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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23850 on: March 15, 2017, 02:53:24 PM »
Been putting it off for too long, what with building a workbench, caring for an injured dog, and my aching back.
I did manage to get an orange tree planted and spruced up the front yard - does that count?
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23851 on: March 15, 2017, 05:07:13 PM »
Been putting it off for too long, what with building a workbench, caring for an injured dog, and my aching back.
I did manage to get an orange tree planted and spruced up the front yard - does that count?

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23852 on: March 16, 2017, 12:40:13 AM »
Livestock: sold the doeling kid, she is still here, but her new family came over and met her and I spent alot of time talking goats and 4H to mom, little sister and happy 9yo boy and new goat owner. This doeling is amazingly tame and goes up to people, at 2 weeks old and dam raised.

Garden: more weeding, I am very slow. Transplanted out Brocolli and a few kale and chard plants. Some of the brocolli is marginal on making it as we had an unseasonable heat wave last week while it was still inside, at least 8 of the 12 are going to take well, 2 are pretty shaky.

Medical : acupuncture again, and an observation that although the focus is on my jaw, I have been able to do some work in the garden without neck pain since previous visit !

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23853 on: March 16, 2017, 09:40:42 PM »
yes, those things, except I dont think a trailer brake connector. definitely transmission cooler, the wiring, beefed up Leaf's and springs, possibly an extra shock in the middle, he showed me things but it was alot to process at once. I bought it from my daughters boyfriends family.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23854 on: March 17, 2017, 10:48:59 AM »
Wife and grand daughters are baby sitting a neighbors billy. Billy lost his mother and is being bottle fed. Oh fun fun.  ;D ;D
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23855 on: March 17, 2017, 06:46:04 PM »
Re-organizing my forgery. Both hearths needed to fix, the pedal powered one is done, the one with electric blower still awaits. Sorting all the leaf springs and other junkyard material I have stockpiled there over the last two years. Gonna build a shelf for it, also need to think of a better way to store my coal supply (bags laying all around don't work so well). Bought two pieces of 8x8cm lumber, will build a vice-horse for my antique blacksmith vice (currently in a highly improvised installation). That will also be a nice way to practice some of the timberframing techniques I've studied lately, just in a smaller scale.
Finished some tedious orders I've been avoiding for a while. That sort of things that aren't really easy or fast to forge, but you can't expect much for them.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23856 on: March 17, 2017, 06:50:32 PM »
not really what I did "just" today.... but so far for this year, I've quit smoking, have tried & tested & got the kids cooking Chef Keith's recipes, took my saved cash and did a huge shopping trip stocking up on everything storable that we eat all the time.  Pasta & rice, canned & dry beans, tomatoes, veggies, fruits, meats, etc-etc..  Not as much as I should have but more than most!

Dug some of my canning stuff out of storage, got my bread machine (cheating I know) out and working, found my pressure canner, need to test that out still.  I always cook in HUGE batches.  Am going to start canning the leftovers.  I used to do this, just way out of practice! 

Right now I'm researching and trying to decide on which to implement into my families diet first.....  Homemade yogurt/cheeses (which will have to come from store bought milk :( , fermented veggies, sourdough bread......  any suggestions, constructive criticism or opinions appreciated. 

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23857 on: March 17, 2017, 06:55:06 PM »
not really what I did "just" today.... but so far for this year, I've quit smoking, have tried & tested & got the kids cooking Chef Keith's recipes, took my saved cash and did a huge shopping trip stocking up on everything storable that we eat all the time.  Pasta & rice, canned & dry beans, tomatoes, veggies, fruits, meats, etc-etc..  Not as much as I should have but more than most!

Dug some of my canning stuff out of storage, got my bread machine (cheating I know) out and working, found my pressure canner, need to test that out still.  I always cook in HUGE batches.  Am going to start canning the leftovers.  I used to do this, just way out of practice! 

Right now I'm researching and trying to decide on which to implement into my families diet first.....  Homemade yogurt/cheeses (which will have to come from store bought milk :( , fermented veggies, sourdough bread......  any suggestions, constructive criticism or opinions appreciated.

It all sounds great ! Start with the one that you like eating best first.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23858 on: March 17, 2017, 07:16:09 PM »
It all sounds great ! Start with the one that you like eating best first.

That's the thing... they like eating them all, just all in the "store bought" versions....

