September 15th 2013 1:47 pm
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HEY THERE,PALS!!!! Mighty tough around here to just check
in with all my Pals! Just when I think things couldn't be any
Since we checked in last:we have canned 4 dozen tomato products.
We have harvested the onions,cantaloupe,butternut squash,potato
sweet potato and peppers. We still have oodles of green tomatoes.
Our carrots are still in the ground........
All the garden plants need to be cleaned off too! Would pull
easily now,since we had 3.35" of rain in the past week.
However, we HIT a Big Snag!!!!!
Gma is sick.... She ended up with a UTI and 2 crowned molars
blew up on her,all at the same time! Last week, there was 1
trip to the clinic,2 dental trips for evaluation. 1 tooth needs
to be extracted. Two others are up for grabs! On antibiotics
for the issues. Hopefully, this week the extraction appointment
can be made?????????Then see if, the other 2 teeth in question
will settle down????? These trips of 100 miles each, wear her
Gma is a CRABBY ABBY! She finally started taking pain pills
to sleep at night.Still trying to clear up the infection in
the mouth. The other problem,seems to be under control. These
2 things are, the 2 that, Gma has NO Tolerance for.
Her Energy level was on Low before....now it is on Empty!
We are struggling, but keeping the laundry done,our meals,
and a little cleaning to get by. The fibro and ritis boys
are not Happy! Making the total problems worse! Anything
that hits her body, drives the other issues into the Twilight
Zone! The draining infection keeps Gma nauseous. She has lost
a couple pounds this past week....Sounds like we will up
the high calorie desserts???She baked a carrot cake today.
Hoping to tempt her appetite... If not, I volunteered to
help Gpa eat the Cake!
Gpa and I just went and picked tomatoes for Gma. He had to
fix a livestock well today. He has 2,000 bales to stack and
haul home before weather sours on us. Running Gma to appts.
isn't helping his list of To-Do's!!!!!! They did manage
to see Jaxcen and McKenzie both play a basketball game.
Jax's lost and Kenzie won....Another game on Tuesday! Gma
hopes to be there. She took pain meds to do the other game.
You can see that I've been Alone and guarding stuff,way too
much for my liking!
We baked a winter squash the other night. Could only eat
half of it. I LOVE IT! Just as sweet as sweet potatoes!
I'm also helping to Eat Cantaloupe....We donated a bunch
of squash and melons to the County Senior Center for their
meals. Also took, melons to our grand-kids school for their
lunch program. Squash to my hoo-sissies nursing home, for their
meals. Extras for the employees to take home. I wonder how
many PUPS like garden veggies,as I do????????? I will BEG
for fresh carrots,green beans,sweet potatoes,squash,melons,
corn and peas....I Pass on: tomatoes,cabbage,cauliflower,
peppers,cucumbers (unless you give me ranch dressing!)
Onions are a Big NO-NO for Pups! Grandson only ate 1/2 his
steak at the restaurant...... So,they brought the other 1/2
home for Precious and myself to share!!!! Sure glad he
ate a piece of pizza before playing his basketball game...
Well pals, I'd better run...Gma thinks,we have to go to the
car garage and bring some melon to house. Clean it up for
supper. We're having baked pork chops,baked potato,finger
size carrots,ranchy cucumbers,tomato slices,melon and cake
before bed....Yummy! Huggies and Kissies,Mazy
August 26th 2013 2:25 pm
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I'm back, but just briefly....Today,low 80's but 98% humidity
and light sprinkles but not enough to measure....Turned HOT! 103
was the highest, other days have been 95-98!Gma and Gpa work in
this weather, but make me stay inside! Being black,they say I over
heat too FAST!
Searhin' for my PRINCE! Gma and I read this book...about a Prince
that was turned into a Troll. A Princess with magical powers, in
an enchanted forest...She did this, cuz, he was going to attack
her pawrents Kingdom!
Gma said, "Mazy girl, I've heard of kissin' alot of frogs to
fine a Prince, but Never kissin' a Troll!" Clever girl, that I am,
I started searhin' our garden for my Prince! Once it quit
rainin' and things got real dry......the garden was where
a bunch of froggies moved too! They like some moisture!!!!!
