Friday, March 7, 2014

A lot of nothing ... LOL

It's been too long, but there really hasn't been anything worth mentioning ... I will start mentioning stuff so you don't think I've abandoned you ... LOL.

Today, Mar.7, 2014 at 11:00 am, it is about 35 degrees out with scattered clouds and the grass is starting to green up ... what happened to winter??  There were a few days with snow - maybe 12" or so, but then it just hung around getting smaller and dirtier as the days went by.  We haven't seen a decent snowstorm in years ... yes years!  I do not believe in global warming, but I do believe in climate change.  The earth has cycles.  Warmer for years (10-15) and then cooler for a period of time ... I just take each day as it comes - there's no reason to make so much noise or spend so many millions on a natural event.  The Earth moves, it is a living thing and a lot of people are making "much about nothing."

I took my dog, SueAnn, in for a routine check and even though she's 12 1/2 yrs old, she's healthy and active.  She can't run and catch the ball for as long as she use to, but then neither can I ... as a matter of fact, she does better than I do ... LOL

I spoke with my contractor the other day and he suggested we might be able to dig the trench now instead of waiting until the end of April ... we had picked that date because we were expecting snow, but that looks like it's not happening.  We will get together and pick a day as soon as John is finished putting rock on the roads in our district.  T.H.E.N  I will get the grant money sooner and can get back to normal ... no, things won't even be close to normal until we have a new government, but you all know what I mean.

I've started really taking a good look at what I eat and when ... not the healthiest routine here, but I'm working on it.  I've been eating oatmeal most mornings, but still have my cravings for the bagel and cream cheese ... and I have some in the kitchen, ummm!  I've been studying up on Coconut Oil and have learned from different sources that it is GOOD for me.  This morning I had my oatmeal and added some (1 1/2 tsp) coconut oil and cinnamon to it ... um ... no, not with the oatmeal I have in the house.  I usually give oatmeal to the chickens so I buy the cheapest I can find.  Now I will have to get a decent brand of oatmeal.  The 'Old Fashioned' just does not go down well ... I like my oatmeal where I don't have to CHEW it ... next trip to the store I will get Quaker Oatmeal - I know I like that!!!

Talk about knitting ... there are 2 major projects on the needles, one is a Cowl for me out of the Caron Simply Soft in Orchid and the other is a short sleeved sweater in Vanna's Choice in Oatmeal.  There is also a 'kitty blanket' on some needles, and I'm trying really, really hard NOT to start a blanket ... we'll see how long that lasts.  I love blankets and throws to wrap up in, at least in winter.  I want to knit a shawl for around the shoulders for both winter and summer use.  The summers can get cool in the evenings at 4500-5000' altitude, so better safe than sorry.  My comfort zone over the years has gotten warmer and warmer - I use to like about 66-68 about 20 yrs ago, but now have moved up to 72-75, or warmer depending ... Yup, I'm getting older!  Hate to admit that, but with creaking bones and arthritis there's no denying it.

I need to get off my butt and go wash the bathroom ceiling - not a fun job at all!!
Have a great day, week, month ... oh hell, have a great LIFE ... LOL

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

I'm listening to Christmas music on the television and wrapping presents.  It is peaceful, warm and fuzzy and I love it.  There aren't many gifts this year - too many things have happened that cost money - but the people the gifts are for understand; times are tough for them too.

I've tried calling my Mom a bunch of times, but she was either out visiting with friends or enjoying the friendships of the people at her assisted living facility.  There is a 9 hr difference in time, so I can't keep calling throughout the day.  It's 6:30 pm here and 3:30 am in Denmark.  I will call her tomorrow morning and hope to catch her.

I have to be up early tomorrow anyway, so I will call again ...  I need to start my Scalloped Potatoes around 10 am to have them ready for dinner at 1pm.  While the potatoes are baking I'll hop in the shower and get dressed.  Then scoop up the bag with the gifts, grab the potatoes and off I go ...  I'm going to Dale's parents house with all the other misfits ... LOL.  We always have a wonderful time.

