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  • Power Strokes, AKA Power Jokes. If we lived near each other, I would have Brad talk to Clint. Clint's a beast when it comes to making exhaust systems. He can build them by hand and yes, they do help with horsepower.
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    • I had to increase my vitamin D dose again to deal with DST. I felt SO happy when I got out of work yesterday and it was warm (around 50F!) and sunny. I can't wait till the sun comes back in the morning!
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      • Hot rot compost is where you turn the pile to keep the decomposition temps high. This will make compost faster but is a great deal of labor. Cold rot compost you just stack everything and let Mother Nature do the rest. Earthworms LOVE straw. One of my best compost was making a square of the straw bales and just dumping everything in the middle. Worms will not only digest your compostables, they will also burrow through the straw bales and turn them into black gold. If you have an area you want to become a garden bed someday, spread straw on it through the winter. By planting time the worms will have vastly improved the soil underneath. Classic example of sheet composting.
        Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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        • Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
          Hot rot compost is where you turn the pile to keep the decomposition temps high. This will make compost faster but is a great deal of labor. Cold rot compost you just stack everything and let Mother Nature do the rest. Earthworms LOVE straw. One of my best compost was making a square of the straw bales and just dumping everything in the middle. Worms will not only digest your compostables, they will also burrow through the straw bales and turn them into black gold. If you have an area you want to become a garden bed someday, spread straw on it through the winter. By planting time the worms will have vastly improved the soil underneath. Classic example of sheet composting.
          Is your winter different than mine? We have snow on the ground and a deep frost. I've never seen worms in the winter. lol I will keep this in mind for next winter though.

          I plan to do a mounted barrel that I turn weekly. I need quick compost since spring is almost here and I don't have any yet.
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • If you are turning a mounted barrel then that would be a hot rot.

            Our winters are radically different than yours. For example, we've been in the high 40's, low 50's. Flowers are really beginning to bloom, lawns are being mowed already. Rain is our wintertime precipitation.

            My nephew's lady friend is from Iowa and cannot wait to move here so she can do outdoor stuff all winter long.
            Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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            • Honeybuns, do you sift your compost before you spread it? I found a neat idea on Pinterest to take a 10 gal or so Rubbermaid storage container, drill a ton of holes in the top, pour the new compost onto the top, and sift into the container. I was planning to use a wheelbarrow to transport my compost, but I almost like this idea better. I can put the container in the kids' Radio Flyer wagon and roll it back and forth to sift and then roll it to wherever I need my compost.

              I have a Pinterst board designated to gardening and composting if you're interested in looking at it.
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • The only time I sift is if I am going to mix it with potting soil. If I am top mulching or turning it into the soil, I use it as is unless there are some big pieces that I throw back in the compost. Don't know if I ever told you that I'm a professional horticulturist. They call me the walking encyclopedia.

                Yes, I'd love to look at your Pinterest board!
                Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                • I would LOVE to do this daily! I am so fascinated by it and love being outdoors. It's quite possible that I have found what I want to do "when I grow up", but of course, there's the matter of making it work financially, etc. In a few years, if things go according to plan, Brad and I will be better situated financially and maybe I can start taking some classes at the local community colleges or something. I truly love the outdoors and love doing landscaping, building, etc - have for years, but have never acted on it. And whenever I think about going back to work for myself, it's always landscaping and outdoorsy stuff that comes to mine. So, maybe someday. Unfortunately, our area is SATURATED with landscapers and gardeners.

                  here is my pinterest board. there's not much there yet, but it's growing. I plan to add some flowers and stuff in the future.
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • I peaked at your Pinterest page - too bad we aren't next door neighbors - cuz our gardening interests are so much alike!
                    1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                    2. Eat to heal
                    3. Move to live
                    4. Embrace today
                    5. Live with intention
                    6. Respect my body
                    7. Cultivate joy
                    8. Find my passion
                    9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                    • A personal experience for Brad to consider before he buys his four-wheeler:

                      My Honey wanted to spend a chunk of our tax refund on a special item. I wanted to save it, until after his contract was renewed(end of April). He felt that if he didn't get it now, it would just be put off, and life is too short, etc.

                      It is his money, too, so I 'gave in' and the item was purchased last Friday. This Monday he found out that his contract will not be renewed.

                      It is a month's worth of expenses. He tells me not to worry, he will get another job( and I know he will) but the stress level is off the charts. Already. After 18 hours. I broke down crying today.

                      It means a lot to have your living expenses covered. Whether more than having a new toy, only he can say.

                      But I know what I would say if I could go back to Friday.

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                      • Sabine, I have told him that he doesn't have to buy anything right this minute - that it CAN wait. We CAN finance it later if we have to have it soooo badly that we can't live without it. He has backed off of the 4 wheeler thing, but is still going to contact the guy in-state to offer $1500. Neither of us are at risk of losing our jobs, so I can't even go that route with saying "I want to wait". I have told him how important it is to me to pay off the credit card and he has offered me some of the money for that, but I want to see how much he's planning to blow first.

                        There is also the possibility that we'll just buy another boat - a smaller one what is more appropriate for our needs and for the water we fish in. But, probably not this year.