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23859 on: March 17, 2017, 11:00:51 PM »
Finally got the ok to go running again after a knee injury.  Felt so good, even if it still was a little sore and I'm no where near my old run times.
The doctor told me when I was born that my chances of getting out of this life alive were slim.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23860 on: March 17, 2017, 11:19:54 PM »
Finally got the ok to go running again after a knee injury.  Felt so good, even if it still was a little sore and I'm no where near my old run times.

Karma,good for you!
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23861 on: March 18, 2017, 12:36:29 AM »
Knitted. I havent knitted in a while, and my hands were ok, I just didnt do too much, so I am leaving this out to continue a bit every day

All milking and animal chores are mine this week
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23862 on: March 18, 2017, 06:34:43 AM »
MountainMomma,Karma.

Dog and I ate bacon from a can and pan fried butternut squash for breakfast.
 I found some members long term storage foods were ready to rotate out.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23863 on: March 18, 2017, 09:41:38 AM »
Knitted. I havent knitted in a while...

Same here, and it really is good for my head, so I've been working on a DNA scarf for the past week. 

Only frogged it once so far...

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23864 on: March 18, 2017, 09:50:57 AM »
not really what I did "just" today.... but so far for this year, I've quit smoking, have tried & tested & got the kids cooking Chef Keith's recipes, took my saved cash and did a huge shopping trip stocking up on everything storable that we eat all the time.  Pasta & rice, canned & dry beans, tomatoes, veggies, fruits, meats, etc-etc..  Not as much as I should have but more than most!

Dug some of my canning stuff out of storage, got my bread machine (cheating I know) out and working, found my pressure canner, need to test that out still.  I always cook in HUGE batches.  Am going to start canning the leftovers.  I used to do this, just way out of practice! 

Right now I'm researching and trying to decide on which to implement into my families diet first.....  Homemade yogurt/cheeses (which will have to come from store bought milk :( , fermented veggies, sourdough bread......  any suggestions, constructive criticism or opinions appreciated.


Great post.  8) I quit a year ago July, after smoking about 48 years. I have my days, but you can-do-it
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23865 on: March 18, 2017, 03:58:45 PM »
Didn't work on my forgery reconstruction today, it was raining all day. I was in the workshop, finishing some small annoying products (9th century leg straps, had to make tiny buckles and fittings and belt-ends....I had their basic forms forged already, but it was lot of filing and fitting yet), good for practicing fine metalworking skills. Also finished a dagger that I've had laying aside for more than 10 years. It's the Fairburn-Sykes Commandos style dagger, blade is exact size and shape of the original, while the usual heavy brass hilt is made of cocobollo wood on mine. Guard and pommel are steel. Lightweight, needle-pointed, very sharp and deadly. I think I have a new carry blade. Need to make a sheath yet.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23866 on: March 18, 2017, 07:11:28 PM »
SORRY, but I have to brag....  I visited my 91 YO grandmother today and she twisted my arm (not really) to dig up four bare-root Concord Grape vines.  As long as I can remember I have drank juice gleaned from these vines and in my opinion it is the best I've ever tasted.

The best part...  These are vines that my great-great grandmother gave to my great grandmother (my living grandmothers mom) as a gift some 100 years ago.  Nobody can say if these were from vines that she had for a period of time, so we can only say that these are at least 100 years old.   

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23867 on: March 18, 2017, 11:00:21 PM »
SORRY, but I have to brag....  I visited my 91 YO grandmother today and she twisted my arm (not really) to dig up four bare-root Concord Grape vines.  As long as I can remember I have drank juice gleaned from these vines and in my opinion it is the best I've ever tasted.

The best part...  These are vines that my great-great grandmother gave to my great grandmother (my living grandmothers mom) as a gift some 100 years ago.  Nobody can say if these were from vines that she had for a period of time, so we can only say that these are at least 100 years old.

this is amazing, how nice to have a crop the family has been growing for generations. Maybe once you have them established, and need to prune, you can offer  few of us cuttings so we can spread this great variety around !
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23868 on: March 19, 2017, 08:12:42 AM »
this is amazing, how nice to have a crop the family has been growing for generations. Maybe once you have them established, and need to prune, you can offer  few of us cuttings so we can spread this great variety around !

Would be happy to.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23869 on: March 19, 2017, 12:11:12 PM »
SORRY, but I have to brag....  I visited my 91 YO grandmother today and she twisted my arm (not really) to dig up four bare-root Concord Grape vines.  As long as I can remember I have drank juice gleaned from these vines and in my opinion it is the best I've ever tasted.

