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  1. kappydell

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Everybody has those things they save for when it gets cold. For me it is baking - when it gets cold I start baking bread, then often go on to pies, cookies, and what have you, as well as making something in the crock pot for "instant" hot chow. And hot chocolate, naturely!! Those habits die hard. I guess its my way of eating with the seasons.
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    MARY GOT HER DISABILTY!!! 70% (around 1400/mo tax free) More importantly she got her back pay for 19 months. I am so proud of her - and very flattered that she asked if it was alright, before she spent a chunk of it. The story: When we moved we gave our boat to a friend who had always yearned for one. No biggie. But Mary has always loved boats, so we resolved to buy one when we got to our new home. But with the disastrous move, all our allocated funds got eaten away. So when her back pay arrived, Mary wanted to get a used boat. OK, no biggie. She wanted to pay for it outright, so as to avoid more monthly bills. OK with me, wise move. Then we discussed the kind of boat. Agreed on that too. Now the teary-eyed part - our dear friends down here (always ready to help us, always have our backs without question - don't find friends like that anymore) had to sell their ski boat because they needed funds for emergency medical bills. They were hearbroken, and so were we - we could not help with the money. Well, Mary asked them to come along while we looked at boats, due to their expertise (well, more experience than us, anyway) and they were delighted to do so. We looked at pontoon boats - easier to handle, get on and off, and nicer to fish from. They love pontoon boats. So we picked one big enough to hold all of us. It was nice to see how excited they were for us, and they also offered their now-empty boat house to keep it in, saving us putting it in and out every time we wanted to use it. Then Mary sprung it on them (and me)...the boat was to be all of ours, to use as desired. You should have seen their faces when she handed them a set of keys! (I thought we were all going to cry.) So today, Bass-Ackwards goes to her new home. We are SOOOO excited!! A cardinal came by and sang to us, and D said (kinda emotionally for a guy) "That's Mom, coming to see the boat...she always wanted a pontoon but never got one"
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Today turned out to be a reorganizing day. Mary went out to burn some pine needles she raked up (fleas & ticks winter over in them so we are eradicating the accumulation of years of neglect this spring). I decided I was sick and tired of not being able to find anything in our pantry anymore, plus going thru totes of canned goods we removed from the motor home to find vegetables that I could not get to (or find) in the pantry anymore. It took 8 hours, but I emptied 4 totes, reorganized the pantry, moving things around for efficient recovery of things we use more often, and incorporating the scattered items from the motor home. It looks nice now, and I was able to free up some extra space by consolidating the Christmas baking supplies & equipment - I even washed the cookie cutters again before packing them up! Before surgery we will have to reorganize & arrange the spare room (bedroom #4) so we can find things in there without prolonged searching. (Remember Hee Haw?...well instead of pickin' & grinning' we say to each other..."Im searchin .,....I'm cursin") The carport is on the agenda as it has a closed storage area in the back that needs to be made workable. When we moved everything got higgledy-piggledy, so now we are fixing that. When I got done with the pantry, I made dinner (hamburger gravy over baked potatoes) and we discovered that our oldest dog is having dental issues because he had trouble eating it. So I made it more soupy and he fell to with a will. Then it was meat processing time. I skinned & defatted 20 lb of chicken thighs, packed them in meal size packages, and with Marys help took a load of the resulting 6 pkgs of chicken, 3 pkgs of pork steaks, 2 pkgs beef steaks, 4 pkgs (1 lb each) ground chuck, and 2 pkgs of turkey thighs out to the backup freezer in the carport. We took out one of the hams to thaw and cut up on Wednesday, deboning and packaging in smaller packages (mostly for scalloped potatoes & ham, and omelets) to save space. I picked up some split peas last week. I see split pea soup in our future. We want to have supplies in place before my surgery so Mary does not have to struggle carrying groceries alone. We also want to get all the spring jobs that require lifting & toting done ahead of time as well. Don't want to wreck Marys back doing it alone! I think I earned my recliner time tonight.
  4. kappydell

    Venezuelan Civil War

    I hope they will be able to rise up and take back their country, and their lives. I am watching them closely, as they could be forshadowing our future if the wrong politicians get their way. The harder they press to disarm the poplace the more I wonder what they have up their sleeves.
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    medical testing - ugh

