Cricket

Cricket
1/02/00 - 11/01/11 Rest in peace baby girl, I love you and miss you.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Im back :O)

this is a mushroom that I found along my route at work one day, that is my eye glass case, it was one of the biggest shrooms I have ever seen.


Pictures are out of sequence and I cant find half of the ones I wanted to share so I will have too another day but this is the chicken house I built. There is a round window in the end of it for the chickens to look out of when they are roosting and they do lol


this is the brace I used to keep the fence from moving the posts. looks like a rusty rainbow over the gate :O)


the two lawn chairs I was talking about in the other post.
In other news the humming Bird feeders work really well, sometimes we have five fighting over them, may not sound like many to some but for around here that is a lot :O)


CH construction pics


and yes the Walls are actually slanted like that on purpose :O)



I made the ends like this because I have always liked that look on the older barns, from the days that they used the hay fork to lift the hay up into the hay loft. There is no real reason for them on the CH except that they do keep some rain water off you when you go to feed them. I just like the looks of them so that is good enough reason for me :O)
and yes, for a none carpenter type person such as I am they were a extreme pain in the ass trying to get all the angles right....



before shingles. and yes, that too was a lot of fun doing it by myself.  I actually used asphalt shingles on it. was easier for me. costly but easier.



I will try to figure out where the other pics are and get them posted on here. until then though, you all be safe and enjoy each day as if its your last day :O) 

catching up

  Hi all :O)
I had some time today so I thought I had better catch you all up that are still actually following my blog. 
  I'v been working on the Chicken House for a while now. Its just pretty much done. The two remaining roosters out of seven, have been successfully moved in. I had thought originally that it was going to be a difficult ordeal but it turned out rather painless for all involved. I just started feeding them closer and closer to the chicken house until they were eating inside it. I then just reached in and shut the door on them lol  They actually settled right in and calmed down too my surprise.  They have been roosting in there every night sense. they seem to trully  enjoy and like their new house. they better...   Damn but its exspensive to build anything anymore.  Its a unique CH, its a design of my very own lol and with input from the girl friend :O) 
I have a few things like put the ridge cap on, do some draft control with the famous foam in a can, put some electric into it..  The moths and crickets love it. I have to put up the outside pen plus the chicken doors, I want a pen for the weekends that I go to the big city. Don't need to feed the wild life anymore than I have already..
  Its been rainy here a lot so I have been doing a lot of mowing, here and at work. Tired of that.  The garden is just about done, it really did good this year, lots and lots of tomatoes, cantaloupe,  squash, zucchini, cucumbers, Tomatoes, some corn but not a lot, it was so hot that I think it got steamed on the stalk and then the coon found it so needless to say there was a shortage of corn yet again this year.
  Going to put a pen around the garden for nest year I'm thinking, and some electrified wires, maybe even a land mine or two as well. :O) 
Been moving stuff around at the place, just moved the camper yesterday, and I must say that for never pulling anyone before with a vehicle, the GF really did a outstanding job. Since she had never done anything like that I walked her thru what needed to be done then we moved things, and it happened just like I wanted it too.  Now I need to put some used tires that came off my new to me pickup :O)  yes, I finally broke down and bought a vehicle.  Yay me boo to the payments. Its a nice little two wheel drive chevy Colorado. gets between 19 and 24 mpg. Its my new car. its a exstendacab, but there is really not much room in the rear seat, more for storage than actually seating.
  I like it, rides good and there is plenty of leg room. I have to slide the seat forward a few notches actually to be comfortable with the pedals and that's a rarity in itself that I have plenty of leg room.
Now when I see a ac window unit laying next to the road or anything else that catches my eye, I can stop and pick it up without problems.  When I bought it I told them that I wanted new tires on it before I would buy it, the salesman said no prob. I told him that I wanted some good tires, not car tires and he said no prob. well, they put light duty small pu tires on it. they are new and the name brand is Cooper tires but they are not what we originally agreed upon. but they are new tires so it is what it is. I will buy some good ones when these wear out.  I might pick up a pair of tires for the winter conditions coming up but we will see if we have a winter or not. I still have the trusty 4x4 chevy if the need arises.
  I had to put a new upper ball joint in the chevy, then had to get it aligned, drives like a new truck that has 228,000 miles on it lol 
  Been grilling a lot this summer :O) sure is nice to keep the heat out of the house while cooking. and grilling is always better in my mind. Had some friends over last night, grilled some burgers for supper. They brought over some spinach dip and some Hawaiian sweet bread stuff, it was really good :O) going to be eating some of that stuff again soon. You just dip the bread into the spinach dip and eat it. good good stuff....  Had a really good time :O)
  Topped off the propane tanks in august, paid 99 cents a gallon. when I had it filled up a yr and a half ago, they had filled it too 78 %, I had them top it back off when it was at 50% its only a 500 gallon tank so basically I have used 27% propane for the yr and a half. pretty good I think.
Got the porch pretty much done as well, got it looking pretty comfy, went to town a while back and bought  two very comfy lawn chairs, saw a lady in one at one of the GF's sons baseball game. Checked them out in the store and they are so comfy. Bought two lol  Use them to lay back in while looking for meteors.  Zero gravity lay down lawn chair thingies.  Still have the old steal chairs too but those are for company now lol Not really, anyone can sit in any chair at my porch... Just as long as its not in my chair :O)

