June 11th 2012 5:00 pm
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Thank you pals for all the pmails,pressies and birthday
wishes for Gma. I totally missed knowing, I was a DDP
until several days after the fact. Kinda Funny it was the
same day as Gma's birthday. This was a nice extra birthday
pressie for Gma and I snagged some extra treats out of the
deal. This was a good thing,since I've been cheated Big
Time by this veggie garden.
No one ask me, if I was willing to give up my dogster
time for Gma to dig in the dirt. Plant stuff,water stuff,
and weed the stuff...Make endless trips to the garden
and spend hours and hours out there. Babying those
plants like they were pups or something real important!
I took a peek at my barkboard....only to discover that
a 100 posts from my pals! How will I possibly ever
catch up with everyone????? I mean really, this outside
work load is just crazy!
We go in and out all day long... We are weeding and watering
our flowers. Picking sticks and babying some new flower
spots. Then we mow and mow and mow some more....We turn
around and it is ready to mow again! Off we truck to
do the garden stuff......
We've had such weather extremes. High winds,nights of
possible frost. A couple pounding rains in 2 wks,followed
by a week without sunshine and real cool temperatures of
60's. Then last week, it was HOT and topped out at 90
on Saturday. A couple thunder-boomers rolled through.
We had rain....so Sunday, we couldn't mow again!
It was cool and cloudy,only 65....They went off to the lake
fishing. I stayed home and snuggled,since I don't like big
water. I made sure, I checked out the big northern pike,
they caught. Gma's cousin was staying for supper. He
cleaned the fish for Gma while she cooked supper. We put
6 big bags of fish in our freezer. We are having fresh
fish for supper. Yummy! I like fish of all kinds.....
Today we had winds of 30-45 mph and it was very chilly,
with a 60 for a high. Now it is in the 50's... I was
happy to have hot laundry to lay in. Today was big deep
cleaning day. Of course that ate up a whole day....
This weekend, my human bro is coming back for a friend's
wedding. It is also Father's Day on Sunday. I hope the kids
and grand-kids come here...so I get in on all the FUN too!
We are using our outside grill and patio furniture a lot.
We moved our big metal loveseat swing around to the patio.
So now, we sit in it more... than when it was in front-yard.
We had to call a couple repairmen....Our fridge is doing
funny stuff....not kicking off, when it should. Our central
air has a similar problem. We had to call around to line
up someone to come to the boonies and fix our stuff....
Gma bought herself a birthday cake this year. It was
Chocolate! She said,I wouldn't get my lazy butt out of bed
and make her a cake...so she wasn't having a white cake!
You guessed it....NO birthday cake for me! I did manage
some of my own treats....Gpa has been sneaking me a teaspoon
of ice cream on a regular basis.
The next 2 days we have to mow....After that we have rain in
the forecast. Gma hasn't has a chance to wash the other mud
off the car yet. Gma bought another deep freeze....It's for
her the veggies and her baked stuff. Now we have 3 freezers.
Her Aunt was having a household sale,since she moved to an
I better go,as it is time to make supper....I will have more
stories about the garden in my garden Saga.... As soon as
my paws can snag that Gma to help me with the puter.
Everyone have a Pawsome Week! I miss my pals,groups and games...
Did you know it takes until fall to do a garden????????
Gpa moved the cows and calves to the summer pasture. He is
still fixing fence and corral. He is now working on equipment
for making hay. Won't be long and that will start.BTW-Precious
doesn't think much of Gpa and Gma's daily schedule,either!
Not enough lap time for us FURS!!!!!!!We're gonna STRIKE!
Catch ya later,Hugs and Kisses to All, Mazy
May 29th 2012 4:09 pm
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Friday we were out of bed early,raced around the house,
doing a few inside chores and prepping our supper. Late
morning we are outside with dirt,flowerpots and some
annuals for Gma to set into the perennial flower areas.
We planted 9 red geraniums, 2 asparagus ferns,2 large pots
for moss roses. We have 2 pots of flowers the grandchildren
brought Gma for Mother's Day.
Took us until lunch time to do this project. A quick lunch and Gma the
slave driver has us back outside. Now she is weeding in the perennials.
Before I know it,she had a big tub of weeds. 3 hours into the plant work....
I'd had enough! I DEMANDED to go inside.... This Princess was pitching a fit!
