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By Bev Sandlin,

What did I do to become more self-reliant this week? I’m pretty wore out, so it feels like I did a lot. Went in for my wellness exam and ended up with a tetanus shot that has a whooping cough vaccination with it – apparently whooping cough has become pandemic again. Got the stove and oven working – that was huge after having nothing to cook on for a week plus. We’ve been harvesting potatoes and I created two storage bins for the cellar where I store them; post coming up on that this week. Purchased an inexpensive survival knife at Alco and a review on that will also be coming up this week.

And then there is my 5 gallon compost bucket experiment at the 30 day mark.

5 gallon compost bucket at 4 weeks.

5 gallon compost bucket at 4 weeks.

I am seeing this as a qualified success. I need at least a drain hole in the bottom of the bucket as it never quite dried out. My aeration holes around the bucket need to be larger, I think. I started out with straight kitchen scraps and some hay for dry matter. Didn’t even throw in any manure to activate it. NEVER had an odor! Cheap and easy to turn. Need to crush up the egg shells or eliminate them.

If you have ever played around with composting, you know it is as much an art as a science. Each batch is different and you can appear to do the same thing twice and get different results – not as easy as it looks to be and it normally takes a lot longer than 30 days. I am definitely going to continue playing with this technique as it is inexpensive (the cost of a 5 gallon bucket), easy (just fill and tip over once a day), vermin free, and it WORKS!

That compost spread out in the garden.

That compost spread out in the garden.

And then I did get the first ledger board up on the front of the new chicken pen. I actually got that 20′ 2×8 up there myself (used decking screws to set it on) but couldn’t level, adjust and screw it in all by myself so Bob helped with that. I am absolutely dreading the one on the barn that has to go higher up.

Progress on the new chicken coop.

Progress on the new chicken coop.

And I took advantage of a 24 hour sale and bought a 4 person Bear Grylls pop up tent for $71 and a new camp stove. I am more than pleased with both and more info will be coming up soon. And yes the tent went up and came down incredibly easy, even for a dummy like me, plus the instructions (which are printed big enough where I don’t need my reading glasses) are sewn into the carry bag!  :)

tent with rainfly on


So it has been a very, very busy week for me PLUS I am a first time Grandma this week to a little redheaded granddaughter in Boston! That bright red hair just seems to go on down the line. My Dad was a redhead, my husband was a redhead, my son is a redhead (still bright red almost orange) and now my granddaughter is a redhead. :)

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Okay Patriots, how were you more self-reliant this week?


Proverbs 27:12

A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions.

The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

In God We Trust

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