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Old 07/13/14, 08:24 PM
 
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getting hit with a big rain storm. we need the rain. and waiting for my daughter to get home. she is out driving home in it. I wish she would have left her boyfriends earlier!
guess I sit up until she gets home!

we got 1/2 inch of rain in a half hour. would like to see it rain the rest of the night.
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Old 07/13/14, 09:14 PM
 
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I am not a sports fan but had to watch the World Cup while getting beans ready for the canner was lucky I had beans left with all the excitement,that they didn't go flying when Germany won not that I am biased or anything
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Old 07/14/14, 03:46 PM
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I have not started on the tractor tear down yet. I did take before pictures incase I have questions and will take more as I tear the tractor down. I did clean a big brush pile located by my firewood racks. It had rolls of rusted wire fence in it, that I smashed and folded up into squares for the garbage truck. It is all clean now and I even found another fire wood rack in all the mess. I am watching one of my granddaughters today, since my wife had a doctors appointment. Tomorrow, she has to take her father to the doctor, so I will watch her again tomorrow also and I start working nights tomorrow night. I do have a big fire burning up some old rotted logs in the front yard. Ofcourse, mowing grass is a everyday affair in the south here, with all the rain and heat!! My sister is having an inground pool put in. Must be nice to have MONEY!! I guess it is time for a fresh cup of coffee and a fire check.
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Old 07/14/14, 06:11 PM
 
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Geesh, Vickie, I may have to go pick some plums! I had no idea you could get that for it either. We just never buy jam or jelly anymore, the boys think it is nasty - they are so spoiled...

Vacation Bible School here this week in the evenings, so my sister-in-law and her kids are in town again this week. Today we went to Harrah to visit grandparents and let the kids play with their cousins (really it is Lance's cousins kids playing with our kids, but it's all family!). We have something lined up every day this week, and are counting down - really we only have about two weeks left with #1 son until he moves to university, since he will be gone all next week for a Colorado mission trip with our church. Starting to be crunch time for this momma!

Put our little dab of corn in the freezer, and am starting to work on canning tomatoes and eating as many as I can stand! If anyone has a favorite awesome salsa recipe, I would love to hear it. I'm still playing with it to get what I'm looking for - spicy but not scalding, relatively simple, and little or no cilantro at hubby's request. Mmmmm, salsa......
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Old 07/14/14, 10:44 PM
 
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I'm so grateful tonight for our warm, dry little house! It isn't modern or fancy, but we've had huge downpours for three days now, flooding everywhere this afternoon, but only a leak in the bathroom around the fan today. Two days ago, the wind blew the rain right against the front door and we had water dripping in the basement, AND in the bathroom. But we're ok, nothing ruined more than a ceiling so far. I need to be more thankful for this house and take better care of it! We could be living in a cardboard box under a bridge, afterall.

I did remember to thank my sweet hubby for all his hard work around our place. It's something I sometimes take for granted, but I know I should thank him, just as he thanks me for the meals I make. Remember those close to you and appreciate them! That's my advice for the day.
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Old 07/15/14, 06:48 AM
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Not much going on. Went fishing a couple times last week. It felt great to get out again, but darn if the work and this chilly weather put a damper on it today. I was going to go, but it is so darned chilly that I don't want to sit out there and be miserable and shaking from the cool. It is in the mid fifties and that is just too cold to sit outside. I will go next week when it is back up into the mid sixties for lows. Those are more reasonable temps to sit and wait for a nibble on the hook. I caught a small catfish, and it just went into the freezer this morning. I had planned on catching some more and having fish for supper, but it will have to wait until next week.

Next week we have three days with orders of fifty dozen right in a row. I don't know what is going on at the college, but we need the sales. Training new fryers starting next week. This week is just frying.
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Old 07/15/14, 10:44 PM
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Back at work tonight. I cooked a roast, greenbeans, macaroni, and made a salad for supper. The wife was worn out from taking her day to the doctor. I did mow the grass, while the granddaughter played inside. It is slow tonight at work. I have a trainee running the unit, so I am goofing off!! I work tomorrow night also. I think I need coffee!!
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Old 07/16/14, 08:14 AM
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That is the only part of training that is worth a crap is getting to goof off a little, or in my case, do something a little less taxing on the body than what you are training the new person to do.

