Archive | November 2014

Goals or wish list for the next few days

I am hoping that by putting it down in writing for the Universe to see, I will get everything done that I would like to get done.  So here is the list:

  • first thing in the morning go to Len’s Mill store for some good sales; hopefully some yarn, fabric and the supplies needed to make thermal curtains. 
  • go to the Sail store for a new coat and boots
  • go to Canadian Tire and pick up 2 shelving units.  I do not believe they are on sale but if I am to get my house organized I need them.
  • put the shelves together
  • find and put all of my art & craft supplies on one of the shelving units
  • use one of the shelving units for starting to organize the basement
  • clean the big fish tank
  • dehydrate 3 large cabbages
  • prep work for teaching knitting next week
  • photograph and email some furniture pictures to a friend of mine.  If she likes the pieces I will bring them up to her next week.
  • continue to do a minimum of 2 squares a day for charity
  • continue to work a minimum of 2 hours a day on refinishing furniture
  • insulate beside the front door
  • can potatoes
  • can meatballs

Weather some days makes me sad

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.

2014 Goals review

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.

Buy Land

Finish House Inside

  • new windows
  • new front door – done
  • new back door – done
  • finish refinishing all wood trim
  • move closet in space room
  • finish gutting 2nd floor
  • move plumbing
  • 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
  • make grinder
  • buy composting toilet
  • start putting together a solar set up
  • find instructions for bike generation power & build
  • more canning
  • more dehydrating


  • 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
  • eat better

I guess I better get my bum in gear if I hope to get the rest of these done.

Sometimes I need to pay closer attention

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.

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I am pretty sure that I will need more yarn but I will need to go to a different store in the chain.