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Old 08/06/14, 08:39 PM
 
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Well we are looking at a hundred plus temps for the next week in the Austin Texas area. Peggy send some rain. Checked my eggs and I had three dozen bad ones. So will compost the shells and throw out the egg. Boiled a dozen for snacking. Have five pounds of peaches to put in freezer and about three pounds of strawberries. Go to the doctor Friday to see if I can get this boot of my ankle. My hubby laughs at me and asks if I was gonna watch were I was going now. He says I get in to much of a hurry and don't pay attention to were I'm walking. I'm guilty of that. Loll. Everyone one have a good night.
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Old 08/06/14, 09:08 PM
 
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WildIdeas, I'm SO jealous of that greenhouse! Woohoo, what a neat find. When you are pulling/chopping weeds, for now, you can just layer them down on top of the ground where you don't want weeds to grow, as mulch. Your beets will take off and start growing now that you have the weeds out that were competing for nutrients and sunlight. I've had gardens that I let go and didn't get weeded, and I still got a lot from them. Just do what you can, and you'll be surprised at what you get from that garden. There are lots of videos on YouTube that will show you how to can, as well as info on line. Start with easy things, waterbath type and you'll soon be an expert.

Whew, we were gifted with five milk crates of Odwalla juice the other day, so I'm canning it. Some of it is 'protein' enhanced with soy, so those I'm not canning, as I try to avoid soy, but they are expensive in the store, so I figure even if they are 'smoothies' as some of them are, after looking at the ingredients, they are just thick fruit juice, so I'll keep at it. They don't expire until August 12th, so I was thrilled to get them. The drivers bring them back to a warehouse where we pick up bread for our chickens and are more than glad to give the soon-to-expire ones to us.

Canned the last of the tomatoes from the veggie stand, and had a little left, so added chopped onion, pepper and seasonings, then meat and cooked it all day while canning the juice. Made lovely pizza sauce which is in the pressure canner now. I am SICK of canning, but glad to have it, so I'll keep on. We had horrendous rain last night, so no need to water today. Moved another broody banty hen into a cage with her eggs, so we'll see if she produces any chicks.

Brenda, I know how you feel with that on your ankle! I broke mine years ago and couldn't wait til I got it off. I drove to the barn with a bread bag over my foot, fed the horses on crutches, one flake at a time using the log carrier.
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Old 08/07/14, 10:06 AM
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Woke up Tuesday around noon time. Went out and finished cleaning the shop and sweeping it out. Took a pile of junk out for the garbage. Wednesday morning, I decided to take my truck in for the recall repair. Got there and found out it had a total of five recalls. They told me to schedule a day to bring it in for atleast five hours. Left there and was going to go by the Social Security office to prove I am a CITIZEN! The line of people out the building was long. I was not going to wait, especially in the heat, so I will make an appointment to go in. So, back to the house. I mowed the backyard, then father-in-law wanted to cut up the JADE rock, to see what was in it. So, I got the rock saws out. Had to go buy 2 gals of mineral oil, which is needed to lube/cool the diamond blade. So, I cut rocks till nearly dark. Now I am at work this morning. Sat, the wife and I are going to put down wood flooring in the living room. Well, it is break time, time for coffee and a snack.
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Old 08/07/14, 03:31 PM
 
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Travis do you ever get tired?All you do just makes me tired reading it! You are a one hard working guy! I just went to the Doctor and then for groceries and i was tired.Ha ha maybe it was the shock of seeing the grocery prices.Usually I go to Aldi or get a special here and there from another store.But today I walked through Marsh just to see what they have .My gosh one loaf of gluten free bread is 6 dollars,plus everything is so much more than at Aldi.Amazing!
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Old 08/07/14, 06:32 PM
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Brenda, why did you have so many spoiled eggs? Also, how many chickens do you have? As soon as we repair the chicken house, I can get my chickens!