    Oh joy. I went to the neurologist on advice of my doc...."I don't like your gait".....as a consult to see if I could do anything else about my back. I walk hunched over quite a bit. The PT she sends me to seems to help, but I still tire quickly, then down I go. So...I took my x-rays and my ct scan films to the neuro folks (40 miles away). They looked & told me I had an awful back. Discs degenerated to almost nothing, vertebra slipping all over the place, and 'rotary' scoliosis (didn't even know there was such a thing!). Now they want MRIs. 40 miles away, again. (At least they did not demand I drive in Atlanta....NOBODY in GA drives there unless have no choice.) UGH. So now I am researching all those back things and various treatments - so I have info and can ask sensible questions. I do not intent to go the injection route (don't need steroids or other stressors causing a cancer return) and spinal surgery does not impress me with its prognosis. So into 'research mode' I go. I need to be armed with data.
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    medical testing - ugh

    Good news - Im cleared for neck surgery. The cardiology test showed NO issues...in fact, doc calculated the percentage of likelihood of a "cardiac issue" at...0.17%. That is pretty low, so she said "go ahead"! Plus she loved the veggies and is making them last....she said she will get at least a weeks worth of meals from them.
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Today we did a lot of the "happy dance". M got her VA disability letter, looks like she will get 70 or 80% disability. Nice, since her social security is rock-bottom and does not last long. She has always felt bad about not kicking as much in the kitty as I was able to, but hey, as long as there is enough, its all good. She will also be getting 19 months back pay. I am also happy not just for her, but for my budget -- it was getting a little tight since we bought the pickup truck (the plan was for her to pay for it when her disability came in, and I was filling in). Our taxes are done and filed - hopefully get a couple bucks there, too. So we are dancing the happy dance over our easing finances at last! I got my cardiology tests back on Friday - as I expected, it was a nothing-burger. When doc input the info into her calculator for a "risk assessment score" the probability of me having a cardiac issue with surgery came to 0.17%. So she OKed the neck surgery for me at the end of the month. The big "polar vortex" freeze did NOT kill the garden, which we covered with tarps before it hit. Fresh greens with breakfast!!! All in all it was a very encouraging day. Mary is looking into used pontoon boats. She wants another fishing boat, but something stable enough to take wheelchair clamps just in case we need them in the future. (Where we lived in before, originally next to lake Michigan, the charter boat captains would get together and host a fishing outing for vets from the local vets hospital. They followed up with a fish boil, cooking all the fish caught in the "official" Door County way. Needless to say, we always volunteered to help with that stuff and it was loads of fun, even for us "wheelchair pushers"...I think I will encourage those wheelchair clamps.) A pontoon boat would be just the ticket.
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    Making the Best of Basics