                        He is right about one thing... ALL of our money can't go to debts or we'll have no fun in life. He wants to have a bit of fun, and I can respect that. I do sock every free dollar toward our debts now - leaving things tight tight tight, so to have this money in his hand is all too fun for him - and it's all too anxiety inducing for me b/c I want to put a name on those dollars and he's not sure what to name them yet (exhaust, 4wheeler, etc). In the meantime, the money sits without a job and that just leads to uncontrolled spending and buyer's remorse later once we've pissed it all away on nothing.

                        I'd much rather set some money aside for fun and put the rest to good use. Like, give him 1500 for the 4wheeler and put the rest toward savings or debt reduction. Hopefully the guy will agree to 1500 and we can put this to bed. I don't like having money that has no "job" (which is REALLY going to cause problems for me once we're debt free and have no use for our money... interesting concept).


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                        Tomi, I would LOVE a gardening friend.
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • It sounds like you guys could use a good conversation where you come up with an agreeable plan for how to save your money. Hulky and I had a similar discussion recently where he discussed his indulgences and I realized that I don't really have any, and that's what draws me to eat junk food. Even though it doesn't seem to make sense, you have to give yourself a monetary outlet so you don't go insane just trying to save up all the time. It's just not reasonable. I used to be better about giving myself little allowances, in college, but I wasn't pinching pennies back then (rent was cheap, the rest of my income was disposable, I had very little to save up for, short term). I think I will start buying books once or twice a month, all fiction, just something fun.
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                          • My thoughts on money sorta go in the opposite direction. Every dollar has a job - it just might not be right now. I try to get our bank account built up so when we want something that is more expensive than our monthly income allows for we can just take it out of the bank. Like the new fridge and furniture. We had the money in the bank and we paid cash. But I also totally understand both sides of what you and brad are talking about. I would want to pour everything into getting the bills paid off and be debt free (hence my mission to pay off our mortgage asap) .............. but life can get pretty mundane and stressful without playtime too. I guess its all a balance, huh? Part of the money for the responsible adult things like debt reduction - and part for play time to maintain the sanity! The tricky part is deciding where the line is drawn between the two. Good luck with the decision making! I'm sure you 2 will come up with a way for both to be happy.
                            1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                            2. Eat to heal
                            3. Move to live
                            4. Embrace today
                            5. Live with intention
                            6. Respect my body
                            7. Cultivate joy
                            8. Find my passion
                            9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                            • I think I just have a better sense of responsibility than he does. Dave Ramsey refers to my type as the nerdy type and his type as the free-spirit type. Dave has info out there regarding the free spirit/nerd complex, but I haven't found it yet.

                              Here's something - just a small tidbit on it.

                              As far as money goes, guys tend to view it as the scoreboard at a football game. It tells us if we are winning. It can be dangerous because men attach their self-esteem to their money. If funds are tight, they tend to get dejected or down on themselves. It's important to remember that the person makes the money, not the other way around.

                              For women, money is usually looked at as a security issue. The more they have, the less they have to worry about Murphy visits like a job loss or hospital stay turning their world upside down. That's why an emergency fund is so important to most women. It's a shield, a barrier, against bad things in life.

                              Odds are one of you is a nerd who likes everything in place, and the other is a free spirit who actually has a life. This most likely means you will have different approaches and priorities for your money. One of you wants to spend and the other wants to save. When you make a budget, there is one word to remember: compromise.

                              You'll have to meet in the middle on almost everything. The best thing you can have here is a giving spirit.

                              Your marriage grows stronger each time you give, no matter how small the gesture. This doesn't mean you never get anything you want. It means if both of you approach a situation with a "you first" rather than a "me first" attitude, you'll find much more happiness and much less marriage turmoil.

                              https://www.mytotalmoneymakeover.com...iage-and-money
                              That being said, b/c I know this, I am willing to compromise with him, but he hasn't read ANYTHING by Dave Ramsey, so he's not aware of our "personality differences" according to Dave, and tends to just get upset and depressed when I tell him we can't do something. He really needs to start reading - Dave Ramsey, Mark Sisson, ANYTHING other than Circle Track magazine.
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                                My thoughts on money sorta go in the opposite direction. Every dollar has a job - it just might not be right now. I try to get our bank account built up so when we want something that is more expensive than our monthly income allows for we can just take it out of the bank. Like the new fridge and furniture. We had the money in the bank and we paid cash. But I also totally understand both sides of what you and brad are talking about. I would want to pour everything into getting the bills paid off and be debt free (hence my mission to pay off our mortgage asap) .............. but life can get pretty mundane and stressful without playtime too. I guess its all a balance, huh? Part of the money for the responsible adult things like debt reduction - and part for play time to maintain the sanity! The tricky part is deciding where the line is drawn between the two. Good luck with the decision making! I'm sure you 2 will come up with a way for both to be happy.
                                Then, technically, based on the teachings of Dave Ramsey, it HAS a job... its job is savings for something fun in the future. We aren't to that point yet. Right now, our jobs consist of furlough, 4-walls, debt payoff. Having $2500 with no job is taxing for me. Maybe for now, its job will be "stored until we figure out what to do it with" - I'll move it to a savings account so it's safe.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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