In my last post, on the happenings around here, there were still some things that needed to be bought or found. We were disappointed in how much dirt actually got dumped in our yard. We have been looking on Craigslist for free composted trees/yard stuff. So far the pickings were slim, and very small in quantity. But yesterday we hit the jackpot!! Jeremiah didn't even want to contact the person as he was tired of finding out that each place he called/emailed only had a small quantity of compost (maybe a garbage can full at most). I urged him to at least email this one guy, I mean, you never know unless you ask, right? Come to find out this gentleman is in the tree clipping business and has aged composted trees/brush. LOTS OF IT!!! Jeremiah estimates he has about a third of an acre of huge 8 foot hills of aged composted tree material. He picked up two truck loads of it last night. The stuff is WONDERFUL. It's exactly what we were looking for. We need a LOT of it to cover all the garden areas that we plan on having. Not to mention I wanted to put some down in front of our goat barn to help absorb the wetness that always accumulates, causing issues for us and the goats. Right now it's raining, so I can't get out to take a picture of our 'gold mine'. It will take many, many more trips to get the amount we need, but we are just so thankful that we found what we were looking (and praying) for, for FREE!!
My other answer to prayer came after talking with someone from church who has taken over the veggie co-op I used to be apart of. I am grateful for all the healing we have seen on the GAPS diet. I know we could have been having more success if we could obtain 'real' meat... the natural, grass fed kind. There are still various health issues that more than one of us are still dealing with. And although we've gone from these issues causing us to have to use antibiotics, to them just being a daily annoyance, the fact is we are still dealing with them! But we can not afford to buy such meat, not unless we could cut costs elsewhere. In the meantime I wanted to put us on a juice feast to help jump start our bodies healing from these health issues. But that led to a dead end as well since we can't afford for all of to juice. I felt trapped. I gave this issue over to the Lord. I wish I did this more often, as He seems to be able to take care of things so much better than I can :-) I asked the woman who is doing the veggie co-op if I could come with her one day to see about buying some bulk produce. I knew it would be cheaper, I just wasn't expecting it to be THIS cheap!! Apples, 45 cents a pound, 50 pounds of carrots for 12$, etc. I mean, WOW! The kick is you have to buy a bushel of apples, or the whole 50 pounds of carrots, or 50 pounds of potatoes, etc. With the large quantities we will need for juicing this will work out just fine. And for future purchasing, this will save us money to put towards the grass fed meat we need to be buying. I can buy in bulk and *dehydrate* the leftovers, and use them for the weeks we don't go to the farmers market.
We haven't started our boot camp yet. I came down with the tummy bug last night, making any kind of work impossible. I can work through pain, but NOT nausea. Yuck. Call me a wimp, but I can't handle nausea :-P