I've worked the foilage up and down and all around! I managed
to lick a couple of those froggies......BUT, NO PRINCE came
forth! I caught one, to do a better job of kissin' him and
Gma made me let him go! How can I find a Prince, if I can't
hold them in my mouth??????????
Gma said," they are eatin' some of the buggies, that bite her
when she picks veggies! I have to leave them alone and not
hurt them!" I decided,that there are lots of boy pups at
dogster and they are all PRINCES! The search is over! I'm
still chasin' the froggies,plus a plague of grasshoppers!
Gma lets me attack the grasshoppers ALL I WANT! Cuz, they
damage her plants and the veggies!
Now reportin' on Gma and Gpa: Gpa just baled the hay of the
ditches on Sunday. He has a couple meadows to do and bales
will be all done. There are about 2000 of them! Now, he has
to go out there and stack all the bales into piles. Haul them
all home before winter for moo-moo food. Alot of work for 1
old guy! The professional poop haulers came and spent 2 days
here. Cleanin' all the corrals,haulin' it out and spreadin'
it on a big field. Moo-moo poop haulin' has become real
pricey! Almost $3,000 smackeros! That would buy treats for
all my pals and then some! Gma said,"just another reason for
Gpa to retire!" Gpa says,"1 last winter and he is selling
all the cattle!" Gma says,"Believe it when I see it!"
He's told all the friends and neighbors that is his plan!
Maybe he is really serious?????????????
Gma's veggie freezer is almost FULL! We have 2 for beef,
pork,fish,poultry,venison and baked stuff. 1 for our veggies...
Since we last snuck to dogster: we have picked and picked!
We made 64 jars of assorted canned pickles,plus 5 gals. of
assorted refrigerated pickles. We froze cabbage,cauliflower,
bell peppers,yellow squash,zucchini,peas,green and yellow beans.
We had our 1st. ripe tomatoes yesterday....We have oodles of
butternut squash in the garden. Cantaloupes are lookin' fantastic
and plentiful!We have carrots,onions and sweet potatoes.The corn
Gpa's bottle calves are eatin'. It was planted mostly for
a windbreak.... Weird corn! Each plant made like 5 or 6 stalks
from 1 seed! The ears just didn't fill as they should!
Gma has never seen corn do this?????? We have tons of tomatoes
to ripen. We will make pasta sauce,chili starter,salsa
and can whole tomatoes.
Alot of veggie harvest is still left to do.....Gma picks
3-4 times per week. We also take extra veggies to our county
Senior Center where they use the vegetables in their menus.
We have given away alot of veggies too....After the harvest
we have the garden to clean off and haul away.
We still haven't washed the CAR! This was planned for today.
Too humid to do it. Also too buggy! We can't wash windows yet!
We have been plagued by flies and nats all summer! Cleanin' the
corrals didn't help! We have to wait until frost comes and
kills off a few Zillion bugs, before we do these jobs.
Sticks are fallin' from the big cottonwoods. We pick some
up as we walk through the yard. We are slowly pullin' or
cuttin' off flowers that have done their thing!
Gma and Gpa just take it 1 day at a time....otherwise, they
are overwhelmed, by all they must do before winter rolls around.
Everyday...I can see their energy fuel tanks are quickly
drainin'! We do alot more snugglin' around here, than we do
playin'! Despite all the WORK...no one here, is excited
about Winter! The ART and RITIS boyz are really pesterin'
my Gma and Gpa.... They just keep on tickin' like the old Timex!
I can't believe, it is almost Labor Day Weekend...I Do
wish all my pals a pawtastic holiday! Hopefully, your house
doesn't have to work that day! Fire up the BBQ and tell
the pawrents to throw some meatz on for ya! Grandkids will
have their 1st. school vacation for Labor Day. They went
back to school on 15th. Tell me pals,how did you spend your
Hugs and Kisses,Mazy
August 15th 2013 5:22 pm
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Thank Dogness tomorrow is Friday! Gma has been sayin'
that for 2 days....Fridays she is still going to town for
a massage,library books and sale stuff at the grocery store.
