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Old 07-01-2018, 04:13 PM
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HAPPY CANADA DAY......

Today is our version of your 4th of July, but a bit later. 1867 vs 1776.

Forecast was for rain all three weekend days. Just one sprinkle last night in this part of the bush. However cool and windy. Highs about 10C and low of 3C.

Never the less, have a good July.
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6 string beans, (all that would set in this heat), 5 pounds of potatos, 4 eggs, 2 bok choi plants, and a cucumber. A pretty good days harvest.

I have harvested almost as many pounds of potatos as I planted, so what is left in the ground is my profit. I only harvested the 7-odd plants that were dying back, and I think I shall re-plant a couple of small spuds to see if "Superior" potatos will give me a second harvest. If the freshly harvested potatos are dormant for only 4 weeks then they really should have time to produce again.

I am on my own for dinner tonight, so I stir fried the green beans and the stems of the bok choi as a vegetable, and added a sandwich. The stir fry tasted a lot like the Chinese buffet green beans, as I hit them with garlic salt, soy sauce, and half a packet of sweetener.

It is a lovely cool night after so much heat but I am tired so I did not go outside. Perhaps tomorrow morning will be cool and I can work outside: I really ought to mow even though the grass has been stunted by the heat, because the weeds in the lawn are trying to go to seed.
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Old 07-02-2018, 11:36 AM
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still excessivy hot and humid

yesterday I just sat around in front of a fan, and that's the plan for today too. last night I shot a family of raccoons that were trying to get into one of my chicken coops (they been circling the coops at night, clawing at them, trying to pry a way in, leaving shit around them, failing and trying again the next night, but my coops are paranoid levels of secure). I was too out of it from this virus or I could have got them days ago when they were in the open as I went to the outhouse, but I was too disoriented to take action. last night they tried again, I heard them outside (despite sound of the fan next to me). I went out and they treed, I saw at least 2 sets of eyes reflect back on the flashlight. I ran back inside and got a shotgun, went back out but they refused to look at the light again, so I shot for where the eyes were before, with the first shot a huge coon came crashing out of the tree, it tried to run but I popped a second shell in and stopped it dead before it got more than 10 feet. I then fired at where the second set was, there was some rustling but nothing fell out, so I fired a few more shots to make sure I would hit anything still up there, still nothing fell out. this morning I only found the big one, the other one must have climbed down and fled when I ran for the gun or was only wounded and fled afterward. so one problem was dealt with.

then this morning I was going to toss the dead coon on the far side of the farm, and needed to go out for more ice (those huge blocks only last about 2 days in my cooler in this heat), but I found my truck had 2 flat tires and I only have 1 spare. so I had to carry coon out by hand so it doesn't stink up the yard, too thin fur and too hot otherwise I would have practiced tanning with it, and will be very hot and miserable without ice, and the heat is expected for at least a week, and I won't bike in this. I wonder if that other coon slashed my tires in retaliation?

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Old 07-02-2018, 12:19 PM
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We picked out first zucchini yesterday, We had some bok choy, mustard greens and radishes with it on the grill...along with steak. Temps in the 70s yesterday and predicted to remain so until Friday.
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Homesteading for the summer is less expensive than going to Rio de Janero for the summer. MUCH less. Then again......

When a beginner plants a 33 cent package of seeds and gets a harvest, she thinks "Hot dog!" because she does not stop to think of the cost of the things that she already has, such as the tools and the hose and the land to grow those vegetables on. Homesteading really is not as cheap as it appears to be. Like JD Belanger said, it is easy to not think of the startup costs once everything is going and paying dividends. That includes the cost of the shovel and the hose and such. And the bigger the garden the more stuff you will need

I can get very thoughtful about costs when I have just run over a garden hose with the lawn mower.

Yes, I have 9 baggies full of strawberries in the freezer, and the blackberries are starting to color up. But our water bill was $30 higher than usual, because it is a drought year and the only reason I have a garden is because I watered it. And that $30 could buy a lot of berries plus last nights harvest of 5 pounds of potatos as well.

And the wells in my area tend to run a couple of hundred of feet deep, so putting in a well would take many years to pay off.

Homesteading really can be expensive, though spending the summer in Rio would cost a lot more. Well, this Is the homesteading summer vacation that I have wanted for many years. And, if the cost of living has not dropped as much as I wanted it to we are still seeing a financial gain, if only because I am putting in a lot of sweat equity around the place.

I have refinished the tub instead of replacing it, we are setting up a more efficient garden, the work I am putting into drip irrigation is promising, AD we have paid off $1500 worth of debt so far, probably because I have been hovering over day to day expenses. Regrettably (and surprisingly) the weekly bill at the grocery tore has not dropped a bit, though a good sized chunk of that bill is for things like pet food and filters for the furnace and cleaning products and such.

