Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Finding Balance

 Finding Balance . . . . . this is something David and I are having great difficulty with right now. I finally moved to David's property . . . . there are still some loose ends to tie up over at my old place (some of those ends are kind of big and really frayed, too) . . . . . we are starting from scratch to build up our home together (At the moment, we are still in the tent. It is pretty nice, but does come with its challenges). . . . . .  we are trying to get all of the animals smoothly incorporated together and all new pens, housing, etc built, plus bigger ones for the ones that we combined. . . . . . . setting things up to live with absolutely no electricity (it is a bit harder and more time consuming than you would think, but very doable) . . . . . . getting garden planted . . . . . fruit trees/bushes planted . . . . . trying to earn a self-employed income and build up our business (long way to go, there) while fighting against all of those trying to stop us from having our own business, getting the daily chores done (in an off grid way) . . . . . blogging . . . . . facebooking .. . . youtubing . . . . . and the list goes on and on and on. Whew! It's exhausting! ! ! !

We want (and plan to) be on here each and every day blogging away. Right now is when we actually have more than we have ever had to write about.... we could easily, each, be making 3 interesting posts a day and still not cover it all, but finding balance and getting the time to get it all done in a day is the issue at hand. I don't see how some people do it. Oh, yes, and of course we are doing all of this through the pain (sometimes extreme pain) of arthritis and a couple of other pained issues, and I am battling increased COPD and mold poisoning.

No, I am not complaining. I am just trying to do an update post and show a clear picture of what it is like right now at Two Farms One . . . . . why we are not so active on here right now, but truly want to be. We sure are missing having the time to interact with all of you fellow bloggers and followers on here! We often wonder how some of you are doing.

We will get there, though. We have many days where we get so frustrated and feel like we are not only getting no where, but going backwards. Then we get so tired we just can't go any more and have to take a good, long sit down break . . . . look all around us and are amazed at some progress we actually have made!

One HUGE battle right now is the Johnson grass in the garden. That stuff is horrible! I grew up battling it in the garden, but was blessed not to have it where I lived the last nearly 20 years. Now I am residing with the stuff once again. You pull one sprig out and 3 more grow up in its place! You spend a day fighting it, desperate to try and save your crop, then you look around and other things around the farm got behind while you were fighting the blasted grass! Even gardening brings on the question of where to find the balance with the rest of the farm. But somehow, we will get there.

Thank you so much for listening (reading) my little vent and update. We hope all is going well with all of you, and would love to hear from you and what you are doing these days... good or bad. Just remember, even when we aren't on here for long stretches, you all are still in our good thoughts. Have a fantastic day! ! ! !

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wordless Wednesday - Fragrant Fence Roses

The Fence Roses are bursting into bloom this week, here at Two Farms One, and filling the air with the intoxicatingly scrumptious aroma of Old Fashioned Roses!

Tightwad Tuesday - Helping Others Save Money with Coupons

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Sometimes being a tightwad and saving money isn't just about saving yourself money, but helping to save other people money, too. How? by sharing your coupons.

I was in the grocery store last week and ran across some cake mixes that were an unbelievable deal. (No, I don't usually ever purchase cake mixes, but these were an exceptional deal and I thought I would take advantage of the quick, sweet treat). Not only was it a great price, but if you purchased 4 of them, then you got even more of a savings, making them come out to only 50 cents each!

I got up to the register with them and asked the clerk if I had read it right, "Are these really 50 cents each if I buy 4 of them?" She said, "Yes, but you have to have a coupon to get that deal." My excitement sunk as I said, "Oh, I don't have a coupon." and instantly decided that I would just get one mix. BUT, the woman ahead of me that was still trying to organize everything back into her purse before she left excitedly said, "I have an extra coupon for them and I don't need it. Here, you can have it!" WOW! Thank you! What a sweet and wonderful gesture!  So last night, thanks to this generous woman, we enjoyed some yummy strawberry pancakes made from a strawberry cake mix. Our total cost was about 70 cents!

Over the years I have shared many coupons to help other people save money. I have taken extra coupons that I didn't need and laid them on their matching product in the store. I have also found some like that that other people have done the same with, and it was a great help that was greatly appreciated. For our hobby store, I have printed off full sheets of their %off coupons, used what I needed, then passed the rest out randomly to people in the store. To see the excitement and grateful smiles on so many of them is so warming and makes the time taken for the effort more than worth it. It was when I had once forgotten to bring a coupon in with me to the hobby store and someone gave me one of theirs that I thought to do this. That one little thoughtful gesture not only saved me several dollars, but enabled me to get the other item I had come to get but didn't have quite enough to get both. Once I gave one to a young girl in the line behind me and she got super excited for the same reason, she was spending her birthday money and she could then afford both items she was wanting to get!