    I got my first copy of it just after Y2K and actually made the home made vacuum pump sealer they mentioned in it. Were the auto salvage fellows ever puzzled when I went to them for parts! I had to make a copy of the plans and show them. The contraption worked, too! but now we have oxygen absorbers, and other consumer sized vacuum pumps so it is rather redundant now. L)OL - we called it "wankenstein"......
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I am SO GLAD I am not in Wisconsin anymore (sorry northerners). Keep warm and watch for frostbite! We covered the garden completely to try to keep this latest winter blast from killing things. Fingers are crossed now, its all we can do. The deer are coming by more and more for corn, this is their "hungry season". So we stay inside (raining & snowing) and plan our upcoming growing season.
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Jeepers, I refuse to buy jar lables anymore, and the office ones leave a residue....if they stick....so I just coy a page of them I made up myself. They are small enough to fit nicely under the strip of clear packing tape I use to put them on the jars. They come off clean, the tape keeps them from getting wet and illegible, and I can put anything I want on the labels. Cheap, too. An occasional roll of packing tape from Wally once in a while (Chainsaw Mary keeps borrowing the tape, lol). Lately have been using the generic ones, because I have been jarring up odd assortments of stuff from dried herbs to rubber bands (they stay stretchy longer). Labels generally are like this (sorry they are kinda cock-eyed, they don't copy-paste so good). BEANS, SNAP 08-18 REHYDRATE BY BOILING WATER SOAK OR SIMMER UNTIL SOFT. FROM GARDEN, CULTIVAR “CONTENDER” BUSH EGGS, PICKLED 12-10 JACKIE CLAY’S RECIPE PRESSURE CANNED, SUB DILL FOR PICKLE SPICE RICE, WHITE LONG GRAIN P + s IN 05-12 USE 1 C RICE + 2 C BOILING WATER, SIMMER 20 MIN FOR 3 CUPS RICE BEANS, DRY BUSH TURKEY CRAW FROM SSE PROLIFIC BUSH, 18”, 120 DAYS TO DRY. HOLD SHAPE WHEN COOKED MILD FLAVOR (D LIKED) HOMEMADE SHAKE+BAKE Good on chicken or pork; rinse Meat, drip dry, shake, bake on Ungreased pan @ 350 to 400 Potatoes: coat dry wedges w. oil then shake & bake alongside
  11. Since moving to zone 7 from zone 4, I am completely reworking my gardening techniques. I have discovered the winter garden, much to my great glee. Even now (Nov 24) my garden is full of wonderful crops, all cool weather vegetables; even the bell peppers and green snap breans are still producing albeit much slower. We have only had to cover those crops twice when we were given frost warnings. Imagine my delight, however, to go out the next morning, and instead of finding frozen and dead plants, to see vigorous, lush greenery! For thanksgiving I enjoyed a mixed green saute (spinach, collards, kale) and a romaine salad, all freshly picked 30 min. before dinner! So as another gardening year approaches, I am in the planning stages of 2019's garden improvements. For beginners we will be starting much earlier, having the bulk of the garden completed a month before we would have even started in zone 4! Yippee! During the course of my research I have discovered that there are MANY cold tolerant vegetables that I had not even comsidered; and particular cultivars are more cold hardy than others. I would never have known (before I researched it) that green & white swiss chard, for example is more cold tolerant than the multicolored or red stemmed chards. Savoy cabbage, which I never was that interested in, is much more cold hardy than the smooth types, so I am MUCH more interested in it now. For others who might be considering winter season gardening, I am posting a list of cold hardiness of various veggies - tomatoes, for example, tend to be killed at 32 degrees, yet some cauliflower cultivars survive as low as -15 (yep, minus 15 degrees)! So won't you join me in planning a winter garden for next year, if only for a fun mental exercise? You will be amazed at what will thrive below 32 degrees! from www.sustainablemarketfarming.com Here’s our temperature list at which various crops die: 35°F (2°C): Basil. 32°F (0°C): Bush beans, cauliflower curds, corn, cowpeas, cucumbers, eggplant, limas, melons, okra, some Pak Choy, peanuts, peppers, potato vines, squash vines, sweet potato vines, tomatoes. 27°F (-3°C): Most cabbage, Sugarloaf chicory (takes only light frosts), radicchio. 25°F (-4°C): Broccoli heads, chervil, chicory roots for chicons, and hearts, probably Chinese Napa cabbage (Blues), dill, endive (hardier than lettuce, Escarole more frost-hardy than Frisée), annual fennel, large leaves of lettuce (protected hearts and small plants will survive even colder temperatures), some mustards and oriental greens (Maruba Santoh, mizuna, most pak choy, Tokyo Bekana), onion scallions, radicchio. Also white mustard cover crop. 22°F (-6°C): Arugula, Tatsoi. (both may survive colder than this.) Possibly Chinese Napa cabbage (Blues), Maruba Santoh, Mizuna, Pak Choy, Tokyo Bekana with rowcover. 20°F (-7°C): Some beets, cabbage heads (the insides may still be good even if the outer leaves are damaged), celeriac, celtuce (stem lettuce), some corn salad, perhaps fennel, some unprotected lettuce – some OK to 16°F (-16 °C), some mustards/oriental greens (Tendergreen, Tyfon Holland greens), radishes, turnips with mulch to protect them, (Noir d’Hiver is the most cold-tolerant variety). 17°F (-8°C): Barley (cover crop) 15°F (-9.5°C): Some beets (Albina Verduna, Lutz Winterkeeper), beet leaves, broccoli leaves, young cabbage, celery (Ventura) with rowcover (some inner leaves may survive at lower than this), cilantro, endive, fava beans (Aquadulce Claudia), garlic tops may be damaged but not killed, Russian kales, kohlrabi, perhaps Komatsuna, some covered lettuce, especially small and medium-sized plants (Marvel of Four Seasons, Rouge d’Hiver, Winter Density), curly leaf parsley, flat leaf parsley, oriental winter radish with mulch for protection (including daikon), large leaves of broad leaf sorrel, turnip leaves, winter cress. 12°F (-11°C): Some cabbage (January King, Savoy types), carrots (Danvers, Oxheart), multi-colored chard, most collards, some fava beans (not the best flavored ones), garlic tops if fairly large, most fall or summer varieties of leeks (Lincoln, King Richard), most covered lettuce (Freckles, Hyper Red Rumpled Wave, Parris Island, Tango) , large tops of potato onions, Senposai, some turnips (Purple Top). 10°F (-12°C): Beets with rowcover, Purple Sprouting broccoli for spring harvest, Brussels sprouts, chard (green chard is hardier than multi-colored types), mature cabbage, some collards (Morris Heading), Belle Isle upland cress, some endive (Perfect, President), young stalks of Bronze fennel, perhaps Komatsuna, some leeks (American Flag), Oriental winter radish, (including daikon), rutabagas, (if mulched), tops of shallots, large leaves of savoyed spinach (more hardy than flat leafed varieties), tatsoi, Yukina Savoy. Also oats cover crop. 5°F (-15°C): Garlic tops if still small, some kale (Winterbor, Westland Winter), some leeks (Bulgarian Giant, Laura, Tadorna), some bulb onions (Walla Walla), potato onions and other multiplier onions, smaller leaves of savoyed spinach and broad leaf sorrel. 0°F (-18°C): Chives, some collards (Blue Max, Winner), corn salad, garlic, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, Vates kale (although some leaves may be too damaged to use), Even’ Star Ice-Bred Smooth Leaf kale, a few leeks (Alaska, Durabel); some onion scallions (Evergreen Winter Hardy White, White Lisbon), parsnips, salad burnet, salsify, some spinach (Bloomsdale Savoy, Olympia, Tyee). Also small-seeded cover crop fava beans. Even Colder: Overwintering varieties of cauliflower are hardy down to -5°F (-19°C). Many of the Even Star Ice Bred varieties are hardy down to -6°F (-20°C). Walla Walla onions sown in late summer are hardy down to -10°F (-23°C). Winter Field Peas and Crimson clover (used as cover crop) are hardy down to -10°F (-23°C). Hairy vetch and white Dutch clover cover crops are hardy to -30°F (-34°C) Sorrel and some cabbage (January King) are said to be hardy in zone 3, -30 to-40°F (-34 to -40°C) Winter wheat and winter rye (cover crops) are hardy to -40°F (-40°C). Attached are some pics of my growing garden taken Nov 20th after we had a freeze. (The third is just for "Awwwww……..")
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    medical testing - ugh

