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  #81  
Old 09/16/14, 01:04 AM
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I'm pretty new around here, but I'd love to join in. Today was a day off, so I emptied out an old shed and bought a pig to put in it. He seems fairly happy. He did not like anything to do with us, but I'm sure we will tame him in time. Hopefully, I can get the fences fixed on the pasture we are using, this week and reinsulate his shelter. Other than that, I scrubbed a toilet and unplugged a slow shower drain (yay for small victories!).
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Old 09/16/14, 08:32 AM
 
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Great job WildIdeas! Such comfort knowing you have that ready!

Nancy, thanks for that heads up! I had never heard of that type of colitis, but after reading about it, I could see why he would test for that, if indeed that's what he meant. Especially since I take both Prilosec and Tylenol all the time. I am to call his office Monday for the results so I'll ask more specific questions then.

Picked beans this morning, two colanders full. Need to blanch those and freeze. I think I saw a small amount of space in the larger freezer, I'll squeeze them in somehow.

Laundry's going, have work to do, but was half-way inspired to go cut that chard down and can it up. 70 minutes though, per pint just to process it - gads. It always does seem like so much chard before it's cooked down though, so it might actually only be one canner full!

I really think I need to do it. Just do it. I was thinking this morning, what if I woke tomorrow a.m. to a freak frost and it all died. Would I be mad at myself for not canning it? Yes. Yes I would. So, there you go, it needs done.

There are some baby beans on those beans I planted as a super late bunch - they were planted July 18th. Yellow wax beans. Only about 10 plants or so, but that's a lot of beans the way those yellow wax's produce.

Well, I guess I need to get out of here and back to the stuff that's calling my name. Thanks to all who sent well-wishes over the colonoscopy - it meant a lot to me. Oma we all would have done the same for you if we had known!

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how did your swiss card turn out. I have been thinking about cannning mine! I want to try canning it instead of freezing. I know it takes a long time. does it taste good after canning?
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Old 09/16/14, 11:26 AM
 
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Hello, Toffee! What agricultural zone are you in, and you stuck in summer or enjoying fall like weather?
Thanks my cyberfriends, for not blasting me about my mother. The oldtimers are aware she has psychiatric problems and I have struggled with the effects on me, Grandfatherbear, and the children and grandchildren. We are definitely in the early part of midstage dementia. I just had to patiently repeat information newer than 10 years old over and over again. The router failed when I was trying to look up pix of her great granddaughter on FB. We have not been able to reboot it and will be going by Verizon this morning for technical assistance. We got back to the lake yesterday and I finished weeding the last four feet between the part I previously cleared in the garden and the fence. Planted Delicata squash seeds in 4 pots and turnips in 3 pots. Main weeds are nightshade, shepherds purse (we call it rabbit nettle) bitter melon, torpedo grass and wild poinsettia. Hate those nettle seeds that cling to clothes and stab you thru the cloth.
GFB mowed where the hickory had come down in the big windstorm a month ago. It had landed partially atop the neighbor's airhandler. GFB had handsawed the worst of it off the airhandler but the had their lawn crew finish the job. After that we returned to the city. Oma, you're selling your lake property aren't you? GFB is starting to complain about the effort of keeping up 2 properties. Once the weather cools I'll try doing the lake mowing but if I can't hack it, I would far rather sell the city property than the lake property.

Humana seems to have rejected all the bills for GFBs hospitalization for A Fib so that is another area we need to check out while in the city.
I've had 3 emails from DS in 6 days! He had told us not to send packages while he was overseas but now has changed his mind. I think I will send him this www.thescrubba.com as well as his favorite foodstuffs.
We are internetting from Panera Bread. I need to sign off so we can schlep to Verizon.
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Old 09/16/14, 11:49 AM
 
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Welcome, Toffee!!!!

GMB - Two properties would wear me out too. I don't know how you do it!
I hope you get to keep the lake property, it sounds like an awesome retirement home.
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I picked up the baby quilt my friend Gwen was quilting for me - she's a talented lady and earns a good second salary by quilting, canning and selling stuff on-line.
The shower for our friend April is on Saturday. The quilt turned out so cute. I love homemade baby quilts. This one is bright and the blocks are a pink Owl print April is using for her nursery.
Before I left Gwen gave me two packages of freeze dried corn-on-the-cob and some creamed corn she made - everything is from her garden. I felt so blessed!

I dropped off the long-hair chihuahua fur-baby at the groomer this morning and will pick her up after I get done with my annual mammogram this afternoon.
Work is busy this morning and I have two meetings this afternoon.