I WON THE BATTLE AND WENT IN TO SNUGGLE ON THE LOVESEAT.
It was a cool day and very little sunshine....
Later GMA CAME FOR THE SEED BOX.
Off she went to plant:
PARNIPS,RADISHES,SEVERAL KINDS OF LETTUCE AND NEON SWISS CHARD.
I totally ignored her next project!
Friday during the night, the wind came up: the wind blew,heavy
rain, then hail,thunder and lightening! We woke up to water puddles
everywhere. Over an inch in the gauge,even with wind.
Saturday THROUGH TODAY we had VERY LITTLE SUN and SHOWERS.
We've been hauling the peppers and tomatoes out to harden those.
By evening we haul them back into the cattle room.
5p.m. they issued a FROST ADVISORY....so OUT WE GO!
Hauled all the flowerpots inside.
Also brought the peppers and tomatoes back inside.
The Sun stayed out all of 30 seconds today. Now more showers.
Gma left the started garden plants covered up all weekend.
It's like they have a little individual greenhouse around
Gpa put hay bales on the west side of the garden to act as
a wind break. It's been too WET for him to work the peat moss into
stock tanks. Also too soft for him to put the garden fence up.
The yard is overgrown..while we waited for a lawnmower part that
Couple times this weekend,between showers we picked up sticks.
So we have several tubs of debris for Gpa to haul away.
The cucumbers and cantaloupe seeds planted in the house
came up. They are looking good.......
It will be awhile before they go to the garden.
A few seeds Gma will sow directly into the soil.
So we should have early and late crop.
The rain has messed with my peoples outside plans.
The rain will do the garden more good than hose water.
Now the temperatures have fallen off and are 15-20
degrees below normal. Haul it in, haul it out!!!
I thinks Gma is a CRAZY WOMAN!
I was MOST happy over the weekend...Gma caught up on laundry,
some cleaning and did some baking!
I ENJOYED LAYING IN THE HOT LAUNDRY. I SAMPLED THE
POUND CAKE AND BEER BREAD (SHE WASN'T FAST
ENOUGH AND CRUMBS FROM THE BREAD HIT THE FLOOR)...
I swooped in and grabbed those crumbs. I caught
up on my Napping and Pulled guard
duty on Memorial Day.
They went to my human sis's house to celebrate
Jaxcen's birthday. Just the 2 sets of grandparents
Sis had Gpa out together her new elliptical unit.
The kids both have moved to bedrooms in the basement.
So sis has been busy painting and decorating those rooms.
They had supper and dessert...It was almost bedtime when
they arrived home. Yep! It was Showering again!
Precious and I both stayed inside the house while
they were away.
We were not naughty and didn't break anything...
Gpa had to feed his 3 bottle calves in the dark.
Gma hauled her plants inside,yet again!
Human sis doesn't bring her plants in...if they freeze,
she will replant...Gma said, she's not going there!
If we keep up all this lifting...............
Pretty soon Gma should have her Summer Muscles .....
We are hoping the showers Blow off tonight! We have
tons of outside stuff to do. Grandson and his Mom
are coming up Friday night.
Jaxcen wants to go try his new birthday fishing pole
Gma's Aunt is having a household sale on Saturday.
Only a 1/2 mile to her house.
Gma is expected to put in an appearance. Today we
did as much deep cleaning as we could fit into the day.
While the veggie and flower gardens are on the Back
Burner.....Gpa took me out to Hunt and Snoop!
I was inside for the better part of 3 days.
I am getting an increase in my Treat Allowance....
Mostly, cuz all this outside stuff is cutting
into my play time! I think, grown ups
call this a BRIBE?
Jaxcen is 8 now and he knows this stuff!
May 27th 2012 2:39 pm
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Day 1 of Planting the Garden...
As the Prairie TattleTail,I must say
Thursday was the LLLOOOOONNNGGGEEEESSSSTTT
day of my little doxie life!
We all trucked over to the patch called the garden.
Starting with stakes and twine to mark off our planting
area. Gpa grabbed a shovel and started digging holes.