I found out that the only gas station in my little community has closed - bummer - the nearest one now is about 9 miles away.  The people there aren't the friendliest and the place is dirty ... so I will have to drive at least 12 miles or so to get gas.  It a real bummer since all the summer campers depends on it, and the hunters in the Fall.  There is still the Keno Store for supplies, but there is NO gas nor propane.  The tractor store got a propane station so that's a relief.  I'm not sure why the they're closing, but someone said it was due to insurance ... as in ObamaScare ... now why doesn't that surprise me?  I'm very, very sorry to see the station - and convenience store - closed.  There was no gas station when I first moved here, but oh boy, were we happy to see it open. 

I sure do wish we would get some more snow - the dirty patches just don't count for a White Christmas, but I'm happy and grateful that I'm alive to growl about it ... LOL
Merry Christmas to all...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I seem to be behinder than usual ... LOL

Things move so slowly here in my life that the same thing day after day is just not worth writing about ... pretty sad huh?  Today I'm playing catch up  for the last exciting (LOL) month ...

Thanksgiving was very nice; good friend and good food is always a "fuzzy warm" experience.  I ate too much as always, but not "too much" to make me sick.  The weather was decent, as in not too cold, but no one knew that a week later it would be 3 degrees overnight.

It is currently 11:16 am and the temp has risen to 10 ... today's high is moving up on 30.  I want it to get to at least 28 and SNOW.  Lots of snow.  The sky is bright blue with not a cloud in sight ... but even though the sun is shining brightly there is no warmth in it.

I need to get back to getting presents ready for family and friends, but as always, money is tight - VERY tight.

Oh, I do have some news ... I've spoken with the Lady at the USDA about the grant to cover expenses for my well issue.  The money has been set aside, but will not be issued until the job is done; and it will be issued to the contractor.  The ground is pretty frozen so the job won't happen until April at the earliest ... bummer.  I guess I'm one of the honest folks out there - I would verify the amount for the ditch digging only and set that aside for John and then put my reserves back in my bank to be used for gifts.  I don't think of taking the money and running ... I need my system to be to code.  Not complying could mean a large fine and I'm not into paying anything that would go to the government, no matter what the amount is - my money is my money .. OK, enough of this!

I lost my cute little Lucy chicken before Thanksgiving to a raccoon.  I've stuffed every entry I can see, but raccoons are smart, but I've also taken to locking the girls up in the coop at night.  They have absolutely no problem with that ... besides it's very cold at night and I have a heat lamp in there that keeps them a lot warmer than having a cold breeze flying through the door.

I've worked on my Hugel garden - yes, last minute me! - but am at a stop because the ground is frozen.  It really is done, but I just wanted to get the last of the dirt on top of the pile ... oh well, Spring will come soon enough and the whole pile needs to 'stew' so it's ready for planting after last frost.

I'm hunkering down today, and probably for the rest of winter.  I'm going to get off the internet and sink into a pile of yarn and do some knitting - the couch is a lot closer to the wood stove than the computer is so that will be a real cozy experience ... Love the wood stove!

I will definite try to post more often, but I don't guarantee anything ... LOL
Hugs to everyone and Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

OK, it's been wayyy too long ...

I'm not quite sure where life was when I posted last ... I was getting ready to pull out of the driveway.  The trip to the campsite and set up was uneventful, but it did start to rain while I was getting gas in the truck ... but it stopped while I was driving out. Thank goodness!  I hate setting up camp in the rain.

There were a couple of days with wild winds, up to 60-80 mpg gusts!!  And the rain ... that was after set-up so it's easier to deal with ... LOL  For the first 2-3 days we lived without the canopy covering the picnic table; it was just way too windy.  When the winds finally stopped their erratic ways, we started to climb in temps ... nice, we hit the lower 70's for several days ... gave everything a chance to dry out!  Woohoo!  It then dropped down to the normal fall weather.

Opening day was on Sat. 28th of Sept.  The hunters were there, but the bucks must have taken a vacation as all anyone saw were does.  A few hunters got lucky, but most didn't.  There a a bunch of empty freezers for the winter ... even Elk Season was sparse.

After I came home on Oct. 2, I spent a couple of days just resting ... it is beginning to wear me out to do a long camping trip (8 days) but I will continue to go until I just can't drag myself out into the woods ... LOL.  That is a long time off, but I can still be worn out when I come home ... LOL

The camper was cleared out, everything dumped that needed to be dumped ... the water lines blown out so nothing freezes.  There are still a few things that need to be put back in the camper, but that's no big deal as the camper is tucked into bed not too far from the house, like 50 feet ... LOL  I even Suspended my insurance while she sits ... now I have to remember to reinstate ins at the end of April ...

