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Once you use the paper layout and think you know where you want everything to go, you can layout the dimensions on the floors using painters tape. Use "Green Frog(?)"painters tape (it comes off walls easier without any marks than the blue painters tape) and tape the furniture dimensions on the floor and walls where sofas, cabinets, shelves, etc. will go. That will give you an idea of the walkability of the room with the furniture in it without pushing stuff around. Easier than moving stuff and it can give you a visible idea of where the furniture will stick out into the room.
 

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Late Sunday afternoon. I went and we put the tool box back on my 2wd. Got the bolts and all put in so it won't slide. Then I went down the hill and got the cedar chest and it is now in the new house. Need to get the liguid gold and clean it/polish it and then will get the clothes and stuff back in it. Packed a couple more boxes but didn't have the hand cart so didn't try to carry them all through the house from the kitchen to the truck. Will take the hand truck back down with me to use for the next load.
Decided to take a few minutes to give the knees a break.

It is flurrying.... and the ground is cold enough and it is sticking on the dirt road. DS said that they might have to go in tonight now (VDOT) road crew.

So, I am going to get back to doing some more little stuff here.
 

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Monday early eve. Rain, cold nasty rain. Temps in the 30's. Had some flurries last night; DS wound up working a 12 hr shift which was pretty useless... Got a call that he has to go back in tonight at 8 pm. We are in the elevation that is supposed to get some ice, freezing rain, possible light snow.

Dropped the packed samples off to go out UPS then went to meet DS at the barn to get truck and trailer.
We went to the sale this afternoon and he picked up a couple 7 wt steers for a guy that buys some of these mediocre ones. DS tries to buy them for under $.80 /lb.... and can get a flat $1.00 /lb from this other buyer. The good thing is they are usually always already weaned, and if they go right on the silage, they seldom lose much if any weight, then will put it back on and gain more pretty easily. If he took them directly from the sale today, to the guy, he would make about $300....minus fuel... so even at $200/profit not bad for an afternoon. Of course, sometimes you don't get any, but sometimes he can pick up more than the 2 he did today. The guy buys them at 550-850 lbs...Wants to get 6-10 at a time if possible.....usually DS delivers them once a month...Not alot of money, but sometimes it has been a good deal. This particular sale seems to have a few every week, that will work for this, at a fairly cheap price. He figures that if he makes 4-800 a month extra, it is a good deal.
No good steers for the "doc" today.....
Got a chance to talk about a little of everything and it was a good afternoon. He is getting a load of diesel this week; finally realized that I was not crazy, because a couple of other guys have told him the same in the last 2 days. My oil will be here by the end of the week also.

DS finally got the measurements of my stove... and I am going to move the one cabinet over about 2-3 inches, and put it where I have the fridge instead of the other side of the kitchen. This will make it easier to run the propane line to it, and it will make the kitchen more open. It is going next to the cabinet that we took the "breakfast bar" that was sticking out into the kitchen, off of.... where the new butcher block top is on and where the new drawer is going in. So the butcher block top will butt right up against it. There is only one spot it is nailed to the wall, and the couple of inches moved over will not be seen because the stove will cover it and cover the floor where that tall narrow roll out cabinet was. I am really enthusiastic about changing the kitchen appliance placements.... Fridge will go across the room, where the electric stove was.... at the end of the cabinets/counter top....

So, tomorrow I am going to call about seeing when they can come and get the propane line run, get the little "propane fireplace" hooked up in the LR.... then we can get the stove moved into the kitchen....and I can hopefully get them to bring me a big propane tank for outside, and I can take advantage of a little better price with bulk delivery prices.

Feel like I am getting somewhere today.

Then the next thing is the boxwoods and saplings gone.... and look at things to decide where the future wood furnace will go.
And get done moving in the next couple of weeks and the other house cleaned....

Got the cedar chest in, cleaned/dusted and all the stuff back in it. Have several things that I need to sell/give away... sweaters that I have never worn that my grandmother used to buy for me....stuff that I will never wear. And once I get the bed in here, I will used some of the afghans that are in there for the bed. She knitted one that is black with a red rose and greenery in it... really really pretty. Have a quilt that she made for me as a child.... she put a new binding all around the edge 10-15 years ago and I have had it in the cedar chest since then....another one that is totally hand quilted that is getting worn.... more sentimental value than anything. They will be easy to get to here with the cedar chest easy to get to .

