Hearth to Hearth
Well, here we are the last month of the year, at times I thought it would never get here. Our hearth had some ups and downs this year but we are still standing and looking forward to next year. We hope your family had a great and filling Thanksgiving. The Mr and I had our traditional King Crab Feast. It was so good. We ended up having scrambled egg and crab for two days. Since there are so many holidays in the time before we talk next We wanted to wish you all Happy Holidays and may you have many blessings in the New Year.
Some of the ups for our Hearth in 2017
Raising Chickens our first year.
We started raising chickens. A very big bonus for us. In six months of laying we had a total of 459 eggs. That was between 6 hens, and a month and a half 5 of them where still poults (girl birds who have not started laying eggs). That turns out to be about 13 eggs a month for each hen. not a bad start. I have been so blessed to have a fearless rooster. He has kept the hens safe from predators. Many of my neighbors stopped raising chickens because of the predator problem we have here. As of this fall, they are helping get my garden ready for next year. I have put all the leaves I can find in their yard and they are busy breaking it down into mulch. This along with pooping on the leaves will make a great garden bed next year. They have been a constant source of amusement and conversation builders with the neighbors. When egg production starts to increase I plan on selling my eggs. Many of my neighbors are ready to buy now but I just don’t have enough yet.
Deals we stole.
We got a few steals on deals We managed to get a great purchase on an upright freezer. It is a commercial size and has lots of room for our bounties yet to come. It was a big shock to see it really did not effect that much to our electric bill too. The Mr. found made a deal on a four-wheeler for me. I love it! It needed some work but not much. I now use to walk the Dozer. He will be one year old on the 15th of this month. He weighs over 100lbs and measures in at the shoulder. I can not walk him without the four-wheeler now he has too much energy. I’m really hoping as he gets a little older he mellows out some. By the way, Dozer was a great addition to our home this year also. He is a great watchdog. I managed to find a deal for the Mr. he sold his huge rolling tool cabinet when we moved from Denver. It is not as big but it will house some of his tools, I hope he will feel more organized with his tools. He is a retired Master Mechanic and he has tools coming out his ears, so this will only make a small dent but better than waiting until 2-3 years from now.
Drainage finally…no more flooding.
The other big thing that got taken care of this year was the septic and french drain was installed. I am so grateful that it finally was finished. The French Drain has already made a big difference. I still have areas that flood but it is so much better. On most days even if it hasn’t rained it is draining into the ditch. The neighbors say there is a natural spring under our property. “One” of the reasons we flood so easy, ugh…and on that note here are some of the downers.
Some of the downs for our Hearth in 2017
Plumbing…need I say more.
I am so disappointed with the mess the plumbing company (Robby To the Rescue) left my property. They left some of the old drain field material that they dug up just laying around. One of their machine operators damaged our screen house, did a sub-par repair (in my opinion). Robby told me the tank would have to be a little above ground “a small hill”. Well let me tell you my idea of a little above ground and his are vastly different. It is at least 2 1/2 feet above ground level, and it still needs more dirt put on top because what they poured over it washed away even though we put straw and grass seed on it. Most of the seed went under the screen house. Where the drain field was laid out is sinking in many spots. The drain pipe from the house to the tank shows. It just looks horrible. Next year we will be having fill dirt brought in to fix it ourselves.
Oh, the Fleas.
The un-ending Fleas Circus. Oh my gosh…I can’t believe the hardiness of these buggers. I have two animals that have the flea allergy. Poor guys, we have tried just about every natural remedy and have moved on to Ivomecton. It helps but doesn’t kill them all. We seem to have a small flea farm across the way from us. They have Dogs that live chained in their filth outside 24/7. I didn’t realize they could be what is keeping us from managing the problem better. So next year the dogs will have a fenced yard that gets sprayed to kill the fleas and the ticks. I hope that helps.
The worse of it all was our health this year. The Mr is retired because of injuries he sustained including a broken neck. When we moved here our Doctor told him he thought he may be able to refer him to someone who could help with the pain. Wonderful, the procedure that was done was a success but he needed a to retweaking later in the year and he was not able to get back in to have it done due to insurance problems. Not on our end, the clinic quit taking his insurance. Oh, the injustice of it all. I health problems started after my Doctor started me on High Blood Pressure meds. It made my AutoImmune problems to flare and it has taken most of the year to recoup. I feel much better although I have some lingering problems I hope the Rheumatologist next year will be able to address.
So all in all 2017…
Was not to bad. It dragged a lot but we managed to fulfill many of our goals this year. Even though we are older and have to rely mostly on our own self we managed to make most of the year very positive. As you know we are renting our property and we mentioned to the owner we might be interested in purchasing and he gave us a price. Now we are trying to find ways to save up for a down payment.
Heres to next year (Cheers). I hope you have had a wonderful year if not manageable. I’m off to do more planning for the garden and maybe I might even be able to talk Mr. into a few more chickens next year.
You are loved more than you think.
P.S. Keep an eye out for this month’s Virtual Craft Party.