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The Range / Dock / One in one million sighting!
« on: August 08, 2018, 05:01:33 PM »
I just had to share with you all.

 It rained very hard earlier, After the storm passed we went for a walk to see if the water was flowing from the silt pond. As we walked we noticed the frogs were content to stay on the banks  of the pond. They usually jump into the pond but we figured they were relaxing after the storm.

Jim noticed this guy and I fortunately had my camera with me.
According to the internet this phenomena is extremely rare to see. It is our first sighting of one.
It is just a common Green Frog that is sapphire blue.

Has anyone here seen one before?

The Range / Dock / TRAIL CAM 2018
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:23:28 AM »

Look closely You can actually see the fawn pushing on her Mama:

Here she is a week later:

Welcome to the world little one.

Happy Hour / Independence Day!
« on: July 04, 2018, 04:56:39 AM »
 Our freedom and our democracy that we have been blessed with is a direct product of the sheer determination from our forefathers who worked to establish the United States of America as a free country.

In case you haven't read the Declaration since high school:

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

I want to say Thank you to all of our Veterans  for putting their life in harms way to protect me, my liberties and our great nation!
God bless you all and God bless the USA!

« on: June 19, 2018, 06:50:23 AM »
1   spaghetti squash
3  Tbsp minced garlic
1   tps olive oil
6 oz  chopped spinach
1/2 cup  heavy cream
2   Tbsp    cream cheese
1/2 cup  Romano
salt and pepper to taste
grated Mozzarella

Preheat the over to 350F

Cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise and remove the seeds Then Rub some oil on each cut side of the squash and place cut side down in a lipped pan.
Pierce the skin a few times

Roast in the oven for about 40 minutes or if you are in a hurry cover with plastic wrap and microwave I check it every 8 minutes. It is done if the fork slides in with ease.

While the squash is roasting drizzle of olive oil to a  skillet on Med High
saute the garlic until fragrant

melt the cream cheese in the pan
Add the heavy  cream and reduce the sauce for a few minutes
Then add the chopped spinach, salt and pepper and the Romano cheese stir well

When the squash is done turn it over and with a fork pull it away from the edges
Pour the sauce on and combine gently

Top with the mozzarella and bake for 20 minutes

Turn the broiler on and brown the top just a little

Livestock / New Pullets!
« on: May 21, 2018, 05:22:00 AM »
Cu and Red

After a short quarantine they have joined Rusty and Penny.
There was the expected  little arguing about who roost where on the bar but they have figured out the order of things quickly.
 I check after dark and they are all on the roost in this order from left to right Penny Rusty big space ( room for 2 )  Cu and Red

The door  to the run is  left open every day Penny and Rusty free range but the new girls have not stepped outside of the run.They seem to be happy to play and hang out within the confines of the chicken tractor.

General Discussion / Pepper question!
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:43:34 AM »
 I have a question and hope someone  wiser will be able to assist me.

With winter refusing to let go my pepper plants are still in solo cups in the house.
Normally I have them  in the ground by now.

 What is happening is the peppers  are forking and starting to flower.
Should I go ahead and prune them below the divide or just remove the flowers for now or should I wait until I can get them planted to do anything?

I will be patiently  waiting for your collective wisdom on this situation. 

Quote from an article on

“Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome” is a narrowing of arteries in the brain. Often, it is a symptom of vicious “thunderclap headaches,” which can leave someone helpless in unbearable pain until it subsides. Apparently, a new cause has been identified: Puckerbutt Pepper Company’s Carolina Reapers, the world’s hottest pepper.
Link to the whole article:

« on: March 18, 2018, 06:58:17 AM »

3-      cups of peeled cubed sweet potatoes
1/2    tsp salt
2       tsp of cooking oil
3 1/2  cups diced onions
4       large cloves of garlic minced or pressed
1       TAB minced fresh  chili pepper
4        tsp Cumin
4        tsp Coriander
4 1/2   cups cooked Black beans ( or 3 14 oz cans drained)
2/3      cup light packed cilantro leaves
2        TAB fresh lemon juice
1        tsp Salt
8       Flour Tortillas
Fresh Tomato Salsa

Preheat oven to 350 F  (176.7C)

Bring Sweet potatoes to a boil with 1/2 tsp of salt simmer until tender about 10 mins

In a warmed skillet add oil, onions,garlic and chili pepper. Cover and cook on Med-Low heat until the onions are tender about 7- 10 minutes

Add the Cumin and Coriander cook for an additional 3-5 minutes

In a food processor combine black beans,cilantro, lemon juice,salt and cooked sweet potatoes puree until smooth.

In a large mixing bowl combine everything.
Spoon about 3/4 cup in each Tortilla .
Roll up and put seam side down in a large baking dish.
Cover tightly with foil
Bake 30 mins.
 Serve with Salsa and Sour Cream.

Happy Hour / The Flu 2017 -2018
« on: March 05, 2018, 10:29:44 AM »
I keep hearing how bad this flu season has been yet I know NO ONE that has had it yet.

Happy Hour / February 14th
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:08:26 AM »

 This is the first year since 1945 that Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine's Day both fall on the same day.

 Rather than the normal indulgence of sweets and treats you could do an act of charity for somebody else as a sign of your love.

"Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Hour / Space X
« on: February 08, 2018, 07:17:58 AM »
A historic moment!

Bill Whittle Right Angle: This really happened!
SpaceX successfully launched its first rocket- complete with a Tesla roadster- into space. Are we entering the new age of space exploration?

BIG difference between "Private" industry and Government Run.
I almost fell out of my chair when those booster rockets NOT ONLY returned to earth in one piece they both landed on the X at the exact same time 

Recipes / SUPER BOWL APPETIZER..... Ideas
« on: February 04, 2018, 08:57:22 AM »
Here a a few that I have made in the past that are easy and in general have all of these ingredients on hand.