Have a great day, everyone!
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Old 09/16/14, 01:23 PM
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Hey guys! I have been down the last four days or so with a cold virus, and if it isn't that...it's work. I am going to go full time at work again. I don't want to do them wrong again, because they are really good to me. I am the donut lady, but I know I will be doing other things, baking and such. We shall see how that goes. I will be looking to make some more interesting donuts. We shall see how it goes. I am depended upon very heavily. I don't think there will be a raise, as I just got a quarter, but the benefits will be nice to have since I need to get some dental work done. They know I'm not going anywhere any time too soon!

The garden is slowing down...it was at a crawl to begin with, but I have some cool season stuff out there now. I ripped out all my tomato plants. Not messing with them next year at all.

I'm thinking more and more seriously about a healing garden, with all of the healing herbs planted. We shall see.

SORRY i WORRIED YOU ALL! Wasn't my intentions. Just not much going on here except for work. I have a couple days off coming. Time to relax!
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Old 09/16/14, 01:25 PM
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I have been reading here though. Glad to see MGM and Abby making strides!!!
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Old 09/16/14, 01:47 PM
 
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Yesterday was Class Of - thanks!

Nancy, good to know you seem to have a pretty good control on yours. Mine, well, doc says, that's the disease. It's a disease, I have all the "typical" symptoms. I do have my triggers - dairy, whole wheat, avocados, raw celery, and if I eat too many veggies. It took years to figure those out (well, the dairy was a quick one).

Pretty day here, but that last flooding we got must have bred a whole new batch of mosquitos. I wasn't out there 5 min. before I realized I'd been bit three times.

Toffee - welcome! What kind of pig is he/she? How exciting! We haven't done a pig yet, still on my to - do list - but we have to have secure fencing and it just seems so many other homesteading things need done first!

Peggy - you caught me with my chard down - I still haven't canned it . I know, I know, BAD homesteader! Funny though, the leaves are getting HUGE. It will yield three times the food than it would have had I not procrastinated/had other stuff come up! I'll let you know!

Michelle thanks for posting, we have missed you very much. I don't "do" facebook, someone mentioned you have been on there, but we non-fb folks only have here to find you! I'm glad you are ok, and sorry about the tomatoes. I always envy your wild plant gathering adventures!

Lovey birthday - DH got "me" (us), two large shelving units for more storage for our canned stuff. I am just not real sure how he sees that they are going to fit into the "spare" (ha ha ha) bedroom. This room is so packed, I just cannot see where I would put the stuff that would have to be moved in order to put the shelves. Hmmmmm this will be interesting. He brought me two small cakes too, chocolate and carrot, along with a cooked chicken from Walmart and some vanilla coffee beans. I have, hands down, the best husband ever.

One of the watermelon types, a round "snake striped" type, that we're growing, just never have been sweet enough. The chickens LOVE them of course. We do still have some Moon and Stars, that we don't think are ready and some Sugar Baby that aren't ready. I am sure hoping they are sweet!

Got some peppers dehydrated (sweet) and they look so pretty. Lots of hot peppers coming on soon, DH loves his hot peppers. First time growing the Scorpion and Ghost peppers, I don't know how he can stand that stuff but he loves it!

Ok, I didn't do laundry yesterday as a treat to myself, so I need to get that done today for sure. Have a great day everyone - and Toffee you just jump right in here and post as often as you can!
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Old 09/16/14, 01:51 PM
 
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welcome Toffee!
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Old 09/16/14, 02:35 PM
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Thanks for the welcome, everyone.

GHB- I'm in zone 5b...I think. Haha! North Idaho. We are edging into Fall. Cold nights, but hot days.

Homesteader- He is a Duroc cross. I don't recall what he is crossed with, but he has the typical red duroc color with a white stripe that covers his front legs and part of his barrel. We have been very blessed as almost everything we needed for him was in place and just needs cleaned and patched back up.

Now, I suppose I will go get started on my kitchen cleaning.
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Old 09/16/14, 05:18 PM
 
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Toff.ee, welcome from indiana
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Old 09/16/14, 09:56 PM
 
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Welcome toffee, from Texas. Happy birthday homesteader.

I've been working in the garden. Planting some fall stuff. And the radon here has been amazing. It sure has perked up my garden. I think my two nanny goats are bred. So excited about that. Also hoping my heifer takes. Everything on our little homestead has come along great. Will be putting the rafters in for the roof on the addition this week end I think. Also started putting in windows and doing the wiring. Never knew there was so much work on adding a couple of rooms.

