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jackie v
Farmgirl in Training

32 Posts

jackie
easthampton ma
USA
32 Posts

Posted - Apr 25 2012 :  02:46:59 AM  Show Profile  Send jackie v a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Debbie we haven't heard from you. I pray everything is going ok for you and the family.
Nan I hope Miranda is getting better. Off the work . Have a great day ladies .
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jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

2422 Posts

Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
2422 Posts

Posted - Apr 25 2012 :  06:02:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Megan, what a wonderful trip you had, and such great memories. Glad you had a great time there, and congrats on being accepted to the college of choice. So does that mean you will be graduating next month? I am really happy for you. I am sure your family is excited also, and very proud of you.

Janet
Farmgirl Sister #3340

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FarmDream
True Blue Farmgirl

1085 Posts

Julie
TX
USA
1085 Posts

Posted - Apr 25 2012 :  08:22:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have a great day ladies! Here's one of the new guys.



~FarmDream is Farmgirl Sister #3069

Live Today, Cherish Yesterday, Dream Tomorrow

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Cherime
True Blue Farmgirl

1222 Posts

Cherime
Wasilla Alaska
USA
1222 Posts

Posted - Apr 25 2012 :  09:16:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Megan, I liked London and really loved Dublin. Glasgow was great. Edinburgh was just a bit too touristy for me. If you can do so before you settle down, take some time off to just meander around. We went to see Stonehinge but the crowds were too much for comfort so we went to a local town where they have the largest geographically speaking stone circle. Nice little village with lovely people. The Isle of Skye was wonderful. There are so many youth hostels throughout the UK that it is easy to tour around on the cheap. And the people we met were all very helpful and nice. The underground is really easy to navigate but during rush hour there wasn't much time to study things you have to be sure of where you are going. Glad to hear that you got accepted to the college of your choice.

Bunny I love the Strawberry bale idea but I think that I am going to reuse some old tires this year.

Sarah, ladies. There are ways to hide the water lines inside the walls the corner shelf has a extra side piece that hides the water lines going down to the sink. The shelves over the door have a false back and hide the lines from view. The corner shelf was the hardest to figure out.


Blessings all.

CMF
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Prairie Gypsy
True Blue Farmgirl

821 Posts

Tammy
Wolford North Dakota
USA
821 Posts

Posted - Apr 25 2012 :  09:41:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good morning ladies! Sunny skies this morning. Weatherman says we should make it up to 62 today. These mid-range temps and then plunging down into freezing temps at night are throwing me off. I want to get started in the garden. I might try some lettuce and a few herbs since my chives and oregano are growing profusely already. I'm lunching on 1/2 peanut butter and homemade strawberry jelly on sourdough bread and a salad in a jar with honey mustard vinegarette (I'm addicted to the stuff) while I'm typing. Supper will be homemade sliders and french fries.

Today's one of those days where it feels like I just keep getting beat down more and more. They found more issues with the Jeep yesterday - possibly another $1000 in repairs. The ongoing job contract issue has continued and after announcing another company got the contract (again) 2 weeks ago, they sent out emails last night about 8pm saying the contract has been extended another 2 months and to disregard job offers from the new company. Yet I'm still getting emails today from the new company including my job offer. My job offer is 8c/hr less then what one of my counterparts was offered even though I have 6 months seniority on him and I work in a county that's job base pays higher (which is what they claim our pay is based on). I don't know if I should challenge it or accept it as it. It's a job and I can't afford to lose it. I just feel like I'm falling deeper and deeper into a hole. The new company appears to be offering us a tuition assistance option with our benefits pay but that would be chancy to take tuition assistance over medical coverage and the man is totally against it because he wants to be able to move immediately if he gets a job offer. Okay, enough whining.

Megan - the trip sounds wonderful! I would so love to visit there. My DF was there with several of his sisters, bil's, nieces and nephews several years ago. They got to see The Lion King at the theater while there. They said it was so much better there then here in the US. How did you like the food? He said the food was horrible there. We're foodies so it's hard to tell if it was really that bad or if it's because he's so use to really good food lol. North Carolina is beautiful, congrats. I was stationed out of Norfolk, VA, and we occasionally went down the coast to North Carolina. I love that area. The man is bothered by the potential for hurricanes but I've been through several of them and they don't bother me.

Janet - the straw beds don't have to be in that form. That's just one design. I've seen them put around the perimeter of a fenced in yard with flowers and veggies planted in them. You can cut the bales in half too. I suggested it for our yard as it would have helped us with a couple issues including the dogs digging holes next to the fence but the man felt the city would probably fine us claiming they were unsightly and knowing our city he's probably right.

