Fall

And so begins another season of pumpkin spice hell. You know what I saw the last time I was in the grocery store? Pumpkin spice flavored pudding. What the hell will they add that shit to next?

The weekend forecast shows temps in the 70s and 80s, so I spent time this morning prepping some of last seasons garlic to plant next seasons crop.

According to the local weather channel we have a few more days of warm temps before they settle into the 60s mid-week next week. Then we officially begin the game called “how long can we wait before turning the heat on.” I usually cave first, mostly because I grow tired of listening to Mr. K whine about how cold he is while sitting around in a short sleeved Tee-shirt and no socks.

Summer may be over, but there’s still much to be done. The chicken coop needs to be raked out, the garden tools oiled, the parsnips and garlic need mulch and the last of the carrots need to be pulled. There are fruit trees to trim and seeds to order before planting begins again. I’ve already laid out the 2018 garden in my head, and in just a few short months we’ll start the seedlings indoors.

In the meantime I’m going to enjoy the frosty mornings and falling leaves that will all too soon be replaced with falling snow.

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Maraschino Cherries Bitches

But without the sulfur dioxide and high fructose corn syrup. Boom!

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My definition of fast food…

Finally hauling last seasons tomatoes out of the freezer. Spent the day canning 16 pints of deliciousness.

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Still cold, still raining, with much of the same predicted for the next couple of days.

I hope the rest of you get to enjoy a warm, sunny holiday weekend.

I may just spend it putting the Christmas tree back up.

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Sigh

Two 70° days in a row to get the planting done… check.

Tomato and pepper plants in the ground… check.

Green beans, parsnips and onion sets planted… check.

55° and enough rain to drown everything in the garden… check.

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Spring

When you grow at least some of your own food, the weather becomes a major topic of discussion.

Our weather this past week can be best described with these pics from the trailcam.

As you can see, we can go from a single layer of clothing to several layers (and back again) multiple times in the same week.

We’ve been checking the trailcam frequently because we had a squirrel that moved into the North wall of my office and we were hoping to learn where it was coming from and how it was gaining access.

It was like Chinese water torture listening to it chewing, and it’s activity in the wall had increased considerably over the past couple of weeks.

We baited traps with apples because a squirrel had been stealing them from the chicken pen and dragging them to the base of one of the black walnut trees. We caught that squirrel and relocated it, but it wasn’t the right one, and the constant chewing continued.

Since none of the other squirrels were interested in the apple, we switched to peanut butter and found two squirrels in the Havahart, but they were too small to trip the door. No doubt the squirrel we relocated was their mother, and she chose the fruit for the moisture content. And I now have to live with the guilt of breaking up a squirrel family. Gah!

Anyway, the squirrel living in the wall left Wednesday morning and hasn’t returned. I thought one of two things had most likely happened; 1) It was a looking for a mate because, well, it’s spring, and it knew it had a nice condo to raise a family in, or 2) something had happened to it.

Mr. Kewlstuff found the remains of a squirrel while walking the dogs this morning. I’m guessing the wall squirrel won’t be back.

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I’ve moved

I migrated the blog to a new hosting account and just submitted the request to close the old host.

I’m telling you this in case I disappear entirely, in which case, I may or may not be back. 🙂

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Easter Eggs

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I wish Mother Nature would get her shit together

Yesterday I thought that if we got any more rain the chickens would be forced to learn the backstroke.

Today I wake up to this.

It’s currently 28° and still snowing.

Might be pretty if it were December.

But it’s April and I’m over it.

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Saw this kewl ass 6′ tall rooster at Tractor Supply last week. I didn’t bring it home. Yet.

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