The massage is a continued effort to undo a little of the
fall-out from her week. So she can regroup to take a stab
at the new week....Still sleepin' 1000% better in that
new memory foam bed. All 3 of Us LOVE IT! Of course,I'll
sleep wherever my old people drop!
Since last Saturday, we have picked peas,squash,cucumbers,
yellow and green beans. Not once but 3 times. Last Saturday
and Sunday: we canned 12 jars of garlic dill pickles,5 pints
of sweet pickles and 7 pints of bread and butter pickles.
We also made 2 gallons of garlic dill hamburger slices, a
gallon of spicy bread and butter and 1 gal. of sweet pickle
chunks. These didn't take as long because they are kept in
the refrigerator. We have 50 jars of canned pickles now. If
we do anything else, it would be a batch of pickle relish.
We have washed lots of veggies and processed for freezer.
Cabbage,squash,beans were done 2 times. We took a bunch
of fresh veggies to the County Senior Center. Have also
been supplying some friends with fresh produce....It's
been taking us better part of 2 days to water the garden
each week. WE are pouring the water on! As the butternut
squash for winter and the cantaloupe require alot. So do
the peppers and tomatoes(which are still all grass green).
We are waiting on the other 5 cauliflower to make heads.
The pole green beans are just blooming now! We've had so
much cloudy weather and unseasonably cool temperatures.
It looks like, we will be dragging stuff to the garden
to cover plants,when nightly frost becomes an issue.
The winter squash and cantaloupe are growing while you
stand and watch them. It's Amazing! Sure if, we were having
the true HOT temps. of August...things wouldn't be doing
anything at all! Peas are a cool weather crop and the little
short row of about 12 ft. is going crazy!Flowers required
the hose 2 times this week. Dry here! Neighbors are
harvesting small grain crops.... Not too many are bragging
about yield. The 3 wks. of HOT HOT HOT(July)plus the 6 wks.
without rain.... The heads are not.. fat,juicy and plump as
they would have liked them to be.
We made 14 dozen Monster cookies today.(That's a 1/2 batch!)
The set up,baking,cleanup and putting it all away...Kills
most of the day. We've done laundry 3 times this week.
The big housecleaning was sandwiched between veggie processing
days. Suppose to turn HOT! (This was a good week ago and
it hasn't) They say,Saturday will be 94! We hope so! Gma's
car is dirty and needs washing! The well water is only 40
degrees. We try to do it when it's HOT! So Gma's hands take
the de-bugging and de-tarring better.(Alot of scrubbing)
I curl up in the box of thirsty bath towels for drying.
I don't like the cold well water!
Gpa is still haying! Today he had a flat tire on the big
dumprake.(42ft. long) Plus he had to rebuilt a wheel on
the wheel rake. He has needed to treat foot-rot on a bunch
of cattle this summer. They make this dart rifle gun......
You can put the medicine in the dart and shoot the cow,calf
or yearling. Ends the trying to sort off a couple from the
herd to treat them. The need to run them home for a corral
to work in. Eliminates the danger of the cattle working
Gpa over! Gpa ordered his own gun this week. The neighbor
has been bringing his gun over to help us out.....The
foot rot has been triggered by all the WET between
May 15-June 29. Then the 3 wks. of Hot July stuff, they
went and stood in water holes for comfort. Makes for more
A few saved Vet Calls will pay for it. Sure glad doxies
don't get their shots that way...Those darts are BIG!!!!!!!!
Just like the dart guns you see on the wildlife shows....
My people think, it is a great tool to have for safety
reasons alone! When you're young you think, you can out
run cattle....When you're OLD, you know you can't!
Well...it's 7:30p and Gpa just started feeding those
bottle moos...Do his cattle grain chores and check
all the stock tanks for water level.Then Gma can make
supper! Looks like another night of leaving the kitchen
I HOPE to be back soon to tell you about, my Hunt for
a Prince. Doesn't every Princess, need a Prince??????????
Hugs and Kisses,
Princess of the Ponderosa
August 13th 2013 5:00 pm
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HI there Pals- Thank you for the prayers...Ashton was touch and go on the trip to Kansas City. They are NOW on their way back to Joplin.... GREAT NEWS! ASHTON DOES NOT HAVE CANCER! WE are praising GOD for answered prayers.