I've been doing winter prep chores around here so that there will be no mishaps to deal with when there is 4 feet of snow on the ground!  I've rolled up hoses, put tools away, got the vent in the hall way replaced (no stepping over bowls) and am waiting for the temps to drop a bit more before turning on the heat lamp in the (well) pump house.  I need to lower the bulb so it is close to the lines coming out of the ground by the well shaft - no biggie.  The outside faucet is off, but not wrapped and covered - there really is still time for that!  I also cleaned out the wood stove, the wood box and reloaded it.  It is ready for fires ... I've only lit it once but the darn thing burns so hot that I need windows open so I'm waiting until the temps during the day reach 40-45 and below.

This is what's still going on - helping friends and neighbors winterize until no more can be done ... I've also been following all the ups and downs of DC and about the only thing I can do now is spout my feelings at the TV and shake my head!

I finished the shoulder wrap I've been knitting for my Mom ... I still need to weave in all the loose ends, but then it will be ready to mail ... I'll again try to take a picture and post it ...

Have a great Fall and do your winterizing early!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Here we go again ...

Not water this time ... it's another camping trip, the last of the season - Deer Camp.  I will be out there at least 7 days, maybe 10 - it depends on the weather and more how I feel ... it is fall and getting cold so the arthritis acts up.  The camper is packed with food and definitely warm winter clothes - we also have a warming tent that will get you out of the wind - there is always wind out there - and a heater to help you thaw out if necessary.  OK, I need to pack the boots too!!!  Don't let me forget ... , oh and the ice chests ... I'd better go move the rest into the camper ... LOL

I have the Quad trailer here so all I have to do in the morning is hook up, stop for gas and hit the road.  I'd like it to be early, but I know myself - I have to have a couple of cups of coffee and something to eat before I do anything, but I do want to try to get up by 7. Hahahahahahahaha ... boy do I know myself ... maybe 7:30 ... that just sounds better.

I will see you all when I get back ... a day or two after ...

Have a happy week

Friday, September 13, 2013

More on water ...

I now have all the supplies and Dale will pickup the tank today.  I was also told that to save a bit of money I could buy the red-black-green pump cable separately and using 10 gauge for the red & black, but 12 gauge for the green ... It did save me money!  The pre twisted cable was $1.83/ft but purchasing the wiring separately with the red & black running 49 cents per foot and the green 12 gauge running 29 cents a foot.  That totals $1.27 per foot.  Since the wires will be in conduit it doesn't matter if it's twisted or not.

I also picked up 4 - 90 deg angle pipe for the conduit.  $1.17/ea. 

I'm sure all this technical electrical (LOL) stuff is making your head spin, it's making my head spin too, but it's a big deal to me ... LOL.  Saturday, tomorrow, should be "restoring water day"  Wahoo!!!

I'm also thinking of Deer Camp ... trying to gather my mind on that so I won't be scattered when putting the camper together ... I am sooo looking forward to having water so I can do some laundry!  I still have the dirty stuff from the Labor Day camping trip sitting there staring at me, and having added regular daily dirty stuff since the 2nd (No Water Day) I have quite a pile - and Susan too!

I am sooo looking forward to camp for 10 days to clear my mind of all problems.  Oh yeah!!!

I also ordered the vent lid so my hallway isn't the shower anymore - it should be here any day.

I'm tired just rereading my post, so I will let you go for now.  Have a wonderful day and future.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Good Grief ... (OMG #2)

Well, no pun intended, it is NOT the pump.  I had a pump company come out and do an analysis on the whole mess ... and we are not getting 220v to the pump ...

There is a dead wire somewhere in the 'run' from the tank to the breaker box.  Right now we will run the new conduit and wire along the fence so we can have water.  Later we will dig down and put the new stuff in the trench. 

Mike, from the pump co., tested the pump by hooking up to his generator and we had water!!!  We flushed the toilet and filled every container we had.  I'm also still hooked up to my neighbors spigot, love my neighbors!! ... and we are still using the camper as our 2nd bathroom.  I can turn it around and dump the black tank whenever I need to sooo ...