    Well, that stress test was the easiest one I've ever done. But I thought it was odd that I felt nothing. I got the injection and was told I would feel a flush. Nope. They kept asking if I was out of breath. Nope. Just laid there, bored. No heart rate raise that I could tell, no nothing. Unless something shows up on the before & after contrast x-rays, I don't even inow right now if it worked. Hopefully the absence of any discomfort was a good sign. Then off for an echocardiogram aka ultrasound. Getting into position hurt more than anything else, as I took no meds the morning prior. Oh yes, getting up at 5 AM hurt some, especially without coffee. My body kept saying "Hey, what happened? You promised we would never have to do this again!" On the plus side, my doc was delighted over the veggies. It took a fairly large box to carry them all, and she kept pulling out bag after bag to see what was in there. Like Christmas!
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Ooooh, tht is beautiful, Homesteader
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    yesterday was social security check day for me, so we did some shopping. First to Wal mart yesterday, to get critical items from our end of the pay period shopping list. Got everything on it except the meat, we go to another store for most of our meat. The turkey thighs we got there turned out so good we wanted more, plus they were having a steak sale. Their steaks and pork are superior to wal-mart's so wait for sales and get them there. That was fitted around all the tests doc wanted before she would authorize my neck surgery and those took 5 hours total. So after fasting since 10 PM last night, and being in "test mode" until 3PM, well, a stop at IHOP was definitely in order! So we were running all OVER the place. The good news? We found new chains for Chainsaw Mary's saw, and bought strawberry plants, raspberry bush transplants, rhubarb crowns, and a bag of seed potatoes. Then we RAN for the checkout line to save the budget (literally) as I have no willpower when it comes to planting things, LOL. Tonight we go over to a friends house so I can use her sewing machine to tailor the scrub pants for Mary & I to wear this summer. we like them, they are comfy for when it gets hot.
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    medical testing - ugh