Patches has been doing fine, cant believe she is going to be 12 this spring. Time sure speeds up the older you get it seems like. Shes still a pain in my butt so all is normal with hers and my love hate relationship lol   

No goats yet :O(  still no pen yet :O(  trying to get abunch of other projects finished up before starting anything else new.  too many irons in the fire :O/   I don't know if I said anything or not but I bought another window ac unit for this summer, it really didn't raise my electric bill too much more, about 30 dollars actually. The first one isn't working near as had to keep the house cool now with the second one going, I have both on low usually and it stays at a steady 70 degrees in the house even on the hottest of days.  I just cant take the heat anymore.  My Lupus Has been acting up lately so that slows me down some as well.  Some days it just pretty hard to get going and some days I don't get going lol Its really not funny but it is what you make of it I guess. 

The chicken pvc pipe chicken tractor thingy was a total flop. Its in pieces now, was a exspensive learning curve :O( I'm taking it apart and saving what I can from it. The chicken kept using it but it was looking pretty sad.
got a call, be back in a little bit :O) Be safe all
 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Just sitting here.

  Not sure what to write about, not sure I want to write about anything at the moment lol    Been getting a few things done, got the driveway fence done. Just need to add the woven wire to the gates to make them critter proof.  and string the one strand of wire along the top.  Getting some of the shop cleaned and organized, not making much progress actually.    Don't feel very good. 
              

Monday, July 25, 2016

hmmmmm?


Its not worth turning the news on anymore, I turn it on to see the weather report. That's about it anymore, if I want to get depressed, irritated, distressed or angered I watch the national/world news.
 Its just sad and disheartening. I am so glad that I live here in the middle of nowhere and living the life style that I am. 







Monday, July 18, 2016

getting better at windows 10 grrrr

I'm not sure how I did it but I found the missing pictures lol
This is just some of the vegetables that I have picked out of the garden, I do believe the cow manure helped out the garden.


just a picture of the future goat pen area with all the different flowers :O)


We went to GOJO'S  in KC a few days back, I had never been there before. For those of you that lead rather sheltered lives such as myself lol its a Japanese restaurant  that cooks the food right in front of you. It was a rather cool experience, food was ok. I honestly thought it was going to be a better eating experience, don't get me wrong it wasn't bad but it just wasn't what I thought it would be.  This was our cook.     No, he doesn't look very Japanese lol  


so how many out there remember the looks of this tire and rim ?  lol  its really a blast from the past :O)  


I was running around in this the other day while chip sealing in white city.  was a fun and relaxing day it was :O)


was told to run this today, never ran one as new as this before. Its got a lot of electronic stuff on it. I found out if you push and pull enough switches and knobs you can make anything work lol


this was supper last night with some of todays supper tossed in there too :O)  tin foiled stuff was new potatoes and two big baked taters :O)


this was at GOJO"S , some of the food that was prepared for us.


trying to catch wild critters..


