Another busy weekend has come and gone so I wanted to share what we were able to get accomplished this weekend! I am still overwhelmed so I am hoping that by being positive I can tackle the rest of the list tommorow!
This is the first Sunday that I have not had to work because the Guam school year has ended. I really LOVE working with the students, but I do need a break. This afternoon Mom and I headed to the grocery store, we both had list! I was so excited to come home and say that I have finally caught up with the list until Zach announced, “We are out of mustard.” Yeap the story of my life. In other food related news, we schedule to receive our cow this weekend. We are going to purchase a whole cow. It should be ready for pick up the first week of August. I am going to plan and not purchase any cow related meat for the next two months in order to finish cleaning out the freezer and make room and also to make sure we don’t have something get buried at the back and wasted. I have stocked up on 2-Liter drinks with a total of 60 purchased this week. If I chose to go to the store again tomorrow to pick up mustard, I will plan to grab another 10. n I did manage to make pickled radish this weekend to use in salads in the next month. Food Things I have left to get done- Menu plan, make French toast for breakfast (bread is cut and drying out tonight), make banana muffins to use the remaining bananas from last week, cut up watermelon and cantaloupe so that it will get eaten this week and freeze more Kale from garden. I should also prepare myself lunch for several days this week as we are not having alot of left-overs currently.
On Saturday, Matt, Zach and I managed to replace the roof of the greenhouse. This should be a permanent fix. I purchased and planted 7 additional pepper plants from the farmers market and transplanted 4 tomatoes from a bed that was really reallly crowded. This should finish my planting until July when I will find space hopefully for pumpkin seeds that I already have. Now the next several weeks should involve watering and weeding while we wait for the harvest to begin. Garden things left to accomplish- Get pictures of the veggies growing and post as well as compare to the last couple of years!
I have not touched the budgeting stuff so that is an good chunk of time but hopefully I can get to it this week
- Overwhelmed yeap that is currently how I am feeling! Today is the last day of school for Kendall and Zach. This means that for the short run 2 weeks or so we will have less to none things happening at night so maybe I can get caught up on the things that need doing.
- Garden- I am amazed at how much and how well things seem to be growing. We have baby tomatoes, squash and snap peas. We are currently harvesting Kale, radish, dill and chives.. I want to get some pictures up soon! One of the goals for the weekend is to finish planting. Amanda brought over a 8 container garden she built several years ago, I need to fill it along with one more container I found under the house. I have planted additional squash and zucchini this week so hopefully they will grow and produce as well.
- Summer project list- I have started working on the list of summer projects. First up is finding someone to clear the area of land at the back of our house. We will be getting chickens in the near future so this area needs to be cleared in order to build a coop and run. I also need to schedule our septic tank to be pumped. After these two items are completed, we would like to get the bathroom floor re-titled and maybe get some vinyl in the kitchen. That is the short list.
- Saturday goal- Replace the greenhouse roof that was destroyed by hail last week. We are going to convert it to hard plastic in order to extend the life and reduce maintenance.
- Financial goal- I need to do some serious bill pay and establish the new budget for June this weekend as well.
Did I mention I am overwhelmed?
- My initial thought that things should get a little tiny bit easier this week was WRONG! This week has been crazy full and busy. We did add swim team practice 4 nights just for 2 weeks until the kids are finished with school.
- My Guam schools end this week. I have a few loose ends to catch up on but that is a huge portion off of my plate starting next Wednesday.
3.. I am so happy and excited about the way that my plants are taking off.. I would love to harvest several hundred pounds of veggies this summer. I have only purchased flowers and 2 cherry tomato plants. I have replanted basil and I directly planted 7 green pepper seeds this week. I am hoping that with a long hot summer and fall these green peppers will have enough time to produce at least during the month of September. We also purchased a lemon and lime tree that will leave on our back deck until the fall and hopefully survive the winter in the greenhouse.
- This weekend is busy with a baseball game tonight, graduation party tomorrow and Graduation Sunday at church on Sunday.
5. I officially have 3 weeks or 15 school days standing between me and summer break. I really want it to hurry up and come but I also need things to slow down so I can finish up on everything I need to before summer break
Matt, Zach, Kendall and I spent most of the day outside planting the garden. This year we hope to harvest a ton more food than in the past. I have replaced all the horrible soil. I also purchased two vertical planters. My intention was to devote one to strawberries. However, I was unable to fine any strawberry plants last night. So I think we will try to plant some different items and then know next year, it will be devoted to strawberries with probably 3 years until it is full of strawberries and producing like I anticipate.
This year, I decided to try and save money by starting everything from seeds. I am going to have a master list below. I have decided to try a variety of items in the vertical planter just to use up some seeds. This will allow me to decide what is a good plant to grow and really since we have the seeds not a waste if it does not work out! We started tomatoes and green peppers inside the first of March. We did lose about 1/4 of out plants while we were at Disney due to a watering problem but we still have more than plenty to enjoy. After planting all that I wanted and planted to plant in the raised beds I have 2 empty squares. So I may open the Zucchini seeds I have just to plant more. Depending on how many of the pepper plants live, I may be adding Zucchini and squash seeds as the weeks go on. I would also like to grow some pumpkins this year but not sure about where. I do know to start around July 1st. IF the radish and/or carrot produce well then I will like plant a second time at the end of August as well. I did purchase several flowers from Lowes but will not purchase any more seeds or plants for vegetables until next year. I need to get these seeds used up and be diligent about what we are spending!
