Monday, July 24, 2017

July 23, 2017

Thought the fridge was busted after I washed it out earlier today. Turns out the darn thing was just off for too long and had somehow moved too close to the wall. Add in all the stuff we threw out and burned in the burn barrel and you get a pretty empty fridge with no room for air circulation behind it.

Once hubby moved the thing out a mere INCH from the wall, poof - cold freaking air in the thing in mere moments, and the outside started cooling off, too. I was getting a bit worried when the outside was getting rather warm, and we both were certain we were going to need a new fridge and quick, which, of course, we can't afford since we're just getting back on our feet financially.

But the fridge did need to be washed ... OMG. Since the temp control got bumped a bit ago and we didn't notice right off, the thing was leaving stuff warm. Couldn't figure it out for a few days, so we lost some stuff, but since most of our stuff in the summer is non-perishable and what will go bad we get fresh and use in a day or so, because of the heat and our power coming only from the gennie right now, we got off lucky. Lost a bit of raw chicken, some eggs, and a bit of sausage, and a couple of his frozen meal things. Oh yeah and a couple bottles of dairy-based salad dressings that we hardly use anyhow.

Going to start shopping amazon for those little packets of things like ketchup, mayo, and the like, because even if it's a pain to open a bunch of them, it's safer in the warmer weather since nobody's home that much. I need to find my butter bells for butter and cheese. Also as it's warm weather, we don't get much in the way of fresh meat, we do a lot of canned. Also need to find a pressure canner...again, likely amazon. It's where I got my last one, which is in Mom's basement, and which likely is no good after eight years, lol. It's sad that I forgot it when I came to Arkansas, but I honestly didn't expect it to be more than a mini-vacation with a bit of job-hunting for fun. Never expected to actually get a job, let alone everything else that's happened down here!

Think I may have to start doing things like canned hash again as midweek dinner, plus do things like chicken and tuna salad for lunches - just enough to use up that day and call it done for that batch.

The shop is climbing nicely in number of items ... I'm aiming to hit my fee threshold on or just after Thursday this month of $25 so I can go to the next higher threshold of $50 for the automatic payment of fees. The more items I can cram in the store without having to worry about fees, the better. I've been wanting to do it for ages, but with him sick and out of work, it was temporarily impossible. Now it's not, so I can do a bit of expanding, which should help with more sales!

Add in the new lack of restrictions on what you can list on Pattern only, and I have me a BUSINESS growing!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I didn't realize ...

I hadn't posted since MARCH!

Things were just that dicey around here and I didn't want to post anything. No good mood to write or anything. Lots of months of being scared ... more on that somewhat later after some things are taken care of.

Meanwhile ....

I think God decided to cook Arkansas. It's just that hot here. Temps in the 90s, heat indices in the low 100s, and every time rain is forecast these last two weeks, it fizzles. I'm almost glad most days that my regular day job is in a chicken plant, so I work in a cool environment!

Still, there are new things going up in the shop almost daily. I say almost because Wal-Mart no longer carries those neat little USB cooling fans for laptops, so my poor computer keeps wanting to get hot if I use it before work in the daytime. (I work second shift. Crappy hours, but lots of overtime to help with homestead bills as we get things started out.)

Right now, dinner is cooking, I'm adding a few listings and editing others, and tomorrow, while hubby works on things around here, where there is no air conditioning except what breeze blows through the windows and the fans, I'm heading to McDonald's to work on the shop, hijack the free wifi, and soak up some cool.

Now, you're probably asking why we have no a/c if we live in such a hot area. We are off-grid homesteaders. This means we are not connected to the power and water grids like most folks. We generate our own power (currently with a generator, soon to switch to solar and wind as time and money allow), and haul in water until we get a well drilled. So, no air conditioning, and there still won't be after we have the solar and wind systems in, because we'd have to have a HUGE system in, and that gets pretty pricey after a bit, even to run a small a/c unit.

For now, dinner is near ready and I'm hungry. Time for food and more shop stuff!