Archive | April, 2013

Tuesday Tunes: George Jones; White Lightnin’

30 Apr

In memory of the passing last week of George Jones, here is his 1959 performance of his first number 1 hit.

Barn Walls

29 Apr

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I am just about finished with the inside of my barn. I lack one 10 foot section and I have all the outside walls insulated and wall boards up with a 4 foot high section of pegboard all the way around. That should give me lots of places to hang things up where I can see what I’ve got. Nothing aggravates me quite as much as knowing I have something in my shop but I can’t find it! I even have some interior walls dividing the barn in two, so I have an area that will be my “Man Cave.” I will have about 500 square feet that will be heated and cooled so I can retreat to my shop and work on my projects no matter what the weather. Now if I can just hit the lottery so I can retire and quit working I will have plenty of time to spend in my shop!

Rainy Weekend

28 Apr

I’m sitting in my office looking at the  weather radar on my computer and as I glance over my shoulder and look at my electronic weather station it shows 3.5 inches of rain in the past 12 hours with more coming. Just wonderful!

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Now you see why I need to get some Bermuda sod laid around the house, it is just a big mud pit at the moment.

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Well, at least I have a chance to check out my work on the drainage grates and the rocks seem to be doing what I intended them to do.

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You can see the trees are leafy and green now.

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In the picture above, if you look where the arrow is pointing you can see my nemesis, the hawk, sitting on the utility wires. When you are hungry I guess a little rain can’t stand in the way of hunting breakfast! You can also see that big pile of mulch I bought to spread around under those trees to create some flower beds, but again, it has been too wet and rainy for much of that kind of work. What few decent dry days we have had, I had to be out checking on the crops I am contracted to look after. I happened to glance out of the window and noticed the rain has slowed to a sprinkle so I decided to go out and feed my dogs. I was wearing a t-shirt and jockey shorts but I just slipped on my rain jacket and went out anyway. That is another good thing about country living, if you want to go outside in your underwear you can do it and not upset the entire community. HA! While I was out I looked at some drainage issues I need to deal with.

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This drain cuts right across the property, most if it is grassed in enough to prevent washes but right up here near the road I will need to put some rocks in the bottom of the ditch to keep it from eroding further.

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The water rushing through the gully in the back is full up to the brim. I am going to need a bigger culvert than I originally planned. I need at least a 48 inch if not a 60 inch culvert, that is going to be more money than I wanted to spend. I guess I will just have to save up my “fun money” to get what I really need and do it right.

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The surface soil is completely saturated now. If you look in the center of the picture you can see the water just boiling up out of the ground like a natural spring. That might be a good place to sink my hand pump well don’t you think?

Game Camera Pictures

27 Apr

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I finally got a picture of one of the turkeys walking past my game camera. I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to have proof that we have wild turkeys in our back yard.

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I had more pictures of the deer browsing through the food plot eating the green vegetation.

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This is from the camera near our back door. I have seen the foxes enough to know this is the bigger one and I assume it is the male.

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This is the smaller one, probably the female. They have started coming out late in the afternoon and I can get a good close up view of them from our back door with my binoculars. Besides these animals, I had the usual possums, squirrels, and rabbits. I haven’t seen any coons but I guess that is a good thing. I have read they are bad about getting into the henhouse and they are clever and hard to control. That will be just one less critter I have to worry about someday.

Newest Followers

27 Apr

I would like to welcome three new followers today. ror1774, Meagen Rice, and Michael Armstrong each have their own blogs so check them out when you get the chance. Thanks for hitting that follow button!

Spring Flowers

26 Apr

The calendar says it is Spring and the trees are leafing out and the flowers are blooming but it sure is COLD!

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This is a bush Peony I planted at our old house.

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I forget the name of this plant but it is one of the few that will thrive in the shade.

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This is not a bloom on this Hosta , but look at that color! I bought this last year and it had just 4 little leaves but it was enough to give me a glimpse of that vivid yellow color. This really gives a splash of color in the deep shade garden.

 

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The crimson clover in the deer food plot is blooming.

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This is the turnip patch I planted last fall, it is blooming and going to seed. I may not have to plant any next fall, I may have enough volunteers to make enough to pick. But even with all these blooms, we had a frost advisory 2 nights ago. Oh well, maybe it will warm up soon.

Cable Update

25 Apr

Finally, after 3 months and numerous calls to the cable company, they came out and buried the cable lines across the driveway. As I was standing there watching the worker bury the line with his trencher I decided “I want one!”

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This trencher has a 24 inch steel shank for digging, and it works by vibrating rapidly up and down. It will bury the cable down to 24 inches and barely disturbs the surface of the soil. With another attachment it can also bury flexible water line, that is why I need it. When we built our new house I remembered to put outside water faucets on all four sides, but I neglected to run any lines away from the house. Now I have 150 feet of hose laying in the yard out to the dog pen. FAIL! Now I am either going to have to put up with a hose laying in the yard or I am going to have to dig a trench and lay some waterline out to the pen. I also could use a waterline out to where I plan on having some garden plants, and I would like to have a line up towards the front of the driveway where I will have some decorative flowers and shrubs. Oh well, I thought of just about everything when we were deciding on the million things you have to decide on when building a new house, but in this one area I dropped the ball. Stay prepared.