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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!
Mazy

 

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 system...as 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
do?????????

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 ...
I CAN SEE THIS WILL BE A TIME GOBBLER,TOO! Gma wants to leave her
other 1 with Gpa...so 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

 

PONDEROSA STRESS AND MORE STRESS

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.

 

PONDEROSA PACK GOODIES FOR OUR PALS

August 5th 2012 7:20 am
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OMD AND OMC,WHAT A SURPRISE! CAKES EVERYWHERE! WE WILL BE EATING CAKE THE REST OF THE YEAR AT OUR HOUSE! WE MISSED THAT SPECIAL CAKE DAY!
BIG PHOOEY! ANGELS FOXIE AND BABY,PRECIOUS AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE OUR COOKIES AND CAKE FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE....

I THINK, I SAW TEARS IN GMA'S EYES WHEN SHE FOUND ALL THE CAKES...
THE STRESS LEVEL HERE IS OFF THE CHARTS! WILL TRY AND UPDATE EVERYONE
TODAY....PRAYING OUR PALS ARE TRAVELING A SMOOTHER ROAD.



DOXIE CAKE 4 EVERYONE





SHARING MY COOKIES


ALL OUR LOVE,PRECIOUS AND MAZY
ANGELS FOXIE AND BABY

 

MAZY'S GARDEN PICTURES-PART 2

July 22nd 2012 12:35 pm
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SUNDAY...95 IN THE SHADE.....ONLY GOD KNOWS WHAT IT IS WITH THE SUN BEATING ON YOU...HOT..HOT AND MORE HOT.......WAS 104 ON THE 19TH.

NORTHLAND RED POTATOES 40 HILLS


MID-DAY HEAT ON SQUASH AND PEPPERS


SQUASH AND PEPPERS WILL LOOK GOOD BY EVENING......JUST DON'T KNOW HOW THEY CAN KEEP COMING BACK......TOTAL PRODUCE IS OF COURSE AFFECTED BY DROUGHT AND EXTREME HEAT...we are surprise with our yield in the garden


LATE SWEET CORN BI-COLOR


FENCE IS OVER 4 FT. TALL....ON OUTSIDE OF THE CORN
some of the corn is over 5 and 1/2 ft. now..we have 6
20 ft/. rows


CORN TASSELING AND MAKING COBS

CORN AND TOMATOES

PITIFUL 3 BEAN PLANTS NOT LOST IN 1ST. PLANTING

THE TINY CARROTS ARE THE 2ND. PLANTING OF CARROTS- ONLY BEEN IN
ABOUT 10 DAYS.


CARROT,ONION, LATE TOMATO,CHARD,LETTUCE,


NEXT PICS...I PUT UP WILL BE FRESH PRODUCE PICTURES...
GMA AND I NEED SOME LUNCH.... WE HAVE COOKIES TO BAKE.
OUTSIDE WATERING TO DO.........YOU SAW THOSE WILTED SQUASH
AND PEPPERS. FLOWERS NEED WATER TOO....THE EXCESSIVE HEAT
IS THE PITS!!!!! SO THIS IS WHERE WE ARE SPENDING MOST OF
OUR TIME....OF COURSE WE STILL HAVE COOKING AND CLEANING AND LAUNDRY,TOO...
THANK GOD,WE NOW HAVE A FRIDGE AND STOVE THAT
WORKS.......NOW GMA CAN MAKE ME, MY OATMEAL PEANUT-BUTTER
PUPPER COOKIES. I'M REALLY INTO CHERRY ICE CREAM....YUMMY!
MAZY

 

MAZY'S GARDEN PICTURES-PART 1

July 22nd 2012 11:53 am
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It's 95 out there so some of the plants are wilted until evening.
You can really see it on the peppers and squash......


EARLY SWEET CORN




cucumbers and cantaloupe



CARROTS AND ONIONS


BABY TOMATOES


BROCCOLI SIDE SHOOTS-CROWNS ARE HARVESTED

RUBY RED CABBAGE

AFRAID WE WILL LOSE THIS ONCE AGAIN...HAVE DONE IT TWICE...
WILL DO A PART 2 WITH OTHER VEGETABLES. NOTICE HOW DRY THE GROUND IS...WATERED ALL DAY ON THE 19TH. TODAY IS DAY 4.....
EXTREME HEAT MAKES FOR ALOT OF EXTRA WORK.