The best part...  These are vines that my great-great grandmother gave to my great grandmother (my living grandmothers mom) as a gift some 100 years ago.  Nobody can say if these were from vines that she had for a period of time, so we can only say that these are at least 100 years old.

Aargh....  Where to put said vines for a permanent (possibly another 100 years) home that will be appreciated by us and future land owners.

I didn't mention that my Grandmother has lived on her creek for 88 years, except for a short time living in San Diego as a Rosie the Riveter while my Grandfather was in the Navy.  She has lived in various houses not more than a few hundred yards from where she lives right now.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23870 on: March 19, 2017, 06:17:44 PM »
Awesome about the grape vines.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23871 on: March 19, 2017, 11:25:04 PM »
garden: Transplanted out 1/2 of the onion bed area with the New York Early that I had started from seed, 64 plants. Soaked 2 types of sugar snap pea seeds 24 hours then put into potting soil in the green house very thickly, almost touching -- the idea is to get them sprouted and up before setting out. Between bugs and birds I generally get from 60-90% losses when I direct seed.

Some more knitting. I am making bunnies (small stuffed toys)
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23872 on: March 20, 2017, 10:30:06 AM »
I almost responded to a couple political threads here on TSP, but remembered I don't have to care.

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« Reply #23873 on: March 20, 2017, 11:01:24 AM »
Grinding wheat berries and coffee beans today while working in the shop.
Flour and coffee stash in the house is way low.
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« Reply #23874 on: March 20, 2017, 01:03:27 PM »
Awesome about the grape vines.

Thanks Stwood.  I decided to keep them in planters for now, to establish a better root system.  Two of the four didn't have roots at all.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23875 on: March 20, 2017, 01:25:36 PM »
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impressed with the workmanship and responsive representative who answered my questions well.I hope to finish the project in a day or two.
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« Reply #23876 on: March 20, 2017, 01:31:20 PM »
Thanks Stwood.  I decided to keep them in planters for now, to establish a better root system.  Two of the four didn't have roots at all.

Hope they survive for you. Grapes seem to be tough for us. Never has worked out.
We brought some cuttings home again last year. Of the four, two are completely gone.
Didn't survive the winter and the critters. One is still attached to it's apparent roots, but didn't do anything after transplanting. Looks like a dead vine.
Fourth is out in the woods and can't find it. We grafted it onto a wild vine. Maybe we just haven't stumbled in the right direction. Lol
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23877 on: March 20, 2017, 01:53:10 PM »
Hope they survive for you. Grapes seem to be tough for us. Never has worked out.
We brought some cuttings home again last year. Of the four, two are completely gone.
Didn't survive the winter and the critters. One is still attached to it's apparent roots, but didn't do anything after transplanting. Looks like a dead vine.
Fourth is out in the woods and can't find it. We grafted it onto a wild vine. Maybe we just haven't stumbled in the right direction. Lol

I feel for you.  So much time goes in to just making decisions; what to plant, where to plant, how to propagate, and etc..  When it doesn't work out it's somewhat demoralizing.  That said, I've been pretty lucky as I have good soil, good climate, and plenty of free fertilizer from chickens, cattle, and horses.  I also have little to no worries from critters if I can keep the livestock out of them.  Thankfully I have no coons or deer to worry about, which is what was constantly raping my grandmothers grapes.  Other than the occasional year where rabbits are thick and play havoc on new growth (even my evergreen seedlings), I'm pretty lucky.

Keep trying.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #23878 on: March 22, 2017, 04:52:46 PM »
Checked my new trees, planted last Fall. Most of them seem to be alive, could be too early for some to tell.
Did some minor gunsmithing and maintenance. Will get into reloading again, as soon as I'm done with a serie of "evening orders" that means products that I'm making at home, not in the forgery or workshop. Such as shoes, belts, small wooden items, etc.

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« Reply #23879 on: March 22, 2017, 05:12:24 PM »
Started making some homemade candles in a can. Wasn't my idea, it was an older fella we met some time ago. He works for Fema. I want to pick his brain some more.

Tuna can, wind some cardboard strips in there, filling it full. Next step is to fill with melted wax. Oh, put the holes in the corrugated cardboard up.

I haven't got any wax in yet.



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