He has been seen by the very BEST Internal Specialist. I might add,also a very expensive specialist! The Vet has diagnosed him as having a GI disease that happens in Labs 6 and older. He will be eating a home cooked bland diet, the rest of his life. Sounds like NO Treats are in his Future. Ashton is suppose to eat chicken and rice or hamburger and rice and nothing else.....They now have to cook for him...I wonder what Copper,Haro,HD and Lucy will think of this?????
This is his new diet...sounds like it is long term....I don't think the other Kirk Pups are gonna like this!
There is alot to this Story....We will LET Momma Shawna fill you in on this Huge Scare they have had.....So many things were done in the last 2 days. Hang in there,Momma Shawna promised to post in Ashton's diary VERY SOON!The Fur Doc really wanted to keep him another night but agreed to discharge Ashton! The cost per day was like staying in the RITZ!
PLEASE FORGIVE US FOR WORRYING SO MANY OF OUR PALS! WE DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE, IT HAD BEEN A MONTH SINCE WE WROTE IN MY DIARY. Our days are pretty much blending 1 into another. We only know what day it is by looking at the calendar every morning, when we have coffee.
On another NOTE,don't worry about our house. I'm Fantastic! Gma and Gpa are pooped, but plugging along with the work of the growing season. Both of them are fighting with shoulder troubles. They will push through it. Their workload, doesn't look like it will change until Snow Flies.....Phooey!
The weather hasn't co-operated with their workloads either.
Garden is Fantastic! Gma is processing our food. I'm now the Protector of the Produce! Hunting grasshoppers in the garden is Big FUN!
Also the Queen of cucumbers,summer squash,peas and beans....
Made oodles of pickles!Cabbages weighed 10 pounds each!See what building up the soil, can do for your garden???????? Gpa now admits he was WRONG about what soil preparation was needed for a good garden!
Several times, we have tried to come to puter just to check in.... Then the rural electric was down due to storming or routine servicing. Has happened about 6 times in the last month. My secretary's hands are very challenged with all she is doing right now....So the last place you will find her is at the puter. Her hands and wrists are toast by suppertime. Which lately has been 8:30 to 10p. She just can't cover all our bases right now.
WE ARE SO FAR BEHIND WE THINK WE ARE AHEAD OF OURSELVES! They do get to go to a BBQ for a 60th. Birthday on Sunday. Just down the road a mile....First time they will be with friends socially, since last year this time. So Gma has to cram baking into the week too....Every 2 days we pick vegetables and process.
EVERYONE IS BEHIND UP HERE DUE TO THE STRANGE GROWING SEASON THIS YEAR
Grand-kids go back to school this week...The 15th. of August. We've only seen them briefly 3 times since last spring.... They are sssssooooooo busy! Last time we saw them....They stopped for 3 gals of cucumbers to make pickles. They were here on a FEW minutes. They had been to Bismarck 1st. for the last of their school stuff. Plus returned empty cookie boxes with NOTES....They said,"Gma we love you! We need Monster Cookies!"Hopefully a rainy day will show up soon to fill that request????????
We hope you understand. We miss you ALL!
We will try and do a diary or two about all that has been going on around here...in the next few days. The weather records we kept are really strange! Even for the prairie........
BTW- I come into the office and lay on the pillows by the Puter...staring it down....hoping, I can figure out how to run this techy thing without a secretary! You see, not coming to the puter...also cuts into my snuggling time!
Gma is still reading at night to be able to unwind before trying to sleep. She escapes from the day to day reality for awhile! Gpa just
drops into a Snoring Mode within 2 minutes TOPS!
Hugs and Kisses,Mazy and Gma Keda
August 12th 2013 5:25 pm
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JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH MOMMA SHAWNA,GROUP LEADER OF CHRISTIAN DOGS AND CATS.(THE KIRK PUPS ARE THE PACK OF COPPER,LUCY,HD,HARO AND ASHTON)ASHTON IS A BLACK LAB,AGE 6. HIS ID IS:782176
PLEASE PRAY FOR ASHTON....SHAWNA AND BILL ARE ON THEIR WAY TO KANSAS CITY WITH ASHTON. DURING THE NIGHT,HE STARTED VOMITING AND DEVELOPED DIARRHEA. HE CAN'T EAT OR DRINK AND IS VOMITING BLOOD.