Speaking of our city. The man went over and mowed his brother's lawn the other night after work and ran over a rat with the lawnmower! He said it was odd because one of the guys at work had been complaining earlier that day about the fact they have rats all over their neighborhood and they're burrowing tunnels under the lawns. He was shocked when df told him we didn't have any problems with rats or any other rodant for that matter. DF was telling me it's a huge problem, almost epidemic, right now with rats overrunning lawns. Apparently with all the abandoned houses they're building huge networks of tunnels in the yards and throughout neighborhoods and obviously feeding well on garbage. We saw a possum the other night run across the road into a newly vacant house/yard which doesn't bode well either. I'd hate for the dogs to get into a fight with a rat or a possum. I'd expect a possible problem like this in the country but not in a huge metropolitan area. If it becomes a problem in our area I'm not sure how we'll deal with it. It's not like on a farm where we could have cats and dogs paroleing the barns and area to keep the rodant population down.

Well back to work. Crossing my fingers the day gets brighter :O)





Farmgirl Sister # 2363
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Warren, MI
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herblady55
True Blue Farmgirl

3375 Posts

Judy
Louisville Ohio(Stark Co)
USA
3375 Posts

Posted - Apr 25 2012 :  1:05:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Patsy...all I can say is..."Aren't leisurely,meandering drives fun?" hahahaha Ya, we didn't like the GPS either....they just don't work for some reason. It's a "Boy-Toy" that's a big money-maker for the inventor!
Any other crazy GPS stories out there? Love to hear them.
Great story Megan...got some more?


Sister-chick# 905(Sept.14th 2009)
Judy
French-Hugs&Squeezles!
I am not contained between my hat and my boots! -Walt Whitman-
"Why couldn't I have been born Rich instead of So Good Looking?"
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Valkyrie922
Farmgirl in Training

43 Posts

Sarah
Philippi West Virginia
USA
43 Posts

Posted - Apr 25 2012 :  9:35:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Julie – You got me wondering: how much chicken is too much chicken? (18”?) And, for that matter, is not enough chicken Really not enough chicken? (3”?) Haha!! Thanks for the response, by the way. It helps to have a yardstick while I’m putting this package together.

Judy/Nettie – If I were dancing to the Wedding March, I think I would do the robot.

Jackie – I’d like to know more about you and your family & situation. Maybe staying home really isn’t as far from the realm of possibility as you think; sometimes you just have to think outside the box. I can’t believe you got your finger caught in a log splitter – OUCH! I’m glad that you’ve recovered, though.

That just reminded me of this crazy movie that Mike brought home from the Red Box a couple months ago, called Tucker and Dale VS Evil. It was one of the most surprisingly funny movies I’ve ever seen; I really thought I was going to hate it. Here’s the premise: Tucker and Dale are a couple of Average Joe’s/Hillbillies from West Virginia, and there is a group of college kids camping near their cabin, who think that they are in Wrong Turn. When one of the girls in their group gets knocked unconscious, they just leave her there because they are too terrified to talk to the hillbillies, so Tucker and Dale take her back to the cabin and nurse her to health. The next day, the campers decide that they need to rescue their friend, so they try to attack the cabin, but when they do, one of them dives head-first into a wood chipper! (I DIED laughing!) I won’t give away any more, just in case anyone wants to watch it.

Patsy – Now isn’t that typical, to travel all the way to the next state only to come back home and find what you were looking for right where you already looked. I was going to suggest shopping for the boots online next time, but it sounds like your hubby's feet might be shrinking, so maybe you should stick to the K-Mart!

Judy/Patsy – I don’t have traditional GPS, but I have Google Maps on my phone, which is really the same thing. It has turn-by-turn “navigation” and you can turn the voice on when you’re driving. Fat lot of good it does when you aren’t in a major city! One time I had my dad taking me to an appointment at an agency two counties over, We followed the Google Maps Voice, turn-by-turn, directly to our “destination.” At a creepy abandoned warehouse in the middle of nowhere! I had to call the receptionist (which I should have just done in the first place) and when she told me where the place was, I didn’t even need directions!

