Sunday, May 21, 2017

How I Wish You Were Here

                                                                        You have no idea how much.....

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tick Twister - It Works

   I ordered  Tick Twister on Amazon a few weeks ago & got to use it today. My Daughter came in with a tick on her back. At first I tried peppermint oil to get it to back out & it did not work so I used one of the tick twisters & it came right out without any pain. She is usually pretty anxious about having one pulled, but this was great. I paid $4.88 & it is well worth it.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Summer Bug Bite Kit

  Bug bites are something that always happen & I made sure we can find supplies that we need. I got a gal. size freezer bag, took a black marker so it would be seen & wrote tick, bug & snakebite kit in big letters on the outside.
   The supplies that I put in are a snakebite kit, tweezers, tick twister, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, chiggerex, benadryl, calamine,  a bottle of alcohol, medicated ant itch gel, antibiotic ointment & a few Minnie bandaids, just because you know Minnie Mouse bandaids always make it better.
   This can be a grab & go bag, everything stays clean & at least for the minute I feel somewhat organized. I got a plastic pants hanger & hung it on a nail in the utility room where it won't get lost & we all know where it is.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Replanting The Garden After The Rain

   After all of the rain everyone got last week we feel very lucky that we see green grass on out place, not water.  I hate mowing for 3 hours every week at least I had a yard to mow.
   The raised bed garden did not fare so well, but again, at least there is still a garden. Most of the plants we started over the winter & were doing so well before the rain did not survive. I lost my BIG Max pumpkin, the cukes that were 6" tall & starting to climb the trellis, cantaloupe & tomatoes. All that water even in a raised bed was too much.
   While Chickenchick & I were in town yesterday we made a stop to pick up more plants. We worked so hard this winter to start most of our own. I used it as a lesson for her to understand where our food comes from & it has been disappointing to have them in the ground & now have to replant.
   Tomorrow as soon as she is at school I'll get out & do it again, all the time thinking I am lucky to still have a garden & not be flooded out. There's more rain on the way Wed.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

My Love Of Brick

Ozark, Mo.
   I have a thing for brick, especially old brick. I have no idea why but if something is terra cotta I'll  almost always photograph it.As I have gone back looking at over 40 years of my photo's I see a theme.....old, falling apart, angles & lines, rust & brick.

Easy Snack

Reese's Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
Reese's Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites! You only need TWO ingredients and they take 10 minutes start to finish. World's easiest dessert!
AuthorJennifer Fishkind
  • Refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Bite sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  1. Grease a mini muffin pan
  2. Place a spoonful of the cookie dough in the mini muffin pan
  3. Place in oven and cook about 10 - 12minutes (follow whatever the instructions on the package tell you)
  4. As soon as you pull them out, place one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in the middle of the cookie.
  5. Let cool for a few minute (or don't if you are like me and can't wait)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Life As We Know It In Our Family

   Well, my MIL gave up her car today. We went in & picked it up this morning. We always hoped she'd decide it on her own. It's been something that has needed to be done for quite some time. Her dementia is getting worse & she's confused so she did not need to drive. She only went to the bank & grocery store within a mile. She had started leaving the keys in the car & it turned on AUX. The battery was always running down & one of us would have to go to town & put the car on the charger. Don't even get me started on her messing up the TV remote & then randomly pushing buttons. It sometimes happens several times a week & again, a trip to town is necessary
   She cried as Jim was pulling out of the garage. She told me that her quality of life is gone now that she has fallen & has lost her independence. It's terribly sad. We hope that she can keep living by herself, but the day may come where she has to go into assisted living. We'll do whatever we can to keep her at home. She has been a great friend to me(even when she is screaming at me on the phone) & is a wonderful Grandmother to Chickenchick so I will help in any way I can.

Something Pretty On Another Rainy Day

More rain on the way. The garden is holding on. There's a car up to it's windows in water right around the corner from our house sitting in a low spot in the road. Jim made it safely home from Tx. the day before the tornado's hit & Chickenchick & I got Grandma some groceries before it started. Be safe everyone.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


   Yesterday was the start of our local twice a year book sale. Hundreds of thousands of books, vinyl, DVD's & audio books. My Daughter & I call it bookapalozza. As I have said before to she & I it is a national holiday worthy of playing hookey from school. She already has a few hundred books of her own and  I have never seen a child her age read as much as she does.
   Every year it is interesting to see what we come home with. For me year before last was homeschooling books & cookbooks, she was in to picture books. Last year was historical fiction & her early readers. This year she's getting in to chapter books & she even picked one out on children survival in case of SHTF. I ended up with historical fiction again & I got a couple of gardening books.
   When I am gone she will have quite the library. She told me last night that she wished we were able to go in to the book sale just the two of us & have all the time we wanted & pick out all the books that we wanted. Yes, I wish that too. We'll just have to wait until the Fall sale & do it again.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dementia Hell Strikes Again

