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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

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Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Aug 30 2016 :  6:09:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

I thought I only had green tomatoes in the garden. I went out to cut off some of the green stems and leaves hoping to make the plants think they are dying so the tomatoes will ripen. I should have gone out a week ago and pushed through the plants. There were probably a dozen that were mushy so I tossed them to the chickens. I picked a gallon of ripe tomatoes to bring in the house. The parts of my family that like raw tomatoes were very happy.

The dew on the spider webs on the power lines were very pretty this morning. I took the boys to school came home got my camera and went out again.

The temperature was in the fifties when we woke up this morning to do chores. The high was in the high seventies. We could appreciate more of this weather.

Maybe you could have a cap made to fit over the top of the chimney to keep the rain out. You would probably need a crane to lift it to the top though. I wonder if your dh put Great stuff in the crack to fill it and then cover it with a latex would it work.

Sweet dreams,

Holly
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craftingram
True Blue Farmgirl

502 Posts

Karin
Nashville In
USA
502 Posts

Posted - Aug 31 2016 :  06:15:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good Morning! We had quite the thunderstorm last night, lots of thunder and lightning, fortunately not much rain. Everything around here is waterlogged.
Holly, he cleaned everything, etched the stone, patched any holes or cracks he could find with a waterproof mortar, then painted the part above the roof with an oil based exterior waterproofing paint. The etching is supposed to make the paint stick better. We'll see if this finally does the trick. I sure hope so.
Jan, we've always wanted to see Yosemite and decided it was time to go. We have rooms in a beautiful B&B just outside the park.
Have to drop off the recycling and run some errands, and it's supposed to rain again, so I need to get going.
Hope everyone has a lovely day.

Karin
Sister #2708


Romans 8: 38,39
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Aug 31 2016 :  4:10:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

I hope the chimney repair works and that you and he have no more headaches about it. A big item off the to do list.

I really like our guineas. They do make a lot of noise when they are disturbed. They also make a lot of noise just after dusk as we are settling down to go to sleep. We do not have a problem with ticks at our house. I understand that just across the valley they have so many ticks they cling to the walkers socks as they go through the fields.

I hope you have a great time in Yosemite. We used to have a farm girl on the over fifties who lived near one of the entrances. But, I think they moved to Arizona this past spring.

Sweet dreams,

Holly
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prariehawk
True Blue Farmgirl

2914 Posts

Cindy

2914 Posts

Posted - Sep 01 2016 :  9:29:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

3067 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
3067 Posts

Posted - Sep 02 2016 :  5:14:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have just finished my first week of school. The first couple weeks are a little crazy until everyone gets settled in. I learned to do F & P (Foutas & Pinnell) assessments. I have been doing those and trying to get all my paperwork in order. Because of some technical protocols, I am unable to make copies on my own so I have to ask people if I can use their log in to make my copies. It is a pain you know where. My computer doesn't always accept the school's wifi so I have to RESTART many times.

I am so tired. My feet and my brain hurt. It will take me about three weeks to get used to all the extra movement. The school is very conscious of the need for everyone to take care of themselves. I have to do better.

Marie, Sister #5142
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craftingram
True Blue Farmgirl

502 Posts

Karin
Nashville In
USA
502 Posts

Posted - Sep 03 2016 :  05:44:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The weather was beautiful yesterday and today is off to a glorious start. 59, low humidity, and sunshine.
Marie, hope things start smoothing out and you feel better. Enjoy the kids.
We are on our way to Yosemite today. Not sure what kind of wifi reception we'll find along the way.
Hope everyone has a lovely day.

Karin
Sister #2708

Romans 8: 38,39
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Sep 03 2016 :  5:00:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

A very lovely day here in the Green Mountains. A light breeze, mostly clear skies and temperatures in the seventies.

C and I had adult time this afternoon. We went shopping and had dinner out. We were home in time to put the children to bed and do night animal chores.

Karin have a great time at Yosemite and enjoy your partner.

Marie, Keep plodding along the children will benefit from all your work and they are who are important in the long run.

Cindy is the menengitis curable?