The only other time I used it in WV was when my mom and I took the kids down to Charleston to see Disney on Ice. Mind you, both of us have been to this city dozens of times just in my lifetime, and the Charleston Civic Center is clearly marked with tons of signs. Plus, it's not really that big, so even if you mess up, it doesn’t take that long to get yourself right. But my mom (and dad too) has what I call “navigational anxiety,” so when we were about half a mile outside of the city, she asked me to turn the GPS to guide us there. I did, just to humor her, all the while pointing out the signs. When it finally booted up, we were waiting at the stoplight on the exit ramp, less than a block from the parking garage, (which we can see straight ahead!) and mom kinda starts freaking out, “Where do I go?! What does the GPS say?!” So I looked, and it didn’t have ANY directions, because according to Google Maps, we were in the river! I couldn't stop laughing and we ended up passing the parking garage and having to turn around anyway!

Bunny – That looks WAY easier than what I’m fixin’ to do. Since my Pappy is sick this year (no tractor) I’m going to do the double digging method.

Cherime – Wow it looks great! Did you do the ceilings too? I really like the way they look!! I will have to post some photos of the improvements to my house as I work on them.

Tammy – Oh, wow, you could’ve gotten a whole new-to-you car!

That sounds like an interesting book, and an even more interesting web service! I am signing up for paperbackbookswap.com right now!

Also, homemade mac and cheese is one of my favorite things! I’m a foodie too, and I gotta say, England gets a bad rap as far as food. It’s really the same as anywhere else. Some of the best food I’ve ever had was home cooked by an old sailor in the North of England. I dated his son for a couple years, and when visited -- wow! did he go all out! -- he made 'tea' every single evening, food so wonderful my tastebuds are dancing now at the memories! Roast duck, shrimp cocktail, crusted flounder... to name a few! and always with perfectly cooked and seasoned vegetables and grains. Oh, man, why didn’t I stay with him? Sigh* (The answer, of course, is because you can’t have a relationship based on your partner’s dad’s cooking!)

There are plenty of boring and bland foods and lots of junk food too… But I read somewhere that the reason for the 'bad food' stereotype is that beginning with WWI and then all the way into the 1950’s the whole of Great Britain had to live with severe austerity because of being at war with basically the whole of Europe. I think it speaks volumes about their culture that they were willing and able to pull together and sacrifice for King and Country for almost 50 years! I don’t think there was a single British woman in that time who wasn’t a farmgirl. For real.

So you live in a place where creative gardening is considered unsightly, but the town’s being overrun by rats. Nice. I think your husband is right; you need to be ready to leave at the drop of a dime!

I didn't get very much done today. Granny has been asking Uncle Jeff since last year for “a start off a snowball bush,” which is weird because I am the one who has a snowball bush, and it's huge, and it's at the corner of my driveway, AND she lives across the road from me! Anyway, I couldn’t tell what she meant by looking at it, and I couldn’t figure it out by researching online either, so today I took the pruners and the shears, cleaned out the dead branches and did some manual weed-eating, and finally found ONE really tiny baby. I put it in dirt, and I also took off two brand new green limbs about 5-6" inches long to see if I can coax them to root in water. I also dug up a “start” that’s probably three or four years old – it was probably 7’ tall, but the trunk was less than an inch in diameter and I got a pretty good root system when I dug it out, so hopefully one of these ends up working for her!

Unfortunately, by the time I brought the last wheelbarrow load of debris back up to the burn pile, I had to stop and sit down. BLEH! I have been nauseated and dizzy since Sunday, with a major headache that won’t quit. I’m hoping it’s just some weird virus or something & it will go away soon. The sooner the better.

I didn’t feel like coming back inside just yet, so I got a basket and cut some flowers for pressing. I’m planning to frame them and use them to decorate the *empty* wall above the couch. I got 11 flower samples from around my little slice of heaven. Not all are native, but I thought it would be a good idea to document what I have here. Some were planted by my Mammaw, some are nuisance plants, and some actually are native. I have a lot of research to do, so I might just be surprised to find out that I’m well on my way to earning that merit badge after all. I will definitely let you guys know how it turns out.
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Netty
True Blue Farmgirl

379 Posts

Lynette
Hardy Nebraska
USA
379 Posts

Posted - Apr 25 2012 :  10:49:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have had two 90 degree days and I have loved it. Hung my clothes out to dry, and pulled some nasty ole weeds.

Now we get to go back down to the lower 60's. I think a lot of us are dealing with this kind of weather.

I can't sleep so I thought I would get up and read all of todays news. I was busy with other things so missed reading.

I think we will get our corn planted before it rains, which would be very nice. It seems the ground is dry again, with not much snow this winter the ground is really dry.

I am wanting to get in the garden, but am worried it might freeze again. I think I will have to wait another week or two before planting.

Our cows have slowed down on having their calves, although we had 3 born today. Just hope the trend keeps going so we can get done.

