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Old 07/22/14, 09:12 PM
 
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Glad you survived, MGM! I used to so love the fair, but now don't know any kids competing, don't want to enter my own canned goods because whoever they have judging isn't knowledgable, opens jars and doesn't leave any comments, so not many people entered this year. Pretty sad. DH helped with opening ceremonies, and then looked around a bit, telling me it wasn't worth the effort to drive the 22 miles. No quilts entered this year, etc. Hope to be able to go to the state fair in a month, tho!

I'm taking a break from canning pickles, then will blanch cauliflower for the freezer. After that, maybe start on the nectarines. I had seen the label numbers for fruits from California that are recalled because of possible listeria contamination, but now cannot find it on our local news reports. Not sure I want to risk it, but I've been canning the fruit all summer.

DH and I made a little progress on the basement this week. Very little, but each step brings it closer to being useable.
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Old 07/22/14, 10:32 PM
 
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Jan, I looked it up and cooking/pasteurization kills the bacteria, so canning the nectarines should make them perfectly safe to eat. I don't know that I'd try dehydrating them, but making pie filling, jam or canning slices or halves should all be okay.
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Old 07/23/14, 09:38 AM
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Back at work this morning. Will work tomorrow night. Did not get to mow grass, as it had rained. Watched Harlon County sheriff on TV last night before bed. Got a birthday party at the house for my oldest grandson this evening. I guess they will swim and the wife is cooking hamburgers. The boss brought in donuts and cin rolls, so you know what went with the COFFEE!!!
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Old 07/23/14, 11:15 AM
 
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Congrats on the ribbons, MGM, and glad you had a good time!

DD signed the lease on her new rent house. She's just counting down the days until she can move in on the 1st now. I saw it from the outside at lunch yesterday, it's a nice house and has a great backyard for the kids.
It has all tile floors, and she's excited about that. The two girls tend to make a mess around carpet.
She has a carpet cleaner that we used to share and I think it has a floor setting so that will work for now, when she needs to mop. I think I'll offer to get her a Hoover Steam mop for Christmas. I love mine and it's much nicer than using the Bissell cleaner. Since the Bissell is older, if she wants the Hoover, I'm going to suggest she give it to her best friend. She has a large house with a lot of carpet and she's often borrowed our Bissell, so I know she'll probably jump at taking it off our hands.

She still has no A/C where she's at and since we're heading to Missouri tomorrow evening through Saturday, I just told her to come out and spend the night with us tonight. It's supposed to be in the upper 90s today and over 100 for the next 3-4 days. We'll finally get a reprieve next week, but it's too hot for her and the girls in that house at night - even with the windows open.

I had planned to get some things done at home last night, but I sat down to watch Wheel of Fortune and after is was over I promptly passed out. Apparently that car trip on Sunday exhausted me more than I knew!

Have a great day, everyone!!
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Old 07/23/14, 01:32 PM
 
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I got 7 more pints of dill pickles put up this morning. This afternoon I'll get the place mowed and looking spiffy again
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Old 07/23/14, 08:01 PM
 
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Well, today I got nothing done besides fixing meals and doing laundry.Felt totally washed out ,sick to my stomach .Not only did my IBS acted up also my Fibro and my horrible Poison Ivy!Could just sleep and sleep.
Good thing yesterday was productive,took the 3 grands shopping for a new outfit each for school plus some other odds and ends.Then in all that heat youngest grandson and I picked beans and got them canned.I think the rest of the beans I'll fix and freeze for son and his family.Want to save the rest of my jars for when I'll do salsa and spaghetti sauce and that I'll share with them.
Hope I will feel better tomorrow,since we will go shopping at Gander mountain for granddaughters Birthday, then shop for groceries and work at the food pantry.
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Old 07/24/14, 09:18 AM
 
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I feel for those dealing with high temps and humidity. A reminder to those in low humidity- swamp cooolers, made with fans blowing over jugs frozen with ice, gallon or half gallon, can work pretty well in lowering temps to be more comfortable. Plus my old faithful- alcohol sponge baths.

