Saturday, June 2, 2012

Playing with the Blog

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I just popped in to let you know that I am "nesting" with the blog and colors, text, etc.  I am sort of living with it.  I will as I have some time this weekend and through the week, see if I can do something different with the photos.  I would like them a little bigger, and play with the text.  I have problems reading small letters and I know others do to, so I am playing with colors and text size to make it easier on all of our "older" eyes.  I want something easy on the eyes and not hard to make out what it is you are reading.

Today, I have been trying to find replacement hot peppers.  I went out this morning to water, and the red Chile peppers I had put in a few days ago, were eaten almost clear down to the ground, I was SO PO'D that it wasn't funny.  So I drove around, trying to find some type of hot pepper I could dry and grind down for my Chile powder.  I found some cayenne's but that was about it.  the veggies around town are quickly dwindling down and its hard to find anything anymore.  And everything is very expensive for plants and transplants, so I did find some at our local Menard which is similar to a Lowe's. They had a few things and I also picked up a pot of variety plants to place in an old chair that I use as a decoration on my patio.  I shouldn't of but it was pretty and I needed some color.

I am going to see if I can start some seeds of peppers, and hopefully, maybe keep them covered for later fall, if possible.  For some reason, things are late, including me.
My issues are money, and I have to be so careful where it goes, I can't buy indiscriminately, but I did splurge on the colorful pot for my chair.  I will post a photo later. It has a begonia in it that is a beautiful orange and some trailing plants and a chartreuse foliage in it so it is striking.

I also picked up about 6#''s of hamburger from the rancher that comes in from Valentine NE.  He raises grass fed beef and I will pull out some for tomorrow to grill.  I had a issue with the grocery the other day about what they are doing, by screwing people with their hamburger.  They are shorting you when you buy hamburger, and charging full one pound price for a not full pound of burger.  I caught the butcher that worked the counter and confronted him about it, but he said that I would have to take it up with management, and I said I would.  That really PO'd me too. Our hamburger prices are running at $4.79 a pound for 80/20 and I am not paying that period.  So I will try this ranchers beef and if its ok, and will continue to buy, if not, I am purchasing a grinder and doing it myself.  I have noticed that our grocery stores are now starting to short you on things and selling very inferior produce, so I have also noticed that people are not buying either.  Maybe when the grocery management sees its not selling, it may change its ways, which I bet they won't, but I am going to confront them about the shortages.

Well, I had better get off and start something for supper and get off my soap box. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

The versatile meat grinder by Jean Butler from the September/October, 2001 issue of Countryside & Small Stock Journal

The versatile meat grinder by Jean Butler from the September/October, 2001 issue of Countryside & Small Stock Journal

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Revamping the Blog

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I just thought I would pop in to let everyone know I am going to try to work on the blog and update its looks and do something with the photos, which I know are small.  I am trying to figure out the new blogger interface, and for me that may be a dangerous step, as I may delete the blog into blog purgatory.
So If I am down for a little bit, don't panic, I am just playing and seeing if I can do some spring updating.
Have a wonderful week and I will see you all later.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

South side fence is up, YA!!!!!

Good Evening Everyone,
I hope all of you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and I hope everyone took time to reflect why we have the day.

Saturday, we started early and put the fence up. It was going to get hot and very windy, so we started in.  We brought in the red beast dually and stretched the fence out and then tied everything up and we are pleased with it.  The only difference is:  Its painted with green treatment paint instead of red.  We could not find the red cribbing fence, so we had to resort to the green.  I can live with it, as long as it keeps out the pests. D set the post for the gate first, then stretched the fencing, and time wise, it took about 3 hours.  By the time we were done, we were exhausted, hot, cranky, but pleased it is up. Sunday, I was up very early, and planted my summer and winter squash on this side, where they can ramble around, I also put my melons clear up to the front (west) end, and they can ramble around up there without worries about anything trampling on them. I moved my ghetto buckets of Egyptian onions to this side also.  I will plant a few other things here as the summer progresses.

I will post later in the week and show more of the garden area.
Till then, everyone have a wonderful week.

How Little Miss Nubbins spends the summer

Just for a smile today, which according to the news,  its needed.
This is how my special little one spends her summer.  Chewy is sharing the chair, which she usually doesn't share the chair with anyone, period. Even me.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

I just wanted to post to all a wonderful Memorial Day to all of you in the US.

Please remember your veterans who have served, or are serving for our country.
Tomorrow, I will pay tribute to my Dad, who served in WWII.  My mother's dad, who was in WWII, in the European theatre, landed on Omaha Beach, and was taken out in a small village in France, called,St. Lo. My mother's sister's husband, who served in the Pacific theatre and was in major battles, in the islands with the Marines. My mother's uncle, who was in WWII, in the Battle of the Bulge. My dad's father was in WWI, and my dad's brother, who was in heavy battles in Korea, I salute them. 

I also want to salute and say "THANK YOU" to those who take the time to read my blog, if you are a vet, to thank you for your service and dedication and the love you have for your country, even though, we are teetering at the moment, good will prevail.

Enjoy your holiday and please remember to thank your vets in your areas.

Hugs to All