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Old 11/11/14, 08:19 PM
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I went out to the shop today and pretty much got the crib done. I have a few pieces on the slide gate gluing up. I also drained the water out of the RV today, stack firewood, took garbage cans to the road, cut kindling, and helped the son cut some wood off of a fireplace mantel, he is making for his house. While I was working in the shop, the plant called, so I am working overtime days tomorrow. I will be busy, so I will not have access on a computer. I should be back in the shop Thur morning, since I come back to work on my shift Thurs night. Well, I had some logs left over from the crib build, so you cannot have a crib, without a LOG CHANGING TABLE!! So, this evening, I started on building it. I will post a pic of the finished crib on here, but I am starting the log changing table build pics on the woodworking talk site. I have to paint the pins for the log crib and cover the plywood box spring with cloth, but other than that, the crib will be finished. My son-in-law is going to apply the finish to it. I guess I will see you all Thur night. You all stay WARM!!
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Old 11/11/14, 08:21 PM
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The Log Changing Table is going to be a surprise to my daughter, SHHHH DON'T TELL HER!!
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Vickie, I have my good days, and I have my slug-a-bed days...I'm just more likely to talk about the busy ones, lol! I agree with you on Jan and Travis - they get an incredible amount accomplished in a day's time.
Jan, Vickie, and Nancy, sounds like you're getting the wind and cold....brrr.

It is getting cold here for this time of year, down to 25* so far tonight, but we seem to be escaping the winds so far. Weather Channel has been issuing a high wind warning for my zip code since yesterday, through 3pm tomorrow, but so far, only the Columbia Gorge and into the Portland/Vancouver area is getting the wind. We are looking at possibly snow, maybe freezing rain (probably will just rain) Wed night into Thursday, I guess. It froze last night, so the garden is definitely done for the year, as are the flowers. I picked a bouquet of dahlias yesterday - I'd better enjoy them, as there won't be any more until Spring. Time to dig the taters.

I had a good visit with my bff today - she came over for dinner and Scrabble. Thumped me good at Scrabble, too, lol - paybacks for the last game when I trounced her. She brought me the program from her dad's funeral and played the memorial tribute for me on her computer. I don't do funerals...even though I want to be able to go and be there for my friend and her family, I just can't. Thankfully, she knows this about me and understands anyway.

I also called my big sis and wished her a Happy Birthday, thanked her hubby for his service, and wished them both a Happy Anniversary (tomorrow). It's always good to talk to her.

Let's see, what else did I get done today? I pounded gamma lids onto buckets, washed up the buckets I got at WM yesterday, moved the buckets of grains outside to freeze tonight (bug prevention), cleaned house throughout, and washed up the jars of "Doggy Delight" so they can be stored. Both Muttley and Annie (my cat) have put their stamp of approval on the homemade pet food.

I started work on the next feed sack tote - still need to figure out the handles - there is a cute trim strip of egg print on these chicken feed bags, but it's right at the bottom where the stitching was, and isn't cut quite straight. I want to make the bag so the handle on the front shows the egg print, and I'm having a little trouble getting it just right. The tote bag itself is going to be really cute. I'll try to post a pic when it's done.

I think Abby's sleeping in the living room tonight, keeping the fire going. This is the first night I've really seen her watching TV since she came home. I'd begun to think she didn't like it anymore, but she said she just got out of the habit because they were too poor to afford TV in TN. I think she's really glad to be home.
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Old 11/12/14, 04:48 PM
 
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I went to get a bag of chicken feed this morning from the feed store as well as a few items for my Christmas Child box from Dollar General. When the feed store guy brought up my bag of feed to load he said, " I won't feed this stuff to my layers." I was a bit shocked and asked why. He says, " That's a picture of a rooster on the bag." I'd never noticed that before. Well my one rooster eats the same feed so I guess it's OK
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Old 11/12/14, 07:43 PM
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The temperature is dropping here as it is in most places. It was so nice yesterday, hated to see that day end.

Got up early and helped load some market lambs to sell. Then I went with Lindsey to take photos for Cassidy's preschool class- I mostly watched Sydney. After that I had to go to the bank for the community center, and went to Dollar General to get a few things. Came home and my aunt came over to make nut rolls. I made a big pan of beef and noodles for everyone for lunch. Did a big pile of dishes. After that I worked at my desk, writing a few bills etc... This evening I cut up a big pan of apples, have them cooking down to make a batch of apple butter tomorrow. Cale picked up about 10 feed sacks full of apples, so I am working on them- still have a lot to do. I just made some buffalo chicken dip and some other snacks for Survivor. When it is over I am going to bed early! Enjoy reading about everyone's days.
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Old 11/12/14, 09:12 PM
 
