Mazy's Prairie Mischief and Adventures

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I Didn't Miss Out This Time....

October 2nd 2012 3:57 pm
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OMD! What a surprise! While Gma was workin', Precious
and I ran into the puter room and was messin' around!
We logged into the mails and discovered almost all the
mail was for us Furs!

Well, we started readin' doggie and kittie mails.....
Notes and messages from ssssssssoooooooooo many pals!
WOWZER! Balloons were being sent from EVERYWHERE!
Precious and I LOVE to play with balloons..Especially
like to chase and pop them....

Back to my story........ Gma wouldn't take a break
So we dug for her book of pass'em words and we surfed
to the net without her! Ruff! Meow! We didn't think
it was so hard to find our pawsome site! Now... we
had to hurry and find out what all the Balloons
were about????? We were so confused!Where did all
come from and why????

bunches of balloons to catch up with all our PALS!
Thank You HQ! WE LOVED IT! This time, cause we broke
the house rules of NO PUTER without Gma we didn't miss

I think MOST of us FURS are on a Fur Allowance,so we
only have so many GaZealies to pass around.... We try
to use them for Furs birthdays,sick days, specials days
like DOTD or CATD or DOTW or DDP's....Especially for
those furmilies that are hurtin' from sayin' good-bye
to a Beloved Fur. Sometimes, the hoomans and their furs
just need a quick, HOWDY,I miss you greetin'!

The Ponderosa Angels Foxie and Baby got together at the
Bridge with all the dogster and catster angels and they
gave their Balloons and Pirate Flags to the pup and purr
furs that Never knew what a kind hooman was! They never
had a home,food,toys,blankets and treats....There was
a Big party at the bridge for all those Furs who didn't
have forever homes while they were in our world.
Those furs were so happy and excited to be treated
very very special.......They played,rolled,romped,
ran,barked and meowed...while there were treats of
every kind for everyone.........So thank you pals for
remember the ones,that watch and wait for the day
when our furmilies will join us. Our packs will be
all together again.....
This was an AWESOME DAY!!!!!!!!!!!
We Love You All, Mazy


Rootin',Diggin',Smashin',Slicin' and OTHER JUNK!

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.



September 28th 2012 2:33 pm
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We'd like to thank our pals for the notes and prayers
sent to us about Gma's Daddy. We appreciate the support
so very much. We promised to report on how things are
with his heart.

Great-Grandpa had 2 heart caths. in September. The 1st.
procedure told us that: 3 of the arteries with bypasses
done in 2001 are open. This was good news! We also knew
that the 4th. artery did have blockages.

They can only give so much dye and keep you under so long.
A 2nd. procedure was done last week. The results were
disappointing. The surgeon tried and tried to open the
artery. Then they had planned to put stents in to keep
it open.

They couldn't open the blocked artery. His situation is
being managed with medications. A new medication was
added that improves his circulation and blood pressure.
So he isn't so cold and exhausted. We've been told
this is all that can be done for him. He is too frail
to undergo another open heart surgery. His heart
is just wearing out.

Thank you once again for all the support. It is very
difficult being a 1000 miles away. We try to touch
bases a couple times each week. Checking to see how
things are going.


A Big Ponderosa Pack Thank You To Fellow Pirate Pals

September 28th 2012 2:15 pm
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The Ponderosa Pack would like to thank all our pals who sent us
greetings for Pirate Day...What a Pawsome Surprise! Everyone was so
kind to remember us.

We Can't believe that Precious and I missed the whole thing!
All the cool games and cruisin' around and seein' what was goin' on.
I'm sure Precious and I were ALL tied up keepin' Gpa and Gma
on track with their work. They should of had more than 2 children,
maybe they'd still have some helpers around here??? I'd have
other hoomans to play games with.

Angels Baby and Foxie told us, they had a Pirate Day at the bridge.
They had a COOL game called walk the plank! Everyone lined up to
take a turn. NO pokes with the swords to make the pups and purrs
jump off the plank.

Below waited a huge pool,filled with every possible kind of treat!
Meatz,cheese,bones,fish and sea foods too......They had a Pawtastic
Time and told us, they were Sorry we missed all the FUN!
Angels Foxie and Baby thank you for remembering them with
greetings and flags.

