- The weather is awful! It is hot and dry. We have not had any rain in almost a week. The last rain was really less than a quarter of an inch over two days. Our rain barrels are empty. We are continuing to water the garden by hand. I am hopeful that we will get some rain over the next couple of days.
- We have been harvesting and drying parsley, dill and a tiny bit of basil. We have harvested squash and zucchini. I did start a second round of both of these plants so that we can get much more for a longer period of time. I have started basil in three locations with little to no success. Let’s hope that the third time is the charm. My plan is to remove the dill now that it has flowered and start some basil in it’s place. I also have started a second round of cucumbers in hopes to extend the harvest for a couple of months. We do have one watermelon growing and several cucumbers that are very close to being ready. I have ordered more green bean seeds and plan to replant those as well. This hot weather has made things more difficult to grow but I am hoping that a couple of steady showers will help improve everything!
- The first full week of Summer break has flown by! Zach is at Baseball camp this week after Kendall enjoyed a week at church camp last week. Yesterday we spent the day at the pool with Braxton!
- We have ordered the rest of the supplies to finish the chicken coop area. I will be posting lots of pictures in the next week or so when it is all finished.
- Matt purchased a Blackstone grill to use both at home and in the camper for his Father’s Day gift. He really enjoyed using the one at Haley’s wedding a couple of weeks ago so I hope this one gets lots of use.
My heart breaks and I can’t even imagine sending my kids to school and they never return.. No worse evil exist in the world. This is to honor those lost.
- 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
1 Timeline- I started with a slight cough on Saturday night while attending LIly’s performance in Sound of Music. Worked on Monday but did end a session 10 minutes early. Came home and went to bed. Tuesday- woke up and took a COVID test- it was positive, Doctor’s appointment on Tuesday. Wednesday was Awful. Thursday some improvement but went medicine free and started IVermectrin. Friday- functioning human being but still no where near normal.
2. I have learned that sometimes no medicine is the best. I had a horrible time both Monday and Wednesday night when taking Nyquil. Thursday night-just honey and 100% improvement. I also have tried the nasal decongest given by my doctor and it makes me soooo sleepy. Guess I will try again at night. Uggghhhh
3. I am planning to be out of work until at least Wednesday. I will be out of quarantine then as well. This is the longest I have ever missed work.
4. Symptoms- include NO fever, loss of part of my taste and smell, congestion, coughing, sore throat and ears, coughing and wheezing, chills, nausea and vomitting.
5. Zach had the stomach bug just prior to the last time we had COVID in November 2020. This time as well!
- Kendall had the stomach bug last Sunday. Today Zach has a stomach bug. This thing is awful. I am praying that it only last 24 hours so Zach and I both can enjoy Lily’s performances on Saturday and Sunday. Now for more positive news!
- I found several packs of tomato and green pepper seeds in my seed box a couple of weeks ago. I decided to use some of the containers I have been saving along with dirt that we had left to try and see if I could grow any plants from seed. I planted 2 packs of both. Currently, we have about 75% germination rate for the green peppers and about 25% for the tomatoes which were planted almost 2 weeks later! The goal would be to be able to transfer these to the garden in mid April and at least half survive. If I can get even 25% to survive that will decrease my out of pocket for the garden!
- Gas prices have seemed to level out and have returned to just under $4 a galloon for us. This week we have focused on having the Tahoe sit as much as possible and using the Equinox which get a minimum of 10 miles per galloon better gas mileage. It has worked so far as we have put 2 additional tanks in the Equinox this week.
- I stopped by the store on my way home from work today in order to purchase a couple of items that we needed because of the stomach bug. I spent $49 which included TIde pods, 2 containers of deodorant, 4 6-packs of soda, a bag of chips and 8 packages of sausage patties. I found the sausage patties on sale for $2.39 for a package of 8 patties.
- Our electric bill came in this week and it is over $100 less than last month!! I am so thankful! The next bill is typically the lowest of the year due to not needing heat or a/c for several days at a time!
- North Carolina weather in March…last Sunday 80 and this Sunday expected low of 18*
- The greenhouse is currently empty. We have moved all the plants outside, one of the reasons is that it was getting over 100* during the day in the greenhouse and that would cause most of the colder plants I had planted to bolt. We have been enjoying both lettuce and spinach. The best part is walking by the lettuce and picking some to eat. We have started both tomatoes and green peppers inside. It is easier to start inside for the first few weeks. They will be moved outside about 4 weeks prior to plants to continue to grow in the greenhouse and for protection against our final freeze that usually occurs sometime in April. We also turned off the heater to save a bit on electricity.
- This week for the first time in history, we paid over $4 a gallon for gas. $4.11 to be exact. But the knowledge that it took 16 years for gas to go from $3 a gallon to $4 should bring us all comfort.
- We are doing excellent on the grocery budget for the year. We have currently spent $2.82 for groceries this month. For the sake of transparency, we did make a trip to Costco yesterday and used our credit card earnings to purchase sugar, dog food and some other items that we were out of.
- Our busy season is starting. Lily’s play is next week, Zach is managing the middle school baseball team while enjoying playing his last year at the booster club. I am now working 2.5 nights a week in Guam. And best of all our Disney countdown is shrinking!
One of the hardest things about having kids with food allergies/intolerance is that it is so hard to figure out if it is something my child ate or is this a virus. For example, last Friday, Zach was miserable, said he just did not feel good. He ended up sleeping a lot. We talked about what he had been eating at school and could not figure out what it could be. Come to find out it was a virus that both Matt and I dealt with this week.
As our efforts to save money and reduce our expenses continue, I have been closely monitoring our daily energy use. My discovery is that the dryer and heat are the two biggest users. The heat is simply one of the few things that I can’t do anything more about. We currently have the temperature set at 69 during the day and 67 at night. But recently with the temperatures remaining so low for multiple days, I have agreed to raise the temperature to 70 for part of the day. This is after making sure we all are in sweats and socks, but I am simply not able to stand being so cold. The dryer is the one thing that I usually manage to keep use steady and to a minimum. I don’t usually wash our sheets or allow anyone else to wash sheets unless they can be dried outside. We have developed a routine for washing one load of laundry a day and mostly using the dryer at night. Unfortunately, again this was not the case this past weekend nor this week after we are sick. We ended up having 10 loads of clothes on Saturday and another 4 loads yesterday. As I check the usage, we have been over 100 Kilowatts a day for 7 of the last 10 days and 12 of the last 15 days. Needless to say, I am not looking forward to the bill that I will receive soon for the past month.
Sunday will be our anticipated “Junk Food Sunday” The kids have all picked out their favorite snack. The thing they are most excited for is that we are going to go to Food Lion on Saturday, and each will be allowed to pick out one favorite fruit or veggie in addition to their already chosen snack.
We have not been out to eat for 2 weeks due to the generosity of friends and a scheduled meal at church this Sunday. This will definitely help in the expense department. The girls both have to contribute to the meal, but we have all the ingredients at home so that make things much easier.
We are actually on track with our grocery spending for the second month in a row. Matt made a small trip to Costco, but I am making sure to keep a good tab on what we are using.
We are starting to see some shortages in our grocery stores like Costco did not have any kielbasa but otherwise we really have everything we need to create good meals. I am currently using the grocery budget to replace items we use or special treat items.
Finally I am looking forward to a weekend with the weather on Saturday about 60. That too is short lived as another cold front pushes us back to 40 on Sunday and Monday.