Back to basics

The best part about living in our new temporary house is that we are able to get back to basics like we wanted to.  We are 30 minutes from the nearest chain grocery store and 45 minutes from our favorite grocery store (Lucky’s), which makes grocery shopping a lot more of a chore.  No more quick late night runs to Kroger to get dessert!

C got paid yesterday which meant I got to run out and do our grocery shopping.  I took out $100 which I would like to be our grocery money for the next 2 weeks (but i know we will probably spend another $20-$40).  I was able to get enough food for 13 dinners, 7+ lunches, and breakfast is eggs and bacon which we dont need to buy.  I also got food for snacks and making treats (like my son’s birthday cake).  I know we will still probably need to buy more flour, sugar, and possibly cheese by the end of the 2 weeks.  I am trying to figure out how much flour we need so we can buy it more in bulk than we already do.  We would like to be like they did it a long time ago, buy the groceries we need in bulk once or twice a year and rely on our garden and/or barter for the rest.  We have a friend I have been talking to about bartering our chickens for her bread (which would be great in the times we run low on flour).

I am hoping that by next weekend our garden will be tilled and mostly planted (or getting ready for planting with the smaller plants).  Our goal is to have enough growing this year to sustain us until our garden is harvested next year.  The most expensive thing that we buy at the grocery store are vegetables.  if we can eliminate that expense all together life would be grand!  I am also considering getting a few (maybe 10-20) heritage meat chickens that we will slaughter and freeze this year.  We aren’t fans of the larger meat chickens because they don’t seem to have much of a good quality of life, in fact they seem pretty miserable to me.  I am really displeased with the price of beef right now and would REALLY like to start raising a cow, but that will have to wait until next year.  For right now I will have to be happy with what we’ve got, which I am, very much so.

The Temporary Place

We have made the move from the small town we were living in to our friends hunting cabin, which is 10 minutes from our property.  We are paying about the same in rent and land payments as were were paying in rent and utilities in the old place.  Our plan is to start putting aside money for the build while we live out here.

The house is a bit smaller than our old house, and the boxes that are currently piled in the living room are driving me crazy.  Other than that we are really happy with the house.  We LOVE that it’s in the woods.  We feel really safe out here, and find that we are spending much more time outside and not watching TV then we ever have before.

We have a hammock swing that I brought back from Costa Rica when I was writing my undergraduate thesis.  It has been in storage since 2002 and I am thrilled that we are finally using it.  It’s probably one of the few THINGS in my life that I really love.  We hung it on the patio that also has a built in fire pit type grill, which we have used quite a bit already.

Our friends have chickens so I have been helping with them in exchange for eggs.  We also bought 10 layers that we will be taking with us once our house is built.  In the meantime they will be our layers when they are old enough.  Once the chicks are old enough to be out they are free range, which means better eggs.  We also feed the chickens scraps, so I now have 2 bowls out in the kitchen, one for compost and one for chicken scraps.  I am very excited about our chickens.  They are fantastic.

We also brought C’s dog here.  He has a dog that he hasn’t been able to bring with him to any of the places he has rented in the past.  It’s a big dog.  The dog has been staying with his ex who didn’t really take care of him.  We have had him for a week now and he is eating better, he spends about half the day outside exploring, and he is so much happier.  The kids are so excited about having a dog too.

I do have to say I am really loving the country life.  I can’t wait until we are spending more time out on the farm.  Things just keep getting better!

In like a lion out like a ….lion?

I know that saying is for march, but I thought it was fitting…

It seems as though either nothing is happening, in which case I don’t really have anything to post, or everything is happening all at once and I don’t have time to post. April seems to have been the later. May should be much better and more posts will be made, but as for right now I will probably be playing catch up for a while.

So what happened in April? Lots of stuff. We tilled our garden (although not fantastically well), and planted some broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cabbage. We also started about 5 different types of tomatoes, which we will be planting near the end of this month. Our peppers are slow going but the will hopefully also be ready for planting near the end of May.

We also had a baby. Baby O was born on April 23rd. Much of April was spent either preparing for him or with me somewhat bedridden with braxton hicks. He is a fantastic baby though. Really chill, which is good. With everything we have in the works and plus 3, sometimes 4, kids I would be losing my mind if he wasn’t.  Especially since baby girl has decided she has two volumes, sweet and SCREAMING!!

  Finally, what we have been doing over the past two weeks (other than getting used to a new baby) is moving. That’s right, we are crazy enough to have given birth and moved all within a week of each other. I know what you are thinking, these people are crazy. Well yes, maybe a little, but the way things worked out this was the only way we could buy the land and not have a $750 rent payment AND $464 land payment all come due on the same day. We chose saving money over convenience, although truthfully it’s been really hard on me to not be able to help (or at least not as much as I want to). I can’t just sit around and watch other people do stuff for me so I pushed myself harder than I should have, and I’m really paying for it now. I’m limiting how much I am allowing myself to do every day and it’s driving me NUTS. My house is a mess because there are tons of boxes that still need to be unpacked, but if I overdue it I’m going to be even more off than I am now. Sigh, such is life…

PS: we also do not have internet until possibly saturday which is another reason my blog posts have been lacking.

Tomorrow I will post about our new temporary home. It’s fantastic. Definitely not something we could live in long term, but so much better than where we were living.