Farm life and Semi-ER

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7Wannabe5
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Very nice. I’ve always wanted to make one. Decades ago, I made a floppy little rug that just required tying short scraps into knots, but I can’t remember the pattern. I have breadth but very little depth in the realm of handicrafts.

ertyu
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great improvement between rug 1 and 2! I actually really like how the colors worked out in rug 1, even though you said you used the ugliest fabric.

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Alice_AU
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@horsewoman, love the rugs! The improvement between first and second is huge. Makes me immediately regret that I’be been ruthlessly throwing away old tshirts - they might have been good for this too...

horsewoman
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The last week was pretty hellish at work, our little company is crumbling due to serious issues between the two CEOs. It remains to be seen if I still have a job in three months time. I'm not worried about the money aspect but I very much liked the work, so that's a bummer. It looks like I'll be kept on by one of the two, but right now nothing is certain. Avoiding getting sucked into the drama is my main concern at this point.
Whenever I'm stressed I'll try to spend some alone time at our brook. It's my favourite place in the world, and frankly the main reason I agreed to buy this rickety pile of a farm over a decade ago.
We've had a very wet spring and summer so far, so I was not much down at my little island of peace. Turns out, the place where I usually park my beach lounger was totally overrun by Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) and stinging nettles! Those two have formed an unholy coalition to keep me out, but I got to work with thick work gloves, clearing some of this jungle... I got stung a lot, but I valiantly persevered :)

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Next time I come down I can hide in a field of stinging nettles from the world. Very appealing at the moment!

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Relaxing after a job well done :) Now everything is right again with the world, at least for a while!

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ertyu
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This looks so peaceful thank you for sharing these pictures

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Do you mean this stinging nettles? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urtica_dioica
It's edible! So much free food!

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wow, that is beautiful

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I am sorry to hear about the unnecessary drama at your work. Hopefully, things can resolve quicker rather than months later with your position still intact and the working environment not permanently damaged.

Nothing like kicking back after some physical work, it looks lovely!

horsewoman
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@bigato - yes they are indeed edible, there is a recipe called "nettle spinach". My MIL made some a few years ago, it was not a hit with us, I'm afraid. But maybe, now that I have my fancy-shmancy Kitchenaid blender, I might give it a whirl myself!

@frita it looks like I will keep my job, plus I might be able to switch permanently to home office after the company is restructured, which I'd like very much. The boss who likes to keep me on is very supportive and tries her best to keep me out of the drama, so it is not really good, but not as bad as it could be. All the things I like in a small company can very easily turn bad, it seems!

Frita
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Yea to keeping your job, getting to work from home in the near future, and having a boss who watches your back! It is too bad about the drama because such things seem to be fixable, especially in a small organization.

horsewoman
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Today I'm a little bit naughty - the first time I'm writing a post during working hours! Things are winding down here at the office and I have very little to do until the company breaks up completely and I'll start anew with one of my current two bosses next month.
bigato wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:05 pm
Do you mean this stinging nettles? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urtica_dioica
It's edible! So much free food!
DH made a tasty dish yesterday with the nettles - spaghetti with roasted sunflower seeds and nettles, fried in a pan with olive oil. It was very good! DJH says it reminded him for some reason of the fish dishes he ate in Indonesia, and I thought it smelled like our favourite Asian restaurant.
One nice side effect of my pretty strict intermittent fasting is that DH has picked up some of the cooking, which used to be firmly my domain. But ever since I started fasting, I skip so many meals that I have lost much of my drive to cook at all. If anyone reading this is on the fence about IF – do it! It is the greatest thing! I follow the 16/8 method – at the beginning I had my last meal of the day at 18:00 and breakfast at 10:00, but while I consistently lost weight it was a tad difficult to maintain the break. I always got cravings for sweets around 20:00 and often caved in. These days my last meal is around 15:30 and breakfast at 9:00 – for me this is very easy to maintain (no cravings at all) and I’m still losing weight. I was never overweight but there have been some well-padded areas around my middle region, they are melting away like crazy!
Additionally to the weight loss I can manage my severe silent reflux + histamine intolerance pretty well this way without taking any meds. I’m totally sold and can’t see myself ever going back to eating all day.

In farm news, we are battling a huge patch of thistles on our pasture. A few years ago, there was a severe flooding in our area and ever since the thistles are thriving on the flooded meadow. We assume that some seeds got transported by the water onto our lands. Those things are mean! Even with full gear (which is not pleasant at all in the height of summer!) one gets scratched up pretty badly while pulling the roots up. But since it is important to get them out before they bloom, DH (and me a little bit helping) has been diligently working away a few hours each day, and the end is in sight - at least the tall ones will be gone. There will be surely countless small ones that are hidden in the tall grass, so this will be a long-time effort.
This meadow was earmarked for making hay this year but because of the thistle-explosion we reconsidered that. The meadow is on pretty wet ground (between two bodies of water) so it takes forever for the hay to get dry in best circumstances, and the thistles would make that even worse. So the horses will graze on that meadow and we will mow another one. Making hay is such a psychological stress each year (will it dry fast enough? Will it rain? Will we be able to get it into the barn before an inevitable thunderstorm?.), but our pitiful herd of 3,5 horses cannot eat all that much grass, so it is necessary.

We need to pluck raspberries this week as well, but DH is so fed up with thorns in any shape that I`ll do that alone. The joys of farming 😊

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My spreadsheet is done for the first half of the year, we spent on average €2650 a month for 3 people (including €220 monthly fee for private school), 3.5 horses, 3 medium-sized dogs and 2 cats. Not too bad, if I may say so myself.

Also included is €133 a month for the wood splitter we bought in January for €4800. So far I did not split up large purchases over more years, but since it comes up here all the time I'll give it a whirl. Indeed, I know that I'm supposed to do it and how to do it (business accounting background) but I never feel like bothering with all that stuff in my private records. Just to be contrary I did not appreciate the wood splitter over 6 years like it is advised in the charts for tax reasons, but used 3 years. We will use this thing for the next 20 years probably, and I'm not keen on dragging the monthly amount along for years in my spreadsheet.

Anyway, the wood splitter was the only larger purchase this year - apart from my kitchen aid blender, but this was only €320, so I put it in full.

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