Monday, June 4, 2012

Sabbatical Ends

Heads up this blog is still active, just a bit slow as of late.

I've been working six days a week (cue the Beatles Classic) which has been a great blessing because the borrowed time we've been living on has come to an end. The roof which needed replacing when I bought our old house 13 years ago, has finally sprung a leak.
So for now the electrical will have to wait while I come up with all those dead presidents to keep the rain & all too soon snow off our heads.                        

Last week the gods realized I had a steady paycheck & broke my laptop. Yeah that's right it was the gods who were also responsible for a few other unexpected bills that watered down the roof fund.
Such is life.

It times like these that I am glad we live well below our means; cheap rent, cheap tastes, no car note. I know that in the prepping movement everyone prepares for the "Big One" but for us it's more of being able to weather all the little ones.
Having the skills to live comfortable on almost next to nothing is what I'm talking about.

Sunday my day off I canned up 14 jelly jars of Strawberry Rhubarb Jam. Both were left overs that were gifted by a gf who worked the food bank last Friday. And so the 2012 canning season begins !

I also got a portion of the garden planted which made me feel better about the sad state of my city lot. Section after section of weed and no it's not that  cash crop just Gill-over-ground, Plantain, Rye Grass, Feverfew, Buttercup, along with a perennial Primerose Sundrop that has taken over like a bad case of poverty.

My grand plans were to thin the landscape plants like a boot camp barber, pot up, then barter or sell but that will have to wait for next Spring. What little time I have will be devoted to filling the pantry shelves. The majority of the mason jars are empty due to my lazy efforts last year.

~~ pelenaka ~~


  1. Glad to see yunz (yinz? y'all? youse guys?) are hanging in there.

    Have been checking every so often to see what is happening.

    Details about the laptop failure? Friend has a laptop whose display died. It works fine with an old display hooked up. Of course, not as portable anymore.

  2. The laptop is going on 3 maybe 4 years old and I've used it pretty hard. As of right now the major issue is that a browsing file was deleted.

    As to hanging ... we always hang sometimes with grace & humor other times by the skin of our teeth.

  3. You go girl!!! Our coffers are alarmingly low, also. I gotta tell you. I love coming here to see a new post! It really gives me moral support and incentive to live even more cheaply. Isn't it funny how things go wonky when a few greenbacks come rolling in? Well not really funny...but so true. Keep up the good work.


Thanks, good to know there are other's with this interest