I have a lot of wood that needs to be cut because it is a just a few inches to big fit in my wood stove. I really hate cutting wood on the ground because the bending over is hard on my back and having your chainsaw dig into the dirt dulls the chain. I have built a sawbuck but I had some problems getting all the cross braising attached correctly to the X -frames that hold the wood. The saw buck is a little bulky, does not fold flat but it is functional. Cutting wood at waist height rather than at ankle height really saves strain on my back muscles. There are lots of plans on the internet to make a simple saw buck. Don’t do like I did making a saw buck and not consider the 4 inches the X part of the frame adds to the 16 inch cross braces for cutting a 16-18 inch chunk of wood. I can make it work, but I should pull it apart and make the cross braces 4 incher shorter to make cutting the wood stove length simple.
Cut down a lot of weeds and Moring Glory around the garden beds. I then sprayed the area with 30% vinegar. It seems that this method works better than the spray first then weed-wack the area. I have found 4 goat heads plants in my alley way this summer. That is amazing as several of my neighbors are overrun with goat heads. One neighbor has some goathead weeds close to the property line and I sprayed the weeds with the 30% vinegar. The ” goathead runners” did turn brown and seem to die back.
I think using the 30% vinegar works great as a weed killer over time, but it is not the fastest acting weed killer. Over time you can replace those weeds with plants that you prefer to weeds. I live in an area with clay/alkaline soil so adding 30% vinegar to acidic soil might not be the best weed killing solution for you. I like having a weed killer solution that does not kill the soil like Round Up or the the knock off brands. Plus anything that kills off Morning Glory plants is a great thing in my opinion.
Inflation is happening but there is still time to get products before the “Shrink-flation” hits your pocket book/budget even harder. Stores have been selling off full-size products at a lower cost to clear the shelves of the larger products. I have been watching this shrink-flation happen for at least 4 or 5 years. What was a 3 pound, 48 oz. can of of coffee is now a 26-30 oz. can of coffee. A cheap brand of toilet paper that had 350 sheets per roll is now called a MEGA/Double roll at 240 sheets of Toilet paper. It is happening in chips, crackers and soup cans.
I talked about this in the past on this blog. Assume the dollar will lose at least 30% of it’s buying power because inflation always rises faster than wages and the Government COLA increase for SS or VA payments.
I won’t tell you what to do, but I can tell you what I am doing. I’m going to buy some more socks that are on sale at Bi-Mart. As some of my socks are getting holes in them. I want to buy a couple more good bras on sale. I’m buying garden products and working on building my soil. I have bought some Shade cloth to try out as it got bloody hot here at Casa de chaos!
Last but not least I messed up on my milk purchases. I’m ready now to save the milk in the freezer in between my milk purchase travels. I’m starting to figure out a loop driving to get produce milk and the meat I want to buy. Nothing is ever easy, but if you can break it down things can get simple.