Just a small gesture of sharing your coupons could make a huge difference in a person's day, or maybe even their life. So the next time you are clipping/printing off coupons and you start to leave the ones you don't need, consider clipping/printing them, also, and pass them out to someone else that might benefit from them.

Thank you for reading our post.... Have a fantastic day!

NOTE: Yes, it is actually Wednesday that I am making this post. During the time I had allotted to write this post, a bad storm came up and I could not get to the computer, but wanted to get it posted this week anyway. Sorry for the delay.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Pharmacy Friday - is now Farm-acy Friday

After much thought, discussion and pondering, Dave and I have decided to change the name of our Pharmacy Friday segment to Farm-acy Friday. We hope this doesn't confuse anyone.

Why are we doing this? Our biggest reason is our own safety. It absolutely burns us up that we, as American's, are losing one freedom right after another, and we certainly don't want to succumb to it. We also: however, want to keep us and our blog 'safe'.  Even if you have done nothing wrong, are completely within your rights and freedom of speech, to have to battle the "powers that be" if/when you get hit with 'trouble' for wording 'they' don't approve of, would take far more time, money and energy than we would care to put out. So . . . . we have decided to change the name of this segment to Farm-acy Friday.

Not only will this ensure a little more safety for us (you would not believe what that key word "pharmacy" has been drawing in to our site every time we make a post in this segment of our blog), but it will also expand this segment into a broader topic for us to talk about. We have been wanting to talk about natural and home remedies for farm life as well, but it just didn't quite fit into this segment. By changing the name to Farm-acy Friday, it will greatly broaden our abilities to talk about all aspects of and around the farm on this topic.

If you disagree at all with this or have any feedback, positive or negative, we would love to hear from you in the comments. For now, we will leave the ones we have already written as they stand, but from here forward, we will be calling this segment, Farm-acy Friday. We hope this isn't confusing to anyone. But if it is, please let us know.

Thank you for reading and have a terrific weekend!

Farm-acy Friday ~ Composting Toilets and Your Diet - part 1

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So many people are turning to composting toilets these days, us included. It's all part of that getting back closer to Nature living and reducing our footprint on the Earth, movement. You took it out of Nature, used it/consumed it, then put it back into Nature for that natural cycle of life style of living.

For those of us that are composters, be it just an average compost pile for our garden, or to also include the composting toilet, we are very careful as to what goes into our compost pile. We would never purposely pour a bottle of chemicals into the compost, nor dump in a bottle of pills, insecticides, hormones, or any other hazardous material. How horrifying! We don't want that stuff in our soil. It would leach out into our garden veggies, into the ground and into the ground water, etc. So why eat foods with all that stuff in it?

Think about it, you just got up and took some pills this morning, you use the composting toilet all through the day, then dump the 'compost' into your compost facility. All that medication passes right through you and into the composting toilet! Well, maybe not all of it, but quite a bit of it, and some medications and vitamins have been proven to pass all the way on through without ever dissolving. Just ask someone that cleans out those port-a-potties for a living. NO, I am NOT suggesting that you stop taking your medications if you are using a composting toilet, but I am asking you to give some thought to what you are doing and possibly look into seeing if there is a natural alternative to what you are taking if you are going to compost your waste.

Then there are the foods you eat. Are you dining out at all? Are you eating pre-packaged foods? What is in that stuff?! Do you read the labels before you eat it? Are their hidden pesticides on those fruits and veggies you are eating? Would you pour pesticides into your compost pile? Then why are you eating all that stuff that has been sprayed with them? It's going to go into your composting toilet and then on into your compost pile. What is all that stuff on that label that you can't pronounce? If it goes into your body, it is then going to go into your composting toilet and then on into your compost pile. Think about it . . . . really think about it.

Changing over to a composting toilet system has truly made us look much more closely at what we eat and put into our bodies. Even though we thought we were eating a lot more healthy (and we are) when we look at our diets more closely in relation to the fact that it might be going into our compost, we realize we still have a long way to go in making our diet more healthy. We want to eat as healthy as possible, and we are striving every day to eat a much more healthy diet, but this thought has made us realize that we just aren't there yet and need to continue to make healthier choices at the store, and further reduce what we are purchasing at the store while we increase what we grow on our own to eat.

Just thought I would give you something to ponder this week. It does give you food for thought, literally. Thanks for reading my post and have a fantastic day!