I better Zip,as I promised an update on Gma's Daddy. I want to
share what we've been up to around here. Gma has been home
2 wks. today....Things have been just Crazy!


Surprises 4 Me!

September 16th 2012 3:58 pm
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Friday,Grandpa up and disappeared mid-morning...
He didn't take me along! Left me high and dry,standing
guard duty! How could he??? I had faithfully listened
while keeping him out of trouble....

Sure felt like he was gone Forever! What a surprise
when he came home....Grocery bags to dig in. The car
was all scrubbed and polished. He said, it was all
ready for winter. He had been at the garage for service.
I made sure I left some footie prints on the black
leather show him who is BOSS around here!

He opened the door,carrying a little red suitcase! It
was just like Grandma's bag! I peeked around the corner
and there she was! Grandma was Home! I was so Happy!

I ran to and from the car,jumping on the seats,while
they unloaded all the supplies. I washed Grandma's face
and covered her with big,sloppy kisses. She loved on
me awhile. Then I went off to eat my busy-bone, I kept
hid from Precious all day.

Grandma put grocery away,threw her suitcase on the bed.
Took me outside to potty. Gave me some bite size treats.
Fed me supper and played with me some more. Grandpa went
off to feed the bottle calves and the barn kitties.

Grandma was so tired from not sleeping well. Being up at
3 a.m. She popped a fresh pizza into the oven and made
a salad. After supper,she opened her suitcase....I had
to help her with her stuff. I ran up my pup stairs....
Started sniffing in her stuff....Oh my, what do we have

There in the corner, I found a plastic bag. TOYS,new collar
and a couple leases for me.... My new toys are just Pawsome!
A small rubber piggy that is blue with pinks dots. A green
rubber rooster. They make the best squeaking sounds. They
are just the size of my mouth. Allowing me to Zoom around
faster than ever before....I'm now like greased lightening!

I've played with Petunia Piggy and Ricky Rooster ALL
weekend. Grandma has been pretty generous with the treats.
She really missed both of us. She brought Gpa a box of
chocolate and vanilla caramels. She had all kinds of pup
treats stashed in the car for me.

I know it is grooming time .... I only rolled in greasy
stuff 1 time, while she was gone. She hasn't given me a bath.
She washed my face. We've put off the ears,teeth and nails
for a couple days. Yippy! I really don't care for that stuff
but you know how that is....

I Earned my pay while Gma was gone....Gpa and I took down
the rest of a barn that the wind had destroyed. We worked
on a couple tractors. We fixed some windbreak and corral.

We fed the bottle calves and the barn kitties. We paid the
bills and picked up the mail. Gpa sprayed for bugs again.
We went to pasture and filled the stock tanks everyday. We
called people to come and take ripe tomatoes. We turned
tomatoes daily. We washed Gpa's clothes....Gpa forgot
to let me lay on them. He didn't know his jeans were still
damp! Oops! Gma had to dry them some more. We kept the
dishes done,picked up his newspapers. I rode on his lap
and he let me steer the pickup.... Gma doesn't let me
ride on her lap while driving!

It was Hot and Windy..So windy,Gpa couldn't stack or haul
hay bales. The risk for prairie fires was too great.
The day Gma came home it was in the 80's. Saturday it was
93 and today it is 53...We ARE FREEZING!!!!! Still
NO RAIN and stuff is so very dry....The high winds have
left so now Gpa can stack and haul hay.

I missed all my pals so very much....I Tried but never
did figure out how to by pass Gma's lock down on the puter!
HeHe! Gma didn't have access to a she couldn't
visit doggie pawrents,either!

I found about 300 group mails and 80 posts from pals.
I did zoom around and try and look at those. There is No
Way for me to respond to each of them....

Still putting our house in order. Remember the canning
project? Well, we ground up veggies for relish. We are
cooking and canning tomorrow. I think after that, it is
more salsa. Digging all the root veggies from the garden.
The ground is so hard,Gpa will have to dig them. Gma will
pick them up and prep for storage.

Next report I'll share how Gma's Daddy is doing
kisses and hugs, mazy


She Flipped A Cog!!!!!!!!!!

September 4th 2012 4:21 pm
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Well, she's been getting me outta bed extra early
for a good week now. What is going on???????????
Now this morning, she threw clothes all over the bed.
Threw that little red bag on the bed. Packed it with
clothes and shoes. Then little plastic bags filled
with small sized lotions and potions. Zip bags with
snack bars,candies and her book.