Didn't bring anything up due to the rain. Need to box more stuff out of the kitchen cabinets to come up here. I didn't take the meters out of the car yet because I thought I might be testing Tuesday night... but I haven't heard from the farm so if I don't hear by the time I get out of PT in the morning, then I am going to take them out and load more boxes in the car to come up. Not going to bend over for these farmers.
DS found an acquaintance that has a commercial meat grinder and other stuff... so is going to kill the crippled steer this weekend and they are going to work it up. He didn't want to take it to the processing place and use the "slot" next month since he has another one to kill and half if it sold.
Then my jersey goes in March.... he will be at the barn on silage for at least a month as they are coming home from pasture in about 10 days. Plus the steers there need to come off those cows and they need to get preg checked. I have been pushing it as they are getting close and need the break from the big calves on them.
Things just don't get done in the timely matter that I think they need to be done.....:barnie:barnie:he:he:he

So, I am going into the other room... have dishes that need to be washed and put into the cabinets... and I am thinking about eating something.... Ate a chicken salad sandwich at the sale, it was good, but I will need something more for this evening....

Just checked and got the deposit from the retirement account, so I can go ahead with getting this stuff done now. Big load off my mind.

Going in to do some stuff.... PT @ 8a.m. so I need to go down the hill and get some sleep earlier than I have been.

One forecast says that there will be 3-6" of snow Wed night/Thurs morn.... the other station says a trace to 1":idunno:idunno:th:th:th:smack:barnie. Going to call tomorrow and see what their policy is and what their forecast is.... I sure want to go and do the initial consultation appt. :fl:fl:fl
 

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I see things happening for you. :yesss: 😁

We have been getting rain last 24 hrs. Was supposed to be gone this morning but, apparently liked us -- it's still here and steady, cold. Not as cold as there but, close. So instead of half inch as they thought before arrival it brought 2 inches! Now, the stuff you are told will be there Wed/Thu is set for here Thur....yeah, white stuff. It's flexing from dusting to 2 inches. With all the wet it won't hold much -- unless it gets really cold! Don't want any of it!!!!!

I'm sure hoping you still get to the knee doctor! After all the wait, would hate for this to get snowed out. :thwishing things work out well. :fl:fl
 

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Tues morning. It was right at 32 this morning at the stone house as I got up and got ready for PT @ 8 a.m.. Got half way up the hill and there was a coating of ice on everything.... except the road, thank goodness. That real pretty shiny glittery ice on every little twig and branch. Still out there at 10 but it is starting to warm up and has been so foggy you can barely see 200 ft away. CRAZY. Temps supposed to get into the UPPER 50's today, and the clouds should burn away with some sun later. Then some sun tomorrow with clouds and rain to start....changing over to possible snow during the night. Still saying anywhere from a coating to 6 inches but looking like they are leaning more towards less than 2 " mostly.
Talked to the dr office and their forecast is for sun so it will stay south of them, going mostly east across Va. So all looks good for the dr appt. I will naturally get up and leave earlier to allow for less than perfect driving conditions and allow lots of time.
Called about the propane and they are supposed to call me back later when the guy who does the line installations comes back in the office. He will come out, see where/what I want, then make the appt. Probably be 2 weeks or so before they can get here but that will work. Explained that I am thinking a whole house generator in the future so they can put in a bigger tank.
Fuel oil is on the schedule... said they would get here this week... for both places. Fill this and 100 gal down at the other house.
Utilized some of the money to get things paid off so no accumulating interest charges, will pay for the oil and all. They will work me up a price for the propane.
Left message for the guy to do the boxwoods/saplings etc.

Farm did not call back about testing so not worrying about it for this evening. I will work here for awhile today and then go down and pack some more. See what the weather does as to whether I take the truck or the car since I don't need/want the boxes to get wet in the truck. Going to take all the meters and hoses out of the car for the next few days.
I haven't looked at the rain gauge yet which I did put out... but I am thinking we had 1/2 to 1 inch with the ice.

Going in to get something to drink, and then work in the LR for a bit.... hadn't gotten the desk drawers moved in there so will do that and then go in the kitchen. I got the nails out that were in the cabinet to hold it against the wall. Have to take the 1/4 round off the floor around the base so that I can slide the cabinet over a couple of inches. I am really excited to put the stove over there. I will have to get a heavy duty short extension cord for the fridge because the other side where the stove used to be only has the big plug for the electric stove, and the other electric outlet is further away than the fridge cord reaches. I am going to move the fridge as soon as I get the cord.
I feel more motivated today. Thank goodness, I needed a kick in the a$$ the last couple of days with the knees aching so.

Have a nice day.
 

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Taking a break. Been up on the bench putting the glassware in the china cabinet. Got several boxes emptied. Got all the desk drawers in the LR out of the way in the hallway. Looked at the room some more..... Emptied a box of stuff in the bedroom. getting a little more organized with each empty box.
Going to make something to eat and do a little more. I want to get the last of the stuff in the china cabinet and then move the bench thing into the kitchen; to start getting the stuff in the upper shelves in there. Got alot of 2 and 5 gallon sized glass jars to wash and then put some things like flour and stuff into them. And the other vacuum canisters that just need to be washed and all that.