Sweet dreams,

Holly
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jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

2422 Posts

Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
2422 Posts

Posted - Sep 04 2016 :  07:49:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, we survived Hermine, all we got was a lot of rain. It was far enough north of us not to affect us too much. We did not get the high winds that they predicted. There were tornadoes just north of us and a lot of flooding. We are glad we are living where we are herein Florida, right smack in the middle of the state.
Holly, I bet that was a very relaxing time out without the children. You need that once in awhile.
Karin, hope you are having a great time. Some day we will get there. I think our next trip might just be taking the old route 66 across the country.
Marie, I am sure you will be in a routine that is a lot easier soon. It takes time to get used to ant job. You are a good person to want to take the responsibility of those children. I am sure you will feel the rewards for your effort. I am glad you are finally getting paid for doing it. You will do fine.
Cindy, I hop Jaxon does not have to be on meds for the rest of his life. I am glad he is improving. We still have that stray cat here, but now he is like a pet. He follows me all around. Bob hates cats, so we are always arguing about that cat. I will not leave it starve because someone left it go with a collar on. He must stay outdoors, and I am not sure how our neighbors are going to like a cat roaming around when they get back. I feel stuck between all of it.
It is still in the high 80s and 90s here, with a drop of rain here and there. They are calling for 2 inches of rain tonight though. I did get clothes hung out on the line tis morning, so it should be dry before it does rain. I love being able to hang out whenever I want.
Well, time to get things done around here. We are having a picnic at the rec hall for everyone that is n here, I am bringing fresh cut up fruit, so need to prepare that.
Have a great day,



Jan
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Sep 04 2016 :  2:07:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good afternoon everyone,

It is another lovely day here in the Green Mountains. We could use some rain. I think Hermine will not benefit us.

I cut down some trees this morning for firewood. We need to fill up next year's space. I like to have a cushion of a year ahead so if we need it for this year we will be good. Cutting the trees so they fall is not the hard part. Blocking it up is what hurts my out of shape back. Slowly but surely we will get it all in. Tylenol is my friend. The children take the blocks and put them in a pile. C has a battery powered say she uses for cutting off the limbs. It sounds like a Tonka toy but it does a neat job.

Sweet dreams,

Holly
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prariehawk
True Blue Farmgirl

2914 Posts

Cindy

2914 Posts

Posted - Sep 04 2016 :  9:07:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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prariehawk
True Blue Farmgirl

2914 Posts

Cindy

2914 Posts

Posted - Sep 05 2016 :  07:38:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

850 Posts

Jana
Southern California
USA
850 Posts

Posted - Sep 05 2016 :  07:57:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, what a horrific experience! I had not idea there was a ground-nesting yellow jackets, I have only seen the swarming type that nest in trees. Cindy, I wish for you a speedy recovery and extermination of these nasty pest!

Jana
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Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! ~Charles Schulz
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jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

2422 Posts

Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
2422 Posts

Posted - Sep 05 2016 :  08:02:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, Cindy, How horrible!!!! I really feel for you. I am glad you were not allergic to bee stings. Hope you heal fast. Take a hot bath in Epsom salts, that may help. I have been getting bit by fire ants that cause blisters. They take almost a month to heal. Bob gets mad at me for wearing flip flops all the time and get bit. I try to spray when I see a mound of sand, but sometimes I step on one before I see it.
Holly, I remember the days of splitting wood when my kids were all little and I was a single mother. I used to split 10 full cords a year. To keep up I would do 100 logs a day. I had big arms then, swinging a 6# sledge hammer every day. I hope you get lots of help with all that you do. Will your greenhouse be ready for this winter?
Hope everyone is having a good Labor Day today. It looks like rain again here, so will not be doing much outdoors today. I am hoping it clears up so I can grill steaks on the grill.
Have a great day,

Jan
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Sep 05 2016 :  4:48:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

I am glad you are not allergic to wasp stings. DsC and I were out taking pictures of insects and found a ground yellow jacket nest. I was glad I did not step on it. I would have been in the same situation as you. DsC said, be careful this is where the bees are. I guess he has had encounters as well. I was out with dsR today and thought if he was stung I would tell him to run and jump in the pond and stay under the water. I am glad you are alright. I did not know they could hurt dogs and cause immune issues. I am glad you figured it out so Jaxon will not have a reoccurance.

I do not split wood by hand. I think I would just cut smaller trees. We exchange woodsplitter time for road grading tractor time with the neighbor. No wonder you have shoulder and other joint issues, Jan. Ten cord is a lot of wood. I think we use 7 cord but we also have back up heat that we pay a lot of money for each year.

I need to plant the green house. I have to put the raingutter on the back and pipe the water into the holding tanks.

