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So I moved 50 feet of dead wood from the back yard to the front yard, and I still have 2 woodpiles left to shift.

This is what 50feet of wood piled about 5 feet high looks like:

Yard April 2013

On the bright side - blackberres!

Yard April 2013

Bachelor buttons:

Yard April 2013


Yard April 2013

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  •  Morning...evening...something... (12+ / 0-)

    Getting ready to head to bed, working at 1030 this morning, so will grab some sleep here in a bit.  

    Not sure what the day will hold, just ready for the next seven days to be over with because that is how long it will be until I get my next day off, so hopefully by Saturday I won't be homicidal and ready to kill coworkers or customers.

    Either way, the paycheck will be worth it since I'll be getting just shy of 40 hrs.

    Beyond that, got a bunch of free books for my kindle, got bit hooked on Bunnicula (need to find the rest of the books in the series in audio for her) and tomorrow she and I have a date with finishing the third Kingdom Keepers book after I get home from work.

    Nothing says your sorry like a dead bunny.

    by Caedy on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 09:49:03 PM PDT

  •  Enroute to NY this morning... (14+ / 0-)

    Hopefully, I won't be bombed, terrorized, raped, mugged, eaten by cannibals, or pushed in front of the subway. BUT...I don't think my mother has wireless :( I might be able to check in on her IPad (mine doesn't have 3G) but not sure. Possibly will not be on DKos all week. Ack.

    Will be back in CO Friday evening. There is one Kossack who knows my real name & cell phone number. I can reach her by phone, FB, or Twitter. But since I'm an optimist, and the Cannibal Cop is in the pokey, I'm sure I'll be fine :) Internet-deprived, but fine.

    Have a wonderful week, everybody!!

    "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

    by BadKitties on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 09:51:43 PM PDT

  •  g'day all; having trouble typing this morning (13+ / 0-)

    have to get some more wire today as mare has discovered she can jump the fence.  Currently she is incarcerated in the barn while we string another strand to discourage her.

    Next solution will be an old one from my grandfather, to place a "drag" on her until she gets over this jumping stage

    •  (((Horses))) (9+ / 0-)

      My grandfather's Morgan (on whom I learned to ride) was famous for escaping and trotting downstreet to roll in the flowerbeds of unhappy neighbors in their small village in Vermont.  But oh my, he was such a fine horse.  Best of luck with the mare, entlord.

      Be sure you put your feet in the right place; then stand firm. ~ Abraham Lincoln

      by noweasels on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 10:55:32 PM PDT

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      •  Me too! (2+ / 0-)
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        We don't have any, of course, because they'd all have to sleep in our bed and stay at motels when we travel. (I have separation anxiety.)

        We live in a ranch area, and everyone around us has beautiful horses.  There are some draft horses just down the road, and they're GORGEOUS!  

        Also some of those teeny tiny horses... Mr. C always speeds up to about 80mph when we pass that ranch. ;)

    •  Drag sounds dangerous to me. (5+ / 0-)

      I have a moocher who puts his chest against the boards and pushes until they crack. Luckily, he respects barbed wire, so now the fences are topped with it. And electric. He respects it too.

      Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

      by emmasnacker on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 03:28:18 AM PDT

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      •  it works so long as you make a sledge for horse to (6+ / 0-)

        pull.  He doesn't get tangled but the extra weight behind him discourages jumping.  I have had one escape before and Animal Control has threatened to take the horses if there is another escape

        •  Ah. I was thinking something smaller. (0+ / 0-)

          Sledge would work, long as he's harness broke!
          Not sure I would do well around your neck of the woods. Mine have been regular escapees when grass comes in everywhere except in their pasture. Neighbors are quite kind about it.
          Most times, I'm only about 10 minutes behind them.
          Hope you can get the problem under control. Hobbles?

          Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

          by emmasnacker on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 05:14:11 PM PDT

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  •  Evening, all (9+ / 0-)

    To bed now.  Class prep for tomorrow almost all done, but since I was wide awake at 2:45 this morning thinking about my LA Kossacks meetup diary (which I wrote between 4:45 and 6:15 AM; the pictures had been embedded the night before), it's time for me to retire for the evening.

    Happy Monday, all. No bombings, please.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Columbine, Tuscon, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Boston (h/t Charles Pierce)

    by Dave in Northridge on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 10:16:22 PM PDT

  •  to bed soon-ish. quiet day. certain parties didn't (8+ / 0-)

    come out of his coffin until too late for the movie, oh well. dad & I went "junking" -- trolling the 2d hand stores for "stuff" --

    well, at the moment we're stockpiling real Reverware for our old age, because it's about all we cook in (besides the cast iron),

    and also exchanging our scratched up, baked-on-stained corningware for clean stuff... amazing how many people apparently never used what they bought 40 years ago! Although we did learn somewhere here at dKos about the problem with newer generation corningware glass in the lids, so we are also making sure we have only old, clear lids (not the newer blue-toned stuff).

    And Himself is still collecting glassware for the eventual Mad Doctor's Steampunk Laboratory.

    And we're sorta looking at bulk commodity storage jars in glass and ceramic, vs plastic... trying to get as much plastic out of our foodchain as possible! for flour, sugar, like that.

