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Old 09/04/14, 01:44 AM
 
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Did some gardening again yesterday and had planned to do more today, until Abby was attacked by wasps this morning. Evidently, there was a nest somewhere in the baled hay and when she went to feed the horse, they got her, but good. 3 stings on her right butt cheek with swelling and redness about 6" in diameter, plus stings on the back of her neck. She ended up bringing in a half dozen of the angry critters when she tried to get in the back door. We holed up in my bedroom, and I gave her benadryl and ibuprofen. She ended up sleeping the day away, and I have to admit, I did, too. Started out to watch a movie and before I knew it, I woke up 5 hours later, lol! At least when I went out to see if I could remove the wasps, they seemed to have found their own way outside. I guess I'll have to take the wasp spray out and treat the barn. Have I mentioned that while I don't mind spiders or snakes, I'm not fond of wasps or mice?

The weather is supposed to be heating up again tomorrow through at least Monday, so I think I'll be dividing my time between the garden, cutting firewood, and swimming to cool off.
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Old 09/04/14, 08:24 AM
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Here are a few tractor pics, mostly before the big work gets started of changing the axle seals.

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I am at work this morning, trying to keep the coffee in the cup HOT!! I keep typing, and it keeps getting cold.
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Old 09/04/14, 03:18 PM
 
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That looks like a big job, Travis! Hope everything works out simple, easy, and above all, safe. Well, DH got the air vent, sky light thingy changed out in the camper. It looks like a pro did the job! So proud of him!! The inside of the camper is clean and I got the cleaner for the cushions ready and waiting! I can't wait to see the new flooring installed. Why or why do camper folks put light colored carpet in a camper?? I guess so it will look more like home! Right, if you like your floors at home covered in mud, and pine sap. I just can't wait to get the camper up and running again. I am hoping that the new doctor will be able to get me my life back! Soon!!! There is so much to do to get ready for winter. Wood to cut, split, stack, shop to clean out. At least we are no longer hauling hay anymore. Not that I wouldn't love to have animals that need hay in the winter. Maybe soon. Some how we will work it out so we can have our homesteading life style. Ok, gotta get a move on, bills to pay, meals to cook... Ya'll keep up the good work, you are my inspiration!
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Old 09/04/14, 05:52 PM
 
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Chief Cook - I'm so sorry about your RA issues. Praying for you, that sounds painful.

GMB - Glad you're finally able to type on your computer. I was trying to decipher your text - I know that had to be frustrating. I've had problems with my cell phone lately and it makes me want to throw the thing sometimes - at least I have one though!

Travis - OMG! that looks like a big, messy job. You go, brother, if anyone can fix it, you can!
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I feel like doing the Happy Dance - love that song! I LOVE Autumn!!
It's been hot this week, but slowly cooling and it's suppose to rain and cool down into the 70s-80s tomorrow evening.

My in-laws are coming in tomorrow and bring SIL to meet-up with BIL who was already here visiting his Dad. They've all been in Indiana visiting with DH's Aunts & Uncles.
So - that means a mad dash home tonight to vacuum, sweep and mop. I haven't been home this week except for last Monday and only got the laundry and kitchen cleaned that day. I'm so far behind on housework.

DD dropped the one class she was taking this Fall. The Prof was a substitute and wasn't giving them complete assignments or going by the syllabus. She graduated with her Associates in June, but wanted to take two more classes at the Community College before starting at the University.
She spent August moving into a new rental house, cleaning the old one and dealing with eye surgery the youngest DGD went through. I told her to take the Fall Semester off and then go back and take those last two classes in the Spring. She needs a break and so do I. Too much stress to put up with a crazy Professor and homework right now.

Work is busy, due to the kids being back in class and I'm covering duties for a co-worker this week.