THEY RUSHED HIM TO THE VET IN JOPLIN WHERE THEY LIVE. AFTER TESTING AND X-RAYS: HE SUSPECTS THAT ASHTON HAS INTESTINAL CANCER. THE VET IS HOOKING HIM UP TO AN IV FOR THE TRANSPORTING TRIP. BILL AND SHAWNA ARE TRANSPORTING HIM TO A SPECIALIST IN KANSAS CITY, WHICH IS 3 HOURS AWAY. AS WE TYPE THIS, THEY ARE LOADING HIM AND HEADING THERE NOW. IT WAS 7P WHEN SHAWNA CALLED BACK.
THE VET TOLD THEM ASHTON IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION.
THIS TRIP TO KANSAS CITY SEEMS TO BE THEIR ONLY OPTION.
THE VET ALSO SAID, HE DOESN'T KNOW
IF HE WILL SURVIVE THE TRIP OR NOT????
I CAN'T EVEN DESCRIBE HOW UPSET THEY BOTH ARE. ASHTON HAS SAVED SHAWNA'S LIFE,NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE. PLEASE PRAY FOR ASHTON AND THEIR FAMILY.
THANK YOU FOR YOU PRAYERS AND SUPPORT.
WE LOVE AND MISS YOU ALL,MAZY
July 7th 2013 9:22 am
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Sweet,sweet PALS! I LUV U ALL! I was so overwhelmed by all
the p-mails,pictures,birthday pressies here at dogster.....
I left on my page, a picture of my tree and 6 little squirrels.
I just love this Toy! The squirrels are just the right size to
catch in my mouth. Run real fast without anything draggin' behind!
It's made by PLUSH PUPPIES and very sturdy....I'm hard on my toys!
Cost is middle of the road. I've had the tree and 3 squirrels
a long time. Gma ordered me another 3 babies and that makes 6.
I played and played and played with my squirrels....I even
took one to bed with me.... I had a scrambled egg for lunch.
Regular kibble breakfast. Some banana cake and a molasses
cookie for snacks. Venison steak with my supper kibbles.
The EATS were Pawtastic!!!!! I do have a sweet toopher!
Everyone in this house does.......
The BESTEST part of my birthday was: Gma took the day off!
She made the bed and cooked for us. We played,we sat in
the sunshine,we read a book AND they didn't go to the
Crackerboomer show at their furiends! They were tired
and they stayed home with me!!!! It was a good thing!
There were crackerboomers and thunderboomers in our
neighborhood. We didn't get any rain... We crawled into
bed and watched an old black and white movie on ME TV.
Gma didn't make me take any birthday pictures! YIPPY!
We even slept late this morning! Gma and I got up, Gpa
left a note....He went to help a neighbor haul his cattle
to a summer pasture with stock trailers. So, Gma and I
are hanging out...Resting to start a new week!
BTW- This was the 1st. week in 2 mos.,we only had to
MOW 1 time! YIPPY!!!!!! If this continues, we may have
a little extra time until veggies are ready to pick?
The squash grew like 2 feet this past week...I can
hide in them. Gma will have lettuce this next week...
LOOKS like another day of sunny,cloudy,sunny....The Flies
are nasty and very thick! We have fly catchers all
over the Ponderosa.
Be seeing ya,soon I hope! Gma says, we have some inside
chores. Then water all the flowers and pull some weeds!
Hope the weather clears off,as we've been trying to use
the gas grill for 3 nights AND weather wouldn't let us!
We have sirloin to grill with baked potatoes tonight....
