2017 Cancer Challenge from Sweet Potato 3

I have been so busy lately finishing up several baby blankets and an afghan for my adult son (long time in coming).

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Since I have been doing so much searching, ogling, perusing of many wonderful patterns and pattern bloggers online, I came across this post from Sweet Potato 3.

It is for a good cause with great new patterns from generous designers. I couldn’t pass up sharing it.

October is almost here, you know what that means!
It is Cancer Awareness Month, and the 2017 Cancer Challenge is just around the corner!
This may be a long post, but it should answer most of your questions and  give you more detailed information on how it is organized.

via 2017 Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3 – Sweet Potato 3

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Storage Run

Headed to the property to make our first true “Storage Run”.

Since we started prepping, even before we thought seriously about purchasing property, we have been putting things aside in case of a “rainy day”. Things we might need if for some reason we couldn’t purchase these items anymore, be it a loss of income for some reason, or true collapse. Or what if we just needed extras in case a disaster came and we needed to share with our neighbors.

Items we have been saving are things that perhaps we don’t currently have a use for, but still have some life left in them.

  • Used coats
  • Hiking/work boots
  • Snow work boots
  • Hats and gloves

We also started storing useful and hard to get toiletry and paper items.

  • New toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Nitrile gloves and other first aid items

Useful items for working outdoors during various scenarios.

  • Dust masks
  • Work gloves
  • Protective eye-wear
  • Raingear

Useful household items

  • Extra blankets
  • Pillows

Everything was packed in sturdy plastic containers just in case rodents invaded the shed and labeled or had an inventory list attached to the outside.

This all fit in the loft of our shed/cabin on the property.

I was relieved to have these boxes (6 in all) out of my living room finally. 🙂

As we get our actual house built up there (going through the permitting process now) I imagine we will do a few more of these prior to the full move.

More later!

Property Update 6/17/17 – Let there be light…

FINALLY!! Got back up to the property over the weekend. We were hoping the well guy could come out to view the property while we were there, but he is booked through the month. So we wait.

Instead, Michael worked on wiring the shed for electricity. We can now run lights and outlets with the generator, or just lights with truck battery. If/when we get the inverter then the battery will run the outlets so long as the draw isn’t too great.

Our next step is solar.

While Michael worked on wiring the shed, my son and I cleared more brush from around the cabin so we can expand our porch and make our outdoor “kitchen” a little nicer. We also added a privacy tent (blue item in background) with a bucket toilet. Whoot! Downright civilized!

This was the first time our son was able to come see the property. We walked the entire parcel while I explained all our plans and ideas. We also saw the familiar signs of our resident badger… still haven’t seen the badger yet. My son is already talking about putting a small cabin on the property for himself, as well. I am a happy mama for sure! 🙂

One thing I didn’t do so well this weekend was remember how brutal the sun is up here. It has been so long, and winter lulled me into a false sense of security. I received a fairly bad sunburn. Note to self: long sleeves and hats! Duh.

Items on our to do list for this year:

  1. Build a bunk and shelves inside shed.
  2. Build a corner counter/workbench in shed.
  3. Hook up solar to the shed.
  4. Get well dug and install solar powered well pump.
  5. Buy a cistern for the well.
  6. Buy or rent a tractor.
  7. Look into foundation for permanent home-site.

Let’s see how much we can get done before winter.

Our next trip up will hopefully be over 4th of July weekend and we can have 3 days up there to work.

To read other posts about our property see below.

Garam Masala – Indian Spice Blend

Here is another spice blend that I find absolutely necessary if you plan to make curry. We bought this blend from the store on a whim, and I use it in all my curries now. It gave my curry such an authentic flavor from what I was used to with just straight curry powder. Continue reading “Garam Masala – Indian Spice Blend”

Green Tomato Curry – Paleo

Its getting to be winter here in California, and we are being left with an over abundance of green tomatoes. I posted recently about canning your left over green tomatoes. In addition to canning them we looked up some recipes for how people use green tomatoes, and then came up with this yummy dish. Continue reading “Green Tomato Curry – Paleo”

5 Spice Powder

I love stir fry.  At least I do now, since I discovered 5 spice powder. When we bought this, it transformed my homemade stir fry to a whole new level (remember I can’t cook, hence the big difference one seasoning could make *wink*). My stir fry actual tasted like real Chinese stir fry, not just veggies doused in soy sauce. Continue reading “5 Spice Powder”

Canning Green Tomatoes

Last weekend we harvested 15 gallons of veggies from the garden (again!) and another 5 gallons that went to the chickens. We also spent a few minutes cleaning up our mess. Continue reading “Canning Green Tomatoes”