    Oh goodie. MORE tests. Today I got an EKG for my pre-surgery physical. Ugh. Doc says my wave form looks like I had a heart attack in the past - a little one - yep, a cardiologist told me about it years ago, said not a problem, just take 1/2 baby aspirin every night. Then told me I didn't need to come back, as I didn't need her. So I figured OK, not a big problem. Ditto the heart murmur I've had for years & years. Dr. B wants a stress test though, so tomorrow at 7 AM I go get one. What the heck, its been about 10 years since the last one. I hope it does not prevent me from neck surgery though. The neuro doc said it was kind of important to unpinch the spinal cord. Mary is having a fit - I am trying to reassure her that it is not as bad as all that, after all her dad had open heart surgery & cardio problems and lived into his 90s. And if I did have a heart attack it was such a mild one that nobody noticed, including me! It's not working very well though, she' a worrier. We did go and pick a passel of veggies for the doc though. Our area is known for having not enough Mds, so we want to coddle her a bit. Besides, fresh veggies make her eyes light up with pleasure. So doc is getting lettuce, broccoli, collards, mixed kales, spinach and a nice head of cabbage. Enough for her to eat for a week or share with her grown daughters. I'm eating so many greens my last blood test actually showed high folacin levels - but doc said it was not only not a problem, it was a plus.
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    Gardening Through the Winter

    Cmon down! You can stay in our spare bedroom while you look around for a place to live! Taxes are cheap & if you are over 65 you get free college tuition at the state colleges. (I told M the other day I should sign up for a political science class and argue with the professor all term, since it does not matter if he fails me for it. It would be fun to play devils' advocate, and drive him cray-cray.)
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    Gardening Through the Winter

    that sounds MUCH better than I cut myself shaving....which is all I can think of offhand. Or I got into a political discussion and lost my head? Tonight I picked my doc a "produce package" - all the garden weathered the lows beautifully, so now we are picking like the dickens. From left to right: lettuce broccoli mixed kale, collards, spinach and a head of cabbage. We see her at 7 AM tomorrow, so we thought we would surprise her.
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    Gardening Through the Winter

    Chainsaw Mary says thank you for the warm welcome. Today she was out raking pine needles. They harbor fleas, and our dog dodger loves-loves-LOVES to roll in them. Then he cant figure out why we chase him down for a flea bath (he acts like such a martyr)! Tomorrow we have doctors appointments, so I can get cleared for neck surgery (I joke abut having my throat cut) Making up a good tall tale to explain that new scar will be fun. I've already got good ones we made up about vampires (to explain the shoulder scars - I ducked & it missed); about my cancer scars (six) from the robot assisted surgery (that was a BIG fight over a parking space); my hip & knee replacement scars (gators); still thinking about what to say about the neck scar. Now what kind of tall tale would be fun? Hmmm. My last surgeon laughed out loud when I told him about making up spectacular tales because after all, every scar tells a story. Might as well make it a good, spectacular, leg-pulling, whopper.
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    What’s For Dinner 2019