Hugs and Kisses,Mazy
July 4th 2013 3:34 pm
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THE LAST TIME I ZOOMED THRU...I HAD TO SHUTDOWN DUE TO
THUNDERBOOMING STORMS! Well, that storm actually delivered
all noise and 20 drops! The next night, out of a clear sky
came a hard pounding rain! The last week of June left 2"
for our place. Our flowers are just bootiful! We spend alot
of time watering all the stuff in pots. I guess, alot of
the pots will come inside, when Fall rolls around. OUR FLAG
has been flying for awhile now...Gma sure is happy to have
Mowing,hoeing,weeding,watering,laundry,cooking and cleaning
continue to monopolize Gma's time. After 6 mos. of winter,
we spend alot of our time outside,even if we are taking a
break. I have a cushioned lawn chair in the front and the
back just for me! Cottonwood is heavy and flying badly!
Little baby Elm trees are poppin' up everywhere after a
windy day! So, we pull and pull and pull some more! They
make an ugly adult tree, but the seeds sure sprout easily.
Gpa finished with calving the heifers yesterday. He went out
to feed his baby moos their bottles AND the last 2 heifers
were trying to calf. Ended up pullin' those 2 calves. This
past week, he pulled 4 calves. We have another one on the bottle!
Bottles,bottles,bottles EVERYWHERE! 3 times a day! It's a
wonder, Gpa can manage to make hay around the MOOS! They start
crying, if it is about din-din time! They are very noisy!
Haying will take him all summer by himself. This year,the
broom grass is waist tall.(all the extra moisture) Seems
to take a little longer for the grasses to dry for baling.
Sure looks wonderful across the pastures and hayfields.
Wonderfully green and lush! Nothing like last year, when it
was so very dry.....
Yep, the weather has warmed up now....It's JULY and usual does!
Gma pulled the 1st. radishes from garden today. The garden has
been in 1 month on the 7th. Despite having pea size hail a
few nights ago...the garden looks o.k. Except the potatoes!
We can't find them????????Only 1 plant has come up! Even
the parsnips, that take so long to sprout, are poppin' up!
I got to go for a car ride yesterday....didn't end up at
the Fur Doc,either! It was Pawsome! We are using our outside
grill alot. Yummy! Gma baked a banana cake today..She said,
it was my birthday cake. I turn 6 on Saturday...OMD! That
seems so very OLD! Where did my puppyhood go ?????????
I've had a bath,nails,ears and eyes done (all this week)
So, I'm good there! So, if my birthday is Saturday???
Where did she hide the pressies???????? I'm a snooping
here and there and everywhere.....But,I haven't sniffed
them out just yet! Maybe,I should try to get in her closet?
She keeps lots of good stuff in there....
I WANT TO THANK ALL THOSE PALS WHO SENT THOSE DOGSTER
CRACKER BOOMERS TO MY PAGE! They are the very best kind,
NOT scary, like those the hoomans in the hood shoot off!
I HAVE A 4 OF JULY WISH FOR MY PALS:
MAY THE CRACKER BOOMERS BE ALL WET IN YOUR HOOD
MAY THE GRILL DROP SOMETHIN' VERY GOOD!!!!!!
HAPPY 4th. of JULY TO YOU ALL!!!!!
HUGS AND KISSES,MAZY
June 25th 2013 3:32 pm
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FOR PITY'S SAKE! We worked in the house today,instead of the yard! We thought we could come and play awhile with our pals...It's 87 right now and a HOT EAST wind.....ND weather bulletin just did their BEEP,BEEP and more BEEPS!The Thunderboomers are here again! Heavy rainfall and hail.... So far,we've missed the hail and the torrential rains of 5-6 " and one place 12" in less than 2 hrs. Did have 1+" on Saturdays storm.(I don't like Thunderboomers!!!!)I do like the stress treat, I eat when they are coming!!!!!
Gma keeps hauling all her potted flowers into cattle room. If we have hail,she will still have flowers. If it hails the garden out.....then I get my dogster time back!!!!!!! Come on HAIL!!!!!!!!What's wrong with frozen vegetables???????
There was an 80% for Thunderboomers for tonight. We had that Saturday night!After mowing all day, to try and beat the rain. We still couldn't finish. So everything is ready to mow again. Gma weeded in her garden yesterday from 9:30-4p. Then she watered the flowers around the house for an hour. It was 85 and she was HOT! She even ate under a crab-apple tree....Made me stay inside until 4 p. Said it was too HOT for me....