 

WHAT'S NEW IN THE GARDEN

July 22nd 2012 8:53 am
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- Hi there pals-
Can't believe that July is almost gone,
WOWZER,where did it go????????????????

We have been busy,busy busy!!!!!!!!!!!
Mowing,weeding,hoeing,watering,picking
spr aying for pests,fertilizing and
processing the garden. Giving the perennials
water,too. All the lilies are blooming
much earlier than normal.

We have froze broccoli, cauliflower,
yellow crook neck and zucchini squash.
We have swiss chard,more squash and
broccoli and cauliflower to do tomorrow.

We pick slicing cucumbers every other day,
as well as checking other vegetables. We
are waiting for enough finger sized cucumbers
to make baby kosher dill pickles.

We are still having bean and pepper problems.
We are constantly chasing aphids on peppers.
Only 3 plants out of the 1st. beans made
it. We don't know why? Possible bad seed,
the hard rain after planting or the week
of cold temperatures when we planted. The
ants stole some seeds....We replanted 2 times.
Last planting looks pretty good,but not
producing yet. The 1st. 3 plants, we picked
12 whole beans on Saturday. Gma never saw
this happen.... Usually a ton of them!

Corn is tasseled and setting ears. Both
on early and late corn. Tomatoes are loaded
and growing fast. The beans planted in
the stock tank with squash and peppers
look good but the squash are running over
them. Who knows??????? We have baby cantaloupe
and hope the growing season will be long
enough for them.

Carrots and onions are doing well. The
last of radishes and lettuce had to be
pulled up. The extreme HEAT made them bolt
and go to seed prematurely. Parsnips are
slow growers but coming along. 2nd.seeding,
planted more swallow and more came up.

We are planting a 2nd. crop of radish
and assorted lettuces this next week.
Those will provide for us through
August and September. The potato
plants like the tomatoes are HUGE!
All 40 hills did come up......Tons of
tomatoes on the vines. Should have
plenty of spuds,too!

We bought jars and a new hot water
bath canner. Planning on making dill
pickles,bread and butter pickles,
salsa, spaghetti sauce, stewed tomatoes
and regular canned tomatoes.

We have marinated cucumbers in the fridge.
Sauteed bacon,red onion and swiss chard.
It was delish! We ate the swiss chard in
our salad greens until plants were large.
Will have chard until it frosts. We grilled
little crook necks. We fried zucchini with
onions in olive oil. Fresh steamed vegetables
are the very best........

The broccoli,cauliflower and red cabbage are
doing well. Gma had never tried to grow these
vegetables before. We have kept them dusted
not had problems with cutworms. They are
caused by those pretty white and yellow
butterflies who lay eggs on those plants.

Despite the extreme HEAT..the garden is
doing well. We pulled and drug hoses
until we are blue in the snout! Keeping the
garden moist. As soon as the temps. soared,
we started watering by flooding the ground
around the plants. Plan on building a PVC
pipe type irrigation system for next year.
Also making a list of other vegetables
we want to plant.

Watering from the ground keeps the heat
stress on plants down. However, Gma is a
muddy piggy when done!!!! It takes her all
day to water the whole garden. Gpa is a dry
piggy from the raking and baling of hay!
Then they holler at me, "Not to roll in
something,I think, smells yummy!"

Since it has been so very HOT....Finally
reached at temp. range, the TAR Baby doesn't
care for. The 95 and up,I don't want to
TOAST AND ROAST! I have on a regular basis
bales on Gma,the yard,ranch yard mowing.
As well as the garden watering,weeding and
picking! The barn kitties go lay in Gma's
damp flowerbeds...Then she yells at me,when
I want to poke in there to have those kitties
come out and play. We carry buckets of
water All over the place for all those CATS!
Can you believe it?
Too HOT for
the TAR BABY!

July 6th., 1.85" and July 19th. .50" of rain.
Badly needed,as the hay ground and pastures
are very dry! Many of our neighbors are
harvesting small grain crops like: oats,barley,
rye and winter wheat. The hay isn't as
plentiful as we would like. Don't know if,
we will have enough????


BTW- We had a terrible time finding out garden pictures
in the puter. Finally did......Then realized that the garden
has grown tons since then! So going out later today
to take new pictures. Will try and load them into
my diary or my page. There was doggie fleas today,
trying to load a couple birthday pics. Couldn't load
my pics of my new toys....I can say, the squeakers are
holding up in my elephant,monkey and beaver.

