I've been busy, so I've been away. Good to be back though. Wish I could say for how long.
Let's start with my garden. Started out well, but I must have gotten some bad manure because the weeds were insane this year. I crawled through there 3 times on my arthritic old knees pulling weeds. I quit counting at 276 5 gallon buckets. By the end of the year it looked like I hadn't pulled a weed all year.
We got a decent crop considering though. The radishes, carrots, and beets did really well. One small seed package of beets yielded 215 pound of beets. We ate a lot of borscht, made a lot of beet pickles, gave a lot to friends and relatives, and still had 75 pounds for the food bank. The carrots yielded two large wheelbarrows full. I didn't weigh those, but I'd guess around 80 pounds. The radishes were planted mostly to bind nitrogen, so they mostly got left until they were too woody to eat, but they were huge and got huge really fast.
We also redid the bathroom. That was one of those adventures you get in old houses...rotted studs, bad floor, bad pipes, and questionable electrical. Everything cost more than it should have and took longer than it should have. It's done now though.
I also had both of my dogs die. The first, Max, got pancreatic cancer. The second (Sequoia) had her stomach flip and the vet couldn't do anything because she already had a heart condition. They were both fairly young, and both excellent dogs, so it was a bit of a shock.
We've got new dogs now...Dylan is a Great Pyrennes (sp?) cross we got from a rescue when Max got sick. Eddy is some sort of white lab-ish thing we found while we were camping. Neither is old enough to be a good dog yet, and Eddy is still eating shoes and gloves. They are both friendly though, and if they ever learn not to wander off they will make excellent dogs.
Anyway, just as we were starting to harvest the garden, my wife got fed up enough with her job that she finally quit. I think that was at least two years overdue. What started out as a reasonably good workplace 11 years ago had passed through stressful and well into abusive and I was glad to see her out of there. It leaves us without that second paycheque though, and things were already a little tight. She's looking for other work, but hasn't had much luck yet.
Anyway, I was already picking up side work where I could, so now I'm filling every minute I can with paid work. Monday mornings I'm often more tired than I was Friday afternoon, driving truck being less physically demanding than carpentry, yard clean-ups, and landscaping.
Anyway, that's where I'm at.