Saturday, September 17, 2016

New Door ON Back Porch, Yippeeee

We had no choice but to put in a replacement door on the back porch. The old one had been found in the barn after we moved here over 12 years ago. The small back enclosed porch just had an open doorway and the snow would pile in with no problem at all. We were happy to find an old door but through the years and repair after repair found the pour thing still falling apart and the frame not holding up well. Some of the grands through the years hadn't helped that matter lol.

Another problem is the 65 year old concrete sidewalk had heaved under it as well as around the entrance. It needed to be broken out of there and we found some of it to be 8 inches thick. A 3 foot piece had to be taken out so the new screen door would open. So without further ado it was time to replace it.

 A friend came up to help and later on our youngest son came up to help as well. Of course it was a 72 inch opening and we needed 78.

(Hubby's back and other muscles were hollering at him later.) Don't tell I told on him :).
And so we won't be stepping down into a hole he put some boards in the hole in the meantime. Now we need to pick up bags of concrete mix.

It looks like we will be butchering the turkeys and 3 unwanted roosters on Monday. It's time.

The cooler weather has made things nicer here. The wood rack out front has been filled and the chimneys and stove pipe cleaned.

 A Grandson came up to visit us as he is fresh out of boot camp, he is a Marine :). Congratulations young man.

I have been having lots of flare ups of my fibromyalgia with the chronic fatigue and digestive problems. I am hoping the cooler weather will help. The heat and I do not get along at all.  I have cut a whole lot of things out of my diet and that has helped some. Onward is all I can do. You should think after 17 years with this I would be used to it but sometimes it still drives me bananas lol.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Door of Fall Slammed Down

Last Wednesday fall hit, 50 and 60's during the day and high 30's to low 40's at night.

We have picked apples and made more applesauce and had some plums given us to. Those were cleaned, pitted and put in the freezer for now.

Potatoes are being dug, and the first batch will be ready to put away after curing for a few days this week.
 These apples gave us 12 more quarts of applesauce.
 This is about 200 pounds of potatoes.

Dave drug the gravel driveway today to smooth it out. I wish they would smooth out our county road. The washboard is really bad.

I got my shawl finished :).
 I also finished the dreamcatcher for grandson's finance.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Here we are near the end of August 2016

Been busy as usual this month. Dave has been hauling split wood into the wood shed. The neighbor Matt and a couple of his boys helped take a load off the truck. Matt came over the next evening and helped load and unload a truck full into the shed. Makes the work goes faster. Dave did 2 loads by himself. It is three quarters full at this point.
Our new batch of layers have just started to lay pullet eggs. We got six little eggs today.

The turkeys are growing well and like the mules like the tiny apples that fall off the old apple tree when I give them some.
Hubby named this big boy Big Foot because he claims everything by putting his foot on it.
The lead mule thought the camera was something to eat. I guess she didn't think the 2 carrots and the couple of apples were enough of a treat.

We were witnesses for the neighbor couple when they got married earlier in the month. Are we getting old or what?

My publisher CreativeTexts got Ruby's Time Out up all edited and ready to buy but right now the kindle and the paperback are on two different pages.

Has Ruby been transfered back in time or to a whole other universe?

Kindle version:

Paperback book:

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Been A While Again.

It's been pretty busy around here the last few weeks.

We managed to get 7 cords of wood split but they need to be stacked in the woodshed yet.

We went camping down on the Grande Ronde not far from the Snake River for a 3 and 1/2 days. Yes I know we're up in the boonies but when home we feel we just have to get more of the work accomplished and it was good for hubby to have a break from the work he has to do around here.

Volcanic rock on top

Hubby has also been helping the neighbor put up some more fencing and trying to work on ours as well.

It has been pretty hot here and so we waited for 5PM for it to cool off and then went up to our wooded area to cut down a couple of dead trees and he cut them up as well. We still have a couple more to go. But they will be taken down another day.

It was good to get back to the house and get a shower with all the wood debris, sawdust and bugs sticking to us.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

48 Deg. Today, New G Grand Girl, Paleo Banana Bread

For proof of our temperatures here you go. I like being cool but don't expect temps like this the 2 ed week of July. We have had some wonderful rains this weekend which is the up side. I is so nice to have a green yard and fields instead of brown dry crunchy grass.
We worked on splitting wood the last few days as winter will be upon us before we know it and that wood shed needs filled. I normally operate the splitter.

Saturday 9 July we did another pile just like this one.

The pieces of the metal shed that will be up behind all this is still sitting on the barn. We were hoping to be able to get it up this year but the foundation (footers) need to be put in first and it just hasn't worked out to be able to do so as yet.

We don:t have a picture yet but another great grand girl was born this morning at 9:39. She was 1 &1/2 months early but was still 4 pounds, 14 oz. named Andee. Grand daughter S had to be flown to Spokane WA yesterday when the contractions started. But so far both are doing well.

Paleo Banana Bread:
3 smashed up banana's
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 beaten eggs
1 to 2 tablespoons maple sryup or 1 of honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 table spoons extra virgin olive oil or oil of your choice
2 cups non gluten baking flour (I get ours at Costco)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
Preheat oven to 350 deg. Grease bread pan with coconut oil or butter. Dust with your flour. Pour in your batter and smooth even. Slide into the oven and bake 55 minutes. If your oven runs a little hotter check with knife at 50 min. Mine is a little slower so I have to bake 1 hour.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Chickens in the Coop

Yep the chickens have been transferred down to the coop and are even walking out unto the ramp lol. It's a whole new world for them.

We went to the 4th of July breakfast yesterday at the Chapel. It went well and had a very good turn out. Over 100 folks.

Today is busy, we have mowing to do and lots of odds and ends chores.

We just shook out all the rugs and the dog blankets getting ready to wash them. See odd chores alright. They really have to be done after being on the front porch with the dogs for months, yuck. Then sweep. The little chores always get put off when big ones come along.

Here is the spinach I have growing in a large pot on the front deck. It is growing well. Pot gardens do work well for some vegetables.

Monday, June 27, 2016

And Back To Summer

We are back to summer temperatures again today. I know it isn't as hot as others get to but mid 80's to low 90's is hot to us up here. The four summers before this one we never reached 90 once. This is more normal. I don't mind the lower temps, when it gets over 80 I feel like I am melting. But most others like it.

On Friday hubby cleaned out the chicken coop and tore out the old floor and began to put the new one in. The chickens didn't like it one bit.

K was pretending she was a chicken. Can you tell it was a cool day?

We have all the Cornish X-Rocks butchered. Very good to have that over and done and them sitting in the freezer.
The neighbor came over to learn and help. His daughter also helped with a couple of the birds, plucking them and gutting one. She figured it was a good time to learn.

I also dunked in boiling water and plucked, grand girl K was here and she ran around taking pictures.
 K's pic's below :)

All in all it was a successful couple of days but tiring.