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Old 07/19/14, 01:17 PM
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Back at work this morning. It has been busy here. Also, they are stripping and waxing the floor, so it is noisy also. Did not get to work on the tractor. Went to my dad's house and found his roof leak. I could not fix it, as it has been raining for 2 days. I have 5 day shifts to work, so nothing will get done at the house till next Thursday. You all be good!!
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Old 07/19/14, 10:54 PM
 
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Oh what joy,on top of the chigger bites I also got poison ivy!Since I had this big funeral dinner today,and was in Church from 10 am til after 6 pm,I had nothing with me to put on all my itches Got it even on my face! Hubby also got poison ivy,but he is sooo much better about not scratching himself bloody .
My granddaughter pulled a fast one on me tonight . After supper she said guess what I got and lifted her top(belly area).And what did my tired eyes see? A belly button ring!!All I could squeak out was ,oh my gosh my beautiful 12 year old granddaughter mutilated her body !!Just made me sick!Til everybody started laughing and she pulled it out.It was a fake! Was I ever glad.I am sorry but I can't
stand piercings or tattoos especially on females and most of all, if a family member would have it.Don't want to offend any body, but we all have our own opinion
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Old 07/20/14, 07:11 AM
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Yes, my youngest daughter came home with a BELLY BUTTON RING and a small tattoo when she was about 19. I told her to go stand by the TV and raise her arm. She has since long ago removed the belly button ring. Back at work this morning. The boss brought DONUTS!! Guess what I am having with COFFEE!!
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Old 07/20/14, 07:21 AM
 
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Oh what joy,on top of the chigger bites I also got poison ivy!Since I had this big funeral dinner today,and was in Church from 10 am til after 6 pm,I had nothing with me to put on all my itches Got it even on my face! Hubby also got poison ivy,but he is sooo much better about not scratching himself bloody .
My granddaughter pulled a fast one on me tonight . After supper she said guess what I got and lifted her top(belly area).And what did my tired eyes see? A belly button ring!!All I could squeak out was ,oh my gosh my beautiful 12 year old granddaughter mutilated her body !!Just made me sick!Til everybody started laughing and she pulled it out.It was a fake! Was I ever glad.I am sorry but I can't
stand piercings or tattoos especially on females and most of all, if a family member would have it.Don't want to offend any body, but we all have our own opinion
I don't like tattoos or piercings either. And I would not worry about offending anyone. like you said we all have our own opinion!
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Old 07/20/14, 07:29 AM
 
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canned wild raspberry jelly yesterday and made Sauerkraut! only did 10 pounds of cabbage. I'll have to do more in the fall, DH said you are not suppose to make sauerkraut in the summer. it did seem like it took along time for the water to come out of the cabbage! maybe he is right. has anyone tried making it in the summer?
had two of our good friends over last night also, we had a wonderful time!!
I need to get out and get some exercise today. maybe I'll go for a bike ride.
have a good day everyone!!
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Old 07/20/14, 11:06 AM
 
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The water level at the lake has risen to cover the bottom step once more. Despite my having coated it with preservative prior to putting it on the stairs about 1/4 of it has softened and broken away. I The dead limb that has been hanging in the huge ficus since Hurricane Wilma (2005) finally came down. I sprayed liquid fertilizer on the figs, pineapples, and bananas. Then I collected the little branches that the thunderstorms have brought down and burnt them and then went into the lake for a little over an hour to pull torpedo grass and scoop muck for the compost pile. My child's wading pool has almost filled with cannas! That has been a very successful garden plant and this fall I plan to try roasted canna tubers. I also collected a batch of the Cinnamon Vine (yam) aerial tubers, plan to carry them back to the city and harvest from that one too and then sauté them in butter for a side dish with cubed steak.
While in DC I learnt to identify redbuds (edible flowers and seed pods) saw gingko fruiting, and pulled a huge pod off a tree with 10 prs paired leaflets and yellow bloom. Caseys trees (volunteer tree organization in DC) identified it as a honey locust. The location they gave for it was right where I had collected it- in front of the National Portrait Gallery. I googled more pictures and that is definitely what it is. The immature pods are sweet and edible. Mature pods are very hard and can be ground into a high protein flour. Altho it is a legume it doesn't have the typical nodules of nitrogen fixing bacteria in the roots it uses some other mechanism to fix nitrogen. It can be used as browse for sheep and goats. Native Americans used it as a food source. The thorns are very dangerous but thornless varieties are available. Think I'll look into a tree or two.
Back to the city today. I need to collect my confidential work papers to use as fuel for burns here at the lake.
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Old 07/21/14, 11:46 AM
 
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Busy summer doings all over the place here! Oh I'm so sorry about the poison ivy - you must be so miserable!

