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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Christmas will be very light, but joyous this year. I've had some expenses come up, as they usually seem to do, and now my finances are quite depleted.

First, now that it's colder outside, it's time to address the bug problem. One thing that would help seniors in a big way would be an allotment entirely for pest control, especially here in Florida. We have world-class bugs. In May, I allowed someone to stay in my home for about two months - She brought fleas!! Some years ago, one of my BF's infested my home with German cockroaches - They are truly products of Hades! I've battled them on my own for several years, and even had professionals in. I'd get about two months in for treatment and run out of money. It's maddening. This year, I had several companies give me quotes - Ideal is indoor and outdoor, but I simply cannot afford the up front charge for pest control, nor can I afford the almost $40 per month maintenance. One company has 90 day program with intensive treatment that should get rid of these pests, and then I'll have to find a way to treat monthly on my own. This is almost $400.00, but I'm at my wits end with the bugs and while I bath my little dogs and treat them with Advantage Multi, they're still getting bitten.

I remembered that when before we moved here we had fleas. I treated the yard with beneficial nematodes and within a couple of weeks, no more fleas! So I invested in the nematodes and applied them Thursday - This should take care of our outside pest problem.

And of course, there's home maintenance. My kitchen faucett has developed issues, and needs to be replaced.....Yes, Jane, it's always something, LOL!

Other than that, I've been starting my Christmas gifts. I've been making things throughout the year, and now have purchased gift bags and tissue. I'll also make cookies and other treats to add to the bags, and have a couple of gifts that will be mailed. So far, I've been blessed with enough money to cover all of this!

Thanksgiving was wonderful this year - Just my son and me. We enjoyed roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, peas and two pies all the next week, and I managed to can 7 quarts of turkey broth and save a huge container of meat picked off the bones for my pups. They are really enjoying this on top of their dinners!

The garden has been a great blessing this year! I started my last 1/2 gallon batch of dill pickles this week, and will be removing the cucumber vines and trellis in a day or so. The previous batches, about 7 pints, were canned and put away.

I'm hoping to be harvesting my first batch of collards by Christmas, and maybe broccoli by January 1st. The seed packets say the maturity date is 54 days, but here in Central FL, it seems to take about a month longer. Funny how that is!

We might also have some Buttercrunch lettuce (planted next to the broccoli) and radishes by Christmas, or at least by New Year. The little reddish heads are Cherokee Red lettuce that was transplanted this week. Those should be ready to start harvesting in a few weeks.

I'm planting more Cherokee Red lettuce in Zone A - Just a few transplants now, and more will be ready to plant out in another two weeks.

All in all, the Fall/Winter garden is coming a long just fine!

Now, it's time for me to get my butt in gear - I'm making feta cheese today. I'll try to remember to get pictures.

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    Good morning my friend .. over the years you have added .. expanded .. enlarged and created .. I am in awe of the woman you are today .. what started out as a little garden patch has become your life force .. your exercise .. your sustenance and rekindled your pioneer spirit ..
    from garden planners .. compost tubs .. bringing in mushroom compost how many years .. you truly have created your own produce section .. I'm so so proud of you..
    you are an wise amazing woman ..
    survivor and warrior traits have made you fearless ..
    all the while our Creator shines upon you ..
    yet He plays with you .. and is pleased ..
    Only He would think to add the fleas to your mix of life ..
    honestly I'll keep my -40 in the winter that kills those kinds of pests ..
    Bugs and I dont get along well ..
    I was introduced to cockroaches in Palm Springs in 88 when my ex and I spent a month there .. wow .. they could carry away a loaf of bread ..
    too bad you couldn't trade preserves , cheese or home made bread for a exterminator to come visit weekly ... that would be totally awesome ..

    you and I both know there is someone that will come to help you for a reasonable fee ..
    you can't have bugs ... prayers headed your way .. and a case of Bug Spray for Christmas ...

    you know all will be well .. it always is

    great blog
    huge hugs
    Happy Sunday my Dear Friend

    40 days ago
    So dang busy! Glad I don’t have to keep up with you. I’d probably be eating your dust! emoticon emoticon
    41 days ago
    busy busy! i understand about home repairs believe me. looks like you got a hair cut, cute
    41 days ago
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