August 29, 2011


Yep, we got em now! HAHA! Today we got 9! Out of the nine 3 were white so all the white leghorns are laying - YEA!

We're down to 11 chickens -- 10 hens and 1 rooster. I freecycled the autralop rooster to a couple that has 24+ autralop hens. He's probably really happy now LOL!


August 5, 2011

figures, lists, and numbers

I've been thinking about all the different things we need to add to our preps. I've got lists in my head for short term & long term -- buy now & buy later -- nice to have & NEED to have. Then come the lists that are the prices of each item and certain places to get them.


So my goal is to keep things simple. Main idea pick an item, figure up how much we need of that item and how long I want to keep it/re-buy it. The items I pick have to be something that I don't think we can lived without (usually the kids & Darkside help with this).

Things we NEED should be stored as long term as we can afford or at least as long as I can say without sounding too crazy LOL Money is tight (real tight!) so items that I can't get with my food stamps have to wait till we have more money or tax time.

First up - water. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT! We had a emergency end of June/start of July this year that I've yet to post about where we learned how bad we've let our water storage decline. We also learned how poorly we were prepared for a long term shortage. So this month I'm planning on fixing that as much as possible.

Long term plan -- buy 6, 55 gallon water storage containers and connect them in some way so that it will be easy to cycle the water when needed and also so that we can use it easily. I would also like to have some sort of siphon or pump to use with these just in case the power is out. 6 x 55 gal = 330 gal or roughly 1 drum per person which should last 27 days. Now to be completely honest that wont work like that because we do have animals that we also need water for but it's a decent start.

Short term plan -- buy about $100 worth of bottled water this month. This will be beneficial in a couple ways. For one I noticed as we were going through the emergency that the single serve bottles were best - everyone got their own and I could see who was being hogs and who wasn't. And for two since they are packaged I with an expiration date I don't have to worry about "did I write the date on this or not?". And three, it gets us semi-prepped for now. And four, worst case scenario we can always use them after we get the above system in place as back up.

Next thing - toilet paper. This is about the second most important LOL! This is also something that will have to wait till later because of lack of money. But here's the goal - 2 years worth of tp, one we're using and one for storage. With the ultimate goal of constantly having 1 year's worth put up. Now I was trying to figure this up and it's kinda difficult. Let me spell it out =)

We currently have 6 people in our home -- 3 girls, 3 boys. At anytime this number can fluctuate. We have one girl who is very pre-puberty and refuses to wipe (I've come close to beating her but what good would that do?!). We also have the variable of sicknesses, future in-laws, current in-laws, more kids, and company to figure in. We do not buy paper towels or tissues but use tp as a double duty for these things.

So our normal 24 pack lasting almost 3 weeks will not be likely to count on in my opinion. I think a 24 pack every 2 weeks is a better figure. So that means for 1 yr = 26 and 2 yrs = 52. Each one costs (right now) with tax $6.96 but I like round numbers so $7. So to buy what I need for 2 yrs to get started I'll need $364 and the round numbers thing plus a possibility of inflation makes that into $375.

Now on top of that I also need to store this in a way that will preserve it as much as possible from moisture and rodents. That's an additional amount. I'm thinking plastic tubs -- but they aren't water/moisture tight and the price is high. So my other idea is buckets -- I think it'll cost too much for little amount stored. Last idea I have is a plastic trash can which may not be completely water tight but I could put them in a bag inside the trash can. Big plastic trash cans only cost about $15 and can hold alot I would think -- like maybe 3-4 ~ 24 packs? But again that still means 13 trash cans which  is $195!