Stayed cloudy and damp all day. Never got real warm like they said... upper 40's I think. The ice all melted off the trees and bushes. It is real foggy again, never totally cleared off but it is getting like pea soup again. Maybe this will put off the other front for a little bit so that it won't come in on Wed/Thurs..... maybe won't get as cold.... not as concerned about it as I was.
Maybe I ought to start forecasting the weather.....

Oil was delivered this afternoon.... the friend that works at the co-op when I called about the propane, said that prices were going up a little at a time, some weeks down a little, but that it is increasing..... and it might be going up a fair bit in the next couple of weeks.... he said there is no guarantee but it is not looking promising.....At least it is in the tank here. Oil is 2.13, so down a little from the end of Dec (2.18).... Propane is high though.... 2.41 I think he said it was running. That stinks....oh well.... Electric bill was right at $300 with the space heaters running.... but at a normal electric bill of $150.... and if the fuel would cost another $150 a month for heat in the cold, the total electric was not too out of line. Will get through this year.... and see what happens going forward.
 

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Today has been interesting. Got a call from the feed company that they couldn't get in to the tank at the farm to deliver DS feed for the cattle. Had to go up and move the truck and trailer because DS had the flat bed trailer parked too close that the feed truck couldn't get between the 2. So, got the area opened up by moving the truck/trailer. It was pretty muddy so am glad that he couldn't get between the 2 or he might have gotten into soft ground and gotten stuck or torn something up. Then we put the layer feed in my bin.... it BARELY fit. I ordered 2 1/2 tons. Will stick with 2 tons to be safe.... but the bin was completely empty. So, I am all set for feed for awhile at the current prices. The 4 tons he put in the bin at the barn will get us through to selling the calves at least... I am not sure how much he is feeding daily right now.
Then I went down the hill with the truck, got the loose metal I used to use on top of the one chicken coop, and cleaned up some junk outside....went by the dumpster with the junk, and then brought the metal up to go on the trailer with all the scrap. Scrap metal is way up.... and time to take it. Then I came to the house and unloaded the meters out of the car, put in the boxes I've emptied, to take down to the other house. Then I filled the windshield washer fluid, checked and put oil in the car too. Tried to make sure everything is ready to go in the morning.

Called about the propane since I didn't hear from the guy and might have missed his call since I will not answer any calls that I don't recognize any more. I am tired of all these "let us quote you an insurance price"; "your extended warranty is about to expire" and all that drivel....So, maybe they will call me tomorrow. Of course I won't be able to meet with them since I will be gone.

It turned out to be a nice day. Sunny and in the 50's, no wind. Still calling for possible snow tonight/early tomorrow morning. Good day to do some of the clean up in the yard at the other house.
So I am going to go down the hill earlier than I normally would, maybe pack some more of the boxes I am taking down. Then get a good nights sleep so I can get up and leave a little bit early if there is snow or anything. I have to print off the directions; have the x-ray copies in the car already, so I don't forget them. Need to find some clothes and a pair of shorts so they can do exams on the knees, without me having to wear the "wonderful paper gown coverings" HAHA.
Don't know where the shorts are here at the house, so have to do some searching.

See where there are more "executive orders" for climate change.... more jobs lost.... but all they keep saying is this is going to make more jobs.... what are these people suppose to do in the meantime... til all these new high paying jobs materialize.... especially since they have not even been created yet... how do they think that people are going to survive until all this "happens"....? Are they supposed to go into hibernation until it happens???? Suspended in space, and not eat or live until then?????
And a national minimum wage of $15 ????? Like it is fair to those in NY/Washington DC/ any big city, compared to those in small rural communities.....????? The different costs of places to live, compared to just a flat rate to start....
Don't anyone complain about the cost of things to come if you voted for this type of government to dictate things irregardless of local conditions and circumstances. When sq bales of hay double in cost.... when feed costs go through the roof.... when the cost of fencing doubles so that the factories can pay their average "grunt" worker in the yard that just jockeys stuff around, loading trucks.... you will know why. And this wage will make it impossible for anyone who can manage to stay in business, to give pay increases to people that deserve it because they are paying the slacker the same as the good worker used to get. Our hay will go up and probably we will sell less because people will not keep the horses that they have because they will not be able to afford to feed them. You heed my words.
And I heard today, and am trying to find some specifics and actual confirmation.... that there will be a new tax on the middle class to help pay for "transforming" the country to meet the government mandates ...... and to help support those that need help in the meantime.....

Over 10,000 jobs lost with the shut down of the XL pipeline..... already......

Has anyone spent any time looking into the "great reset" and what this will mean?

I will stop here.... need to get these knees done so I am not relegated to a "too old and no longer productive" category.
 

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Oil is $2.49 here today. I hate using oil. :sick And our electric bill is around $300 average too.
...but then again we pay about $12k in property taxes per year...I find the area's prices for everything might be a little inflated...The cost just to live and keep the house running *shaking head*
I hope you find a setup that works for you.
 

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