Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some of my garden rodent control crew.




The snake in the second picture has had lunch.  As  scary as they can be, they do a lot of good around the place.  They must be getting plenty to eat as they seem to be healthy looking.  We have never had any rattlesnakes around the place.  Some neighbors occasionally find one, and we see them on the road.  Old timers say if you have bullsnakes, you will not have any rattlers.  I don't know.  

God Bless.--johnnyb



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sitting here with my morning coffee and trying to decide what to do today.   I have many projects started and need to finish.  I am building a small shed out of pallets,  a boardwalk and fence around part of the garden.




 The building inspectors were doing a final walk-through before signing off on the permit!!

The garden has done pretty good so far.  Our early crops, asparagus and rhubarb have been good.  We have canned beets, green beans and chokecherry juice for jelly later.  I have some beet chips in the dehydrator now.  

Enough for today, temperatures have been in the 100F + and today will be no different.

God Bless all who read this and above all God Bless the great Country we live in.--johnnyb

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back after a year +

After a year of not posting, but reading and keeping up, decided it was time to get back into it.  I guess maybe I missed putting down a few words whenever anything would strike.  So here goes.

Our garden this year is doing pretty goo so far.  Our temps have not been to bad yet.  This week will change that.  Temps in the 100-105 F range.   The spring was very dry as was the winter.  Not a lot of the fluffy white stuff.  Rains came in May and June.  Saved a little of the wheat.  And I mean little.  Corn looks good,but still need a little more moisture to keep it until harvest.  Pastures look pretty good and the cattle are contented.


I have to go do something constructive.  Later--johnnyb

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hump Day Wanderings.

Very funny video.  Worth the time to watch.  http://www.youtube.com/embed/zzabmVIU6EQ

Just sitting here this morning wondering if winter is ever going to be over.   I had to buy some wood pellets for the stove.  We usually don't have to use it much by this time of year.  We have used a little over a ton more than last year.  Aha--global warming.  I  need to remind myself to write Mr. Gore and thank him for informing us of that matterNOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What an idiot.  There should be a place for people like him.  Oh wait.  There is.  I think it is called Gitmo.  He would think global warming if he had to spend time there during the summer months.  Lost my train of thought and wandered off for a moment.  Flashbacks of a time past.

Anyway it looks as if we are going to have another taste of the white stuff.  Shouldn't last long.  Temps in the 50's by Friday. 

Hermit Jim had a post about CCC camps in the 1930's.  This pic is of a building put up as a WPA/CCC  project, afew miles from here..  The building still stands and is used today.  There was a State Lake there at one time and this was the shelter house.


 There is also an old schoolhouse next to our house that was built during that same period.  I thought I had a pic of it, but don't,  so next time.

God Bless All--johnnyb



















































































 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Got to love that Southern philosophy



 
MISSISSIPPI DECLARES WAR ON U.S. GOVERNMENT
President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office when his telephone rang."Hello, President Obama" a heavily accented southern voice said. "This is Jimmy Boy, down here at Bump's Catfish Shack, inVicksburg , and I am callin' to tell ya'll that we are officially declaring war on y'all!"
"Well Jimmy Boy," Barack replied, "This is indeed important news! How big is your army?"
"Right now," said Jimmy Boy, after a moments calculation "there is myself, my cousin Tom, my next-door-neighbor and brother Gerald, and the whole dart team from JD's Bait Shop. That makes eight or maybe nine depending if Bump can close the store.
Barack paused. "I must tell you Jimmy Boy that I have one million men in my army waiting to move on my command."
"Wow," said Jimmy Boy. "I'll have to call ya back!"
Sure enough, the next day, Jimmy Boy called again. "Mr. Obama, the war is still on! We have managed to acquire some infantry equipment!"
"And what equipment would that be Jimmy Boy?" Barack asked.
"Well sir, we have two combines, a bulldozer, and my brother Mike's farm tractor."
President Obama sighed. "I must tell you Jimmy Boy, that I have 16,000 tanks and 14,000 armored personnel carriers. Also I've increased my army to one and a half million since we last spoke."
"Lord above", said Jimmy Boy, "I'll be getting back to ya."
Sure enough, Jimmy Boy called again the next day. "President Obama! I am sorry to have to tell you that we have had to call off this here war."
"I'm sorry to hear that" said Barack. "Why the sudden change of heart?"

Well, sir," said Jimmy Boy, "we've all sat ourselves down and had a long chat over sweet tea, catfish, greens and pie and come to realize that there's just no way we can feed that many prisoners."

SOUTHERN CONFIDENCE CANNOT BE SHAKEN

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring (?) update

Winter just doesn't seem to want to give up its grip.  Monday was almost 80 degrees, yesterday was 21 degrees and high winds.  We missed the severe weather and blizzards that went through west of us.  Strange weather.  The weather has been pretty good for the past couple of weeks.  A little moisture but not enough.  I was able to get the fence rebuilt around the garden and got some of the early things planted.  Carrots, onions, and added to the garlic patch. The beets would have been planted if the weather hadn't turned nasty.  Carol added to her grape vines also.  It was a little early for them, but they were growing to much in the packages they came in.  We covered them well so they should be ok.   she also has some more asparagus and fruit trees coming, and more rhubarb ready to plant.  I think she is also going to divide some of the plants already established.  The horseradish is coming up good.  I probably won't dig any of it this year.  next year will be the year for it.  Usually every 2-3 years.  I will wait until September to see how it looks.  Should only dig it in months with an "r" in them.  I have a friend that makes the sauce, and it is good.  Some of the best sinus clearing medicine that exists anywhere.  We are also are planning to move our herbs and add to them also.  We are planting some of these things in cattle mineral tubs.  We can amend the soil to whatever we want and not have to be concerned about the hardpan clay.  We are kind of doing a lot of experimenting this year.  When the weather straightens up I will post some pics.

God Bless All--johnnyb

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A.A.A.D.D.


Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder...  
Somehow I feel better, even though I have it!! 

Recently, I was diagnosed [by my wife, children, co-workers…] with A.A.A.D.D.  
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. 
As I turned on the hose in the driveway, 
I looked over at my car and decided it needs washing.

As I started toward the garage, 
I noticed mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decided to go through the mail before I wash the car. 

I lay my car keys on the table, 
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and noticed that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back 
on the table and take out the garbage first.


But then I think, 
since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table, 
and see that there is only one check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study, 
so I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks, 
but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm, 
and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and 
discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning...

I decide I better put them back on my desk, 
but first I'm going to water the flowers.
 I set the glasses back down on the counter, 
fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, 
I'll be looking for the remote,
but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table,
so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, 
but quite a bit of it spills on to the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table, 
get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to 
remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day: 
the car isn't washed 
the bills aren't paid 
there is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter 
the flowers don't have enough water, 
there is still only 1 check in my check book, 
I can't find the remote, 
I can't find my glasses, 
and I don't remember what I did with the car keys. 
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
 I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I'm really tired.