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As soon as we have a definite (workable) contract on the Yelm place we will be traveling in search of our ranch. We have several places we could go but Texas has our hearts. We will be looking seriously once a contract is in the works.

In the meantime, I plan to get through DD2's wedding, start going through the Connexes again to dispose of our "stuff". We have a lot of collectibles and good stuff in them so need to sort out everything and give it to the appropriate homes. The 4-H gear can go to DS3 and his boys who will be in 4-H soon. Cattle show sticks, hog show sticks, cattle halters, show lamb halters and coats, etc. I think I also have an egg scale and possibly an egg candler. I already gave them the incubator and baby chick house with the lights. A couple of our rabbit cages and some water system parts will also go to GS3 and GS4 for their rabbit breeding projects. Then I will give the rest of the kids a choice of different items that are packed away and valuable. i didn't have room for all the nice things I have (some Dresden statues, antique needlepoint pictures, etc.) in the house. I also have some cool country items (my great grandmother's washboard, antique tools and kitchen implements, etc. and other items that used to hang on the walls in the kitchen) that need to be unpacked and given to the kids for their homes. I already gave DD1 the copper pots and pans but if she doesn't want to display them, DDIL1 might want them since she has a very country style decor and an area to display them on top of her kitchen cabinets. I will check with DD1. I already got rid of some of the custom bedspreads and throw pillows I had for staging the apartments. I am starting to empty out the Connexes a bit and maybe soon DH can have one of them back for hay and feed storage. The loft over the tool shed will be next - it is mostly full of boxes of books - I never dispose of books, particularly series or authors that I really enjoy. I will have to go through them to see which I want to keep and which to get rid of - also if any have been chewed by varmints. I have too many to be able to afford to put all those titles on my Kindle!

DS3 told DH that he wanted the old metal shelves that we removed from the rented Connex which we were planning to sell for metal. DH is planning a trip to Nipomo to deliver themsince we need DS3 to sign some papers transferring his whole life insurance policy over to him. He is paying us the cash value. DD2 is also buying his whole life policy while DD1's husband told us to just cash hers in. He doesn't believe in whole life insurance, just in term. We were the beneficiaries but since they are married with children they want the policies to stay in effect. By buying their policies from us they keep the policy and change the beneficiaries to their own families. We had the policies for burial expenses which we no longer need to carry. This will give us money for DD2's wedding and also get us out from under the payments. God always finds us the extra money we need when we need it. 🙏 God takes good care of us.
My computer is down and I have to use DH's. DS1 (our tech guru) doesn't know what is wrong with it. It refuses to open for me. It is a laptop so if I have to buy another one DS1 will have to remove my hard drive and download all my files. I keep all the business files and photos on it so it is a problem. Luckily DH does all the tax stuff and personal business stuff on his. Hopefully DS1 can run a diagnostic and repair it otherwise . . . . :hu

Today or tomorrow we have to dock the 2 ewe lambs and give CDT shots to the lambs and their moms. I give a CDT booster after each lambing. That works out to every 9 months per ewe, overlapping their protection a bit. Also tetanus shots and ear tags. Since tomorrow is Friday, I might weigh again too since DS1 will be able to catch and carry for me. One week old for the 2nd set of twins will be Sunday so if we put it off until then it won't be a problem either.

Time to try to do the invitations on DH's computer. I have done these before ass well as graduation announcements so know there is a template in here somewhere - just have to find it.
 

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DS3 told DH that he wanted the old metal shelves that we removed from the rented Connex which we were planning to sell for metal. He is paying us the cash value.
Cash value of the shelves as shelves or scrap metal? Scrap is worth almost nothing, maybe $20-$30/ton. Those would have to be some pretty heavy shelves to be worth even $1. Not even worth the fuel to take them to the recyclers unless you have a LOT more or have some copper.
 

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Something must have been left out of my post. DS3 is paying cash value for his whole life insurance policy and will transfer it to himself paying and beneficiaries will be wife and sons. These are policies we had on our children when they were little to pay for burial expenses if something happened to them. A friend had lost a child and the burial expense was huge so we took out policies on them. The metal shelves we will just give him since it will get them off our property. Yes, the price of junk metal is very low unless it is copper or aluminum. We save our metal until DS1 takes it to the recycler. He doesn't get much but it leaves the property without a trip to the dump where we have to pay. DS3 has several Connexes on his property and wants the shelves for one of them. They are in fairly good condition since they have been inside the garage or Connex for 35 years.

DD2 is feeling better and was able to to to work this week for 2 days. She works freelance in Big Bear cleaning vacation condos. She likes it, is fast and thorough and the money is good. FSIL went with her and helped and they were able to stay overnight with his dad and stepmom. His parents are thrilled about the wedding and new baby. Most of his dad's side of the family are coming. His birth mom and that side of the family are not invited since they were very mean to DD2 and DSIL. His birth mom even tried to get him denied visitation for DGD2! Weird right?! Anyway, I told DH that that witch was not invited since I was not paying for her to have food and drink after the way she treated our baby girl!

Anyway, since the rehearsal dinner where DD1 got tipsy on DS3's margaritas, she and DS3 have been back to a loving brother/sister relationship. Big relief for the rest of the family. Already talking about family reunions. I am not planning them. With the wedding of DD2 my job in that area is done! :lol:

Still waiting on more lambs. 2 or 3 ewes are huge but no udders filling out yet, A couple of first fresheners are looking big too but no udders which is normal for those youngsters. Not much udder development until lambs are born and ewe starts nursing.

I hate DH's computer and can see why he has a stiff neck that he has been gonig to the chiropractor for. The boys bought him a new screen and it is huge. My neck hurts within 15 oinutes of using it. I hope
DS1 can get my computer unfrozen and the files transferred. I am gong to call my DSIL and see if he has a spare laptop that I can use that we can download my files into. DSIL often buys new laptops very cheap when he gets a very good deal and resells them. If he has one I will buy it and DS1 can go over and the two of them can trnsfer my hard drive into the new computer. To avoid a stiff neck on DH's computer I have to sit so far back that I cannot reach the keyboard! :lol::caf
 

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Something must have been left out of my post.
Yep, the "He is paying us the cash value." sentence immediately followed the shelves topic and immediately preceded the "which kid is buying their insurance" topic. You can see why my feeble mind didn't keep up!

Yes, the price of junk metal is very low unless it is copper or aluminum.
Um, copper yes, aluminum isn't worth the time to sort it out from the regular scrap metal. I took a bunch of metal in April, 2,200 pounds mostly regular scrap metal but also a decent amount of copper and aluminum. I'd been saving out the aluminum cat food cans from the others as well as the non deposit aluminum soda & tea cans, had a BIG box worth almost nothing. The only reason the metal fins I took off the copper pipe was worth anything is because "clean" copper is worth a fair bit more than "dirty" so removing them made the pipe worth more.
 
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