I just saw her put a bag of my mini bones in her
bag. Am I going somewhere?????? Since when does
she EAT mini bones???? I thought, I had to stay
and keep Grandpa out of TROUBLE?

The strangest thing of ALL was: she took all
the cheese and deli meatz out of the fridge
drawer AND she put the big fridge shelf and
drawer on the table. Why is she taking that?
Thank God, she left the cheese in another spot
for me! I think Grand ma Flipped a Cog!!!!!

Let me think on it.....Hummmmmm,Maybe I can
figure out what is going on around here????
All I know, is the last time the red bag came
out...she went away! I found her down at
Kenzie and Jax's house. Is she babysitting
again?????? They have a great indoor Zoomy
court for me to Run and Run and Run!

I don't think so......Cuz, she left Grandpa
All these Lists of To-Do's taped on the
kitchen cabinet. Car servicing to winterize.
Stuff for the garden to buy. How to run
the new wash machine. His list of meals
and snacks. Extra treat jars filled for
me.... I sure Hope I get to ride to the
pasture everyday, like I did before....
That was so Pawsome!

I heard her say, she was locking down
the puter! Gpa doesn't even know where
the ON switch is ...on my Fun Time machine.
Means I can't sneak in here and chit chat
with my pals or play puter games. I'm
pretty good at Jewel Quest. I could play
with the phone recorder. People are
always leaving me messages...since, I'm
the Boss and they are the slaves!

OMD! They are going to eat supper early!
Something BIG is really going on....
Gpa came from the field early tonight.
My supper is early too! WowZer! Does
this mean, bedtime treats? I Hope So!

Little Pete said, summer is almost over.
I'm suppose to play Frisbee with him.
I'm bringing the prairie steaks and ice cream
to give us energy...So, I better figure
out how to get past Grandma's puter lock?
Little Pete, "Don't start without me!
I'm coming! I have a ball to play with too!"

Catch Ya Later,
Hugs and Kisses, Mazy


OMD! Can U Believe It?

September 2nd 2012 7:55 am
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Since I scampered into the office and hit the PC,
we've started September. Yesterday, we had 100 with
53 MPH HOT south winds. It was awful! Burning the
already dry trees and pastures. We are in a RED FLAG
warning for Fire Risk....

Glad we pulled all the tomatoes and brought to the
sunroom. They are ripening very quickly there.
Gma did find the steel canner. We did 4 batches
of salsa. Gma froze 4 batches. Gave a batch to
friends. Taking some to a Labor Day BBQ today.

Even so, Gma had to scald,skin and freeze two
1 gal ice cream pails of tomatoes on Saturday.
She will make salsa out of them later. Taking
a big platter of sliced tomatoes to the BBQ.
The tomatoes weighed anywhere from 1/4 lb. to
3 lbs. each. There would have been many more
if the weather hadn't been so stupid. After
the hail,Gma quit watering garden. We had to
freeze the last of the squash. Marinate last
cucumbers. Pulled 4 small cantaloupe.

Gpa has the task of watching and turning over
200 tomatoes. They are on card tables....
The cat food flats are good for something
besides leaving shoes in them. We ate at
least 30 lbs. and gave away that or more.

Gma is going to try and hold a bucket of very
green ones in a fridge to make a relish. It
has green tomatoes,carrots,onions,cabbage and
zucchini. If the tomatoes don't hold then,
there is always next year. Since we have
everything for this 5 star recipe in our
garden. Gpa has a list of people to call
when tomatoes need to go...

Finished the window and door scrubbing. We
deep cleaned the whole house. Just do up
all the laundry and packing left.....

Gma's sister called and said,activate the
voice mail in that new phone. So we went to
do that and YEP, more Heartburn! The phone
will not hold a charge and it gets HOT while
trying to charge it. Good thing, Gma still
has the old tiny candy-bar phone. She is
traveling with that. Has contacted the company
by e-mail. We will see what happens?????

The ice maker in new fridge....Power surge did
take the water valve out. This tiny piece
tells fridge to let water into maker and stop
so doesn't over run. Sears is shipping 1 to
Gpa to put on. So we don't have to wait for
a month to see a service person. They also
are giving us a new shelf and drawer for
the fridge. Gpa has to stop after Gma gets
on the plane and pick it up. Gma has been
making block ice for drinks.