   Yesterday was suppose to be the day that I had set aside for a week to get the garden in, but no it did not happen. Dementia Hell struck again......
   I swear, some days I don't know if our 7 yr. old or the 86 yr. old is the easier to get along with. This past week the 86 yr. old has had some real issues. I took the brunt of the anger & listened to her scream at me thru the phone, but still took her to the Dr. & tried to remember that someday I will be her age.
   Dementia is a terrible thing. Half the time she can't remember, the next minute she'll tell the same thing that she told 2 minutes ago. It is exhausting.I came home last night mentally worn thin. Being in the between age group with youngsters at home & dealing with aging Parent's is so hard. I am 60 so I have my own health issues to contend with as well.
   Time will tell how we end up with her declining memory. She's now starting to fall & it poses a new issue. I made sure that I got outside as soon as the sun was up this morning & I got the whole garden done by 10am. It felt so good not to have to answer the phone or deal with anyone else's drama. I ought to make a sign to put on my garden gate. Drama Free Zone.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

We Hit 50,000!

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I Am So Ready To Get The Garden In

   Between the rain & trying to recover from a very strange leg injury that has kept me on crutches & using a cane for the last month I have not been able to get my garden in. I have been frustrated to say the least. All of my starts are on the front porch & seem to be doing well, but they would sure be happier if they were in the ground. There are also 25 strawberry plants to get planted since our patch died off last year. I had wanted to have it in a different spot anyway so it was really not an issue.
   I have been wanting to look for morels, but worried about getting out in the woods & tripping.It's the perfect time to go & I miss it. So, until I can get out & move around more freely I will just sit on the porch, listen to the birds & smell the lilacs that are blooming all around my yard....all started from a bush Jim gave me for Mother's Day years before we were married.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lunchtime Shaming-Shame On Us!

   After watching the news last night I was & still am upset about a segment that was on about shaming kids who do not have their lunch paid up & have had to go as far as sweeping the floors to pay for their meals. Let's bring a child who might be having trouble at home more grief shall we?
   Other kids can be so cruel & don't you know they'd jump right on this one. Why in the world would the schools do this? Contact the Parents, shame them if necessary. Give the children some dignity & don't embarrass them. Good God, this makes my blood boil. These poor kids! I would GLADLY pay a child's lunch ticket off if it keep this from happening.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Your Milk Is About Ready To Expire -or- Everything Is Smarter, Are We Getting Dumber Or Just Lazy

    While I was scanning late night TV last night I came across a commercial for a "smart" fridge, one that can actually tell you when your milk is about to expire & you can see the contents while shopping so you know what to buy. Everything now syncs with everything else. We can ask Google what the weather is like before leaving the house, operate our furnace & air so when we get home the house temp is just right, get in our houses without using a key, order food without actually talking to a human & buy groceries online & then just pick them up. You see where I am going with this.
   Are we as a society getting so lazy that we cannot & will not do things for ourselves? Has technology taken over? Yes it has.Do list & letter writing exist anymore? What happened to walking outside to see what the weather is in the morning so you know what jacket to wear? Do we have to be connected all the time? It just seems to be getting worse by the day.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Summer Home Schooling

  Busy is an understatement this time of year. 3 different gallons of wine are brewing, garden starts are growing on the porch, yard work started as of today & school for the summer is being planned.
  We do not stop with the schoolwork in the summer months. We do it a little different than most. Our Daughter attends public school & we also home school. We feel she needs the interaction with other's her age, but do not look forward to head lice, snotty noses & the endless request of our time & money. We needed to figure out something that worked for my Husband & myself as well as Chicken Chick. Weekdays during the school year she attends school & we pray she keeps away from the sickness & lice. During the weekends & summer we home school. We started out teaching her at home when she was 3 & it is still our preferred way for her to learn. If we lived closer to town & had friends with kids her age it would be different, but we don't so we had to compromise.
   I have all of my 2nd grade books ordered & on the way, we have art supplies galore & DVD's that will teach as well as entertain. We'll work in a little yoga to relax & each week she & I will go on a field trip of some kind. Of course gardening is a big part of our teaching. Those life skills will someday come in very handy. She likes to stay busy & this way she is learning as well as being occupied. I hope for the day that she can be home schooled year round, but for now this works for us as a family.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Only Two Hens?

