Today I met with a Gulf Power Lady to see about lighting and power poles on the far side of the land. There is luckily 1 pole already there so it will be $8 per month for the light. The street over there is so dark, there is only 1 mailbox on the whole street and there are only 3 addresses, 2 are mine. We talked about putting in a second light, which would require a pole. But if we include it as a new service, then it may save some money. For now, there is a lot of clear cutting of saplings needing done for the 1st light. Small updates 🙂
Finished my disability paperwork, the Long forms, yesterday. It was horrible. You have to tell them all the things you have lost, the things you cant do anymore, all the things that are embarrassing, all your weaknesses and give details. There were 4 packets for me to do. I cried every time I worked on it. Thanks for driving home how much I lost.
To anyone who every has to do the paperwork, have someone with you when you do it, a box of tissues and take LOTS of breaks where you leave the room.
Here is the unfinished garden bed. It is still only half full of dirt, but I am working on it. Also we made a tripod today for the English Peas, Snap Peas and zucchini. We wrapped it with growing string as it was easier than adding that pre-made netting. Bags of dirt at each spoke and seeds inside. Yay!
So many people have recommended CBD oil for my MS and all the things that go with it.
After much research, I finally ordered a bottle from Koi.
1st thought, well the taste is very mild. I got orange, and even the orange flavor is mild which means that there is nothing nasty to really cover up taste wise. I got the sublingual kind, the 500. I took 1 dropper full under the tongue and within 20 minutes I did feel noticeably relaxed. It did make me very tired so I went to be early. I slept like a LOG! But I woke up earlier than I have been and I feel less drugged up and foggy. I have been having a VERY hard time waking up from my other meds. I was tired enough within an hour of taking it to turn the tv off and not have to have something playing in the background to shut my brain up and stop the anxiety.
This may be the wow part of trying something new and it may wear off. So I will not say if it works or not just yet. In a month I will post a verdict.
On the homestead side, depending on how I feel today, I hope to build my pole bean tripods and plant beans. I am gonna do the super cheater method where I tie bamboo steaks at the top and drop bags of topsoil on the ground at each spoke. Ill leave the plastic on, cut holes in the top where I plant them and leave it that way to grow. No digging, minimal dirt, conserves water, no mulch required and no weeds! Work smart not hard hehe
I went out to release my free-range chickens and it appears something tried to get my ducks last night. I found small white tufty feathers near the chicken pen where the ducks like to sleep. My neighbor says he ran cats off early this morning from his chickens, thankfully with no fatalities. None of my birds show signs of being hurt, but the big white duck is not running around like he normally does. I will keep an eye on him and set some traps tonight.
Also, yesterday the other neighbors dogs DID get ahold of one of my birds, a speckled Sussex. The bird is fine but skittish now. The family behind us have a chocolate lab mix that they refuse to keep on a runner, inside or build a fence. The whole neighborhood complains about Mocha. Well, now they are shooting at the dog because he is now considered notorious for killing peoples chickens. One neighbor is getting traps from animal control and another is keeping a rifle near the door in case he comes in the yard. Me, I am building better barriers and making sure the ducks go in with the chickens at night. I also have a small live trap with cat food in it out there near where something has been digging along the fence.
No we are not parked there again, but I am working on the Community Garden. The things I planted last time are doing well. I have pics on them. Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Egg Plants, Corn, Pole Beans, squash, melons and herbs. I just planted a mound of watermelon and cantaloupe, plus a big section of bush green beans. Its the ones I planted last year, Heavyweight II. They grew really well and everybody liked them. There are also strawberries still and something that popped up from last year. Its either a squash or a melon, not sure.
Not only did I get further on the RV parks garden, I finally started my actual garden here. With a lot of help, we put down a raised bed 12×6 garden box. It is only 1/3 full currently with Dirt, Compost, Cow manure, chicken manure and rabbit manure. Oh and some mushroom compost too. I put down a layer of plastic weed barrier, then a layer of composting paper. I am so tired, and i hurt now. And there is still so much dirt that needs to be added, at least 20 cubic yards. If I ever get it full, I am planting corn and some heavyweight II green beans for here. I need to figure out what to plant as a ground crawler to make it the 3 sisters 🙂
On the other side, I have some pics from my potted orchard and homestead
I have ever done research about MS and all kinds of less invasive remedies. Here is one I am trying after having found a lot of research on Aluminum Toxicity causing inflammation. Hope it is useful
Update: Doesnt taste bad at all. I was heavy handed with the honey, so it was abit of a sweet shock. Go easy on the honey. I used organic cows milk as that is what I had. I also had fresh Turmeric and Ginger in the fridge. All together took me about 30 minutes, and I have enough paste for several more cups later on. Now we wait and see if it helps.