this is a fruit mix that I made up the other day, it is soooo good,  watermelon, cantaloupe, two different types of seedless grapes, blue berries, strawberry's and just a touch of sugar but its really good without the sugar as well :O)

 
a duplicate grrrr  stupid windows 10, or it might be me.   surely not me lol

Found this cast iron pot thingy the other day, figured it would make a flower pot or something. Or it will be extra weight in the junk trailer :O)


hope you all enjoyed the photos, still haven't found the ones of the little baby possums that I have been trapping lately.  Live traps that is.  But I do drive them a few miles away before releasing them. 
Be safe all :O)  talk again soon :O)

July 18th 2016

  So how has everyone been? I hope great. Iv been busy but not busy enough on the place.  The garden is producing Squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, corn,  cantaloupe and of course the wide varity of weeds and stickers. I do really good for most of the spring and into the summer on keeping the weeds under control but when it gets really hot I kind of go into the "its too freaking hot" mode lol  Plus like I said a while back my computer updated to windows 10. windows 10 is a off spring of a demon spawned malignant creature of much hate and discontent.....  I do not like it.  at all.  I really really don't.   
Did I tell you that I really don't like windows 10? Just making sure I did .....  grrrr

  So anyway, if been cleaning on the shop, getting stuff out of the storage shed since I have been getting more organized in the shop. There is a lot of things in there that I have not used since 2010. Some because I couldn't get to it but needed it, other things I just have no need for it and I'm going to take it either to a auction place or put it on craigslist or offer up.  either way I'm getting rid of some stuff.
  We are chip sealing (spray with tar and then spread small pebbles onto the tar) roads at work again, its that time of year. Dirty hot work. I'm running the broom (motor driven sweeper ) I actually volunteered for it, I would rather be hot and sweaty but have a breeze verses sitting there in the sun being very miserable and no breeze.  The guys think that I'm nuts for volunteering but at least I can create my own breeze and broom it in a way that I eat very little dust. Sure there are the times that it cant be helped and I get in the dust and I have to take two showers back to back when I get home lol but its really not to often that that happens. Just so happens that today was a dusty day though :O( 
  Iv been slowly working on the fence, it almost done, one small piece of fencing and another small piece at the drive way and it will be done. except the goat pens, but I have put in a corner post the other day. I'm out of wood posts but Iv got a bead on some more, just have to go cut them to length and haul them home. Been meaning too for quite some time now but just haven't gotten too it.  I need roughly 12 more just to get started good on the pens, uggg. It never seems to end lol
  Been grilling a lot, it sure is nice to have a nice grill again :O)  it works really nicely. I made some of the best pork chops the other night, amazingly good actually. I probably wont be able to make them that good ever again lol 
  I still have two chickens. Roosters. I call them many names actually, Dumb and Dumber, Red, Lloyd, but the one that seems to come out the most is Rat Bastards...   They are pooping monster machines....  Seriously, since I have poured the porch its the only place they want to poop now.  went to Kansas city for a few days and when I got back they had pooped 143 times on the porch.....   Really!!!  I'm going to paint a bingo card on my porch, that way I can play chicken poop bingo...  anyone want to play along?   lol

this is one of the squash plants, that flower is about as big as my hand. 

See? I wasn't kidding about the chicken poop....  Anyone ready to play the chicken poop bingo game? lol 

this sadly is a combine,  This is what happens when it gets hit by a train. Sadly, the operator of the combine didn't survive :(  He was a local guy that I have known since I was a little kid.  RIP.



This is actually the operators compartment, He was actually thrown from the combine on impact. 


It was weird for me to hear about this the next morning, I had actually met him on the gravel road when I was headed home that day about 5 minutes before he was hit by the train.  I was most likely the last person he saw.  Its a sobering deal, you never know from one moment to the next which one will be your last....   

Mom and my nieces daughter at the family reunion :O) 

My nieces son :O) such a little cutie :O) 

I saw this and had to take a picture :O)  mom her great grand kids. I thought it was neat that they are stair stepped in sizes. 

Okay, I was messing around in the garage again and this is what came out of it lol
I was told that its a spider bird lol

and here is Patches :O) 

Bought some LED lights a while back and put them up under the porch, I wanted blue but they didn't have any in that length. Its not as bright as the porch lights are but its not the soft light that I was looking for.   Maybe next time they will have the blue :O) 
As you can see I was having a tough day at work lol


Oh yea, the chicken pvc pipe cage thingy I made a while back. Don't make one like that, at least don't use the schedule 40 3/4 pipe. Its not sturdy enough for the Kansas winds or the chickens roosting on the top bar.  Its a good design but just make sure to use the schedule 80 one inch pipe. It would be a lot better that way.  Just wanted to give that update so no one else would make the same =mistake that I did :O(

This is a much better picture of the squash plant flower :O)  I thought it was really pretty as well.

this is some of the flowers that we bought and hung up on the porch to help attract the humming birds. It has worked actually, we have at least two female humming birds that regularly feed her at the porch.