Jan, does the same go for branch clippings, like on that green house path? Should I just leave those down? I've been raking them out and hauling them off.
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Old 08/07/14, 10:37 PM
 
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If I were pressed for time, I'd leave the branch trimmings IF they are small enough that you can walk over them for now, then haul them off when you get caught up. Here, we have to use them for kindling when they are dry, so I try to cut them up after the goats munch on the leaves.
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Old 08/07/14, 10:58 PM
 
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Wildideas- I have eight laying hens , I broke my ankle few months ago and my hubby has Been tending to everything . he's unfamiliar with rotation so he was selling and cooking the freshest , but I gotta love him for trying,

See the doc tomorrow and hoping my ankles healed they told me my bones were weak and put me on vitamin d and calcium , heard on the news that vitamin d could slow altsheimer not sure of the spelling

Good luck on your homestead wikdideas,

Travis- you work to hard, your a good guy, your family is lucky to have you

Have a great nite everyone
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Old 08/07/14, 11:01 PM
 
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Oh yes- Jan ,what is odwalla juice
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Old 08/08/14, 09:52 AM
 
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I'm not Jan, butOdwalla is a company that makes ready made smoothies, sold in the juice compartment of your grocer.
It's been a difficult couple days. GFB was really short of breath and not himself- very very fatigued. He let me drive the return trip from SC and again the return trip from his longest day, 2 1/2 hr 1 way commute. Appetite was off too. He actually ate chicken and dumplings without complaining it was bland and mushy. He had been a little better by Wednesday but he was ready to crash and burn after work. So as noted, I drove. This is so totally unlike him...I don't know how Munchausen by proxy victims usually act but in GFB it left him totally unwilling to admit he is sick or injured. He spent Wednesday afternoon and most of Thursday in bed, along with me. I did have enough energy to cook -chicken n dumplings as above, chicken burro with refried beans and rice, which he actually said was good. Blueberry pancakes for breakfast.
Leaving tomorrow to see DS and family before he deploys. GFB will remain at home to do some research. I made him promise not to try to mow the lawns. He wouldn't promise till I also promised. I need to call lawn services.
Ran a laundry last night and there was water backed up in the machine. Apparently some change had blocked the drainage. No water this morning thank goodness. It's very difficult to find anyone willing to work on those combo washer/dryers.
We took our coffee out on the dock this a.m. along with 1/2 loaf white bread to feed the fish and 3 turtles showed up to eat too.
Yesterday I was almost totally unable to post. Finally got a few sentences to post on the "nursing vent" post from 2007 and then was unable to post or edit after that. Hope it works this morning.
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Old 08/08/14, 10:39 AM
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AT work this morning and it is very busy. I got plenty of projects for the weekend. I will be back to work Tues night, so you all be good!!!
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Old 08/08/14, 03:33 PM
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I planted some fall things last week and they are already sprouting. Will plant some more this week. I have worked long das with a new person and it will be another set of long days next week. I don't go back to work until Sunday morning at five. I'm going to get a pot of chicken simmering on the stove with some celery, onion and carrot. Will debone those quarters and make some homemade noodles to go with it. Sounds good to me!

Cleaned out my refrigerator. I haven't done that in months, and boy did it ever need to be done! I'm glad it Is done, as I'm not unsettled about putting something on my fridge shelves for being grossed out.
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Old 08/08/14, 05:31 PM
 
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Thanks for answering for me, GMB. I hadn't been on to see the question about Odwalla products. They make protien drinks, protien bars, and those smoothies and juices. Dh tried one of the protein drinks and pronounced it 'chalky'. I stay away from soy because of the type of breast cancer my sister had, as her oncologist recommended her female family members should not take estrogen or eat soy. The products are expensive--6.00 for a half gallon of pure orange juice for instance. The pom/lime is pretty refreshing, too. They have not answered my email asking about using their jugs for storage of dry beans, rice, etc. The jugs are made from sugar cane, not petroleum, and not sure how long they would hold up. Any thoughts?
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Old 08/08/14, 08:28 PM
 
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just finished dusting and vaccuming the whole house. It was pretty dirty since I have been working outside in the garden . this happens every summer. this year seems to be worse for some reason!!! cant seem to stay ahead of the weeding! I have not checked my honey bees in two months. I hope they are doing ok!
I wanted to plant fall peas and onions and potatoes, well maybe tomorrow!!!
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Old 08/10/14, 10:56 AM
 
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Just chuggin' along

Well, I haven't posted for a long time, but I'm still here - just working and coming home and working. Days are already shorter - it's dark when I get up at 5, and it' getting chilly in the mornings too. I actually closed the windows last night.

My chicks are laying - getting over 2 dozen a day, and selling up at the park. They are fun to watch. My daughter is in the process of closing in the kennel building they're in so in the winter, I'll have a wind proof building - yee-haw! The huge worm bed is doing fine, as far as I can tell. They seem happy ( how does a worm smile?) and I should be able to harvest later this month. I'll sell castings and will make vermitea by order. Hope it all works out as planned! My job goes to 6 hours a day in January, as well as a cut in pay, so I'm looking for ways to make up the difference. Actually, that's a great retirement job!

