Originally Posted by Amberjem
Yeh...tis coffee time and 'puter too...
Originally Posted by drumstick diva
you can also customize almost every item and it is at no extra charge. They will use your photos, text etc. They are way too expensive but, every day or so something is offered at 50% off. Between Thanksgiving and Xmas you can find 60-65-70 and even 75 % off - that's when I really pounce and get stuff for the rest of the year. I usually check through the 9 million pages (not possible, they cut you off at a certain point, so that you can't check too many) decide what I want and wait for the big sales. The way to get around that is put something specific in search box like "cattle dog address labels (I have a blue and a red set)
In US at least, you can try their free shp. 30.days. If you like it's 9.95 a year which is great since their shp. charges are HIGH. Thing is they seem to forget to tell you, your 30 days are up and automatically sign you up for the year at price. I didn't care because I buy very frequently. Right now I just got 2 Cocker (Used to breed & show them) mouse pads, that were 50% off.
I could just see "Rat Ranch" etc. on t-shirts, etc. Or a photo of NINJA Cattle dogs.
I love your photos especially the obvious resolution of conflict. They pounce and bite and next photo they are happily laying next to each other with their toy. Kinda like human sisters, although my sibling and I never bit each other.
Not so sure I could choose one click...too many...sigh!
Well at least these siblings, if'n they BITE are utd on RABIES, eh!
Ah yes, the Prairies...where there are the tumbling, tumble weeds...indeed!
Rollin', rollin', romp! (er is that tromp?)
Them Boobird family, it so looks like they will be staying and using one of the nests...hurrah!
I think I dun posted this quick and simple fill yer guts recipe but jest in case...here it may be repeated for your dining pleasures...
Spaghetti (the cheater kind) and beef steak...I was craving protein and carbs and we got it!
Put a pot on with water to boil, add a small dash of oil to inhibit the spaghetti from sticking, bring to boil and add spaghetti...then while that goes along...yer multitasking, eh.
Slice and dice an onion and center of a celery...
Meanwhile brown some burger in your fry pan, if really fatty, you drain some of that ick off...otherwise, add the onion and celery...
Then when she's cooked up nice...plop in two cans of cream of mush soup, some milk which you simmer on down (reduce to the consistency you figure the sauce needs to be) and that be your cheater spaghetti sauce part completed.
You drain yer spaghetti...haul the parmesan outta the fridge for sprinklings.
Do yer steaks to yer likings...add a sweet tea and voila...
Num! My eyes were bigger than my stomach so had some leftovers to add the next day
Dinner done quick and simple and one of those in yer guts, comfort suppers--so necessary this time of year. Food glorious FOODS!
My craving for calories is from the work being done...well OK, work being that it is me playing but still labours...more of than toils...
Many trips...fill this cart, dump and rake it out, waddle back maybe with a load of ornaments from storage in the greenhouse, put them out, waddle over to run I am doing, and fork and shovel cart fulla again. Repeat, repeat and repeat...till your mind goes to mush, yer legs and arms feel like foreign attachments and yeh...Rick comments that my pants have dog hair to strategically compliment that any hope or chance of having a runway model's bod has long ago flocked off like the birds... So I did flip him the bird, after setting the full cart down, to readjust my outfit and glare at him that I simply dunna care in the confines of my own plot of land that I am NOT dressed for success past hauling manure... Case in point, deliver and till in contents to make good dirt...good enough already. Nobody ever said we had to be pretty to look at too. Plants are gonna be pretty, get ready for looking at them...
Dogs in tow but even they get tired and bored of the repeat, repeat, repeat...
So a game of bob for the floatable water Kong (nfi) is in order... makes me roar with laughter at the different styles the girls use.
Emmy dives head first in with success
In order not to get too bored...break up the monotony, a good bob for the toy makes me laugh! Now that's conserving your energy for positive feedback!
Lacy's got the hang of it, you paddle it with your paw
Oft times I like to have a genetic's problem to think about when pitching poo. Gets your mind off your woMANly work and helps you forget yer old and maybe should be hanging up the pitchfork fur good. But not yet...not dead yet...