We dug up a few potato plants and I canned 28 pints of them yesterday. Started early so as not to heat up the house too much. One jar didn't seal, that's pretty good. It looks like this "picking" represents about 20% of the crop.

I sure need to can up some more beans, low on both Southwest Pepper and Pork 'n.

We had never heard of this til about a month ago, a technique of cooking potatoes, oh my gosh you guys these are amazing! You slice up some spuds, real thin, and cook them in a half water/half vinegar solution. Add 2 TBSP salt to it too. (for about 2 good sized potatoes).

Then, DH cooked them on the pancake griddle, no oil, and a bit of salt at the end. Cook til a bit hardened on the outside, still soft inside. Unbelievably good! Like, Salt and Vinegar chips, but not so strong. Wonderful stuff.

DH got the rest of the semi-auto watering onto the tomatoes, peppers, onion/carrots. This makes watering so much easier. Long tubes of pvc pipe, and a valve. He made a tool so one can stay upright, slip the tool over the faucet thingy, turn, and voila, the water comes out at every plant, thru holes he drilled.

No hoses, now we just move from one to the next all the way down the line. So nice.

Here is the main unit, we just turn that red faucet/handle thingy to on:

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Then, we turn on each faucet to individual pvc lines:

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Each pvc line has holes drilled in it, which you can't really see here:

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You have to look close, but here is a pic of it watering peppers, shows the water coming out the holes:

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I baked an apple crisp for DH this morning, from home canned apples. Got that done early as I woke early this a.m. with tummy issues.

Not sure what else I'll get to today - laundry as usual, and maybe if I get really inspired, can up some beans!
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Old 07/21/14, 12:13 PM
 
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Nice garden set-up, Homesteader!!

I drove DGS to church camp in Missouri yesterday - a 5 hour trip one way. Everything was fine until we turned off the highway to the road it was supposed to be on at the lake. Talk about bad directions!
We made it though, we were an hour late and I was in tears, but we finally found it and got him checked in around 5:30. I let them know they needed to rewrite the directions for the final turn-off.
By the time I started back it was getting late and I didn't want to go back the same rural route as we came in, so I took Interstate 49 down through Arkansas and onto I-40 home. I figured if the car broke down or something, at least I would be on a major highway - easy to find for a tow truck and get a motel room, if I had to.
All turned out well though, it was the longer way home, but I made it in about 1 a.m. I finally woke-up this morning around 6:30 and actually made it to work only 15 minutes late.
DD and the kids are going with me when I go back to get him. We're going to drive back Thursday night, get a hotel room for Thursday & Friday night in Branson and after we pick him up on Friday, we're taking the kids to Silver Dollar City. A mini-vacation for them.

DD is trying to find another house and get moved. The one she lives in is managed by a horrid rental company and owned by a lady who doesn't want to invest money into fixing things when the break. So far she's been w/o AC for over a week and the sewer is leaching into the backyard. After trying to get them to make permanent fixes for both issues with no results, she's just decided to move.
Hopefully she can find a house in the next few weeks and get moved in August. I'm praying she can find a nice house, in a decent neighborhood soon. It's getting ready to get very hot again this week and nothing makes me more cranky than dealing with the heat. She said it's hard to get the kids to sleep, even with the fans on and the windows open.

Well, I best get busy and get some work done. I have some training this afternoon, so it's a short day in the office.

Have a great day, everyone!
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Old 07/21/14, 01:57 PM
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Homesteader, don't be giving my wife any ideas about WATERING or I will have another project!!

OUVickie, time for the daughter to move. Sorry landlords who want rent, but will not fix anything!!

AT work today training a guy. I have been setting back. Not able to get on the computer much today. I spilled a half bowl of chilli in the icebox this morning trying to get my food out. I was already running late. Cleaned up what I could. Called the wife later, told her to finish cleaning it up.
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Old 07/21/14, 02:14 PM
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I haven't been doing a whole lot. Just been working. Didn't go fishing, as I just didn't have the real want to. I have my little catfish in the freezer and as soon as I feel like going again and actually catch something I will add to that and cook it all up at once. Looking forward to some fried fish at some point this year. There is also next year in the beginning part of summer so it isn't really a big deal.

Having to water the garden quite a bit as we have not been getting rain much lately. My two barrels in back are now empty and I'm now dipping out of the barrel in front to get the back stuff done. I wish we got more rain than we did. We just aren't getting a lot. We got some a week ago, but that just isn't enough.

