Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hump Day Wanderings.

Very funny video.  Worth the time to watch.

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

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."


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


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.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Winter storm Virgil

Spring has arrived with a vengeance.  I am ready for winter to be over with.  This should be about the end of it.  The moisture was good.  Well received by the farmers.  Still need a lot to just be caught up on the moisture end.  Still amused at why we have to name a damned blizzard!!!!

We had a few days of nice weather, so I was able to start some of the garden prep work.  I took down all of the fence around the garden and bunny-proofed the cattle panels better.  A couple of more good days and I will about have that done.  It is about time to put in the root crops.  Probably right after the first of the month.  Had it not been for the storm, I would have put them in last week.  Onions that I missed last fall are coming up, so I guess it is time.

We have various projects planned for this spring.  Among them is more storage for dry goods.  That will give us more room for the canned goods in the house.  Carol has canned some ham that was on sale.  She has dry canned some other things.  Hopefully this year will be a better garden year.  We have some fruit trees coming soon, and more asparagus. 

Thought for the day--Sometimes I think I am too picky,  but then I watch my dog look for a place to poop!!

God bless--johnnyb

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ultimate Freedom Video

Even if you aren't a country music fan, I think you'll agree that Alan Jackson 's rendition of this hymn is beautiful, as is the slide
show reminding us of the reason this country became the greatest nation in the history of mankind..    Ultimate Freedom

Hope you are all having a good week.--johnnyb

Friday, March 8, 2013


That used to be one of the big things of the week.  Being retired, everyday is Friday, or Monday or Saturday.  Doesn't make much difference now.  But for those who look forward to it--TGIF.   Weather has been up and down this week.  We've pretty much had all seasons.  Warm days, cool nights,  snow flurries, and possibility of thunder boomers tonite and tomorrow  and then blowing snow on Saturday nite and Sunday.  Then a little warming again.  I need SPRING.  AND NOW!!!  I am going to have to get some pellets for the stove.  Last year we used 2 1/2 pallets.  This year we are looking at 3.  2 years ago was 3 pallets also.  I hate to have them laying around through the summer.

We have started a few pots of tomatoes and some herbs in the house.  Yarrow is coming up, but nothing else yet.  We have other things to start as time goes this month.  We have been collecting mineral tubs from some cattlemen in the area.  We will use them for flowers, herbs and some root veggies.  Kind of a cross between container and raised bed gardening.  As time goes, I will include pics to show how they work.

Just a cute pic for today--

God Bless All--johnnyb