Just a plant that we put on the antique pedal tractor on the porch, going to put a shelf where the motor is supposed to be and put a flower on each side. should look really cute.


I think I have posted this picture before :O(


Made this seat for the front porch as well. I don't know what old implement the seat came off of but I'm thinking it was a horse drawn piece. Maybe?


This is one of the two humming bird feeders that's hanging on the front porch,  Have I said lately just how much I really enjoy the front porch? I love it actually :O) I have always wanted a big porch and now I have one. Its actually starting to be a little smaller with the stuff I have been putting on it too lol  Might have to put a addition on the porch one of these days :O)
I love sitting out there in the early morning hours or the evenings watching the birds and animals in the yard. There are many different breeds of birds that go to the feeders and bird bath. Sometimes deer even walk down the road in front of the house. Rabbits scamper all around, a few squirrels and stupid possums too.  I haven't seen the ground hog this year though, wonder if its still around?


This is Shane on the left,  I took this picture on fathers day at the reunion. Little did any of use know that just a few short days later he wouldn't be with us any longer.  He was riding his mountain bike and got hit by a vehicle.    RIP Shane, you are missed by many.


just a random pic of some flowers in my yard :O)


Well all, going to get off here and eat some supper. Sorry that its been so long between posts but I am still here and I will keep posting as long as I'm able :O)  I will be posting some more pictures as soon as I figure out where and what windows 10 has done with them.    
  Be safe all :O) and make each day count as if its your last day :O)
Notlim

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Hi all :O) I'm still alive...

I am so sorry to my regular readers, I have just been so busy as of lately that I have had no time to post on what been going on around here. Just when I think I have some time something else pops up and I don't get to posting. 
  I don't even know where to start at on catching you all up, but first let me tell you that somehow one night I must have gave windows 10  permission to up grade my computer from my wonderfully easy window 7 to this night mare they call windows 10.  I don't know about anyone else but so far I think it sucks....   no, not just sucks, but SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!      Ok lol I have that out of my system for at least alittle while.   Here are some random pictures of a few of the things I have been up too.

This is the first harvest from the garden this year, actually I picked some radishes before this, they were so good, tender and sweet. :O) But as you can see there are some new potatoes and squash. Going to be grilling some tomorrow.

Okay, so I was driving to town the other day talking on the phone with my girl friend, Yes, I have a girl friend :O)  and I came upon this cow leg laying in the middle of the road. Its not everyday that you see a dismembered cow leg laying in the road so I took a picture of is lol


Hillbilly bird bath. I think it looks rather cool :O)
the birds like it a lot.


And here is the porch, with the new grill and flowers too :O) I really enjoy the porch a lot, looking at either buying a porch swing or building one.  will be nice to sit out there in the morning or anytime for that matter :O)  enjoying watching the birds at the feeders or the humming birds feeding too.  I really enjoy sitting out there in the early mornings listening to the countryside waking up too the sun :O) 


Patches lol  Not very happy about having a bath lol  she sure smelled better though.


Me floating the concrete porch, was a lot of work but sure worth it :O)  Even if I had to do it twice because Toby the dog thought he should go out into the middle of it before it had set up :O(


this was one of the many roads after the big rain storm that had water running over it. We are still fixing roads and the storm was weeks ago.


trying to put a video on here yet again, not sure its going to work but I hope it does.


this is red, or Dumb, or rat bastard when he poops on the porch.


These iris's were growing beside one of my roads on my route.


Poured a little approach to the garage the same time I poured the porch.


random construction pic of the porch project, I had just got started with tieing the re bar and putting it all into place.


finished tying it all together and waiting for the concrete truck :O)


well all, again I am sorry about not posting for a while here. I will be back on here soon to post more of what happening around here.
So I will talk to you all again real soon, be safe all :O)