I honestly do not know WHY we are looking better financially. I am not going to complain about doing better financially, though I am still irritated at myself for running over the hose.

We will have chicken pie for dinner tonight, using garden vegetables and leftover chicken. It will be awesome.

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Old 07-02-2018, 07:34 PM
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Hanging with my parents today....too hot to do much else....I was going to mow my grass but the neighbor did it for me the other day,and I am thankful that he did.

We're in the midst of a heat wave here,with today being cooler than it was all weekend.
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Homesteading for the summer is less expensive than going to Rio de Janero for the summer. MUCH less. Then again......

When a beginner plants a 33 cent package of seeds and gets a harvest, she thinks "Hot dog!" because she does not stop to think of the cost of the things that she already has, such as the tools and the hose and the land to grow those vegetables on. Homesteading really is not as cheap as it appears to be. Like JD Belanger said, it is easy to not think of the startup costs once everything is going and paying dividends. That includes the cost of the shovel and the hose and such.

I can get very thoughtful about costs when I have just run over a garden hose with the lawn mower.

Yes, I have 9 baggies full of strawberries in the freezer, and the blackberries are starting to color up. But our water bill was $30 higher than usual, because it is a drought year and the only reason I have a garden is because I watered it. And that $30 could buy a lot of berries plus last nights harvest of 5 pounds of potatos as well.

And the wells in my area tend to run a couple of hundred of feet deep, so putting in a well would take many years to pay off.

Homesteading really can be expensive, though spending the summer in Rio would cost a lot more. Well, this Is the homesteading summer vacation that I have wanted for many years. And, if the cost of living has not dropped as much as I wanted it to we are still seeing a financial gain, if only because I am putting in a lot of sweat equity around the place.

I have refinished the tub instead of replacing it, we are setting up a more efficient garden, the work I am putting into drip irrigation is promising, AD we have paid off $1500 worth of debt so far, probably because I have been hovering over day to day expenses. Regrettably (and surprisingly) the weekly bill at the grocery tore has not dropped a bit, though a good sized chunk of that bill is for things like pet food and filters for the furnace and cleaning products and such.

I honestly do not know WHY we are looking better financially. I am not going to complain about doing better financially, though I am still irritated at myself for running over the hose.

We will have chicken pie for dinner tonight, using garden vegetables and leftover chicken. It will be awesome.
It is not just about the cost of what you produce, but the quality and the security of being able to feed yourself should the need arise. I'm sure we don't save a lot of money on food, but we always have the threat of natural disasters here as well as man-made ones. We know how our food was produced and what is in/on the fruits and veggies. We sell bedding plants in the Spring and perennials in the Fall. The plant sales now more than pay for the costs of our garden and greenhouses.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:49 PM
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It is not just about the cost of what you produce, but the quality and the security of being able to feed yourself should the need arise. I'm sure we don't save a lot of money on food, but we always have the threat of natural disasters here as well as man-made ones.
Most of our calories are coming from the grocery store, and that will not change. That means that in a disaster my backyard homestead will not help us all that much, though our diet will be richer for the cabbages and berries and such.

Heck, even our 6 chickens eat bought feed. I did hear of a farmer during the Great Depression who walked the roads to gather road kill for his birds, but my area does not have much road kill on it.

Though I ABSOLUTELY agree with you about the quality if the food: I hear that most crops are sprayed with roundup to make them easier to harvest. Ick. The food that I raise rarely has anything chemical on it other than sometimes some pelleted fertilizer. Because I would rather not eat the chemicals. I know that the store bought stuff has them and so I eat chemicals anyways, but, If I had a choice I really would rather not eat the chemicals.
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:21 PM
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It is not just about the cost of what you produce, but the quality and the security of being able to feed yourself should the need arise. I'm sure we don't save a lot of money on food, but we always have the threat of natural disasters here as well as man-made ones. We know how our food was produced and what is in/on the fruits and veggies. We sell bedding plants in the Spring and perennials in the Fall. The plant sales now more than pay for the costs of our garden and greenhouses.

You're so right about food security.
I can guarantee you eating organic food does nothing for our physical health, but growing it does wonders for our mental health.


