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Old 06/09/14, 01:13 PM
 
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At last I am working on my quilt room. It was a room in my house that never got finished, was going to be an office for the ex when he was playing "big farmer," but it never happened. Its a long room 8X16 with two windows and a closet, a corner room. I was going to finish it after S/O passed, but I was just too depressed. So now with my bad knees and bad back I'm creeping along. The room has been a catch all for years. I am just doing a little at a time, but its kind of a treasure hunt too. It had been painted a bright blue with some oops paint and that has to go, it will be peach now, so of course I need to prime/block the blue. If the priming/painting doesn't kill me, I will lay tile on the floor. Luckily, I think I have everything I need. It is going to be gorgeous. I had moved my sewing machine to another room several weeks ago, and altho the light was much better, its just too congested. I plan to bring my grandma's old Minnesota treadle in, and a dresser that they bought second hand in 1909 for scrapbooking stuff and gift wrap, etc. With this room, I can just shut the door and walk away, and not have cats sleeping on everything when I'm not sewing. I will be taking furniture
pieces out of other rooms so this will free up spaces in them too. I will also have all my old 33 1/3 record albums and a record player in there, along with my dvd player. Maybe later, internet and cable hook ups. I need screens for the windows so I can open them, mainly to keep cats in.

I had a change in my BP meds lately, and have been feeling really blue. Not sure if its them or just me. I need to make some life changes and it might be that too. (I threw out 8 little planter things of dead bedding plants that were two years old. Never planted. The day I bought them at Menards I had all kinds of big plans. THEN, I picked up a bag of sand I needed, and hurt myself so bad, I had to be helped out of the store. Its a wonder the plants even made it out of the car.)

So its back to my work. Johnny Mathis is singing on my iTunes right now. Stardust.
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Old 06/09/14, 01:56 PM
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Class, I totally get the big plans thing! I always have big plans that never seem to happen but they look great in my mind.

I scored a huge deal on tomato plants at work. Their little fourpacks, I don't know if that counts as four inch or what, but they are the little dudes in fourpacks, well, they were a buck per fourpack, so I bought eight of them. Now I have twenty something tomato plants to plant today hopefully. The weather is great for being outdoors today, so I need about one more great cuppa in me and I will be ready to go. I'm going to do a clearance garden I guess this year. I might just go gangbusters since I have all these barrels full of water. It will be handwatering but won't be so far to walk either!
I have seeds left over from previous years so I might just run amok and plant seeds all over the place. I wasn't going to garden this year either. STUPID BUG!
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Old 06/09/14, 01:59 PM
 
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Michelle, PLANT THE TOMATO PLANTS! Don't put them in a spare room and ignore them for two years.
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Old 06/09/14, 03:30 PM
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I got twenty in the ground surrounded by manure and peat moss, I've got eight left to plant. I'm going to plant shade tolerant things underneath them, so cut down on weeds I think. Should be interesting!
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Old 06/09/14, 03:47 PM
 
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Well, so much for deep ditches. While we were at church we got that rain. And even some hail. My little garden took a beating and I don't know if I can salvage it or not. We have a much shorter Cottonwood tree now. I thought it looked funny when we were coming up the drive. The top blew out of it and it landed all over the road. Took some time, but we were able to get the truck by it. The yard had lots and lots of limbs. A really big one fell from the elm in the front yard and it missed the Pecan tree and the side of the house. Even the fence was spared! There are a lot of people around here that didn't fair near as well. They had quarter sized hail on the small end and really big stuff on the upper end. Wind shields both front and back, sky lights, windows in houses. That was South of us and in the town of Carlsbad. I was glad for the rain, but sheesh. I guess we will be using the chainsaws that DH got ready last week. How is that for timing?
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Old 06/09/14, 05:32 PM
 
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Wow, good score on the plants, Michelle! And what a good use for that room, Class of 66! I like the idea of making it a sewing/craft room! Make it suit you!

Feeling a bit yucky, but not sure why. Kind of like my sinuses hurt or are 'stuffy' feeling. Took a nap and it didn't help. Am going to plant some chard in my planting boxes where I have tomatoes planted now.

Wow, Chief Cook, glad you didn't have any more damage than you did from the storm. Wicked weather, isn't it? We woke up to 40 degrees and have had bitter wind and cold all day. Finally the sun is shining, but it's still chillly. Just when I thought it might be too hot to put more pea seeds in! Better do it now or never.
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Old 06/09/14, 07:49 PM
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Back at work for my last night, for a month. Leaving in a few days for Montana. I need to mow the grass in the back one more time. My son will be staying on and off at my house and will mow it when I am gone. I always have the kids in and out at my house. I guess now I know why the food bill is high!!!

