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well im going to leave my potato's in the ground. Give them an extra coating of soil and some straw.
got some things pulled in the memory garden. Many plants i had recieved finely got planted ! and i got tags on them.
dug up glad's man i got a ton of them ! yikes .
i need to plan my garlic planting. I will do that in the next two weeks depending on weather
got some cool squash ! can't remember the name off hand . Big Cheese wheel ? i had it last year too. will try and dig up a pic
just need to get some mums and aster's to plant .
found a giant skull that glows in the dark ! LOL love it for Gigi's garden its sooo cool.
Dyson i m with you. I miss summer it went by to short.
though i do like no bugs in winter ! LOL
well it is raining here too so i won't be doing much outside :( i guess its an inside day
i did get the Carol Burnett DVD , that will be fun to watch
Gads, I have SO much still to do in the garden/yard, and a short window to do it before we get cold weather. It seems like on the days I have the oomph to work in the garden, it always rains.
I'm waiting for the man who does some of the work I cannot do, to come and clear the fence lines to the road (and along the property line) so I can paint the fence before it totally rots away. My neighbor painted his side of the common fence line about 2 weeks ago, so that part will be easier once the area around the fence posts get trimmed with a weed eater.
Of course, the common fence line is about 200' long so it will take some time to do that part of the job. The shorter fences from our bridge to the road are covered in poison ivy, and both sides need painting. I hope the 5 gallon bucket of barn/fence paint I bought will be enough.
i'M WAITING FOR THE NEIGHBORS TO TAKE THE BEANS OFF THE FIELD THEN i'M GOING TO USE A COUPLE GALLONS OF DEISEL FUEL TO GET RID OF THE GROWTH THERE. i DON'T WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE AND BURN THE BEANS THOUGH. Oooops! sorry for all the caps!!! There are way to many whistlepigs and wild roses and poison ivy and such. I figure I can burn it all out and leave the few big trees standing. Then get busy ripping out the old barb wire and t posts.
Here's my hazelnut (filbert) bush before it leafed out this year, and the crop from last year and this year's harvest. I planted the tiny thing 4 years ago. Last year was the first time it produced any nuts... a whopping 15 nuts! This year there were about 125 nuts.
Small Project - The step daughter is moving out of the house that our old apartment was attached too... I had installed some small concrete pads (11.75 x 11.75 x 1.5 ) to park the bike on. So I dug them up and used them to extend the sidewalk that does not reach the street.
i agree .
nice job Dyson.
not much going on here
i am reaserching solar panels for our house. we are deciding on wood furnace or solar.
Solar seems to take a longer time to get your money back on up to 15 yrs ? so i have read.
I don't know if i want to cut wood ? but it is free after the last 3 yrs . I would have to buy cords of wood for the first 3 yrs until i got mine seasoned .
don't know if i want to buy batteries every 5 -7 yrs ? so its a project for me to do all this reasearch.
cider is going slow. the woman i work with didn't show up ...
weather is cold 30 this morning brrrrr
It was not 30 here ... but it was cold. This house has an oil furnace and we are not sure of how much fuel is in the tank so we only run it for a few moments on cold mornings to "knock off the chill".
Sue has applied for a loan against the house and we have been getting estimates on heat pump installations. We did not want to go into dept but cannot afford oil. I would like to put in a wood stove also.
thanks darius. you always have the greatest links.
we have geothermal and its nice but its a cool heat . saves us big money and the pay off is only 5 yrs ?
last month our cost on a 3 story house electric heat was only 90.00
i don't think our bills have ever exceded over 200.00 and we have high ceilings too.
i m also getting a jump s tart on some clean eating again. i just got into old habits and what not ect...
still have to get garlic in ground . may do that thursday ? LOL
the new chickens are doing well but i didn't buy the peice of wood for the bottom of the new cage. it was only 10,00 it was more convinent then anything but i will check out Lowes today for some and do it myself. LOL
i agree. it looks much better then what i have found
well my son needs glasses and boy is he near sighted ! poor kid. blind as a bat.
going to make some deer jerky tomorrow before i leave for work , need to dig out my book.
may do some apples too. on thurs
I finally dug my Belgian endive roots and prepped them for winter storage. I'll set out a few at a time starting in late December to sprout. Takes 3-4 weeks to grow the torpedo-shaped heads we see in the grocery stores.
Now I just need to re-do that bed and get garlic and shallots planted.
A few weeks ago - Jason (brother-in-law) was rear ended. He was driving the metro
(2001 ?) and the girl (16 yo had just got her permit) was in a full size pick up. Totaled the metro. Jason is parting out the car, I asked him for the heater blower figuring to use it for the solar heat grabber from darius' link. It is of course 12 VDC which means I can run it off a car battery charged by solar cells - this way it will truly be a solar heat system!
