Wednesday, February 14, 2018

That's My Toy!

Bulldog Man is learning how to use the Mebo 2.0 drone.  We purchased the Mebo drone to use in the tight spaces under the house in our crawlspace for checking on the plumbing and pipes.  This drone is capable of taking pictures and video.  It has a functioning arm and a flash light built in the center of the arm.

Why not learn how Mebo operates, and get the feel for it's controls while playing with Beans our dog.






Friday, February 9, 2018

Weather, Wood, Equipment, Baby Cora, & Dillo's



It's 5:15 PM, and the temperature has peaked at 69 degrees.  Dinner was early today, and I just finished putting dinner away in the refrigerator, washed dishes, cut apples, scooped up corn for the deer, and fed the birds (for the 2nd time today). 

I decided to take in the sunset and sit out on our front porch.  Truthfully, I just needed to rest my foot (that big black $300 boot I'm wearing).  

I sat outside watching the birds, and listening to the deer trumping through the woods, making their way to the apples and corn.

After about 25 minutes it started to get dark, and I was ready to go inside and do a little computer work (the weather is supposed to turn, meaning internet access may not be available).

Temperatures are expected to drop this evening, producing rain and ice. We've been issued a winter weather advisory.

Here's what been going on since my last post: 

Bulldog Man, Tank, and I started working on a pile of trees, which were previously cleared and stacked out back.  Bulldog Man cleared a direct pathway to the tree pile, pulled out the wood chipper, chain saw, axe, and loppers.  We all got started pulling branches, breaking them down, and feeding them into the chipper, which was intentionally set in the middle of where our vegetable garden will eventually be located.



Large pieces of wood were placed on the log splitter.   Once split, the pieces of wood were stacked in a wood pile for future use.  


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Last weekend, we finally were able to drive down to Texas to see our Grand Daughter, Cora for the first time.  It was good to see everyone. We had a great time visiting with our son and his wife.



While down in the DFW area we visited my sister, and had a blast. While we were out, we went to the new IKEA store, located in Grand Prairie, Texas.  We picked up a few little things for the house, and headed back to my sister's place for the evening. Even though our visit was short, it was nice.

Back at the home front Bulldog Man returned to work and we all continued the process of clearing areas of underbrush, and chopping wood.

I finally went through my seed storage and determined what seeds I want to order, and placed my order with Baker Creek and Dixiondale Farms.  

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The state of Oklahoma has had 129 people die from the flu so far this year.  Hospitals have been deferring patients to other hospitals.  So when Bulldog Man, on Wednesday afternoon, came home early from work looking white as a ghost with a temperature, coughing, sneezing, ear pain, and felt like he was run over by a Mack Truck, I knew he had the need to see a doctor.  

He took 2 Tylenol for the fever and went to bed.  In the middle of the night his coughing and fever got worse.  At 5:00 AM we were up getting ready to go to urgent care.  Bulldog Man was seen immediately.  The doctor did a thorough exam, asked questions, and did a rapid Influenza test.   Congratulations you have Influenza "B"; we’re going to start you on Tamiflu, and a few other meds.  You’re not to return to work until you’re done with the Tamiflu, and if you’re not feeling better in the next 2 days get back here immediately.  Bulldog Man is starting to feel better, and that's a good thing!  The flu across the United States this year is bad. If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet, get one.

In closing, Tank, while coming in the front gate of the property saw two armadillos rooting around outside the fence.  They had no fear of his presence.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

I BET YOU THOUGHT I STOPPED BLOGGING.....NOT!!! (5TH ATTEMPT TO LOAD POST)



Hi, blogger friends!  Yes, it’s been a while…..  I hope everyone had an amazing New Year!!

Let me tell you what we’ve been up too, since my last post.
We’ve been dealing with some mighty strange weather, like y’all have.  The temperatures have varied over the weeks to negative numbers all the way up to the high 50’s.  At one point we were actually colder than Alaska.  

Here’s what’s been happening on the homestead……..

Bulldog Man and I had found, over the summer, an amazing 40-year old handmade baby cradle; we couldn’t pass it up…..we purchased it at an amazing price, and took it home with intentions of stripping it, and making it look new.  I was asked by a dear friend if Bulldog Man and I were expecting a baby!  At our ages….it can’t happen :-)…however, were expecting a new grand baby (in January of this year).  Our son, Steven was expecting his first child, and our family couldn’t wait for it to happen.