Catch ya later.... Gma is washing clothes. She has
vegetables to pick and chocolate chip cookies to bake.
As much as she hates the mess the 60 yr. old cottonwoods
make for her year round. Our central air doesn't kick on
until about 5 p.m. the ceiling fans keep the house in the
70's during the day. Even with baking the temp. in kitchen
only goes up 2 degrees. considering the 80's,90's and 100's
outside...it is very COOL! Hottest day this past week was 104!
hugs and kisses,mazy

 

FINALLY WE HAVE SERVICE.......

July 22nd 2012 8:11 am
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Sitting in our kitchen was a fridge that needs repair.
A month of this and we went to Sears and bought new
appliances. The sale during the 4th of July. Then we
waited for until the 12 for delivery.

Shiny new stainless steel larger refrigerator and a
gas convection stove. Problems should be SOLVED....
NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The fridge worked fine and were happy there. Except
the steel finish will require a lot more daily cleaning.
We were looking for a better finish that wouldn't chip
like the old appliances.

STOVE-Gpa changed the natural gas jets for the propane.
Followed specks and made adjustments to burners,
broiler and oven. SHOULD HAVE BEEN, GOOD TO GO?

Started the oven to burn factory finish off.....
Never saw an oven go from 0 to 400 degrees so
quickly....Then flames were shooting out the vents
of the oven! Shut everything down......

Around Gpa's haying,he worked on the stove for 3 days.
Called all the numbers on the Sears extended service
warranty. Played automated and human phone tag.
Curse words burnt my little ears! I hid in my cave.

Last Sunday was 100 degrees....off they went,100 mile
trip to see Sears people.(A day they needed for
other work) They were promised service....Tuesday,
Gma called the store and told them: if, no service
before this Monday 23....

Put them on the delivery list for country...Come and
get both appliances. Gma bought them as a pair,with
5 yrs. of service that was extra cost. If Sears
couldn't provide the service they paid for..then they
would shop somewhere else. The extended warranties
were for the $300 mileage that 1 trip costs. Plus
parts and labor......

If she had to put her limp along stove back in...
She wasn't having a white stove and ivory compactor
and a steel fridge. They couldn't believe it!
It was the value of 3 yearling steers...A lot of money
for Gma to spend. Sales person said, why the fridge?
Gma said, bought as pair....If you can't provide
service for the stove,then how can you service the
fridge? You use the same people for all appliances.

Bright and early Wednesday morning Gma has a call
from a contractor east of her.(Not Bismarck area
and the same number of miles to her house).. He would
service the stove. NOW SOMEONE WAS LISTENING TO HER!

She had told them, she wouldn't lose her garden because
of a stove she couldn't use......The guy from Jamestown,
came right away ...he worked on the stove. There was stuff
that needed to be done that wasn't in the information.
There was a tiny bent spring in the stove......This
controlled all the settings in the oven and stove-top.

Gma has used the top now for blanching and freezing
produce. She has baked beer bread with the convection.
Made banana cake with the regular baking. Roasted
a marinated pork tenderloin and sweet potatoes
with roasting convection.Regular bake for stuffed
peppers with carrots and stewed tomatoes. We have
Tested the food warming area in the bottom.
Going to do soft,chewy,bakery style chocolate
chip cookies with convection baking today.

Will have to test all features within 60 days for
our satisfaction money back guarantee. We want to
know everything works as it is suppose to......
We have to try the broiler and the cleaning system
too....The repair guy looked at our old fridge,
told Gpa what 2 small,cheap parts to buy. Told him
how to repair it. He said, it's in GOOD shape,but
you wouldn't want to spend $300 mileage,plus parts,
plus 4 hours labor. Would be more than original
cost. The old fridges in basement are 35+ yrs. old.
They are used for extra grocery,garden produce and
beverages.

ON TOP of our heavy workload, this was the HEARTBURN
at our HOUSE.....Both Gpa and Gma were very Crabby!
It was HOT HOT and more HOT with the weather....
Both of my peeps are working outside everyday!
I tried to keep a low profile,cuz nobody wanted
to play! SURE GLAD THIS HAS BEEN RESOLVED!
I WAS GIVEN EXTRA TREATS TO PACIFY ONE UPSIDE
PRINCESS OF THE PONDEROSA......

HUGS AND KISSES,
MAZY

 
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