We got the new used transfer case and it was the wrong one! — 6 Comments

  1. Hatch chile seeds: Have you looked at the seeds for sale at
    They have dried chiles too. You may not get the same taste growing them yourself – if you believe that the Hatch chile taste comes from the water and the soils in that area. If you go to the Hatch chile festival you could buy enough dried pods and seeds to last for years and have a lovely vacation too.

  2. Affordable seeds: I’ve ordered from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, which Jackie mentioned. My most recent order had a $3 charge for shipping, which was $1.73 in actual first class postage. Some of their seeds are less expensive than other places I order from. Most packet prices are $2 to $3. The other place I’d recommend for reasonable prices for good seeds is Fisher’s Seeds, PO Box 236, Belgrade MT 59714. I have the Pintree Garden catalog Jackie mentioned, and their prices certainly are lower than most, shipping for the first $20 in seeds is $3.75 but so far for most individual varieties I haven’t found information about how many seeds or how many ounces of seed each packet has. Good seeds well taken care of will keep for years (except onion seeds, which typically don’t show good germination after the first year), so think of your seeds as an investment. My local hardware stores and garden shops put their leftover seed on sale in the fall, often as much as two-thirds off the regular price. Seed like radish, beet, corn, tomato, melon, pea, eggplant, squash, herbs and pepper bought then will be fine for growing the next spring. If you do decide to save seeds, read about cross pollination issues first so you can protect your seed sources. Preventing cross pollination can be very labor intensive.

  3. Extracting lemon oil: Lehman’s has a hand crank home oil press made in Holland for $189. I have no experience with it, would call Lehman’s and ask if they think it will work for you. Horizon Herbs has 2 sizes of presses but the smallest is $780.

  4. There should be a universal “Homestead Law” (like Murphy’s law only more refined) that says “whatever project you are going to do, figure it will take two times longer and have x amount of other peoples’ screw ups get in the way before it’s finished”….

    Or maybe there is one already LOL….

    It probably took longer to deal with the wrong one that it did to actually put it in….Nice thing about diy is that you know it’s done right with no shortcuts or questionable parts involved…..and it’s a great feeling to be “back in business” until the next thing comes along (and it always will)…

  5. I agree with Judy. I used Bob Jones Curriculum for 9 yrs. then switched to Alpha Omega for the last 3 yrs. and we loved it….. I homeschooled our son the whole 12 yrs. and he now proudly serves in the United States Air Force working on the electronics and radar systems of the AC130’s. He says ‘thank you’ for homeschooling him even though sometimes he thought I was ‘too mean’, which translates into ‘I didn’t let him slide the way public school teachers would have’. I did say no when he thought he wanted to go to public high school….
    Yes, homeschooling is hard; but what isn’t hard when it comes to raising kids right???

  6. On homeschooling, there are several systems out there that all the parent has to do is ‘supervise’ the time the children spend studying. We found the Alpha-Omega system to be very self-contained with excellent teacher manuals as just one example. But do understand it is bible-based. Most of the other better self-contained systems are also bible-based. We really enjoyed homeschooling our children for the length of time they wanted to be home schooled. Most children at some point want to try or go to public school. Our middle son wishes we had said no, because most public schools practice ‘no child left behind’ or ‘dumbing down the curriculum’ and he was bored.