Chief Cook, we don't get hail much here, but if we do it is usually small and last a very short time. I will trade you some though for the HUMIDITY I have!!
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Old 06/09/14, 09:08 PM
 
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Travi, hope you got that ss ironed out. My Parents changed my name when I was 3 days old- and it's it's noted on the lower left hand corner of my official birth certificate -original name on the TOP. Well, there I was in 1997 trying to get a passport and had it returned to me 3 times asking for the court order showing the name change to the name I was applying under- which there was none- it was a simple amendment to he birth certificate! I think I had to call my US representative, who had a 3 way conversation with me on the phone in FL and the passport people in where-ever. Once I had someone official to tell them to "Look in the lower left hand corner of the birth certificate" they had to do it -and had to accept it and mail me my passport. I'm NEVER letting it non renew!

Rode with GFB today to work 90 miles away, back to the lake, pack up the cats and drove back to the city. We are pretty tired because Roadkill never came in yesterday afternoon. We searched the yards up and own the street calling for him (I even remembered to look UP to see if he was in the trees) We had a bad lightning storm yesterday evening and he's terrified of loud noises. I just knew a coyote had taken him. We didn't get to sleep till late. Had to get up at 1 am for a glass of water and he was at the door. He's been very subdued all day. Whatever happened must have been traumatic.
We're both sneezing and coughing. Oaks are in bloom here. Found that there had been thunderstorms in the city- my water garden tubs were still in pretty good shape. Only needed to add water to 3 that are totally blocked from rain by a profusion of lotus leaves.
And on the news today, there was confirmation of coyote DNA on the remains of 2 cats found killed in Polk County-What a hoopla!. Am constantly amazed at people who don't keep track of what is going on in the world- we knew they were invading FLorida back in the late 80s, sighted while doing trail work with Florida Trail association.
Very tired. Y'all stay save (Jan-40s?? Please send about 20degrees of that my way)
Michelle- pls sweeten that acid peat moss! Finely crushed eggshell or spoiled milk will do - but tomatoes don't thrive in acid!
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Old 06/09/14, 09:26 PM
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ok...I will get tthat...would baking soda do it?
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Old 06/10/14, 08:43 AM
 
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Never thought of sodium bicarbonate as a soil sweetener and the experts (google) appear to disagree.
1 source says small amounts in hydroponic solutions once a month works. I guess the concept is that the sodium would be diluted and rinsed away by a month worth of regular solution. There appears to be a translating error from Pakistan, as their official plant advisor tells how to use baking soda to test soil pH, lists tomatoes and several other plants that prefer neutral to slightly alkaline soil as being acid loving, and recommends sodium bicarb last after wood ash, compost, and lime to acidify soil. (It would sweeten it. Remember Pakistan gets a monsoon to rinse nutrients and toxic elements both away) There was an organic vegetable garden post (the site sandbagged me and I couldn't escape back to google-had to re-google) that stated that Arm and Hammer recommended baking soda solution as an herbicide. Found another site that said that sodium bicarb would act the same as salt in the soil- toxic to most plants that didn't evolve near oceans.
I know that Manygoatsnmore used Epsom salts for her tomatoes with good results, but again, you have the problems with excessive salts in the soil.
Purdue University states that rain is always somewhat acid because it absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere. That would seem to indicate that the carbon part of sodium bicarb would be just as harmful to plant tissues as the sodium.
In short, I'de stick with some form of lime.
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Old 06/10/14, 10:23 AM
 
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Rode with GFB today to work 90 miles away, back to the lake, pack up the cats and drove back to the city. We are pretty tired because Roadkill never came in yesterday afternoon. We searched the yards up and own the street calling for him (I even remembered to look UP to see if he was in the trees) We had a bad lightning storm yesterday evening and he's terrified of loud noises. I just knew a coyote had taken him. We didn't get to sleep till late. Had to get up at 1 am for a glass of water and he was at the door. He's been very subdued all day. Whatever happened must have been traumatic.
GMB - We have one like that, she hides during storms and I don't usually see her until the loud stuff is over.
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Old 06/10/14, 01:15 PM
 
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Howdy everyone! Hey westexas what type of doc are you? Just curious.

Hope you all get everything straightened out, pains gone and no more excessive weather! Here, it's hot. Just hot. And a bit windy now and again.

