Picnic Table is done!!

picnic table

Still need to paint the seats and legs/ You may notice there are 2 sets of legs. Well I made a mistake and put the seat brace on upside down. Had to improvise a little.

On a Not so happy note, somebody decided to go mudding through my land. They left me a new set of tires, a bag of trash, a case of empty beer cans, several empty packs of smokes and have made the driveway unusable for my non 4×4 car.

Next on the list, a BIG FENCE AND GATE!!! You would think the signs for no trespassing and the work being done on the property would attest that someone owned it…….. So now I have more work to do tomorrow.

To become sustainable

So here I sit, Jobless. They let me go. I am pretty sure they thought, “Wow she is too much trouble, get rid of her.” So My employment was terminated. That leaves me with a couple choices, as well as finding a new job. Income tax will arrive shortly so I am OK currently, and I have some $$ put away that I can access now that I am unemployed.

I can either: make the money last as long as possible, or I can work on making my property sustainable in case I am out of work for longer than hoped. Or I could apply for Disability, which several friends are pointing out that I have MS…….(is that admitting defeat?)

I decided to research, which is something I enjoy and I am very good at. Solar, wind and water. Well, when I got the 1st part of Short term disability, I decided to buy something that I always wanted which is also useful: A water pump for a well. Its green and cast iron and has a long handle, it makes me smile. So for the water well, all I need is some PVC pipe and to turn the water on. Drilling a well takes about 4 hours in a place as sandy as here. Woot! So there is that.

Then there is power.  I have to get a power pole still and turn the power on, but if I add solar panels and a wind turbine, then I will be putting a major dent in the power bill. And in really bad times we will have everything but AC.  There is a TON of info out about solar, which by itself here is not enough. It has to be combined with wind as well. Wind alone means I need to build a really tall tower. I am not into heights btw, and I dont climb so well anymore. Solar, well I can put an array up in the swamp side to keep it out of the way and in more sun away from the trees. But I would have to choose between Mono and poly cell, both have benefits and downfalls. But 1 friend keeps telling me both are not good enough and I should do thermal mass exchange…….. Kind of hard to do that practically in an RV.

Also, I would need to seriously get moving on the gardens. I have the outline of 1 set up and SOME soil bags but not nearly enough yet. I will probably need at least a dozen more bags to get a decent garden moving plus mulch. Sigh.

Poultry. I cant wait to get some chickens. I dream about them lol.  A friend brought me some good empty feed bags to make the roof for the house. So that is something I can start working on shortly. With all the clearing we have been doing, I should have plenty of branches.

I am also looking forward to getting the Pole bar and shed built. Putting the RV under something will help a lot with heating and cooling, and I am TRULY looking forward to having an easily accessible place to put my canning stuff and crafts

Just wish the rain would stop. 2 days of solid rain and stuck indoors. And it looks like rain all day tomorrow too. I am never gonna get the laundry done as I cant hang it out to dry in this mess

Still on the picnic table

I am honestly not sure how many days I have been working on the picnic table. So far I have assembled the table top and am in the process of drilling the screw holes and washer holes to attach the legs. I hit a few snags. The washers were bigger than the holes I drilled for them, so I had to go find a bigger paddle bit.  I got to redo everything again………Slowest project EVER!!  But it has 4 legs now. Still have to assemble the supports and the seat.

My daughter is sick with tonsillitis. She has been having a sickly winter for sure. She has kept an upset stomach and has not wanted to eat. We started giving her zantac and that seems to be helping. She has had the stomach virus, random fevers, general weak and blah, strep and now tonsillitis. Poor Bugger. She is losing weight too, which is VERY bad for her as she is normally only 80 lbs.

And another blow

Yesterday I got a letter from my job saying that my employment is terminated. They state that they have not received documentation for the 2 second half od my absence. Funny how I JUST got the form last week and I havnt had time enough to receive it back as My therapist has to send it up the chain to be filled out….. So I am unemployed now. I feel like somebody chopped my legs out from under me again. I dont know what I am going to do just yet, but I do know that I am going to be ok. Things are not dire, nor near dire currently so I have a little time to get my bearings. Which is probably a good thing considering I feel like I am spinning and cant choose a direction.

I have some backups set up in case of unemployment so there will be money shortly. I am not sure how much yet, nor what I will do. I could skimp and make it last as long as possible, or I could make sure I am sustainable. I think the latter is a better idea. But I am not in a mind to make decisions yet, just make lists of options and resources.

I didnt sleep last night, cant imagine why…… I didnt wake until very late and I didnt take my daughter to school. I just couldnt seem to make myself function. Thus far, I have managed to eat breakfast, make my daughter eat, and put the meatloaf I made last nite on the grill…..Thats pretty sad

Blah Day

I woke up this morning feeling like I had been run over. So back to bed I went with a dose of ibuprophen. When I woke up I felt much better. The picnic table is still not finished, as there was still some painting to do. I also did not cut out the seats yet.

BUT I did try a new veggie today. Broccoli Romanesca. Its a Spikey mix between Broccoli and Cauliflower, in fact I am not really sure which it is…. It is very strange to eat but tastes good steamed with a little sea salt. My daughter loved it, so I will be growing some this year.


Lets try woodworking

I decided we needed a table, so I wanted to build a picnic table from scratch. We had 1 at the RV park and I really took it for granted. I found some plans online: http://www.diygardenplans.net/diy-classic-picnic-table.htm

got my wood and hardware. I started cutting, and figured out how to get some of the angles. Unfortunately I only had a recipercating saw, not a circular saw. So it was very slow going for sure. I got about half the wood cut the 1st day and then I was exhausted. Day 2, I ended up helping some friends out with things. Day 3, I got a circular saw and my buddy showed me how to use it. All the wood got cut. I had gotten untreated wood as it was cheaper so I went ahead and started painting it before putting it together. Today is day 4. All the parts are now painted state park brown. I think I will put green between the slats, but I am tired now.  It may have to wait until tomorrow.

If you have ever done a project like this, you know it only takes about an hour or 2, excluding paint. But my MS is kicking my butt and I have to keep taking breaks. At this rate, I will be finished in 6 days. But Hey, I am still doing it.

Oh, and I forgot to cut the seats………