    Last night was a small roaster of scalloped potatoes & ham; tonight was pork steaks & broccoli. M says all she wants with those is "homemade bread". Errr…..OK. Makes dinner easy & makes it worthwhile to bake that bread fresh a couple times a week. Our latest successful "new" food was crumb coated potato wedges - I had extra home made shake & bake so while the oven was on anyway, rolled the potato wedges in oil, coated with "extra" crumbs (I always have extra crumbs left after doing the chicken) then into the oven to cook with the chicken. Worked very well - I like crispy crunchy crumby foods. And I did not have to waste those crumbs! I also have discovered that my homemade bread makes crumbs almost the same texture as panko, as long as I toss it in the blender while it is stale, not dry. So I now have even more reasons to bake lots of home made bread! Besides, I love browned crumbs, aka "poor mans parmesan". Makes me a crumby cook, you could say.
  20. kappydell

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Wow, just did some catching up in this thread. Seems to be canning season...hopefully I can get to my (packed) canner when we pull the big freezer out of the shed where we have stored it the last year. Finally decided to get rid of it - 15 cu feet, and too big to get in the house, and we were always "losing" things in there. So we set up the small one we pulled out of our motor home instead. Easier for us two ladies to move, we don't lose track of contents in there, and we will get another one the same size when we want more room. Easier to conceal, too, if need be from prying eyes, as they are table size. A nice tablecloth and there ya go. AND they are much easier to get in the mobile home! So at church on Sun I asked our priest if he knew anyone who could use a large freezer. I'd rather donate it to a family than to Goodwill, who are developing a reputation around here for being snobby to poor folks they are asked to provide clothing and household goods for. They won't let them take whatever they want/need from their store of DONATED items....just the stuff they cant sell for money. That ain't my cuppa tea and not what I donate things for. I like this particular priest, he has what they call "a heart for the poor" and he walks the walk. He like to hunt, then butchers the meat and gives it away to poor families. One of my penances once was to donate to the food pantry. He knows the local homeless folks by name, on sight, and stops to chat with them, helping where he can. When a parishioner took him out to lunch, he gave his to a beggar they ran into. He once joked from the pulpit that instead of going to Chick Fill-a he liked to "go out" to the wal mart deli - more bang for the buck. My kind of guy, so I figured if anybody knew a family who could use a big freezer it would be him. I was pleased to see his eyes light up, and he said he could probably find someone who could use it. When the weather gets a little dryer, we will pull the freezer out and set it up in the carport so I can sent him a pic on his cell phone. If he can find a taker, we will borrow a friend's trailer and deliver it if needed though I would not put it past him to have someone lined up to pick it up, too. Our church is not rich in material goods, but folks help one another. So they get the freezer and any other things they might want as we unpack and trim down our belongings. Yes, I know I can sell them online, but here there are many scammers using it to scope out future burglaries. We already have enough on our hands with the neighbor who is stealing our firewood (yes, again...this time he also took some longer tree trunks we had trimmed for building our rustic fencing & steps. We know his truck, and with a friend we are planning a surprise for his next firewood pick-up. We will cut more wood and leave it temptingly out where he took the last batch, with our co-conspirator waiting in the dark with his Doberman on a long lead. The dog is a service dog and would not hurt a fly, but sure looks and sounds scary. Hopefully that will let him know (without getting him arrested and starting a p___ing match that we knew what he was up to and he should stop. Hopefully. Another neighbor is trying to lure the deer we feed, into his yard with a doe bleater, so he can shoot it for menacing his non-existing garden. d**m poacher is all he is, and if I hear gunfire I WILL call the authorities for poaching. No need for that crap. The deer season is months long here, he is just too lazy to actually go hunt. He'd rather sit on the back porch, drink beer and shoot one from his lawn chair, not paying much attention as to season or legality. Heck, he's even too lazy to shine them and run them down with his truck! Oy, some people! He's one of the "wave at as you drive past" neighbors, NOT a "get to know" neighbor. Now you know why we consider hiding our freezers important...and also getting to know our neighbors and their.....errrrr….. foibles. M & I saw the "super blood moon" last night. It sure was pretty, and yes, the moon did turn red (with a pretty bright blue band around it) at full eclipse. It was worth sitting outside for. The garden is all covered up to ride out the cold snap at night, hopefully with flying colors. I'd hate to lose things that are just getting to picking size!
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    wallmart horror stories?