I just don't know yet need to think more on this! And for now that's all the time I have =)


August 4, 2011

lazy day

Picture of today --

Well today was a lazy day even though it was decent outside. I guess we needed a day to reboot from all the draining days? LOL It doesn't help that 4 of the 6 of us are getting too little sleep :\

What we did today -- got the potatoes inside and washed, watered the garden, made raw salsa, did Miss Vicky's makeup (youngest daughter), and also made her some new eye shadow. Oh yeah and we picked up a pair of sandals from a freecycle listing but they didn't fit me or Alexis =(


Oh yeah and I downloaded a new program that allows you to see, hear & print guitar/bass tabs. So then we was able to d/l two new songs for Chiam -- Ratt ~ Way Cool Jr  and  Great White ~ Mista Bone. He's having a blast trying to play them!

And we also managed to get almost all of our other "normal" stuff done -- except I meant for the kids to move the hamster's water bottles around. We did a complete cleaning of all their stuff about 2 weeks ago and I've noticed that since water bottles were switched that some of them have a hard time getting water now =( I really need to make sure they do that tomorrow!

Oh and last, on a sad note, Darkside's biggest, oldest goldfish died today ='(  We could tell he was feeling poorly cause he hasn't been swimming like normal. That old fish was the only one that lived through the "GREAT BLEACHING OF WINTER 2010" (I know I should lol but it does sound silly!) Short story - we cleaned the tank THOROUGHLY and didn't rinse well enough and lost all the fish but one.


August 3, 2011

Jeez it's just been too hot lately! I really hope since it cooled down alot tonight that it'll be cooler for the next couple of days. This heat makes everything impossible to do.

Let's see.......

The pet store lady said wait a couple of days then call her. So that's on hold for awhile.

Still trying to harvest potatoes and still need to process the ones we have harvested. And the herbs are doing GREAT! Still getting tomatoes thankfully!  Here's one that looked funky we got the other day =)

LOL It looks like it's got a dingy! Too funny! I have no clue what caused it to do this?

Still no eggs from the chickens. Been feeding them every scrap I can to entice them but no luck yet. It may be the heat? Young birds are so finicky.

Need to make some laundry detergent again. Last time we did it (too long ago) we tried the liquid method because I wasn't getting the soap small enough to dissolve quickly and I broke my 3rd food processor grating it. The liquid is more difficult to find storage for but is easier to use at the moment you need it.


August 1, 2011

KISS concert

That's my husband (back left) and my oldest son (back right) and my oldest daughter (front center) right before they hit the road to go see KISS in concert at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield, IL on July 18th.

My husband is a HUGE fan of Gene Simmons and KISS, has been for about 20 years ever since they were in the area then. He has all kinds of memorabilia, a tattoo, and he even named our oldest son after Gene Simmons! So when we heard that they were coming back to Springfield while on tour this year I knew I had to get him tickets!

They were not cheap either! And this was for bad seats but...... I couldn't let him pass this opportunity. =)  We asked the kids who wanted to go and who could pass. They all said they wanted to, of course! The 2 younger ones  I decided should wait. I also didn't want to go so I could stay home with them. I'm not a HUGE fan of KISS, plus with my back they way it is now I just don't know if I could have made it in line. It wasn't a huge deal for me to miss it but I did want to see how excited my husband got heehee!

In this picture you can probably see the excitement on everyone's faces but if you look close my husband and oldest son are a tad less excited. That's cause number 1 - my husband HATES crowds passionately! and number 2 - in Feb 2010 I won tickets from the local TV station to go see WWE. My husband and oldest son went as they are the biggest wrestling fans in the house. It sucked for the most part. Oh they liked the opportunity to go and finally see in person but the pizzazz that is shown on TV wasn't there in Springfield. So they thought that KISS may suck a little with their whole stage show. SO NOT TRUE!!

KISS rocked their butts off! They did the whole she-bang too -- pyro, fireworks, confetti, everything!

Needless to say they came home half deaf, dead camera batteries, a full SD card of videos and pictures, and with a brand new deeper love for KISS! Even my daughter who normally only likes pop diva music LOL!

I hate spending money but you know what? Sometimes it's so worth it!

$160 - 3 nose bleed KISS tickets
    25 - concert Tshirt & bandana
    15 - gas to drive to Springfield
going to a KISS concert = PRICELESS!