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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

 

Thank You, Thank You, My Wonderful Pals

July 7th 2012 9:26 am
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1st. I'll just throw kissies and huggies to.....
ALL the Pawtastic Pals I have here at dogster and catster.
Thank you for HELPING TO MAKE MY 5th. Birthday and the 1st.
week in July SO SPECIAL FOR ME....

I was so excited by all the pressies,notes and some pictures
for me....I was able to sneak to the puter before supper time.
I prayed for rain for my Birthday. It thundered,lightening,
windy and badly needed rain arrived during the night before
the dawn of my day. We had 1.85".... so badly needed. (Now
Gma will have a break from watering .....Vegetables one day
and flowers the next. Yippy! Due to the rain and clouds it
was chilly on my Birthday,only the low 60's.

My human sis and the grand-kids came up on Thursday. Melissa
was taking a week of vacation. She went to the hayfield to
rake hay for her Daddy. Kenzie and Jax's helped Gma water the
flowers in the afternoon. The evening brought 2 hrs. of
vegetable watering. Roast beef,carrots,corn on cob,baked
potatoes and watermelon.... It was a very HOT day of 90.

The kids played with me.... I was even tired! Gma and the
kids wrapped birthday toys for me. Hope to put pics up later.
I also took pics of my garden. They gave me,beggin' strips,
dental bonz, tiniest little biscuits and 3 stuffies.
A beaver,elephant and a wild looking froggie.....
Gma did talk me into tearing the package open. The kids
and I ran up and down and all over to play with my new stuff!

On Friday, I had some of Jaxcen's cheeseburger at lunchtime.
NO Haying due to Rain....Melissa took the kids to Bismarck
for a movie. Then home, as they had 2 weddings for Saturday.
Gpa went for a badly needed haircut....I traded making a
birthday cake FOR a NAP ON THE BIG BED! Gma and I,believe
or not.....took my 3 stuffies and WE TOOK A 3 HOUR NAP!!!!
Everyone left and it was gloomy and chilly...Gma was so
tired from all the stuff before the grand-kids came....
It had been months since we had a nap together in the
afternoon. Suppertime, I had some grilled chicken breast.
More PLAYTIME!!!!!!! Snuggled in the rocker and then it
was bedtime........

Going to spend afternoon cleaning the car ...It's been
on hold for a month. We will try and put pics up soon.
Gma has to go to Jaxcen's soft pitch game on Monday.
No fishing this past visit due to the weather. Maybe
next time?????

I'll be zooming around to see what all the pals did
the week of the 4th. I know, it will be exciting!
See ya as soon as I can.... hugs,Mazy

 

Oil Boom Problems Added To The List....

July 1st 2012 4:26 pm
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Hey pals- It is HOT, in the 90's...Not as Hot as alot
of places.Those of you that don't like HOT,dip in a tubbie
or a wading pool....Garden is doing well. We have to
water every 2nd. night with this HEAT. Due to long days
here,we can't start until 7 or 8 p.m. at night. Isn't
dark until after 10. Take a couple hours to water....
Garden has only been in 1 month. Tomatoes are setting.
There is 1 cauliflower starting already.(Surprised us!)
Corn loves heat and potatoes are almost ready to bloom.

Gma had salad made with her 5 kinds of leaf lettuces
and baby swiss chard with white icicle and red radishes.
She added other veggies that she still had on hand
to make what she calls a garbage salad.(1st.produce)
She was Happy! I'm still looking for the potatoes,
she said are in the garden! I didn't find 1 yet!
She said, ALL 40 Hills did come up...were a few
late ones....

3 weeks without a WORKING refrigerator in our kitchen.....
Gma has called all repair places in a 60 mile radius!
Guess what??????NO ONE WILL DRIVE TO THE COUNTRY FOR
A SERVICE CALL...Everyone needs more guys than they
have. No one to hire for extra help!

The oil boom in North Dakota has caused a rapid busy
growth in Bismarck-Mandan. SSSSSSoooo, NO Service
to the country! One place will diagnose the issues
for a flat $35. Then tell us, if it is worth fixing.
We will take it there in the fall. Since it is 8 yrs.
old. The fridges downstairs are 30 plus years old....