I mowed about half the half the back yard yesterday. It is difficult because of the waist to shoulder high grass, the pots, the water jugs, and the tomato cages in the grass. We had gone to Home Depot and gotten drywall respirators. GFB mowed the rest and came in wiped out and we showered and napped. Had arrangements to meet my friend at Cheddars for dinner. The time I was in DC she had flown to NC to see her one remaining aunt, and her son + family. The baby is now 6 montshold and a happy, chortling babe.
GFB developed a headache, a wowser of a headache, after the food was brought to the table, and meither she nor I had any aspirin. Great way to be prepared. By the time I had run to CVS and back he turned gray and was popping out in a cold sweat...and refusing to leave the restaurant because he didn't want to interrupt our get-together! While he was in the restroom she and I decided that we would say we weren't feeling so hot so I could take him home and put him to bed. (Remember he is overreacting to his childhood and his Munchausen by proxy mother)

We plan on a trip to SC the first few days of August to deliver all dear grandson's college stuff to him and see the rest of the family. I also have books for my foster daughter's grandson due early September.
Freezing the carambola windfalls. Am starting to run short on freezer space! Need to eat it down and toss out everything older than 1 yr old.
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Old 07/24/14, 07:25 PM
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Woke up at 8:20 this morning when the phone rang. Ear plugs don't always help. I was going to work on the floor, but the wife and I decided to wait till we had all the flooring and do it all in one day. I needed to mow grass anyway, so I mowed part of the front and all the back, plus a side yard. I weedeated after that. I am at work now, but may be busy most of tonight.
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Old 07/25/14, 11:17 AM
 
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Didn't I tell you people we'd have cukes: (sheer determination in a bowl):

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I'm so happy about that. We will wait a couple more days and pick again and do up some pickles. We have done a few already, maybe picked 7 or so cukes so far. There are dozens and dozens of little fruits. Then, just to be safe, remember I planted even more cukes in another area and they are Boston Pickling, and are about a foot tall right now!

The peas I planted one week ago have not popped up yet. The beans though have! Well, 10 of them. I did get a bit of beans this a.m. from the main garden, they are in the above picture around the bowl of cukes.

CLOUDS folks, clouds oh how I love them. It does make it a little humid, but it blocks that darn sun and makes being out in it so much easier. Still uncomfortable, but easier!

Happy to report that in spite of the cats, there are lots of little baby lizards around this year.

We picked some spuds the other day, called Desiree. Oh my, the skins are pale pink! Like, the color of blush wine. Inside are a pale gold and oh soooooo delicious. This pic makes them look tan, my camera won't capture the pink but still...

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That bowl of spuds was from one plant. We haven't dug up the others so we don't know yet if the yield will be that good on all of them, but oh they are a winner!

I'm way too busy - the harvest coming in, work (my online stuff), and just keeping everything cleaned, laundered, shopped, fed, watered, weeded, picked. Lost most of yesterday due to tummy issues but today so far so good!

I think with all the excess eggs I may begin to whip/freeze them into breakfast scrambled egg portions. I would think this winter they may slow down a bit. Last year I did that anticipating they would slow production, but they kept us in too many eggs all winter long!

Got my ride back as the little truck DH drives to work daily is all fixed now. He had to "overhaul" the engine. It went out to wherever they do the parts he can't do. Well it's back so I have my ride and don't need to rush to get orders done the night before, to give to the postal gal. She is our neighbor, so if ever I have odd needs, she takes my packages to work with her. Now I can just drive up to po again (I don't like to impose on her).

Well, laundry is in the works and I need to get showered. It turns out I have a pretty significant reaction on my arms to bean plants. Almost welts, just not quite that bad. I need to get a pair of DH's socks, cut finger holes out and that should protect my arms.

Make it a good Friday everyone!

And remember...........when all else fails, plant something.
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Old 07/25/14, 04:10 PM
 
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Homesteader, your potatoes are beautiful! As are the cukes and beans! Did you buy the potato starts locally or ? I've never heard of that variety.

The veggie stand guy gave us about five pounds of asparagus, so got that all cut up, blanched and frozen this morning. Also had a nice watermelon for us. Guess we'll have that for lunch tomorrow as Mom has some weird idea that you shouldn't eat it after noon or your liver works too hard all night? I don't want to cut it up until she can and will eat some.