Well every one have a blessed week
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Old 09/16/14, 11:16 PM
 
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Yes, welcome, Toffee! Happiest of birthdays, Homesteader! Spent the whole day at the hospital waiting on the birth of our great granddaughter. Wow, can I be that old? Anyway, ended up with a last minute C section as baby was breech, so a looooong day. Both mother and baby are fine. Will take my Mama, the babys' great, great grandmother to visit tomorrow. Off to bed before I collapse!
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Old 09/16/14, 11:46 PM
 
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Jan in CO,congratulations on the new great granddaughter.Glad everything went well.Hope you get a good nights rest.
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Old 09/17/14, 09:50 AM
 
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Jan congratulations on becoming a greatgrandmother. Hope you will be able to get a pic of the 4 of you together showing the generations_ 5 if your daughter is able to participate.
We went to Panera Bread to internet over breakfast buttheir system is down so am stuck on the cellphone with the. autocorrect problem so any weirdness is not my fault. We're supposed to have the new router within 48 hours.
Couldn't mow the backyard yesterday because it rained most of day. Also brought some winged bean seed back to plant in the city.
Last night's dinner was pressure cooked split pea soup. I had bought a 5 lb sack at a supermercado about 18 months ago at 47 lb and still have enough left for 3 more meals.So don't forget ethnic markets when shopping.
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Old 09/17/14, 11:22 AM
 
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Congrats Jan!
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Old 09/17/14, 04:16 PM
 
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Whoop! I have 8 pints of swiss chard in the canner! I think it's a bit less than half the row. So glad I was shamed into it! I am waiting on a doctor's office to authorize a new prescription of mine, and so there was no sense to go to town until that's in. Probably tomorrow.

So, I jumped out there after dousing myself with Off, used a butcher knife to cut as many leaves as I could carry in the big harvest thingy we use. It's actually a wire round tall bin that is a retail store bin. Works great for harvesting, you can use a hose to wash down the dirt off the produce and it holds a lot.

So, I got that into the house and it turned out to be exactly 8 pints - isn't that just a kick? You know how chard, like spinach just melts down to so much of a smaller amount, I really couldn't tell how much it was so I am quite happy.

I used a really big stock pot to cook it all at once! Peggy I am going to just assume it's going to be delicious - every where that I have seen a video or read about it, they say it's great! I will open a can of it next week to see how it is. I know for sure there's another 8 pints worth out in the garden, and I have already frozen 20 dinners' worth, so that'll be 36 dinners' worth right there! It will continue growing for at least another month or maybe more if we get a later first frost. I may end up with almost a years' supply (52 dinner's worth would be a year for us). Gardening sure is a money saver.

I should go pick the second half of the row, but it's 100 degrees out there. Ugh. It wouldn't take long to get it into the house though, and instead of removing the ribs while sitting outside, I could do that part inside.

Hmmmmm, might be a good idea........give me a "you can do it" ladies and I'll see if I can hear you............
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Old 09/17/14, 04:36 PM
 
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Started cleaning out the garden a little last week but did a lot more this morning. Found a couple more good cucumbers, picked the last of the beets which I will pickle, pulled and sorted the kohlrabi, some for us and some for the chickens. Dug up the sunflowers and will cut the heads off and those go to the chickens a head at a time. I am leaving my green beans in the ground to dry some more as I want to save some of them for next years seed. Planted Provider this year and love them. The weather was nice but by the time I was finished I needed a shower
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Old 09/17/14, 06:19 PM
 
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Nancy did you get a lot of cukes this year - I can't remember.

Well proud of ME! I did go back out and got the second cutting, in the canner right now. One jar of the first 8 didn't seal so I opened it. It has a bit of bitterness, which usually goes away if I splash a little seasoned rice vinegar when I serve it. Quite delicious though! Here's some pics:

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So so glad I did it - will really enjoy these all year! Thanks for the encouragement!
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Old 09/17/14, 06:22 PM
 
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Just to be clear, when I said in a previous post that I used a big pot to cook it all at once, that was just to cook it. It was then put into jars and pressure canned.......
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Old 09/17/14, 06:25 PM
 
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Congratulations, Jan!!! I'm glad Mom and baby are doing okay!

Wow, Homesteader, that's a lot of chard!!
My hubby likes all the really HOT peppers too - I can't even eat semi-spicy food!

I got my laundry done last night and picked up the fur-baby from the Groomer. She always looks so cute after she gets a haircut, she acts like she feels better too.

I talked to DD and the new HS my DGS attends is doing alot more for him, learning wise, than the last one he was in. He may have to go an extra year, but they will be putting him in a program to teach him work skills. So awesome! That's something she and I have worried about in the past few years with his autism issues.

I attended a United Way pancake breakfast this morning, then went right up the street to the University clinic and got my free flu shot. I love marking things off my list!

I sent my friend Colleen a plant in memory of her dog that just passed away. I think that cheered her up. She's been depressed the past week.

Well, I best go. I have a Board meeting to attend for the Jacobson House tonight and I need to print off the agenda before I go.

Have a great evening, everyone!!
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