Cricket

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

hi again



Hey all, :O)  told you I would be back soon. How has everyone been? good I hope. Things have been plugging along here, nothing really exciting just life.
  I went to bingo with mom fri night, she really enjoys getting out and going. She gets pretty bored in the rest home. She even won at bingo one game, made her money back lol
  Shes really working hard to get out of there. Strokes can really mess things up for a person.
  They are saying that she may get to come home by the end of October, we are hoping so. She said fri night that she just wants to go home and sit in her chair and relax. I can only imagine..

 Country living update.
  I have 24 chickens now and most of them are laying eggs, got way too many eggs lol If the zombie apocalypse happens I will eat pretty good on chicken eggs lol
  We ended up with one roster out of the sixteen chics we bought, I'm thinking we were really lucky from the stories I have heard from diff people buying chicks from orchelns.
 The garden is done, the one cantaloupe plant is empty and the cucumber plants (2) do not produce any, If they do the chickens get them before I do. really Really need to get that fence put up :O(
 
Curiosity
  Sometimes I get really curious about things, like for instance I have a few followers that are my constant. I know that the person in Moscow, Moscow city, I don't know but I am saying hi to you and thanks for being one of my followers :O) One of the other one's is from St Paul Minnesota, That one I may know lol it is a small world sometimes, I wonder if its really truly that small? what would be the odds of it being a old friend that I used to know?   Anyway :O)   Like I said, I get curious and I cant seem to let things go.

the kittens are growing quickly, pooping all over the place. They seem to forget where the litter box is at times. I don't walk in the yard anymore bare foot..  There is 10 kittens and I believe that 9 are boys ugggg.
  Built some flower beds in front of the porch the last few days, looks pretty good I think :O)  Went out and gathered up a lot of flat lime stones to make the retaining walls out of. Even have some to spare. Sure wish I could post pictures on here again, nope I still haven't figured out what the problem is..
  In other news, I cant seem to sleep anymore.  When I do want to sleep I cant because I'm at work lol Very frustrating.  I have tried many diff things but nothing seems to work. I imagine that it has something to do with my Lupus, I know that lately its been acting up.

  I still don't have any goats or any other critters. Still haven't finished the fences for the pens. Things just haven't been happening around here like I had hoped. Sure is rough to get older lol cant wait for another 10 years to be added onto this body. should be entertaining :O)  Well, I'm getting off here and go outside and look at the night sky, maybe I will get to see a meteor or two.  Good night all and talk again soon.  Be safe :O)


Saturday, September 9, 2017

surprise

Surprise everyone....    It has been a loooooonnnnngggggg time.  Hope everyone has been doing great.  I'm sure that I have lost most of my followers, if not all. I apologise for the Gap in keeping up with the posts.  Been in prison lol.  No not really. Just been busy with life.
  Some of the high lights that I have been up too and what's been going on.
. Still dating my girlfriend. Working on the place. Working at my job. Getting Pno trained basically. A dog trainer I am not. I had it so easy with cricket dog, she was such a layed back little girl. Pno is a in your face kind of dog lol.
  My mom had a stroke back in June and we have been dealing with that. She's getting alot better but it's still along road to go. Taking her to lunch tomorrow at the Saddle Rock, it's a favorite place that she liked going to. And then going to go see Grandma Estes, she will be 98 tomorrow.  Yay you grandma. You always said you wanted to live to be 100. Just two more years and you will have made it:-)
 I have some cat. 15 to be exact now. Anyone want a kitten? Or two?
 The chickens are doing great, the young ones are starting to lay eggs now. Getting between 7 to 9 eggs a day so far. Got a few free loaders but not sure which ones they are. I had been letting them run all around but they started tearing up my plants and pooping on the porch alot! Got them penned up for now. Need to butcher one rooster, got one too many.
  Got the lean to all done, going to start soon on a bigger one on the other side. Got most of what I need. Will be nice to have the extra room.
Still need to move the tin she'd home that I had given to me.
 I also messed up my knee some how. Bruised the bone ends in my knee. And tore something inside, they said I need surgery on it but have to wait. I need to build up my sick days and vacation time. Can't afford to loose any wages. Did it at home, I'm thinking it might of been when I was chasing graci the dog and fell.
 It's had me hobbling around for a while. It got so bad for a while that I was on crutches. It hurt bad.....
  It's feeling better now, atleast I can walk on it. Just have to be careful.
  Got some cucumbers out of the garden, chickens got alot more of them. Really need to put up that fence.. the one cantaloupe plant has did a wonderful job. The other day I took five cantaloupes over to the rest home where mom is so the cook could give them to all of the residents. They all pretty much loved them. They have asked me to bring some more over again.
  I just tried to upload some pictures, wasn't successful. I'm posting this from my phone. It's smart, I'm not I guess lol...
  Now that I know I can post this way I should be on here more.  I will work on getting some pictures to go with my comments.   Talk again soon.   Be safe all..