We are having very warm weather still. Today the temperatures were in the high seventies, no clouds and a light breeze. I had sweat dripping when I was working outside. DDK and the littles and I were moving logs out of the woods in preparation for blocking them up. I have 4 chains to reach the logs and pull them with the tractor. I am so glad we have a tractor.

Sweet dreams,

Holly
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prariehawk
True Blue Farmgirl

2914 Posts

Cindy

2914 Posts

Posted - Sep 06 2016 :  7:46:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Sep 07 2016 :  5:23:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

Another hot gorgeous day here on the old hill farm. One of my older sons wants to have a party in one of our fields. I think I have managed to move the date far enough out that we may have rain between now and then. He has decided near Halloween would be a good time. I have begun a list of items to do before it happens, like security, food, or cleanup. He and his buddies are very disorganized and are at a not good choice making stage in their lives.

That was fast for the Orkin Man. I think we had ground bees at Girl Scout camp several years. I think someone poured gasoline down there holes. Not a very ecologically safe choice. Maybe you should research what kind of soil they like to inhabit and then try to make the area not that kind of soil. I would guess they like a soil that will compact and hold the sides of their dwelling not a loose rich soil. Maybe a suggestion for the long term. It is the middle child in me trying to solve the problem.

There was an open house at the children's school tonight. We met the teachers and there was a barbecue pot luck as well. The school has 80 some students. it is an elementary school with kindergarten and pre school as well. Most of the parents know all of the school personnel already. Some of the parents went to school here.

I made cookies from the leftover oatmeal and some chocolate chips. I made enough for the pot luck and for everyone at home.

Sweet dreams,

Holly
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prariehawk
True Blue Farmgirl

2914 Posts

Cindy

2914 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2016 :  9:42:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

3067 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
3067 Posts

Posted - Sep 09 2016 :  3:31:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am doing well. The days are long seeming and full of stuff to do and not enough time to do what I need to do and everyone thinks I have all this time to do stuff for them. I do have priorities. We are almost done assessing all the first graders. We have one more first grade class on Monday which is being split between my partner, Jonisse, and I. It shouldn't take us too long. We have had to assess all the first graders because there was no data transferred from Kindergarten. Next will be a certain subset of third graders and last a certain subset of second graders. A full-time kindergarten specialist was interviewed just to concentrate on that. If she doesn't respond to the email and is not hired, we will not be able to provide service to the kindergarten students who need it. Jonisse and I are making the room more homey and efficient. I will be shopping for stuff this weekend.

Over the last week, Mitzi has starting peeing in the house. This is very unusual for her. As least she is smart enough to pee on the rugs. We took her to the vet today and learned that she has a severe bladder infection. We thought she might have diabetes. They are doing an extensive blood and urine panel to check everything out. She has started taking her antibiotics so it should be a short time until she is well. Poor doggy!

Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Sep 09 2016 :  5:09:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

Drugs are a big problem in our area as well. DsT seems to be into alcohol and weed. He does not seem to be into the nastier opiates. At least I hope not. But, he has repeatedly dashed my hopes of him being in any way responsible for his own future as a contributor that I am reticent to make statements of fact. He has not thought about anyone getting into trouble and needing medical assistance. The field he would like to have it in is accessible not not easily. There is a very washed out dirt road. We need to have a lot of rain before the event could happen because he wants a bonfire and we are under dry forest warning. Even he recognizes that danger.

it must be amazing to live in an area that has so much usable top soil. We have such a thin layer of top soil that the tree roots spread out instead of down and the trees reach a certain height and can fall over. We do have a few large trees that would take two people to reach around but not many because of all of the cutting of the forests and because of the thin top soil.

I would guess you will always be extra cautious around any area that could harbor ground bees. I would be. You must heal quickly to be doing as well as you are already.

Glad to hear from you Marie. I think they hired the right person to teach the children to read. You sound very organized and committed.

Sorry Mitzi is ill.

