Friday Fragments From My Neck Of The Woods…

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Another week has come and gone again.  I haven’t been able to concentrate long enough to write a themed post, this week, so how about a few fragments about life in our neck of the woods?

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Ed almost didn’t plant any sweet potatoes, this year.  However, in June, just as we were about to throw away the remnants of last year’s yams, we discovered that some of the potatoes had begun to sprout–at lot!  So, we cut off the sprouts, and planted them, even though most of them had no roots yet. (usually we break off the sprouts and let them grow roots in water first)  To our surprise, the sprouts lived, and soon began growing sweet potato vines.  Last week, Ed plowed up the plants, and dug the potatoes.  He was pleased with his crop!

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The chickens are driving me crazy! Trying to teach them to sleep on the perches in the chicken coop has been frustrating, to put it mildly. I never know what I’m going to find when I go outside to close them up for the evening.  At first, none of the chicks were on perches, but this is what I found on Monday evening, so perhaps there’s hope…

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Three chicks on the perches, four on the shelf!  (We don’t want them to sleep on the shelf.)  In spite of the fact that we stood some of the shelving board upright, some of the pullets insisted on continuing to sleep on it!  I’m sure ‘uncomfortable’ would be an understatement for how they slept!  On Tuesday, Ed moved the shelf around a bit more, then added a large piece of pvc pipe to the top of it, to discourage perching.  By last night, all but two chicks were sleeping on the perches. Wouldn’t you know, ‘Dixie’ (the white chick) was still one of the ‘hold outs’?!  I think ‘Dixie’ fancies herself to be a rooster, as well as the leader of the flock.  I can tell this, not only by her actions, but by the fact that she chose to sleep at the highest point in the coop!

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I don’t know about everyone else, but it’s ‘Red Ribbon Week’ in our neck of the woods. Red Ribbon Week is an anti-drug campaign, which lets students participate in a variety of activities all week, including dressing in different ways each day. I’ve really enjoyed some of the pictures on Facebook, this week! Our daughter-in-law rose to the challenge, when our grandson, Caden, decided he wanted to be a garbage man for ‘Dress Up Day’:

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and our daughter, also, rose to the challenge, when her daughter had to dress as a ‘Super Hero’ for AWANA night.  May I present to you, ‘Super Girl’…

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It’s been many years since Ed had to go (in person) to get his driver’s license renewed, but 2014 was Ed’s year to go.  All of the rules have changed, and now a person has to bring a certified copy of their birth certificate, their social security card, and two proofs of their residence when renewing their license.  Tuesday night, Ed gathered all of the required documents (he thought) and put them in his car. Imagine his surprise, the next day, when he handed the lady all of his documentation, and she informed him that he’d brought his wife’s birth certificate instead of his!  Ha!  (He’d kill me if he knew I told this.)  I tell you, old age ain’t for sissies! The license lady, upon noticing Ed also has a motorcycle license, told Ed, “You can ride your bike back to the patrol office, on the return trip, and get some fresh air.”  Ha!  Ed hasn’t owned (or ridden) a motorcycle in quite a few years!  I’m thinking the license lady was probably amused by Ed…

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Last, but not least, our town held trick-or-treat last evening.  Ed and I had four trick-or-treaters. Three of them were our grandchildren, while the ‘Minnie Mouse’ is like an ‘honorary grand’ because our daughter-in-law keeps her every afternoon, and she calls us “Mimi” and “E”, too.  All were adorable!

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Halloween 2014 –  Chase, Caden, Madison, and Rylan

Ed’s off again today, so I’m going to end this post now.  Those ‘mandatory’ vacation days sure do roll around often!  Ed doesn’t seem to mind having every other Friday off, so I guess that’s good. Nothing else has happened with the hospital (yet), but I suspect some changes are just over the horizon…  Stay tuned–and have a good weekend–even if we do have to change over to Daylight Savings Time! (Ugh!)  Sunday morning’s temperatures are also supposed to dip down to 40 degrees… Brrrrr!

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Oh, one last thing, a shout out to my brother and sister-in-law, who live in Florida, and usually read this blog– I’ll be thinking of y’all tomorrow during the GA/FLA game.  Go ‘Dawgs’! 🙂

I’m linking this post up @ Half-Past Kissing Time.  Thanks, Mrs. Fours, for hosting Friday Fragments!

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  1. Interesting they have trick or treating on a school night, in a year when Halloween lands on a weekend. Your little super girl and trash man are adorable! Happy Halloween!

  2. Love your trick or treaters. Glad you could treat them and not trick them. Good luck with the “girls” and their sleeping arrangements.

  3. Love your little trick or treaters. Hope things get to “normal” for your “girls”.

  4. Your little trick or treaters are soo cute! I miss seeing some of our grandkids now that we live about 30 minutes away instead of 5. Don’t get me started on the changes at the DMV, lol, I did that in Sept. Enjoy your week-end!

  5. What adorable trick or treaters, Spell check does not recognize treaters as a word. It comes up with anteaters among others.

  6. Wow on the sweet potatoes! I am always amused at your chicken stories….who knew they had to be taught how to perch!? Your young trick-or-treaters are adorable! Have a good weekend!

  7. my ex planted regular potatoes that way shortly after we moved to California. City girl that I am – i thought it was a miracle.

    Like Ed, I have a motorcycle endorsement on my license. I sold my bike two years ago.

  8. Red Ribbon week was last week here. It coincided with our PTA’s big fall fun raiser so Red Ribbon stuff was not at the fore front. Not even close. The sweet potatoes look great!

  9. You’re very welcome. Thank YOU for linking up!
    The kids…adorable. I adore your grandson’s costume, especially.
    Yams–How cool is that?!
    I had no idea that raising chickens was so complicated; good luck with the perch training 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

  10. Wow, that’s a lot of sweet potatoes, how cool is that???? I love them and I make treats for the dogs with them.

  11. Kudos to Ed on his sweet potato crop. I love sweet potatoes and all your sweet “tater tots” in costume, as well. Your grands are growing up so fast.


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