Terri- glyphosate inhibits certain enzymes involved in amino acid metabolism in plants, not contained in animals, and it's not used near harvest time. Don't worry about it.
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:39 PM
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I can guarantee you eating organic food does nothing for our physical health, but growing it does wonders for our mental health.
I feel the same way about consuming red meat. At this late date in life not sure if it affects my physical health, but it sure helps my mental health and tastes so good.
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81 F. this afternoon! It has been quite a few years since it has gotten this warm here. We went to a court appearance to support a neighbor who had been stalked, but when we got home, it was 118 F. in the attached greenhouse! We have big fans in the other greenhouses, so they don't get so hot, but the attached one is vulnerable to overheating. We'll see how much we lost. The beans, corn and squash will love these temps, but they are predicted to end on Friday, dropping into the 60s with rain.
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Terri- glyphosate inhibits certain enzymes involved in amino acid metabolism in plants, not contained in animals, and it's not used near harvest time. Don't worry about it.
I had heard that, but knowledge is always changing

I remember when the government said that eggs were good for you. Then eggs were bad for you as they were full of cholesterol and saturated fat. Then, whoops, the tests were flawed and eggs were good for you again, especially if the yolks are runny.

Ditto with margarine.

Ditto with.... but you get the point.

I do not know if glyphosate is bad for me or if the tests that are run by the manufacturer were flawed. I do know that the level of knowledge is always changing. And, if nothing else I would say that glyphosate does not improve my health. I prefer to eat food that is just food.

I do realize that preservatives increase the safely of the food supply, and I accept them as necessary in most cases, but I would rather pay 2 cents more per loaf of bread and not have any roundup residue. Because in wheat fields the roundup is used to kill the plants so help them dry more uniformly. That means that roundup is used near harvest.
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was around 80 at night, and will be in upper 90s today with humidity the heat index will be over 100 again.

got a $50 check in the mail yesterday (would be writing more articles and I have 6 more in the works but the affiliated projects are not quite complete). called around and none of the scrapyards would tell me if they had the size tires I need, they just told me to come in person if I want to know (even when I pointed out that I had to bike out they refused to look). so my plan today is to bike 6 miles to the general store, then another 5 to the casino, then another 5 to see a friend to have the check cashed 3rd party, then back to the casino, then about 5 miles to the east, then 2 miles down a back road to the closest scrapyard to see if he has the tires I need, if he does i'll offer to pay to have the tires and my bike and myself delivered to my farm, if can't deliver I will have to carry them to a friends house, wait for my friend to deliver them whenever he can. then ride 2 miles east, then 4 south, then 5 miles more to get home, drink a gallon of well water, get sick from cramps, check on the livestock while in pain from cramps, then collapse on the couch for a few hours. I got my whole day planned out, most of the stops like the casino are places I know I can get tap water at and I tried to plan the route so I can refill every 5 miles. whole expedition should take 8 to 10 hours. if that scrapyard doesn't have tires then the next closest one is a 17 mile trip with no place to get water, and the next after that is even farther with no options for water either, so those places will take a backpack full of water jugs.
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Looks like the heat is here for almost everyone. Sunday wasn't too bad here, so I headed to the lake in the afternoon and spent the night at my camper, planning on some early morning fishing. My buddy called me about 5:45 to tell me he was on his way. Finished up about noon before the heat got too bad, but looking at the forecast for the week I think that might be all for that until Friday or Saturday.

About midmorning my phone rang and it was one of my customers that needed to order some more LEDs. Told my buddy since I was doing business I should be able to write off any expenses that day, but I'm not sure the IRS would let me write off the two lures I lost that morning as work related.
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I am worried that if it is this hot now, what will August be like?

We will have to wait and see.
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I am worried that if it is this hot now, what will August be like?

We will have to wait and see.
August here is the beginning of our rainy season. If it isn't cloudy, cool, and rainy, we will be in a bad wildfire situation. We have a few days of warm weather now, so I am going to enjoy it.
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late june and july are the worst here, august tends to be a little mild in comparison then September cools right down and the leave turn and usually fall off by beginning of October, then are bare most of October and snow starts falling by halloween. unless its a weird year which can linger warm a little more, usually by the second week of September the temperatures drop to 40s and 50s in the day and 30s at night.

didn't have to bike, my out of town neighbor was back in the area, got a ride to the scrapyard and got 2 good tires for $40. then after getting my own truck going I cashed the check and chased a few people down who owed me money (when you loan or accept payments from people on social security its best to chase them down the day they get it so they don't forget, and so they don't spend it first, too many times I waited till the 6th and they "didn't have it anymore").

then my drug dealing neighbors pitbull wandered up to my place, long story short he still refuses to use a chain and by letting it roam perperuates the feud (it has killed chickens and mauled my dog in the past, it has tried to kill cats but has never been seen killing one). I confronted him with an additional warning which I know he won't listen too (guys been in legal trouble for drinking, growing and selling drugs, and shooting someone in the face in a drunken argument, animal control doesn't scare him). I also noticed he no longer mows and actively grows tall vegetation obscuring the view of his place, probably to hide his current crop. I called animal control again and don't expect anything done by them. so to piss him off, draw legal attention on him, and attention to other criminals (no legal recourse when one criminal seals from another) I made an 8 foot billboard sign in bright colors and nailed it up high in a tree on my property close to his place that reads in huge letters "drug dealer next left, Pot!!, see dan smith" and have arrows pointing to his place. he probably won't be able to take the sign down the way I installed it, and if he does then he would be vandalizing my property, and nothing on the sign is slander/libel since he has a criminal record as a drug dealer who sold pot. if nothing else it will piss him off.

