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  1. for all. We got rain Monday evening. Clouds Tuesday. As the storm moved east, it turned to snow through NM & into TX. MIL got snow yesterday. Storm is finally settling in a bit and gaining a little weight. He follows me every.where I go! Velcro is his nickname. Lol. Your conversation about WM... it’s my go to store 99% of the time. Safeway and the little markets are usually .50 cents to a dollar more, per product, unless I decide to drive 100 miles round trip, then, the gasoline eats any savings I might have gained. One thing I have noticed, WM does online shopping & the customer come & pick it up in their parking lot. The employees fill a cart with their orders... etc. They get in my way and annoy me. Lol. The stockers are having a hard time re-stocking the shelves quick enough. I know several of the people who work there and they like to talk... Small community life. Frosty this morning, around 40* on the house. I have the gardening bug. Re-planted tomato seeds in my starter cups inside. Hopefully, they will grow quickly. We were able to have beet greens the other day, the beets seem to like being trimmed. I also am planning to plant more beets in the big garden. Keeping myself busy, as always, too much to do, not enough time or energy. Storm is smiling .....
  2. https://www.thebigshow.com/vod_html5/videos/20190102/high.mp4
  3. Mmmmmmm....spices. I am a spice hoarder... 99% of the time, I make my own blends. The hardest blend, for me, is KFC’s. They use MSG, we are highly allergic to it. For tacos, the Mexican oregano seems to make it taste exactly like Taco Bell, that’s the reason DH insisted having it in the spice garden. I’m still trying to find more recipes for Greek oregano, that one plant is now 2’ wide & tall, and looking for Italian oregano seeds or plants. Ambergris, thyme seems to like the heat here, seems to like not getting water occasionally, but, dislikes direct sunlight. (It’s a dry heat. ) One year, it was in a planter, shaded in the spring, but, half the area would get direct sun in the summer. The sun side would die off. (That would have made a good time lapse video. Lol) Last year, I planted it in the part of the spice garden, that is shaded, most of the time.
  4. Possum stew! I am eagerly awaiting your full recovery Kappydell. Wow.. cold weather, stones, liver, doctors, etc. what’s all these trials we are dealing with? We dropped to 28* this week. Froze a few spices, and the tomato sprouts. Spent a day trimming the Mex. oregano & basil, to dry & save as much as possible. Praise God, I had transplanted one of each plant into pots in the house, just before summer last year, JIC the heat fried them. I will be starting more tomatoes and try again. The beets, carrots, onions and cabbage seemed to enjoy the cold. Storm is settling in, calming down a bit, and learning our house rules. He rarely lets me walk anywhere without being right next to me. Cutting & stacking all those pine branches, left my right hand knuckles & fingers swollen, arthritis bites. Drinking honey & vinegar twice a day, seems to be helping, a lot, to reduce the swelling & pain. Mowed down the weeds in the alley, and around the outside of the yard. Bundled junk branch trimmings, and stacked up bulk junk for pickup last Wed. Half emptied one of the mulch bins into the area turned for the tomatoes, 100’s of earth worms. The hens have begun to lay again. Figures, I bought a dozen eggs on the 3rd, for the first time in 5 years. Lol. And, on the brightest side of life, the house across the street from us, that burned up, 7 years ago, has been reduced to a crushed adobe field. No more eye sore or stink. The young couple have a baby about a year old. They are Canadian “snowbirds”. They bought the lot for a winter home. Probably quiet cheaply because of the burnt house. We watched ‘daddy’ on the tractor, dismantling walls & filling 2 large dumpsters, and, as the last piece of the wall came down, we cheered, clapped and hooted. We, as in the whole neighborhood. He looked up, smiled from ear to ear and waved. It’s kinda odd to see more houses in our hood now. The house with the surveillance cameras, now has visual access to my back yard. She came over the other day, to tell me, her motion sensor went off, on my front yard. Why? Because our neighbors Argentine tortoise had escaped and was happily munching the grass in the front yard. We got it back home & secured their gate. Yeah, you never know who’s watching...... I must keep her entertained. Time to get back at it.
