Saturday, July 31, 2010

FIRST STEP IN FOLLOWING A BUDGET

1. CUT COSTS:
TO ME THE LARGEST COST CUTTER IS A SIMPLE CLOTHES LINE. WHEN I LIVED IN THE CITY AND WAS A YOUNG BRIDE, I CALLED THE POWER COMPANY AND TALKED TO THEM ABOUT WHAT I COULD DO TO CUT COSTS...THEY SAID PUT UP A CLOTHES LINE....MY DRYER WAS USING A FULL 1/3 OF MY POWER BILL AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT. WHEN I STARTED LINE DRYING MY POWER BILL WENT DOWN INSTANTLY. TO ME 103 DEGREES WITH A STIFF WIND = THE PERFECT LAUNDRY DAY.






AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT THERE IS NOTHING LIKE CRAWLING INTO LINE DRIED SHEETS AFTER A COLD SHOWER....I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL TONIGHT.

2. RAISE YOUR OWN MEAT
I DIDN'T TAKE A PHOTO OF THE MEAT CHICKENS BUT (KNOCK ON WOOD) NOT ONE HAS DIED. THEY ARE 2 WEEKS AND 3 DAYS OLD AND THEY ARE TWICE AS LARGE AS THE EGG LAYING PULLETS THAT I BOUGHT AT THE SAME TIME. EVERYONE IS MISERABLE DUE TO THE HEAT BUT OTHER THAN PANTING, THEY SEEM TO BE DOING FINE. THEY EAT, DRINK AND LAY AROUND. I WILL HARVEST ONE IN 4 WEEKS TO SEE IF THEY ARE LARGE ENOUGH.

NEXT HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE RABBIT FRAME. JOHN IS A GREAT CARPENTER. HE DID THIS BEFORE I TOOK HIM AND THE GRAND BOYS TO THE PUBLIC POOL TO COOL OFF. HE WILL PULL OFF THE SLATS ON THE BOTTOM AND USE THEM TO FLOOR THE LITTLE TOOL SHED. THE DOORS TO THE RABBIT CAGES WILL BE RIGHT AT CHEST LEVEL SO THAT THEY ARE EASY TO MOVE AROUND. THE RABBIT POO WILL FALL TO THE BOTTOM ON TO HAY THAT I WILL LAY THERE AND IT WILL BE MOVED TO THE COMPOST PILE NOW AND THEN OR DIRECTLY TO THE GARDEN. IN TX THIS IS NOT A GOOD TIME OF YEAR TO START RABBITS SO I WILL WAIT UNTIL SEPT TO GET MY FIRST DOE AND BUCK. I WANT TO START SMALL SO I CAN LEARN.




WITH BOTH OF THESE IN PLACE I WILL THEN BE LOOKING FOR A SECOND HAND PRESSURE CANNER. I WILL CAN MOST OF THE MEAT I RAISE.

GOTTA RUN...THE NEXT LOAD OF LAUNDRY IS READY TO GO OUT.

3 comments:

Faith said...

Hmmmmmm... I would not have suspected the drier to use that much power. I'll have to check that by shutting everything else off and running it to see what it consumes.

I wish we could get the rabbits going. Just too much for the cages at this point. Your cage frames look really good.

Raising our own meat would be great. Hopefully one day soon. :o)

~Faith

Peggy said...

Wish we lived closer to each other and I would give you a pair of New Zelands. They are great meat rabbits and grow fast! You are doing so much and so well in your homesteading adventure. Have a blessed week!

SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

Thank you Peggy. I wish my place was a beautiful as yours though!! I will look into New Z's. I hope they are tough since I am a rookie!