Archive | December, 2015

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec

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Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! I hope each one of you is spending your day with family and friends. With all the hustle and bustle of the season, let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season, may God Bless you all!

Holiday Tune:Bing Crosby;White Christmas

24 Dec

This is the ultimate Christmas song. Now its time to put the kids to bed to wait on ole’ Santa and then snuggle up on the couch with the one you love. Enjoy!

Holiday Tunes:Carpenters;Sleigh Ride

23 Dec

The entire Carpenters Christmas Album is one I listen to every year. Here is a short selection for you. Enjoy!

Holiday Tune:Burl Ives;Holly Jolly Christmas

22 Dec

You absolutely must have this one. Enjoy!

 

Electrical Fires

21 Dec

I started this post a couple of years ago when we still had the house in town. I decided it might not be a good idea to post this in case my insurance agent stumbled across it so I just saved it in drafts, but now it is ready. I think fire safety is especially important this time of year due to fires caused by Christmas lights and electric heaters so I am posting it now.

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This is a building on the corner of downtown which burned recently. The downstairs were office buildings and upstairs was a residential apartment. A fire started from a faulty space heater; fortunately no one was injured. They are tearing it down and cleaning it up. I sure could use some of that rubble to fill in some of the gully behind the house.

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We were in the process of cleaning out the last of our stuff from the old house in town. We went in recently and noticed the pump for the aquarium was not running. When I checked it out I found this sight above. This cheap electrical strip shorted out and we were very, very lucky the house didn’t catch on fire! When I saw this my stomach did a flip flop let me tell you! I’m thanking my lucky stars everything turned out OK. Do you have fire extinguishers handy? We do and so should you. Keep prepping everyone.

Holiday Tune:Andy Williams;Happy Holiday

21 Dec

This song just makes Christmas seem joyous and cheery. Enjoy!

Living Nativity Scene With Farm Animals

20 Dec

One of the local churches has a Living Nativity Scene and they include some live farm animals. These animals are actually petting zoo animals.

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I liked this cute, little baby donkey.

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How about a miniature horse? If you look closely at the woman taking pictures, you will see she only has one leg. She whips around on those crutches so well I know she has been that way for some time. It should remind us all to count our blessings, especially at this time of the year.

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There were a couple of cows, several goats, a llama, and a miniature camel.

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There were a couple of sheep.

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Not to mention a pot-belly pig. Now, I don’t think they had a pig at the original Nativity since Jews don’t eat pork because they consider them to be unclean. If they think pigs are nasty, I guess they have never raised chickens. Chickens will eat anything! Here is our Christmas tune for this evening. Enjoy! ONLY 4 MORE DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS. YOU BETTER GET READY!

Homestead Update 12/19/2015

19 Dec

I haven’t done much actual Homestead activity this week, but I have been Christmas shopping! I always buy myself some nice gifts for Santa to bring me.

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This is a Porter-Cable 18 gauge 20 Volt cordless nailer. I haven’t seen a cordless one before and I just happen to have 2 other Porter-Cable batteries that will fit this tool so I just had to buy it. I’ll let you know how it works out after I try it on a project.

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We shopped at a local flea market/junk store and he sells hand-made metal objects-DE-art. This is a metal catfish sculpture that is about 4 feet long. I sure would have liked to have it but it was out of my price range.

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Two weeks ago, I had a bag of apples going soft. I intended to throw them in the woods behind the dog pen and just for kicks I threw some of them in the dog pen. Jethro loves apples! I kept feeding him one apple per day until the bag was gone. The first day that I didn’t give him an apple, after I filled his feed bowl, he just ignored it and stood up on the fence looking at me as if to say “hey, where’s my apple?” I had Sweet Thing buy a cheap bag of apples and I give him one each morning. You can see from the picture, he really munches them down.

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We went to a Christmas dinner party at the home of one of my clients. He had this big tray of 2 inch thick fillets which he cooked on a Big Green Egg and they were delicious. That Big Green Egg is on my wish list. They sell a generic version at Lowe’s for $300 so I may end up with one of those someday.

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Sweet Thing used some big cans of mixed nuts in her World Famous Chex Mix. After removing the labels, she then took those empty cans and covered them with Christmas paper and added bells, bows, and ribbons. I think they look really nice for gift giving!

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I went next door and visited with Little Bubba today. My neighbor said I can’t have him back! His Granddaughter loves him and they are best friends now. I think he just might wander over to my shop for a visit every now and then. Keep prepping everyone! Oh, I almost forgot our Christmas tune, enjoy!

World Famous Chex-Mix

18 Dec

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Sweet Thing just spent 2 whole days making her world famous Chex-Mix. Why did it take so long? She made 35 gallon bags of it that’s why! I asked her how much all that cost. She said that didn’t matter, it was all going to our family and friends. I said that was all fine and good, but I still wondered how much it cost. She told me to go outside and stop being such a Grinch! So, here is another Christmas tune, You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch. Enjoy!

 

Holiday Tune:Kenny Rogers & Wynonna Judd;Mary Did You Know

17 Dec

It just keeps getting better and better, enjoy!