Sunday, February 19, 2017

wow

  Well hello all, its been way too long since I have let you all know what I have been up too.  Actually, I haven't been up to much but doing a lot of running. I have been neglecting a lot of things that I have been wanting to do and get done around here.  No ones fault just have been doing other things.
  The chickens are doing really good, they have been laying eggs regularly. Iv been enjoying them a lot :O)  I have to get rid of one of the roosters, they are fighting over the chicks and disrupting the zen of the chic house.  My farmer neibor buddy needs a rooster so I guess one of them will be going to live there.  The chickens are allot of fun to watch, just wish they would stop popping on the porch, going to have to make a fence to stop that I think.  Going to be buying some more chickens soon, need about 6 more and I will be happy lol
  Work has been going pretty good, rebuilding a lot of roads lately.  They need it, some of my roads on the route don't have ditches anymore.  Been trimming tree limbs too on the route. Some of my roads don't look the same at all. Starting to look pretty good. 
  In some other news, I now have a puppy :O) her name is Pno lol  I know, odd name but I like it. She is a mixed breed, she is part jack Russell terrier, part chiwawa and English bulldog and I thing some others might be in there too but she looks mostly like a jack Russell so far.  Pretty smart, Ive taught her to sit, lay, stand on her hind legs, and too fetch.  she's a pretty cool dog so far lol   She will actually crawl into the shower with me on her own, to be with me I guess but sometimes we take a shower together lol sounds strange but that's the way it is. She enjoys it.  No sticky dog here.
  So far she gets along with the chickens too, every once in a while she acts like she's going to maybe chance them but doesn't. will be keeping a eye on her for sure. She likes to travel in the truck or even in the grader lol took her to work one day and she done really good. Wont be making a habit out of that but it was nice having her in there with me.
  Went and got a bunch of older telephone poles yesterday, thanks for your help RO.  There was a lot more there than I had thought, its a load and a half lol also stopped and picked up two big rocks out of the road ditch as well. Going to be using them in the land scaping project for the front yard one of these days. Now that I have the poles home I can get busy on the lean-to. Got pretty much everything I need now to get it built. will be nice to have more room to store stuff like the tractor and the extra lumber I have saved up. That way I can get my work shop organized finally.
  Going to be getting started on the goat pens as well. maybe I will get them don't this year. I'm also going to build a extra pen on the north side of the property. Its going to be a pig pen. Got to have pigs to have bacon :O) and pork chops, pork cutlets,  sausage :O)  I've been catching some pork sales at the grocery store lately, been using the tenderizer I got from Howard quite a bit here lately. works really nice :O)
  I bought a old antique cubbored last weekend on my way back from Kansas city, shouldn't have but I did. Its been used and even abused some but all that is just character to me :O)  ;It looks really good in the kitchen.  I found it on offerup :O) I really like that app.  There are so many things for sale and a lot of its really cheap. I have even sold some stuff on there as well.
  In other news I have been working on the short wall around the kitchen, I have finally got the sheet rock all mudded and sanded now, now just to paint it lol hopefully that doesn't take me 3 yrs lol  yes, I can really drag my feet with some projects. 
  went out today and cut back a bunch of the tree limbs along the yard so I done have to dodge them on the tractor when I'm mowing this year. pushed them all into the brush pile for burning later on.  started pushing up a lot of the old trees that had fallen down among the other trees, just cleaning up the tree ine some. get it ready to plant some trees in place of the dead ones so I can keep the wind break going for the place.  Cleaned up the garden area today and yesterday,  getting it ready for spring planting :O)  Going to till up some extra ground this year, I've had two gardens basically but this year I am going to till up the area between the two of them. Going to be one big garden.  I'm going to try a new way to plant tators this year, going to plant them in a wire cage in layers, saw it on pentrist.
  I have two grader tires now as well, going to cut the sidewall out of one side of them and fill with dirt to make some raised beds. Getting tired of bending over all the time and it hurts too much to get down on my knees anymore as well. Its not much fun to be getting older and to have a medical issue that there is no cure for.  One that has no rhyme or reason either.  some days are good ( I say good but that just means that I'm able to get around better than the other days.)  Here lately its been really kicking my ass.  I'm not whining about it, just getting tired of it. Some days all I can seem to get done is go to work and get my job done. Come home and sleep or not sleep. sometimes sleep just isn't in the works.  Just have to Keep on Keeping on like Joe Dirt says lol
  well, its late. Going to bed.   talk later to you all.   Be safe :O)
 

