Monday, August 25, 2014

Disneyland prep - at the Dollar Store!

We have a trip to Disneyland coming up soon. I am Disney lover and am so excited to take the little man for the first time. So, I have been researching kids and disneyland. Thank goodness for all the great bloggers out there who have shared their experiences and given me some great tips. 

One of the great tips was to get glow sticks from the Dollar Store. It seemed like an inexpensive treat for my kiddo and many people suggested they are a great activity to keep kids busy while waiting for the parades and night shows. 

So off I headed to my local Dollar Store and found these.
There were tons of styles and colors to choose from. But then I noticed these:
Yes, Disney themed glow sticks! They are much less of a value at one stick for a dollar versus 4, but not surprising when Mickey shows up. These got me thinking. What else Disney might be hidden in the Dollar Store isles? Here is what I found:
Sanitizing wipes. I'm guessing these will come in handy. There are 15 wipes. * I've since also purchased a 3 pack of Disney themed sanitizing wipes with 30 wipes total. 

Autograph book. I was expecting to find a plain one that I could decorate with stickers, but amazingly I found this Disney blank journal. I think the ones in the park are almost $10. 

Flashlight! This was in the Halloween section and seems like it will be great fun for my little man in the evenings. Hopefully we can keep him from shining it in our eyes. 

Lanyard! There were several styles to choose from and the cashier said these were new. I got the Princess  option but they had Mickey, Planes, and Monsters. The ones I found from the park were about $10 and on ebay I found them for about $6, but $1 is awesome. Too bad I found these AFTER I had already ordered a pair. So now the boys each have one and I get a girly one. Perfect for pin trading!

And these figurines! They also had some princesses, but I opted for just the basics. They are not exceptionally high quality but, they work. 

Poncho. These used to come in two packs. These will come in handy if the weather turns while we are there or if we decide to ride any wet rides. I have heard ponchos may be cheaper at Wally World so keep a look out. 

There are a few other items that I have not purchased but may be of interest:
Food storage - my store had tons of Cars themed food storage. We have plenty storage containers already so I skipped those.
Popup laundry basket - I saw a few people mention how handy this would be for organizing the dirty clothes in your hotel room. I'll be grabbing one, but didn't see them in my store.
Night light - My kiddo doesn't usually use one, but I may grab one. They had princesses and planes themed lights. 
Totes - we aren't going to the Halloween party, but the disney bags would be perfect if we were. 
Drink ware - many people mentioned decorating reusable water bottles for their families. We have our own already or this would have been a fun crafting project. 

Friday, August 8, 2014


This was my view at dawn this morning. This is what irrigating looks like for us. 

I've been meaning to do a post about irrigation for some time now. Irrigation is a pretty complex topic and really needs a very long post and a ton of pictures. So I'm going to give you the quickest version I can, because if I try to do a long one it was stay as a draft for way too long.

We irrigate all of our crops using surface water. This means that the water we use for irrigation is collected above ground. In our case it is rainfall and some snowmelt (none this year) collected during the winter months. The water is collected in man made resviours. The resivours also have the benefit of  being lakes and providing recreational opportunities. 

This is different that using well water. We do not have any ag pumps or ag wells. Our water is coming from above ground rather than below. 

Our water is delivered using a system of canals or open ditches. As seen in this picture. The open ditches are not as efficient but this system is an oldie but goodie and would be very expensive to replace. We are currently working on a project to convert an open ditch to a pipeline on 20 acres. Just for the 20 acres that project will cost about $60,000. So upgrades happen slowly.

Our water project delivers water to most of our neighbors and thousands of acres of farmland in our area. The water is running most of the time and we essentially take turns using it. It is more complicated than that, but the gist of it. 

So, this means that you only can irrigate when the water is in your area. So last night the water arrived at 6 pm. If we had decided we would prefer to sleep then we would not have the opportunity to irrigate for about 2 weeks. Crops need water to grow so that meant I had a very long night of changing irrigation water. I made changes at 11pm, 2:30 and 4:30 am and then gave it to a neighbor at 6:00 am. 

We often have people confused about why we change water at night. But we don't have much of an option. It is just the way our system works. It frequently limits our sleep, social lives and general plans. But, that's farming.

I'll try and post again with more about irrigation. It is a very complex subject.