Oops,this was after Gma said,let's mark the rows with
stakes. Then Gma crawled along with her box of seed
spuds. Laying the spuds with the eyes up,so they can
see where to grow! The ground was dry so,they put some
water in the holes. They spaced the rows about 3 feet
apart and covered the holes. The small box of spuds
made 5 rows. I HAD TO DIG A COUPLE UP TO SEE IF THE
EYES WERE STILL UP! This didn't make Gma happy and
I was told to sit down! Next came the two kinds of
sweet corn. An early all yellow variety and a late
Once we started,Gma was like a possessed devil!
She felt Gpa had drug his feet in prepping the soil.
Gpa is our professional procrastinator of the family.
She is thinking about the growing season and how
long to harvest veggies. Now that the soil is ready,
if not planted quickly....will have to work it all
We also planted yellow and green beans,then onions.
Don't plant your potatoes by onions they don't like
each other,so she says. I thought after that we would
quit...clean up and fire up the grill for supper.
Gma decided to plant the purchased tomatoes,broccoli,
cauliflower,red cabbage as they were already
hardened for the garden. Now are we done????????
She goes and get ice cream pails to put around
the started plants for protection from elements.
Nope, she plants purple and orange carrots. I've
retreated to sitting under the edge of the pickup
in the shade. Can we go in now? I've had all the
FUN,I can stand for 1 day.
Gma goes to get them a beverage and I race to the
house. I'm done supervising for the day! I settle
into the soft loveseat for a nap. They mark off
another area for lettuces,radishes,parnips and swiss
chard. Before Gpa can leave, she realizes there isn't
any room for the tomatoes and peppers she started
from seed. So, Gpa marks off another area for her.
We also have two 8 foot stock tank filled with dirt.
They have to have peat moss worked into them. One
is for summer and winter squash,cucumbers and cantaloupe.
The other is for red,green,orange,yellow,purple
sweet bell peppers.
It was only in the high 60's so not too Hot for so
many hours in the open with no shade. Ground was
dry so Gma started watering right away. She cleaned
up her tools,this dirty little doxie and then herself.
We fired up the grill for BBQ'd ribeyes,corn on the cob
My old people had ouchies all over the place! Here Gpa
thought he'd get the fence up too.FAT CHANCE!!!!!!
Before bed the weather man is on TV and he is saying
possible Frost in NW North Dakota. They thought he
was full of it! Well didn't freeze here, but did drop
to 35...That was too Close! Gma will now cover the
started plants as needed. Good thing, there is alot
of miles between NW and South Central N.D.
I beat the old folks to bed!!!! Gardening is WORK!
I'm asking for an increase in my treat allowance.
This is doggie slave labor....I want a Union!
May 27th 2012 2:27 pm
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GRANDMA'S PLAN....Grandpa run the grain plow through
the future garden. Followed by Call the Man with the
garden tiller tractor to finish the soil prep.
GRANDPA'S PLAN.... Run the old grain plow through
and Plant said garden!
NOT GOING TO FLY.....
Grandma quietly told Grandpa that he had NEVER RAISED
VEGETABLES. It wasn't like seeding oats,barley,wheat,
flax or hay grasses. She wouldn't tell him how to do
The ground had to be REALLY WORKED...NOT HIT AND MISS!
So, Grandpa conceded he has not raised Veggies only
Grandpa plowed to break the ground. Followed by running
the disc over the ground. Gma was curious with all
the equipment noise. She went out to LOOK! OMG,what
does he think he is doing????????
Gpa thought, they were ready to go...NOT!
If, he could break up the big clods of dirt and then
level the garden area....Maybe, they were ready to
move on to the next step????? (Gpa,you mean there's
more to this,GARDENING BUSINESS?)
Gpa assured Gma, the ground would pass her inspection.
Even if, he had to go buy a garden tiller. His Dad
had always tilled Gma's garden for her.
Now Gpa has another brain storm.... He goes and gets
the garden dirt rake. He works and works to rake up
quack and other nasty stuff....Throws it out of the
garden. Then Gma looks again....BIG dip in the middle.
Can't leave that or all the water will run to the
middle and wash out all the plants... So, he rakes some
more...Throws out big dirt chunks,too! Now it is
LOOKING better....The tiller-man would have been easier!
(Gpa ends up wearing blisters on the hands, that do
manual LABOR everyday!) He also is READY to Admit
GARDENING is a BIG Project!
I helped by digging holes in the area to see how hard
the ground was. I was also looking for worms...
Gpa told Gma, I was practicing for the potato planting.