 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

still alive

  Hey all, sorry that's its been so long since I have been on here. Honestly I have been debating about calling it quits on here. Just doesn't seem like I have enough time anymore or maybe its just time to stop.
  I have been kind of busy still, got one of the old grain bins home. Another one still to get. The chicken house is pretty much done, just doing small stuff with it now. The chickens stopped laying when it got cold, put electric too it and now they have more light and a heat bulb for a little heat. The egg production is back in swing.  I'm in the process of putting another poop door in. Its rather cute, will have to get a picture of it.  Still fighting with the windows 10 picture stuff, ,maybe that's one of the main reason why I haven't been blogging and thinking about stopping. The picture deal is such a hassle.  Its rather frustrating and I say that politely .... 
  did everyo9ne have a nice xmas? We had a relatively stress free time :O)  Took mom to the casino again, she won money again, I lost money, again.... 
 

Friday, November 4, 2016

picture heavy

went out picked some squirrel food the other day.  Might be enough for the winter, maybe. They squirrels up in kc we lovingly call them Tree Pigs lol


I was trying to capture all of the humming birds in the pic. only got three but there was five buzzing around.


Red and Whitey, wonder which one is which? lol


these are a bunch of poles that I bought for  1 dollar apiece from the local phone company. Going to be used in the fences for the goat and pig pens. Going back to get some more soon.


Just a cool pic of Red on the porch with the flowers


The next two picture are from work, was trying to show you all the graded radius in the ditch that I had just done. Might not look like much but there are a lot of hand and wrist coordination going on in those pics. I don't have a steering wheel in the grader, its all run by two joy sticks.  and to do those radius cuts like that, there is ALOT of moves lol



Yes, that's a glass of wine on the fender of my tractor :O) That's just how we roll out here in the country :O)


Here is the chicken house and chicken pen (aka Alcatraz)


Just some pretty clouds and they were actually red like this, the sun was rising.


Went snooping one day at a old abandoned farm and this is one of the things I found there. Pretty cool picnic table I think :O)


yes, a rainbow.


This is the machine I got to run the other day, its a joy stick operation as well. was nice :O)


We tore a old bridge out a few weeks ago a mile east of my house. Boss told me I could have the rocks if I wanted them. Yes they at the house now :O)  Going to be doing some major land scaping with them someday soon I hope.
If you look close you can see my cap (for a reference of rock size) sitting on one of the rocks


more rocks, might make some into some large water troughs as well.