Sweet dreams,

Holly
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jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

2422 Posts

Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
2422 Posts

Posted - Sep 13 2016 :  07:35:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Seems everyone must be busy, there have not been many posts lately. I have been going to the pool each morning for water aerobics again, I hope I can keep it up daily this time. I feel guilty leaving Bob alone so much, but all he does is sit around and play on his computer and watch television. He barely goes outdoors. I got him to wash the 5th wheel Saturday, but then he is grumpy and we start arguing. We do not work good together. I would rather do things myself, except he thinks the people in the park will think he is lazy if I am out there doing all the work. The lawn need mowing, and I was hoping he had it done when I got back from the pool, he did not move off his chair. Now, tomorrow he will want to go for a ride out somewhere, ad I will not until the lawn gets mowed. I really could live without a man, I did it before!!!!!
Cindy, hope you are healing nicely now. I just can't imagine being stung by that many bees.
Holly, hopefully you DS has enough sense to not have drugs at a huge party. Hope that works out for everyone.
Marie, Hope you are getting adjusted to a routine now. Sounds like you are enjoying your job though.
Karin, Hope you had a great time at Yosemite. Or are you still there?
Well, time to get going around here, have a great day,


Jan
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prariehawk
True Blue Farmgirl

2914 Posts

Cindy

2914 Posts

Posted - Sep 13 2016 :  2:51:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Sep 13 2016 :  5:34:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

I have no good answers for you Jan. I once lived with a woman who could not start a project. I would start it and then get her to finish it so I could go off to do something else. She told me last year that I never finished anything. I think look around and see what I have accomplished and look around your place and see that it is static. C resents it when she has a day off and I try to organize her to help get things done around the house. So, I make a list and leave it on the table. The list is actually for me so I can remember what has to be done. If I do not have a list then I will sit and do the crossword puzzle or read to fill in the time. I do not have any suggestions on how even to broach the subject with Bob. You have always said he was the youngest and coddled his growing up life. so,maybe he has no Idea how to organize himself or no idea that something needs to be done. Some of my family live in another universe and can not understand why I sometimes get upset. Why didn't you ask me to help I am told. I say why can' t you ask if I need help I say. Some kind of catch 22 or circle I guess. hugs to you.

Glad you are doing the aquarobics. I hope it helps your joints to hurt less.

We have had many lovely days her on the hill. The nights have been getting cooler and recently we have closed the windows up some so not as much cold air comes in at night. Two nights ago we heard an owl come and take one of the guinea fowl. it was sort of cool to hear the whoosh whoosh and the call. The guineas set up a ruckus so we figured someone went bye bye.

We have purchased a bull calf from a dairy farmer to raise for beef. It is a dutch belted breed which is supposed to be good for beef or dairy so I hope he grows big.

A friend of ours gave us some old semi tires to set the water buckets in for the pigs. We had been filling the water buckets and then a pig would lay in it and the water would drain out. That does not happen any more. It makes doing chores easier. Not so many buckets of water to carry.

How long does Jaxon need to take the medicine?

Sweet dreams,

Holly
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craftingram
True Blue Farmgirl

502 Posts

Karin
Nashville In
USA
502 Posts

Posted - Sep 16 2016 :  05:47:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We are back. The trip west was wonderful. We drove and enjoyed the scenery. Spent a day at Sequoia and Kings Canyon, then three at Yosemite. Did a lot of hiking and just generally enjoyed the incredible views. On the way back we stopped and spent the day at Arches National Park in Utah. Beautiful in a different way. Now I have to start getting the house ready for two sets of guests coming next week.
Hope everyone has a lovely day.

Karin
Sister #2708

Romans 8: 38,39
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prariehawk
True Blue Farmgirl

2914 Posts

Cindy

2914 Posts

Posted - Sep 17 2016 :  8:24:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Sep 18 2016 :  4:48:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

I have not been to Yosemite but when I finished ninth grade my Senior Girl Scout troop raised money and took a three week trip to Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. We were are Arches National Park. It was very impressive. How many thousands of years could it have taken the wind to carve those shapes? Glad you had a good trip.

Hope you feel better soon, Cindy. DsR was stung just below the eye by a ground bee this afternoon. He was stung and screamed and I told him to run away from the nest fast so the others would not swarm and sting him like they did you. He has a little swelling but not enough to close his eye. He is a hurting puppy.

I do not know what kind of owl took the guinea. I guess I should look up or ask someone what kind of owls live around here besides the barred owl.

Something got into the meat bird pen and ate parts of three of the chickens. We put tires in front of the holes where we think they entered. I hope they do not find another way in. I hope to put them in the freeezer this weekend.

I went camping in Southern Vermont at my old Girl Scout camp like I do every year. The weather was fine the company was grand. I went sailing for a couple of hours Saturday morning. The wind was finicky. I thought I had a good breeze I came about to change direction and lost the breeze. It was a little embarrassing but I caught it again and took off. I saw old friends and met new ones.

Sweet dreams,

Holly
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