Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Enough with the Rain Already!

Oh my,my pond is back in the front yard again. At least there won't be any frogs croaking.My peas and kale are soaked in the totes and I can't get my deer hide to dry out yet.  Hubstead nailed a deer and we processed it ourselves. There was alot of meat on the doe and we sure could use it.Times are a little thin around here lately. I'm so happy we invested in the new roof. All this rain we have been having would of caused us to have to move. The pond next door was down by a good 10 to 1 feet.looks kinda full now. We have had the fire ban lifted finally. Cold weather will come this Thursday into Friday.

Remember when I talked about the road out front? Well I have been talking to the Mayor of this town and she was suppose to had talked to the county about getting the road out front fixed.We can not and will not be able to get out this winter if she doesn't do something. Nor for the fact if I have to call an ambulance it won't be able to make it down here. She has said she is going to get it fixed as soon as it rained.It's still raining,we got a possibility of ice coming in with a little snow mixed this Thursday and Friday. Guess what?,my truck is not moving. So we are still stuck for those two days.


I just finished my 5th month of not smoking. Never thought I would get this far but staying away from people in general has helped. I feel like I got my mind back instead of walking around in a fog. Yes I went totally cold turkey. It's been hard and I wouldn't of done it without some help from my bipolar meds. They helped a whole bunch keeping me level. I joined a stop smoking group on facebook and we have alot of fun. If you want to stop come on over and we give lots of support.


I don't know why I haven't done this before but I am hooked now. I do not throw my potatoe peelings out anymore. I fry them and I love it. I'm eating some right now. Instead of buying these or potatoe chips,I keep my peelings from the night before and fix them with my lunch. I have a thing that a sandwich doesn't taste right without the chips. I have put on about 6 to 7 pounds since I don't smoke now but my doctor told me that was usual so I'm ok with that.I can sure taste food now.


I'm working on some pine straw baskets. I did some last year,you can find the posts I think around October or November of last year. I'm trying some new designs and see if I can do them.Here a picture of a couple of them.




I had fun making these. I can't take a picture of the one I just finished but will try when I get some batteries for my camera. I try to make something every year for people for Christmas. I didn't get my luffas in this year,but it makes a nice gift basket if everything is made by hand.


Well that's what's been going on around here. Just trying to keep my mind right and thinking lots about the people up in Gatlinburg and hoping they can have peace of mind for the holidays.I know some lost family members and that is so stressful this close to Christmas but  prayers for everyone.












Friday, November 4, 2016

Homeowner Blues

Yep it's that time of the year.Fall is upon us.I felt so stupid earlier this year,I did find out that my back bedroom window did have another windowpane with it,we have storm windows and I thought one was busted. Oh well lol. Now I got a sewer pipe that has to be fixed.I wondered where the smell was coming from. Fortunately it isn't that far under the house. The new roof is holding up great! We have had NO rain here,except a tiny,tiny shower last night and I didn't even know it.Didn't do much good though. The weather people said we were going to have a dry fall and I have been having to water my container garden with tap water. Earlier in September I had a run in with some mice.I got that under control for right now.Keeping my fingers cross.

We are smoking a turkey this weekend.Hey Turkey is always good any time. We got a 23 pound one for 18.00 not bad I didn't think. Hubstead still wants to build a smokehouse.I told him he could make a little change smoking stuff for people.

We had the talk about becoming self-sufficient and him quiting his job but until we can figure out how to make some money to pay the utilities and taxes he'll have to work a little while longer.I believe we can do it. Of course he would have to do some hunting and during the summer some fishing. We still have the does in the backyard,might be food soon.It's a plan in the works. He wants to also see who gets to be president too.

Oh I can't wait til spring and winter hasn't even hit yet.I'm going to try some winter gardening too.

YES! I have made it to 4 months not smoking,pretty proud of myself so far. I can get around someone who is smoking and I get so sick. I break out in a sweat and get a headache.Well that's about what's been going on.











Monday, September 19, 2016

The new Roof


The guys were just finishing up. Still have alot more work to do on this place,but,couldn't do it because the roof was leaking. Now next is the siding and skirting and the eaves.We also have gotten the grass to grow in too.Before it was nothing but weeds and dirt.


This is the before picture



It has been a rough road to get this place cleaned up and I really think it will take longer too.We are going to lay down flooring and panel the walls.Redo the kitchen totally.The plumbing and electric needs upgrading bad.But I know it will take time.The back decking is going to have to be redone.We want to put a bigger deck out back.

Misty Pines is again living up to its' name this morning.
They have a fog advisory til 9:00 a.m. this morning.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

Finally getting a roof

Yep we are finally getting a metal roof on the house.I am so excited.We have been here for three years and have not been able to do a lot to the house.It comes at a really good time even though I would of prefered it being done this summer.But instead it's going to be done in time for winter coming.
I kind of think now I bit off more than I can chew on this place.I guess it's because I want to do so many things and progress is going too slow for my taste. My back is giving out too much and I keep kissing the ground with my butt. I went last week to the doctor and without an MRI they can't fully tell me what's wrong.I won't go into one again,the last time I felt like I was stuck.My back hurt so bad and I cried the whole time,so NO.

On another note,after 42 years of smoking,I gave it up.I'm going into my three months now. It's been fairly easy this time because I'm taking meds from the shrink.(some of you know I'm bipolar) But it has it's ups and downs. On the up side,I am saving money and I finally am able to buy me a few clothes!