Gma is a Crabby Abby from loading 2 coolers everyday.
Running the basement stairs to the fridges for foods.
Around trying to keep the garden watered and weeded
in the heat. As well as keep our house clean,our
laundry done and everyone fed...Still have a dirty CAR!

To make matters worse: Gma has messed up her neck,
shoulders and hip areas. Plus muscular garbage
going on...She had 2 massages and 2 chiropractor
appointments this past week. Doesn't think those
did much good. She's sure the stress of the
fridge and weather are NOT HELPING HER! Medical
peeps think she has a magnesium deficiency.This
is causing her leg cramps and spasms. She eats
all the foods that are high in magnesium. (So
verdict is out on the mag. powder she has to
drink for awhile).

Found out Sears is having a July 4th. Sale. She
drove herself crazy and gave herself headache
by looking and looking at possible purchases.
Now she has an idea of what is within her
price range. Then you will have the taxes
and an extended warranty agreement for future
service. She's hoping to replace her Lemon stove
at same time. It has been a terror since
day 1 and is also 8 yrs. old....

Tomorrow evening they are going shopping...
Since the list is pretty long....The feral cats
are almost out of supplies. Gma cooked meat
for Gpa to mix with their kibbles tonight.
(Better NOT be out of my supply of meatZ!)
She said, she had some extra milk in the house
for the little kitties that are just learning
to drink water. She worries that they will
no stay hydrated. Their Momma is still nursing
them. She looks very thin...is giving
everything to her 1st. batch of kitties.
Good thing, she only had 3 babies....

Saturday we spent 3 hours watering our flowers.
Since there is shade around our house, we
could do it in the afternoon. Thunderboomers
came through last night. Only .20 here but .75 just
up the road a couple miles. A few miles east of us,
torrential with hail! Gma says, she'll have a melt-down
if the garden is hailed on!!!!!

I guess,Gma better feed me...so I have strength to
supervise the watering. I WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY 4TH. OF
JULY....IT'S A WORKDAY HERE,UNLESS IT RAINS...I'd
rather have rain on Friday, when I turn a Big 5...
Does this mean, I can go to school with McKenzie and
Jaxcen now???

Hugs and Kisses, Mazy

 

FINALLY WE HAVE SERVICE......

June 26th 2012 5:08 pm
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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

 

THE GARDEN SAGA.....HOT WEATHER

June 26th 2012 4:59 pm
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Hi Pals- I often tell you about the major extremes on the
prairie. Weather is a major area of those extremes. Sunday
it was cloudy,windy,and a whole 67. Today it is 95,bright
sunshine,not a cloud in the sky.....but breezy!HOT AS
HADES OVER HERE ON THE PRAIRIE! WAS even a little too HOT
for the TAR BABY! That's me,TOAST AND ROAST GIRL......

We knew in advance that today was coming....So, last night
after a day of the 80's, we spent 2 hours watering garden.
One very hot day and a dry garden CAN be a total Disaster!

Today we spent the morning watering all the perennials.
Filling the birdbath,cleaning patio furniture. Putting
stakes into the lilies. Tying them up with baler twine
so the wind won't break them off. All the flowers seem to
be ahead of their summer blooming schedule. Not by days but
by weeks....Very strange!Watered our 2 baby trees. Picked
sticks and kitties poops!


Gma sure gets mad at them making litter boxes in her
yard and flowers. They had thousands of acres to poop on.
She only wants this 1 small area around the old homestead
house.

This afternoon, we made cages for part of the tomatoes.
Using old sheep woven fence. We cut down with wire nippers
to build cages. 10 are done and 13 more to make. Everything
Gma had to come up with this year: will be stored to reuse
next year. Will save her alot of Time!


We weeded the potatoes,pulled some radishes and washed
them. Pulled a few weeds here and there. Filled the big
tubs with water for Gma's peppers,cucumbers,squash and beans.
She hasn't been putting sprinkler on them. Well is so cold.

We were thrilled today to find our 1st. 10 tomatoes plants
not just in bloom but setting tomatoes. Everything went in so
late!

I rolled on Gpa's grease gun yesterday and had a bath. Today
Gma was sneaky...She did my nails,eyes and ears. I had a
Greenie for my reward. Gma didn't brush the toophers.....
Since it is my potty and supper time, I'll say farewell
until I chew your paws some more....Sure Hope we don't have
thunderstorm tonight....Hugs and kisses,Mazy

 
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