Well, I best pack it in and finish up before it's time to head home.
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Old 09/04/14, 06:12 PM
 
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MGM poor Abbie! Reminded me of the time you were pulling fence at dusk and grabbed a wasp nest. You were pretty thoroughly nailed that time also.
I was stung also this morning by a bee. I was mowing the yard near the rubber tree and I do pass thru their flight line (they are nested in the base) but usually they bounce off me and fly on. I brushed up against a lantana- I had checked it earlier and no bees on the bloom- when it nailed my forearm. Never saw it but I did see the venom sac pumping. Since we're not sure if these feral bees have been Africanized protocol is to drop what we're doing and run for the house. Got the sac scraped away and took Benedryl and had a hydration then went back and finished that half of the yard. Ran out of gas when I went to the front yard at noon so just took my 2 huge sacs of medical files and built a bonfire- Grandfatherbear got a huge limb that fell off the strangler fig that is strangling the rubber tree- fell off about 6 months ago and he chainsawed it into 2-3 ft lengths. He went to do a second huge branch and the chainsaw threw its belt. I was walking around the fire picking up the dry sticks that had fallen out and throwing them back in- I picked up a stick that had glowing embers on the hidden side and an ember got stuck in my palm. GFB was getting more gasoline and when he got back he had to stir the fire since my right palm is blistered- and I'm right-handed. We had an early supper at the Golden Corral Senior Early Bird and I'll be driving with GFB to work tomorrow. Moore Haven (County Seat for Glades County) at one time in the 20s and 30s had a movie house. Now downtown is bait shop, courthouse, sheriff department, 7-11 type store and a beauty parlor. I don't think there is a chain grocery in all of Glades County. Oh, forgot they have a Dollar General too.
Wireless sure is nice. I'm on Homesteading Today, GFB is on his Internet, all is well.
One last thing- DS left for his latest deployment this morning. Will those prayer warriors on here please add add him and his squad to their prayers? He is Army, but any prayer for the Armed Forces would be good. Thanks!
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Old 09/04/14, 08:35 PM
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Judged 4-H fair booths on Tuesday, came home and felt terrible so did not do much the rest of the day. Yesterday I went to Lowes with Cale to get supplies for Kadia's house. Today I canned spaghetti sauce and picked another bushel of tomatoes, pulled some onions, and picked enough cucumbers for another batch of pickles. Went swimming this evening which was nice. I really was not in the pool much this summer is was so cool and rainy.
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Old 09/05/14, 08:47 AM
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Back at work this morning. I don't return till Tues night. Hope to get a lot of tractor work done this weekend. You all stay busy and out of trouble!!!
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Old 09/05/14, 03:49 PM
 
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Jumped out of bed at 6:45 convinced we were running late- GFB told me that work is next Friday, not today. Since I started the day with a huge adrenaline surge we decided we were up for the day and took lawn chairs down to the dock- and half a loaf of squashy white bread to feed the fish. GFB was back at the house fixing our second cups of tea -I decided to try handfeeding the fish- used to do this in 2004 and 2005- laid on the dock and held a piece down in the water. Mostly small fry swimming in my palm, nipping the bread- and a HUGE chain pickerel slid past just under my hand. The shiner and bream gave him quite a respectful space. That pickerel hung around for a good 15 minutes. Then a baby turtle swam up to take a nibble and scared himself with his own temerity and disappeared, then about a few minutes later the tiny fry disappeared and a HUGE turtle swam up from the weeds at the bottom- I very slowly let go the bread and removed my hand from the water- didn't want him to mistake my fingers for edible goodies!
We had hominy and raisin biscuits for breakfast- Publix has dropped hominy and I stock up if I am anywhere that I find any and it was at Walmart on Wednesday- and then I got out to finish mowing the lake side lawn. It took a while and I was shaky and trembly when about 2/3 done and went into the lake to cool off. While doing so I pulled up some of the torpedo grass to clear a channel along the seawall for water flow so detritus can move some away and not allof it deposit in our area- there was quite strong rotten-egg smell, which means anerobic decomposition of detritus already deposited- which means potential is there for a severe fish kill. By keeping down the amount of detritus by raking with netted bags we've dodged a couple fish kills in the past.
Nice nap then to Panera for late lunch/early dinner/internetting.
That bee sting is still swollen and hurts.
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Wow, homesteading is harmful to your health! Hope all the stings and burns heal quickly. I've gotten to the point where I feel like wearing a hard hat and flak jacket when I help DH with any major projects outside!

Chief Cook, I hope things improve so you can get back to raising the critters you want. Life can really throw us some curves.

Too much drama here with our dd, her life is a mess and I'm not going to let it drag us down. She keeps making one mistake after another. I would think by 44 a person would learn to be a bit responsible and think things through, but not in her case. I hope she'll get her life straightend out soon.

