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Baby Watch 2014

Baby Watch has commenced!  Today is Bluebonnet’s due date! She’s already bagged up. Has dropped real low. No discharge yet but she keeps laying down breathing fast then later shes back eating hay again. I figure she will go sometime overnight. I’ll keep you posted.

My Daughter’s Flower Garden

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Duck Mishaps

Well I had the ducks penned up in a kennel do I could put numbered leg bands on each one and keep track of our population. Also if I sold any in the future I wanted to make sure Im not splitting up mating pairs.

Well I bought some plastic leg bandettes in the size recommended for my ducks. In less than 10 minutes two had them off just running through the grass. Wasted money. I’m gonna have to get the zip tie ones next time. And catch them up again. Sigh.

Oh and this morning I found seven sad looking ducks waterlogged in the water trough. They couldnt jump out. It was like they were saying “Hey a little help here!” I easily helped six of them out. The seventh paniciked splashing duck poop water all over me. Thankfully my mouth was closed. Ugh. I was soaked and smelled lovely.

Rent House Update.

As long readers may know we bought a property across the street from us. Its been an ordeal. But now look how nice it is. We took this pictures before the new renters moved in. And they are awesome!

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Great Oil Lamp Tips

This is some great info. Definitely something to print out and keep in a folder for future reference.

http://www.preparednesspro.com/tips-tricks-oil-lamps/

Grass Fire!

Our son Samuel is autistic but verbal. He said there was fire he smelled smoke. My hubby told him our neighbor was grilling. He kept doing his “Alarm Sound” so hubby got up and looked and sure enough we saw approx four foot flames by the road at our fence!

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Scott was already headed out the door to get a closer look. I was so scared the skid steer and two trailers that a guy is parking in our pasture would burn up. As he was waiting for the fire dept he called me to get one of the boys to bring him a shovel and a rake. Here are some pics he took.

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I got out there about the same time the first fire truck got here.

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See how close it got to the trailer!

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And it’s out! Turns out what happened was a guy had a friend of his pull a car to his place. The tire was flat and the vibration not only caught the tire on fire but made the whole rim come off and it and the firey tire rolled into our fence catching the thick dead brush on fire. That was the tall flames we saw at first. The wind was heading the right way and it hit some short dead gras so it was only creeping along by the time they got here.
Things could have gone so different. Thank God everything turned out good.

Refinishing Highchair Part 1

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My son’s highchair. I love it! One of my proudest trades. I traded a small portable cage made out of angle iron plus a medium size dog house for this wooden Eddie Bauer highchair plus three shovels a few months ago. Already showing some wear and the lacquer is chipping off in fine pieces like glitter on the seat. Can see the light spots on the seat bottom? That’s now bare unprotected wood.

I love this chair! I took the picture after I removed the plastic part that holds on the tray. As you can partly tell it’s a convertible highchair. With the plastic part off like this its a tall stool. And if you unbolt the seat part it becomes a booster seat and the base is like a restraunt highchair without a tray. Cool beans huh? Now you see why I feel this chair is worth protecting for hopefully many many more years of use.

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I went and bought a dremel brand sanding tip that looks like an abrasive sponge. It worked amazingly but soon wore down to a nub. Well there goes the thought that one 2 pack would do it all. So some hand sanding with 220 grit and a wood block.

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Slow going but here is two days later. I then caved and bought another two pack of the Dremel abrasive puff things.
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And here it is the day after. Slow going for sure.

Pecan Picking

My kids have been picking up pecans and selling them to a local food market for. 50 cents a pound. Here is a picture of my son’s bucket of the papershell type of pecans. Was seven pounds worth so he earned $3.50!
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New Wood Project

Well my wallet and the jigsaw that I bought were stolen out of my van so I had to suck it up and learn to conquer my fear of a circular saw. Yes, you heard right I normally use a jigsaw to make straight cuts. So anyway I’m learning to use a circular saw by necessity. It’s scary!

I got some leftover lumber from a friend. She had some 1 x 6s that were nice color oxidized over time. I decided to make shelves to hold my kids movie collection and a few nick nacks under our bar. We don’t use it as a bar so it was just wasted space.

After a few wrong measurements and wrong cuts I finally got it right. Here are the pictures of the progress.

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Coupons and Homesteading

I can’t find a post on here about it. I can’t believe I haven’t written about it before. As big as the rule to homesteaders is “Make do and reuse” also is the thought of being frugal and storing up for hard times. I do this by couponing.