I thought all our asparagus plants were dead, but with continued watering, they've sent up shoots so if they live through the winter, we'll eventually have some. Yay! Too hot to do anything out side except get the laundry in, and I may wait on that til tonight, wimp that I am!
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Old 07/25/14, 04:47 PM
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I think I found the right place to post this. It's Friday and tomorrow is my last day in the city of Chicago. I have been here since 99 working at the natural history museum and caring for and training dogs after college, where I was an Animal Science major and Vet Tech.

I have spent these past years training and working with shelter dogs and training my own dogs in protection, search and rescue and competition obedience as well as with other dogs. After spending a month in New Orleans doing animal rescue when Katrina hit, I changed and have not really enjoyed the city like I did for six years before that. Being amid such devastation and death made me think "where would I want to be as I lay dying?" and I hoped someone would wheel me out to the middle of the woods somewhere so I could smell and hear all that makes me happy; not this city of concrete, steel, sweat and blood.

I am so lucky. Tomorrow I move to my in-laws in SW Virginia to restore the homestead to what I hope will be something more awesome than ever. It's a bit under twenty acres on the top of a mountain and as much as I'm looking forward to it, I'm also nervous and it all seems so surreal that I'm leaving this weekend. I'm in my 40s; nothing like starting over in a place that has my heart.
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Old 07/25/14, 09:31 PM
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WILDIDEAS, you got it going on!!!

HOMESTEADER, YOu have now got me hungry!!

Got up today at noon. Tried to go back to sleep at 2, but could not. Back at work tonight. Things are starting to slow down here. I will be off till Tues morning. Got plenty to do this weekend. Hopefully get the living room floor layed. The wife and I are discussing building a carport. She has it all planned out, I just need to adjust her plans!!!
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Old 07/25/14, 09:44 PM
 
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Wildidea hope you'll be posting more now. 14 posts since you enrolled? Tell us more about the older folks and plans...
Homesteader your cukes and taters are gorgeous. I do see pink in your tater pic, your cukes are gorgeous also. Is it too hot for peas? You might consider planting yardlong beans, which are the same family as blackeyed peas, very heat tolerant.
Jan- Congrats on your asparagus score. I am considering moving some of mine out of their pots and planting them in the compost pile. Now that I know I will have root knot nematodes no matter what, if I use the home made compost.
I lost a day this week. yesterday I thought all day it was Wednesday. We are back at the lake and the water level has continued to rise. I got up intending to mow half the lawn this morning, but GFB asked me not too. Instead I raked about half the grasses I'de thinned out of the lake last weekend into all the small branches that came down in the daily thunderstorms and burnt that, then put ash around the bananas (they prefer a sweet soil) then mixed a sprayer full of liquid fertilizer and fertilized the bananas, pineapples, and the apples etc in the pots on the front lawn. I was thinking about going back in the lake grasses to thin them out more but a batch of gray clouds came up and there was occasional thunder. So instead I weeded around the pots, then showered and napped. When GFB got home from work he cut up our pineapple- like eating liquid gold. So sweet and good. Got another one on the counter, and one ALMOST ripe on the plant.
Leaving next Thursday for SC and staying at LaQuinta because of their pet friendly policy.
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Old 07/25/14, 11:12 PM
 
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GMB, I can almost taste that pineapple! You really have a great variety between your two homes.

The mosquitos are getting so bad, nothing seems to deter them. Between them and the flies, I'm about to get a bee suit with veil and tiny mesh! After all the heavy rains, it's to be expected, I suppose, but during the last couple of years of drought, we had very few mosquitos. Guess they just waited til conditions were right! I suppose we could have chiggers and ticks in the mix, too if we lived some where else, so I should be greatful?
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Old 07/26/14, 12:27 PM
 
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WildIdeas - welcome! Do post often!

Jan in CO - of the spuds we bought, this year we purchased from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. The year before we had purchased from Irish Eyes. Well this Peaceful Valley (they are in Grass Valley, Calif.) only charges 2.99 a lb. for their seed potatoes, and compared to what we paid Irish Eyes, well, it was sooooooooo much less expensive.

We got All Red, Yukon Gem, German Butterball and the Desiree. I harvested one more Desiree plant this morning, got just as many as the first plant. We had more w/dinner last night, I'm quite taken with this potato, the texture is amazing, soft and not grainy at all. We have only microwaved them in the skin so far, haven't tried making breakfast potatoes yet with them. We also plant plain 'ol brown spuds that we buy at the grocery store and let sprout.