Travis, that tractor will be a beauty when you're done!

GMB, will keep your son and his group in our prayers for a safe return home Thank him for us for all they do, will you?

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Old 09/05/14, 10:43 PM
 
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GMB, I can't believe you still remember me grabbing that wasp nest! I'D forgotten it, lol. Abby is feeling much better after a couple days of having to watch how she sat. I'd stepped on a bee earlier this summer and had a bruise on the instep of my foot for about a week, but nothing like she got hit by. I sprayed the bee nest in the hay pile and also a wasp nest under the rafters in one of the lean-tos, so hopefully that will keep down the risks a bit. I hope you're feeling much better, both from the bee sting and the blister/burn on your hand.
Travis, that tractor looks like quite a project. What model is it (or did I miss you telling us)? There ya go again, sucking all the fun out of my life by tellin' me to be good, lol! What fun is it to stay out of trouble?
Melissa, your summer has been cooler and ours has been much hotter and drier...I think I've used your swim time this year!

I hooked up the garden hose to the drain on the hot water heater and ran water through it for several hours today, trying to flush the rust and sediment out of the tank. The water ran orange/brown and thick for quite a while and never did get totally clear, but did finally get to the point where it was just slightly cloudy. Turned on the taps inside to flush more of the rust out of the lines in the house, too - I'm still getting occasional bursts of rusty water as gunk breaks loose, and the cold water is running slow to the sinks, but not the tub, for some reason. I will be sooo happy to finally get the water as clear in the house is it is when it leaves the pump house. At least I feel like I might be able to turn on the water heater and take a bath or shower soon. I've been using the garden sprayer for showers for so long, I won't know what to do with myself, lol.

I took advantage of flushing the water heater (turned off) to water all the flower beds around the house. While I was at it, I also potted up some of the tomato cuttings I've been rooting in water and soaked the soil well. I know I have the San Marzano properly identified, but I'm not sure which is which of the other 2 I potted. I think one's a Black Krim and the other is either Siletz or Oregon Spring. Never depend on memory when it comes to cuttings, lol.

I picked a bunch more green and turning red tomatoes. Should have brought a bucket out into the garden with me, as I looked awfully funny with tomatoes gathered into the front of my swimsuit top (tankini style, not bra top, lol). I'm pretty sure I'm not going to try growing Brandywine tomatoes anymore - just not enough yield for the space used, and they really need a longer season than I can offer them. On the other hand, Indigo Rose is a keeper...very pretty, great flavor, and they are coming ripe on the vine for me. I also watered the raised beds I'm going to plant to carrots and raspberries...it will take more soakings to get the whole bed moist enough to plant.

Still working on Abby's dredded (and dreaded) hair - I'm beginning to wonder if we'll EVER get all the rats out! I make her keep it braided in between sessions so we don't loose any ground, but didn't make her work on it the last few days. She's worked a lot on it today, and as soon as I finish posting, I'm going to take my turn on it. I'm just feeling sorry for myself and whining a bit - we really are making progress, and will get through it eventually!
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Old 09/06/14, 08:29 AM
 
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canned 1/2 bushel of my own homegrown tomatoes yesterday. that felt good not to have to buy tomatoes. I need to get out and weed the flower beds. I seem to be getting behind with EVERYthing this year! well I need to end this post and get to work!! have a great day everyone!
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Old 09/06/14, 01:40 PM
 
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Gosh it seems like I never post anymore. Michelle where are you?

Sorry to all with burns, bites and dreads........how on earth do we humans survive?

I put up 5 dinners' worth of yellow wax beans to the freezer yesterday morning. We had 6 ears of corn between the two us with dinner too - oh yum. This morning I'm having cantaloupe from the garden and there are 2 of those American melons in there waiting.

A group of yellow-ish birds (they come here a lot), swooped into the garden as I was watering - got quite close to me and were eating bugs and swooshing thru the water streams - it was wonderful.

GMB it was so nice to read your description of the moment with the bread and fish and turtle - I felt like I was right there.......

DH went to work today (which is closed) to work on our daughter's car. He found evidence that someone ice picked a spot on some part - in order to be able to get her to have repairs she wouldn't have needed. I was surprised to hear that she had taken her car ANYWHERE but to DH. She won't from now on once he tells her about this. They do bring their cars for major stuff, but I imagine she just thought this was a simple thing (something about her tires and alignment, my eyes glaze over when he talks all "car repair" stuff as it's like a foreign language to me).

