Oh dear ... you have my empathy and my sympathy when dealing with teenage girls. I know I was a handful, and absolutely bull headed. I feel sorry for my mother, and Ive been up front and in direct shot of a teenage girl lately too. They are an animal.. almost not human. LOL!! And its not anything they can help which is what makes it hard as the adult. You know its not " them", but its ALL them so you cant really navigate. I hear you. You survived though.
Due to the soil here, Im having a hard time learning what grows with minimal interference . So far whats doing well on its own is yellow neck squash, tomatos ( with some compost assistance) , sweet potatoes, pickles, sunflowers and snap peas. All of which have taken off and we get about 2lbs of tomatoes a day ( Im under estimating actually) , we have had about 15lbs of yellow squash so far and one sunflower produced a whole head and we are waiting on flower number two.
I started out with a very small plot because where we are ( Florence texas) is all open, undeveloped land. The neighbor has allowed her horses to graze this property for 5 years , so there is old and hot horse **** every where, not to mention urine. The house is fenced off in about a 1 1/2 acre plot while the whole 5.8 acres are fenced off entirely and this has been those horses grazing land for years. The soil is already black and thick, so add that on top of it and you have very acidic soil. I started small with different mixtures of soil under each plant, and some with just the straight soil from the yard and so far straight soil supports what Ive written above.. but I had a TON more planted that died. Melons, cantaloupe ..watermelon..winter squash..a few different types of tomatoes ... Cucumber, eggplant, basil, gordes.. nothing could really handle the soil here so I have to practice with some seeds to find a good mixture. Im trying NOT to get caught in the huge budget of bagged soils and expensive mixtures. I use a certain percentage of the soil combined with a certian type of bag soil and straw. With the research Ive done, that should support almost everything if you have the ratios right. So im learning and its fun.
For my birthday today I got a black Australlorp. They are in HIGH demand around here.. in fact it took over a month to find one and 3 hours drive. The person who sells them says he sells 900 birds a month, mostly those because of their demand and he is doing what we are doing, trying to make the home the 'business' and is succeeding in less than a year. So it has crossed my mind now to change my route. At first my thought was to get enough hens to sell and ship eggs ( about 100) BUT, if I get about 6 more black hens, those babies, just hatched are 4 a piece, grown 30+.. yeah.. my path is about to change. If that guy who is many miles away is the only person selling those birds in that quantity in this area, we are far enough away to not compete and I might be able to work up enough in come from birds faster than anything else.
I have forgotten how to add a photo here.. but my birdie is beautiful, and hes huge!
I didnt know you programmed games?? What are you working on? are you even allowed to say at this point? Is it a multi platform or just one like an Xbox type game? Jillians father made board games.. well.. half assed at least, and Jillian loves to make them now and does pretty well with the mechanics. She wants to learn how to make andriod games and i think thats a great idea, but Im clueless as to what goes into programming. Tell me more! You can take it to message if you need to.
My canary died.. his name was Bird.. he died suddenly, like with a seed in his mouth suddenly. I only had him 3 years, but I got him from a store so I have no idea how old he was. He could have gotten something airborne from the pet possum too.. who knows. Ive thought about replacing him, but dont have the money. I looked up your bird. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Is there no reward sign around for him? He couldnt be wild..? Are they wild in that area?? Good gracious.. if they are, and you land another one, Ill give you my number, call me, and Ill ship him here! Those are wonderful birds. Very.. very lucky find. I hope you have a long time with him.
What do you mean working with returned soldiers? I can imagine.. but Im not clear. Im sure you have elaborated in other places, but ... I have not been here regularly so Im clueless..