Saturday, June 10, 2017

Where Does The Time Go!

I haven't been here since last September. Wow. How did that happen? Life sometimes gets in the way of, well, life. Last fall  an elderly relative of ours fell and got to the point where he could no longer live alone, so he has moved in with us. He's a city boy and we are definitely not in the city. It's been an adjustment for all.

Around the same time that we were getting the place ready for him to move in I was diagnosed with Sjogrens Syndrome. Something else to research and adjust to. I was actually happy to get the diagnosis because something has been wrong for years....little things here and there. At least now I know why.

So the gardens aren't as big (lots and lots of planters) and I try not to get too stressed out about the little things. We are still thankful everyday to get to live in such a beautiful space. Especially on days like today when the sun is shinning, the chickens are running around the yard, cows are grazing and the cucumbers are growing.

Things are falling into place more and I have missed my blog. I am hoping to get back to regular posts soon.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Well, We Finally Had to Have a New Well


For the past 13 years we have had to be very careful with our water consumption during dry summers because we only have a 16' dug well and if it is a dry summer our well will go dry. We only had it go completely dry once, but we are very careful every summer and be sure to conserve and use rain water as much as possible.

This year has been about the driest summer since we've lived here and we finally had a well drilled about a month ago. If we hadn't we would be out of water now, even with careful use.

It is nice to have the drilled well. It goes down about 140 feet and we should be able to water gardens  (and ourselves) much easier in dry years.

We will still be using all the rain water we possibly can, especially in the garden room. The plants really thrive being watered with rain water.

We still need to have the water tested, but we did get the HealthyWise TDS meter water test kit

The  meter is easy to use, simple and to the point. No calibration, no fuss, just dip the end into your water and wait a minute or so for the reading to settle in and that's it. I used this to help determine what condition our new well is in, we are going to have it tested by a regular lab but this tester gave us an idea of what could be wrong, if anything, with our water. It shows that our new well is, well -- good, (I know that wasn't that funny, it sounded better in my thoughts, guess it should have stayed there).

I figured as soon as we had the well done we'd get a ton of rain, but that hasn't been the case. It is still very dry here. Hopefully it will be a rainy fall or we could be in for a rough year next year too!

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#HealthyWiserTDS

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Review for Night Provision TX11 Tactical Flashlight Torch Cree XPL-HD 1000 Lumen LED




Every once in a while we get a product that we just love and fits in with our way of life. Flashlights are something we have a lot of and are always looking for better ones. 
  
Out of all the flashlights that I have tried this one so far is the best. The TX11 Tactical Flashlight is small enough that you can put in in you pocket with out any trouble yet it is powerful enough to light up the night giving you light where you need it. There are several different light settings allowing you to conserve battery life if you are going to be out for long periods but then with the push of a button you're back to full power when you need it. The The TX11 Tactical Flashlight is a bit more than a lot of other tactical lights on the market but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for and what you're paying for here is quality and durability, something that in an emergency situation you can depend on. This light carries a 5 year warranty but I've got a feeling that it will last way beyond that. It comes in a really nice box suitable for a gift, a holster to put on your belt, a lanyard and two O rings and a spare button cover.

 Disclosure: We received this product for free/discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This review is our opinion of the quality and function of the item. We have not been compensated for this review nor are we affiliated with the seller. This review is our opinion and our opinion only.

#TX11

Friday, August 12, 2016

Actually Had Some Rain Today!


Yesterday I posted about us having such a dry summer and today it rained! Not a lot, but enough to give the garden and plants a good drink. I should have posted weeks ago, maybe the rain would have come sooner!

Every year we try to add to our gardening tools; last year it was shovels, this year it is hose nozzles. I know that sounds odd, but I like to have a decent nozzle at every hose. We have a hose in the garden room, one on the back deck, one on the front deck and one for the garden. The hose on the front deck has the RY Gardener nozzle and the nozzle works out really well because I can use it as a light mist all the way up to high pressure. Plus the handle is a no slip grip so even when my hands are wet I can hang onto it easily. I have used it for seedlings and even high pressure for cleaning off the deck.



I am already thinking of what will be on next year's shopping list. Floating row covers. We have had ours for about 13 years and they are really getting worn out.  I use them not only for plant protection from frost, but also plant protection from chickens. They love any freshly turned ground.

I think rain is in the forecast for tomorrow as well. I hope so!



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#RY_GARDENER

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Dry Year and The Plants Are Suffering



This has been an unusually dry and hot summer for us and it is really starting to show in our garden. Our well is only a 16' dug well, which has gone dry on us in past years so we are very careful with our water usage in years like this.

We save and use as much rain water as we can but even that storage is almost gone.

This year we have grown more food in planters and large pots on the deck and have an expandable hose with a fireman style nozzle that has been very handy. The nozzle makes it easy to control the flow of water so I don't feel as I am over watering and wasting water.
The weather forecast is for rain this weekend. I hope so, but that has also been the forecast the past few weekends and we  have yet so see any of this rain. The next town over has, but not us. Meanwhile I will save all of the cooking water (full of nutrition for the plants) and water sparingly.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

The AYL Flashlight


Every once in a while we receive a product for free/discount in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This week we received the AYL flashlight.

It is a compact light and also has a clip so you can hook it on your belt, this is nice considering that it would be a bit awkward to put in you pocket. I puts out a lot of light. I use the 18650 batteries that are included, I think they last longer then the 3 AAA. The zoom function works well, but like other Cree LED's when you zoom out you get a square light pattern, this is not a bad thing, it's just odd. Slide the zoom back just a bit and you get a normal light. This light has 3 brightness settings, a strobe setting and an SOS setting, not really sure what you would use the strobe setting for, if you were injured or in trouble you would use SOS. The flashlight comes with a battery holder to use 3 AAA batteries, a 18650 battery with sleeve and a charger to charge the 18650 battery.

The flashlight does give off a lot of light, which is great. We use a lot of flashlights around here and we like them to be bright and the batteries to be long lasting.





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Friday, July 29, 2016

Why Is It So Hard To Relax?


For years I have been trying to meditate. It really shouldn't be that hard, but it is for me. As soon as I sit for more than 2 minutes I feel as though I need to get up and be doing something....have I watered the plants, are the dishes washed, what are we going to have for supper tonight....the thoughts never seem to stop.

Instead of sitting quietly I decided to try meditating to music and then maybe I could go from there to total quite.

I got a copy of Tranquil Guitar Soothing Music For Relaxation and Sleep CD and have been playing that and trying to clear my mind. The music is very peaceful and there are ocean waves between songs that make the transition from one song to the next without any interruption.

I try to take the time every day for at least 20 minutes to just sit and listen to this CD. I have been doing it for about 5 days and I do feel more relaxed.  I am hoping to be able to take my 20 minutes with this CD and later in the day do 20 minutes of silence.  Wish me luck!

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 #TranquilGuitar