Gerty You know, I wish I had neighbors close enough to see me digging!
April 17 at 07:26 EST .
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Rake King Everytime I see/hear shovel jokes it reminds me of what I told a Lt. who wanted me to re-up in the Army. "Sir, No offense, but I don't care to become part of a company that sends 4 men out to dig a hole...with only 1 shovel".
April 17 at 07:35 EST .
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BirdsNest Manure? What kind. Horse? Chicken? Cow? They are all good, make some manure tea for giving your plants a boost.
April 17 at 10:02 EST .
Hikergal posted on Gardening & Landscaping I'm in heaven!! BG bought a groupon for multiple trail rides.I asked her to find out if I could get some manure.The farm is a horse/donkey rescue and they said I can get as much as I want, they'll even load it in my truck for free!!! They rocky/clay soil here really needs it and we can't afford to buy that stuff. I only wish I knew last fall so I could have aged it a bit but I see weak manure tea in my plants future.
April 16 at 08:57 EST .
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Rake King Just don't use it too fast, or it will be very "HOT". Best thing is to till it in and then retill it about a week later. Done right you will have tomatoes as big as a railroad box car.....well that may be a bit over the top.. first till add some "pearlite", or coarse sand to help break up the clay. Second till if still sticky clay, add some more pearlite, and some black bagged soil (loam ). Preparation is IMPORTANT!!
April 16 at 10:46 EST .
Hikergal I'm going to use it to prep next years bed and go from there. I'm starting out from scratch here , this years beds are 10 straw bales re-purposed from last years archery range and the ground under the compost pile,about a 5x5 area with the compost worked in. I took a rocky mountainous hillside in western MA and turned it into beds that you could sink your hand in to up to the elbow.The gravel from those beds made my side walks and the bigger rocks retaining walls for the driveway. Manure, composted saw dust from the mill, and all the green throw a ways from 2 markets and that garden was beautiful. My kids loved eating out of it. I love a gardening challenge!!
April 16 at 11:14 EST .
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Rake King You're a real worker. Good luck with your project.
April 16 at 11:35 EST .
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Hikergal posted on Coffee Klatch BG gave me Keurig for Christmas and I love it.She also gave me the My K cup so I could use my own coffee .Well the down side is I managed to get grounds stuck in the needle that dispenses the water and only half the water ws coming out. So I had to clean it I took off the little rubber gasket and misplaced it ,probably because I only had Half a cup off coffee at this point.Hoping it would work without it I made a mess as there was no seal. I broke out my jet boil and used it to make some french press while I tried to figure out the problem.I looked on line for parts no luck, so I emailed customer service to find out how to order a replacement.An hour later I received a reply asking for serial number and delivery address I figured I would get a parts list or something. That was Tuesday night. Wednesday morning I found the lost piece! In today's mail was a replacement part ! Great service.
March 29 at 13:17 EST .
Rake King Hiker gal: We've had our Keurig for more than 5 years. I order our coffee directly from Keurig in 24 count boxes..What a selection. Seems at retail the box counts are less, be careful when judging the k-cup unit cost on this difference.
March 29 at 15:39 EST .
Hikergal I did cost comparison and am happy with grinding my own beans! little more work but ahhh The smells!! Mostly I wanted to point out Keurig's excellent customer service.A simple e-mail explaining the problem , a fast reply request for additional info and then extremely FAST turn around to fix the problem which was not their fault just my own absent mindedness.I was ready and willing to pay for the part because losing it was my fault. When a company goes out of their way to quickly satisfy a customer it should be acknowledged loudly. I thought this venue was a good place as many of us are frugal with our money and it's good to know about the good companies.Word of mouth is as important as paid advertising.
March 29 at 16:02 EST .
Nugoddess My DIL received a Keurig for Christmas and loves it. Good to know the company stands behind their product.
March 29 at 19:09 EST .
Linder We enjoy our Keurig and glad to hear about the good customer service. It has changed my coffee drinking habits. Instead of percolating coffee for my thermos early a.m. and then sipping coffee all day I now make an occasional cup of coffee and sit down and enjoy it. I grind my beans and use the My K Cup but keep K cup brands on hand, too. I find the second smallest cup size makes coffee strength to my liking...the next size up makes it too weak.