DH is in town today helping our friend with a car repair. Hopefully I can get some potatoes canned and I think the carrots are about ready to harvest.

Have a good Saturday!
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Jan - if you're serious about a head net, check the camping section at a sporting goods store. The one I have is Coghlan's brand and cost $3.49. You wear it over a hat with a bit of a brim to hold the net away from your skin. I've been picking beans in jeans, denim shirt and hat with head net. I'm glad we have hedges so the neighbors can't see me!

I canned another 6 pints of beans this a.m. which brings my total to 48 pints. My goal is 60 pints so I'm getting close although if I have more beans I will can more.
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Old 07/27/14, 01:11 PM
 
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I am still carefully watching my new fig- there are some tiny green knobs on it tat MIGHT be fruit buds- I still don't believe it's a Petite Negri like the other one. Lots of gray clouds and rumbles and rain around us, but not on us
Overnight trip to the city and I must call DD and wish her a happy birthday - we'll see her in a week but still I want to hear her voice.
Fertilized the orchard trees and bananas and pineapples.
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Old 07/27/14, 09:16 PM
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Woke up Sat at noon. Wife said we were going to New Orleans to see her nephew who flew in to do a trade show there. I middle daughter and her boyfriend went with us. It was all the way downtown to where the cruise boats leave. We ate at DEANIES seafood restaurant, just off of Bourbon Street. The had the Giant seafood platter. I was going to get it for myself, but the waitress said you could feed three people with it. The wife and I split it and at the rest for supper this evening. We did not get home till nearly midnight Sat night. I slept till 9 this morning. Got up and started cleaning up the shop. I painted some molding boards I will need for the living room. I had a mower that uses heavy string like a weedeater. I was going to take it to Montana with me, but it would not run. My father had had it stored. I took it back out and tried to crank it today. I pulled and pulled. Did not smell gas. I had cleaned the carb before my vacation to Montana, but it would not start. Even the primer did not seam like it was squirting gas. I had checked the tank numerous times for gas. I finally looked back in the tank, WITH MY GLASSES ON!! It was empty!! I poured gas in, pulled the rope three times and it CRANKED!! I adjusted the idle screw, but it was still running low. You know, you have to pull the throttle to where the RABBIT is. It sped right up. I weedeated the yard a while with it. Now, I will take back to dads. It is amazing what you miss when you don't where your glasses. I also mowed some grass today. It was 93 degrees today. I am typing this with my glasses on. These eyes are getting WORSE!!!
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Old 07/28/14, 10:54 AM
 
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Travis I can relate - I told DH yesterday I am at the point I will need to wear glasses while harvesting because I just cannot see! Can't find a hornworm, or really see anything on the plants. Will have to get some type of larger sunglasses to wear over them though......

Yesterday was such a nice homesteading day! We dug up all the rest of the potatoes and what a harvest! Now I already put up 28 pints that we dug up last week. Then we got this yesterday (by the way, that drip on the bin is not poo, it's wet sand! I kept looking at that, it looks like poo! It's just sand). I'm holding a bouquet of dill flower heads we had just picked, which went into the pickles later:

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Then, we got more cukes and had enough for 4 pint-and-a-half jars! DH made the pickles, 2 were sweet and 2 were dill.

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Then, a storm came thru and it RAINED and thunder and lightening, deeply soaked everything it was wonderful! Today it will be 95 (that's cool for us!) and cloudy - love it!

We decided to plant corn where the potatoes were.

That pic of the bin of spuds doesn't really show how many there are, it's a LOT. I'll be canning today. And canning..........and canning........

I still need to do another big picking of swiss chard too.

Well, off to the races!

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Old 07/28/14, 05:49 PM
 
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Lovely bunch of potatoes, Homesteader! Pickles look great, too! Every little bit we put up will be wonderful later on. I'm amazed at what you grow in the desert!

I think your storm hit us later on, too. At least everything got soaked well and we didn't need to water today.

I'm trying to get my best milking goat doe to slow up a bit. She is giving us about 1& 1/2 gallons of milk per day. Yikes, but it's taking a tole on her. She's just skin and bone and I feed her three times the amount of alfalfa the other goats get. Going to try milking once a day, not milking all out, and giving her one serving of alfalfa and a lot of grass and see how that works. It would be ok with me if she just produced a quart or two a day and put some weight back on.
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