I start training the new fryers next week. Looking forward to it too! We need some help there, as it is hard to get things done when others are really slow. I'm wiped out. Heading for bed! Goodnight!
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Old 07/16/14, 12:02 PM
 
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I canned green beans this morning. May be my last for the year as I already have 105 pints put up. I think I'll eat fresh as long as possible and give away what we can't eat. I also got some sloppy joes made up for supper as I need to mow this afternoon. I planted some peas last night for a fall crop. Never get enough peas from one planting.
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Old 07/16/14, 05:22 PM
 
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Wow, Nancy, you have been canning up a storm! You never know, you might not get any beans next year and will use all of those up. I've planted twice now and have four measly plants that are just sitting there. I think my beans are too old and dry to sprout, plus the birds wiped out the seeds. I think I need to try peas again, but they didn't produce much, only enough for a meal.

Michelle, I'm so envious of you being where you can fish! We'd have to drive more than 50 miles in any direction to do that, so it would wipe out the savings.

Today I canned nectarines, pancake topping and pureed plums. Going to try to get potato soup base (just the potatoes, carrots, onions, ham and broth, no milk) tonight while it's cool.

Travis, you are a good guy! Dinner sounds wonderful!
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Old 07/16/14, 07:15 PM
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Oh, how I've missed you all! Been a very busy summer for us. Both boys are into a bunch of activities this summer. I am trying to take care of 2 large gardens, finishing the garage and still trying run a household. And I am a momma to 1 rooster, 12 hens and 5 meat birds. Got our 1st egg today! Gardens are slow and steady, I can whatever is ready. 16 quarts of pickled asparagus, 12 quarts of chicken soup and 5 quarts of beets, so far. Unfortunately, we have a young buck coming in at night time. That little bugger ate my strawberries and bush beans down to the ground.
Boys helped me clean the bathroom and kitchen today. Our oldest turns 6 next week. Then hubby and I are headed for 1 night ALONE to Sturgeon Bay at the end of the month. It is long over due and we are ready. I feel like it is circus here and I am the ringmaster. Just trying to take it one day at a time.
Oh, and hubby sent out a resume for up in Alaska. I've been ready to move for a long time but now that the deed is done, it is a little scary. Who knows, he might not get the job but at least he is open to the idea of looking elsewhere. He has so much potential & this company (I think) is taking advantage of him. So we will wait and see.
Well, I must go clean up the kitchen and get the boys in the shower. I hope everyone has a great week!
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Old 07/16/14, 10:20 PM
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Got up at 2:30 PM today. Wife said to call son. His A/C is freezing up at times. he had an A/C guy out. It appears to be an air flow problem through the coil. His duct system is all messed up, so when it is cooler we will address that. It is Friday night for me. I come back to work Sat morning. Need to go to my dad's and see if I can find a roof leak in his roof. I hope to do something with the tractor tear down. Got some molding to put up in the house I may do also, but I have to put in a little flooring to do that. It is just a continuation of the flooring into a new room and I need to get through the door way before I can put the molding up. Got plenty more to do. My list NEVER ends.
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Old 07/17/14, 04:53 PM
 
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No water since yesterday. We are on a well but it belongs to the ranch we are buying our property from. Sure hope they get it fixed soon.
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Old 07/17/14, 05:17 PM
 
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Wow, everyone is so busy. Horsefly, I need to rent your little guys to help me clean! I feel like the lone ranger here sometimes!

Travis, you get so much done, even while still working and not sleeping much. We need to find some leaks in our roof, too. Around the exhaust pipes for the furnace and bathroom fans. Please, no more rain for a while!

Brenda, I hope you get water soon! I learned here to always keep some jugs of water handy in the basement.

Have to fill some washed out areas and can a box of nice nectarines we were given today. Off to get some work done!
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Old 07/17/14, 09:22 PM
 
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Well the well is up and running. Thanks Jan,I do keep water, for drinking and cooking.I need to get some water barrels so I can store water for flushing and watering when the well is down. It is our goal to save to have a well drilled when we pay our place off. We got the frame for the sub floor for or bedroom done. will be nice to have a bedroom. Or little homestead is starting to look like a home. So much I want to do but one step at a time.
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Old 07/18/14, 01:50 PM
 
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What a busy bunch of people. I am a bit overwhelmed with all the work outside and in.Seems like once you get behind with the weeds ,it's hard to catch up.
had a big funeral dinner at Church yesterday, didn't get home til after 10 pm.so 12 hours on that floor there is too much for this body.Tomorrow is another one for 200 hundred people,so I'll be shot.It's a young person who died ,so that always makes for a huge funeral and dinner.the good thing is the family is providing a lot of the food (very unusual) ,but I love it. Less work and cooking for me to do.
Hoping hubby gets some more weeding don and Ill do all the inside stuff.
Don't even want to go out in the garden since when I picked bean the other day I got covered with chigger bites all the way up my body ,itching is driving me crazy.Tried everything and so far Vicks is helping more than all the other things I tried.Any body know of a better remedy???
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Old 07/18/14, 02:21 PM
 
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Oma2three, have you tried campho not sure how its spelt, but its in a little green bottle. It smothers them.
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Old 07/18/14, 05:40 PM
 
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I'm back at work today after being in Denver for 3 days. Still trying to catch up on reading all the posts!

My Aunt's funeral was beautiful. It was at my cousin's church. It was a life celebration and everything was so uplifting. I was able to spend two full days with my Uncle and cousins. I hadn't seen one cousin for at least ten years, so the trip was wonderful, even though it was for a sad occasion. However, knowing my Aunt is no longer suffering or struggling to breathe was a blessing for everyone, especially my Uncle.
He has Alzheimers and apparently he was struggling to take care of her at night. He's sleeping through the night now and my cousin has him in an Adult Day Center - such a relief!
The took his keys away a few weeks back, since he's now getting lost when he drives. She told me she plans for herself or her daughter to pick him up from the Day Center, feed him dinner and then they'll take him home for the evening. She wants to keep him home as long as possible. He's doing okay for now, but I feel that he'll need round the clock assistance within the next 6 months. He's about where my Mom was 4 years ago - at the point where he needs someone to watch after him. He's forgotten who everyone is, except his kids and grandkids. My Aunt was mentally sharp and coherent up until the day before she died, so she was basically watching after him - she was his brain and he was her hands and feet.
It's sad when kids and parents reverse roles, but I'm very grateful my cousin still lives near him.

It's going to be a busy weekend. I take my grandson to Missouri for a Camp Barnabas this weekend. He's going for a week. So I need to finish getting everything together for his trip.

Take care everyone and have a great Friday. Hopefully I can get caught up on the posts this weekend!
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Old 07/18/14, 09:28 PM
 
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I'mm bbaackk! Everybody read my Dc Vacation post!
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Brendafawn- you mean campho-phenique?

Slept all last night and most of today and had very little appetite, which for me is a gauge of physical exertion. The more I do, the less appetite I have. GFB has been collecting the ripe figs off the Petite Negri-we have a batch! I went out about 5 pm to feed the fish, and check on the water levels in the pots, and give some little bits of bread to the mosquito fish in and tadpoles in the pots. We also had 2 golden ripe pineapples.
The chayote is trying to smother out everything near it on the side of the house, and the loofah on the roadside yard. No flowers on the winged beans or the pigeon peas yet. I did collect lots of miniature bulbils off the cinnamon vine yam. Eric Toensmeiere suggested treating them like beans in his Paradise Lots volume but gave no recipes. Anyone out there have any suggestions??The kitty cats have all been very snuggly since I returned home. It was 97 F btw on the way home from the Palm Diner at 7:30 pm. Glad to be home, in a/c, and not have to go out in the heat anymore.
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Old 07/18/14, 09:48 PM
 
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Yes Gmb that's what I mean. I have found that is very good for chiggers. Glad you has a good vacation its nice to go on vacation but oh so sweet to get home and fall in you're own bed. A got about a half inch of rain maybe but the 75 degree day was wonderful. Have a wonderful nite all.
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