March 29 at 21:06 EST .
Judith They did a cost comparison of the price of a pound of coffee in those little cups. It came to $59 a pound. I realize you use your own coffee, but I still wonder about the cost of electricity and how well stagnant water does sitting in the machine?
March 29 at 21:17 EST .
Balogreene My sis has a Keurig. Mom has another brand, they both love them. Neither brand has sitting water, you add it for each cup. I'm a coffee drinker (decaf ) I want it much stronger than either machine makes, and I want a whole pot. I also want a big mug, why have to refill it every few minutes? I'm not sure about the price either Judith, but my sister drinks one or two cups a day and it is convenient for that.
My company switched to all Keurigs, except our branch. We convinced them the amount of coffee our lead engineer drinks, the time he would spend in the kitchen, would be outrageous.
March 30 at 06:54 EST .
Linder Have no idea what my coffee beans cost per cup. I love Millstone Columbian Supremo from Sam's club...buy two large bags....divide into smaller amts with the Food Saver. I keep trying other coffees and enjoy most of them but always come back to my favorite. Coffee is too good to stick with only one variety.
The BBC has funny stuff check out this guy ding something I hope never to see!
March 28 at 15:45 EST .
Wrightwinger Once upon a time, I was on the way to work one morning, and as I stepped out of my house, I smelled the faint odor of skunk. This is not unusual in my area of rural WV, and i thought nothing about it. I placed a bag of trash in my truck, and drove down the driveway to the trash container at the end of the drive. When I stepped out of my truck and grabbed the bag of trash with one hand, and opened the lid of the wooden trash container, I saw the rear end of a small, skinny little malnourished skunk pointed in my direction, and the little stinker fired as I opened the lid. My truck door was still open, and he nailed me, the truck, and the whole interior of my truck as well. I can attest that the little ones smell just as bad as the big ones! FYI, tomato juice is not effective. Hydrogen peroxide mixed with baking soda is much more effective in removing the stench.
March 28 at 21:59 EST .
Gerty Mr. WW--I am really interested in your method of removing animal odors from your truck. We have a 'stand-by' car that was infested with reproducing mice! Love that old car; can't stand to be in it because of the smell!
March 29 at 04:32 EST .
Wrightwinger Gerry, chemically speaking, urine is mostly ammonia, and a weak bleach solution might work to chemically neutralize this... BUT ammonia and bleach should NEVER be combined in a closed car and breathed into the lungs! If you try this, BE SURE THE DOORS ARE OPEN AND THE CAR IS OUTSIDE!!!! If I were to try this , I would mix about a tablespoon in a gallon of water and use a garden sprayer to apply this to the carpet under the seats and stuff. Leave the doors open until the spraying is done, then close the doors for a while. Open them up and air out the car for a good long time and allow to dry. Baking soda is a good deodorant and could be applied later. Additional note: the fumes from the mixture of ammonia and bleach is really bad stuff... Sort of like WWI trench warfare gas. Thus the use of a very dilute solution of bleach... But it should also kill some germs from the rodents. Be safe!
March 30 at 19:49 EST .
Hikergal posted on Coffee Klatch I love to Quilt. I wanted to share a favorite of minethis is Katy's quilt her G'ma Jean made her, as you can see it is well loved!( almost to pieces )
Gerty I can tell you with great authority that Mrs. Cow knows her quilts!
March 27 at 09:11 EST .
Hikergal Katy came home in this quilt. It was once a pink elephant with a big floppy ear perfect for peak a boo.It would have held up better but Mom used a weird fabric and it disintegrated gradually.It was put on the ground to play on, went on every car trip,a wall in many a fort,a princess's ermine stole one day, supergirl's cape the next,a comfort during scary times, a reminder of home on over nights, the first thing unpacked in a college dorm,a constant reminder of a grand mothers love and now lovingly stored in its own special bag waiting in case it's ever need again, taken out now and then to remember. Love and life in one ratty looking quilt that to it's owner and family defines love.
March 27 at 12:14 EST .