Yesterday spent the day painting the kitchen - Sue did the walls and I did the trim. Today, we are going to help David (neighbor, across the street) put a new roof on his porch.
Dyson, good idea to use a solar-charged 12v DC battery and fan for that kind of system!
Here's a cool Google Hack app that shows sun movement and sunlight phases during any given day at any given location. You just find your house in Google maps via the search box at the top.
You can see sun positions at sunrise, specified time and sunset. The thin orange curve is the current sun trajectory, and the yellow area around is the variation of sun trajectories during the year. The closer a point is to the center, the higher is the sun above the horizon. The colors on the time slider above show sunlight coverage during the day.
The photos below are my house, satellite view, on the longest and shortest days of the year.
the apple orchard i work at is closing its doors... pretty sad about it. Wish i could convince him to let me keep it going and running.
to sick to do anything... body hurts. head hurts ect...
i guess the garden will wait.
nice paint job on the garage Dyson.
Just wanted to pop in for a minute to let everyone know my precious Momma passed away last Saturday morning. I was with her for almost 2 weeks. She was in the hospital when I got here. I stayed with her the 2 nights at the hospital and then we brought her home with hospice care. I did not leave her side after we got home other than to pick up meds. I am so glad I had that time with her. She was unresponsive a good part of the time but I know she knew I was with her. I will miss her so very much but I know she is in Heaven and I will see her again. Her services will be this Friday and Saturday. We will stay here until next Monday. I am trying to get the house more user friendly for Poppa as he cannot see well at all.
Cajun i m so sorry to hear of you mom's passing
many many blessings and prayers for you and your family.
some pretty pics of my backyard and my faithful compainion Lucy
found a bunch of the large puff mushrooms ! very exciting .
Busy yesterday - upgraded the electric service from 100 amps to 200 amps - replaced an element in the water heater - today it is back to cleaning up around the garage so I can get the other side and back painted.
TY all. I made it through the wake tonight. Just have to make it through the funeral in the morning. DH is preaching her service. DD will be singing, my great niece will be playing amazing grace on her violin, a cousin will play piano and another cousin will be doing the grave side service. 6 grandsons will be pall bearers. Momma would be proud. We are laying her body to rest in a beautiful suit she made for her 80th BD party. I said she was being buried in her BD suit. My brother laughed and said Momma would have liked that joke.
Caj LOL to funny BD suit. LOL
i told my family just put my Dolly Parton Wig on .
Sometimes i wonder if i did the right thing with my DD. ?
oh i have to return her birdbath ! its rusting in the water bowl part ? grrrr. what a pain . Funeral place said they will take it back but gosh " what a pain "
still need to get my garlic in the ground LOL and my 300 bulbs of crocus and my iris ...
we got a good rain last night.
i m going to a friends house this weekend and will meet up with some other friends. Lucy will come wht us.
big coffee today
headin to Hardin county today to look for some neck pumpkins. I picked one up at the farmer's market in Bellefontaine a couple weeks ao for my FIL and it looks like I created a monster. He hasn't stopped harpin on me to find him another one. Not that I can blame him; they are pretty decent eatin. The letter between f and H on my 'puterbox quit workin so I am tryin to work around it until payday.. It's a PITA.
Once my R went out and i used the W for my replacment LOL it got vewy entewtaning
went ot Jungle Jims Today a specialty market the size of costco ! spent more then i budgeted for but worth it
got some parmesean Reggiano cheese , golden cheshire cheese , Himalayan Sea Salt and wow what a difference in taste wow...
got some asian stuff for my soups ,
some noodles . large shells and rigottoni shells.
stuff i usually can't find around my area.
spent a good weekend with a friend .
beautiful day out ! sunny warm wow.
Neck pumpkins ? can't say i know what them is ? but sound very interesting.
Spent most of my free time last week with a chain saw and clippers clearing the back and far side of the garage area - was way overgrown & full of trash - not done yet but can almost walk around the entire building.
BIL picked up a new bike last week (1982 Yamaha Virago 920 ) Put a battery, fresh fuel & spark plugs in it and got it running yesterday - still needs tires - but so far he only has 200.00 in it total.
Had Job interviews last week that went well and hopefully will be employed again soon.
Pic (front to back) Jason's Virago, My Shadow, Jason's Ninja -
sweeet riides Dyson.
darius ok i know what those are . Didn't know they were aslo called other names . thanks :)
good morning rise and shine ... i m dragging today.
No rest for the wicked i guess im told
Dyson hope the job comes through for you .