Maybe it is the back and forth that wears you down, maybe that you are digging a hole in one place and filling another some place else...hee hee hee... A job with purpose...
I do know the dogs think I am right quite daft. So waz new, eh?
There will be twelve loads of turkey bedding...three loads of chicken and oat straw mix...gonna top with more used oat straw bedding
Till her up good and maybe be in a good way for a few years
On Wednesday I hauled this water tank to place it where it will contain warmed water for the new bean plot. Raised up and resting on some round bale pallets...should be able to gravity feed and water. Kinda
Rick says he has to get me a decent tap, we were given this tank, as is where is and needs a little TLC and be good as new.
I figure it is located in a good spot...not just to get warmed water for watering but also for hose length versus distance.
Not too far from the corn and tater patch where we already run hose to feed soaker hoses...should be good!
When we moved here, I planted three peonies...in what was my veg garden...well I guess over the many years, the plants have grown up tall and buried these flowers...so time to rescue them--poor things, pretty pathetic looking.
So gonna need to dig these out and put them some place. That being the issue.
Had a bad discovery yesterday...frustrating beyond belief. I weed when I can, noted the old raspberry plot needed a going over and well, yeh. Last year on the schedule of duties done...I did a revamp of this bed and took all the canes out and refluffed and added to the established dirt. So I begin to pull grasses and dandies and well, I begin to see carnage...raspberries that are dead, pulled out, root and cane and all...what the??? Yeh...**** stray useless C@T... now I don't like felines on a good day, that fact is certain. Catz kill for the sheer pleasure of killing and while that be rodents like mice...it also means squirrels, and song birds and...yeh...even seen them kill bats (why...because a bat is worth a million cats...for the bugs they consume) that were accessible because they chose a bad spot to roost in the day and the feline just harvested them...grrr.... Not a cat person.
Rick suggested I put a black cloth behind to shelter this site more, upping the heat value which raspberries like
Now to put chook wire on this panel structure and up the barrier factor even more
There is a cat that was dumped off here and it has taken up resident much to my concerns. It craps IN my raspberry patch (costs us a small fortune to deworm the dogs regular because the cat crap harbours major nasties for the doggettes). Add in that we have not had lots of snow this year, not much rain and drier conditions and in the meantime I am going about doing my spring cleanup and getting ready for the growing season to find my old raspberry patch is half missing... So out come the big guns (like I need yet another job, eh)...got some old chicken wire stashed away (useless at even keeping chickens in but it is there in stock to be used if needed) so hauling that out (found where I stashed all my tomato cages and hauled them out too...now to bring them to the greenhouse for using) and gonna need to cat proof the old raspberry patch...dang it all. Make it an UN toilet place...sheesh...you shoulda heard Rick groan..."REALLY,,,get out?"
Also need to think of the newest raspberry patch, and think how to keep cats outta that new one too. I gotta work extra diligent to keep cats out of my planter areas and we don't even like or OWN a cat....
Aug 7 2014
I guess we get to laugh on this because this incident of realization means I get to "kill two cats with one stone." Birds will get into the raspberries, so need to bird proof it and well, cat proofing does bird proof it too...sigh...yeh whatever, eh. Truly funny cause we always did get a good raspberry harvest from the old patch, so not sure the birds here even eat this kinda fruit.
I was OK last year with knowing the harvest would be limited with the disturbance I did in the bed revamp but now another set back from a cat...yeh--two years now we'll not be getting delicious raspberries to snack upon. Oh well, I guess in the scope of things, not over the top terrible, a minor irritation that will get fixed because I gotta step up and roster a bit more work...
Should be glad I guess for the more traditional spring Alberta weather...again -4C last night...so no temptations to put my chitted taters out and planted. Too cold, so I guess celebrate I do have time, a window to continue working the new tater patch, clearing out bird runs (spring time cleanings) and relishing I can till that all in and not have potatoes over the top ready to go in the ground.
June first is not yet upon us so on it goes.
Doggone & Chicken UP!
Tara Lee Higgins
Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada