LL, did you check with your power company about the tree close to the power lines? Our power company removes anything threatening their infrastructure at no charge. It might be worth a call.
We have a garage full of tools due to buying them rather than paying someone to do a job. It's the old "teach a man to fish etc" concept. Having good tools and the right tools has saved us thousands over the years. Tools are a good investment IMO.
Another unsolicited tip: When we hired a tree guy, Husby worked as his swamper which saved us having to pay the actual swamper. Husby learned a lot about cutting trees from watching the tree guy and asking questions and paying attention to the tools and techniques used. That helps him do a better, safer job when we don't hire someone to cut a tree. We opted to hire someone that time due to having large trees that threatened our buildings, many within about 10 ft. It made more sense to pay an expert than to risk mistakes that could have destroyed our buildings and other stuff or gotten us hurt.
07-05-2019, 02:29 PM
Spirit Deer were your ears ringing yesterday? My husband and I are in the hill country of Texas vacationing and we went by a place with campers and he said look at all those cute campers....well I started in on you and how you had a camper and all the things you did to it to make it perfect and told him you could do anything and everything....cooking, canning, freezing, welding, wood working, build anything you needed etc etc.....so, you are now famous in our family....LOL....hope you had a great 4th.....
07-05-2019, 04:04 PM
Lol, Peg! That's funny! Your poor husband, having to hear all that! I don't weld though, although I wouldn't mind learning how.
Funny you should mention the camper, because I did a little mod today. It's hard for our AC and fridge to keep up if we're on sunny sites on hot days. So I repurposed a sun shade I made for our cabin years ago but have no use for now. I did minimal work using minimal materials I had on hand and attached it to the brackets already on the camper for the wind tie-down on the roof. No cost, no damage to camper, hardly any work. I still have to make a storage bag if I don't have one, but that won't cost anything either way. Doubt we will use the shade much but when we need it, we will really need it. No fun when we can't keep our food cool. Attachment 49135
07-05-2019, 05:43 PM
I repurposed a nylon bag for the new sun shade. No extra cost or work.
I also repurposed a Cordura bag for the poles for the AAR. I'm hoping the skirt and/or front panel will fit in too, but it's iffy.
07-06-2019, 03:03 AM
Rabbit- What beautiful beach pictures! Wish I was there....
Today was full of drama......Remember our lovely ex-tenants that destroyed our rental? Well, we found out that one of them had a court hearing today. So, we showed up with the sheriff and hoped to serve them papers for OUR court hearing to collect all of the $ that they owe us for damaging the condo...We weren't sure they would show. But they did! He was served the papers in the courtroom and was so confused. He kept asking what they were for...She lied about her name and ran into the bathroom. When she came out, the cops arrested her and served her the papers! I will try to see what happens from here!
07-06-2019, 09:22 AM
rujerro, so glad you were able to track down your ex-tenants. How satisfying that must have been to see their faces when the sheriff served them their papers! I love that your day got a whole lot better as theirs got a whole lot worse.
Up early and getting a lot done. Already have vacuumed, dusted, two loads of laundry, stripped bed/remade, picked up house, cleaned litter boxes and cleaned kitchen. I don't know what our day holds yet but at least my indoor chores are done.
07-06-2019, 11:24 AM
We had a good dinner at home with friends last night. Months ago I bought a huge pork shoulder for .99/lb and yesterday we put it in the smoker. Used a lot of fallen wood from the yard (we have maple trees), so no cost in fuel to cook it. Took over 8 hours, and came out really well. (and got rid of a lot of branches) I made cole slaw and cheesy corn as sides, and whipped up one of those instant cheesecake mixes for dessert. I think it was as good as a restaurant dinner, and we didn't have to wait 2 hours in line for a table. (which happens around here on holiday weekends)
Today will be a little less frugal, as we are going sight seeing with friends and may buy lunch out, and certainly dinner because they have some favorite places they like to go to when they're here.
Rujerro, I'm glad you located your ex tenants and got them served. I hope you win the case and can get what you're owed.
SD, your little awning looks very useful.
Have a great day everyone.
07-06-2019, 03:27 PM
Got the wheel well flap buttonholes made for the clips to hold it to the trailer and sewed to the main part of skirt. Glad that's done. Wasn't looking forward to it.
I'm getting closer to setting up the AAR for what I hope will be its final fitting, but we're switching gears for a while to build the last section of our boardwalk. In order to do that, we needed to move a small area of lilies of the valley. We're building terraces on the steep hill behind and to the side of our garage. There is an erosion problem there, and the lilies should help anchor the soil. We had to buy the dirt, but we got it on sale and picked it up during a camping trip, so no additional gas. The timbers for the terraces are old ones that are rotting and were removed from elsewhere in the yard. They work well for this project because they don't have to look nice, and by the time they rot completely, the lilies will be well established and won't need them, and the timbers will then provide nutrients for them. We had to buy small fence posts to hold the timbers in place, but they were cheap on sale. The lilies and timbers are free, saving us hundreds.
07-06-2019, 06:30 PM
Originally Posted by josantoro
I ordered a pair of bifocals online, total cost, about $40.
Glasses came today and are going right back. I started wearing them while driving and noticed when I looked down thru the bifocal lower part, everything looked squirrelly. So I parked some distance from a sign and compared them to my 10 y.o. bifocals. Distance was worse than without glasses, close-up like I said, they weren't lining up right. Middle distance was great. Guess I will have to make do with my old ones.
07-06-2019, 09:35 PM
Well, I'm not going to be sleeping well tonight. Got a notice from the water co that our usage in the past 7 days is 400% of normal. IE, in one week we've used over a month's worth of water. Something is wrong. Can't find any leaks. Toilets aren't leaking, faucets aren't dripping, hoses aren't on. Water meter is spinning merrily away. Don't know where the water is going but I have a feeling it's going to be expensive....
07-06-2019, 11:40 PM
SD - Thanks and we'll call them Monday. Worst thing they can say is no.
CH - Can you turn the water off to the house so it doesn't keep running all night?
Yesterday we foraged for chantrell mushrooms again and found a bunch but only took what we would use. I cleaned them and made cream of mushroom soup again. Today I canned 2 gallons of it with beef chunks. We like it that way in the crock pot so why not can it that way and 1/2 gallon without meat. I used hm chicken broth to make the soup. The only cost was the flour to thicken it, salt, pepper and meat that was bought on sale, $2.99/#. Before we left I used a jar of mushroom soup that didn't seal and poured it on beef strips in the crock pot. It makes it hard to eat out when you have a hot meal waiting on you at home.
Today I juiced tomatoes from the garden and made 4 gallons of chili. The main cost was the meat - some ground beef at $1.89/# and roast at $2.99/#. I call the dried beans free because they are 3 years old and I no longer remember how much they cost. I made the chili seasoning from scratch. From the garden - tomatoes, onion, garlic and home grown jalapenos that I had in the freezer. One jar didn't seal so we will be eating that this week. Love a grilled cheese with chili!!
I also made tomato soup - well mostly. I'll thicken it up tomorrow and can it, Everything was from the garden - fresh or frozen from a prior year. Tomatoes, green peppers, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, garlic. The thickener is salt, flour and sugar, my only cost. I think I have 2.5 gallons.
I did have a spend today . Before I started on the above I had to go to town to have the propane bottles refilled so I could do all the canning in the garage and keep the heat out of the house.
All in all it was a very busy day and I made some room in the freezer.
07-06-2019, 11:50 PM
LL, the mushrooms sound great. I wouldn't even know what or where to look around here. Safer to trust the supermarket. :)
We shut the water off for now, so it won't run all weekend. I can't call the water co until Monday. We'll turn it on for short periods to wash up, until it gets fixed. Uggh.
07-07-2019, 12:28 AM
Contrary- I hope the water issue gets figured out. Is the utility company sending someone out to see what's going on?
JO- Sorry about the glasses. Can they be fixed for free??
Went to Costco. I made it to the member of the "100 club." Everything was going just fine at checkout until I saw a sign on the register that advertised AMC movie tickets at $30 for 4...About $7.50 each. And they don't expire......Well, I picked up 2 sets. That pushed me over what I was hoping to spend...
I knew I should've gotten eggs today. I have 2 left and DS2 wants cookies made. I'll make cookies tomorrow and buy eggs at work.
07-07-2019, 01:59 AM
Rujerro, I can't call the utility co until monday. Anyway, once it leaves the main line and crosses onto our property it is our problem, according to local rules, unless the meter is broken, which it does not seem to be. DH says we need a plumber. I think this is way beyond a plumbing problem. They may have to dig out the cement in our garage and driveway to get to the water line. I don't know, I've never had anything like this happen to me before. And of course it's a weekend so I can't just call and ask.
Good deal on the tickets. Check the fine print though, I think some of those special passes have limitations. There are some fun movies coming this summer, I hope we get to enjoy a few ourselves.
Shortbread cookies don't use eggs. :)
07-07-2019, 06:36 AM
CH, I hope your water problem is something that they can easily identify and fix without being horribly costly. I know in the Detroit suburbs, people get water bills for one month incredibly high and there is nothing out of the ordinary or wrong. Of course you can't fight the water dept. so you just have to pay your bill.
Getting my grocery list together, will hit Meijer after church this morning. Planning on going to the boardwalk this afternoon.