I need to run 180-190 FEET of pump cable - the 3 wire stuff - from the pump to the breaker box.  Cable costs $1.83 per foot at Home Depot = $350 appx.  Okayyyy

I need 1" conduit to run the wire - PVC grey stuff - that's about $2.75 per 10 foot length = appx $55

AND I need a new pressure tank.  The old one is over 200 gals, which I don't need - Mike told me I can do with an 81 gal tank. = appx $350.

It really should be buried 18" deep for 180-190 feet.  I need an estimate for this one ... won't be cheep up here on my rocky acres.  I almost don't want to know, but I have to for my grant application.

The work, except the trench, can be done by Dale and I - I'm sure there will be other neighbors getting into the action too.  We'd like to get it done before Deer Camp so I can go ... and so that Susan won't be here alone without real running water!!

I also ordered the 14" x 14" vent lid to replace the one in my hallway.  The one I have is so old and cracked that we can take a shower under it when it rains ... no thanks, I prefer my real shower - with real water from the well ... LOL

I'm having a "good" day, how about you?
(((Hugs))) to all

Sunday, September 8, 2013

O M G ...

I'm not having a good September ...Well, the 1st and 2nd were wonderful after a week of camping!  Wednesday morning we had no water!  I was stupefied ... this happens to other people ... well I've just become other people ... hmmm, nice.

My friend Dale stopped after work and took a look at all the gadgets and gizmo's in the pump house.  There was power to the pump, but the pump wouldn't start.  I checked fuses, Dale checked fuses ... no pump.  Dale brought me a 15-20 gal container of water to use ... my neighbor has let me attach a hose to one of their spigots ... always love your neighbors!

Thursday morning I started to phone around to see if I could get some help from the community or the state ... I live on less than $1000 a month ... I must have made 25 phone calls and no one knew of any help anywhere for a burned out well pump ... funny, but 1/3 to 1/2 of Klamath County is on wells ... what do people do?  I can't be the only "poor" person whose pump has gone belly up ... ?

In my journey of phone calls, I found ... you can also just dial 211, and whatever your problem is they can lead you to someone who can help ... wonderful.  I just surprised me who it was - the USDA Rural Development Dept.  It was also the only place in the state of Oregon who could help.  They have very low interest loans, or in my super low income state, they have grants.  The lady I spoke with sent out the loan/grant package Thursday night so I am hoping it will be here tomorrow.  I think I have to get 2 estimates to return with other information, but that's ok, I'm already working on that.

In the mean time we are doing what we can to survive ... bathing is the hardest ... sponge baths only do so much, but we have other neighbors who have offered their showers to us ... we WILL take advantage of their generosity - LOL.  Laundry is OK for now, but eventually we will need to wash some things ... if we can get water by the end of the week we're OK, but after that ...

What is sucky about this is that I'm suppose to be getting ready to leave for Deer Camp on the 24th for 10 days.  Not sure I'll make it this year, but we'll see.  I hope the grant doesn't take forever to be processed - that will be the deciding factor as to whether I go or not ... Maybe I can scan and email it to start and then follow up with the filled out paperwork ... I'll ask, all they can say is 'no' and I'm no worse off ...

I'll keep everyone posted about the well situation ... thank God it isn't the middle of winter!!
Hugs to you all

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A few unexpected things ... LOL

The night before last we had a thunderstorms.  Not that unusual for here in August ... BUT this one was something else.  My poor dog spent at least 3 hours in the kennel flipping out.  Poor SueAnn ... It started with some rumbles off in the distance on and off, by this time I was watching the dog and the tail was starting to curl under her body ... time for the kennel ...  The thunder got louder and more frequent, then the rain started - very hard and very fast!  I had to run around the house closing windows as there was a little bit of a breeze, but not really any wind.  About 5 minutes after that the HAIL started and kept going for about 40 minutes ... I was beginning to wonder what was going to be the first thing to break that would wreak havoc with my house, or camper or the chicken coop. 

The chickens had all run inside the coop and not one stuck her head out the door to see what was happening!  The coop has a wooden top, but above that there is metal that slopes from the wood shed down to the edge of the coop.  It had to sound like war in that coop - poor girls!

