Saturday, June 1, 2013

Typical Saturday Morning

Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had an uneventful night with this odd weather we are all having....and it's not over I am sure....

I got up fairly early.....early for me on a Saturday morning...and made myself a cup of coffee....from coffee our reader Fritz (a former hometown man who left years ago...) had sent us ... it's a fantastic blend...and we are really enjoying it!

Then I headed outside for a few minutes....to take care of small things before taking some "morning time" for myself...

Had to turn off the extended soaker hose in the food plot that I had turned on night before last and also went to check on the bug eradication on the tomatoes and zuchs.....when I heard a light crunch at my feet and found about a 18" garden snake slithering away....it was quite healthy but had seen me way before I saw it and was already moving away....not fast though, but moving out of MY way none the less. And of course... I was in my yellow box flip flops...not my garden shoes...

Now, several years ago I would have freaked and had messy pants begging John to kill him but over time I have learned to look before you make the snake a victim of a hoe. He's a keeper. Not that I am THAT comfortable being around it but I do know that it is VERY beneficial to the food plot. It may have slithered out all together but I am betting he is at the end of the first tomato row under tomato plants that are not staked or caged.

Not sure if he was a large ribbon snake or a small coach whip (both have long, light colored stripes from the head to the tail and not banding) .... I just have to remember it is there....

So... I decided to head to the front to water some new landscape plants that we've put in or will soon (still potted) and as I was walking from the food plot to the patio....Golden Boy rooster came up behind me and tried to spur me again. It's been a long time since he's tried that....he immediately got a face full of coffee with a stern NO .... that stopped that behavior and he walked quite quickly in the other direction.... John removed spurs from many of the Roos last weekend.... they just chest butt you now. This behavior is rare here and it would be an off chance to even get a true spur. It's the bahavior we don't tolerate...kind of like a kid saying a cuss word...

Then I headed to the front to turn on the water hose, with Chuckie in tow and proceeded to water those plants again.....With the water hose in hand, and Chuckie wandering on a smell adventure I noticed in short order that he kept creeping closer to the farm road we live on that is quite busy......I kept calling him to come over to me but he'd only raise his head, look and continue on his smell adventure. He's starting to get quite stubborn as he gets older....

Finally, I had enough.

I turned off the water, grabbed Chuckie up and came in the house to make another cup of coffee since my first one was gone...And to sit down at the computer to drink it and talk to all of you.

We'll be headed into town in a bit to Edna Auto (who has just about everything you ask for ...and is quite an eclectic mix of auto/farm pieces and parts collected over many, many years) to get gasket material to reassemble a gear box - so that we can start working on the shredder again to get it going...

And to continue on our outdoor project and to pray...for...rain.

Hope your Saturday is as productive......

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The project - almost complete

I don't think our backs....and body's... will ever forgive us for taking on this project. Good news is that we have the water hose in the pool filling it. We are getting about an inch per hour. It's 52 inches tall so it will be a while. And - it looks amazing.

Next: the rest of the back yard area....but for tonight....I'm headed to take a very hot bath and finding a good book.

We will start on another section of the yard tomorrow... the rest isn't as intense as the pool project...

We got a little rain today...not much but enough to perk up the food plot. There was a pretty good sized tornado in Victoria....yikes!

Hopefully we can accomplish a few other things too this weekend...including some bags I need to make and cleaning the kitchen well....

Hope your Memorial Day weekend has been safe!

We'll see you tomorrow....