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We came back to the lake Monday, mainly because I got my weeks confused & thought that Wednesday would be GFB's day in Indian River County. However, that turned out to be next week. So I enjoyed the cooler weather and we used the electric blankets Monday and Tuesday nights. Funny how all 3 cats notice the electric blanket is on & snuggle up with us on those night. We also tend to wake up less achy on those mornings. That's a good thing. It was amusing to be feeding the outside kitties Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, GFB was wearing his silk longjohns and longsleeve base shirt under blue jeans and a Tshirt- and I was wearing cotton boxers and a very lightweight cotton tank- my standard summer sleep gear. The only time I'm uncomfortable in the cold is when I'm wet. That's why we have little spaceheaters in the bathrooms.
Yesterday I weeded- can't find my 9 inch knife so I had to use a standard steak knife to undercut the roots-freed up 3 rows of pots, & I transplanted. GFB drove 2 1/2 hours back to the city to turn in my Vicoden prescription. On Monday The city CVS said they didn't have enough on hand to fill it & refused to let me leave it so they could order more pills & have it ready for the weekend, so I thought I would get it filled at the lake, as I have done previously over the last 9 years. The Lake CVS refused to even let me drop it off. They said they wouldn't accept any prescriptions from an out-of-county doctor & told me I would have to go to a local physician to get a new script. I explained to them we are not snowbirds, coming down from October till May and able to switch docs for that length of time; we are weekenders, even if long weekenders- Tuesday or Wednesday thru Saturday or Sunday, and our Obamacare was Humana HMO and we'de not be allowed 2 primary physicians. Apparently no one is interested in people who have genuine chronic pain. From there I was so upset That GFB took me to home depot and bought me plants and manure to cheer me up. Then he dropped me off at home and did the drive back- and the city CVS filled it without any problem at all! So I have a wonderful husband, & I was able to work instead of retreating to bed crippled by pain. Transplanted 2 bell peppers, 1 german johnson tomato, 2 indigo rose tomatoes, oregano, marjoram, watered all the garden, & planted 5 pots to beets & parsnips. Today I planted 3 broccollis, &5 large tubs had 1/2 their soil removed and replaced with manure and water-holding crystals, &planted them to crosnes (Chinese artichokes, a root crop) I also planted a 12 gallon pot to turnips- white Navet des Vertus Marteau, a large carrot shaped autumn planted for winter harvest turnip. Since optimal flavor is dependent on temperatures in the 60s &70s, I'm gonna plant a small amount every week thru January. I did some more weeding, starting to uncover the sparrowgrass planted as seedlings last spring. Wond up in HORRIBLE back pain- gardening in containers means remove the dirt before moving them, &I had to move a LOT of them to get them out of the shade- then showered, used my TENS unit about an hour, rested another hour, &brought in the laundry that GFB had hung on the line- a little break in between bookkeeping and research for him.
Tomorrow I'll be planting more vegetables. Read thru som of the archived Daily Journals & was amazed to be reminded how much we had gotten from our gardens a few years ago. Gotta get back on track here.
On the Good News Front, Archway Pfeffersnusse cookies are back in stock in the groceries- My FAVORITE cookie! I am gonna lay in a stockpile to at least see me thru Spring!
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Old 11/13/14, 10:47 AM
 
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Wow, GMB - you did a lot of planting and weeding. I don't know how you move all those pots. I moved several cinder blocks when I was working over the weekend and it wore me smooth out!

Our days & nights are so cold right now, I decided to get the horse some alfalfa pellets. I went to Atwoods Tuesday, got a bag of those and decided to get an extra box of wet cat food for my cat's evening meals. We are expecting snow this weekend and I really don't want to get out in the cold, so I'm stocking up on everything this week.
I needed to get a few things from WM yesterday, but the wind was so bitterly cold I decided to put it off. I had to get my muscle relaxer refilled and so I picked that up instead and treated myself to lunch at Mama Veca's over by the RX shop.

We had a Board meeting at Jacobson House last evening and it turned into a 3 hour ordeal. Our Ex.Director is resigning as of December 31st and a few of the new Board members panicked. I finally just told them, you can't expect to keep anyone full-time on $1200 month. We need to be paying the E.D. at least $50K - it's a very time consuming job.
They wanted to know how do we do that, I told them, we need to have a fund raiser and get an annual endowment that will fund the annual salary of the E.D. That's the only way we're going to keep someone in that job.
In the past 6 years the JH has had 4 E.D.s and that's why, they realize we can't pay them the money they should be getting for the amount of work they do.
Well, that definitely got them on the stick of trying to figure out how to raise money. The E.D. is a friend of mine and I had warned her when she went from Board member to E.D. that she needed to think about it before she took the job. She and her husband are buying an event center in town and she's getting ready to have enough work on her hands as it is.
Before I agreed to rejoin the Board, I told her, I will not be an officer and I will not head up any committees. I'd already done that for 3 years from 2008 - 2012 and I'd had enough of the stress. After being Board Secretary and then the E.D. - she now realizes why I've limited my roll. If you're not careful those Board positions can consume your life and I am not going there again!

