Not that the weather is bad at the moment but it does effect some of the things that I plan to do. I choose not to drive when there is a freezing ran warning in effect for something that can wait a day or two.
That being said, it is with a heavy heart that I decided not to go help with building a shelter for the male alpacas for 1stopalpacafarm
A few things that I had done to get ready for the build.
service my car
buy snacks for myself and the gentleman that said he would help me (various types of nuts, raisins, bananas, muffins, snack bars)
packed a bag the snacks with some home made fruit leather and dried fruit
made a hot Italian sausage casserole with rice, black beans, corn, salsa, tomato paste, etc
packed a bag for the main meal – salt & pepper, cutlery, bowls, serving spoon, jars of home made pickled beets, 2 dozen buns
started a hot bag – several Thermos standing buy for tea and coffee with sugar & milk on the side, a dozen bottles of water & water flavourings. I also have my shuttle chef for the casserole to make sure that it stays hot until we are ready to eat
packed a bag of barter items – planned on stopping by a friends on the way back Shalom Engedi Farm . She has chicken, duck and lamb. As well as chicken and duck eggs. I have jam, dehydrated carrots & onions, crocheting & pottery.
packed a bag of extra clothes – ski pants, socks, regular pants, lots of gloves, hats, scarves and a bag of yarn for crocheting the afghan that I am working on for me to show my friend.
multi bags for my tools – everything that I could think of that I could possibly need for building
1 bag of first aid type stuff
1 bag that is my car kit with things like the small stove, a tent, a jug for water – between the first aid type bag and the 2nd bag I have all the things that the Red Cross suggests that you have in an emergency as well as those additional items listed on the Canadian Government list
my car is full of “extra” wood that I have for building pens
I am not sure but I think that is about it. Yes there is still room for people to sit in my smaller car.
I think I was a bit nuts when I wrote my wish list. Then again I had no idea that the time just how much work it and how long it would take to deal with my mom’s stuff. Not on the list is refinishing all the odd bits of furniture from my mom’s basement & finding new homes for them. So far I have refinished 11 pieces of furniture and have 3 more pieces on the go. Mom painted furniture (down near the bottom of the page) and had a lot of pieces collected but never finished. From my point of view the furniture smells – that nasty old furniture smell – but it is all in good shape. I am refinishing the pieces to get rid of the smell and hopefully look better. I am not an artist like mom.
Finish House Inside
new front door – done
new back door – done
finish refinishing all wood trim
move closet in space room
finish gutting 2nd floor
finish renovating bathroom
gut kitchen to move plumbing
refinish all hardwood floor
rebuild kitchen after plumbing moved
new kitchen floor
Finish House Outside
install light over side door
finish building front garden – done
triple mix for all gardens – done
re-do back deck
clean out shed
declutter the remaining bits
sell mom’s house – done
finish “craft” projects that I have started
build/make the “craft” projects that I have in my head
read more on building/designing a homestead
build solar oven
build solar dehydrator
buy composting toilet
start putting together a solar set up
find instructions for bike generation power & build
go to both Harvest Gatherings
go to the Ottawa meet
volunteer at several farms for animal practice
crochet/knit for charity – done
teach old school skills – taught a bit
get to the bottom of my health problems & get rid of them
create a proper wardrobe – work in progress
I guess I better get my bum in gear if I hope to get the rest of these done.
I went yesterday to purchase some more yarn to crochet squares for charity. Instead of paying attention to the weight of the yarn I only looked at the colours and the material it was made from. This morning I discovered that the weight was too light for most of the charities. I really liked the colour of the variegated yarn so I decided to make an afghan for my spare room with it and off set it with solid colours. Due to the weight I will only get 1 four inch square and part of a second square. Also due to the weight in order to get some warmth from the end result, I am using a number 3.5 crochet hook. It will be one of those “year long” projects.
I am pretty sure that I will need more yarn but I will need to go to a different store in the chain.