I did manage to harvest my first two ripe tomatoes of the season. They are finishing up on the counter and I look forward to slicing them up real soon! My lettuce is up back there as is my okra and my cukes. Hoping for a decent harvest of thos ethings. The spinach was just too late planted I think and it doesn't like july lack of rain. I think early spring is best for those type of things. I need to get my hands on a tiller!
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Old 07/21/14, 04:17 PM
 
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Got a load of laundry washed and on the line first thing so with the humidity today I hope it dries. Got the house vacuumed and dusted, cleaned the bathrooms, took a water sample over to the post office. DH thinks it smells funny after we had the new well pump installed so am testing to ease his mind. Then balanced the checkbook and paid the bills. After lunch I took a nap and now am catching up on my internet reading. Hoping I have enough cucumbers by tomorrow to make some pickles. I'll check the vines after supper and it cools down a bit. Also waiting for a friend to stop by and buy some eggs before supper. Supper tonight is fresh green beans, sliced cucumbers with ranch dressing, smoked sausage and boiled potatoes with salt and butter
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Old 07/21/14, 04:38 PM
 
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Nancy I didn't know the post office tested water!

hee hee..............

Oh yes Travis don't let her see our systems. Most of them come on automatically, but that was just too much for this one large area and we were getting so so so tired of watering this much garden with hoses, so this is great. Of course here we have to water, twice a day on many things, as we don't get rain. Sprinkles, or a once-a-year-flood.

I tried a new recipe from an online one, for molasses beans with bacon in them. They are in the canner and finished, but it's still cooling off. Had to work a bit on it as the original recipe didn't give yields at all. Ended up half way thru making a second batch of the "sauce", and then, the amount of beans was too much. So I re-wrote the recipe and it yields 6 quarts. I may tweak it later to get 8 but it's hard to rework some recipes. I sure hope it's good. It smells wonderful!

Tackled my collection of much-loved magazines, got them organized, and labeled so now I can see right away, from the top of the bin, which ones are in said bin. Whoop!

Laundry done, beans done, I'm done. Am going to sit with a stack of those magazines now and read them. After storing them for several years, it's like they are new to me!

Got the new modem, and we still are getting kicked off a LOT, so I may have to call and complain again.

Well, off I go, again.........hi to each of you!
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Old 07/21/14, 07:47 PM
 
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I mowed the front yard and side yard today. The back yard has not been mowed for a month and the grass is a thicket, waist high. I pushed the mower into the back yard and it just stopped. Couldn't get t restarted. Came inside to rest and started having asthma attacks. GFB was meeting with his sister and his niece, who are doing genealogical research, he brought them a humorous book a distant cousin had written in the 19Teens- and some homegrown pineapple, carambola aand figs. When I had taken my antihistamines and showered, GFB took me for my allergy shots and we looked at my pix from vacation. Apparently DGS inherited the dreaded thumb over the shutter from me. But nobody's head was cut off and even the etchings on the memorials were legible. I got a shot of DGS at the gate to the Russian Embassy- when we were leaving we waved into the security cams and called out Dosvedanya Gospodin y Gospoza- Sure hope that is a decent greeting and not a cussword!

harvested a small white eggplant and 2 ears of baby corn, and a handful of chaya leaves. Chaya is milder than kale or collards. Saved the eggplant and baby corn for tomorrows stir fry and tonight cooked cubed steaks, sautéed the little aerial tubers of the cinnamon yam, and cooked the chaya in 2 changes of water. Then made fruit salad for dessert with carambola, figs and mango. We didn't raise the steak and the mango fell from the neighbor's tree into our yard, but everything else was from our gardens. The little aerial tubers are the size and consistency of boiled green peanuts, just not as salty.
I think tomorrow will make an early run to home depot to get a respirator mask and try to mw the backyard again.

Edited at *8:30 pm to add; That was scary! I was dehydrating carambola slices while cooking dinner- removed that to a baggie and filled the cookie sheets with mango and about 5 minutes after putting it in it was sparking fron the bottom element! I couldn't find any labels at the breaker box- GFB flipped them all and I buried that corner of the element in baking soda- we left the house electric turned off about 5 minutes, then restarted the breakers. nothing from the element at this time. The oven is cracked open to let cool and I will be removing the element before I sleep. This wasn't from moisture overflowing the cookie sheets. I have NO idea what just happened. This stove was used when we got married and GFB's poppa was renovating the little efficiency house into a 3 bedroom house. He got aa "good buy" on it.
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Old 07/21/14, 10:57 PM
 
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Terriffic watering system, Homesteader! Got to get something like that made here. We don't have quite the weather you do, but we must water twice a day at least.

GMB, Scary with that element sparking! Hope you can get it figured out.

Michelle, I think you've done well for such a short time in your place. There are lots of people who don't till, but do the lasagna gardening instead.

I spent this morning in the city, picked up a box of cukes, and another box of mixed veggies, broccoli, carrots, green onions, garlic. I already blanched the broccoli and have that in the ferezer, and have the cukes soaking to make pickles tomorrow morning. Free to us, so glad to have them.

Our son drove from Denver for a visit, helped Dh track down an electrical issue we were having, so we sent him home with some veggies and eggs. He's really liking his new job as an EMT. Sure wish they made better pay!

