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Roll Call July 13, 2019
« on: July 13, 2019, 04:44:09 PM »
Dear Friends,
A couple of you have called me to check on me, which I appreciate :), in the last couple of days. I am still here as always just much more busy caring for things at home right now. Mother is in a hospital bed and on oxygen most of the time. She only gets out of bed to go to the restroom. I have had to take over everything she was doing for herself...laundry, filling pill boxes, cleaning her room, ect on top of my routine. Having my son here also presents a need to see that a good balanced supper is ready every night whereas Mom and I might just have oatmeal for supper at times. :) I have had to abandon the garden, no time to work in it. :(
If I don't post or miss the TeamSpeak chats, I have not abandoned my family here. I am the first one up and the last one to bed every day and I try hard to get through with my chores by 6 pm so I can have the chance to have 2 hours for myself to read or do a bit of needlework before I fall into bed at 8pm.
So don't think I am not still active and thank you for your concern.
Check in with us and let us know how you are doing.
God Bless,


Re: Roll Call July 13, 2019
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2019, 09:43:02 AM »
I haven't done much aside from weed whacking and more weed whacking.  I'm making progress though.  The areas that I spent so much time clearing is much easier to keep clear.  I cleared near the little dam by the pond and found a bit of termite damage.  I'll have to figure out how to treat it without harming the fish.  My neighbors asked to fish the pond.  They were really close to the original owner and the dad and son (son is at least my age) grew up fishing the pond.  We met up with the son's family yesterday.  I think we'll be good neighbors.  They're the ones that host the BBQ for the neighborhood every year. 

The garden is going good.  I've got tomatoes coming in like crazy.  The cucumbers are still coming in, but look as if they won't be for much longer.  I harvested my first ever potatoes!!!  I didn't get much, but they're good.  I have the Yukon Gold that is still in the ground.  I hope I get more than I did of the red ones.  Okra is coming in too.  So far only 1 plant out of 3 is producing.  I have 3 whole okra picked so far in 2 weeks.  I'm not too upset since I've only had one bite of okra that didn't taste like slime.  I just planted it because I read it produces like crazy and these people down here seem to like it (weirdos). 

I'm taking it easy the next few days.  I made a tiny pad for my garbage cans here at home.  17 stupid pavers and the last one destroyed my back.  It was just a little project and the pavers are only around 20 lbs.  I've been working so hard at my new place.  It's frustrating that something so small can put me on my butt for a while.  On the bright side, Minion #2 is driving around on his own now and loving the freedom.  He thinks errands are fun.  hahahahaha!
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Re: Roll Call July 13, 2019
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2019, 01:11:19 PM »
Things are settling down here, thankfully. A large branch came down on my cousin's RV in the back. That alone will provide a lot of mulch. However, it is the tree I hate and want down as it shades my apple tree.... so MrBeans decided the whole thing is coming down now. I can't tell just yet, how much damage has been done to the apple tree but there definitely is damage. Hopefully, not so much that it can't come back stronger than ever next year. I'm really excited to get mulch and get that blasted tree gone. The mulch will go in the garden areas and in the pens to keep down the muck during rains.

Ducks and chickens are still setting. Goats are still bagging up. What's growing in the garden is still growing, albeit slowly. The pantry is still getting fed and plans are still being made and carried out. I guess that's about good enough for now.

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Re: Roll Call July 13, 2019
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2019, 04:17:20 PM »
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Re: Roll Call July 13, 2019
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2019, 09:50:03 PM »
Busy & hot.  2 more duck moms are sitting on 15 eggs (but they won't all be fertile), lost a total of 3 new girl (darn it!) babies to snakes.  Parsley quit laying - Jaimo is showing no interest in her at all, he only has eyes for Vanilla Te but so far her eggs aren't fertile (he's a bit young yet, shooting blanks I expect but he IS shooting, lol!).  Bought a new black & white girl and she is totally gorgeous, a green egg layer so maybe I'll put her and Parsley with the other chocolate drake.  Moving down my list of rock stars, Alvin Lee announced this week that he IS a boy.  Hatched 1 single inside from the old Mom hatch (apparently it was laid weeks after the rest), but  2-4 more coming in the next 5-10 days or so.

For the 1st time ever, I found some great deals on Amazon during their Prime Days.  Broke down and got a plucker for 30% off!  Held off on the Instant Pot, though.  There's a highly rated knockoff $25 cheaper and I expect when they post my 6% credit for using my Amazon card on all these deals, I'll be able to get it for less than half......although I do still need a new laptop WITH a cd drive.

Had some good rain over the weekend but we are still down for the summer.  Thought I got all the mice a few weeks ago but one woke me up scratching INSIDE my ductwork so a call going in to the AC guys in the morning, after I put Gertrude where she won't be in the way anymore.    Lost the eggplant but the tomatoes are almost big enough to pick for fried green! (Yes, I planted late.)  Blanched and froze 4 quarts of yellow squash, picked a 5 gallon bucket of elderberries and I'm slowly getting them cleaned & frozen to make up later.  I'm relieved I WILL have enough for my winter syrup, hooray!   The green seedless grapes are done & eaten, the two concords badly need harvesting & thank heavens I have another month before the little wild ones come in.  Wine from last year's concords grape need bottling and the grass needs cutting again.  A few chili & sweet green peppers are ready for picking, more squash.  I'm perspiring just thinking about it.

Going to be scorching again this week, stay cool my friends & have a great one!
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Re: Roll Call July 13, 2019
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2019, 07:53:38 AM »
We made a trip in the old pickup truck to Asheville, NC. to deliver a pair of solar thermal collectors.  Made it home in a 1 day round trip.  I tilled and hoed the garder (butternut squash) and then planted another row.  Plans are for the vines to fill the whole garden space to the point they choke out the weeds.  Wishful thinking....
It is hot here in South Georgia.  We will mow the grass, get the mail & pay the bills before returning to the mountains where it is a little cooler.
We went down the road and picked figs yesterday.  The wife is pealing and slicing figs for a double batch of strawberry fig preserves.  They are smaller here this year and the trees had fewer on than usual.  They must have been blooming the same time as my grapes which only half pollinated due to the rain.  9-1/2 jars.
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