Gma said, "God is stretching her patience for
something much Bigger than all the purchasing
Heartburn." HeHe! I think she is starting to
LOOK Canary Yellow from the LEMON MAGNET SHE
is dragging around on her! Gpa has been having
similar issues with his ranch stuff...Where is
the Pride in production of products???????

Neighbor is having a BBQ today. They are so
glad to have a break and decompress...
We shed some tears as another pal suddenly
went to Rainbow Bridge. Our dear pal,Jake.
We said prayers for his human and fur family.
I'll stay home and keep Precious in line.
Gotta go...Hugs and Kisses to All my Pals!


Leave My Yard Alone!.......

August 26th 2012 2:22 pm
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Well,things have been a BIG ZOO around here!
A feral young orange Mommy kitty moved into my fenced front yard.
She has three little tiny kitties with her. They are spitfires!
They are under some decking and took over my front yard.
Now causing me problems with going outside to potty!

The bottle moos have been tearing their fence down.
Invading my yard and being a general pain in the butt!
They were eating Gma's flowers and bushes off. Scratching
themselves on the patio furniture and gas grill. Trying to
come inside the house...Standing on my back steps! This does
nothing for my security alert I go into Yapping
over drive mode! Gma fixed them! A young gal and Gma cut off
all the burnt up perennials and hauled the stuff away.
Big spiders were over running our house. We sprayed and we
broomed off the whole exterior of the house. It's too
EARLY for such Big bug problems. Hoping this doesn't mean a
short fall and harsh winter? We also washed the window trim,
screens and windows. A few windows are left for this week.
Trying to do a few fall jobs before Gma leaves to see her parents.

Friday night the wind came up and blew in a severe thunderstorm.
Bringing hail with it...I tried to scare the storm away but
my yaps didn't work! The power went off as we finished
supper. Stayed off until the middle of the night. We had
flashlights and candles out,as well as our Noah Radio.
We were in a tornado watch. Very little rain fell on our place.
I was afraid and Gma and I crawled under a big afghan.
The temperature went from 93 to 60 real fast.....We washed
our supper dishes by kerosene lamp light.

The hail left leaves,twigs and branches all over the Ponderosa.
Gpa raked some of it up on Saturday for Gma. Gma and I
checked the damage in the garden. We had to make pickles,
freeze squash and cabbage. Pick tomatoes and bring inside.
We threw alot of tomatoes into the sunflower field. The quarter
size hail left big holes and bruises. Knocked off a bunch
of green ones. Blew up alot of the almost ripe ones. The hail
was short lived...Car was in garage and no damage to the house.

Well, we thought we were going to make a big batch of salsa today.
Nope! Gma found out after reading, that she has the wrong kind
of canner for the smooth glass top stove. No time this week
to run to Bismarck to find a smooth bottom stainless canner.
Hope someone will take some tomatoes... Hope to make some when
she comes home. The stove was too pricey to wreck the top
by using the wrong equipment. Never dreamed Gma's stuff wouldn't
work....She loves the ovens... Guess what? The ice maker hasn't
worked since Friday night when the power surged and lines went down.
Give us a break!

On the upside, the new track phone is now straightened out
and activated. Took automated phone tag,4 service persons
and 4 days to take care of the problems..
Her patience was thin but finally all is well with that.
Gpa would have just thrown the whole mess in the trash can!

August has been on the cool side until this past Tuesday.
Shot up into the middle 90's and then Saturday it was 60.
Today is 80 and back into the 90's tomorrow. Gpa is finishing
the last of the haying. He then begins the big task of
stacking the bales. Hauling home about 16 big bales per trip.
It's a very long process before all the hundreds and hundreds
of bales are in the 2 hay yards for winter feeding.

I was able to report on my corner of the world,since Gma
was all tuckered out from the past week. Needed some rest
before we pick up where we left off......Decided to leave
all the root veggies in the garden until Gma gets back home.
This time of the year, you never know what the weather will

I hope this finds everything going well at your place????
I'll be so happy when the fall work is done......I'm taking
charge and calling the Shots until Spring! I say, we are
going to spend tons of Time Playing!
Miss my pals! Kisses,Mazy


Middle Of August

August 15th 2012 4:57 pm
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Already,the middle of August! How can that be???? Where did the
TIME go???????

