Monday Madness…


It’s a brand new week, and I’d like to believe that it’s going to be a good one! ¬†The good news is, the tree trimmers are finished, so there won’t be any more destruction going on around our house–at least I sure hope not!

The bad news is, I’m starting out the week with another dentist appointment ūüė¶ because I’m having more dental problems! ¬†I just don’t understand what’s going on with my teeth. ¬†My latest mishap happened while I was eating a pork chop!

To get my day off to a proper start, I’m participating in the Monday Quiz. ¬†Here are today’s questions:

1. What is your favorite pair of shoes?
My favorite pair of shoes was my very first pair of Crocs. ¬†I bought them back in 2006, and I wore them completely out! Sadly, I retired them to the trash can, just last week. ¬†However, being the blogger that I am, I had to photograph them before I tossed them… ¬†I have other Crocs, but my first pair will always be my favorite!
100_26642. Do you get embarrassed easily?
Yes, I sure do. ¬†It doesn’t take much to make me blush.
3. What makes you cringe?
Crying or unruly children in restaurants or stores!  
4. July 29th is National Lasagna day… are you celebrating?¬† What kind of lasagna do you prefer?
No, I won’t be celebrating, but I do love Lasagna! ¬†My favorite lasagna is made from a recipe that originally belonged to our former pastor’s wife, and it’s delicious.
My question for you is:
5.  When was the last time you saw a snake, and where was it?
Weekend recap:

The last time I posted, I was feeling very frustrated and was looking for a ‘silver lining’ to the perpetual cloud that has been hanging over our house! ¬†I’m happy to report that I think things are beginning to look up, somewhat :).

We’ve actually had a three-day reprieve from daily rain showers, and all trees have now been cleared away. ¬†We won’t talk about how bad the yard looks, or the fact that our riding lawn mower is currently broken, thanks to Ed running over the protective netting on our blueberry bush! ¬†We also won’t talk about how my cd player and my photo printer both died last week, or how Ed lost his cell phone the week before that!

After an exasperating day on Wednesday, the tree trimmers took Thursday and Friday off. ¬†You may recall, on Wednesday, they busted our water line, cut the Dish Network cable, and bogged the Bobcat down in our yard. ¬†The trimmers returned bright and early, on Saturday, ready to finish the job. ¬†The day went smoothly–right up until they ran over Ed’s pitch fork and flattened the tire on their Bobcat! ¬†Ed’s pitch fork didn’t fare too well either!

The trimmers worked non-stop, on Saturday, not even breaking for lunch. ¬†I tell you, these men were determined to finish with us on Saturday! ¬†Did I mention that it also started to rain again during the course of the day and their Bobcat almost bogged down again? ¬†I don’t know who was more relieved when the job was finished, us or the workers! ¬†Ed asked Tim, the boss, if he’d be willing to come back if we needed him again. ¬†He said, “Yes, as long as it’s dry!” ¬†I joked and said he’d probably ignore our call when he saw our number come up on his phone!

Unfortunately, we had to call the Dish Network people again, on Friday, because the technician neglected to bury the spliced cable back in the ground on Wednesday! ¬†He merely spliced and taped the cable, then left, but we didn’t notice the cable still laying on top of the ground until Thursday, because our yard is a bit of a mess. ¬†Another technician came out on Saturday and buried the cable for us.

As the Dish Network technician was leaving, on Saturday, he stopped just down the lane from our house and killed a rattlesnake as it was crossing the road! ¬†This was quite interesting, because just two hours before, I ran over (with my car) another rattlesnake crossing the road–on that same little dirt lane! ¬†Two rattlesnakes in one day is scary! ¬†I couldn’t help but wonder if they were running away from the tree trimmers!

Speaking of snakes, our daughter nearly stepped on one last week, because it was stretched out in front of her door!  Fortunately, her snake was a non-poisonous one, but it nearly gave her heart failure!  Around here, the summer of 2013 seems to be the year of the snake.  There have been seven sightings/killings, in and around our yard this summer!

That’s it for me today. ¬†I must get going to meet with my dentist–again. ¬†This will make visit number four, since the end of May! ¬†Ouch, that hurts–in more ways than one. ¬†I’m trying to think positive, so thank goodness for dental insurance, it helps with the pain.

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Thursday’s Thoughts ~ Around Our House…

Around our house, it’s very wet! ¬†It’s been many years since I’ve seen our area this saturated with water. ¬†On Tuesday, I had the same view out of every window and door.
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One side of the house looked like this

While the other side of the house looked like this100_2178

At least we just had our small dirt road plowed and fixed about a month ago! ¬†Thanks to the hard work of our local road crew, our ditches are cleaned out and we still have a high and fairly dry driving surface. ¬†Many in our area were not so fortunate. ¬†If we hadn’t had the road work done, we’d be stranded!

Around our house, it’s about to be planting time, but nobody is able to plant anything! ¬†Our local farmers are already saying their crops will have to be planted later this year. ¬†I’m not sure how this will play out in the whole scheme of things, since most farmers usually plant two crops in a growing season. ¬†As for us, we’ve already missed the deadline for planting potatoes. ¬†It’s okay since we don’t use many potatoes anyway, thanks to our new diet.

I’m glad to report that my new greenhouse withstood the wind and torrential¬†rainfall intact. ¬†A newly installed thermostat has been¬†controlling¬†the light bulb which provides necessary warmth at night. ¬†At the moment, tomatoes, cabbage, squash, cucumber, watermelon, strawberry, and marigold plants are happily growing in the greenhouse.


 tomato and cabbage seeds  I planted in January

 All be transplanted into the garden, as soon as it dries off, and the danger of frost is over.

We also have a grapevine, and two blackberry bushes waiting to be planted–as soon as it dries off! ¬†A cold front is headed our way over the weekend, so I may be forced to bring the younger plants indoors for a day or two. ¬†Temps are predicted to be below freezing on Monday morning.

I purchased a new gardening wagon last weekend, and transferring the plants indoors will give me an opportunity to try it out. ¬†I’m looking forward to lots of adventures with that gardening wagon this summer!

Our hens presented us with their 800th egg on Saturday, in the midst of a downpour. ¬†It’s good to know that rain doesn’t affect their laying ability!


I’m so pleased with how well ¬†the girls have kept us supplied with fresh eggs since last July. ¬†We briefly¬†contemplated adding to our flock this spring, but decided against it. ¬†There’s no way Ed and I can use all of the eggs these six are producing. ¬†By next summer their egg production will most likely have dropped, and we’ll rethink it then.

All of the rain brought Ed’s treasure hunting activity to a halt. ¬†He never did find the highly sought after, lost pocket knife, but he found a strange assortment of items while looking.100_2191

buried treasure?

All items were found in the field in front of our house, and I believe most, if not all, items are bits and pieces of farm equipment. ¬†I can’t help but wonder how long some of those items have been buried!

Speaking of Ed, this has not been a good week for Ed. ¬†He started out the week with a toothache. ¬†Even though the dentist couldn’t see a thing wrong on the xray, it turned out that the poor guy had an¬†abscessed¬†tooth! ¬†He had a root canal done yesterday. ¬†He’ll be taking antibiotics for a few days, then getting a crown once everything has healed. ¬†Gotta’ love life’s unexpected curve balls.

So that’s what’s been going on around our house, what’s been going on around yours?

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