September 28th 2012 3:17 pm
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Well grandma has been home 2 weeks Today....We've been
runnin' from project to project. You always have the usual
stuff around home to take care of. The cleanin',laundrin',
cookin' and shoppin' were the EASY JOBS!
We All went to the garden to find those rootin' vegetables.
We harvested the spuds,carrots,parsnips and onions. The
ground was ssssssssssssooooooooo HARD,like cement! We used
a shovel,potato fork and even an axe!!!! It took the better
part of a Whole Day! I even tried helpin' by diggin' in
the ground. It was so hard, I Quit and went to carryin'
small spuds away. Then I got in trouble for chewin' on
spuds! In my defense, it was lunchtime and I was hungry!
The axe Gpa had to use to loosen the parsnips.
Gpa had to sit and rest every 3 or 4 hills. Gma dug a
couple and that took care of her....Neither of them have
ever seen the prairie ground this hard!
Well the slicin' was about savin' the spuds that had
damage on them. Gma sliced,blanched,bagged and froze
all of those.Boy,did that make a BIG mess to clean up!
This took a whole day......
Gma made the vegetable relish and canned it. She used
green tomatoes,carrots,red cabbage,onion and peppers.
This really turned out Great! 2 batches
A friend brought us Apples... So we washed and peeled.
Cooked them into sauce and smashed it through the food
processor. We now have applesauce.(Took another day)
Gma peeled 100 apples! 2 batches .... The set up and
clean up of these projects eats up alot of time.
We have 3 bags of apples left. We made a big pan of
Danish Apple Bars today. We are going to make another
batch of applesauce. Dry some apple slices for the
kids. Apples cookin' makes the house smell so good!
I love applesauce....Gma puts it in my little home
made treats too.
Yesterday, we baked all day! We made 4 batches of
cookies. Chocolate Chunk,Pumpkin Spice,Frosted Sugar
and Peanut-butter Blossoms. Fresh cookies! Grandson
isn't going to catch Gma low on cookies this visit!
I really like the pumpkin cookie......
Gma and Gpa are taking Jaxcen and his Mom fishin' this
weekend. 2 lakes only 10 miles away. McKenzie will be
absent this time. She has a big slumber party. Jaxcen
and his Mom are staying over. REAL PLAYTIME FOR GMA
AND GPA.......It was 80 today and 80's for Saturday.
Gma has a basketball game tomorrow. McKenzie is the
center of her team. She scored 14 pts. last week in her game.
They played against Gpa's community and beat them in
overtime. Score was 23-19.
Gpa bought some corn with high moisture. (Saved money)
He's been shovelin' and augarin' the corn back and forth
into wooden grain wagons. This helps dry the corn out.
He will use it as feed for the calves. He has been
buildin' corral and wind breaks. I've been ever so
helpful, as I follow along.
Gpa took the garden fence down. As we will make it
larger next year. So, we can run a tiller through all
the rows. Will really save Gma alot of weeding hours.
Gpa is going to build the soil up with rotten manure.
Run the digger and plow through. Work everything up,
then spray for our fungus and pesty insects.
He admitted he made alot of extra work by not working
the ground the way Gma said, it needed to be.Raising
vegetables is not like small grain crops.
Gma still has 3 buckets of tomatoes in the freezer to
thaw and make into pasta sauce. After that the canning
for this year will be done. It has been a very long
busy growing season for them both.
The leaves are fallin' and we are waitin' until most
are on the ground. We have help to rake and haul them.
Better than Gma tryin' to rake a couple hours,several
times per week. Gpa is still walkin' with me, so Gma
can do her big projects. After supper,Gma plays with
me. We end our day,by settlin' in the rocker and readin'.
We did find time to wash all our blankets and such
before the seasons change. We washed woodwork and I
played in the scrub pail. I was bored! We mended a
few stuffies....New squeakies and just like New!
BTW- We are still fighting with defective items.
The ice maker on the new fridge is broken. The
new cell phone is going back. (Actually 2 bad
phones!) So Gma and Gpa have had to play automated
phone tag on these things. Ugh! Good thing, I'm
here to defuse their frustration and lower their
blood pressure. I go into the clown mode after
these lengthy phone tags,they are forced to play.
Here's what we are doing on the Ponderosa...Gpa
hasn't hauled any bales home. Hoping for rain!
Very dry and a fire risk...Since weather is nice,
holding off as long as we can.
Gonna Zip around and see what is new with all my
pals... We're all WELL just busier than busy!
Catch ya later,
Hugs and Kisses, Mazy
This may be the 1st. year, Gma EVER embraces
winter and settling into a quiet time.
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Momma needs detailed instructions on how to do the veggy soil correctly so next year daddy can do it right. Our veggy garden is full of weeds and daddy couldn't remember what he planted so some of the stuff that came is is a real surprise. We will be back in New Mexico hopefully by Tuesday afternoon. Hopefully we will still have some things growing in the garden if the rabbits and deer left it alone - BOL, BOL.
You got me all pooped out from reading all the busy things you and your family is doing Miss Mazy! Glad your Gma is home and now go take a nap.
My momma says all dis baking talk are making her hungry!
The apple bars and cookies were Pawsome! I was happy to have sugar and pumpkin cookies without nasty chocolate...so I could have some!
Miss Coco, you should have a county area Ag person office....
They can tell you what kind of soil is in your NM area. What kind of stuff you need to add to make your veggies grow..... Make that Daddy mark the rows! Gma hoed out a bunch of seeds cuz, Gpa didn't thing she needed to mark every row...Buy a
small narrow tiller to work your soil. Find out what kind
of pests you will have in your area. Net is so useful and didn't have this tool years ago....
I get my naps HD while waiting for my peeps to finish their work.... Today I pestered barn kitties while sticks and branches were being picked up. It was so windy but warm 70's.
Cold weather rolling in tonight........Ucky!
Fresh fish last night that we caught and cleaned. It was pawsome......Basketball games this week. More canning....
I think,pasta and apple sauce????? Supplies for feral cats again!
Have a Pawsome week! Kisses,mazy