I'm working on an apron and it is so easy, just can't get myself to finish it. Maybe tomorrow I will get it done so I can start to wear it.

Well not much more happening here on the the farm so I'll let you all go for now.

Netty
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LadyInRed
True Blue Farmgirl

6431 Posts

PeggyAnn
Vancouver WA
USA
6431 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  12:41:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow Megan...your trip to London sounds fab.
So glad that you got that experience. I have always wanted to go to Paris...but don't suppose at this time in my life...that dream will ever come true. So, any opportunities you get to travel...take full advantage of them. You will never regret it and it will broaden your World considerably. I think most of us live in a much too narrow world. Because I read so much....I atleast feel I have traveled via books. Not the same...but a more affordable way to travel.~ Before I forget...I mailed out your Swap Pkg Monday. Hope you enjoy it.

Julie...what is that little baby_______? Is it a kitten or what?

Cherime...you are so clever hiding the water lines like that?
You are one smart cookie!

RFM Tammy...in most states men get paid more for the same job a woman does. It's maddening but true. Me...I would fight it! But then I have always pushed for what I deserved in wages.
I never got a raise I didn't ask for and I never got a promotion I didn't push for. If a woman doesn't stand up for herself in the job market...they will usually keep her at the same wage and she will watch her male counter-parts get promotion after promotion over her. Even if she is more qualified. I just wouldn't stand for that kind of injustice.

Your rat story was awful!!! Many large cities have rat problems...when there is a lot of construction going on around the city.
Portland Oregon...has a bad rat problem, but usually they stay pretty much underground...but at one time when the city was doing some major work my MIL was having trouble with them coming up and out through her toilet. Now how gross is that? UGH!!!

Judy...I don't trust GPS systems very much. The last Apartments we lived in...any GPS system would take friends and family several miles past us and get them good and lost! LOL Praise God for cell phones to call for verbal directions.
Also...on a more serious note around The Portland Oregon and Vancouver WA area...GPS systems don't warn people that travel through our parts of the Country...that some roads are impassable during winter months...and people have gotten lost, run out of gas and lost their lives in these remote areas. So sad, but seems to happen...every year.

Sarah...I love snowball bushes. What color is yours?
They aren't all white. Sounds like you will get a really good start for her. They are pretty hardy.
Sounds like you have been soooooo busy on the farm. You wore me out just readen about it. LOL

Netty...you are so right. We get three days of lovely warm weather and then back to 50's and 60's and rain. It's killing me off!

Well, girls...I need your prayers. My husband and I need to move back into an apartment. We just can't afford this house we are renting and we can't afford the lawn maintenance, and the higher utilities.
We have been digging ourselves in a financial rut for 6 months and now it is time to say..."Enough". The one problem we are finding...with the Housing Market Tanking...all apartment buildings are filled! "No Room At The Inn"...so to speak. We put our name on a Waiting List yesterday...at a place we liked in the general area where we live now. So, even though we hate to re-pack and move...we really need to. Please keep us in your prayers.
Thanks girls! I'm beat and headed for bed.

Sweet Dreams,
Peggy

Farmgirl #1326
http://ladyinredsite.blogspot.com

"Leave Your Cares Behind...Join Us On The Porch"

"I'm only as strong as the caffeine I drink, the hair-spray I use and the Girlfriends that I have."

When I was a lonely wallflower, Jesus asked me to dance. Then he asked me to be His!
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jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

2422 Posts

Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
2422 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  06:37:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Peggy, so sorry to hear that you will need to move again, but can understand the financial part of it. I know how you like it there though. Hopefully you will find something great that you like and less work to maintain. Wish I lived close to you so I could help.
Sarah, I find it very hard to read your posts because of the size, font and the color. Is there a way you could change it to black?
It is so windy here, I am afraid to go out and get blown away. I would like to go get my hair cut. It is almost waist long, but it is so hard to brush out. I have very think hair and it snarls so much. I am yanking out too much hair. My hair is naturally curly, so when cut it looks like I have a perm. The only problem is that it grows so fast and I end up getting it trimmed every 3 weeks at $16.50 a crack. Oh well, it would surprise my hubby. He would think he was living with a new woman!! LOL!! I'll see if I want to venture out in that wind. It is only 33 degrees besides.

Janet
Farmgirl Sister #3340

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Netty
True Blue Farmgirl

379 Posts

Lynette
Hardy Nebraska
USA
379 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  07:06:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Peggy, Oh how I dislike the idea of you moving. I know it is a very hard job for one, second it is hard moving when you love where you are. I will pray for you and your husband that all will work out for the best.