Now in the effort to be transparent as possible. I ended up paying the kids $20 to work outside the whole time with us so $40 and I ordered pizza for dinner $30. We decided to use paper plates but these are from our camper stash. We had frozen items for lunch. I don’t regret or feel bad about any of these as I am sore and tired. So there is no way that I could get this much done in a day without all the help that was given!
1. 35 pepper plants including the one in the tomato bed.
2. 27 tomato plants (I purchased 2 cheery tomato plants because we like to snack on these)
3. 110 bush green bean seeds
4. 5 Zucchini seeds
5. 6 yellow squash seeds
6. 20 cucumber seeds in the raised beds. I am going to try at 12 more seeds in the vertical planter to see what happens.
7. 5 watermelon seeds
8. 3 cantaloupe seeds
9. 30 sugar snap peas 25 seeds and 5 plants ( I had already planted on packet with only 5 plants growing)
10. 24 radishes
11. 50 carrots
12. Basil- packet
13. Dill- pack
14. Paisley- pack
15. Chives- Pack
Now to watch it all grow!
- Yesterday was Matt’s 50th birthday and no one can tell me we don’t celebrate in style! Let me share just how!
- Dinner at Bad Daddy’s which is his favorite burger joint and a double appetizer of fried pickles!
- Trip to Costco… the Tahoe needed gas so we decide to live large and shop as well. $425 later… is that large enough? We were able to score 3 new pair of dress pants for him in addition to some special treats for breakfast and lunch!
- After a day at his new job followed by dinner and shopping at Costco with all 5 of us… he came home to work on the dishwasher. It had thrown an error code AE the night before. Luckily a little bit of research and 30 minutes later, he had the dishwasher repaired!
- I purchased a supply of cream horns, chocolate eclairs and cupcakes from Ketchie Creek today to continue celebrating as we work in the yard!
Seriously Happy Birthday to a great father, awesome husband and my best friend thur thick and thin!
I am not really sure if this is a staycation or not. The reason, this is my second week of Christmas break. Most years I get two weeks at Christmas from the school system, so it is really not unusual. The difference is that currently Matt is unemployed, so he is also at home during the break. So, is it a staycation? Still not sure but anyway, here is what we are up to during our staycation or second week of Christmas break.
Put away all the Christmas decorations- We are 50% finished with this. Yesterday, Monday, we took down and put away the outside decorations.
Clean out and organize my building- This is actually part of putting away the decorations. Matt made a trip to Goodwill two weeks ago with the first load of stuff from my building. I found 3 large totes of clothes that he has missed as well as several other items. We ended up taking another car full of items to Goodwill to donate. Even with getting rid of a ton of stuff, we still did not have room to store several large decorations. We decided to try and find some unused space under the house… JACKPOT. We used a cinder block and huge sheets of cardboard (previously stored in my building). This made an awesome shelf for holding large outside decoration that just needed to be protected from the elements.
New rain barrel for Greenhouse. Under the house we discovered a 55 gallon plastic barrel, neither Matt nor I remembered it. It is actually the perfect size for using as a water supply for the greenhouse. We switched out the trashcan and it worked perfectly.
Install a new monitor for Matt. This is in anticipation of him beginning a new job and also some additional project work. You know that it can’t be as simple as just hanging a monitor on the wall. We had to move the cabinets above his desk by 4 inches. This meant that the notorious junk cabinets that have been a catch all for many (7ish) years needed to clean out and organized. In the process we ended up re-arranging the storage shelves in my office as well. Because we are use to doing the one touch method (if you touch it put it where it goes and not just move it to clean) both of our office areas ended up being straighten and cleaned!
Kendall and Zach are spending Monday and Tuesday in Durham. Lily will meet them for Ice Skating on Tuesday.
As you can see, we are extremely busy with some not so fun stuff! My goal is to get all this done and organized so we can continue our camping adventure this spring and have some much-needed rest time on the weekends!
This week I actually spent money in order to save money. I ended up with a day off work so Matt and I hit up a couple of spots that we usually don’t have time to go to. First was the Dollar Tree. Currently most items are priced at $1. I have read several articles that indicate the standard price will be changed to $1.25 starting in January. I decided to save myself some money and do a stock up trip. I purchased items like sandwich and snack bags, deodorant and the boy’s body wash. I ended up spending $50 so I saved at least $12 on items that will be purchased and used.
Next, we stopped at the local Belk’s store. I was actually shopping for a couple of boys we chose off the angel tree at church. I did not find anything in the size that I needed that I would consider a deal, but I did manage to grab 3 dress shirts for Zach and 9 short sleeve t-shirts for Braxton for a grand total of $50.
We have several local ‘bargain” stores. We stopped at one for $6 packs of diapers and a couple of other items.
I have always shopped after Christmas for wrapping paper and for items to keep in our gift drawer. This year I also found a bag of wrapping paper in the attic. I have been using the paper we found so that we will definitely not have to buy any more for next year either. The kids were able to locate gifts for a white elephant gift exchange, in the gift drawer so that also saves on expenses.
Last but definitely not least is using the food we have and trying to not let any go to waste. I made a definite effort to go ahead and package up lunch size containers for this week so that I can just grab and go.