Not that Extreme Couponing stuff. People seem to think that’s what couponing is. No not really. Most stores don’t even double and triple coupons anymore and have counteracted by only allowing you to use a few coupons at a time on a product even if the coupon doesn’t say so.

I save approximately $200 – $400 per month couponing. The difference is what is available in the coupons that month. I only buy items or brands my family uses. I mean why waste money by buying 20 bags of Kitty litter if you don’t even have a cat. People say “Oh you buy Secret deoderant? Why I can buy Walmart brand without a coupon for $1.00”. I answer well that’s nice but I can get my secret for. 25 – .40 cents each. If Equate was that cheap and I liked how it worked I would buy it.

When I get a high value coupon say for example on deoderant. I will buy three or four at a time. High value means a high value off on the coupon. Say for example Tide for $1.00 off three I just toss in the pass pile. But $1.00 off one Tide is high value and its also rare.

Things you use up regularly like detergent, toilet paper, shampoos, toothpaste etc. Its better to stock up on when you can. I’m not talking a hundred. I am taking a few a time depending on your family size. We have a large family so go through a lot of detergent. We. Also have very hard, iron water so we have to find soaps that work with it. It doesn’t save money to use something that was cheaper but ends up turning your whites a light orange. That isn’t saving money when you have to rebuy clothes.

I keep a goal in my head of what I’m willing to pay for certain items. Detergent I like to never go over $3.00. My goal is closer to 2.00 but that’s harder to find now. My record was All detergent for 1.99! I stocked up on that big time. Filled up the underside of the baby’s crib. I’m actually down to two now. Hoping I can find another good deal like that again.

How do I coupon? I get two papers delivered. Its very cheap when you ask for only Sunday delivery. Yeah they do that. Please note no coupons are in holiday papers. I also have friends that give me theirs.

I usually start cutting them out Sunday night or Monday morning while watching the news or a movie. I make two piles in the beginning as I cut them out. One keep pile. One give away pile. After cutting out I sort the keep pile into food and non food items. I have a great binder that has two rings inside. Left side non food items. Right food items.

I printed out labels from The Crazy Coupon Lady’s site. I didn’t use the table of contents she provided and put in my own order in the way I shop. I then file the coupons in clear baseball card plastic sheet dividers. I might have to trim or foldsome to fit. So now I can quickly flip through when I’m on a certain eisle at the store and know automatically what I have so I can see if its a good buy or not.

When I put something in the cart I am using a coupon for I slide that coupon out of the slot in the binder and into a storage bag I keep handy. That way when I check out. Its all neat. No digging. No mess. If I decide not to use a coupon. Say its a new item I wasn’t sure price on or the coupon wasn’t a good value for that item, I usually leave the coupon there on the store shelf for someone else.

I don’t use all my coupons at one time when I shop. I compare sales to see where I can get the best value. You can also “comp” at some stores like Walmart. They will match a competitor’s price. You can comp and still use a coupon. I’m usually not that organized but that’s where you really save the money!

Know your prices. I’m sure if you are homesteading already you have a round about idea what common prices are for feed, hay etc. Its exactly the same idea of knowing round about what things cost. For example a year ago you could get lean ground beef for 1.99 a lb. Not now and if you do see it grab it. Now its closer to a dollar more a pound.

I can’t think of anything there isn’t a coupon for. Yes even meat. There’s one right now if you buy Kingsford Charcoal you get $3.00 off meat. Oh another thing. Know the stores coupon policies. Some have gotten strict. Walmart is real easy though. However if you know policies you can know when a cashier was either misinformed about the policy or is just being lazy. I had one young girl say couponers were just “taking advantage” of the system. I asked her how was it taking advantage of anyone when the manufacturer issues the couponsfor their product. Its how marketing works. And hey if its cheap and I use it go ahead and pay me to use your product.

Coupons are money. I wish more people saw it that way. I mean if you saw $2.00 laying on the floor would you not be “Hey! Two bucks!” But I have seen someone with an item I had an extra coupon for and said “Here is a $2.00 coupon for that” Sometimes they say “No thank you, I don’t use coupons”. Puzzles me to no end when its a product you buy anyway.

Do you have to use a coupon if you have it. No. Only use if its something you buy anyway or a good value. Do I ever buy store brands? Yes if I like the quality and value. For example my family really doesn’t prefer Walmart’s Great Value Tomato Soup. We love the taste of Campbell’s. Its obvious to us when its not Campbell’s. It isn’t saving money to buy the off brand if you know your family wont eat it.

Well I hope I made you think more about a coupons place in Homesteading. Let me know if you have any questions.