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Happy Hour / Re: missing forum member
« on: Today at 04:09:08 PM »
Okie Bob is another very sad story.  Bobs wife took her own life an Bobs life will never be the same.   Last I heard was that he is selling out an moving on to a new beginning an since there is only him he has no need to garden.  Many on here considered Bob to be the gold standard of forum friend, but unspeakable events change our lives instantly. 

Happy Hour / Re: Amarillo and The Caprock
« on: September 23, 2017, 05:03:32 PM »
My hope for this early arrival in Oct for the gtg was to explore north east Texas, but that has sort of out of the picture now because the suburban that I bought won't flat tow  behind my coach. So I had come to face the fact that trip wasn't going to happen. Now you have peaked my interest again.   Texas is a big place an with luck I will get to explore someday. 

The Range / Dock / Re: N-SSA Fall Nationals
« on: September 23, 2017, 10:57:34 AM »
I visited the Vicksburg battlefield last winter an I have visited others over the years, an I am here to tell ya that I don't think I would have had the sand to fight like those men did.  I will check out the organization as I would like to go to a shooting event some time.

New Videos / Re: What does 100 cubic yards of saw dust look like?
« on: September 21, 2017, 08:34:23 PM »
Chip that trailer unloading was done with a "walking floor". They do a pretty good job but they are slow.  Dump trailers are much faster an I wondered when the video started which system would be used.  At the coal fired power plant that I worked at we received loads of pressed non recyclable paper that had been pressed into what we deamed to be dog turds  cause they looked an smelt like that. They probably would have worked in a compost pile.  Most of that material came in walking floortrailers. 

Happy Hour / Re: I ain't eating that!
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:21:03 PM »
My wife cooked liver an it was tender as, but we are separated so no more.  I on the other hand can cook chicken livers an it is one of those meals that is pure comfort food.  Rabbit cook your poor husban some chicken livers.  My work partner an I ate then on weekend when I could cook while we were at work.  Just wash them an put a couple handfuls of all pourpose flour in a plastic bag an shake to coat them. I liked using an electric skillet with bacon grease. Just brown them on all sides an it nice they are browned they are nearly done so I would cut the bigger one at this point to make sure they are cooked through.  Or take the poor guy to Cracker Barrel a buy him some.  Mine are much better   

 Catgrass I understand your dislike of saurkraut but you are missing out. We eat it over mashed potatoes, an you can  rince it before cooking an my mom adds a little sugar to sweeten it a little

Happy Hour / Re: I ain't eating that!
« on: September 21, 2017, 07:32:15 AM »
I read this thread before anyone had responded an I thought I should wait an think about this first.  Indian food is at the top of a long list.  I love liver, but other organ meats are not going to pass over these lips.  Celantro is also on the list an I really disappointed one of my daughters this summer when she wanted me to try a salad that was her new favorite.   I could go on but those are at the top. 

General Discussion / Hover flies?
« on: September 19, 2017, 03:16:25 PM »
The last two years we have had a ton of hover flys in an around the garden.  They look very much like what we used to call sweat bee's which would sting or bit when they landed on ya.  I looked up these hover flys an they are supposed to be good pollinators, so I try not to get them when I sprayed.  Last year I visited a guy about 75 miles away in Illinois an they had more hoverflys than we have.  Is this something that is wide spread?   

Tools and Equipment / Re: Parts Cleaner - Crown PSC 1000
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:16:45 AM »
The company that I retired from had bean counters an environmental people decided that mineral spirits were not safe for us to clean parts in an went to a water based degreaser, which had a heater as part of the set up, an it did sort of work once the temperature got up.  We were allowed to keep our mineral spirits cleaner as we had to clean stoker parts that got greased twice per day for months at a time. 

