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Sunday, April 27, 2008

*Help Fight Autism*

Take a moment to help fight autism and raise awareness.
Just clicking into the website raises $$...
The band, Five for Fighting, is generously donating $0.49 to Autism Speaks for *each time* the video, is viewed.
The funding goes toward research studies to help find a cure. When you have a moment, please visit the link below to watch the video and pass it along to your friends and family.
They are aiming for 10,000 hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal.
http://www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com/videos/view/id/408214

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Update on the farm


After many many trips to the dumps, recyclers, and any where else we could get rid of stuff, it's acyually looking pretty good. Knocked down the 2 parts houses and the "gypsy wagaon". Took down the front corral fencing and the stanchions. Sure opens things up so you can really see how much space there is. Still more area to clean up but at least we can see differance. There is a nursery that is interested in leasing. But not sure how we feel about them. They want alot of changes regarding the contract, etc. Plus they are considering tearing down the barn!! That would just break our hearts. Really wanted the house, garage AND barn to stay put. At least until we sell. Dad built all the outbuildings on the property. Plus the realator told us the barn was such a good "landmark" for a business. Well, he's changed his tune. Not sure how I feel about him either. Such is life.
Here's a pic of our barn =)
 

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Spring in the Garden with Pets

Now that the weather is getting warmer, everyone is beginning to venture outside.

The last thing you want to see is your best friend digging up your flowers. Or a stray cat leaving you "presents".

You don’t have to choose between your dog and your daffodils; keep both by adding a digging pit to your landscape~a spot where Spot can satisfy his urges without destroying anything in the process.

A digging pit can be a simple depression. You want to choose a good location your dog will want to use. One of the reasons dogs dig is to have cool soil under their bellies when they rest. That means you need to place your pit in an area that gets shade, at least during the hottest part of the day. Pick a location where the ground will not become waterlogged when you water the garden. Make it the right size. The pit needs to be about as wide as your dog is long, and one-and-a-half times your pet’s length. These proportions give the dog room to maneuver comfortably. Next, do some training.
Once you’ve made your digging pit, you have to convince your dog this is the one and only place to dig. While it may take time, it isn’t difficult. First, bury favorite toys or biscuits your dog will be happy to find in the pit. Take your dog with you to the pit and make a big show of digging. Get excited and play with a toy you uncover. After a minute or two of play, bury the toy again while your dog watches. Dogs will often dig where you’re indicating, especially when they smell the toys or biscuits. When that happens, praise the dog extravagantly and play again when the toy is uncovered.

We gardeners don’t like finding “presents” left behind by a cat. There are solutions to this problem, though it may take experimentation to find the one that works best for you.
Add a feline playground. Try adding a “kitty corner” away from your favorite plants to keep the cat busy. Fill this area with sandy soil, and plant around it with catnip, mint, and grasses. This will entice cats to remain in this location instead of in the rest of your garden. Look for deterrents. Rue (Ruta graveolens) is a well-known cat repellent, used through the ages to keep cats out of gardens. (Some people develop a rash when handling rue, so take care.) Commercial repellents have varying success. Some cats flee; others don’t even acknowledge the products. Many cats dislike the scent of citrus, so try scattering citrus peel around your gardens.

Get ‘em wet. An automatic sprinkling device called the Scarecrow releases a burst of water when anything moves in its coverage area. A quick spritz is sure to make Kitty think again about a future visit.

Just some thought and ideas to help enjoy your garden more =)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Treasure

 Have had a lot on my mind lately. Dad went into a Board and Care Facility a while ago. He likes it there BTW, a welcome relief.
We need to rent out the farm, so we (my sister, her husband and I) have spent the last 18 months clearing out the house.
And pruning the garden
Gave it a new coat of paint


But in his case, that means a lot more! We were raised on a farm. So not only the house and garage, but corrals, shop,
 barn,  
grainery, 3 chicken houses,
Chicken houses are now a thing of the past... 
 parts house,....I could go on and on. So much stuff...so many years of accumilation.
Made room in the shop for boxes/lugs of electrical supplies from the "gypsy wagon"...our nickname for one of the small buildings on wheels, so we can start tearing it apart.
The gas tanks are gone...
A realator told us we need to tear down some of the outbuildings...oh joy! Went thru the grainery trying to get all the cardboard together to recycle...he must've have kept every box he ever got!!!

My old play house no longer exists
In there we found lugs along with a huge wooden box full of canning jars! OMG!!! Thought I'd already gotten all the blue ones...well just got about 25 more!! I also brought home about 75 old Ball, Kerr, Perfect and Economy canning jars! And a medium box full of zinc lids....hit the gold mine I tell ya!! =) Need to clean them up and get them listed.
We've sold all the farm equipment and leftovers from the Estate sale. We even put a large pile of things out by the road with a FREE sign on them. It's so hard to describe the amount of stuff he's accumulated and collected for the last 60 yrs. Ya work and work and it dosen't look like you've done anything...ahhhh!
Came across some of my Grandmothers old recipe books too...that stopped my sister and I dead in our tracks. LOL Sat for a bit and went thru them.....
We filled 4 humongous dumpsters with metal to recycle.

Wishing all a great day!
*hugs*
deb
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