No shade in the garden. Besides Gpa was mowing the hay yard with the big hay mower......Those sickles are 9 ft. each and 2 of them make a double mower!
The FLAG is UP and flying...24/7
for those who serve,have served,will serve and
all the RED,WHITE AND TRUE BLUE AMERICANS AND PUPS! Waiting
on the Elephant Ears we planted around the flagpole. The marigolds look nice.
The CAR is finally clean inside and out. Must have been 50 lbs. of mud under the Impala. Took Gma 2 days, 1 on the outside and one on the interior. The PITS we don't have a local car wash anymore.
ALL the FLOWERS are finally planted! Yippy! Lots of watering almost daily with all the hard wind. Even with the surplus of rain.
EVERYTHING in the GARDEN is up and looks good except NO POTATOES OR PARSNIPS YET. GARDEN has only been in 2 wks. (This will be week 3)
HAVE hauled away lots of weeds,branches,sticks,bale strings and doodles of hay to clean up the ranchyard. Sprayed for bugs in the yard and car garage. Sprayed around buildings to kill all the stuff out. makes the mowing for Grandma easier. She's walk mows as it is easier for her than the riding mower. Too much turning with so many trees and stuff like that...All the rain we are having, we mow 2-4 times per week. Most of this month it has been both Gma and Gpa mowing to keep up. Gpa has serviced the equipment and is now in hay making mode....
Well, new bulletin...........storm is only about 25 minutes away. It is moving pretty quickly. Our TV has already went off once. I'd better sign off and shut my puter down....No time for puter problems!
Saturday night we lost our power and had to use flashlights for awhile. Gma fed us early as they knew the stormies were coming......
I don't like to use flashlight instead of regular lights.
So many storms everywhere! Stay safe pals!
Huggies and Kissies, Mazy
June 12th 2013 5:54 pm
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Last Sunday we woke up and had no Electricity!
What the hey,was goin' on????????? Gpa called the
company to see if the outage was reported. Yep, it
was....Crew was out lookin' for the problem. We were
out of juice for 5 hours! Do you have any idea how
ugly it is to see hoomans, not have their mornin'
I didn't need 'tricity to have my breakfast! Yippy!
So my breakfast was on time! It had rained again,
during the night...Gpa thought maybe all the water
was a problem???
Nope, it wasn't water....It was a crazy Raccoon!!!!
Showing off for the other wild critters! She decided
to hold a circus act,walk the powerline,like a trapeze
Somebody forget to tell the coons, that isn't a very
smartie thing, to do. She touched a bare wire and
she fried herself. She was totally toast! She took
the 'tricity out for a whole neighborhood. So much
for showin' off for the other critters...
They fixed the mess she made and we had our power
back. It figures,Gma was too tired to wash her
hair the night before,when she showered. They had
a benefit to go to. She had to have the power to
look pretty to go visit. What? Yeah, I thought it
was crazy too! I don't wash my fur to go visit!
Now this mornin' the electric guys came to our
house and.......... Gpa ran in and ask what she
was doing???? She was washing all those yucky
yard clothes and drying a big load of towels.
Only because it had rained yet again......
Seems the guys needed to kill the 'tricity! What
again? Coons???????? Nope! Lightening hit our
power transformer by the shop. It burnt out
some important parts. We still had power...
They shut the power off and changed the parts.
Only down about 30 minutes. But...they told
Gpa it was a good thing...the brackets that
hold the transformer were bad...The whole thing
was barely holding on...Way up on that big pole!
Whoa! That was close!
THEN GMA TOLD ME A STORY ABOUT BEFORE MY TIME:
Seems,way back in 1980,lightening blew a hole
the size of a basketball in their transformer.
The sparks ran down the wires. Burnt their big
shop and machinery building to the ground. The
fire burnt up all Gpa's tools and some small
pieces of machinery. Burnt the hoses and bulbs
on the fuel barrels. Torched a bunch of corral.
The only reason it didn't explode and burn their
house down was: the fuel barrels were filled the
day before. They were full and could expand....