I got those peas that I started inside transplanted and they have already greened up and have a couple of the leaves open! DH doesn't think we'll get peas as our first avg frost date is Oct. 15, and he's right, but I'm thinking maybe I can buy some remay. What's so frustrating here is, we get that one cold night, or two, and then, it's beautiful weather for another 5 weeks or more. It is such a pain to deal with that remay (frost protection fabric) stuff though, esp. with the winds we get here.

We both came to the sad realization that it's over for the year, no more planting anything. Hopefully the beets will do ok, and cross fingers those last 2 corn patches make corn before we get that first cold hit.

I truly need to get that chard put up. I think maybe tomorrow morning I will tackle it, cut it all at once, and get it canned. No sooner do I say that, then I don't want to. I'm so darn wishy washy on it.

I see that some people dehydrate it but I can't imagine how it would ever re-hydrate? I mean it would be like brittle paper, not sure how that would work. Maybe I will do a utube video search and see if anyone has a video of doing that and using it. I guess though, I could see taking a handful of broken up dried chard and putting it into soup or stew?

One thing I want to be sure to do is buy apples and make up some sauce. I don't like store bought sauce anymore, not sure why - it almost tastes metallic to me. But I have made my own sauce but just not for many years. Apples (trees) don't survive here for us, we've tried many times and they never last more than one year. So I do have to buy them, but apple season is here soon!

I really need to reorganize the frozen stuff now. It gets tucked here and there as it gets put up. I'd like to have all the chard together, by date, all the carrots together, by date, and so on.

I was so stiff in the back and legs this a.m., so I did some vacuuming, mopped the kitchen floor, swooped up the kitchen rugs and got them to washing. I feel better now that I've worked out the kinks and of course a hot shower helped!

The bees have calmed down now that the tamarisk blossoms are drying off. I did have one bee the other day though in the garden he was all kinds of irritated with me, chased me around. Silly bee.

Well, that's all you get people, I'm off to get into the very trouble Travis said I can't get into.............hee hee.........
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Old 09/06/14, 03:05 PM
 
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Homesteader if you are thinking about apples I strongly suggest that you go by Kuffel Creek's website (www.kuffelcreek.com) and read about growing apples in hot climates (note- not low chill apples) I am probably going to buy his ebook about growing apples in the tropics, now that I've recovered his growing apples in the city book on an old computer. He sent me a Williams Pride to make up for losing my order for the ebook. It's widely grown in the tropics. Bay Laurel Nursery has some nice apples for the West.
Speaking of the dock, we went out this morning again and I once again tried handfeeding. THis time the baby turtle ate most of a piece of bread about 1/4 slice. The shiner and bream finally started to take the bread too, they learned pretty quickly that hitting my fingers got them nowhere, they had to target the bread.
This morning I worked on clearing one aisle from the lawn to the fence. Shattered one plastic pot trying to yank rabbit nettle from it. The rabbit nettle stems get about 3/4 inch thick and 5-6 foot long branches. Extensive root systems anchor them in the pots. Plus the liana from the loofah running thru the weeds needed to be cut in spaces. I cleared most of the pots of lemon grass of everything but lemon grass, and transplanted the 4 broccoli from Wednesday.
We have quite a thunderstorm raging overhead, its really nice to be working off battery and with the wireless router.
MGM I didn't remember about the wasps until you posted about Abby and it all came back. Guess I don't have to worry about Alzheimers quite yet.
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Old 09/06/14, 06:27 PM
 
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MGM - THE BEST detangler I have ever found is called Infusium Leave-in Conditioner. I have curly, thick hair and so do my granddaughters (they are tri-racial so their hair is very curly), I use Infusium on our hair and the tangles comb out so easy. If you drench Abby's wet hair in it, let it soak in for about 5 minutes and then see if you can comb it from the bottom up - it might just actually help you get the tangles out faster. It might be worth a try. I'm glad to hear she's home with you!