My DD had to cancel my Mom's bday party Sunday as she (DD) was sick so DH and I went to mom's house anyway. Brought the food we were to bring, which was chips 'n dips, veggie tray and fruit tray. We also got her a cheesecake with those huge strawberries on top as her birthday cake. So we were only missing the sandwiches. She had a nice bday (78 years now).

Been having connection issues with our internet, so finally called at&t. They see a problem "with the line" so are sending a tech out Thursday. But right after I got off the phone with them, my phone stopped working entirely (no phone, no internet), at least before I called I had a working phone and the net was annoying as it would disconnect many times a day, but at least it worked some.

So I had to call them back on my cell, which only works intermittently and only if I stand outside. Finally they did something he called a "temporary" something or other and so far, I haven't been kicked off the net. What a pain.

Lots of watering and weeding going on here. Got about 1/3 of the hollyhock stems cut down, they're pretty much done flowering now and have a lot of bugs this year, so I'm cutting them down right away. They were spectacular.

Just keeping up with the regular chores and normal stuff. Nothing too exciting around here! Have lots of ideas of things to do, but don't seem to find an extra moment this time of year!
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Old 06/10/14, 02:11 PM
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wellwe have been having lots of rain today so that is good.
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Old 06/11/14, 12:52 AM
 
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GMB is right, I do use Epsom salts with my tomatoes - that and even watering prevent blossom end rot. I live in a rainy climate, so salts in the soils are not usually a problem. Epsom salts is primarily magnesium anyway. I wouldn't use baking soda to sweeten the soil...adding lime to the peat moss will do the trick. Hope this helps, Michelle.

I tore out my old back steps today and made a temporary step from an odd sized pallet. It was the perfect size, but left me without a landing when I walk out the back door....which I promptly did, and forgot that I needed to step down, lol. Nearly landed on my nose! No harm done, but I will be looking for a larger pallet to place under this one so I'll have my landing back.

I have chicks! The 2 hens sharing the babies have about 15 left between them (lost 2 and one egg was a dud). I moved them to the old goat pen today. Unfortunately the 3rd broody hen was so excited about the chicks that she abandoned her eggs. The eggs were cold when I found them, but I rigged one of my dehydrators as an emergency incubator, in case they might still be alive. I don't hear any peeping or see any pipping, so I have my doubts. I did give her fresh eggs today after removing all the chicks, and she was setting on them tonight. Maybe she'll still hatch some babies.

I really need to make a trip to town. I realized it's been over a month since I went grocery shopping, and I have a long list for the feed and hardware stores, both. I seem to plan a town trip each day, but then I get involved in a project and don't want to stop! If I didn't need some parts to finish a few projects, I could happily stay home.

I do want to get in a visit with my favorite sister and BIL, while they are RVing on this side of the mountains. A 45 minute drive for a visit is MUCH easier than the 6 hour drive to their house. I haven't seen them since Christmas, and I really miss them. I plan to call in the morning tomorrow and if they aren't already booked, I'll combine my errands and a visit with them.
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Old 06/11/14, 12:48 PM
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manygoats, do you just sprinkle the Epsom salts around the base of the tomato plant on the ground, work it in a ways or put it under the roots? I use eggshells, hopefully in the hole when I plant, when I remember in time, to give them enough calcium to not get end-rot. I'd like to encourage them since my planting space is limited and I need to can tomatoes this year. Want enough!

I'm pleased to have enough turkeys hatched to fill another order. I guess ol' Thomas is getting tired because there are fewer fertilized eggs. I'm wondering if we need a second tom next year. Especially if we end up with more hens. So far out of 4 hens, I've put 159 eggs in the incubator and they haven't quit laying yet.

And I got a blouse cut out last night. I'm almost looking forward to rainy days this weekend to get something done in the house.
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Old 06/11/14, 01:18 PM
 
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Sunday we had the girls. Church and then we went out to eat as I still had a gift card with money left on it. Then home and Bill helped the oldest warm up/practice for her double header that evening. They won the first game easily but the second game was a nail biter!! In the second inning we were down 11-0 but here comes our girl to get things going. She got a base hit, then scored the first run and that charged the rest of the girls up and we got 7 runs. When time ran out (90 min) they were tied, 13-13 but you can't end in a tie so as home team we, of course, got last bat. One run was all we needed and we got it!!!