Another of my Team members may be leaving to join the Legal department and he's trying to talk me into going with him, if he does. I told him yesterday it will depend on the pay and the amount of work time they expect from me. I'm too tired to do overtime anymore and I'm not going to do more work w/o an increase in pay. We shall see!

Well, I best get busy. Have a wonderful day, everyone and stay warm!
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Old 11/13/14, 04:21 PM
 
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The ladies from my bible study group got together for lunch at the house of one of the gals that lives in town. She served us soup and bread, another of the gals brought dessert. I brought my own soup as I have a few food restrictions and I also brought my own yogurt with applesauce for my dessert. We had such a great couple hours just visiting. Our last study on this fall term is next week. I will miss our weekly get togethers. We'll start up after the new year.
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Old 11/13/14, 07:20 PM
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I worked yesterday at the plant. Today, I did not do much, but get ready for the cold snap. Drained all he water hoses, covered up some water faucets and such. I was going to do some wood work, but it well be warmer Sat and Sun. The wife made Gumbo sice it was cold. The wood stove is rolling out the heat. One of the grand daughters was over today and went to the doctor. Sore throat and achy. I laid down around noon and tried to sleep, but finally got back up. I am at work tonight and tomorrow night.
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Old 11/13/14, 07:51 PM
 
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Travis, how cold is supposed to get at your place?
GMB, the new regs with Vicodin are unreal, aren't they? I haven't even tried to refill mine, especially now that my doc moved and left the practice. I will be hoarding my remaining pills like they were gold, and trying to get by on OTCs. It means a lot of days when I can't do much, due to pain. Between my arthritic back and hips, migraines, and sciatica, there are just days when I can't do what I want. I'm doing exercises and stretches, and I need to get back on my joint meds, because I know they really do help.
Vickie, what is Jackson House? I'm thinking historical society of some type?
Nancy, what kind of layer feed are you using? They redesigned the Layena bags recently, and I had to go look and see if it's a rooster or a hen on the bag, lol. I've been turning one into a tote bag, and I'd hate to think I didn't notice it was a rooster! It's not, just a hen with a healthy comb, BTW. Phew.
Melissa, mmm, apple butter. I love to eat it hot on toast while I'm cooking down a batch.

I'm "cocooning" - I think that's the right phrase...not quite hibernating, but definitely snuggling in under a warm comforter, wood stove blazing, and not doing much of anything. It's cold for this early in the year - down into the low 20's at night and it briefly hit 36* today before the temps started dropping again. I'm not really complaining - we dodged a bullet and missed the precip mess that was in the forecast. It went south of us, so no freezing rain, no snow, no sleet, not even any cold rain! It was just gray and gloomy all day. With Abby going out to feed and water, and to bring in firewood, I haven't had a good reason to go out.
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Old 11/13/14, 08:08 PM
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It is suppose to get down to around the mid 20's tonight, here in Louisiana. It may not make it.
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Old 11/13/14, 09:28 PM
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I slept in a little this morning, I was just worn out. Did a little housework then went to Lowes with Cale. Since we were out we went to the Chinese lunch buffet. We eat out about once a month, and the buffet is pretty good and at lunch time it is only $5.99 each.

After that I went with Lindsey to a big craft show so she could sell her head-bands. She did pretty good, but the little ones got tired of being there. We took turns selling and walking them around. It was very cold outside when we left. I don't like winter all that much!
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Travis, wowzers - that's awfully cold for LA, isn't it? About the same temps as we have, but we get it more often, I think.
Melissa, just out of curiosity, was anyone at the craft show selling feed sack totes? After all our talk on the tightwad thread, I'm wondering if anyone is selling them at the bazaars and craft shows, and how they are selling, price asked, etc. If I practice a bit, maybe I could sell some!
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I use Bomgaars brand of layer feed. Definitely a rooster as it had spurs
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Travis,
Vickie, what is Jackson House? I'm thinking historical society of some type?
MGM - The Jacobson House is a non-profit Native Arts Center here on Campus. The house is historical, because a past Art professor, Oscar Jacobson, was instrumental in helping make Native American artwork famous. He taught and sponsored the Kiowa Six (Kiowa Tribe members who studied and painted here at the University of Oklahoma).
Here's the link to the Jacobson House webpage:
https://jacobsonhouse.org/

I did my Native American Studies Internship there, then became a member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees after that. It's been fun, but lots of work being on a Board, working full-time and trying to have a home life! LOL!!
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I'm SO glad it's Friday. This has been a long week. Travis, it's cold here too! It's supposed to snow some tomorrow. It's been down in the 30s all week long. I don't mind the cold, but when you live in a plains state, the cold wind blowing can be brutal.
I'm looking forward to spending the weekend at home, inside making beans and cornbread or soup - I haven't decided yet. Drinking cider, cleaning house and reading a good book.

