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Ladies I Need help with LIST!
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EIEIO    Posted 10-19-2002 at 05:10:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since this is our first winter in the country I really do not know exactly what needs to get done around here to get ready for the winter. Here are just a few items on my list. Any help on what needs to be added would be greatly apreciated. I know the wimmen on the board are the experts so I am turning to you. THANKS

Men - no smart remarks - this is serious stuff.

Here is the partial list.
Build new rabbit cages, Move rabbits into animal barn, build winter quarters for ducks and chickens in animal barn, put up new bird house, fix barn doors so that critters cannot crawl under them, setup my sandblaster and air compressor, clean out work barn, take trash to dump, make a water barrel that will keep water from freezing, install overhead light in barns, clean out pig pen and enlarge it.

I know I am forgetting lots! Hey ger you might even be able to help since you were kind enough to remind us!!


Art Giles    Posted 05-23-2004 at 17:45:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Lady. Just do what you think is right.As we can tell you a lot of things to do but some things do not work in all places. I lived in the big Horn Mountain for 15 years as a free man and what I had done in the low land helped very little.Taking care of the horse cutting fire wood
putting up meat growing a garden.Smoking fish and meat.I lived off the land and what i could grow.
so do what you think is right.I'm 81 and still working farm.No woman.


Gordon    Posted 10-19-2002 at 18:51:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just some thoughts. No funny stuff. Independence is a fine quality, but don't try and do everything yourself "just because you gotta". be willing to learn from people who know what they are talking about (male or female). It's tough sometimes, but be willing to swallow your pride if you find yourself in trouble. Winter can be a tough and unforgiving season and it's especially hard on vehicles and machinery. Anyway, don't forget smaller items like snow removal equipment (shovels, etc), sand, candles, and canned food. Spare batteries for flashlights and warm clothes (no need to make a fashion statement). If you have an older home, it's reasonable easy to stay warm during the day (provided you have heat), but make sure you can sleep comfortably. Cold saps your strength and it takes energy to stay warm. Sounds like simple stuff, I know, but it's some of the simple thing that we forget. Much luck to you both.

PS: I like to keep some "spray start" around for cars. Ask a mechanic about using this if you're not used to it (it's ether in a spray can).

Regards

Gordon from NH


WallSal55    Posted 10-19-2002 at 09:09:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Buy winter parkas, snow gloves, snowmobile boots, snowmobile?
Oh, I love men who do things for me, as I am
not mechanically inclined to fix anything! But I
can tell them how to cook heart, turtle doves, morels, apple crisps, rhubarb crunches, and many
other basics on a variety of matters.


June in SD    Posted 10-19-2002 at 16:21:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
MMMMM. Do you have any recipes to share using those Morels? First time I ever had them was when we were camping in WY in one of those Rent-a-Pasture State Places. My Ex-son-in-law brought some into camp and I thought I knew what they were so I fried some up in butter and told them that, IF I survived I would fix them up for Dinner. And then just to aggravate them I went and took a nap. Best eating I ever had.


Maggie/TX - EIEIO    Posted 10-19-2002 at 08:40:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Lists will vary depending on individual needs, but we need to remember to winterize our living areas as well as the animals areas. List ideas for the menfolk: 1. Check insulation around windows and doors of the house and add where needed. 2. For those who have a fireplace or wood-burning stove: Chop firewood and LOTS of it and build a covered area for it just the right distance from the house. 3. Lay in a good supply of lamp oil and candles for those times when winter storms knock the power out. 4. If you don't have a generator, go get one at least big enough to run the computer. 5. Lay in a supply of gasoline for generator. 6. Check your power lines and cut any trees that are where they can fall on them. 7. Check the eaves of the house to make sure there are no holes that squirrels or flying squirrels can get in. If there is the least little hole, they will winter in your attic, building their nasty little nests and playing heck with your insulation, not to metion making lots of noise and leaving droppings. This happened to us is how I know about it. Those dadburn flying squirrels do gymnastics starting around midnight every night when they are in the attic and they sure do make a lot of noise for such little critters. 8. Make sure you have a couple of sizes of Havaheart traps for just in case you miss a hole into the attic.