We sanded down the cradle, cleaned it thoroughly, stained the cradle an amazing color, and let it dry completely.  Then we polyurethaned the cradle and ran into a problem.  The polyurethane started to leave white blotches all over the cradle.  We waited days for it to dry to see if the white blotches would disappear.  Some blotches disappeared, while new ones popped up.  This just didn’t make any sense to us and we didn’t have time to waste.  We were delayed refinishing the cradle due to the water issue and construction at our house. So onward we went, sanding down the cradle again thoroughly.  


This time instead of staining the cradle, we decided to paint it the same color scheme as the baby crib our son had purchased.  The cradle came out gorgeous; we’re still wondering what caused the blotches with the polyurethane.  


We delivered the cradle to our son and his wife on the 23rd of December; they loved it and couldn’t believe how well it matched the paint on the crib!!!

After visiting with our son and daughter in-law, we stayed at my sister’s house in Texas, until we returned home on Christmas Eve.
On January 8, 2018 our 6th grand baby was born.  

Let me introduce you to Cora Faye, 7 pounds 7 ounces



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Due to the cold weather, squirrels in our neck of the woods were hunkering down in warm places. Unbeknownst to us, a squirrel decided to build a nest under the hood of our truck.  He/She ripped insulation off of the fire wall under the hood of the truck, and took the material off of the air filter to build a nest; on top of the intake manifold of the truck.  When we went to change the oil, a nest (well structured I might say) was found and pulled off of the intake manifold of the truck. 

After researching the internet, I’ve learned that by placing moth balls under the hood of your vehicle, it will deter squirrels from building nests.  So I attempted my version of storing moth balls under the hood of our truck, and other vehicles.

I pulled out some old material, cuts squares, placed moth balls in the center of the squares and pulled the ends together with sown heavy duty string.  Then I cut two slits in the material on the sides and placed a zip tie through.  This way I could mount the pocket on a heavy wire under the hood of each vehicle (I made sure the wires wouldn’t start fire or have issues). This has worked well, and has deterred the squirrels (the smell isn’t real nice). 



Now we’re dealing with the squirrel playing games with us inside our detached garage.  Eventually the little bastards will be caught!!!!

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For the past 4 weeks, I’ve been recuperating from walking pneumonia and dealing with a broken foot. 

You heard right! 

I caught an upper respiratory infection after visiting my sister which turned into pneumonia.  And weeks before, I was locking our driveway gate when the inevitable happened.  The driveway is gravel, and it’s not level so, when I ran to catch one side of the gate, my foot went down onto an unlevel section of the gravel on the driveway and rolled.

I ended up breaking a metatarsal bone, and pulling tendons.  Talk about painful, and a burning feeling….OMG!!!!  I immediately went to my primary physician who looked at it, and sent me to the hospital for x-rays because she thought it was broken.  The radiologist diagnosed me as having no issues!!!!  I demanded a referral to my foot doctor.  Y’all know how that works…..it takes time to get a referral. So in the mean time, I’m walking on this foot, and in pain.

Finally, I have an appointment with the foot doctor (a specialist).  She looked at the x-rays, advised she believes I have a fractured foot, and pulled ligaments, and ordered an MRI to determine a plan of action.  While waiting on the MRI appointment (several weeks), I’ve been put in a $300 boot to immobilize the foot. 

Geez……I paid (the insurance company did) $300 for one boot…..they could have at least given me a pair of boots J at that price!!!  Right??  Now I’m in a waiting mode and need to just take it slow with my foot, to make sure I don’t do further damage.  The MRI facility called last night and scheduled me for an appointment on January 29th. 

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A recipe worth keeping--BAKED DONUTS!!!  We love donuts however, fried donuts don’t agree well with the body.  So I found this recipe on the King Arthur Flour site.  They’re baked donuts three ways, and Bulldog Man gives them 4 paws up as a rating!!!  Here’s the site and recipe:  https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/baked-doughnuts-three-ways-recipe

 

 

 

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Y’all know we have a massive amount of wildlife on our property.  I thought I would share with you a video of my husband cutting Tank’s hair….check out the doe watching it all happen and eating with no fear.