Fruits & Vegetables In Hanging Baskets

7 Fruits And Vegetables You Can Grow In Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets aren't just for flowers. Save  garden space.

March 13, 2017

cherry tomatoes in a hanging basket
It’s time to take your container garden off the ground. Growing vegetables and fruits in hanging baskets frees up space in your garden (and on your back porch) so that you can grow even more plants in a small space. Or even if you’re not worried about space, growing food crops in a hanging planter is still a fun way to add visual interest to your garden—who says veggies can’t be as beautiful as flowers?
(No room? No problem! See how you can grow tomatoes in the driveway, dill on the deck, and peppers on the porch with Rodale's Edible Spots & Pots—get your copy now!)
Of course, not every crop can make it in a hanging basket—watermelons are too heavy and corn is far too tall. But there are still plenty of smaller plants that won't break your basket. Maggie Saska, plant production specialist at the Rodale Institute, suggests vining crops whose fruits are light enough to handle the drooping action without breaking off, as well as smaller upright varieties. 
When choosing your basket, go with one that will be able to support the weight of growing vines and produce, as well as water. A basket that hangs from a chain will be a better bet than a basket with a plastic hook, for example.
Prepare the basket just as you would for planting flowers, with a good potting mix. Saska advises applying a slow-release fertilizer or fish emulsion throughout the summer as it can be difficult for produce to get all the nutrients they need in a container. You’ll also have to be vigilant about watering, especially in the height of summer, because soil in hanging baskets dries out quickly. Consider placement of the basket too, based on what type of crop you're growing. Hanging your planter beneath your porch roof likely won't provide enough sunlight for most crops, for example, but a shepherd's hook or your garden fence will work just fine.
Otherwise, growing produce in hanging baskets isn't much different from growing it in pots on the ground! Here are a few crops that will do well way up high.
strawberries growing in hanging basket
Growing strawberries in a hanging basket is no different from growing them in a pot. Small, sweet alpine strawberries are a good variety to choose since they’ll tolerate partial shade, bear fruits all summer, and require little maintenance. Strawberries have shallow roots, so be sure to water frequently to avoid drought-stressed plants. 
Lettuce is an ideal crop for a hanging basket because it’s lightweight and easy to grow. It likes full sun except during the brutal summer months, when a bit of afternoon shade is essential for keeping the leaves from wilting and turning bitter. Consider interplanting it with strawberries, herbs, or even flowers. Or, create one of these awesome salad balls by attaching two coir planters together and planting lettuce seedlings over the entire surface.

cherry tomatoes in a hanging basket
Cherry Tomatoes
Good news: cherry tomatoes are one of the easiest plants for new gardeners to grow and they’re one of the prettiest veggies to plant in a hanging basket. Choose a determinate (bush) variety, such as Tumbling Tom, that will stay compact as it trails down the sides of the basket. Plant one plant per basket since tomatoes are water and nutrient hogs.
Mexican sour gherkins
Mexican Sour Gherkins
As an alternative to growing regular cucumbers, which can weigh down your hanging basket (unless you harvest them when small), try Mexican sour gherkins. These tiny fruits that resemble mini watermelons are similar to cucumbers in taste, though are actually not a member of the cucumber family. They’re great for pickling, salads, cocktails, or even eating by the handful. Place your basket in a sunny spot and watch the magic happen. (For more planting info, check out this handy growing guide.)  
basil growing in hanging basket
You can grow almost any herb in a hanging basket—basilparsleysagerosemarythymelavenderchives, and mint are some good ones to start with. You can even plant several herbs in one basket. Just be sure to plant the tallest varieties in center so as not to shade out others. (You’ll want to check out these tips for growing an organic herb garden on a budget before you get started, too.) 
growing peas
Peas are one the earliest veggies you can harvest each spring. Consider growing them in a hanging basket if you don’t have your garden soil prepped in time for planting—or just because it’ll make a visually appealing addition to your garden. Water daily to make sure they don’t dry out.
growing green beans
String Beans
Like peas, beans will also trail over the sides of the hanging basket, which makes for easy harvesting. Plant them in a hanging basket just as you would in a regular container. Be sure to pick beans as soon as they’re ready so as not to weigh the basket down unnecessarily. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