Take care

Netty
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Cherime
True Blue Farmgirl

1222 Posts

Cherime
Wasilla Alaska
USA
1222 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  08:27:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Peggy, sorry to hear that you have to move again. If I had to move....Well, good thing I don't.
Janet, that cold. It's in the 40s at 4am and got up to 60 yesterday. Time to work outside. Put a new chain on my electric chain saw and cut up some of the wood that was too long for that stove and that I was not able to get to due to the amazing amount of snow we had. Worked up a real sweat doing that but got the wood box near the house full and ready to go. Now I just have to cut up the rest and get it stacked. I will almost have enough for next winter and I will be nice and dry.
Sarah, did the ceiling and the floor as well. The ceiling was starting to have the seams of the drywall peal a bit as it was the first time DH and I had ever done drywall. So I used some of that thin pine paneling to cover the ceiling seams in a grid pattern. In the other room that you can barely see, used that drop ceiling stuff cause it is way cheap and screwed the corners to the ceiling joists then went over the seams with that pine again. Worked really well looks nice. I am going to do the same thing to my old kitchen ceiling. I can easily handle the ceiling tiles by my self no so full sized drywall sheets not to mention that I don't have to tape and mud the overhead seams if I use the ceiling tiles.
Blessings ladies take care all.

CMF
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natesgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

1735 Posts

angela
martinsville indiana
USA
1735 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  09:11:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Porchies!

I've been without a computer till yesterday. It took me a long time to catch up on all the posts!

I'm tryin very hard to organize my life, daily and long term.

I was tryin to put together a monthly menu, which I used to do all the time, but I seem to have writer's block, or cookin block, or just plain old brain block. I am really strugglin with a simple menu plan.

I even am havin trouble figurin out what my weekly schedule and daily basic schedule should be. I'm just not sure what to do and when it should be done.

I hate this fumblin through each day and findin that I've gotten nothin done at the end of each week. I just feel lost and unproductive. It's even spilled over into our financial life and that is too tight of an area to allow any slippin.

I'm off to attempt it one more time while I wait for the laundry to need switched. I'm gonna check a few websites my oldest DD suggested. Her and her fiance have been really workin hard on budgets and settin up a plan for their life. I just need to figure mine out a little better.

Any suggestions would be greatly appriciated. I'm just kinda driftin around lookin for something to anchor me down.

Farmgirl Sister #1438

God - Gardening - Family - Is anything else important?
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ruthie218
True Blue Farmgirl

1193 Posts

Ruthie Ann
Indiana
USA
1193 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  11:46:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi! Ladies,
I haven't been on for a week or so and boy have I missed out. Im very behind so Im just jumping here. Last week the house plan came in the mail. Now it's real and time to get it together to get the house ready and on the market. I have alot of changes to make as the as the nearest med.size town is 17 miles on way. Im going to start taking inventory,and making out a menu with a weekly grocery shop instead well lets stop and get this or that.
Hubby is feeling better took out to church and tomorrow we go to the dr. Katelyn dd will be home next Friday from college for the summer . I will be putting her to work. Helping me get ready to start the move process. Not sure you all know I write lesson plans for a child care/preschool. Im trying to get those all wriiten for the summer so I can focus on family and my mission I took on at church. Im the supply director / collector for the mission team going to South Dakota to teach a vbs for the native american children. One thing on the list is yarn. Alot is need and boy has it been hard to come by at the thirft stores. Better at my nanny job and babies waking up.
Ruthie Ann

http://simpleindianagirl.blogspot.com/

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ruthie218
True Blue Farmgirl

1193 Posts

Ruthie Ann
Indiana
USA
1193 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  12:07:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ladies,
Please forgive my post with missing and misspelled words. At work and baby was fussing trying to hurry to finish post.
Ruthie Ann

http://simpleindianagirl.blogspot.com/

Farmgirl sister#4072

Edited by - ruthie218 on Apr 26 2012 12:08:40 PM
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fabraholic4
True Blue Farmgirl

55 Posts

Jan
BURLINGAME KS
USA
55 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  12:11:57 PM  Show Profile  Send fabraholic4 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Afternoon Porchies, I am sorry to tell you all this, but I am going to have to leave the porch for a bit. Just too much going on right now. Hope to return after things settle down.
Thanks for letting me join you all for a while.
Will miss ya!
Jan in KS

Oh for the simple life: family, quilts, corgi's, horses, homemade everything.
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country_lovin
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Debbie
Oregon
USA
50 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  2:23:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for your prayers for my family. I talked to my neice yesterday and she didn't know anything yet and she sounded awful.
My nephew called my sister telling her he wanted my neice to drop charges. She won't, which I don't blame her. I have tried calling today but no answer, so will call later..I hope she doesn't have a fractured neck.