Jan - I totally understand, because my daughter was diagnosed as bi-polar and, like me, she has to take supplements and vitamins in order to keep the mind chaos at bay. Over the past few years the drama and chaos has diminished greatly.
We both take high dose of Sam-E and Rhodiola supplements every day and it has helped alot. I no longer have depressive issues and panic attacks.
DD can't afford the supplements herself, so I buy them for her when I buy mine.
I don't know if your daughter would take anything like that, but just thought I'd mention it as a possibility.
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It rained nearly 3" today and it's nice and cool outside. It's so nice, it was getting very hot and dry again.

We went to dinner with DH's parents, Sister & BIL and Aunt at Olive Garden last night. My BIL bought dinner for everyone, it was so nice of him. I truly enjoyed our visit.
DH's Mom had told him they were spending the night last night, earlier in the week, so I took the afternoon off to clean the carpet & mop the kitchen. However when we left the restaurant his parents and Aunt headed back down to McAlester. I think his Aunt didn't want to leave her dog alone overnight.
So, I got the housework done anyway and today has been a nice leisurely day. I went to church this morning, fixed some tuna salad for lunch and I've done some laundry; plus, I got to see the last of the OU game on TV - not bad!

Decided to make baked chicken, mac & cheese and black eyed peas for dinner. I decided not to go grocery shopping, since we should have plenty to choose from here at the house.

I sorted through my freezer and separated the meat into small, plastic square tubs I can stack and pull out very easy. I saw that suggested on a "Do-it On a Dime" youtube video and it works great.

Now that I have a whole weekend at home, I plan to put those organizing tips to use and organize my cabinets more thoroughly. I also need to start another donation box and keep decluttering in our computer room.

Well, I best get dinner started.
Have a wonderful evening, everyone!!
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Old 09/07/14, 03:27 AM
 
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Decided to get sick Wed evening with a sinus infection. Grandkids on Thurs so I just let the little one have her way and totally mess the house up!! Got #2 off the bus and waiting till time to go get the oldest one. Bill called and said he would go get her so I could just go on home. They all fixed dinner and picked the house back up for me. They are the best!

Friday morning after the kids leave we had to take the car in to get the new tires on. Drove 2 vehicles so while waiting we could run and get me some meds so my face would stop hurting and Bill could then head to work and I could pick the car up and go home and lounge.

Kids again on Sat. Had to take middle one to her football game (she's a cheerleader). The other 2 stayed with Bill and planted our 2 new trees. A frosty and fries before we went home. Walked in and Bill said there is a new text from his mom. Read halfway thru and just went nuts. We are just livid with the blatant lies that are now being told about us. We have tried to be gracious, understanding, bend over backwards to accomodate, overlook.....you name it we have done it. They have pushed to the breaking point and I, honestly, never thought Bill would get to this point. But they have succeeded. Looks like he is going to be blunt and spell it out to everyone and let the chips fall.

Fish fry and gospel concert at church this evening. We needed it after all this crud his family is throwing at us. And here it is almost 2:30am and I can't sleep because of all this. Ugh!

Can't wait till Wed when we head for the CO mts to go elk hunting!!
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Old 09/07/14, 10:32 AM
 
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Have fun in CO, Billie - it sounds like you need a vacation from alot of drama!!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed being away from family problems while we were on vacation, so I understand.
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I'm ready for coffee this morning. Just finished feeding all the critters and taking the fur-babies for a walk. We didn't get far though, it rained so much our road has a pond in the middle of it. I'm not complaining - we desperately needed that rain and it's so wonderfully cool out this morning.

I noticed yesterday, when I was driving to church, the leaves are starting to turn on some of the trees. I believe Autumn has arrived a few weeks early here in OK. I'm grateful - the less the AC runs, the lower my electric bill will be!
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Not a good morning so far. Usually when we have the kids on Sat we meet my daughter at 9am on our way to church on Sunday mornings. Instead she called before she even got off work at 7am to say to have the girls up and ready, she was headed our way. Her mom-in-law was being rushed to the ER. On Thursday she had gotten extremely dizzy, passed out and fell. She injured her shoulder, ribs and her hand was swollen. Her blood pressure was very high, too. Ruled out a stroke, only found fluid in her ears. Saw her yesterday at the football game and she was doing well. But this morning, I guess, her blood pressure went crazy again and she was not feeling right. No word yet on her condition.

So I will have the kids again tomorrow. Gutters are being installed tomorrow, too. Hope they don't take all day and are fast since I have to leave by 3:15 to get middle one off the bus. Now, I may not get to go with Bill to CO. If other grandma is not well enough to take care of the girls I will have to stay here.