I got another puppy a couple of weeks ago - this one is a true Pyr. The other one, Chloe, looked Pyr as a pup, but hasn't grown up to be one. She's about 40 pounds at 8 months. She's a "lesser Pyr" instead of a Great Pyr! They get along famously and are constantly together. New one is Belle, has a dark face and ears - really cute at almost 3 months, and as large as Chloe.

Newest project is to get a website up for the worm business, and a name for the egg business. I re-use cartons saved for me and I want to make a sticker to put on the top - so far haven't come up with a catchy name. So, life goes on - with minor dramatics every so often, but nothing critical. Hope all of you are well!
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Old 08/10/14, 11:53 AM
 
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cowbelle, I was thinking of you this week and going to send you a PM to see if you were still kicking! Glad to hear the worms are thriving as well as the chickens! It IS getting cooler in the mornings, 50's here. Snow on top of Pike's Peak a few times, which is early, I think.

We are just plugging along, too. DH has been mowing and mowing and mowing. I need to get out and figure out how to operate the riding mowers to be of some help to him.

Our gd went to the hospital with early labor the other night, was put on an IV and eventually sent home. Probably just Braxton-hicks contractions, but better to be safe than sorry. Gave me a kick start to continue sorting baby things and getting things ready, just in case. She has two more months to go, or about six weeks or so, anyway.
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Old 08/10/14, 05:13 PM
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Hey guys! I planted some cauliflower in the garden patch, got two rows of it in...have little cukes on my vines and plenty of blossoms. Thinking these will do well. Going to plant some lettuces, some cabbage and other things, broccoli too! My garden soil is so very moist. Loving it. Pulled weeds yesterday and there wasn't near the resistance, and that is a great thing. Been getting plenty of rain. *sigh* awesome!
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Old 08/10/14, 07:36 PM
 
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ust finished watering the tomato plants. getting a nice crop of tomatoes this year. I planted the plants in a different place. I am thinking my garden is a little to much in the shade. I am thinking about moving it next year closer to the house and the rain barrels, plus the soil still needs stuff added to it. I think I got gipped when I bought the topsoil.
thank goodness I am off work for the next two days! yippee!
dentist tomorrow morning to get a crown put on and then in the afternoon going to the physical therapist to have my neck looked at , my neck muscles are tight and I am wondering if that is giving me migraines ?
I have a really good cope of elderberries this year. I think I am going to dry the berries for syrup medicine . I keep reading elderberries are good as a preventive for colds and the flu.
wonder if I would have enough to make elderberry wine??
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Old 08/10/14, 08:57 PM
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Started on the living room floor yesterday. Pulled up the old and put down the new. Youngest daughter came by yesterday evening, and we went and ate out at a seafood restaurant. The wife and I were both sore from doing the floor. Got up this morning and put down all the flooring we had. We are short two boxes. I knew this when we bought it, but we got all they had. They are getting us more. May pick it up tomorrow.
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Old 08/11/14, 12:40 AM
 
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Travis, what type of flooring are you putting down? We need to replace our 20 year old carpeting, and I'd like to put down some type of synthetic hardwood or the like, but we have wood paneling on the walls and I wonder if it's too much 'wood'. Maybe we could paint the walls to break it all up.
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Old 08/11/14, 09:04 AM
 
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Howdy from Fayetteville NC!!
Jan, I also have wood panelling at the lake but I planned to lay wood patterned self stick tiles... someday. Haven't had a chance to do it yet. Also wanted to install a skylight to brighten it, again haven't had a chance to do it yet. Altho I am no longer working for hospice, I need to take a few courses for continuing education credit. I planned on keeping lmy license current even if I'm not working for a salary.
GFB's computer has been invaded by a virus. I've asked him a few times to take it in for repairs but he hasn't. It seems that anything we do anymore takes twice the time and energy it used to take.
Going to order more seeds and start clearing the garden when I get home. The rubber tree with the bees has overgrown one corner of the lot. Don't want to mess around too much with that tree and upset them. Have shoulder high weeds that have taken over one whole section. Need to move the pots. I planned to consolidate lots of small pots into a few bigger pots and use them as raised beds. Also need to buy kiddie swimming pools and talk to the local pond people about them ordering me some of the specialty edible lotus roots. The source I found is a wholesaler only. He was amazed I didn't have a pond when I talked to him, but when you only have a city sized lot or two, you do what you can in that space. He suggested using a kiddie pool for them.
My "plan" is to treat gardening like a job from now.
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