I'm trying to get the house in order for the holidays and get ready here at work for our new Director on Monday. It's all coming together.

It sounds like everyone else has been busy too. Travis - I know your daughter is going to loved that crib and changing table. Awesome woodworking!

Have a great evening, everyone!!
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Trying to catch up on everyone's posts. Dh is finally getting his strength back after a few days of what I'm sure was flu. Then I got sick and am still not back to being very strong. At least I didn't have more than one day of upchucking. UGH. Our temps here on the plains of Colorado have been ridiculous. Minus 2 this morning, now up to a whopping heat wave of 34 degrees. At least the sun and lack of wind makes it feel wonderful compared to what we had.

We are so buried up in tumbleweeds. I did manage to drag my body out to help dh stuff some into the horse trailer and mash them down. We didn't make a tiny dent in them. Burning is the only good option, but that isn't allowed most of the time. Have to have warm enough temps to run a hose, too.

That Jacobson house site is interesting, Vickie! Thanks for sharing.

I love that crib, Travis. It and the changing table will be family heirlooms for many generations to come.

Must go feed the dogs. So much has gone undone the last few days, I don't know where to start. So glad we weren't both ill at the same time. I would have just had to drag myself out of bed and done barn chores not matter what. Stay warm and safe all!
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Been busy all day but did not get one thing done I needed to do in the house.Made my menu and grocery list for a funeral dinner I am cooking by myself for Monday's funeral for 75 people.Another 28 year old man died..After we took everything to church in the fridge and freezer it was time to get home since grandson got off the bus.Then chickens and rabbit needed attention.Hubby ,son and grandson are going deer hunting this weekend ,so that stuff had to be made ready . Then it was time to cook supper.
Tomorrow daughter and granddaughter are going Christmas shopping for clothes for granddaughter,and it needs to be at a special store.Hoping to pick up some things for the grandsons also since that store has the brands they like.Ha ha how easy was shopping when they were little and didn't care about brands and certain styles Sad as it is ,now if they don't like it they will not wear it.
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Jan, I sure hope you and your dh are back to full strength soonest...so hard when there are chores that MUST be done and there is no energy to do them.
Nancy, lol, I haven't seen too many hens with spurs!
Vickie, thanks for the link - I enjoyed browsing through the site. Very interesting.
Oma, ANOTHER 28 yo died? That seems so odd. His poor family. I don't know how you do it, cooking for all those funerals....since I have a funeral phobia.

Sounds like it's cold out for everyone...into the 20's again last night, but not as cold, and the sun really warmed things up today. We were around 50* at the warmest, and I was working outside in shirtsleeves. Winds were calm, so it really felt warm outside. Supposed to get colder tonight and through the weekend. Abby took advantage of the dry day to go riding, and then helped me in the garden.

I was able to thaw and drain the hoses I forgot. Glad to have that job done and no harm done to the splitters. Did a lot of general picking up around the yard and porch/patio, and then Abby and I dug fingerling potatoes, glads and dahlias. I was tickled to see how many new, huge tubers were on the dahlias, and lots of babies on the glad corms, too. I may have to build a few new raised beds for my cutting garden next year.

I'd hoped to get some wood cut today, but after draining hoses and digging in the garden, I was out of oomph, and my back is letting me know I worked today. I did manage to find everything I needed to go cut wood, so if I'm not too sore, maybe I can get out there tomorrow. I have an ambitious to-do list for this month, and firewood is on it.

Abby made herb poached chicken breasts in broth and cauliflower for dinner last night - I think I'll whip up some cheesy cauliflower soup tonight. Was going to make it for lunch, but we were working outside then, and I was so tired to do more than grab a banana and half a salmon salad sandwich for a late lunch.
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MGM- no one was selling any totes, well there was a 31 salesperson there, but those things are expensive!

Did some housework and laundry this morning, then went to Roy's this afternoon to do some electrical wiring in the new barn. He is wanting to move the milk cows there soon. It was so cold, up on a hill and the wind was blowing. I was not sure my feet would warm up! Afterwards I went to the library, dropped off my recycling, and got groceries. Came home cooked supper and I am heading to bed early. I just saw we are supposed to have low temperatures in the teens next week.
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Manygoatsnmore,the sad part is, I was told he took his own life.He left a tiny baby besides the rest of his family.Makes you wonder why they do it !? I always think there are so many having cancer ,fighting for their life ,hoping and praying to raise their children and then others so young decide to end theirs.
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