Bunny- the straw bales look really neat. Can't wait to see your pictures.

Patsy- And that does figure. Talk about a wild goose chase for those boots. But glad dh bought some in the end.

I'm finishing The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini. This is the second time I'm reading it. The first time I was hurrying through to get to the next book. This time I am taking my time. Well, that's what I tell myself but it IS a quick read. And very enjoyable. Yesterday was a frusterating day for me. So I went to the library and unloaded on the librarian. We're on our way to becoming friends and i just bleh. I need to also find a quilting,crocheting group. Something where I can get out by myself for a few hours. I can tell the end of the year is upon us because the girls and I are getting tired of schoolwork.
I'm babysitting a friends 20 month old for her and her husband. Sometimes I forgot how crazy I went with a little one around. I told hubby I need another baby gate.He laughs. She is really good. And I know her mom and dad appreciate it. I'm not charging them anything. I just want them to get caught up on their bills. They were laid off from October til February. And dad still isn't working full time. And mom just got a job about a month ago working at a restaurant. She has 2 other sons from a previous marriage. Her youngest son is 12 or 13 years old..Then this little one. I laugh. I have a headache that is trying to really take hold. i just may have to give in and take some ibuprophen. Take care and hope everyone is doing great.
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country_lovin
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Debbie
Oregon
USA
50 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  2:38:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Peggy- I'm soo sorry you have to move. I pray you find something. We've lived in a place we couldn't really afford too. Before we moved it it sounded like we could, but then bills coming in we weren't used to, yeah, it put us in the hole. But we accepted defeat and moved before we got evicted. Hopefully someday we'll have some property. I wouldn't care if it was a half acre. I'm sure we could do something with it.

Jan- I hope all is well with you and yours. And you'll be back enjoying the porch again.

I think I better go refill my glass. Oh we're having a turkey dinner tonight. Truth be known that's what was left to eat, tomorrow is payday.
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Valkyrie922
Farmgirl in Training

43 Posts

Sarah
Philippi West Virginia
USA
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Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  2:53:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, I'm still sick today, and it's raining outside, so I'm not getting much done. Just a little bit of laundry and a couple errands. Mike came home early with a headache too, so looks like we will be vegging on the couch for the night. I was going to go downtown for the Art Stroll tomorrow night and hand out "What's a Farmgirl?" Cards, but if I don't start feeling better, I won't be going anywhere!

Tomorrow evening the kids will be here for the weekend, so I'm gonna have to get better, even if I'm not better lol.

Janet - You mean you don't like my purple posts!?! Ok, ok...

Peggy, the snowball bush I have is white, but I have two blue hydrangeas in the back. (Is that what you meant about the other colored snowball bushes?) Well, last year they were blue and purple, and this year I don't really look for them to bloom at all, because they had leaf buds in the beginning of February with the warm weather, and then they got frostbite -- several times! I had to deadhead the leaves! I think this fall I'm going to try to send out soil samples so I can get some specific recommendations on what to add, but my dad said to take a couple old rusty nails and put them in the ground where the roots are, and they will go back to all blue.

Sorry to hear about you having to move; hopefully when you get settled in to your new place you will get some breathing room & peace of mind. Hope you find a place soon!

Cherime - What kind of floor did you put down? I want to see it too!

Angela - You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Maybe try to plan just a week or a couple days at a time to get back into the swing of things. How's your back?

Ruth - I've always heard "If you want something done, give it to the busiest person." Sounds like you're on a roll!

Debbie - I'm glad to hear from you. I know we've all been thinking about your family and sending up prayers for you all.
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jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

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Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
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Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  3:02:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sarah, It's not that I did not like the purple posts, I had a hard time seeing them. It takes me awhile to read on the computer even with the setting at 125%. If I put it any bigger, then I have to move the pages back and forth all the time. I hope you are not offended, I don't mean to be mean.

Janet
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LadyInRed
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PeggyAnn
Vancouver WA
USA
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Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  4:46:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Janet and Sarah...I agree about the Purple. It is my all time favorite color with red my 2nd favorite but even though it is beautiful!...it was harder to read and the type seemed smaller. Your last post Sarah was so much kinder on the eyes! :+) Thank You! And don't worry about how long your post length is...we love to hear what you have to share!!!

