both girls to school tomorrow, and this momma to work.

Let me just leave this thought with y’all, I told you Alabama has some crazy weather. Just look at this forecast!

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Weekend Update…

The weekend is not over yet- we have a full day today still to go. I checked the update from our EMA on the roads this morning- because I do have to do some grocery shopping and we have to take Tooty to the doctor. I discovered late Friday night, we may have a case of strep in the house, so I want them to test for it just to check. It looks like the sun is coming out- and is only 10 degrees outside. That is cold for us y’all. So we will have to go borrow a car from my in-laws as my new car is not AWD or 4WD, and I don’t want to chance anything happening to it.

I didn’t get much accomplished yesterday, other than organizing the pantry- which I was unable to get an inventory, but it is much easier to see where and what I have now. I am working on consuming the box goods and my intent is to not buy anymore and to start making everything myself. I cooked brats last night for dinner and ended up with burn of the hearts for most of the night. I woke up this morning to go outside and let the dog out of the laundry room. We keep Dixie in there when it is too cold because it is heated and she can’t be in the house. She comes out like a Spring chicken y’all. It is kind of hilarious. Her water is frozen solid, and we are working on a trial to see if we can get it to where it doesn’t freeze. I also worked on the chicken waterer and there will be a post if it works. I am not letting the cat out of the bag because that is for another post.

I did give the girls a flock block yesterday and Violet had me cracking up, instead of trying to get it out with her beak, she was using her foot to try to knock pieces off on the ground. It was funny- I so wish I had been able to get a video. They are out this morning bugging me for food, but I have to get some chips in there before the ground unfreezes. Mud complicates things and I don’t have a place to move the coop right now. So I will have to bundle up and get out there to do some work.

We did not get much done this weekend, but it was nice to  be able to just not do anything so far. Sometimes I think you need a day of rest and just thinking. But my brain likes to think y’all and it gets hard for me to focus, so that is why I carry the random notebook. It has notes for everything in it. I have to find a way to organize that. I will be working on a homestead binder today, and work on planning some more layout. I think I changed my mind from the original way I wanted to place everything. We only live on 3/4 of an acre, so bigger livestock is not possible much. I may have to outsource that for now. This is why I am a planner- I don’t want to have to move something because it is in the wrong place. We will also be working on going over goals with the girls to let them know what the plan is for this year. Sheldon is a planner and she is enjoying the idea of having a mini-farm so to say- but Tooty I am unsure of right now. Sheldon is very happy to help and she loves the animals so much. I can’t wait until Spring when we can get some more!

For now- here is a picture of the girls yesterday morning- I am bad about taking pictures y’all- please forgive me!

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Violet is behind the block, and Spaz is up front. They are growing so fast and I love going out and talking to them. And yes that is a Quail water jug because that is what I had while I unfroze the big water jug. I feel so bad that there is mud in there- that is why the chips go down today!