Freeze Warning

15 Apr

After two weeks of nice weather, the temps are headed down for two nights and the NWS has issued a freeze warning. Great!

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Yesterday I planted two large tomato plants in these pots and I don’t want them to freeze.

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I used two large garbage bags to make mini greenhouses to protect them from the low temps. I hope this works out because I paid $6 each for those plants! I knew it was too early to be setting out tomato plants.

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We received 2 inches of rain last night and today so I know my puppies were miserable. It didn’t stop them from coming out of their houses and watching to see what I was doing! Keep prepping everyone!

Tuesday Tunes:Eurythmics; Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

15 Apr

Here’s one from the golden age of MTV. (Back when they actually played music)  Enjoy!

Tomorrow Is Tax Day!

14 Apr

I hope all of you have your taxes done so you can send your blood money in to Uncle Sam so all the non-productive citizens of this country can keep getting their checks. After all, it is up to us to provide for their living because we are the fortunate ones! So how about a bonus tune for all you hard-working patriots out there? You load 16 tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt!

Homestead Update and Cats!

13 Apr

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While I was working around the homestead this week, I cleaned up some in the shop. I had this big Tupperware container of stuff to go through and unpack. All of this stuff was previously hanging on peg board hooks in my small workshop at the old house and it was like Christmas finding all this stuff I forgot I had! A lot of this stuff is brand new, still in the package, just hanging on the wall just like in the store.

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Of course, the cats had to help me. Kensey said “Hey, I didn’t know all this stuff was up here! Maybe you should leave this ladder up all the time!”

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Oreo wasn’t brave enough or nosey enough to climb up the ladder.

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After a little while, they both settled down and took their naps.

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And while I am working at my desk, Frank has to help me there.

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Maybe I should just make a pet out of this ole snapping turtle I ran across while out in the field last week. He was about 12 inched in diameter and his head was as big as my fist. Not the kind of turtle you want to mess around with too much! Keep prepping everyone!

Homestead Update

12 Apr

The weather has been really nice this week, so nice in fact, I had to do some work for my JOB this week. That real job sure does interfere with the activities on the ole homestead.

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I planted the berry vines I bought last fall. They sat in the pots all winter and they survived without any problems.

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I needed 4 more grape vines to finish out the row so I bought these at Wal-Mart. They were sprouted and growing and looked really healthy so I took a chance on them.

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The fruit trees I planted last fall are leafed out and looking good now. I have planted 30 trees and they have all survived so far. We should have an actual orchard some day with a variety of apple, pear, peach, plum, and cherry trees to go along with the grapes, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries!

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I went by a local feed and seed store in town and picked up some tomatoes. I got two different varieties of heirloom tomatoes, Rutgers and Arkansas Traveler. I also got two hybrid bush tomatoes to plant in pots to put by the back door. Sweet Thing can just step out the door and pick one to eat whenever she wants!

Incandescent Light Bulb Ban

11 Apr

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I was in Lowe’s today and I picked up a few more of the old style incandescent bulbs to put away for later. The government has stuck it’s nose in our business once again and in it’s infinite wisdom it has decided these bulbs use too much energy, therefore, we will be forced to buy those CFL pigtail bulbs from now on. Or, better yet you can buy the LED bulbs for $10 a piece instead of the good old cheap incandescent bulbs. Well, I don’t like the quality of light that comes out of those bulbs, so I bought 10 dozen of the 100 watt bulbs last year and put them back. This year I will get twice that many 60 and 40 watt bulbs to put back for future use. Good luck trying to read by that awful fluorescent  light put out by those CFLs. Thanks, Big Brother. Have you added some spare bulbs to your preps? You might want to get some soon before it is too late. Keep prepping everyone!

Tuesday Tunes:George Strait;All My Ex’s Live In Texas

8 Apr

How about one from the 2014 CMA Entertainer Of The Year? Enjoy!

 

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