John F Dean wrote:I broke down and hired someone for 4 hours at $25 an hour. Yes, I made a point of hiring the right person...For $100.00 he eliminated 3 pain in the backside jobs that I had long been getting around to do.
Yes, once I get better organized, I plan to use him for another 4 hours.
Sherri Lynn wrote:Along with many of the other things already posted, Just this week I started a paper journal in a 3 ring notebook with tabs for the months. I am most scared that I will forget things as time seems to be going by in a hurry. This way I can turn to it every month and remember what I was doing last year at this time. I might also mention that a 48 volt utility golf cart is amazing for going up and down slopes with a heavy load (like rocks, dirt, mulch, or garden harvest.) We originally got a 36 volt, but it did not seem to have the power needed for the slopes. We have gone to utilizing the morning and evening hours and staying out of the heat in the middle of the day if we can. We do appreciate a power nap in the middle of the day. I bought a shower timer that you can put a string on and has a magnet on to go on the fridge. Whenever I am in the middle of baking bread or anything and I have to dash outside, I put it on my neck to remind me about the thing in the oven.
At some point it is a good idea to have some sort of an "exit plan" - not necessarily exiting the property, but exiting certain aspects of farming/animal husbandry. I'm hoping to build a series of paddocks filled with chicken friendly plants so that I can keep a smaller number of chickens to still get fresh eggs and meat, but our current system takes too much work. I'm more willing to see that than Hubby can - he's an all-or-nothing guy rather than a gradual downsizing guy. I'm working on planting some trees I like in ways that they'll more or less look after themselves. That might not put fresh veggies on the table, but it might allow me to barter for them?
Nevertheless, my wife has a lot of animals to feed each night and now in her 70s appreciates the use of a 'Gator' Utility Vehicle along with a small tractor/frontloader combination.
We bought this one: https://www.princessauto.com/en/330-lb-12-cu-ft-utility-cart/product/PA0008781080
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Anyone have input on a two wheeled barrow? Will not be replacing our dead one wheeled one with the same.
In general, I would agree. However, I live on the Pacific Wet Coast and happen to know that Lorinne does also - hence my reference to using stainless hardware to assemble it. So much depends on one's ecosystem! We also have a *lot* of rocks here, so keeping scratch-free paint would be a big struggle.
Sherri Lynn wrote:We bought this one: I like a metal one that I can sand and repaint as it lasts longer.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Kate: a powered wheelbarrow?!?! Any pics?Sounds like a dream! How much $$$, and where from?
Scott Stiller wrote:.... Only after they found out they were sick did their health decline.
All I mean is this; keep being awesome as long as possible. That’s my plan anyway…..
Scott Stiller wrote:Only after they found out they were sick did their health decline.
Lorinne Anderson wrote: ......This all may sound silly, but everyone does things differently, and the animals are already suffering a significant change; my goal is to make things as normal as possible for them and as easy as possible for those stepping in.
I would certainly agree with the downsizing bit, and certainly get rid of any with difficult personalities, but the reality is that "pets" that you feel responsible for get you out of bed in the morning and give you a living creature to interact with. Particularly if they're rescue animals, they would likely have died without human intervention, so at least you've given them security for as long as you live. Years ago when I worked in hospitals, the nurses always said the patients that had "someone, human or otherwise" to go home to, got better faster and had greater odds of going home. So downsize - yes, eliminate - not necessarily!
John F Dean wrote: An exit plan of some kind is desirable. My wife and I have decided that when one of us passes, the other will sell off, or give away, the livestock. At that point, the remaining person will have to set up some kind of a contact. We have plans about no more cats and dogs .... but they seem to find us.
This is an issue. It's one of the reasons that secondary suites or mother-in-law mini-houses are so useful on properties. However, there comes the point where the responsible thing is to find a room and board situation to retire yourself to, as much as you might wish to avoid such things. With smaller families and those families spread far and wide, this is going to be a significant problem in the next 30 years and many people aren't thinking or planning for it.
The first big problem is that we do not socialize. I am quire sure I could vanish for a year, and my neighbors wouldn’t notice. My only contact is a very part time job.