Sure, why not? I could dig holes for the potatoes...
Finally,Gma says, well will try it...The area for the
potatoes doesn't have to be worked as fine as other
areas. Leaving it, as we will see, how this goes?
The day before, they had to go to Bismarck for Gma
to buy some started plants,a new sprinkler,some
garden dusting powder for insects and some fertilizer.
Gpa had already made a trip for extra hoses,supplies
for the fence,some odds and ends.
GRANDMA SAYS: GRANDPA THOUGHT...
We could just whip the
whole thing up in 1 Day!
Gpa could agree to Help get this up and going
because he rented his cropland a young energetic
farmer with big dreams. Now Gpa will just work on making
hay for the cattle,fixing fence and rebuilding corrals.
Plus a few 100 other jobs that GO with those mentioned.
Of course, in Gma's defense she has a 100 other things
IT'S AGREED, THE GARDEN IS PREPPED AND READY TO PLANT!
Gma and Gpa go to load up everything they think they
need on the pickup and drive it over to the garden area.
READY OR NOT? HERE WE GO! NEXT,PLANTING SOME GARDEN....
May 27th 2012 10:59 am
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The Ponderosa hasn't had a full vegetable garden since
1989..She did raise a garden from 73 to 89.So, she isn't
a novice with vegetable production. The in's and out's
start to finish...Planning,prepping,planting,hoeing,
watering,pickin g,cleaning,freezing,canning and eating.
WowZer! So, why now in 2012 are we having one?????
Gma is NOW 23 yrs. older! WOWZER! Sure isn't because she
has less work these days. She isn't as fast as she once
Well, there are alot of reasons to take this huge project
on again. Raising your own tastes better. The sky rocketing
prices of vegetables the last few years is just plain
CRAZY!!!!!! Gma hasn't been overly satisfied with the
choice or quality of available produce. SHE IS A BIG
VEGETABLE CONSUMER. The real decision came with
Grandpa being willing to pitch in!!!!!!
Grandpa was willing to do the soil prep-work. Put up a
fence to keep animals out. Help Grandma mark off the
areas. He would assist in planting...So Great! Grandma
had Gpa for the heavy duty stuff that would do her in.
Grandma took most of the winter thinking about what she
wanted to include in the garden. She wanted to add
several vegetables that she eats often, but hasn't grown
in the past. They are Neon Swiss Chard,Broccoli,Ruby
Red Cabbage,Cauliflower,Parnips and Red Romaine Lettuce.
Now have varieties made for the northern climates.
Tolerant of the extremes here on the northern prairie.
Grandma started making a list of things she needed for
the garden. She started buy stuff in February, I think?
Really? Yep, really! Gma is a planner! Now Grandpa is a
fly by the seat of your pants guy....Oh Boy! I already
see trouble brewing!
Stay Tuned for PREPPING,PLANTING,RAISING AND HARVESTING
THE GARDEN OF 2012.
IT'S SURE TO BE INTERESTING....
Mazy The Prairie TattleTail
May 27th 2012 8:29 am
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FOR ALL THE FALLEN
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SACRIFICES FOR
OUR COUNTRY AND HER PEOPLE.
WE WILL ALWAYS HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED...
YOUR ALWAYS IN OUR PRAYERS,
TRAVEL SAFELY THIS MEMORIAL DAY!
May 27th 2012 8:25 am
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REMEMBER THE REASON FOR MEMORIAL DAY
FREEDOM ISN'T FREE
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR ALL THOSE WHO SERVE THIS
COUNTRY AND HER PEOPLE. PLEASE REMEMBER THEIR FAMILIES
IN YOUR PRAYERS. THEY DESERVE OUR GRATITUDE AND RESPECT.
HAVE A SAFE MEMORIAL DAY. GOD BLESS YOU, AMAZING GRACE
May 19th 2012 5:39 pm
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Here it is Saturday Evening, the last day of the week! I'm the Princess of the Ponderosa, so I had a Pawtastic Week! I was even Rosetta Pup of the week at Rotties and Notties Group. I was treated like the Royalty I am.....................
Sometimes, my pawrents forget I am Royalty.
Things were so HECTIC ..I even forgot to post my Mother's Day greeting to other pals......Maybe,I better fire my secretary???She can be an Airhead at times!