Now we wait and see ho
Spring planting is well on its way. I did the RV Park Community Garden today with some help. All the covering and nourishing of the soil that I did last season REALLY paid off. Seriously, if you are not gonna plant for a season, get that weed barrier and cover it. I had maybe 5 weeds in 3 parts of the bed. The part I didn’t cover was quit over run and took forever to clear. My back is killing me.
Today we uncovered everything, raked out all the leaves and dead brush, weeded, tilled, made rows, planted Corn, Peas and squash together. Then we planted Bell Peppers, egg plants and tomatoes. Once everything was planted we mulched. Of the 6 sections of the garden, we finished 5 then watered it all down. Talk about a busy day!
I still have to go back and add more support stakes and finish off that 1 section but I think we moved a mountain. The people at the park are ecstatic.Apparently residents have been asking about me and the garden since we moved and its been warming up.
They even had mulch waiting for me. I normally like brown or to alternate sections with brown and red, but this year its all red. I plan to do some bush beans still and melons. But that is for another day. My back cant handle anything else today.
Today I am going back to the RV park we were parked at for 2 years to kick up the community garden for spring. They liked what I did so much that they invited me to continue to run it. For an amateur gardener, that it high praise. I picked up the mulch last night. $10 for 5 bags at Home Depot. Pretty good! For the whole garden I will need about 20 bags but I don’t plan to tackle all that today.
Today I plan to plant: Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Corn, beans and melons.
Yesterdays attempt to plow the Garden at home went so bad, I am truly hoping to rekindle my spark to get me though to jump bag on the daunting task of plowing up a field that has never been plowed before. Sigh
So since my last post, the world has ended several times. I was out of Short Term Disability for depression and anxiety from my MS since August. I was getting treatment and meds etc. I got meds for my RLS, whcih BTW, is the reason I was not sleeping. I have gained a ton of weight due to meds and stress and MS, which means I have outgrown my clothes more that once. Depressing for sure. I also got FIRED, lost my insurance, was with my Dad in the ER 5 hours away for pnemonia and heart failure, got in a car accident that totaled my car, got a new car…………….. Im tired
On the Homestead side, I got the wood to start the Pole Barn and did a TON of clearing now that I have a chainsaw again. But now my ankles, whole body in fact, are swelling so bad that my shoes, socks and new larger clothes dont fit. I am now changing on a daily basis 10-15 pounds. YIKES!! So I am 1 size in the morning, and by evening I am so swollen that my clothes are cutting off circulation. Plus I got food poisoning twice. So THAT work has gone nowhere. The weather is also having some serious issues. Its been storming, flooding, bone dry, 30 degrees, 80 degrees….. cant make up its mind
On the plant side, I have tomatoes and several other plants that will be heading to the RV park garden soon. Plus some for here. I Plan to try to sod bust today and plant corn,beans and squash with my Wheel Hoe from HOSS. We shall see.
OH and I have chickens and ducks now! I got a nice commercial coop and started with Bantums. But since I have added several Large chickens for eggs and meat when they get older. I think I have 5 roosters, so I have already cleared space in the freezer. We did have some pitfalls. Originally my daughter got 2 ducklings for her Bday. 1 became Spraddle legged so it didnt survive. So we got 2 more and the 1st duck loved them. They got big enough to go outside pretty quick. But the other day a critter dug in and dragged them off, all 3. Yesterday we went and got 2 Cayuga ducklings. They will stay inside as long as possible. A friend is bringing some older ducks that are territorial to help protect them plus, another farmer brought us a free range rooster that is also protective. Fingers crossed!
I also got a butter churn, some garden tools and several more fruit trees. Now I have Plums, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, figs, peaches, apples, grapes, oranges, and lemons. Pretty good start to the orchard. I still want a grapefruit and a blood orange but they can wait. Everything is in pots for now until I get the area for the orchard cleared.
that was just quick updates!! Off to prep the corn field! Wish me luck!!
Here is what I am starting with. A Broadfork. Its the only way to bust the sod and vines and weeds that have been growing for decades. I started watching Pioneer Quest. I have a lot of respect now for what they went through. This is gonna take all day just to break the ground before I can pull out the wheel hoe.