I did get the Kale in for the fall and some peas. Don't really know how the peas are going to do. I scrounged up two good size garbage cans for the potatoes next year.Going to give a hand at that. Now if I can only get the carrot growing down. I can not believe the amount of mice I am catching.I got some sticky traps and put them in different places.I wonder if this is the sign of a rough winter coming? And since we have been here,I haven't seen any snakes whatsoever. We fed the does over the summer and the girls are doing great. There are two bucks with them,Kind of little. They are still dropping by at night and eating.

Hubstead got him a crossbow for his birthday.He's a happy camper now. He also stop smoking so he said that's his reward for not doing it.I agree and I think as long as he stays quit so can I. Well summer was just summer around here. To me it was a little too warm for me.Cooler weather is suppose to be coming soon and I can't wait for it to get here!


I just wanted to throw a few things out there and I haven't forgotten to write. Life has been fickled a little for now but hopefully it will get a whole lot better.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gardening Fun

Well the garden did fairly well,I learned about container gardening and what will and will not grow in them.My carrots didn't do as good as they should have but I think I planted too many in one pot.My bell peppers are still putting out and my cherry tomatoes done great.The regular ones didn't do well and the hornworms got some of them.The chocolate mint done really well and it smells so good.I ate on my lettuce for the longest. The broccoli got ate up,the worms turned them into swiss cheese.This was first year with broccoli though so I'm still learning about that.And finally I got a handful of green beans.I talked to few folks and they said that alot of plants didn't do well until late this year.Mine did the same.

Ok enough of the garden stuff.I quit smoking for good and it has been a roller coaster ride but now I feel pretty damn good.I'm ok as long as I don't get stressed out. I got tested yesterday  about stress. You know how the doctors are saying you got to get up and move and you need to lose weight?Ok I was trying to do some walking and we have this small hill that you have to go up to get out.The road belongs to the city here and I have griped about them getting it fixed,well,they threw some small gravel down and my ass found it.I got road rash on my leg where I slipped on that gravel.
  • Yep and now this morning I am soooo sore and can barely walk.My leg went up under me and that's all she wrote! I didn't have to go to the doctors but that's still up for debate.I have to watch out for infection now.Right after I did it I called the city and told them about it and they sent someone out to look at it.They said it looks like road rash,well,DUH!!! Some people just piss me off.

Really that's all that's been going on and all I need to blog about for now.Sorry I haven't been blogging too much.This summer has been a monster!



Tuesday, May 3, 2016




Well I got my container garden started.I ended up with carrots,bell pepper,cherry tomatoes,regular tomatoes,broccoli,leaf lettuce(blue buckets),chocolate mint,rosemary,thyme,green beans(not shown)and chives. It was alot of work and alot of potting soil. I already have harvested the leaf lettuce five times.The cherry tomatoes are coming in pretty good too.I go out every morning and say good morning to them and just talk to them for a little bit lol. The herbs are growing quite slowly but we have had a lot of rain. The only thing I didn't get in was the corn.It's probably a good thing I don't plant in the yard,we have had  a bunch of deer coming in and eating the grass.Hubstead has been setting out field corn for them. We got two does,two that looks like they are a year old(probably from last year) and a smaller doe. It's nice to see they haven't been shot.Still haven't seen a buck yet.

I did make some chocolate mint tea the other night and it was pretty good.I think it's more minty than the chocolate but it also depends on how strong you make it. Mine was a little weaker than I wanted but towards the bottom of the cup,it got stronger.I have some leaves in the refrigerator  and I'm going to make some more today. We are having a cold front move in for the next few days and I hope it doesn't bother my plants. I just planted my green beans yesterday.

Here is some more pictures.

Leaf Lettuce

Cherry tomatoes

Chocolate Mint

The mint has doubled in size so I got to watch it.

Well that's about it,this is all I've been doing for the last month or so.Just trying to stay busy. As these grow I'll post more pictures of their progress.Have a great Tuesday!!!


Thursday, March 31, 2016

What I Got Started

Spring did come early. It was a good thing I got alot of the seedlings started. I managed to get a couple of cherry tomatoe plants from the local store and I got them going.I ended up with four totes,one tote has the cherry tomatoes  and the other three I'm planting regular tomatoes and bell peppers.I have my herbs in pots and I planted thyme and rosemary which are coming up.The carrots are doing well and so is my salad leaf lettuce.I planted those in the buckets.The kale isn't doing too hot but may try planting those again in the fall.I got lucky and found someone who had chocolate mint and he sent me some roots to get me started.I can't wait for those to grow!!I planted those in a big pot so I hope they do good.

It's pouring down rain here this morning.It's suppose to rain all day which will give the plants a good soaking. Give us a good soaking too! There are flash flood warnings out for today. The grass will definitely need to get cut now it's growing like crazy. So I guess I'll be inside today doing some cleaning. I want to work on the front yard and see if I can get some Coleus started somewhere and set out those Cannas too.They are yellow ones and they are so pretty and I know they spread so I'll have to pick a spot for them to do that. It still gets cool around 39 degrees sometimes but times it's around 40 degrees and up.The daytime has been around 60 and 70 degrees.So I don't worry too much about the plants,I have them on the back deck.

So there you have it not much else is going on.Started the year off alittle rough but it seems to be smoothing out. My doctor changed my medicine(for those of you who know I'm Bipolar)it seems to be doing me some good right now. It has a kick to it and makes me feel like getting up and doing things.But my back always tells me when I've had enough.Well going to go and everyone have a great Thursday!