1. Vegetable garden-still picking and processing.Starting to
have ripe tomatoes. Dug 2 hills of potatoes,had 10 lbs. We were
happy! Not much for weeding now. Cooler temperatures increased
our yield.Very happy with red cabbage. Still have 3 to freeze.

2. Usual watering outside, when it doesn't rain. Have had a few
showers. Still dry, but not as dry, as it is in many other places.
Gpa is still making Hay!

3. Appliance Nightmare, may have come to an End???? So far, the
new electric smooth top stove is working very nicely. Everything
tested has work great! Gma likes having 2 ovens, 1 small and 1
regular oven. We haven't cooked anything over,yet! Being careful
while learning to use the stove-top. The small oven is nice for
when preparing for only 2 people. There is a small problem with
the fridge....The drawer for cheese,meat,butter,dips etc....
keeps falling out of the tracks. Don't know if, the lip on
drawer is cut too short? Or the tracks are defective?????????
Will call Whirlpool and speak to them about it. The piece for
the bottom of fridge arrived....It was the WRONG color! So
back it went........Any WHO! We don't recommend anyone spend
the June,July and part of August with appliance issues...Makes
for Crabby people! Gma now has high blood pressure... The
medicine is kicking her butt! Sees the Doc this week for
annual check up...

4. Gma has a trip lined up to go visit her parents in Indiana.
Right after Labor Day. Her Daddy has serious cardiac issues
and his heart is wearing out. She will again attend her Dad's
family reunion. She hopes the weather holds while gone. She is
leaving alot of tomatoes,potatoes,onions and carrots in the
garden, until she returns. Hopefully her back up peeps, will
remember to monitor the weather....Cover her tomatoes, if going
to Frost.....haven't had enough ripe tomatoes at once yet...
to make Salsa! There are tons out there!!!!!!Very pleased
with the size and taste....Just need some time to ripen more.

We've been doing the normal cleaning,laundry,shopping and meals.
Now we are trying to set up a new cell phone with a touch
screen. Gma thought maybe, that would be easier for her arthritic fingers???
Almost NO information on how to program this ...
other 1 with he can call for Help if needed.
Makes her nervous,him in the field and her not around....
While I am a Very Gifted Doxie.....Gma says, I haven't taken
lessons for dialing the phone,if Gpa doesn't come home to me!
I will watch him closely while Gma is gone! I am a good sitter!

Gma thinks she found a young gal to Help with all the fall work.
Gma is running out of GAS! There is so much to do before Snows Flies!
We sure hope it works out...We will keep ya'll posted...
Very Cool today, only in the 60's. Temperatures have been on the
cool side for a week now.

Visited the grand-kids on Sunday. Played games with them.
The clouds cleared, had a thrilling game of kick ball
in the frontyard.
They stayed for supper and had steaks off the grill. Gma wanted
to see them before she travels. They start school this Thursday
16th. Now 3rd. and 5th. grade......WowZer,so soon?

BTW- the 6 bottle calves are doing Pawsomely well! Boy do they EAT!!!!!!
6 gals of milk per day, plus their calf sweet mix.
This has pellets,corn,oats,molasses and vitamins for them...
They eat grass in the pasture,too....Sometimes, they get out
and Poop in my Yard! Sure glad I'm not on Poop patrol!

Better go,time to eat my supper....
Hugs and Kisses, Mazy



August 5th 2012 8:09 am
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There is a stress overload at our house. Gpa has had major equipment breakdowns. 2 times this past week on the baler. The tractor for the baler won't shift gears. What Gpa was told to do, didn't work! Now the tractor has to go to a shop for repair. Gpa has to keep
changing tractors to mow,rake and bale hay. He is now working on CRP
that were released due to drought. Can either be used for haying or grazing. Should have been released weeks ago when the quality was
much better. Quality and quantity of hay doesn't look great. If,
they have to sell part of the herd...They are too old to rebuild
the herd again.

Had a couple tiny little rains and we are grateful. The pastures
perked up a little. The last sprinkle of .35" just settled the dust.
Gma is going to try and mow all the shaggy junk today,while she
doesn't have to eat the dust and dirt. Last time around she coughed dirt for 3 days. Her allergies when crazy. We have vegetables to pick and take care of tomorrow. Spent a day on big cleaning and another on laundry.