I saw my 1st. skunk ever this past week....They call them stinky kitties... Nope,I didn't get sprayed,either! Gpa bugged out, when he saw it was a skunk, instead of one of the 2 raccoon hanging around. Eating us out of house and home and stealing our cat food. Well, Gpa said, "Mazy let's BUG out......"OMD! He's ran the other way! Of course, I ran to catch him.....
Several pals were honored by HQ with Daily Dairy Picks,Dog of the Week, and Dog of the Day...My pal,Riley is now a Big Celeb and will have to wear doggles to hide from all the gal pups...who will be trying to kiss him.
I won some prizes playing games in my groups. This is always alot of FUN...We had Net trouble after our provider was out installing newer TV equipment and messed something else up. I had a whole 18 hrs. without NET! I was having D.T.'s missing my pals...All fixed now and new TV equipment works so much better than the old stuff.
I supervised so many Messes this past week,my little head was spinning!Hot day was 90 and cold day was 57. Everything in between, harsh winds,thunderstorm,lightening,humidity...Couple perfect days,too....We've had fans and central air and the furnace all
in the same week.
Time for supper.....I think, cuz it's damp...Gma is going to do the cheeseburgers inside. We used the grill this week for ribeye steaks,BBQ chicken,homemade ring sausage and pork chops...Cooked a new batch of venison for me.
I'll tell my pals tomorrow about all Gpa and Gma's disasters...it was a Poopie week for them. Catch ya later, Mazy
May 15th 2012 9:32 am
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We are posting an update on our pal,Red. Red was attacked by another bigger doxie earlier this spring. He was badly injured. His Momma has been posting updates on him. He has to have surgery for his broken jaw,broken nose and teeth. His Mom is working very hard in her community to try and raise the money for a very expensive surgery.
We'd just wanted to leave his ID number:608510...so you could see how beautiful his long hair was before they had to shave him to find all his injuries. Red has a diary and a picture posted after the Fur Doc shaved him. The poor baby!
We have posted below the latest update from his Mom for our pals to read. We are just asking you to pray for his recovery. Pray his Mom can raise enough money for him to have this surgery soon,so he can recover. If you have time, VISIT his page and leave messages of encouragement to his Mom. Just breaks our little heart to know he has such a long road ahead of him to recover.
Group: light a candle....
Subject: Up date On Our Red Sent: Sun May 13
There isn't to much new news about our Red's progress. He is still having a hard time eating and mama Nancy is still having to give Red his water with a syringe. He is still in a lot of pain from the teeth that got knocked loose and didn't tighten back up. They will have to be removed.
We have a great start on the Fund Raiser mama Nancy is pulling together. She just finished counting out the six garbage bags of cans and bottles her Computer Dr gave her. There was 325 and tomorrow their daughter wants mama Nancy to go back down as she has a bunch more cans and bottles for her.
The yard sale is coming together and she is putting Donation Jars out around town. Most here know and love our Red. Many have gotten his babies. We have to collect $700 for Red's surgery.
Keep us in your prayers that we collect what we need and that our Red will be able to have his surgery soon. Until he has his surgery he isn't going to be able to eat but three or four bites and take his water by syringe. His tongue hitting those loose teeth is very painful. The holes where the teeth were knocked out are not filling in so they will have to be surgically repaired. They are open and also painful. All he can eat is soft foods.
The Brewster Crew
Thank you for your prayers for our pal and his Mom. Only dogsters know how much all our fur babies mean to us.
Have a Great Day,
Hugs and Kissies, Mazy and her Gma K.
May 13th 2012 10:26 am
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE MOMS
My Angel fur sissies, Baby and Foxie,
sent Gma a Big Surprise for Mother's Day!
Then they wrote a poem about the gifts,
they sent to her from the bridge.
They dusted everything with Angel kisses.
Gma and I sat in the frontyard in the metal
swing....Enjoying the special beauty of
Warm sunshine on us while smelling the
sweet blossoms of Spring. The honey bees
came out to play.
Now Grandpa is going to take Grandma
away from the daily work for a few
hours of play.
I will be a good girl and watch the
place. Take a nap and patiently wait
for her return.
See Angel Baby or Angel Foxie's dairies
for the poem and the gifts set to
Mom on Mother's Day...
Huggies and Kissies,Mazy
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