I am done with Bill's family. This mornings text to our response from yesterday's shenanigans was we are the devil's playground. Just unbelievable. Bill is too hurt right now to even discuss it. Just unbelievable. Lots of prayer on our part to know what direction to go in.
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Old 09/07/14, 02:46 PM
 
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Billie- Sometimes you have to remove toxic people from your life,?
For oesn't matter if they are relatives or not. If someone really cared enough about you to want an on going relationship, would they say and do such hurtful things? Imagine someone you had just met had sent you that text and its predesscor. Would you continue to extend yourselves in a relationship with people you had just met who did that? If not, then why would you do that with someone just because you happened to be related to them?
Wednesday thru Sun we turned off the a/c at night and opened the house. It's wonderful to have fresh air and hear the rain frogs.
Today I laid down oon the dock and the baby turtle and the bream were right there to feed.
I am typing in the car, this wireless stuff sure is great. So far not that much more expensive than dialup.
Heading back to the city!
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Yep, fall is on it's way - the service berry bushes are turning - you can almost see it happening. Nice days though, nights a bit crispy. Thunder is rolling as I type - a big storm off the baja California coast is sending monsoon rains up our way - very welcome.

Young cowboy who is renting my field put 23 heifers out there a couple of days ago - I love watching cattle!

My daughter is the best! Every weekend she's been working on closing in my barn - it's been a pole barn with weatherbloc fabric walls. She is putting up board (1" x 12" s) and battens (coming as $$ comes in) installing some free windows. This is a 30' x 50' building and she's doing it all virtually by herself - I'm the step-and-fetchit and cleanup crew! It's all enclosing my chickens (laying 18 eggs per day!) and the huge worm bin which I should be able to harvest later this month. They look happy ( how does a worm express emotion?) Chicks also got new roosts today, and access to a large outdoor pen made out of my old kennel panels. The young pullets have never been outside, but are following the old gals out. I shepherded them all back in when the thunder started with a broom (what a comedown from wonderful herding dogs!) The old gal I put down a couple of weeks ago would have done the job, even being deaf.

One place I'm selling eggs is reselling them for $4 a dozen! Hope that soon I'll have enough customers to do $3.50. Right now they're small pullet eggs, so I'm only charging $2.50

Kitchen remodel has taken a backseat to the barn - it's obvious what our priorities are!! Next weekend she's supplying 10 homemade cheesecakes for the local political dinner. That plus supporting grandaughter who is starting college and seems to need lots of support, (she fainted and had another concussion when getting some vaccination needed for school last week) That's number 4 in the past couple of years! Daughter just rolls with all the punches and works full time too. I so love her!

I envy all of you putting up so much produce - I have greens for the chicks, but not much else. Got some great peaches from just north of here, but not enough to can. By the time I get home from work and do chores, I just run out of gas. It's sure not fun getting old.
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It has been a couple weeks since I posted. It was interesting to catch up on all of your posts. I went to my first gun show to learn the trade, picked the last of the beans, tomatoes and the peppers and squash still seem to be coming and I'm wondering what to plant in the greenhouse I discovered on the property. It's in excellent shape really.

I've stacked about three cords of wood and I'm getting closer to finished. I'm just glad the weather is getting cooler and I'm about to cut and dry the comfrey. I went to my first local tailgate market and met some great people there so I'm excited about my social life and one morning, two people actually came walking down our road with dogs. Only a handful of cars drive by in a total day, so I was very surprised but it was nice to meet them and chat over the fence while the dogs mingled. Now I can expand my "victim list" of people for Frank to find for our search and rescue training. People usually enjoy participating in that.

I have learned canning and next I'm going to be learning to make soap, which my MIL is a pro at. Hers is the best home made soap I've ever used, and I've tried a lot! I plan to develop a paw palm and other products for dogs that is all natural including herbs grown here. My MIL had no idea how much people love to spoil their dogs with all natural feel good products so by next year I hope to have established a presence at least locally and I'll be one of the local market vendors.

Yesterday I thought back to the city that I left just five weeks ago and realized I should have left years ago. With the exception of the ground hornets and mosquitos, this is all so wonderful and I'm learning so much.
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