I finally got the painting finished on the fence between the road and our bridge over the creek. I had to rig up some scaffolding to stand on in a couple of spots where the fill falls away sharply on the banks. Now I just have about 200+ feet of fence along the property line on one side to paint.
Second photo is the lower half on the property line fence. Of course, the whole property is not fenced... there's 19 acres of steep woods running up behind the house.
Talked to the head hunter - need to go to Roanoke and fill out paper work tomorrow - should be working next Monday.
Looks good darius!
Spent the day cleaning out behind the garage / shed ,,, except a couple of quick bike rides to blow the sawdust off my clothes - hey the weather was nice and I'll use any excuse I can to get bike time in.
Dyson LOL . i agree it is great weather for a bike ride.
Nice work darius on the fence. love fresh painted fences .
vacuming sealing some venision.
sectioning off part of the GH to make room for the chickens and rabbits. to over winter them . I need to get them out of the basement as it is driving me crazy
the orchard is winding down . i hope i can get 2 more weeks out of it. Need more money to pay for my projects.
Glad all you guys are making so much progress on your projects.
I grew trombocino squash and did not know it was also called neck pumpkins.
The funeral was hard but I made it. Mom would have been very proud of us all. And she would have enjoyed it. Family was her life.
We went down the bayou on Sunday and DH preached at the church where he served as associate pastor and school administrator. It was nice to see everyone again. Then we went way down the bayou to Chauvin to visit Poppa Lou. He is DH's best friend in the whole world. His wife, a very dear friend to us, passed away a few years ago and Poppa Lou had cancer but is now cancer free. We visited for hours and he and DH talked about football and fishing. They used to fish together nearly every day. They were both charter captains. They sure do have some big fish stories. :)
Started home yesterday and the van broke down 5 1/2 hours into our 12 hour trip. It was 10pm and we had taken a different route home so we could see some new sights. We called 911 and a trooper came out to help us. He was a really nice guy. He called a tow truck for us and took us to a hotel in the squad car. I rode in the back. Don't reccomend it. No leg room. He left us there and when I reached for my cell phone it was gone. My pistol was gone from my pocket too. Figured they had fallen in the back of the squad car so we called his dispatcher so he would know to look for the pistol before he put a crminal in the back seat. Turned out it had fallen off in the van when I was putting DH's pistol in the center console before the wrecker loaded it up. Shew!!
We got rooked by the wrecker. Quoted us $75 on the roadside and charged us $150. Looks like the torc converter has gone out. We have tried in vain to rent a truck and a trailer or tow dolly to drag it on to Ky. Nobody takes cash and we don't have a credit card. So, DS and a friend are coming in the morning with a trailer to bring us back to La. DS has already located us a new tranny and we will have it put in and then try again to get back to KY.
It has been such a stressful trip. On Wednesday morning of last week I was attacked by 2 American bulldogs. The big male was tied up but the not as big female had come into heat and jumped out of her pen. The male did not want me around her and I did not want her around me because she is sneaky and she kept trying to get behind me. She started barking and coming at me and he started getting agitated. I was trying to get past them to get to the house and he jumped on me and bit my jaw before I could get out of his reach. Thanks to God, the dog knocked me back out of his reach when he jumped on me but I tripped on some bricks around a flower bed and fell on my back and then the other dog got on me. I got under the house and was able to keep her back by kicking at her. I was hollering and somebody came out of the house and rescued me. It was by the grace of God I was not killed or hurt any worse. I was bit on the jaw, leg and stomach. May the dogs rest in pieces!!!!
I did have a couple high points in my visit. Went to the old home places of Aunt Alli Ree, who raised my Dad, and Maw Maw Vercie, who was like my adopted grandma. They were both overgrown and falling in but I got a few momentos and enjoyed some good memories. Also went to our old place down the bayou. The house is abandoned and falling in after getting water a few times in the last few years. It was sad to see the flowerbed all overgrown and dying. The pond was busted up. One of the trees I tied my hammock to was dead and broken off. One of the two fig trees was gone. But I picked up pecans from the tree in the back yard. I coulda filled up a 5 gallon bucket but the skeeters were packin me off. I also picked a few big air potatoes from my old vines. I'll be glad to get those going in Spring. Always liked them for screening bad spots.
neck pumpkins are Pennsylvania crook neck squash. when you buy canned pumpkin it is more often than not neck pumpkin. They look sort of like a butternut squash on steroids. They 9et up to 25 lbs. They make the most awesome breads and pies. The Amish around here eat them alot like sweet potatoes, since the flavour is about the same. I was havin dinner with some Amish friends a couple weeks a9o and they put a rin9 of the neck on my plate with a bi9 9lob of butter. It was fantastic. Sorry your trip was such a bust Cajin. lad you have family that was able to help.