Thanks Gals...for being so comforting and encouraging about our possible move. When we first moved in here...my husband was working full time and the first month was OK...but then out of left field, he decided he wanted to go down to 3 days per week but it ended up his boss would only give him 2. He has Social Security...and I am on Disability but when your house rent is almost what his Social Security is...that doesn't leave room for anything extra. Now he would go back to work full time in a heart-beat when he sees what it did to us...but his boss had filled his old position. So, he brought it all on himself...not crunching the numbers before he made the work move. I was the one that had to finally say..."Honey, we can't keep living like this...we need to get back into an apartment." Neither one of us wants to move again in just 6 months time...but hey you have to do what you have to do. Unfortunately...he does no help packing. I do it all! Which is OK...I'm use to it after 27 yrs of marriage. He is going to be 69 and I know he is sick of working so hard. I do have a young friend in her late 30's who is very willing to help me. I probably will have her just help me move boxes and stuff like that. I kind of pack a couple boxes here and there as the mood strikes me...could be 3:am, so it is a little hard to have some one help me pack. Plus with each move I like to get rid of more stuff...so, I pretty much have to do it myself.

Right now...unless an Apartment becomes available...we aren't going anywhere too soon. So, keep us in your prayers.

This crazy weather has me in pain today...can't even make it to bible study tonight. Had to have someone else teach for me.

blessings and hugs,
peggy

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tea_lady_tammy
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Tammy
NE
USA
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Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  7:43:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HI ladies,
It has been a busy week. So I thought the porch was the best place to sit and put my feet up for a bit with a pot of rose tea. Anyone care for a cup?

Today my little butterflies went to a petting zoo that my hubby had going on at his class in the high school. My sweet pup Jax got to go and boy did he love all that loving. He is tired today. Came home and plopped down in his spot. I had to chuckle at that.

Planted my herbs and looking forward to playing in the dirt a bit with them. I also have my strawberries and some flowers. I am not the best gardener, but I have found herbs are quite forgiving.

It is supposed to be very chilly here tomorrow. Hard for me to believe that after we hit 90 yesterday. Somehow 49 tomorrow doesn't seem fair when it is almost may.

well just wanted to check in and say hello.
love to you all
Tammy


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natesgirl
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angela
martinsville indiana
USA
1735 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  9:38:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Porchies!

Debbie...Prayin for your family. Keep us updated. I went through some rough stuff with my oldest DD who my hubby adopted. She had to press charges on her biological father a year or so ago. It was hard and really seperated her from part of his family which really hurt her. She stood her ground and it made her a stronger woman for it.

Sarah...Take care of yourself and get feelin better. I'm doin really good with my back. It has barely even twinged. The lump is back, but it doesn't hurt and isn't effectin my leg or anything. The dr isn't sure what's happenin, but he says without more symptoms he isn't worried about it. I'm watchin to be sure it doesn't grow or change. So far, so good!

Peggy...I hate that you have to move. Believe me I feel for you. Take it slow and take care of yourself.

Tammy...I'm tryin herbs this year. I've always gotten mine at farmer's markets or foraged for them. I just love playin in the dirt!

I've been fairly busy today. I decided to completely catch up my laundry, which I've only been playin around at for weeks now. I had 8 loads! Then I decided to pick up the whole house in between loads, so it looks much better. I only have 1 box left to unpack from the last load, then it's time to go refill the empties in the truck. I gotta say, it's not much better movin slowly. I'm constantly frustrated because something I need isn't here yet. I'll get it all here soon though.

My little 4x4 raised bed is almost all sprouted now. I have all my pots planted and am anxiously waitin for something to harvest. I am just gettin started on my comgar. I went to start last weekend, bein the first good weekend we had free, but had to come home without startin. Someone had already tilled and begun plantin my spot! I called and called the comgar leader. When he finally called me back it was 7:30 sunday night. So way too late to head out there. I've gotten my new spot roped off and have put some tomato cages out in it, just to lay claim to it visibly.

I had to patch up hubby's shoulder tonight. He's had a lump under the skin about the size of a quarter and very hard for months now. In the last week it has developed a head and turned dark red. He scratched at it at work today and the head opened and began really seepin. It was definitely some sort of infection. He got it drained when he got home, but is left with a sunken spot with a deep hole in it. I put some antibiotic cream on it and patched it. I'm still a little worried about it, but he says it doesn't hurt and it isn't hot to the touch. I told him if it starts actin up any at all he's goin to see the doc, no arguments. He agreed. Like he really has a choice. Lol!

