Saturday, April 14, 2012


We are in tornado warnings as I post this.  I ran out to cover my garden and got pelted with hail.  We have had several sightings and tornadoes on the ground in different parts of town.
I just ran out to take these photos.  They are not too good.
Its going to be one of those nights, no sleep.
I will post after all of this simmers down. 

Update: We had another 3 more storms come through. Tornadoes were on the ground, but they are as I post, dissipating.  We may have more storms bloom up later tonight, but for now,  it has quieted down.  I have not be out to the garden, but I covered what I could.  All I can do is hope for the best.

Guest Posting

 Good Afternoon Everyone!

Well its the weekend.  And I am playing in the garden department a little and then tackling the some house work later.  I needed to get some tomatoes started, its the date for my zone for tomatoes and a few other hot weather plants.  But what I thought I would do, since my dull life and garden isn't doing too much at the time, is share some articles with a magazine I subscribe to and would like to share it with others.  I can do this and I thought that over the weekends, if I can find a good article or two to share from the magazine, I would for all of you to enjoy.  Again, like I have posted before, I lead a dull, and uneventful life, and currently, my bucket garden is just starting and since I am in zone 5, my weather here is fickle, it was in the high 80's and now it back to its typical Spring pattern and unpredictable nature.
The magazine is called Countryside & Small Stock Journal
, and I love some of the old fashioned articles and discussions.  I also like Mother Earth News and take that magazine also, but this magazine allows you to share the magazine with others, which I like to do. So to try to give you all something to read over the weekend  while I try to find something interesting for you, I love to share this with all of you.
So please enjoy the articles, and visit the magazine online.  I just got my new May/June 2012 magazine in the mail yesterday, and I am sure later this month, they will post the May/June issue online.
I wish everyone a wonderful weekend, and hopefully life won't take us by the throat and choke all of us. Maybe it will  be merciful a little.
Hugs to all.

The $2 garden by Kat Reiff from the September/October, 2008 issue of Countryside & Small Stock Journal

The $2 garden by Kat Reiff from the September/October, 2008 issue of Countryside & Small Stock Journal

Thursday, April 12, 2012

"Never Worked a Day in Her Life" and other BS

Good Morning Everyone,

Well to start off with here.  It is raining...yeah! It started thundering and lightening very early this morning, around 5 am. I WAS sleeping pretty good, the first time in about a week, with my back and allergies giving me insomnia really bad, and then the flashes of lightening and KA-BOOM,...rattle, rattle, the house until you think that its going to come off its frame. But we need the rain desperately, as its so dry here, as well as other areas of the country, we just didn't have winter like we normally do, and March was a total almost summer heat wave and really dried things out even worse and made pollen and allergies worse that normal also and has made our farm fields here very dry and the winter wheat, which needed snow cover to help it along, really dry it out.  I am not sure about yields this year, though our farm bureau is talking that it may be a good year, and one thing they were hoping for, was a decrease in grasshoppers, which I am not sure I am knowledgeable, but with the dry winter, and other variables, they did not think that hoppers would be a problem, but I was under the thought that heat and dryness triggered hoppers?  If someone knows, please inform me, its just for my brain bank.

Well, what I wanted to talk about is something that falls on all of us who read blogs, especially about slow living, frugal,  sustainable, low key, lifestyles, lifestyles not filled with consumerism, and the mentality of "buy, buy, buy" and then "buy some more", go into debt, work, work, work, yada, yada, yada....etc.
I also, before I go on this post, do not like to get real political, on both parties, and this post is not about the sides of politics, but it in a way,  includes politics. so I will begin with this....

I see that the Democratic Strategist, Hilary Rosen, made a very derogatory and degrading comment about Mrs. Romney that she, and I quote, "never worked a day in her life".  Well, what do you call it when you are a stay at home mom and raise 5 children?, Huh, Ms. Rosen?  I would like you to define the word and comment of "work".  I find this quite alarming and to be blunt, one of the  biggest gaffes I have ever heard.  If a woman chooses to stay at home and is able to, if her husband is able to work and give this gift to the wife, then this IS the family's choice in the matter, NOT YOURS.  Now, many women, HAVE to work to support families, either by choice or by necessity, but NOT YOURS, MS ROSEN.  Since when do you decide that staying home to handle the HOME. CHILDREN, BUDGET, TRANSPORTATION, ENERGY, FOOD PRODUCTION, and EVERY OTHER EMERGENCY that comes up in a home of someone YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW!!!!!
How dare you state that home moms (and dads) DON"T WORK!!!! PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME.
I seem to recall that your present administration is UNABLE to handle the home, budget, transportation, energy, food production and emergencies that come up in YOUR HOUSE...need I say more.

If people choose to stay at home, this isn't your call, Ms, Rosen, not even in the least bit.  I am personally shocked, and quite sure that this comment will come back to bite you in the ass, and when it does, it sure will leave a big chunk hanging out, which is what your tongue in doing now, hanging out and wagging.
I would like to know how YOU handle your home, Ms. Rosen,  Please, I am all ears.  How do you handle your home, children, budget, and all other things in between.  I take care of two elderly parents, and another disabled adult, handle budgets for two households, and all of the other in-between that come up, plus there's me too, and I am disabled also,  and I am sometimes in a whirl and a tail spin as to get it all done.  But if is isn't called work, I don't what it is.. playtime?, vacation? Please fill me in or did I miss something or did not get a memo on that at the last meeting....

I am just livid at this, people, this is not a comment directed at Republicans, it is directed at all who stay home, who work and come home and work at the home job, and everything in between.   It stabs at the very heart of family, home and life in general, our way of life.  This comment has taken the family to a new low, something between dirt and worms.  Need I say more.
Again, I do not want to get political, but please people, remember this comment when you get to the polls in November, and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.....VOTE, VOTE  VOTE!!!!!

I now will try to calm down and start some seeds for the garden.  Oh I forget, I don't work.....

Have a great rest of the week all. Hope some of you get some of this rain coming through.
Will try to post later in the week.

Hugs to All