The hooman kids were little and here with a sitter.
They were selling their quarter horse colts.
Two rural fire departments came to fight the fire.
It was a very long night. Gma said, she used a
flashlight to make sandwiches and snacks for them.
Someone had to be awake for a whole week. Watching
smoldering grass seed. A very big mess and took
a long time to clean up. Rebuild and buy all those
important tools once again.
Sure glad I wasn't here then... I would have been
so very afraid. Gma said, her Aunt and Uncle, 1/2
mile away came and got the kids and the sitter.
We have lots of reasons here on the prairie to be
afraid of fire and storms. In 40 yrs. They had
3 big fires and 1 tornado....All 3 did plenty
of damage. My hoomans are pretty tough prairie
stock. They picked up the pieces and moved on.
What else can you do???????? Angel Baby and
Angel Foxie were in the tornado. They were
afraid of thunderstorms,rain,hail,lightening
and all that stuff, the rest of their lives.
June 10th 2013 5:03 pm
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MY SNOUT IS IN HOG HEAVEN.....Let me explain.
Gma has been after Gpa for 3 years to put her mended
flag and new rope on the flag pole. (It's not up yet!
But she's gettin' ready!)Stuff is all here to go!
We dug out a 4 foot circle around the flagpole. We
are going to plant all new flowers in there. We took
away the bricking. A big job to trim around it....
I HELPED!!!!! I did alot that day....I dug in the
moist soil to help Gma. She shook the dirt out of
the roots of all the grass,weeds and plants.I had
so much FUN! Dig Mazy Dig! I did too!!!!!
My Really Important Task was sniffing out,digging
up and counting all the earth worms...There were
Zillions! I guess, they like all the rain we've
been having???? Nope, I don't eat them! I just
dig,throw them to the surface,count them and
send them on their way....
I did get very dirty! I had to have a tubby
before supper that night. Nope, I didn't get to
help plant the vegetable garden this year.
Say what??????? Gma said, they were 2 wks.
late with planting. No time for me to be diggin'
the spuds up, as fast as she put them in the holes.
She also, did something different this year. She
put down landscaping plastic where all the started
plants went. Hoping to reduce her total weeding
time. The peppers,tomatoes,cabbage,cauliflower
are all clothed in black. Today we added grass
clippings on top of that.
There was an Oopsie on the started plants...What are
we going to do with 15 cabbages????????? The 1 box
was suppose to be broccoli...but it's not!!!! Now,
she has to try and track down some broccoli babies.
Gpa has to go to Bismarck for a pump on a tractor.
Gma is going to sweet talk him. Then he'll bring
back some broccoli for her. Took 3 days to plant the
garden. Due to rain,wind and being too wet!
It's in NOW....We have potatoes,onions,tomatoes,green
beans(bush and pole),yellow beans,2 kinds of cucumbers,
peas,5 kinds of lettuce,red and white radish,parsnips,
cauliflower,cabbage,yellow bell peppers,orange peppers,
assorted peppers(that could be interesting?)We also have
orange,red,purple and white carrots. Corn,butternut squash,
summer crookneck and zucchini squash. Last we planted some
cantaloupe. Now we'd sure like plenty of sunshine mixed
with all the rain we've been having. Keeping my PAWS crossed!
Besides Worm Digging....I appointed myself in charge
of catchin' and killin' June Bugs! I can't tell ya, what
it is about them that drives me crazy????? They fly
into the floodlights,are blinded and fall on my steps.
I catch them,throw them all over,leave them as road
kill...I don't eat them! I don't want them buzzing around
my front door...
Hope to be back soon?????Gma is so far behind,we think,
she is ahead of herself.... Time to fry some chicken!
Yummy...chicken for supper! I had some New York strip
for dinner...I'm sure,we'll have a big thunder-boomer!
Snack time, I had vanilla ice cream...They are workin'
this little doxie to a frazzle!I'm wastin' away to nothin'!
I tell ya! They each get a little slower with each
barkday! Yeah,Gma had one this past week...They want
me to be speedier than ever before....I'm having a
barkday every year too...What ya think is up with that??????
Huggies and kissies,Mazy
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