My pancake cast iron griddle, cleaned and seasoned again. worked just fine the other weekend when we had mom and uncle out for breakfast :O)


and this, is my new grill I bought a while back. Its NOT supposed to smoke like that. :O( it had stormed the night before and I turned it on to dry it out some. Guess there was a build up of grease in there as well as some water. I just about had a melt down. Things got hot and stinky.
I put it out and its working again just fine. a little more careful about things now and I clean it more often lol


My Halloween tomatoe :O)


country fresh eggs and home made rolls :O)


Moon, was big. and bright.  :O)


I love this old Toyota and its even forsale but for the condition of it she wants too much :O( But just look at that thing :O) its a custom cab, Factory I might add. 4x4 22 rte motor (T is for turbo) rare. very little rust at all. but its rough. would need a lot of tlc.


Just a random pic of a old grain elevator. thought it was cool.


Just one of the MANY MANY hauls out of the garden.


OK, its really time for bed now.  Take care and will talk to you all again. :O) Be safe.

hmmm.

 

  Well, I had big plans of blogging tonight. Couldn't even come up with a post title.    wondering what to talk about.


  I went to my doctor today, one of them anyway. Lupus doctor, didn't learn much new.  Told him I didn't have much money so we needed to just do the important blood tests, down to two blood tests and a urine test.   I was getting anywhere from 8 to 11 blood tests every three months. plus the urine tests and there is about 7 to 9 tests that they do on the urine. can we say expensive?  very costly even with insurance. When it wants to pay it seems like.
  The chickens are doing good, got 4 free loaders though. They better get serious pretty soon or its going to get very serious for them... 
  As you all know I bought  a new to me pu, I made the deal with the understandment that they would put new tires on it. They did and I kept the old tires which weren't wore out but would of had to buy new in about 6 or 8 months ( I don't drive a lot of miles anymore) I brought them home and yesterday I put them on a flatbed trailer that I have. Its been used for a while now as a place to store a bunch of steel and stuff like that. Well, its ready to roll down the road and be useful for something better than what its been doing. which is nothing.  I have to unload it now but will be nice to have it to use again. I had made that trailer back in 97, it used to be a camper trailer but the camper went bad. Tore it all off, reinforced the frame, shortened it about 8 ft. (still 16' long ) put some 2 x 12 planks on it and made a really nice trailer. Don't haul cars on it, would probably haul it but why take the chance and break it.
  Doing laundry right now. exciting huh? lol 10:30 at night and I'm doing laundry. Why? Because I cant seem to sleep much anymore.  Its weird, I can be ready to fall asleep during the day at work and when I get home at first I'm so tired but do you think that I can go in there and go to sleep? nope, not very often can I do that. gets frustrating that's for sure.

  The day before yesterday I was petting patches and found a nasty scab sore area on the side of her head. Looked really bad, I made a vet appointment the next morning. Took her over and she has a bacterial ear infection.  The weird part is the infection came out on the side of her head. guess it does that. She hates me twice a day now. I have to give her ear drops and then some amoxicillin liquid too. She can handle the ear drops but the liquid med is really nasty I guess because she fights me hard not to take it.  not pretty.  She's starting to act a lot better though.
  Made some inside window sills today for the house windows. Patches is getting used to have one to sit on and look outside from. maybe my plant in the kitchen window will do a little better being closer and in the more direct sun light. I found one of those glass water bulb things and its made a big diff on rather it gets water or not lol I can see the bulb and when it needs filled. I need to get a lot more of them for more house plants.  I like it in the mornings when the sun is shinning thru it. makes a lot of colors. The cooler weather seems to be getting here, highs in the high 60's next week and lows in the forties :O)  good sleeping weather If I can get to sleep :O/ 

I'm really looking forward to this winter actually. I just would like for it to snow some, if its cold there should be snow on the ground and I should be able to use my v-plow on my grader to plow snow :O)   

I cant believe that's its already Nov. wow but the time sure slips past a person the older you get.
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it then Christmas will be zipping by and then it will be another new year.  I have no idea what we will be doing as a family this year for either holiday, the family still hasn't recovered from the nonsense a while back.  So who knows for sure. Might just have it out here, its been a pretty small gathering anymore. Might have to go to the casino again. lol 

  Think I will start getting my cast iron ware gathered up and start re seasoning them. Some have to be sanded down completely and started over from square one.  I like me some cast iron ware :O) Not sure where I'm going to put all this stuff in the house :O) I really need to get some more shelf's or buy something to put them into. Going to move the freezer out into the garage soon too. that will make some room in the kitchen to do something about the shelving problems.

whelp, I just went blank again so with that I will say good, be safe and talk to you all again soon :O)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Been awhile, again...