I have managed to get a basic weekly plan laid out to keep up on the house. It actually came from an old weekly schedule my DD found in one of her boxes of stuff. I got through the first month's menu plan with help from all of my girls and my mom. They all had lots of requests and suggestion of what they'd like to eat. We are workin on a list of foods we like, split up into catagories or types. That way I have some reference sheets to work from. I just need to get the budget finalized and I think I've got it under control.

I did leave tuesday open from chores for me to have a day for bakin or playin or whatever. I didn't plan the weekend either, so we can be free for family things. I'm plannin on bakin somethin yummy this tuesday with my special cinnamon, which I have yet to try. I can hardly wait! I'm thinkin the first thing should just be cinny rolls. One of my absolute favorite things on earth!

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country_lovin
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Debbie
Oregon
USA
50 Posts

Posted - Apr 27 2012 :  09:25:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Angela- be careful with that bump..Sounds like my dh's MRSA..Only his hurt and then in the middle when the core came out it was a deep hole. He finally went to the dr's when he got 2 more on his knees. He took antibiotics. i got some boil cream,Pine sol,self sticking bandages because of the weeping..And dial antibacterial soap. my hubby has always been in construction and NEVER got MRSA..Then when he was security at a casino he got MRSA...Darndest thing..He still washes with the antibacterial soap once every 2 weeks. and he hasn't had an outbreak in almost 2 years now..He should get it checked out tho. Cinnamon rolls sounds really good. Hmmm wonder if I have the fixins for it.
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Prairie Gypsy
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Tammy
Wolford North Dakota
USA
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Posted - Apr 27 2012 :  10:17:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello ladies. This morning was chilly. Temp was 33 when I left the house. It' supposed to be in the 50's today and possible SNOW flakes tomorrow. Crazy crazy weather.

Went out to the garden beds while watching the dogs do their business yesterday and noticed a lacy plant overtaking the end of one of the beds already. I haven't planted anything or worked the beds yet so I wasn't sure what it could be. Picked some and smelled it. DILL!! I hadn't even thought about it seeding itself last year. I love surprises and it's a good one since I have very little to spend on planting the garden this year.

Decided it was doggie pedicure time so all 3 got their pads trimmed and nails ground down last night. It's a fairly big project with 3 dogs and takes about an hour to accomplish. Thankfully they don't mind it so I don't have to fight them to do it.

The pork chops I got out for supper last night weren't even remotely thawed so change of plans occurred and I whipped up some spaghetti. The man ran down to get some sauce even though I wanted to make some homemade marinara so I just doctored up the jar sauce to my taste and added the hamburger he got to go in it and served with some wine :O) He's making the chops tonight since he took the day off so it should be interesting to see what he comes up with. He's a good cook so it should be quite yummy.

After supper and loaded with all those carbs I curled up on the couch and pulled out the sock I'm knitting for him and worked on that while we watched the gator hunting show. I'd started the sock before Christmas and then got side tracked by the items I agreed to knit. After looking at the sock recently I decided I didn't like the pattern at all and pulled the whole thing out and started over again with a pattern I do like.

I actually got to drive the Jeep to work yesterday for the first time!!! All total we've put another $1000 into it this week. Yes, I could have gotten another new to me vehicle with what we've head to dump into this one to get it running. The transmission computer was dead and had to be replaced. The mechanic was amazed we'd been able to drive it. He said in all the years he's done transmissions he's never seen one with that dead code still driving, it's being towed in. I keep telling myself it could have been worse, we could have needed a whole new transmission. This baby better last me for years to come is all I have to say.

PeggyAnn - so sorry you have to move again. Hopefully you'll find something that will work better financial for you. Please have your friend help you. No need in injurying yourself packing and moving boxes. Wish I was closer so I could help you.

Bunny - I won't be able to mail your package until next Friday when I get paid again. Hopefully you'll like the package enough you won't be upset with me over the delay.

Angela - I think weekly plans help out greatly. I don't follow one to a letter but have goals I try to accomplish. I also do a weekly menu plan and find it helps out so much. You know exactly what you need to buy and don't buy things you don't need that week unless you're stocking up on sale items. Wow, the infection of your husband's sounds bad. Could it have been a carbuncle. I've had those. They take forever to come to a head and they leave craters behind until they heal. Burt's Bees has a salve that works great called ResQ. You can typically find it in a little tin in the Burt's Bees displays. I find it draws the infection out like nothing else.

Well I should get back to work. It's been a busy morning and I've got an office with quite a few people in it after being totally alone most of the week - it's sort of nice even though they are a noisy group lol. Take care everybody!


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