Nice Bike Dyson
I lived down by Jun9le Jims years back. My Mother lives about 2 miles from there now. I 9o there whenever I 9o to visit Mom. You can buy almost anythin there. Any foodstuff anyway.
Spent most of the day yesterday filing out paper work for the new job, then they sent me to a clinic for a drug test. After that ripped the furnace (oil) out of the basement to make room for the heat pump that is supposed to be installed today. It is out of the way but I am disassembling it cause it will not fit through the door way, only thing I can figure is it was installed before the door was framed in. HVAC guy just called - the heat pump will not be installed until tomorrow.
squash has such a neutral flavor IMHO. i do love squash for that very reason. add any flavor and it just gets enhanced by the squash.
I may have to try one,
well i got some of the deer in the oven. A roast. and i cooked up some s teaks... did a Monte Buerre sauce with it. just added butter and some garlic to the pan juices. Very gamey . i don't mind ... just hope it is good meat. ? it is a bit older . as i got it from our hunter . from last jan 12 . still lookes good not freezer burn or discoloration , smells good , just very gamey ?
have not cooked game in a very looooong time ..
game was good the day after ! much better flavor and not as gamey . so the sauce kinda took over the meat wich is ok
off to work
99 gallons of cider on the wall... 99 gallons of cider... take one down pass it around 98 gallons of cider on the wall.
Sue ~ to remove the gamey taste from venison before cooking just soak in cold water with a tad of vinegar or baking soda added. I let it thaw in that blend. The vinegar will also help to tenderize ~ IMO
If it is prepared correctly when first harvested, that taste will be mild. Good stuff.
i will try that also on my next batch'
well cider season is coming to an end. we will press cider until Thanksgiving but the hrs will be half of what we did in OCt. :( that is a bummer part.
got my bulbs in the ground ,,, lets hope my mole don't eat them ! put some bait out for it... hope they eat it and not my crocus. ?
Sorry to hear about the cider biz being slow, not a good apple crop?
If you (or yours) are the hunters, the best way to remove the taste is to quarter or section the deer. Soak the chunks in large ice chests full of ice. Drain off the water daily and add more ice. That will help remove alot of the blood and wild taste. It is easy to do this way as you can work on it a piece at a time. Also remove all the white membrane as well as any fat. When it comes to freezing it, I like to freeze in water although friends swear by vacuum packing. Either will prevent freezer burn. You are making me hungry!!!
i did do some vac and sealing on it.
no we got this from our hunter friends.
apple crop was good for us considering others did so bad. Just sales slow down this time of year and so do our hrs. We are not doing the 150 gals . today we only did 75.
got the kids watching the Munsters LOL
My concern is also power outages. Trees fall on the power lines here like matchsticks in the wind. I have a wood stove for heat and cooking, but should bring some firewood up to the front porch before it gets soaked. If it doesn't get cold enough AND the power goes out, I have 2 freezers full of food that I'll have to deal with. Yuck.
I'm kinda glad I didn't get my garlic and shallots planted yet. The bed where they go will surely get washed out by the flooding creek if we get the amount of rain they say.
Dyson, Did I pass you this morning going South on Hwy 220, about a mile from the scrap yard? If it wasn't you, it was a truck loaded to the gills with scrap metal. Hope you hear from the headhunter soon and land the job.
That's a mighty fine looking pumpkin, Sue. The big pumpkin winner this year was http://630wpro.com/Article.asp?id=2543508&spid=38784
I watched an interview on TV when he revealed the seeds were Dill's Atlantic Giant. I can't imagine watching a pumpkin grow 40 pounds a day, but he did and what a purse!
Winds are whippin' and have only had a smidgen of rain, mostly last night. We're toasty with fire from the wood stove and have enough provisions we won't starve if we do lose power. Stay safe and don't get snowed in yet, Darius. It's a bit early for the white stuff, but who knows?
Do not know if you noticed while here - but the new home has an excellent view of Grassy Hill Mountain (nature preserve) right from the front porch. Unless of course it is obscured by fog, does not happen often, but does happen.
We had 3 inches on the ground this AM. Wet slushy stuff. by noon it was 4 1/2. by 1300 is was all slush and everyone is waitinggg for the rain and wind. ggonna be an interestingg winter as in the Chinese curse interesting. I'd love to just have a couple of boring, normal (is there such a thing?) years.
According to the radar it was supposed to be snowing here this morning but it must have been upper atmosphere cause the only thing white that I have seen today is Sue's poodle and that thing is always laying around sleeping (unless you are trying to eat then she wants to be all up in your face).