     I haven't been up to much different, just work, feeding the chickens, spending time here or at the Girl friends house in the big city. Big enough anyway lol Got the chicken house mostly done, still have some things to finish up on it but it holds the chickens well enough :O) Iv had the two roosters for a while, went and bought 8 hens a couple of weekends ago. Been getting a few eggs but they are not very reliable so far. Have gotten about a dozen so far and they are so good lol even better since they are mine lol  Same chicken same food same everything except they are laying their eggs in my chicken house :O)  That's what makes them taste so much better lol They are miss matched bunch of chickens lol barred rocks, orpintons, uummm   them kind and those kind and that other kind lol   This spring we are going to buy some chicks and it will look alittle more organized, I hope.  Some of them have had a rough time of it, there's a chicken plucker among them, going to stalk them this weekend and find the culprit. will be fresh chicken in the skillet this weekend maybe :O) 
  Things are really going pretty good around here, slow but its going. Got the woven wire over the gate finally the other day, been along time getting that done :O(  Still no goat pens yet but its at the top of the to do list before winter sets in, I hope. or atleast get them started.... I'm thinking the lean too is the next big thing on the list that I need to get going on. That way I can get some stuff in under the shelter.    I have come to the conclusion that I have entirely too many irons in the fire but isn't that how it works on a place like this in the country? Have to pick my projects on a priority scale...
  Lets see, Lean too, Have to get the power poles from down the road to do that, have the tin and boards to mount the tin on.   So I need to get the poles home then get to going on that.
  Then the goat pens, have to get more poles, wire, steel posts and ties, and then get busy on it. Need to finish the chicken pen, build the pen gate, put the chicken door on the chicken house for the chicken to come and go out of into the pen. Put another chicken exit on the east side so they can come and go during the day free ranging in the yard. Built the pen mainly for them to get outside while I'm gone on some weekends.  I haven't let them free range yet since we got them, about two weeks. I bet red and whity is ready to get the heck out of there and down into their favorite spot in the trees.
  Need to plow the garden up and get some more cow manure to put on it, and I have to put the tube in the tire on the trailer before I can do that too.   I still need to put the new hydraulic hose on the dump bed to make life easier when dumping the manure too. The Tomato plants are still going strong, they are full of tomatoes ready to pick yet again.  The bad ones I give to the chickens, they love them.  I sometimes give them some sunflower seeds as a treat.  Also checking into how to raise meal worms, looks easy enough lol I guess chickens go nuts over them.
  Oh yea, don't remember if I said anything but I actually bought me a new to me vehicle, the hoopty just wasn't going to hold up running back and forth to see the girl friend very much longer and besides that, I was really wanting something more reliable and usable. I bought a little two wheel drive pickup,  Its my "car" lol this way when I see stuff along the road or at a yard sale or whatever where ever I can pick it up.  gets good gas mileage and its comfortable to drive.
  Hooked up the icemaker and water dispenser on the frig last night finally. not real impressed with the water dispenser, I really think I can pee faster and harder than that thing does.... But the ice maker works fine lol  lets just say that getting the right stuff for the job and making it all work was a interesting time. grrrr.   But its done and there is no water leaks (knocking on wood/my head lol )  I have heard so many horror stories about the hose breaking or the frig springing a leak that I was half scared to leave the house this morning with it on. Came home to a dry house though yay.
  In other news, Here a while back I got on Pinterest. I had always thought it was a chick thing, sorry for sounding so typically a guy but I did.  I have found a whole new world in Pinterest lol   I'm always looking on there lol  If you cant find it on there it really doesn't exist ... I really enjoy the metal art and the homestead stuff, chickens goats, gardening ect ect ect lol its amazing lol   but any  way.  it really is amazing :O) 
  the weather got pretty chilly there for a while and I was loving it :O) got alitlle rainy at times but I still was enjoying it. But the mosquitoes got pretty bad for a while too uuggg.. The lows were around 45 at times loved it. now the lows are around 55 or 60 and the high yesterday was around 80. not too bad. 
Oh yea, back to the list..  still need to organize and build shelf's in the storage trailer too :O(  It never ends lol  I'm going to go through all that stuff and put a lot on a for sale place called "offerup" you can sale anything and everything on there and find just about any thing you could want. Pretty cool. thanks Ro for showing that to me :O)   I have sold a few things on there already, I actually take pictures of the items then send them to the girl friend and she posts them on there a couple of days before I go see her and usually things get sold while I'm there for the weekend :O)  What I don't put on offer up I'm going to give to good will or just simply give away or shit can it....   Tired of holding onto a lot of the stuff. Need the space for other things more than I need the stuff. Time to clean house!!!
  Weve been grilling a lot and its been burgers or chicken for the most part, been trying to catch things on sale but sometimes you cant. Ro had been buying boneless thighs and I really fell in love with grilled boneless thighs but they cost a lot of money, so we started buying bone in thighs and taking them and boning them out ourselves. so much cheaper to do it that way :O) we save the trimmings and bones to boil up later to make chicken broth.  its a win win :O)  Any more I would rather have a grilled boneless thigh over a chicken breast.   Going to buy some cheap beef roasts and make some minute steaks too, love me some chicken fried steaks.  Its really handy having a actual tenderizer on hand to use. :O)  Thanks Howard old buddy R.I.P Miss visiting with you.  He told me to take his home out of the blue one day. Said if he needed to use it he knew where it was...