    I'm sure I'm not the only one having "issues" with Wal-Mart, just a recent person. Got any stories to share? I actually let them have it on one of their surveys ….so much for me ever winning the drawings for free shopping card from Walmart, LOL. My issues - no clerks to be found; no checkouts without long lines, and not even self checkouts without long lines; products not available; prices missing from shelves and scanners that do not work; no cripple carts available due to no vetting over who is using them (little kids? reeeeely???) and folks leaving them outside in foul weather (damaging them, and certainly expending their battery charges); drug deals in the aisles; and when you CAN find an employee they are soooo politely incompetent; ATM always out of order. That's the short list. Tonight I added to it....item in store as promised on internet for $5 only they wanted $55 claiming the only one they had came with extras I did not want. "Its all we got". I actually said to the clerk "Wal mart is starting to suck" for trying to bait and switch their products, and she said "Yes, it does". So no employee loyalty, either. any bets on how many more stores will be closing? I'm sort of beginning to miss K-Mart, but they killed them.
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    Gardening Through the Winter

    We are learning this. Have to try turnips this upcoming winter. Didn't care for them much grown in the heat, too cabbage-core-y and hot. I might find a new veggie to love!! Besides, I have an interesting recipe for turnips....kraut! I did not get pics of the kohlrabi, but those are something Mary & I used to wait for each spring eagerly. Soooo good as long as they grew in the cool temps and soooo strong if it got warm. We have a couple rows tucked in this garden though, and those stems are starting to swell! I'm looking forward to finding the heal-all patch that came up wild last March. I want to transplant some into a location on our lot, to avoid losing them to someone mowing them down (not realizing their utility, and not recognizing their odd beauty). That side of the yard is too close to our crabby neighbor to leave them to thrive on faith alone. We are getting some fairly cold weather this week, and especially this weekend. Tarps are on stand-by! Mary is reading this as I type and sez hello. She is eager to get out the chainsaw and get started while it is cool yet. She offers firewood, if you need any (but the freight charges might be a trifle steep....)
  23. kappydell

    wallmart horror stories?

    My green-grocer....at long as they last that is...pics today, next week heavy frost. We will see what we can cover & save.
  24. kappydell

    Gardening Through the Winter

    I just HAD to take some January pics of the winter garden. On Sunday, extreme cold (for this area) is predicted with lows of 26 degrees. We will cover the garden, and hope for the best, but some things might get nipped. So I took pics for posterity. You can see the broccoli and cabbage are ready to go, also the spinach and lettuce are ready to pick. (We have friends willing to take our "excess" ….LOL....why did we know that would happen? On to the pics! This is the full garden shot.....then the individual veggies (how many can you identify? Last are the upper yard shots, showing how we cleaned up the upper yard (and the brushy beyond, which is this years project.... Two beds - working on figuring out how to put a high tunnel over them plus another narrower bed. broccoli, kale, lettuce, spinach, collards....oh my! Next picking of broccoli Brs Brussels sprouts, two plantings. the bigger ones have teensy sprouts starting on the stems. Morris heading kale. The stems are where we made lower leaf pickings...they kept getting taller & taller.....like palm trees LOL Cabbage in foreground, then spinach, two kinds of leaf lettuce, carrots & finally beets. I need lots more radish seeds to succession plant next winter; the radishes were especially sweet grown in the cool weather. Mixed kales - some "ragged" some smooth, some red..... Georgia collards on the left, heading collards on the stems, "blue" collards on the right (dk green with red veining) Now for the yard shots.... We cut out lots of brush & trees between the bigger ones to improve air flow..... You can see the brushy, puny trees in the overgrown area that we will clean out this summer. That concludes our garden tour. People driving by stop and compliment us on it. We had a lot of fun with this winter garden, hoping we can save it ALL thru the 29 degree nights coming up!
  25. kappydell

    Container Gardening

    Actually, I never thought of that! Wow, what a great idea! you can bet my new $1 pots will have their holes in the sides. Note to self....get more rosemary plants in the spring. They are a good flea wash for the cats & soothing to their irritated skin (allergies to flea bites). Unfortunately those deer that we like to watch carry fleas & ticks big time!
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