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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Today has been…

A drink wine straight from the bottle kind of day.

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I’m just going to leave this here because the likelihood of Mr. K ever carving another one is slim.

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Fall

It finally looks and feels like fall here, with temps in the 40s and much needed rain falling for the last two days.

Wednesday I dug the last of the carrots as Mr. K planted the garlic; the 2016 garden production officially ended and the 2017 season began.

In spite of the drought conditions we experienced through the summer, we harvested a bumper crop of peppers, tomatoes and beans. The viney plants, however, did not fare well, and the cukes, squash and melons were a total loss. Fortunately we live in an area rich in agriculture and we’re able to buy whatever produce we can’t grow.

The chickens have yet to deliver the first egg, so I’ve leaned the axe up against the fence as inspiration.

Once egg production begins, it’s one more thing I can permanently cross off the grocery list.

The so-called “simple life” may be a lot of work, but I’m happy to help support local farmers that are producing real food, as opposed to behemoth corporations that are producing food like substances.

yuckCase in point, here is the ingredient list on a carton of heavy cream. You know what I expected to be in there? Cream.

Our food system is broken folks. And if you can’t shake the hand of the farmer that grew at least some of your food, it’s only contributing to the problem.

So I’m jumping off one soap box and on to the next… the upcoming election. As a registered independent I vote on the issues, regardless of political party. The debates weren’t particularly helpful, and throughout the campaign the candidates have spent more air time bad-mouthing each other than they have discussing the many issues facing this country.

But please, don’t vote for Hillary Clinton based solely on the fact that she has a uterus.

And please don’t vote for her because of her position on gun control, because you’re being misled. There is no such thing as a gun show and/or internet loophole and there is no such thing as an “assault weapon.” It’s simply a matter of aesthetics. Those scary-looking black guns are semi-automatic, which are the most commonly owned firearms in the country, and they fire one round for each pull of the trigger. I can’t think of a single incident in recent history that involved a fully automatic firearm. The internet is your friend, and you can verify everything I’m telling you.

And if neither candidate appeals to you this election, consider a write-in vote for DammitDiesel. IMO, he’s as intelligent as any other candidate and, aside from that whole peeing when he’s excited thing, he’s far more trustworthy.

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