If I think of any more list ideas, I'll be sure to add them here as I do like to be helpful. :)

Ya'll have a great day!


EIEIO    Posted 10-19-2002 at 09:06:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, I forgot all about the checking for holes so critters don't move in, plus the eaves. Also the insulation around the windows and doors. He needs to replace a few storm windows too. Should have him check the roof for leaks. We do not have a fireplace so Dennis doesn't have to worry about cutting wood.

Thanks for the help.


ger    Posted 10-19-2002 at 10:12:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
1. get a wood stove.2 get dennis to get wood for said stove.


LH    Posted 10-19-2002 at 05:54:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not trying to be a wise arse EI, but if you truly want to be a good country wife, and self reliant, I suggest you drop the list for Dennis, and take on the projects yourself. Perhaps being a good husband Dennis could supervise you in all said activities until he is sure you can handle them by yourself, at which time he could stay in the house watching sports or whatever to allow you plenty of quality quiet country time to pursue your self reliant endeavours


June in SD, Just Get Lost    Posted 10-19-2002 at 16:09:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If this is the way your old man treats you, wait till the first snow, box up his things and put them outside, but be nice. Give him a sleeping bag. Who needs him anyway. There are websites where you can buy a substitute for the only other thing he provides.


S_____Y and S___Y    Posted 10-19-2002 at 16:44:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome to the club girl...:-)


ger    Posted 10-19-2002 at 10:21:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
i ve been try to train my misses , told her if she learns all this stuff an anything happenes to me like the big final retirement she would be able to carry on , i was even very serious as i told her this , SHE,S STILL LAUGHING , said she, ll hire someone to do it then, go figure huh , we men are used abused an disrespected , the real victums of abuse are the poor married man, now i feel so sorry for myself , think i,ll go lay down an pout lol have a good day all . later ger


EIEIO    Posted 10-19-2002 at 06:37:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
EXCUSE ME!!!!!!!!! In the interim who does the washing, the cleaning, the cooking, the marketing, feeding the critters, to name just a few of the ladies DAILY list!!


LH    Posted 10-19-2002 at 06:42:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well here I do all that stuff and much more.


EIEIO-Ladies Help from LH re housework!!    Posted 10-19-2002 at 07:18:01       [Reply]  [No Email]

Ifn you do all that stuff maybe you can explain it to our husbands how you get it all done and they can start doing it for us.

Heck you may be just as helpful to us as ger was with the LIST! Your post about all that you do might just be what us wimmen folk need to get our husbands moving. Thanks so much for sharing. If you can do it Dennis can do it.


LH    Posted 10-19-2002 at 07:25:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Actually the key to my doing all that is my retirment and being a stay at home dad while my wife works full time as a nurse practitioner in a doctor's office, and also does her favorite thing of teaching nursing students part time (evenings) at the local college. So maybe if all you ladies wanna go back to working full time your husbands or significant others would be willing to help out a little more around the house.


Farmer Bill    Posted 10-19-2002 at 07:48:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hush, while we are ahead! We retired, too, and my wife is teaching part-time at a community college while I get to play with my farm work! I stay at our farm most times while she stays at our cabin at the lake, working three days a week, but if you keep this up, she'll expect me to do the work at the lake and the farm which will mean I do double cooking, double laundry, double house-cleanine, double yard work........FORGET THAT...I might just have to disconnect the computer if she gets wind of this!
EIEIO, don't email Ms. D., either! OK? She thinks up enough without you! HA! HA!
Oh, by the way, where do I find her a tin-foil hat? She already has a pistol...can't shoot sh..., though; just scares the H... out of everyone around!


EIEIO    Posted 10-19-2002 at 08:14:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is what you got to do, take a baseball cap and cover it with tinfoil, still in great working shape and the aliens haven't been picking my brains in a month of Sundays. That is what I did. You can ask Kraig WY. Ever walk in to IHop with a tinfoil hat?? I think Kraig was about ready to dive under the table but heck how else would he have recognized us when we met for lunch.


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