Last night about 10 - 10:30 Susan heard a horrible ruckus out by the chickens ... we charged out to see what was there ... all we could see at first was 3 of the girls running around flapping their wings, hanging in the chain link surround, but then I saw a small skunk come out of the coop ... OMG, skunks kill chickens!!!  I ran in and got the broom with the long handle ... opened the gate to the pen and tried shooing the damn thing out.  Nope, not working ... now remember during all this time I had one eye on the skunks tail ... as long as the skunk was looking at me, I wasn't that scared, but if the thing had turned and put tail towards me or Susan, we would have run like bats out of hell ... I think I'm painting a picture of a 3-ring circus ... I kept thinking of my rifle and just shooting the damn thing, but I'm half blind and it's pitch dark out there - I just didn't want to add a crazy woman and her rifle to the comedy act!  After opening the gate on the pen trying to scare the skunk out, three of my girls flew out squawking loudly over and over.  They disappeared into the brush & grasses - I was more intent on the skunk at that time ... we got 2 hens in, but the third was no where to be found.  I looked and looked using a small flashlite - no chicken. 

This morning when Susan got up to feed her cats she looked outside and there was our wayward girl pacing outside the pen wondering why she was out and the others were inside ... Susan let her in and we have a happy ending.

Dale stopped by this afternoon and I showed him where I thought the little bugger got in - nope, skunks don't climb ... it got in right where the hinges on the gate are, way down at the bottom ... hmmm, baby skunk, squeeze through a small opening ... OMG there is a Momma around and she probably has more than one baby ... I put a rock on the inside of the pen and some screening in the opening by the hinges.  Hopefully that will work.  I will leave the kitchen window mostly open tonight so I can hear if anything else goes on ... no more crazy women in their fancy sleep ware ... over sized sleep shirt on one and t-shirt bottoms and a camisole on the other, both of us in slippers ... 

I think I'll stop the story and let you all catch your breath from laughing ... (I'm still laughing!)
Many hugs to you all

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Oh my goodness ...

it's been way too long since I posted. 

It has been HOT here and very uncomfortable.  Hot here is in the 90's, anywhere from 90 to 99 and over is HOT, HOT, HOT!

I've done absolutely nothing on the hugel garden - even in the early mornings it's too warm to start shoveling dirt.  I just look at it and wonder when I'm going to get to finish it ...

We, our group, went camping last weekend and had a blast!!  Ron and I went up on Wed morning, set up and relaxed in the shade ... it was hot.  Dale brought up the 5th wheel later on and Candy and the youngest grandchild, Ben, stayed.  Dale had to work on Thursday so he had to wait a day.  It was his birthday weekend, so we handed out presents.  It was still hot.

Fishing was terrible the whole weekend, so we only had one meal with fish and really nothing to bring home to freeze and enjoy during the winter ... LOL ... if they last that long!

Dale's parents came up on Saturday and spent the afternoon and evening with us.  Mom brought Ice Cream and Cake - we were styling it ... The one grand kid and the great grand kid talked Dad into doing some fishing.  He's in his 70's, not in the best health, but hasn't fished in at least 20 years.  He sat on the dock in a good chair and caught a 13" Catfish!  The biggest all weekend!  We b-b-q'd steaks with pasta salad and cake & ice cream.  We eat better when we are camping ... LOL.  Mom & Dad stayed until just before they closed the gate at the campground - 9 pm.  It was a wonderful day, full of fun and laughter.  Dale cleaned the cat and dropped it at his parents on Monday - a meal for the two of them.

I still haven't dumped the camper - it's too hot!  Everything else is out of it ...

We are trying to figure out when the next camping trip will be ... we only have one more due to money before Deer Camp.  That starts, I think, on Sept 28 and runs for 12 days.  Ron and I will go up the Tuesday before so we can get the sites we want ... two together.  It is getting earlier every year because people are discovering that the campground is open for hunting season.  I go up for maybe a week, but the guys stay for most of it.  If they get a deer early then the rest of the time is "party time".

Any way, back to the next trip - I'm not sure we want to go over Labor Day, but the 24th of Aug is out - a family thing ... LOL.  The weekend before is too close, and the weekend after is Labor Day ... so I think we will go Labor Day no matter what ... time will tell.

I will try to not go so long before the next post - I was doing well for a while, twice a week, but then the weather got HOT and I did nothing ... I sure hope these temperatures drop down to the low 80's soon - that's normal for us!

Hope you all stay cool and safe

ps: I still haven't figured out the camera "error message" to get pictures up loaded ...