Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Today it definitely applies.
But first; my Saturday.
Friday, March 20, 2009
- How do you budget for seasonal stuff? And I don't mean 'clothes' that you buy occasionally, I'm thinking here of... baby chicks. Chicken feed. And are these expenses part of our food budget? Do you know how varied the critter feed prices are, year to year? I'm a little afraid to add this stuff up anyways, so maybe I'm just undisciplined in it? Too, we buy beef less than once a year, but I'll be darned if I can look at that chest freezer and know when we're going to run out. And I certainly can't know what the prices for a decent beef will be at that point!
- I am completely, utterly, and tremendously overwhelmed by the legal/financial stuff. We still have (very little, now!) money in a 401(k) (I think that's what it is, anyway...) in the company that USED TO own Hubby's workplace. Like, 4 years ago. We certainly don't save 15% of our income for retirement (yikes! That's a lot!), and need to have a better system for that. Which I say every year. I tried doing a will a few years ago, and ran into a glitch when I couldn't come up with primary and secondary preferences for guardianship of our kids. The website wouldn't complete it without all blanks filled in, so I gave up. I did go onto Dave Ramsey's website and submitted a form for a financial guru who is an "Endorsed Local Provider." And then discovered that anywhere within 700 miles is "local" and that scares me. Moreso when their website features BIG, TALL, SHINY buildings that are very... big. Wow I'm a country hick, huh? Sheesh. They called the next day, but I was elbow-deep in cinnamon rolls and didn't recognize the caller id. They emailed too, so maybe I'll call them back. Maybe. I just feel so... small, short, and rustic. *sigh*
- I have a hard time with the food budget (aside from buying live animals). Dave loves to quote "beans and rice" and intellectually I agree, but in practice it is something else. Not that I can't handle beans and rice, but Hubby's diet must be rotational (and let's not discuss the price of his supplements. Are those food?). Beans and rice will work one day out of four. Well, perhaps I could switch from pintos to black beans to garbanzos (but not kidney or navy!), and that would work (well, except he'd divorce me before the week was out. :) the man just loves meat.), but I'm just NOT at the place where I would buy every msg-laden, genetically modified box of macaroni and cheese (tasty though it may be) for money's sake. What's a reasonable food budget for frugal-but-not-junk household of 5-going-on-6 people?
- What is meant by 'cash,' anyway? Like, "Man, if you're walking in there to buy that [whatever] with cash, they'll listen to you." Does he mean actual, green bills? I ask because we're looking for a van (duh), and plan to buy with cash. We *might* have to drive out of town or out of state to find the one we want, however, and if we do, how does that work? I doubt I can write an out-of-state check, right? But the thought of emptying my bank account and walking around with $12-15,000 in my wallet seems insane. We'd haggle, and then do the deal, and then what? They call the cops thinking they just found the local bank robber? I could use my debit card, I suppose, but how many car dealerships can run a visa card? Too, is it better to deal in 'cash' upfront, or would you get a worse deal, because they're counting on getting the financing charges out of you? Maybe I should call Dave Ramsey's show and ask...?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Call this Rural Exploration, I suppose. Not far from here, just near a fish hatchery and a country club, is this little gem tucked back in a hollow. Hubby always wanted to check it out, and one afternoon he did.
Amazing what people once accomplished with their own two hands, digging and piling rocks, felling trees, things like that.
And of course, a handy lack of building codes, permits, zoning, regulations and other government annoyances. :)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
A couple weeks ago I REALLY cleaned/organized the laundry room/pantry. That's not amazing in and of itself, but get this: It's STILL in good shape. THAT'S pretty incredible.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Connecticut Democrat Rosa DeLauro has introduced the "Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2009 (H.R. 875). Her bill will create a new food Safety Administration and give its administrator the authority to "conduct monitoring and surveillance of animals, plants, products or the environment" on every family farm, ranch, vineyard and fishing hole in the country. Moreover, the administrator can visit and inspect the property and demand that the owner present "papers and effects," and all records relating to food production.There is nothing in this bill that requires the administrator show probable cause or that evidence be presented to a judge to secure a warrant for entry into the property. The Fourth Amendment explicitly prohibits government from entering private property without a warrant, "describing the place to be searched, and the persons or thing to be seized."...Section 405 of the bill says that "the validity and appropriateness of the order of the Administrator assessing the civil penalty shall not be subject to judicial review."
I did some baking for Thanksgiving, some pies to auction at church, some to share at the in-laws, and some to keep at home.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Today we invite you to make history.
Representative Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) is as passionate as we are about the Parental Rights Amendment, and he has committed to introducing the bill in the House again this year. Unlike last year, though, we are introducing it this year with the intent to get it passed. (Rep. Hoekstra introduced the bill last year with the intention of beginning discussion on parental rights issues.) Therefore, Rep. Hoekstra wants to have 50 co-sponsors by the time he presents the amendment bill in the House. Fifty is not a requirement, nor a magic number. But it is a significant number. Enough, we hope, to communicate to the committee and to the entire House that we are serious about this bill.
As of today, we have 31 co-sponsors committed to joining Rep. Hoekstra. We need 19 more to reach our goal and introduce this bill in the House of Representatives.
