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.