Local headline from NC:
Fences may make good neighbors, but one tree line in Dunn has marked a
feud that has included a battle with shovels, swings of a bat and a
Can read the whole story here:
Ok, I had to chuckle anyway.
How you doin', girl? I've been wondering about you. I'm guessing
you're plenty busy, given the kids, school, and fall time.
We've been blessed with abundant rain lately, though it is slowing
harvest considerably. I see you guys are still in a serious hurtin'
Speaking of rain, it's about to start raining babies again.......Number
Three, girl baby, is scheduled for entry in eleven days.
Yeah, I thought this article was worth a chuckle or two. People get
so carried away sometimes. Thankfully, the only "neighbors" I have
are the 4-legged kind...pigs, horses, cattle, and then there are some
2-legged ones that go by the name of turkey...LOL!
We aren't doing too bad...just staying busy. I've been lurking around
here, trying to keep up with what's going, but staying quite for most
parts. Still doing the google thing cause for all it's faults, it is
free! That's more in my budget these days. This drought is hitting
us hard in the wallet, so to speak.
Just got back from a trip to the coast. Took my sis & the kids...we
went to visit my folks & grandma. Did some fishing...caught some
flounder, a spot, a croaker, & some spanish mackerel. Left the "ole"
man at home, hard at work. It's planting time for the winter rye, so
that's gonna be keeping him busy for awhile.
Still got the house in construction mode (water damage from a cracked
shower distributor/mixer.) Ruined a bathroom & my bedroom. Thank God
for HO insurance!!!! Should have everything fixed back up in 2-3
weeks. Just waiting for the contractors to have time to get to it...
So, how you feeling these days? I remembered it was getting time for
the new one to be coming along. I assume y'all have everything in
place for a baby girl by now. Still having qualms about it being a
girl?? LOL. My little girl is something else...great mannered baby
most of the time, but when she gets mad...everyone knows it!! You
know those fireworks called "screamers"?? That's what she sounds like
when she hollers...pure makes your ears ring for minutes on end when
she's through hollering! Speaking of which, she & the big boy are
having a playful screaming match now! Wouldn't take nothing for
either one of my kids though.
On topic, drought & all, I have tomatoes coming off the vine
again...weird for me to have tomatoes growing & blooming for this time
of year...wonder how long that's gonna last???
So, uhhh, what........ya'll doing the washtub routine? ;-) Been
there, done that, no deal!
I'm feeling pretty good for an old fart that needs more exercise and
more time away from work, but hey, it could be much worse. Came to
terms with some of the personal "demons"; exorcised some, accepted some
for the time being. Working on accepting that what is...is. And to
deal with it, though I still find myself losing it once in a while.
Everything is ready for the little girl! Qualms? Are you serious? We
haven't had a baby girl around here for over twenty years! You laugh,
little sister!! *Some* of us are kinda like freakin' out about this.
I'm used to changin' little boys!
Not to worry, though. It will be really cool and I betcha I can whip a
nappy off and on just as easily as with the little boys. Just a few
minor adjustments in technique! ;-)
But, I'll bet she'll have us all wrapped in no time! :-)
And don't you be talking about screamers!!! So far, so good on that
account. Grandma doesn't put up with crying babies......she scoops the
little things up in seconds and finds the way to satisfy 'em. Papa can
stand a little more fussing. Our first had colic.....now *that* was
fun! After that, a little screamin and fussin is just fine.
I laugh to think and remember youngun's having those screaming/yelling
matches. Ahhhh........to be forever young and innocent, eh?
We are still getting loads of cherry tomatoes. The others went funky
when we had a hot spell and then came back with a lot of growth, but
few tomatoes. Having some fried green though.......yummo!
Still getting green beans, particulary from a second planting in late
summer. Okra is still producing. THe peppers are doing fine still,
more than we can eat and are freezing lots for later.
Working on composting techniques after some fine ideas from cat daddy.
Garlic should go in tomorrow evening. It's been raining, but I think
the bed will be good to go tomorrow nite. Expecting about four days of
rain after that.
Climate change is a fact, as I see it.
You take care of yourself, Rae, and those younguns. I'll let you know
about the birth.
Peace and Care
just treat her like the boys. the world doesn't need any more
girls are easier. no surprise geysers ;)
no refinement needed, but you don't really need to hold the
new nappy over the top while you whip the old one off. just
don't stand at the foot end of the changing spot (i always
used the floor)
mine had colic... and sensory issues. if i held him he was
fine. i held him for eons... but he was walking by 6 months &
climbing trees by 13 months... he still likes to cuddle a lot
at 7 years though :)
cherry toms hate to quit. i have some near a rock wall (i'm in
NH) & they're still going. i'll be bringing at least one
inside. last year the brought in plants kept producing until
February. then i had a spidermite issue...
On 10/21/07 11:03 AM, in article email@example.com,
Words to strike terror in a parent's heart
Hey - I get to start driving in six months
I get to drive in January.
3 more months and I can start to drive
(3 months into the countdown, 3 to go and praying for a really snowy winter)
I hear ya. I'm a hardass, though. Neither one of the boys got their
license until they'd driven *with me* for a solid year. I made them
drive me in all weather. They went through driver's ed, too, but
that's basically a joke for driving experience. I have to say,
they're both good drivers, the eldest (27) is a truck driver for the
Pine Street Inn, youngest (23) drives into Quincy every day to take
the T into his electrician apprentice job in downtown Boston. So far
both have good records, no tickets, and only one accident (youngest,
in a work truck, found not at fault).
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
Man, don't you just love that cuddling?
Oh yeah, we used to take turns walking and rocking, sometimes all night
it seemed........you never lose that motion.
Ok......I'm going to try that with the Mexican Midget. Seems as if the
flavor of tomatoes is improving now....likely cuz they are nearly done
for. Did you have your tomato under lights, or situated for natural
light? I ask because the setup of this house sucks bigtime for natural
i have grow lights. i use this set-up:
( http://tinyurl.com/2dq7v2 )
it's not the most attractive piece of furniture, but i have a
lot of cactii & amyrillis indoors over winter, and i start big
flats (8 4packs each) of everything from toms to squash in the
my growlights are next to the corner where my tortoises live,
so they get some advantage from the lights too, although they
have sun spot bulbs on their pens. the tortoises each have
their own pothos plants, although Mortis tends to graze his
Question with boldness even the existence of god; because if
On 10/21/07 12:27 AM, in article firstname.lastname@example.org,
"Charlie" <Charlie> wrote:
My advice - hang around a hockey rink - starting at birth. By no means, let
her watch the figure skaters (known locally as twirl girls, and that is by
no means a compliment. And they don't have much nice to say about the female
Then again, last week, she was running around in a pair of skate board
sneakers, soccer shorts (hand me downs, she hates soccer), a "Bring the
Pain" shirt (features a pair of hockey gloves) and a head band covered in
Twirl girl! I like that and *will* use that phrase.
Shoot, no hockey rink within a hundred miles. I do have a living room
that gets nearly that wild with my two grown boys, a four year old and
me. We have #2 in training at four months already. She will get an
education. Her mother is cool about her not being prissy. The other
DIL........now that is a different story if they have another and the
baby is a girl. One can only hope. :-)
#3 will be ready to join #1 and #2 in the garden next summer for DIRT!
OMG....what a mental image.......thanks.
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