  5. I am working with him every day, now, he lets me brush his tail, kinda, touch all his toes, and let’s me mess with him when he’s eating or chewing on his toys. We had a major issue with the steak bone, a couple days after he got here, he growled and snapped at me when I went to pet him & tell him he was a good boy. I grabbed him, turned him over on his back and grabbed his neck while growling at him. Ever since, he has been submissive and very kind with me. We went for a leash walk this morning, just around the yard, with the shock collar on vibrate. He did sorta good, still pulling, but shock shut that down. Tomorrow is another day. He played tug-o-war with Gunny, want to see?
  6. Annarchy

    New Miles, 2020

    Wow, Miki, you are doing so well! I agree wholeheartedly! And 13-14 miles! That’s impressive also, way to go! 1/20..... .07 mile 1/21.... It gave me my steps... 34. Could be I didn’t have my phone on me? Good enough excuse. Lol 1/22.... .44 mile 1/23.... .03 mile 1/24.... .55 mile I didn’t have my phone on me, the 25-26th. The 25th I had worked hard the day before & woke up gimping. 1/27... .47 mile 1/28.... 1.5 miles. 1/29.... .47 mile. 3.5 miles. I know it isn’t much, but I am moving around.
  7. SouthsideSlim, the person that drove Storm across TX, stopped by and visited on Tuesday, for a few minutes, on his way back to San Antonio, TX. Storm was excited to see him. It was nice to see Storm allowing someone in the yard. He snapped at the first person that visited. Poor DH was shaking from the adrenaline. Then, the water delivery man came. Again, Storm did well on the leash and I was able to unleash him, without an incident. Yesterday, DH’s friend came over, Storm was OK at first. Then, out of the blue he barked at him, but nothing else. Before he left, Storm was all over him, for petting. With the exception of following me around any time I moved. Probably being nice, because he wanted treats... I was cooking in the house & barbecuing ribs. Lol. Here’s the boys loving on SouthsideSlim...
  8. Everyone tired of the pics yet? This happened when I tried to water the yard with the sprinkler.... bath time just got simpler, turn on the sprinkler, soap him up, and let him play.
  9. Looking great, Homesteader! Inspiring too. Happy anniversary Littlesister. DH & I are working on 38 years, doesn’t seem that long ago, lol. Our neighbor, that had that pine tree cut down, came by yesterday and offered us a bunch of wood. We have to cut the branches, but it will give us enough for the fire pit for, at least, a year. Yes, God IS good. We filled the back of the UTV twice yesterday, and will go back today & the next day, until we finish the pile and clean up the area for them. Ack! I can’t believe how out of shape I am! My hands are arthritic swollen this morning. Nuts! Just gotta keep on, keeping on, we need to get it done. The boys (Dee-oh-geeze) are out playing. Storm is learning “Shhhhhhh” means quiet! We will need to be extremely vigilant with him around other people. He almost bit a customer yesterday. DH said he missed by an inch. With all he has been through, we think he was afraid we were going to give him away. Sigh. The water delivery man comes tomorrow, I will have him leashed and introduce them. Then, later, the person who drove Storm across TX is scheduled to come for a barbecue. (Ribeye steaks, as a Thank you for going out of his way, to make sure we got the dog.) Then, Wednesday, we’ve scheduled DH’s friend to come over. He helped Gunny acclimate when we first got him. Hopefully, that will settle Storm down, God willing. We don’t need the liability of a vicious dog, at all. Time for me to work on my ToDo list. Hoping everyone has a Fantastic day.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novel_coronavirus_(2019-nCoV)
  11. Bathing Storm was a challenge, he was yanking around, then, drying him added extra stress on my back. but, the spasms, all night, kept me from sleeping well. Trying to keep myself from doing too much, until it eases up. DH got me a small heating pad, I used it yesterday evening and it seemed to help. My ToDo list is growing. Spring is definitely here in the desert. Weeds everywhere and I need to turn the mulch bins and get the mulch turned into the garden. The tomatoes are sprouting and doing well. 6 homesteads and two beefsteak already. I had to put a rope around my spice garden, because Storm decided he wanted to smell the garlic chives, mint, & thyme, before I chased him out. This is only day 6 with him, so, I’m sure he will learn, ....eventually. Lol
  12. Spring is in the air. I have been seeing flocks of geese flying north. 40*s at night, clear skies and mid 70*s in the day.