Today, we need your help to reach that goal. Please check our list of sponsors and take the appropriate action:
1) If you live in the district of a representative who is already on our list of co-sponsors, consider sending them a brief note expressing appreciation to them for standing for this vital cause.
2) If your Representative is not already on our list, we need you to call your Congressman's Washington office and urge your Representative to contact Pete Hoekstra's office (it's pronounced "HOKE-struh") and become a co-sponsor of the Parental Rights Amendment.
In either event, you can find your Representative's (Washington office) contact information by typing your zip code into the box at Congress.org.
Thank you so much for participating in this vital push to get the Parental Rights Amendment introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. When we have succeeded with every step, and the Parental Rights Amendment is added to the Constitution, the day of its introduction in the House, with 50 or more co-sponsors, will be a significant day in American history. Today is your chance to bring that day about!
Michael P. Farris
Monday, March 09, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
|1||LT452/P||30 Year Celebration Lettuce Blend - 3 grams |
I'm certainly overboard on the lettuce (which I NEVER
plant, up til now), but this looked so great.
Conventional & Organic - 1/2 gram Organic
Always wanted to grow basil. And I *have* tried. But
that was a long time ago...
|1||HR1127/S||Coriander-Santo (Cilantro) |
Conventional & Organic - 1 gram
Another herb I occasionally REALLY wish I had. Time
to plan for fresh salsa!
|1||LT439/L||Mascara Lettuce |
Organic - 1/2 gram Organic
I love the oak-leaf shape of this.
|1||CR280/S||Purple Haze Carrots - 1 gram |
The girls loved these when we grew them. Tasted good
and were fun in potluck-salads.
|1||ON556/S||Red Beard Onion - 1 gram |
This was another pretty-it-up item in a dish.
|1||LT382/L||Revolution Lettuce |
Organic - 1/2 gram Organic
Another pretty lettuce, slow to bolt.
|1||XP718/A||Russian Banana Fingerling Potatoes |
Organic - Shipped in April 1 lb
I wanted these last year, and when I got around to order-
ing, every potato outlet was out of everything.
|1||CN217/S||Serendipity Corn - 1 oz |
Hubby's request. Oughta be interesting in a square-foot
|1||LT390/S||Slobolt Lettuce - 1 gram |
The name says it all. I hope I'll be in the mood for salad..
|1||PU716/S||Small Sugar Pumpkin |
Conventional & Organic - 3 grams
Gotta have a pumpkin, right?
|1||FL3256/S||Strawflower-Tall Choice Double Mix - 1/2 gram |
I encountered these as a child, and always wanted to grow
|1||LT402/S||Valmaine Lettuce |
Conventional & Pelleted - 1 gram
Another heat-tolerant variety.
|1||FL3411/S||Viola-Johnny Jump Up - 1/4 gram |
Gramps had this in his lawn, and hated it as weeds. Later,
he planted cactii all about the lawn... go figure.
|1||CR278/S||White Satin Carrots - 1 gram |
These look fascinating.
|1||CR283/S||Yaya Carrots - 1 gram |
These look normal, but should fit in a regular square-foot
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Eventually, of course, my brother's baby was born in mid-January, and I think I told him right away (he was pondering how close Mackenzie might be in age to any cousins). However, that was a week-and-a-half before a scheduled weekend at Gi-gi's. Now, I have kind of determined to avoid negativity regarding this blessing, and while I'm sure she *means well*, Gi-gi's first words when I told her I was expecting Organique were, "Oooooh honey. Well, I hope you have the good sense to get your tubes tied after this. And congratulations." Of course, my kids are probably close to the top of her 'favorite people' list, but of course, until birth, they mustn't be 'actual persons' or something. In any case, I didn't want to inform her before having to see her right away, so I kept it secret a while longer. I did call my folks just prior to that, and then went to Gi-gi's. When I returned home, I had a couple small items to ship back to her, so I included a letter informing her, and assuring her that we were thrilled, though gun-shy to tell her about it because of the concerns she has about affordability, and the state of this world, etc. etc. etc. And included "I think you know all my rebuttals to these things, but if not, just ask. :) " Then I ended up leaving town suddenly (and conveniently, don't you think?), and later got a voicemail assuring me that she "wouldn't chew me out, except maybe for having another summertime baby." I told her later that I must have a subconscious effort to be a lazy gardener (I have 2 kids born in September, one in May). My husband told his parents around that time, and it was tough keeping the news (which everyone in my folks' neighborhood had heard by then) from our kids, whom we wanted to tell together, but hadn't had the chance. FINALLY, sometime in February, we told our kids. The rest of the world has just heard via the grapevine, I think. :) But now it's your turn. Now you know.
But I love them. They sit so snugly on the shelf, with such a nice, low profile. There is no gold edging to entertain the kids when Daddy puts them in the microwave. We *have* broken one already (in many, many tiny and oddly-shaped pieces!), but there are plenty left. We are blessed to have these. Plus, the price was right. :)
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Did you even know there WAS a riddle?
Monday, March 02, 2009
I ordered five pounds of spinach lasagna from Azure last fall, and was... surprised to get the noodles lashed together like this... and even more surprised to find that they were two feet long!