Monday was gray and cloudy and finally started raining around 4 pm and kept raining until about noon on Tuesday. Had the girls on Tuesday, as well. They slept most of the morning because of the rain. Off to practice at the batting cages for the oldest. Middle granddaughter had a game but it was cancelled because of the rain.

Then my dad called to tell me our former pastor had just died on Monday. We had known him for a long time as he also was a substitute teacher when my daughter was in high school. Had to tell my daughter when she came to pick the kids up. Services are tomorrow but she is working so she can't go. Services will be in Harrisonville which is over an hour south of me. When he bought his first home I gave him a quilt that I made, especially for him, called "Scraps of Colorado". Bill is from CO and that was where we lived before moving back here. He loved CO and always hoped to go live there one day. He just loved that quilt and had it hanging in his bedroom on the wall on a quilt rack. Sigh.......he was only 49.

Today is sunny so I must find some energy to get a few things done before I leave in the morning for the funeral.
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Old 06/11/14, 06:33 PM
 
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Oh, Billie, sorry about your Pastor friend. Nice that you made him that quilt, if he couldn't move back here, at least he could think about it! You were from a much prettier part of the state than we are!

I felt really awful for a couple days, not sure what was up, but today I woke up feeling great and have gotten a lot done.

MGM, I once had two hens share a nest and brood some eggs, and they did just fine, both watching the chicks and taking them out on walks to eat. I was surprised, but they never fought over them. Good luck on that third hen. One batch of eggs I incubated a few years ago, only had one that hatched. I shut the thing off after a few days, and hadn't done anything with the last two eggs in it. After two more weeks, I was on the phone with my sister and heard cheeping. The last little chick finally hatched. I was shocked, as no extra heat had been on or anything. I think they were guinea eggs.

Back to work, storms are moving through but not doing anythnig to us except wind and more wind.
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Old 06/12/14, 11:15 AM
 
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Billie - I'm so sorry for your loss. He sure died young.

It's rained a lot this week. We had good thunderstorms last night and it was pouring down this morning. It's suppose to clear off today and we'll have mild weather.

It's been a good week at work. I have a new work laptop and I'm trying to get everything installed, so I can set it up and decommission my old one. I'll be glad to get rid of that heavy IBM Thinkpad - I never want another one of those, I'll be happy to go back to a nice, easy-to-use Dell.

DGDs had their first night of dance class on Tuesday. The youngest is so painfully shy she didn't want to go in by herself, so they allowed the oldest to go in with her and then go on to her class afterwards. They had a great time. I'm hoping this will bring the little one out of her shell a bit.

I'm hoping DD's landlord gets the new carpet laid in the DGS's bedroom tomorrow. Then we can finally get his furniture moved back in and things back in order again.

I need to run errands at lunch today and go to the grocers tonight to get the fixings for a taco casserole for the family reunion on Saturday. I found a good, simple recipe that will be easy to make and transport in the car. Yay!

Well, I best get busy here at work. Have a wonderful day, everyone!!
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Old 06/12/14, 10:25 PM
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Evening folks,,been lost for awhile. Lots have happen since I was last here. My mom and aunt and uncles have moved out, my mother in law died, my dad had a double by pass.. Been busy, my MIL died from cancer on our anniversary, my dad had a double bypass last Friday. My gardens aren't totally in. Trying to get my goats to produce more milk. Finally slaughtered all the pigs, could afford to feed them any longer. 500.00 per week for pig grain was way to much. Same ole struggles as every one else. Working from my son Nicks iPad , Rob hogs the lap top most of the time. Just wanted to check I and say hi,,,,,,
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Old 06/13/14, 10:14 AM
 
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[QU. E=Travis in Louisiana;7108480]Thursday morning went down to the Social Security office to get a replacement social security card. Found out I was not a citizen!! I was born in Berlin, when my father was in the army there. I was born in a U.S. military hospital. I have three birth certificates. My dad got me a card when I was 13. Now to get a replacement, I need to prove I am a citizen. I did not bring my birth certificates with me. I am going to, but two of them are in german. I also found out, I could not get any benefits till I prove I am a citizen. I should have requested all the money I have paid in to social security back!! It will get straighten out, but it is just crazy. Went to leave the office and there was a guy shot in the parking lot. Police were everywhere. Its what you have to deal with in Baton Rouge. I then got home and mowed grass and cut up the logs. I did finish cutting the logs into lumber last night and took the lumber to dad's house today. I am now at work for my three night run. Then it is off to Montana for a month. Time for more coffee.[/QUOTE]

WOW. That was quite a day!
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