Recipes / Cream style vegetable soup without the cream
« on: September 18, 2017, 01:21:02 PM »
I been making this versital soup recipe for years.
Vegetable of choice, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, etc
Chicken broth or water

Use twice as much veggie of choice as potatoe add to your soup pot an add broth to Just cover the potato an veggie.  Bring to a boil an cook until the potatoes are tender. Use a stick blender in the pan to blend until smooth an your done.  The starch in the potatoes will thicken the soup.  I do add a little milk to give it a richer taste an texture but it is not nessary. Season to taste. 

I used up a bunch of celery that needed to be used yesterday but I only had red potatoes on hand an russet potatoes do a much better job thickening because of their higher starch content. 

This is easy as, an just about any veggie can b used. 

I am in for fridge pickles both dill & bread & butter an pickled carrots plus something else. 

Amazon is great!  Plates, cups, take home containers, forks, knives, an spoons, soup bowls, an soup spoons will be delivered next week to Boo's house!   Shopping done from my motorhome what is not to love. 

Happy Hour / Re: An Hour of your Time
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:55:55 PM »
Hey does anyone want to buy time with me?   My schedule is ultra flexible an if you book early I might even drive to your place! 
Ben I knew where your story was going an it was touching but as a father working third shift it was hard being there for my kids an put food on the table.  Oh an my rate is 50% off for the next week. 

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:51:27 PM »
Just finished shelling another peck basket of Lima beans so with this picking we will have 11 or 12 gallon bags of beans in the freezer.  We are going to pull the plants in a few days an pick as we go, and we are just now getting enough rain to help things fill out!   

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:24:23 AM »
Our 35 mater plants have produced a bumper crop, but we don't weigh them, but as a rule we are completely done with maters by Sept 1 st. because the plants looked like we used a flame thrower
on them, but with the extra fertilizer an using copper spray our plants stayed hardy.  The plants are suffering from lack of rain but we have all of the maters we want. 

Livestock / Re: Turkey on the canopy
« on: September 12, 2017, 07:22:49 PM »
I would still bet that a big ol tom will catch her eye an once he has her he will keep her close. 

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 12, 2017, 07:19:42 PM »
Mom picked another bushel of Lima beans off of the second row of beans. These shelled out to more than 5 gallon bags full to put in the freezer.  So that is 2 bushel of beans so far an we still have at least one more picking.   I did water the beans because we have not had a soaking rain since July.  Our tomatoes are closing down now due to low night time temps, but there are tons of green tomatoes on the vines yet.  We will probably clear off the garden in a week or two. 

The Range / Dock / Re: Osage Orange
« on: September 12, 2017, 07:04:58 PM »
Ksp last year when Rual King was selling of the garden stuff they had buckeye trees on close out an the trees were marked down to $9.  I ask my brother and sil if they wanted a couple of them an they didn't resist but were not jumping for joy either so I didn't buy them.  This year RK didn't have any trees on close out. 

General Discussion / Re: county fair time
« on: September 12, 2017, 04:48:19 PM »
There used to be an old 90 something year old neighbor lady that entered some of her caned goods an she would get something from my mom to enter as well but not in the same category.  Mom was always beaming when she would get a ribbon for her work.  The old lady has been dead for several years so mom doesn't do it anymore.

 I have thought about entering some of my art, but I generally have a show that interferes. 

The Range / Dock / Re: Osage Orange
« on: September 12, 2017, 04:40:36 PM »
Hedge trees were a common site when I was young, an were used for fence post, an we have fence post that have been the in the ground for well over 50 years an they are still solid.  They make an ugly fence post because they are so crooked an man they are a challenge to drive a staple into, but the post will outlive two or three wire fences.  We now only have one hedge tree on the farm an my brother keeps it for old time sakes. 

Happy Hour / Re: WW 2 Museum
« on: September 09, 2017, 05:41:15 PM »
Last time I was in the area we stayed at a State Park on the west side of the river an it was about a 20 minute drive into the French Quarter.  Beautiful area lots of birds an wildlife an now Zook lives close by. 

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