First Tornado Warning Of The Year

   This last week while I was computer-less we had our first bout of severe weather. Since this has been another strange winter with barely any cold weather & only a dusting of snow it is not surprising. My Bradford Pears have been bloomed out for over a week, already giving out the terrible smell that they have while the flowers are so pretty. The yard could probably use a good mowing  & I did hear someone off in the distance doing it yesterday.
   Since spring seems to be here so early this year I made it a point to make sure that we are ready for storm season. In tornado alley we get get use to the storms & I pretty much wasn't scared until the Joplin, Mo. tornado a few years back. It's less than an hour west of here & after it hit Joplin I watched on radar as it headed this way. My Husband was trying to get home from K.C. & he had to keep stopping to get out of the weather. That was one time I was thankful for cell phones. I could keep him updated on how it was going.
  This week I replaced batteries in all of the flashlights & weather scanner, The "hidey-hole" was cleaned out & stocked. I took inventory of anything we needed to get in case we were without power.
   Hopefully we will never see another storm so violent so close to us, but being prepared is necessary at all times.

For No Other Reason Than It's a Very Cool Picture

   I came across this local picture a few days ago. It is of Galloway, Mo. It is now part of Springfield. Years ago it was a thriving community. There is a beautiful park across the street from this building which is still standing & for many years was a flea market.
As usual, with progress this little town about dried up. It had turned into an antique shopping area & had several eating spots. Then the new highway came in & limited access from one side & alot of the business moved out. Since then a few bars, a Vet, apartments & lots of new homes have been the majority of what is there now.
   There was a bar called Half-A-Hill that us Northside Springfield kids would go to since no matter what your age it wasn't a problem to get in to. There's now a recycling center there. As our cities grow they destroy the outlying areas & before long most of the charm is gone.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Computer In The Shop

My laptop had issues this week so it's in the shop. I am lucky that my Daughter has two tablets so I can at least check my email & the blog.I want to thank all of you for the almost 40,000 hits! Amazing! Hopefully I will be back on here very soon working on something bigger than an envelope.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Child Survival Skills - The Survival Mom

32 Survival Skills Your Child Should Know And Be Able To Do ASAP!

Knowledge is something that takes time to develop, so we need to start teaching the next generation now.  In case God forbid, our children are left to fend for themselves or we are injured or even just to make your family more apt to survive, every child must learn these survival skills so they can pull their own weight and contribute as much as they can.
It’s not just physical survival we need to teach them but mental, emotional, and spiritual survival as well. If your family learns now to be a well oiled machine, you will be more likely to survive any type of collapse.
  1. Grow vegetables from seeds. This isn’t the easiest skill to master and you’ll need expert advice.
  2. Have local edible and medicinal plant foraging skills. This book is a must-have for foraging beginners.
  3. Knowledge of dietary needs and how to meet them using wild plants and game
  4. Make a fire and know fire safety
  5. Cook on an open fire
  6. Open a can of food with and without can opener (rub can lid ridge on cement and then pry open with knife)
  7. Be able to tell if food is too spoiled to eat
  8. How to safely use a knife
  9. How to shoot a sling shot
  10. How to hunt small game with snares, traps and sling shot
  11. How to fish and hunt, using  a bow and gun when old enough
  12. How to clean fish and wild game
  13. Find water and identify if it’s safe to drink
  14. Filter and boil water to drink
  15. Basic first aid
  16. Basic hygiene practices
  17. Find or build a shelter in the wilderness
  18. How to stay warmcool, and dry in the elements
  19. How, why and when to stay hidden
  20. Self defense
  21. How to make a basic weapon and how to use it
  22. Be able to run and walk a good distance and be in generally good shape
  23. How to climb a tree to get away from predators, get directional bearings, and hunt
  24. How to read a map and use a compass
  25. How to read the sky for directions, time and approaching bad weather
  26. Know where family and friends live if they need to find them
  27. How to sew so they can mend clothing or any fabric and even make things such as bags or scrap quilts
  28. How to barter and trade (Kids naturally do this with their toys so teach them at garage sales.)
  29. How to be responsible for themselves and to be aware of their surroundings at all times
  30. Have a natural curiosity and good problem solving skills
  31. Be hard working and a self starter and a family helper not a complainer!
  32. Have a strong faith in God (morals, memorize Bible verses, prayers, songs, and have a hope for heaven). Ultimately, everyone reaches a point in which their physical, mental, and emotional abilities are completely taxed. Spiritual survival can make the difference between giving up and finding strength from somewhere to hang in there, just one day at a time.

How do your kids stack up? For more kid-friendly skills lists, check these out:

Baker Creek

Don't forget to join us March 5th for our first Heritage Days Festival of 2017! Lots of fun for the whole family! Including foot-stomping music, vendors, Mrs Gettle's famous cinnamon rolls, lunch at our gourmet restaurant and lots of seeds! We hope ya'll will join us!