Travis, you stinker! Good thing you at least tried to clean up the mess.
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Old 07/22/14, 08:51 AM
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After getting home from work yesterday, I mowed the acre front yard. I still have more front to mow. I am at work today on overtime. Not much going on, but I have no trainee today. May mow some today when I get home. It depends on the weather. I have to work overtime tomorrow also, but I hope to put enough flooring down to be able to work the trim around the door Thursday. I have to work nights Thur and Fri night. Time for more coffee!!!!
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Old 07/22/14, 11:16 AM
 
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OUVickie, time for the daughter to move. Sorry landlords who want rent, but will not fix anything!!
Yep, Travis, that's what she's going to do on August 1st. She found a house yesterday and we're helping her pay the deposit and such so she can get moved. She's actually moving about 15-20 minutes south of where she lives now, so she'll be a wee bit closer to us. However, she'll be right around the corner from her best friend, which will be great.
The kids will have to change schools, but they'll actually be in a better district. The landlord is the same one her best friend & her husband have and they told her when things need fixed he's always there to fix and replace them right away. Praise the Lord she will be out of the situation she's in now!

I got a good night's sleep last night, so I feel much better today. Lots more energy. Now I just need to get everything done before I leave for training & vacation on August 3rd.

I got home last evening and William (our neighbor who does work for us) had mowed the rest of the pasture. it looks nice. I'm glad, it was high and I kept worrying about snakes crawling out of the brush and into the backyard.

Well, time to get busy. Have a great day, everyone!
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Old 07/22/14, 04:25 PM
 
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They do if you put that water in a bottle, put the bottle in a little box with some money and some paper work attached and give them some money to mail it
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Laundry on the line early again so it dries in this humidity. Looks like a bit better day though as there is a North breeze. Then I picked green beans and got a 5 gallon bucket worth which I gave to a friend whose garden got hailed out in June. Had to run to town to get a few things, came home and got my cucumbers ready for the canner. Got 7 pints of dill pickles. I was totally out so I hope the cucumbers do well this year. Then lunch and nap and now reading time. I think I'll have leftovers for supper with some fresh beans.
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Old 07/22/14, 04:34 PM
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Yeah, I picked some squash. Got it blanched and into the freezer. Picked my first two tomatoes. Will be ready for slicing really soon. Looking forward to those tomatoes. Yummo!

Not much else going on, training two fryers. They are pretty decent guys. Not much attitude. Other than that, not much. Take care!
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Old 07/22/14, 06:41 PM
 
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I survived the fair! The weather report had been all over the map, first they were forecasting 90's, then rain, but both forecasts were wrong, and the weather was absolutely perfect. Like Goldilocks, I like it when it's "Just Right".

I had quite a good number of entries in the garden dept, although I had to beat the bushes a bit to get them all. It's nice to have all the shelves stuffed with herbs, fruits and vegies. Personally, I won all blues, had an honorable mention on my rhubarb, an Outstanding rosette on my bouquet of herbs, and best of all, won the President's Award for the display garden in front of the building. I added 2 other ladies' names to that award, as they helped me maintain the garden there. I ended up with a bit over $50 in premium money, which will pay for the computer ink I used for my decorations.

I really enjoyed myself at the fair this year - had good visits with cousins, siblings, nephews and my son/dil, as well as all the kids. I took 2 of the grands home with me Friday night for a swim in the pool and an overnight with Gramma before heading back to the fair with them again in the morning. I watched Guppy much of Friday and Saturday, which was such a hardship, lol. I love watching her explore the world...2 is such a magical age. We investigated the chickens and rabbits, and she thought the sheep and goats were neat, but she didn't want to see the cattle or horses up close. I even got to watch the goat, pig and cattle shows, which I usually miss due to office duties, and got to spend some time working on my bow skills with the Bowmen club.

Sunday I got my department torn down and exhibits released, and then counted ribbons. I still have some of the flats (not rosette) ribbons to count and then I'll be able to order next year's ribbons. Before I headed for home, the plant vendor that was around the corner from my garden dept donated an artichoke plant to the display garden, and I bought 5 flats of petunias for $20 - they didn't want to haul them home again.

Yesterday and today have been spent catching up on laundry and housework, dog grooming (Muttley is blowing coat), and working on re-writing my premium book list to my satisfaction. Mostly, I'm just recuperating from long hours on my feet and getting myself into the mindset to start weeding, planting and watering at home again. It was dizzling this morning, but it barely dampened the grass, so I'll be running sprinklers again this evening. I know the manufacturers of my new water system don't recommend watering with it, but I need to keep the ground wet and green for a firebreak. It's very dry here, and although we are not currently anywhere near the big wildfires in the PNW, it pays to be proactive.
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