A little break in the temperatures for 5 days since last post. The garden production went up 50%. Heat returned it took a nose dive!
Then a quick cold front rolled through from Canada and it was in 60's yesterday. This morning, I thought I needed a coat! It was 48!Wow,
where did that come from???? Today we return to the high 80's.
Yesterday it was in the 90's. A shower is rolling through. Hope it is more than 15 drops........

Gma thought the diseased sweet corn would yield nothing. We ended
up with a 3 gal bucket after husking out of 3 short rows of early stuff. Will blanch and freeze. We had our 1st. tomatoes yesterday. Delish! I discovered, I like raw fresh corn! I chewed on a small
piece while we worked. The Coons didn't get it. May have some out of the late corn. Depends on the weather,insects and coons.

Somehow with our LEMON stove, we managed to freeze our vegetables
this past week. A 2nd call was put in for the stove. Waiting and waiting...Repairman called and ask questions. Same guy as 1st. time.
Said, there was nothing else he could do for the stove. Gas man
told us, the stove was getting too much air.(burners) Can't control flames on low,med or high. We tried the broiler the night it rained.
Cooked 1 side and 1/2 way through 2nd. side the broiler flames went
out! Gas smell burned Gma's eyes and finished steaks in electric
fry pan. Also threw grease all over the interior of the stove!
Now Gma is ANGRY!!!!!!!!

All of June and 1/2 of July without a fridge on the main floor.
Brand new steel fridge and stove. Fridge working but needs a
piece that was damaged in delivery. Stove has new issues everyday!
After the broiler thingy........Not using it! All of July and part of August without a stove that works correctly.

Off to Sears after phone calls to management. The manager was very
decent and gave us options. Refund on the other stove.....
We have now decided to switch to electric stove. This also cost Gma
even more money on the stove and service contract. Plus an electrician to put a 220 line in. We changed brands of stove. We ended up with
a model with a small and large oven. Now Gma has to adapt to the
electric. Has to be less of a hassle than a stove that doesn't work.
New stove is due in our house on Thursday 9th. Now Gma has spent
the price of another steer,by the time you add the electrician bill!
Lord, let this Nightmare end soon!

Also the cell phone isn't working properly. The hot water heater needs
replacing. The thunderstorm blew some big branches down for extra yardwork.

Gma spent many hours finding and arranging a trip to her parents.
She will go right after Labor Day. The price there was reasonable.
The hassles of arranging travel times that work coming and going.
The arrangements for transportation once in Indianapolis. She is
still 100m from her parents. Rides a bus for 2 hrs. and then another hour after her sister picks her up in Lafayette. Makes for very long
travel days. Gma is not trying to drive in a city of 2.5 million people. She doesn't drive in tiny Bismarck anymore. Due to neck mobility and leg and foot cramps and spasms.

Gma's Daddy is home,new cardiac meds and stable. He has to have some tests when they can be arranged. He isn't a candidate for another open heart surgery. He had 6 bypasses in 2001 and aorta replaced in 07.
He's is 80 and other health issues. If, he has anymore episodes
pop up, Gma will go there sooner. It was helpful that Gma's Aunt was there the past 2 weeks. A little support for Gma's Mom. She is
tough strong lady of 87 yrs. young. All in the attitude!

Everyday just blends and blurs into the next one. Gpa and Gma only know what day it is by the calendar on the cabinet. The Coons were back and messed in the corn but didn't get the good stuff. Gma had it already!
The naughty stinkers picked a ripe tomato, chewed on it and left it!
I enjoyed the sniffing of Coons today, while Gma picked a few beans to process. Yesterday it was sweet corn, cucumbers and the squash. The job and the clean of mess took all day. We did manage our laundry the last 2 days.

Gma is babysitting for a Grandma friend tomorrow. I've never had a little baby in the house. She is 3 months old... Also the other
child is autistic. A family funeral,130 m away isn't an easy trip with these 2 kids. If, I'm not Good and I yap and scare the baby....I have to spend the day in the Sun-room by myself...... I don't know, if I like babysitting or not??????? I'll fill ya'll in later.
Hugs and kisses,Mazy

BTW- any pals know why the print set up is so funny on my diary???
No time to change it.... Sorry it is hard to read.

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