Archive | June, 2013

Stephen King’s Under The Dome

24 Jun

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The Television Event Of The Year starts tonight! Yeah, right. I finished reading the book last week and I enjoyed it very much, even though it was over 1000 pages long. I probably won’t like the TV show because it is based loosely on the book, not a page by page script. The book takes place over a 1 week period but the TV show will cover a span of months. The show will last 13 weeks and they have not filmed an ending because they are hoping it will go over so well they can continue next year. So if the show doesn’t go over big enough to be renewed, there will be no conclusion, so those of you who haven’t read the book won’t know how it really ends. Well, if it doesn’t get renewed I will tell you how it ends right here on my blog so stay tuned!

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Native American Artifacts; Part Two

23 Jun

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This is a nice tool I found. It is rounded to fit the hand and one end is honed down to a chisel point.

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This is another I would like to show to an expert. This stone is smooth as glass and the edges are smooth and rounded except one end is ground down to a chisel point.

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Today I found another cutting tool. It is smooth and fits the hand nicely with one end ground down to a point.

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Yesterday I found this really nice point! It has all the edges intact and the stone has a nice marbled appearance. I’m sure somebody was really proud of this one, I know I am. Keep your eyes open!

Native American Artifacts

22 Jun

I have some Native American Artifacts I keep in my curio cabinet and I took some pictures for you.

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These are some broken pieces of projectile points and a piece of pottery I picked up as I walked through the field.

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Here is another piece. I have a cigar box full of these type of bits and pieces. I keep my good, undamaged pieces in a display case I will show you sometime.

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These are 3 large cutting or digging tools. I have also seen these objects described as trade stones.

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This is a game stone, similar to a clay pigeon in our time. They would roll these across the ground and the youngsters would throw spears or shoot arrows at it as a game. But it was more than a game, it helped them hone their hunting skills for survival. More for tomorrow, until then keep honing your survival skills!

Cute Cats

18 Jun

It’s been said bloggers can never go wrong with cute cats so here are mine. As I was unpacking my little treasures and what-nots I have collected over the years, I decided to take some pictures and share them with you. I bought a curio cabinet at a second-hand store to display the treasures in my man cave. I spread out a blanket on my desk to use a backdrop for the photos and Oreo decided to help me.

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He plopped down right in the middle of the blanket where I was working.

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After a while he decided to take a nap. “Hey, how about cutting the lights! Can’t a guy get a little quality nap time around here?”

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Then his brother Kensey came in and decided Oreo needed a bath so he started working on his head. I did manage to get a few pictures of my treasures so I will post some of them later.

Equipment Envy!

17 Jun

Yesterday I showed you what the lawn looked like before and after the sod was laid.

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They brought out a nice 40 HP tractor with a special piece of equipment attached.

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This is a Woods TPR 6000 Landscaping Power Rake.

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When the landscaper starting describing what he would do to prepare the soil I pictured in my mind something like a PTO driven garden tiller like I have seen on the dealer’s lots. But this is really just a steel pipe with 2 inch steel fingers sticking out. The PTO spins the pipe and the fingers loosen the soil and pull out the existing vegetation. Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? That will never work!

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The first pass looked like this.

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But after 3 passes it looked like this, WOW! All the little washes and gullies were filled in and there was a nice 2 inch layer of loose soil prepared to lay the sod on.

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They even used it to pulverize and level out the gravel driveway. Man, I need one of those badly! I will always have some rough, washed out places somewhere on the homestead, after all, there is very little of this property on the level, most of it is on a slope. I looked up that equipment on the internet and the average cost is $6500 dollars. YIKES! I guess I don’t need one that badly after all! The landscaper said I could rent one like that for $75 a day. At that rate I could rent it 2 days a year  for 43 years and it would still be cheaper for me to rent one, and the rental company would have to pay the repair and upkeep costs. So next Spring I think I will just rent one and smooth out the rough spots and sling out some grass seeds. That should help keep things in shape around here, more to come.

Newest Follower

17 Jun

I would like to welcome my newest follower Gregory Miller. He just started his own blog so go by and check him out. Thanks so much for hitting that follow button!

We Got Laid Yesterday!

16 Jun

That’s right, we finally got our sod laid yesterday! We have been waiting to have a dry weekend for 8 weeks so we could get our yard finished. I will admit it really looks good now, but I didn’t just do it for the looks, I needed to control the erosion occurring on the slopes running away from the house.

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We needed an entire truckload of sod, I’m glad I didn’t have to lay it down myself.

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The sod was cut into pieces about 18 inches by 30 inches. The soil with the roots was only about an inch thick but the owner of the sod farm assured Sweet Thing that would be all we needed. The landscaper sent out three Mexicans Latinos about 8:30 am and three more came out about 1:00. They didn’t leave until 9:00 pm and they barely took a break the entire time.

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This is what the side looked like before they started.

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Now it looks like this, instant lawn! Tomorrow I will show you the equipment they used to prepare the soil before they laid the sod.

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Much, much better don’t you think?

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They staggered the pieces and laid them down like shingles on the roof.

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Here is some of the crew hard at work.

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This is the other side of the lawn where the erosion was especially bad. Needless to say, we are delighted with the way it looks for now. If you look closely you can see 3 sprinklers running to water the sod. The landscaper and I quickly realized we had made a bit of a mistake and we should have split the job into two parts. Why you might ask? Well, I don’t have nearly enough water pressure to run 3 sprinklers adequately at one time, let alone 6 at a time like I planned. The weather forecast is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow, let’s hope they are right. More to come!