Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday Update From The Homestead - April 4


Happy April! April seems to be the month that truly feels like Spring to me. That may be because the weather and temperatures seem to be better. We have had great temps the last couple days, but of course the wind has been blowing hard! We haven't gotten much done outside as a result.

And sorry about missing last week's update. My mind went somewhere else last week and I totally forgot about this on Monday!

Rob accepted a welder position at one of the local manufacturing plants. This is a big change for him since he has been a trucker for the last fifteen years. He wanted a job that did not include trucking long hours and he found one. I am so excited for him!

We have gotten a lot done, but we still have so many things to do around the house. Rob got the shower and tub re-caulked. He also cleaned the living room carpet which I do every spring. He is really good at fixing a lot of things. He is definitely a rock star in my book!

We have been purchasing more things to fix small and big problems around the house. I bought more sturdy shelving for the food storage/prepping area. I have plans to buy two more big sets of shelves for that area for this year. I use these shelving units in my food storage/prepping area because they are sturdy and can hold a lot of weight. I have also added more food to my food storage including a buckets of flour and brown rice, flats of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, and been trying to up my first aid preps.

I also bought black-out, thermal-lined curtains for two of the upstairs bedrooms. My goal is to have these curtains in every window upstairs. In addition to blacking out light, they are great for blocking drafts and keeping the rooms warm or cool depending on the season. Also, they block out light so ill-intention people have no idea if we are home or not. 

I don't know about you, but what has been on my mind lately is how much we have to do! I just feel an urgency to get these things done and I know, in my mind, they need to be done sooner than later. I have been constantly making to-do lists and crossing stuff off and finding more things to get put on the to-do lists. Whether it has been home projects, the kids, homesteading, prepping, gardening, and whatnot, I just feel it all should have been done yesterday. 

This is not really a good mindset. I am finding myself getting anxious and worried. I have lost my sense of humor a bit and struggle to relax. It is affecting my relationships with those around me. I find myself trying to at least smile. That hasn't been easy either. 

Otherwise, we have been keeping up with the schedule. Paige's track season is underway with the first outdoor meet scheduled for tomorrow. She runs 400, 800, and 1600 meters in open runs and relays. We are working with Dane on reducing his screen time as it was becoming apparent that he was becoming addicted to it. This has been a bit hard for him, but we have very little sympathy for his plight! He goes to the Y about 3-4 days a week after school and plays and practices his basketball shots. 

Before I forget, I wanted to let you know that Emergency Essentials is having a Case Lot Sale in April. I love Emergency Essentials and get a lot of my preparedness items from them. I am seeing a lot of great deals and I want you to check them out! Thanks!

What have you been up to this last week?

Thanks for reading,
Erica





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