MIMULUSBUG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIMULUSBUG MIMULUSBUG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ GARDENING HELL... battling deer and now a groundhog!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394262 OK. I now have a nicely fenced garden down by the barn, and still trying to keep small kitchen garden by the house for herbs, some more tomatoes & my asparagus. The deer have devastated the small garden by the house; but I've been trying to maintain 'wildlife' netting around the house veggie garden & small small flower garden experiment I planted over the septic tank. The deer battles continue to be a struggle in gardens by the house; but now we've got a FAT FURY FOOD-AHOLIC GROUND HOG that i... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:38:56 EST Moving furniture & boxes is a work out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394255 Wow! Spent four hours Sunday w/friends moving furniture and boxes we've been storing in old mobile home here in WV (this stuff we've been storing is from our California homes, since 2012 & 2013) I know why I've been holding on to some of the furniture items; but a lot of the stuff in boxes is bewildering to me. Reading labels on moving boxes from 2-3 years ago is a mystery LOL <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> We were exhausted hauling stuff from the lower to upper property, and unfortunately fill... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:18:20 EST Pigging out on watermelon & cherries... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392354 FOOD CONFESSION; Since July 4th I've been pigging out on cherries and watermelon; like 30-40 cherries for dinner; a medium watermelon for dinner & evening snacking until I go to bed. <BR> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:32:15 EST Farm - cut down big shrub! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392352 Life continues on farm as hubby recuperates from hip surgery. I decided to finally cut down big old multi-limb shrub on the lower property, in preparation of repair work on old white shed it is growing into. I've never used a chain saw before; but went to shed and checked it out; but since hubby sleeping I decided to check out his small battery powered saw/saw-sal?? Not sure what they call it. I figured out how to insert and lock the blade in; then went down to the lower property and cut th... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:20:38 EST Summer update: finally saw 230# http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391937 Hi been missing my spark peeps, so thought I better check in and provide an update. I've been totally wrapped up w/family & home since Feb 2017 when remodel & improvement of old porch area to sunroom began in earnest; Then my mom's knee replacement in May; next hubby had hip replacement surgery in June; then at the 'farm' we lost 2 queen bees from our hives & had to replace them :-). Of course w/hubby out of circulation I've been learning how to drive our outdoor lawn mower; use weed trimmer,... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:37:52 EST garden worries- freeze predicted for tonight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358724 Well the cold has come, but snow missed us yesterday at current elevation; unfortunately freeze is predicted for tonight <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I've moved garden seedlings still in trays & peat pots to sunny window area in our big shed; and have gathered up all the clear plastic I could find to cover babies/seedling in my small raise bed next to house; tried to cover remainder with grass cuttings - <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> still harvesting rocks from the new garden area we had fenced ... Sun, 7 May 2017 06:44:00 EST need DIY help for potting bench... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358062 We are having sunroom gutted & remodeled so have a lot of 2x4's sections coming out and want to recycle them to build potting bench for garden work area; so would appreciate any/all DIY design/plan comments & pointers. I've been cruising internet for plan ideas; <BR> Thanks, <BR> <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 May 2017 13:50:36 EST garden worries -SNOW THIS WEEKEND!?# http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358053 I am worried about my baby garden! They say possible snow this weekend <em>40</em> <BR> Seriously! Last weeks we were in the warm 80's; and now snow is possible. This is crazy. <BR> Hope everyone's garden is doing well and does not get hit too hard w/this coming cold wave! <BR> <BR> PS My peaches survived the last snow/freeze in Feb pretty good and are setting baby peaches <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> -peace out, Mim Fri, 5 May 2017 13:22:20 EST Sunny day today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347022 It is a beautiful day today! Gorgeous sunshine, chirping birds and buzzing bees enjoying the last of the peach blossoms. <BR> <em>148</em> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:39:45 EST Asparagus damage !#$%#!!! & what's up w/these cheap clothes line pins/clips????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346435 Well the snow we had last Thursday & Friday did a number on my baby asparagus bed <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I tried to cover them w/plastic for some insulation; (right now I have layer of straw on them). But the cold winds were severe and up ended a lot of the plastic.... I used clothes line pins/ clips to hold plastic on garden stakes; BUT THEY WERE TERRIBLE!!! over half of them busted in half/popped apart. I've never seen such lousy/cheaply made clothes line pins/clips in my life. I me... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:27:15 EST My bee suit came in & I look like the Michelin tire guy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344704 Hi peeps! Chris/hubby and I became bee-keepers last year. He took on the CEO position of handling bee box construction, painting,+heavy lifting tasks with me being the backup helper and gardener for both vegies & flowers & bee pollen related sources. Unfortunately his hips have gotten so bad this fall/winter he is getting evaluated for future hip surgery, so he needs me to be out there with him (especially to help w/picking up and moving the hives around -- they are getting heavy!!) and to g... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:51:48 EST Hi all!! Sorry about being MIA ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335673 Hey all, been a bit overwhelmed with farm & family stuff. Most fun was trip back to Blytheville Arkansas w/my mom to visit family; then of course turkey day in Norfolk VA. Jan & Feb I was back in Norfolk helping mom w/sale of her 2 condo/coop units (packing, moving, cleaning, etc., etc..) Currently back on the farm managing next phase of construction/improvements. Also getting ready for spring Holy Days! <BR> <BR> OK, now back to sparking today. <BR> <em>148</em> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:01:50 EST PS baby bee-hives arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210462 just had to let you know our baby bee hives arrived! Chris/hubby & I are so excited!!!! <BR> <BR> -mim Mon, 1 Aug 2016 15:33:33 EST FYI - We received $1500 grant award! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210457 Despite all my frustration working on WV Humanities Council mini-grant, I am happy to report that we: (Monroe County Historical Society, WV) received the grant! <BR> <BR> I did however, get into some ice cream; and cookies and other things & actually determined I put on about 5 pounds working on the grant and dealing with all the other things that are goin on here (I'll post more later) <BR> <BR> But it is what it is. <BR> Mim Mon, 1 Aug 2016 15:30:56 EST SPARK SOS- Getting frustrated & wanting to eat a quart of ice cream!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197262 OK. I've been working on securing a $1500 grant request for Monroe County Historical Society (MCHS); The WV Humanities Council has actually approved the grant i submitted, but there were some conditions... <BR> <BR> And like most govt related project items, two conditions are about to drive me to the ice cream in the freezer!!! [ I need to update the federaL DUNN & SAMS numbers associated w/the MCHS grant.] In 2015 the past MCHS Pres & VP tried to get the numbers updated on the federal int... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 23:26:30 EST New addition to family tree! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194984 I can't believe July is here already! We've been busy w/farm projects (repair of septic leach field, new fencing, barn repairs, etc., etc.) <BR> <BR> Also have a new Great Niece! My mom/Lydia is now a Great-Grandma. Harper was 10# 11oz!! Baby, mom & dad are doing great. :-) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d816697-cfac-4732-9ee1-a43f08b2bd3f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Trying to get back to sparking this month too. <BR> <BR> Ciao for now! <BR> Mm Tue, 5 Jul 2016 03:35:41 EST Finished my taxes! How about you?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137462 For the first time in over 30 years I have completed my taxes early (ie before April 15th). When I was younger I really enjoyed paying my taxes late, driving to the Post Office and seeing the 'blue cop lights flashing along the late night route to the mail boxes; listening to music blasting along the route by various radio stations that showed up late night for the festivities; I mean -it used to be kind of fun a lot of laughs & singing out loud; just being silly or dressing in a costume, we ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 23:01:05 EST What's your favorite SUV for farm living??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132486 OK, my other SP-UPDATE:I totaled my 2005 Dodge Durango, during winter storm March 3rd... It was scary, I ended up in farmers pond around 10pm, in 20 degree snow conditions, hubby estimates elevation difference from road to pond is abtt 40-feet. My airbag did not deploy, I had my seat belt on, so once I gathered my thoughts, realizing water was coming in the floor, I was able to get out & fortunately the farm pond water was only up to my waste; so in the cold/snow I trudged out, scaled steep... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:07:29 EST Checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128614 Hi all, sorry to be missing in action so long. Winter weather kept us busy w/variety of issues at our little bit of WV, mostly unsexy things like leaking new shed that houses our solar batteries/brains; then septic tank failure & search (we finally found it & one of our peach trees had been planted on top of it...). <BR> Things have heated up locally with regard to proposed 42" fracked gas pipeline (Mountain Valley Pipeline) which poses threat to quality of our spring water that comes out ... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:48:57 EST Back home, but dealing w/dizzienss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016086 Hi all! I had wonderful time in Poconos PA, with a great group of folks for Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles. The worship music was fantastic! I'm hoping they will make CD of the special music & sermons we enjoyed all 8 days. Pocono area is a lot like West Virginia mountains & forests; it was beautiful & reminded me of home at the same time. Unfortunately, at the end I started having small dizzy spells that went away pretty quickly. Drove mom back down to Norfolk VA and stayed few days to catch... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:37:18 EST Observing YHWH's Appointed times this fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003134 As some of my Spark Peeps know, I observeYHWH's appointed times established in the book of Genesis and outlined & magnified in scripture, including the Fall Holy Days: Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur/Atonement, Sukkoth/Feast of Tabernacles or Booths, Shemini Atzeret/Eighth - Last Great Day. Observing all of the appointed times are very meaningful in understanding YHWH's plan for mankind. My family especially loves observing the Feast of Tabernacles & the Last Great Day, as it allows ... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:30:38 EST Hubby's high school reunion was fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002310 I just wanted to report that I survived my hubby's 40th high school reunion & all the shenanigans that went with it. He was a band geek, so he had great time w/all his fellow band mates, the majorettes, and even a few old cheerleaders, LOL! Unfortunately I was nursing a cold w/an eye infection -so not at the top of my game. <BR> <BR> I managed to avoid all of the deserts and alcoholic beverages; my taste buds just did not have any cravings for them; so food wise I kept on track/plan. <BR> ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:11:06 EST Been sick; apple cobbler w/walnuts & raisins a hit :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999531 Hi all :-) I've been sick (sinus/eyes/chest yukky stuffy...) and on the road to Norfolk VA to visit my mom & sisters for Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets. I took a peach and apple cobbler with me to share with them over coffee. Both cobblers were a hit! After samplings we all decided this recipe could be modified w/with less sugar & still be good. <BR> Next week I'm going to make cobbler with less sugar so it's more Sparkable; and also check the Spark Recipes for options. I' also on the hunt f... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:21:51 EST Cleaning the pantry today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996532 It rained early this morning, temperature in the 50's so you can feel fall coming on strong. Cleaned more apples & did apple cobbler with raisins & walnuts, so will see how that turns out this evening! Decided to also tackle the pantry when I went back there I found an exploded can of spaghetti sauce.... Yep, apparently there are some old cans of stuff that made it here from California - that are in need of purging. Not a fun task, but much needed. <BR> <BR> -mim Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:06:53 EST YEAH! Down a pound!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995891 I just so dread getting on the scale, but this morning I got on and saw that I was down a pound!!! <BR> <BR> OK HAPPY DANCE!!! <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 08:35:17 EST trying Whole wheat spaghetti -again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995503 My diabetic Spark peeps have really been encouraging me to get a better handle on the type and amount of carbs that I've been consuming. I love pasta, and have tried whole wheat pasta about 4-5 years ago and my hubby and I absolutely hated it. I've been trying to cut back on the kind of carbs I've been eating, Anyway my team friends have inspired me to give it another try; sooooooooooooooo I did whole wheat spaghetti and meat sauce today; and happy to report I LIKED IT!!!! <BR> <BR> So I ... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:17:18 EST getting ready to pick more apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994808 We had some hard rains yesterday & last night & it pretty much knocked down the rest of the peaches on the ground - The BIG RIPE ones I was wanting to pick today for actuall eating MYSELFT!!! Ran out this morning to see if any big ones were still on the tree -NONE!; and of course all that hit the ground were gone/eaten by the deer. Boy do I have a big peach pit pick up ahead of me. Finished freezing up last 3 quarts of peaches; I have about a half gallon of small peaches left so will be bak... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:47:02 EST Peach work continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993433 Down to my last picked peaches to put up; going to have to get back out and pick the remainder off the trees today & tomorrow. Its funny how repetitive hand motions (like peeling, opening, stirring, etc tires out your hands! I've also had to bring in some flat knee pads to stand on while I've been working on the peaches. <BR> <BR> Also will need to get to work on the apples this week too. Neighboring church camp down the road will be preparing old fashioned apple butter beginning this frid... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 13:10:28 EST Freezing more peaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992044 Hubby & I have been trying to catch up w/the peaches that we've picked so far. I've baked pans of peach cobbler to share w/neighbors & take to fellowship services on Shabbat. Friday I was able to freeze 6 quarts of peaches; and hope to get 6 or more quarts done today. I'm also hoping to get to pottery studio for at least 4 hours too; we shall see... <BR> <BR> Its a beautiful sunny day w/fluffy clouds; cats have been fed so are now lounging around on the deck sunning themselves. <BR> <em>... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 12:01:03 EST Fog on the mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990147 We had a nice heavy rain late yesterday afternoon. We limed our fields last week and fields looked kind of "apocalyptic" & ghostly w/all the lime powder clinging on the plants, so it was nice to get enough of a downpour to wash the white powder away. This morning its cool 60 degrees and there is fog clinging to the mountain and hanging over the farm ponds in the valley. With the leaves starting to turn now you can see summer is about over and fall is coming. <BR> <BR> Just hoping we have e... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 08:52:19 EST Leaving Sacramento Sparkles Team ;-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989643 I've decided its time to leave the Sacramento Sparkles Team. I sent out a team message to say good bye to the team, but it disappeared into cyber space after sending it out and then checking on the team page for it. Oh well.... <BR> <BR> Anyway, I love & miss California & Sacramento especially. It is a wonderful town with so many great people and Sparkers!! But as many of you know we sold our home in Sacramento last summer and permanently relocated to my husband's home state of West Virginia... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 13:41:53 EST Picking more peaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989572 Well I'm going to be picking more peaches of my trees today and prepare them for freezing ... & probaably do a peach cobbler tonight Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:34:39 EST Garden: picked buckets of peaches & apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988730 Due to the deer wars on my peach & apple trees I decided I better start picking em and bringing them in and let them ripen. So, yesterday I picked about two 2-gal buckets of peaches (but had to stop BECAUSE hubby decided to start a burn pile that sent nasty smoke my way... Yeah, amazing move on his part). <BR> <BR> So, a little irritated w/hubby I put the 2-gallon bucket & a 5-gal home depot work bucket & my fruit picker (from Sacto Ca home used to pick oranges, lemons, limes, pomegranates ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:28:39 EST I hate getting on the scales... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988705 Ok sparkers, one of my teams has game/challenge that asks/requires us to post our weight daily... All the time I've been sparking I've just never participated; basically because I hate getting on the scale. So this month I've decided to participate on the team page; but will only be posting my weight on my spark page tracker once a week- I'm thinking my Sunday morning weight - starting next Sunday; yeah I am a procrastinator too. <BR> <BR> Since joining SP, I've lost some weight but nothing... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:01:10 EST Garden rpt: coons ate my peppers last night, deer still consuming peaches & apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987592 We've about finished painting/staining the solar shed today, so took a break to check on my raised bed surviving vegies: onions, tomatoes & maxi bell peppers AND my 3 maxi bells that were maturing have been eaten; & by the paw prints it looks like raccoons. I'm so bummed, but thankful that they didn't get any of my green tomatoes (not ripe yet). <BR> <BR> While staining the back of the solar shed I looked over the fence rail under two of the peach trees and it looks like the deer have bunk... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:28:17 EST My home grown vegies in our salad tonight!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986566 Guys I am sooooooooooooooooo excited!!! The dinner salad we ate tonight actually included my own home grown tomatoes & one bell pepper - that has somehow survived the deer attack. The tomatoes were kind of puny, but the bell pepper was actually nice sized.... <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:52:51 EST BTW- Deer eating my apples too #!*! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985395 By the way, I took a break from working on the shed to run an errand in town, when I got back I walked over to our old apple tree to pick some apples & see how ripe they were, and discovered that all the low hanging fruit is gone!!! AND there were like a zillion hoof prints all around the trunk of the tree. So the deers are eating my apples too! <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> I've been so facinated watching the peaches mature and ripen I just for got about the apples, plus thought they could... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:30:47 EST Been enjoying the sunshine & getting things done :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985392 Since past rains we've had its been great to have more sunny weather to dry things out a bit so we can continue with filling up the open trench from the new solar array to the new 'solar' shed (w/all the batteries & stuff) and to finally be able to stain and weatherize the new shed before fall rains start up and of course winter snow... so been working hard last few days, take our showers & fall asleep as soon as our heads hit our pillows. Muscles & backs are sore but in a good way! <BR> <... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:22:52 EST Weak character & unhealthy choices... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983751 Well guys, I was doing pretty good Sunday morning; then hubby broke out the mini powdered donuts... I'm a sucker for donuts and coffee; and I've been doing pretty good this past week, so I had 5 mini donuts w/my morning coffee. Unfortunately about an hour later I went for my 2nd cup of joe, & the donuts were calling out to me again and I gave in and had 5 more -I mean they were just MINI donuts.... <BR> <BR> My Sunday continued down hill unfortunately; I got into fig newtons & fruit yogurt ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:30:10 EST Deer ate my vegies now its my peaches?!# http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982089 Last few weeks in early morning or evening I have had to run deer off from munching leaves off the peach trees near the red shed (we keep a BB-gun by the door to scare deer off). The rains have stopped & sun finally came out, so this am I went out to have my morning coffee on the deck, and saw 2 deer munching on the small peach tree in the front yard, so got the BB-gun & fired in their general direction, yelled & off they bounded. I walked out to the tree and realized that they were eating... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:00:33 EST chronic pain management & road to heroin addiction... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980286 Hi all, hubby & I are back from family funeral but are still bummed about the loss of such a sweet young man (34 years old). <BR> His problems began with a bad car wreck & back injury with significant back pain while still covered by parents insurance; so doctors care and pain management treatment where covered; later he got job w/health benefits that covered his treatment (physical therapy, meds, Dr. appointments etc.) Then he was laid off from work; & ultimately health benefits played ou... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:27:03 EST Prayers needed, lost cousin to drug overdose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977305 Received conformation this pm, that young cousin (34 years old) lost his battle with drug addiction to accidental drug overdose. All of our family is just sick about his death, he had been doing so well this year. I hate drugs ... and the havoc it is having in all of our families. Prayers needed for our family and all other families dealing with the drug addiction of loved ones. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:45:55 EST Moving big rocks & thinning my peaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977300 Dirt was too muddy from rain to go back to shoveling dirt back into trench; so spent yesterday moving some of the big rocks we've been setting aside to bottom edge of fence line between new 'solar shed' and old chicken coop/shed. Also thinned peach fruits from our peach trees (they were loaded w/fruit & w/the rain started stressing the limbs because they are top heavy). After removing over 200 fruit I stopped counting. I hope to get better handle on managing peach trees for next spring. <B... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:34:38 EST Dug into yellow jacket nest yesterday, what do you do for stings? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975809 Yesterdays, trench filling & dirt digging was interesting for several reasons. This last section of trench dirt was more course that the other sections and all sorts of critters have set up house hold in the nooks and crevices including: the longest skinny black snake I've every seen in my life, then a variety of really big hairy spiders -I call em wolf spiders & got freaked out cuz one of em ran towards my shoes and up my leg!!! But wors of all was a ground nest of yellow jackets; which t... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 08:21:48 EST heavy digging continues, but end in sight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975446 Hubby & I are back to digging and filling the trench to new solar panels on the hill. Its been hard work for us, but we've been chopping our time up because of rainy weather and having to do other things. We've now fill trench in the lower/house level; and low hill portion past the chicken coop and fence; we are now doing the last third of the trench so the end is in sight. <BR> <BR> We've had a few rain showers today while we worked, but they were short & sweet; nice water break & lunch br... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:43:41 EST Liquid Diet today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973189 My tummy has been a bit upset last few days; so this morning I thought I'd give the digestive system a little break from solid food; and just do a liquid diet today. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great summer! <BR> <em>437</em> Thu, 6 Aug 2015 13:50:10 EST Deer in my mini-peach orchard!!!??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971929 Dog gone it!! I'm back in side the house, looking out the back window (10-amish) and what do I see??? A deer hoping over the fence walking over to my peach trees that comprise my mini-orchard of 6 peach trees; and starts munching down on the leaves!!! <BR> <BR> What is going on???!!! There is plenty of stuff to eat in our fields, in the woods, along the crreek, next to our 2 ponds; but no; now the deer are going for my peaches! <BR> <BR> I will not stand for this!! I grabbed the pellet g... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:51:17 EST I love/hate it when company comes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971870 Well hubby has advised me he's bringing his sister home for a 4-5 day visit tomorrow, so today I am on house cleaning alert!!! I definitely have to get in the guest bedroom & bath and clean, vacuum, dust, change bed sheets, wash old bed sheets, etc, etc. Plus prepare menu & then run to the grocery store... Boy I do love having company; but I kind of hate it when company comes... <BR> <BR> I was wanting to get to get back outside, do some gardening/weeding; work on more heavy digging, fillin... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:09:08 EST PS: Tigger kitty two/2 & mice zero/0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971356 I forgot to mention that this fine morning on the farm I was greated by 2 dead mice offerings on the back porch by Tigger kitty. Todays farm offering was a bit gruesome, one was headless & both had had intestine spillage... Apparently Tigger does not like mice guts or or their livers. <BR> <BR> But I REALLY wish he would just bury them in one of the piles of dirt we currently have along the trenched area. (I hate cleaning up mice guts.) Oh yeah, I forget he's a cat, not a dog. I know dog... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:06:36 EST Heavy digging today ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971340 Well heading out today to do some more "heavy digging" hoping that I can get 10 more feet of the big trench filled w/dirt. So happy that we are having cool mornings; it was awful trying to fill the trench when its hot; and this will be so much easier that man handling 80# bags of cement, that we did the other day. <BR> <BR> Still keep battling with late night eating & watching TV this past week. This week I'm trying to not turn on the TV; basically picked a book out to start reading from my ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:54:48 EST