Here is the bone in chicken, it really is pretty easy to take the thigh bone out, just need a good sharp knife and just start in doing it. Wont take but a few and you will get a feel for it and before you know it your will be whipping them out :O)
 

There's the pile of boned out on the right and the little pile on the left is the bones and fat trimmings with a few meat pieces. Like I said earlier, will boil them up and make some home made chicken broth. and of course you will need to pressure can the broth to safe it for later use. So we are saving all the stuff in the freezer until we have enough to process.



all packaged up and ready for the freezer, I divide them up into four thighs per package then I toss them all into a gallon size bag, keeps it from getting freezer burnt for quite a while. They usually don't last long enough in the freezer to get burnt lol


The fat cat :O)
  I was thinking the other day about patches and what all we have been thru together and realized that she is getting old. She was born in the spring of 2005, She was such a cute little kitten, She had a eye infection in both eyes and couldn't see. She was a outside barn cat up till that moment lol I cleaned her eyes up, took her to the vet and she got some shots and such. I brought her home and that was the last time she was ever outside willingly lol  Cricket and I just about lost her twice when we were living in the motor home, once she fell out of the screen door when she jumped against it to catch a fly, she freaked out and ran under a bunch of junk in the yard.   Got her back in and she wouldn't touch the screen door again, she would sit there all day and watch out it but would not touch it lol. The other time was when we were in the mountains and cricket I had walked up a dirt road to make sure it was safe to go up with the rv and trailer, we had got in a pretty dicey place once and didn't want to do that again...  But anyway we came back and was getting ready to go and I heard the cat meowing kind of weird. cricket was hanging out the window just about ready to fall out looking at something. It was the cat lol she had fallen out the driver window and was panicking under the rv. Good thing I heard he and cricket was acting stupid hanging out the window lol  after that she never got close to the window either lol   Patches will be 12 this spring.  


  Well all, going to get off here and get ready for bed,  I still haven't figured out the problem with the pictures on windows ten and my phone. Once I do I will be bombing my blog with a lot of pictures. I might just have to go some where and have someone show me or fix my problems that I am having with this.  I have so many pictures I want to share with you all. Bare with me :O)  I will figure it out one way or the other :O)   
Be safe all :O)  talk to you all again :O)