Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Ups and Downs

It's been even more officially confirmed. We've got a baby on the way. Only one this time.

Amelia. Down the steps that is. She has dislodged the baby gate at the top of our basement steps and tumbled down to the bottom. Very scary. After consulting with the two nurses who live next door, I took her to the emergency room last night. (The far-flung urgent care centers were closed.) She's fine, for the most part, though she looks like a prize fighter. Her right eye is puffy, bruised, scraped, and lovely shades of red and purple. Then today, she did it again. More bruises. And a brand new gate that anchors into the wall on both sides. Good thing she's made out of rubber.

Our electric bill for July was less than half of what we used last July. Partly because we had a cooler July than usual. But on a running total for the year, we've still shaved off one fifth of our electricity... and dropping.

The garden harvest is kicking into high gear. And for once I've remembered to start planting some fall crops.

Our propane usage. I wasn't able to find the actual gallons yet, but our propane use is down about 20 percent through the non-winter months over last year.

Egg production. We're suddenly getting seven or eight eggs a day. And climbing. Time to start recruiting customers.

The stock market. Glad I'm not in it.

We're transitioning Amelia back to cloth diapers. So far, so cool...

Our goat herd size. Hopefully anyway. We're going to shrink it a bit to cut down on winter feed costs and stuff. We're just not in a position to grow all the food they need, and hay and grain prices have basically doubled since last year. Besides, we'll be busy with a kid of another kind soon enough. So we're scaling back in the pasture. Need any goats?

The temperature. We've been stuck in the high 90's for almost all of August. But this Saturday is supposed to have a high of 76F. Now we're talking...

My seed stash. Last weekend I bought a big box of leftover spring seed packets from the local hardware store. Hundreds and hundreds of seed packets, mostly heirloom even, of about 40 different varieties of garden crops. All for ten bucks. Anybody want some seeds? (Seriously. I will never use 80 packets of radishes...)

My mood. Too many things were hitting at once, as evidenced by the dream I described the other day. There are still some serious concerns floating around (not to mention the aforementioned trip to the ER), but I'm coping with them better than I was before. As always, action is the antidote. And thanks to all for the good wishes, congratulatory comments, and off-blog encouragement.



At 8/17/2007 2:16 AM, Blogger BurdockBoy said...

Wow congrats on having another little one on the way.

I'm also glad to read some of your downs were actually well something like that.

However, I'm glad I'm not back there in the Midwestern heat/humidity.

Take care.

At 8/17/2007 1:23 PM, Blogger Suzer said...

Poor Amelia! How are the cloth diapers working out? I'm glad to see you switch. Will you be usuing them for the baby too?

Any suggestions for lowering electric bills or links to some good sites. I've managed to cut 157KWH off our bill this month by line drying clothes but I'd love to cut as much as you have! HELP!

At 8/18/2007 7:31 AM, Blogger maggie said...

Glad to hear there are more ups than downs (bad downs, that is...). Congratulations!

At 8/18/2007 8:17 PM, Blogger e4 said...

Thanks burdockboy. Yeah, August is not my favorite month.

Suzer - the cloth diapers are great so far. We were worried about them fitting into some of her clothes, but so far, so good. We definitely want to do cloth for the new baby.

I'll write more about the electricity savings. Line drying is a big one. A cool July this year was another big one. I don't think our next bill will look as good.

Thanks Maggie.

At 8/19/2007 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the pregnancy!!!!!

I saw your mail at the 90% reduction list, but had deleted it before I could send a congratulation and then I couldn't find it again. Glad I found your blog! Pfew :-)

Catharina - mostly lurking at the mailinglist & silently reading blogs :-)
from the Netherlands

At 8/19/2007 11:58 AM, Blogger Beo said...

Dang man! Congrats are certainly in order and I thank the maker that Amelia is OK. Our sprouts have each tumbled down a flight and it is dang scary.

I might be interested in some of your seed stash-against all reason I may be renting land next year to fill a need for locally grown food. How can we live in one of the most fertile places on earth and local resturants can't find local greens and veggies? The road to Hell is flanked by "Corn on Beans"!

At 8/20/2007 8:24 AM, Blogger Wendy said...

So many things! You all have been busy, busy!

It's nice to see all of the wonderful things that are happening for you. Congrats!

At 8/21/2007 1:15 PM, Blogger e4 said...

Thank you Catharina, Beo, & Wendy.

Beo, you're more than welcome to some seeds. Let me know if you have any preferred garden veggies or gaps to fill in your own stash.


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