ALynnMcW I have an old (45 years ) quilt a great-aunt made. Nothing very special, just old work shirts and aprons and a spare flour sack. When I had children though it became the magic quilt. It fought the cough monster, fixed sick tummies and whatever else ailed them growing up. When the oldest went to college and was over anxious it laid on her dorm bed. The youngest pretends she never needed it as much but I bet if I left it to her sister in my will she would contest it. They own it jointly and hopefully will share it with my future grandchildren when the need arises. It is amazing how a thing can hold such love from the making and the use of it to make you feel safe.
March 27 at 14:14 EST .
Rollingcow A quilt is a hug that can be given without actually being there. The quilts I make are to be used by those I give them to not hung on a wall or stored away to keep them nice. If they get a bit worn I will make another to replace it as long as I'm breathing. Mrs. Cow
Ynaught If you clean the room, TTL, you will probably find the item. That takes all the fun out of the frustration! :-P
March 22 at 08:03 EST .
Hikergal Here's half the girls or one third of the kids that's Corie, Jes and Katy. I really feel sorry for San Diego tonight!
March 18 at 23:49 EST .
Hikergal posted on Coffee Klatch So Katy takes a picture of two of her 5 sisters and says 'Now remind me again why Mom thought more than 1 of us was a good idea?' My only defense in unleashing my 6 girls on the world is God made being a mother the most important, joyous and exasperating challenge I will ever face!If He had seen to bless me with more I would have been thankful.Oh yeah these 2 are unmarried any of you know any young men that could pass my vetting process? ( hint: I have 2 son in laws ,one is an Sailor the other is a Marine )
March 18 at 23:13 EST .
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Rollingcow You certainly have some lovely daughters, HG. I don't know any young men who are worthy, well, not the ones who are single any way. Being a Mother is wonderful, being a Grandmother is amazing. Mrs. Cow
March 19 at 01:09 EST .
Hikergal Thank you Oh most definitely Mrs. Cow being a Grandmother is the best. I have 8 wonderful little boppers that unfortunately live in other states. Sweet Baby Kaniah and her Mom and Dad are moving to Japan for three years in 3 weeks, he's the sailor. Thank goodness for skype and FB video chat (FB vc works better ,less chop ) I put a picture on my wall of 3 of the 6 girls . They light up a room when they come in, it's like standing under the space shuttle at launch when all 6 are together, throw in the boys and ooohhhh boy look out!
March 19 at 01:45 EST .
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Nugoddess Beautiful girls, HG. Yeah, with that vetting committee, good luck getting them married off.
March 19 at 07:05 EST .
Eagle's Dominion HG a big 10-4 on the video chat. Paul's deployment downrange this time is so much more tolerable( we have communications ) than his 09-10 tour. Plus now that he's married it is great he gets to see his wife once in a while! ;- )Nice looking daughters, sounds as though they have a great sense of humor! lol
March 19 at 11:00 EST .
MsHope Mrs. Cow, there is a saying, "If you can see your child in your grandchild you are blessed". My grandson not only looks like but has the same personality as my son. And it is, indeed, a blessing.
March 19 at 15:10 EST .
Rollingcow I can see my son in all three of his children-not sure how good a thing that is, but thankfully it's all tempered by Mrs. Calf's personality. Mrs. Cow
March 19 at 15:43 EST .
Hikergal posted on Blessings Sweet Baby Kaniah and her Mom Katy. 'Niah is doing great and is potty training well.You see those green eyes on Katy, they are exactly like my Dad's. We are still waiting to see if 'Niah will get them too, they change color depending on mood and clothing Just wanted everyone to see how happy and healthy the little one you prayed for is,Thanks and prayers being sent back to you.
March 18 at 13:18 EST .
Surfhut Thank you so much for posting this picture! What a beautiful family you have. Nice to see prayers answered.
March 18 at 22:14 EST .
Rollingcow I tell ya, HG, you and your Joe sure passed on good genes. All your girls look so happy it's a pleasure to see them. Mrs. Cow
March 19 at 07:45 EST .
Nugoddess Glad to see that sweet face, HG - thanks for the update!
March 20 at 20:54 EST .
Ynaught What lovely girls! Great news about Kaniah!
March 23 at 11:59 EST .
Iacta alea est Wonderful to see that the little darling is on top of the world once again. Praise God for His love and healing!