  13. We put a blanket down inside the back door. We close the kitchen door until they are dry (er). Sweeping and mopping the floor is now a daily thing. They both need a bath today... rolling in the dewy grass and mud, during their play time... they’ve been at it for 2 hours..
  14. Well... we had lent the shock collar to DH’s friend. We got it back when they got rid of their dog. I charged it, turned it on, and it doesn’t work anymore. Darn it. Sooo.... I am using positive reinforcement and stern commands. He got his bath. He loves the water hose.... Gunny looks like he thinks Storm is crazy.. Now he is shiny. Wow, he sheds a lot.
  15. He’s waiting for me to go back outside.. excuse the messed up blanket. I am using it to try to keep the muddy paws prints slightly less than it would be without it. I’ve already gone through several towels. Lol.
  16. .....and it’s raining.... he brought a Storm.....
  17. Storm’s first whole day went well. He is beginning to learn our house rules. He’s a food guarder. We had an issue when he wanted to keep Gunny from the other food dish. 2 huge bowls of dog food scattered all over and a spat, that brought us both into the room instantly. Later, he toned it down to a growl, which was corrected, again. I know it will take some time, for Storm to understand, there will always be 2 huge, full dishes of food available. And, goodness, what big paws he has. I doubt he is 3, no way. I’m guessing, maybe 1 1/2. Puppy energy and chewing. He will be getting a bath today.... and, the shock collar. (Please don’t be offended, I can’t move fast enough to grab him before he races across the yard.) He needs to listen to me and quit running out to the fence to chase and bark at every car that goes by or try to bite at my hens. And, no! taking food off our plates, or trying to clean an empty plate on the table... More house rules. Poor thing, he’s going to think his name is “NO! “.
  18. Glad you were safe, WE2 Mt_Rider, you get well quickly. The crud is terrible this year. DH got two heavy doses of amoxicillin, because the Z-packs have never worked for us, they gave us both albuterol, but they cost $49.99 each! Nope, wasn’t in the budget. I still have one my old doc gave me, free, in his office. No cough syrup, this new doc. “doesn’t believe in it.” Wow, Miki, that sounded scary. Most the beggars around here, already know to stay away from DH. . Littlesister, I’m grateful you are getting answers for your DH. We didn’t do much yesterday, just keeping an eye on the dogs. Today, I need to go to the store, FedEx will be here around 10:00, then, company a little later. If the last of the tax forms comes in, I’ll crank out the taxes. I used the bottom of a cardboard egg carton, on top of the top of a styrofoam egg carton, to start some tomato and jalapeño seeds. Yesterday 2 homestead tomato sprouts popped up. Many of us have been feeling the need to prep lately. After reading about Joseph, I am feeling the same. Interesting point, is that the gardens are growing better than they ever have. There is always a reason. Lol.
  19. We are home. Met up with the driver, but Storm seemed terrified of me, after a brief walk, he calmed down enough to get into my truck. He met Gunny in our front yard, neutral territory. They played running circles in the yard, while I barbecued. ...taking a water break.... Then, this morning I annoyed them by using my camera flash.. it was worth it. He is extremely thin. Another reason it took 3 months before we could get him. The rescue owner said, Storm could hardly walk from malnutrition, when they rescued him. Storm seems eager to please and craves attention.
  20. Home safe. Nice drive. Stopped to get gas at our regular stop, their pumps weren’t working. Got on the highway to go to the next one, and, couldn’t believe, the next car that passed me, was the driver that brought Storm to me in TX. We rolled down our window & smiled & waved at each other. Lol. Turned out, he has family in Phoenix and was taking a road trip! Well, shucks, he could have brought Storm to us at home. Meh, doesn’t matter, Storm is here. Just a side note, the driver could use a few prayers. Un-spoken, of course, for privacy.
  21. Try to stay safe and warm everyone. Early morning temp in TX was in the 40’s, 50’s by the time I got on the road. 50’s through NM... and 80*F !!!! In Tucson. Yup, that’s AZ for ya. 78* and overcast, when I drove into our driveway. Today, it is sprinkling, 1/4” of water in my rain catchers, indicating it either sprinkled all night or we got a nice downpour.
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