    So... what? we watched this weekend's Doctor Who; and CBS Sunday morning, although that was pretty filled with disaster-porn so we skipped a bunch; and then went to watch last Friday's Grimm and it was an unscheduled repeat! because of Boston specials, the west coast didn't get the scheduled new episode AT ALL! Well, eventually found an alleged re-schedule, will need to call the local NBC station to confirm (as if they're likely to know, 8-(  

    thinking about doing the CISPA blackout tomorrow; don't know if we COULD manage a day without, 8-)

    OY! maybe the best news of the day, I finally got the hummingbird feeder cleaned and re-filled late last night, and we had a customer this morning! they show up for about as long as it takes to see them, but we both did! I just barely managed to find my glasses in time to see the flash on his neck as he left!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 11:20:39 PM PDT

    •  We also buy old corningware at antique malls, (3+ / 0-)
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      etc.  It's getting pricier and pricier, tho.  I have 3 corningware stove top percolaters.  I never use them, but for some reason I keep buying them. Just love the look.

      Getting rid of the plastic stuff and replacing it with glass is a great idea!

  •  Good morning everyone! (7+ / 0-)

    Nice chilly day today, more rain tonight.

    Bunch of errands today.

    Have a good one.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 03:54:07 AM PDT

  •  Hai eberywun, (lol speak), just checking in. (6+ / 0-)

    Sunny, windy and cold, had to turn the heat back on!
     Hope you have a calmer week than last week!

    "The devil laughs when the poor give to the rich," Benvenuto Cellini, goldsmith, sculptor 1500-1571

    by bumbi on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 06:12:18 AM PDT

  •  Morning all (4+ / 0-)
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    Same temp out as yesterday but a lot more damp and dreary. Little actual rain right now but it sure feels like it's raining. So the windows are closed up today.

    I've been up since early this morning, before 5am. I made pumpkin bread in the oven, a loaf of honey cinnamon in the bread machine, floors are done, bathrooms cleaned, etc already. Now I just have to fill my pill box and get the boy's school work together. I did Bit's yesterday.

    Oh, and the light in the living room burned out. It's a really high ceiling and we are without a step ladder, so hopefully a friend of ours can bring one over later. I don't even have a chair to stand on to change it, they all have wheels LOL.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:00:41 AM PDT

    •  You make me feel so lazy!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      Not so much that I'm going to change my ways, mind you. :)

      •  LOL, just things that have to get done (2+ / 0-)
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        They'd probably take you at least half the time they take me as you don't have to stop and catch your breath between. I've gotten into a routine with things and how to keep on top of them. So long as I can keep that I won't get overwhelmed. The problem comes when something throws a wrench into the works (like a hospital stay), then I have to play catch up which is a LOT harder on me physically.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 08:20:21 AM PDT

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        •  You know, the older I get, (2+ / 0-)
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          the fewer things I find that I HAVE to get done, and the longer it takes me to do everything.

          I will admit that I'm less of a perfectionist than I used to be, but I think it's mainly because I don't see well enough to notice the cobwebs & the dust bunnies.

          (The other day I almost got clothes-lined by a spider web.)

          •  I still have two kids at home (2+ / 0-)
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            Plus with hardwood floors and Dad walking with a cane or walker, if the sand builds up (and it's Florida sand builds up daily) he slides and falls. Add in dog hair, cat hair and crumbs and.. well, you get daily floor maintenance (more often if it's damp and sand clings more). With 5 people in the house dishes are another thing that's an every day wash, laundry a few times a week. I try to get to the bathrooms at least once a week with spot cleaning between, etc.

            I'm sure once the kids are grown and out of the house I'll be the same as you LOL.

            "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

            by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 09:13:18 AM PDT

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  •  Ho-lee crap! (5+ / 0-)
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    That is one big pile of wood!  Hope you aren't suffering any ill-effects from all the work.  

    The river is down a little, below 20ft.  Everywhere upstream is also falling, so we may be okay in a few days.  Clean-ups is always a pain, but it could have been much worse.  They'll take fire hoses to the streets and benches in the park.  Sand bags will be hauled away and we'll just pray that there are no more torrential rains....

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:13:57 AM PDT

    •  Glad the river's down (5+ / 0-)

      I hope for rain, though not in your area.  We need lots more moisture here.

      My pile is nothing compared to some. And being of hardy stock, hauling the wood around to the front was easy enough with a flatbed dolly and a wheelbarrow. The hard part was fitting the dangling branch ends through the narrow space between the houses.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:34:20 AM PDT

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      •  Glad you're in good shape. (2+ / 0-)
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        I could do that work, but it would take me days, with lots of rest between trips.  :-)

        If we could send you some of our water, we surely would.  I hope you get some nice, gentle rains that soak in deep.

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:55:47 AM PDT

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  •  I'm off to set signs and package up the swag-bags (2+ / 0-)
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    for our Open House on Saturday; we will have two dry days in a row, time to spray the fruit trees with dormant oil.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:57:18 AM PDT

  •  Hi everybody! (2+ / 0-)
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    Got a lot accomplished over the weekend, but it was mostly indoors because of wind/allergies.

    Hey-has anyone heard from bigjac lately?

    Have a great day!

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