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Happy July 4th, US

Windy and cool 10 - 15C for highs and 2 - 5C lows. Most afternoons or early mornings we do get a skiff of rain. Just enough to wet the grass for a few hours, not enough to make more then 1cm in the gauge.

Fire wood job is home, stacked, done. Glad of that as it was a push to get done and away from that place. Have to finish details of rabbit barn remodel, fill with hay and bedding. Sweetie has bunnies ready to go there. First banty/silky hen that sat has hatched. Sweetie says there are at least 7 very wee chicks under her. Also one other banty and one big hen are nesting at the moment. I stay away from the chicken barn to not frighten anyone.

A place towards town next to some people we know has been raided as a grow op and they also have roaming dogs. A sign saying pot for sale may be a bit over the top, however a sign saying bad dogs is something you have first hand experience with. You might consider re wording that for your own legal issues.
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happy 4th

got another broody buff setting on 10 eggs, had to cull 2 sick older buffs.

sign didn't say pot for sale, it only specified the guy was a drug dealer who has sold pot, doesn't advertise it for sale and doesn't say currently.

went out to pick up ice this morning, got back and saw a truck parked at my pasture, went down and saw it was some short fat guy with a ladder and the drug dealing neighbor trying to tear down the sign. I drove up, slammed on the breaks, got out and ran at them with my maul in hand yelling "get away from my sign" was a heated confrontation, the short fat guy was giving me an attitude and lots of insults, I demanded to know who he was "F***You, it doesn't matter who I am" was his only reply, he made a few threats, the drug dealer accused me of defamation with the sign, to which the fat short guy said the drug dealer could sue me for. I reminded them the drug dealer has a criminal record for being a drug dealer, and defamation laws only apply if something said or written is provable as false, his police record if anything proves the statement true. they made some more insults and threats, and I told them I would take the sign down if the guy keeps his pitbull on a chain and off my property, the fat short guy accused me of baiting it onto my property by owning chickens and livestock. I told them to get off my land and stay away from the sign. they got in the short fat guys truck and said they would be back, then they drove off. realizing that sign is out of view of my cabin and easy to reach (had I not got back when I did from getting ice I wouldn't have seen them), I made another sign closer to the cabin, higher up, and inside the fence line (4 strands barbed and 2 electric, with a ditch between road and fence), the new sign can be easily seen from my cabin and is in both camera and rifle range. to reach it they have to force their way past the fence and ditch with a ladder, or force their way through the gate, then carry a ladder around.

that pitbull mauled my blue heeler 2 years ago, animal control did nothing and all I got for justice was bring cops down on his grow, it went after my cats (tried tearing the door on my cabin off trying to get to them once, and only ran when I started trying to shoot it from the window), its also killed a number of chickens, but it always runs before I can get a gun, and once its back to his lot I can't legally shoot it. I stopped free ranging, my old dog died and I can't get another cause it would be at risk (buddy was terrified of the pitbull and stayed close to me, never leaving my side and wouldn't go to the pasture even if I was going because that's where the pit wandered, a young dog might wander out of sight unwary and be killed before I can respond). its a proven threat to my farm and the owner obstinantly refuses to keep it under control even after I had him financially ruined.

I hadn't seen it in a while, not since last summer when I repeatedly warned him about letting it roam, stating I would shoot it (and I tried when I saw it on my lot but it would always run before I got the gun or would dive for cover before I got in range then go through brush to get back to neighbors) wasn't wandering over winter and didn't see in spring so I thought it died (neighbor was sick and someone lese was watching it elsewhere in spring), only just started seeing it wandering here again, he ignores any warning and knows the limits of when I can and can't shoot it (if its running down road I can't shoot as the law prohibits firing while on the road or if a projectile crosses or goes over the road, that's the only time I even see a clean shot but can't legally take it). using signs to piss him off and use as leverage, if he wants the signs to stop then he has to settle on a truce and keep the pitbull off my lot.

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I think this is one of those times that you've just gotta let the authorities fight the battle for you. I'd be on the horn to Animal Control until they were so SICK of me calling that they'd have to do something about the situation. Most counties have leash laws and I'd make sure the sheriff is well aware of the whole story behind this dog.

Good luck. It sounds like a royal-pain-in-the-keister situation.
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