Please share your ideas I am always in search of something new to try.

Pesto Twists

defrost the puff pastry
roll out the sheets on a lightly floured surface to about 12 inches wide.
Brush one sheet all over with pesto
top with the remaining sheet of pastry.
Cut into 12 equal strips, then twist each strip and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Cheesy Biscuit Bites

Canned Biscuits
Mozzarella Cheese

 Separate into 16 pieces and flatten each biscuit be big enough so you can stuff a mozzarella ball into the middle and fully encase it with dough.
Seal up the edges around the cheese, and place on a baking sheet.
Brush lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper
Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Pigs in a Blanket

cocktail wieners
Crescent rolls

Cut the rolls in half
wrap the wieners with the dough.
Place on a baking sheet

Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown, about 13 minutes.

Bacon-wrapped Shrimp

Wrap large shrimp with half slices of bacon.
Place on a baking sheet topped with a wire rack
Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through and bacon is crisp.

Prosciutto and Figs

Wrap fresh fig halves in prosciutto
Drizzle with olive oil
Sprinkle with salt and pepper,
Bake at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes.

Roasted Chickpeas

 Drain and dried the chickpeas The less moisture the better
On a baking sheet, toss with plenty of olive oil and season with salt. I also sprinkle with some Cayenne or  Chipotle  powder.
 Bake at 400 degrees for at least 25 minutes, tossing halfway through, until crisp and starting to brown.

The Range / Dock / Restoration of the Tom Cat
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:51:04 AM »
I was supposed to post this a long time ago and just now came across my folder with the pictures.
It is not a long story so pour yourself a cup of coffee.That is about how long it will take to read.

To quote Mr. Peabody "Sherman set the wayback Machine to the winter of 2011":

 The subject was the  tiny sailboat that started its life a dingy for much bigger sailboat. That is about all the history I can recall. It has been in the family for many decades.

It was called the Tom Cat and had been neglected for years.
 Jim needed a winter project and thought he would attempt to save it.

With no promises of being able to save it he removed all the rotted wood.

Since we tend to use what we have for "Our" projects.He ripped strips of redwood rather than buy teak.
He applied 12 thin ply strips around the perimeter of the fiberglass.

the seats where salvageable but one of them  needed to be glued back together

A quick sanding  confirmed the seats could be brought back.

Once the wooden wraps were done it was up to me sand, seal and paint it.

Started with the outside.

 I choose Rust-Oleum TOPSIDE  brilliant Gloss White...

and  Rust-Oleum Oyster White for the inside of the boat.

And  7 coats of Spar Varnish on the redwood and teak seats

I gave the little sailboat  a new name in honor of  Bob & Catherine ( my Mom and Dad )

It is now called


our pond is not big enough to sail on. but it is fun to paddle around and watch the fish as they follow the boat.

The maiden paddle around the pond

A very special Thanks to my husband for all his hard work in  restoring the BobCat.

The Greenhouse / 2018 High Tunnel
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:59:14 AM »
Time to start a new thread.

January 25th

Low Tunnel lettuce is finally starting to look like lettuce :

Not under the low tunnel but in the center bed we are still harvesting carrots:

I pulled these I plan to roast them for dinner tonight.

Since you cannot really get a sense of the size I took this picture.

On the "Seedling Starting Stand" the Tiny Tim are flourishing and will be included in our salad tonight.

again Chips for sending me the seeds.It has been so much fun growing tomatoes in the middle of winter.

The Clementines are still alive:

Key Lime Tree is developing buds:

Spring is not far off and I am getting anxious to start planting some seeds. Still have a month to wait.
Someone wake me up when it is time.

« on: January 20, 2018, 08:49:47 AM »
Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

1/4 cup fine Sea salt
1 tsp Cornstarch
5 tsps Cayenne pepper
5 tsps Garlic powder
4 tsps ground black pepper
1 TAB Chili powder
2 1/2 tsps Celery powder
2 tsps ground dry Mustard
1 1/2 tsps dried Basil
1 1/2 tsps ground Sage
1 tsp Onion powder
1/2 tsp ground Oregano
1/2 tsp ground Thyme

Combine all ingredients into a glass jar

SHAKE until thoroughly blended.

STORE tightly sealed in a cool, dry place away from light and moisture.

USE measure for measure in place of Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning

The recipe calls for Garlic SALT, Celery SALT, and Onion SALT. I substituted dried powder for each of them so it is lower sodium than the original.

General Discussion / How I grow Beets ( in the High Tunnel )!
« on: January 19, 2018, 01:22:09 PM »

 I didn't want to blow up the thread on growing Eggplants so I thought I would answer Gymgirls question here.

A beet seed is actually a cluster that can contain up to 6 seeds so I do NOT direct seed beets. I start them in seedling trays once a tray has been planted in the garden I reseed and start again: Can never have too many beets at our house.

IF you are very careful and gently pull the extra thread seedlings you can simply make a hole in another tray filled with starter mix and it WILL grow.

Once the seedling have reached a decent size with a good root:

 I transplant them into my prepared beds in  the High Tunnel 3" on center.


NOTES: I prep the bed with Alpaca manure, aged compost in the fall and Organic Garden Tone vegetable fertilizer scratched in just before I plant.
I do not fertilize them again but I will water with a weak solution of manure tea a couple of times when they are still young.

I also irrigate all of my beds with drip lines.

Fruit Trees / Clementines from Seed
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:18:52 PM »
 I peeled the outer coating off  and planted 6 seeds  about 10 days ago.
 All of them are starting to germinate.
They are so young they have not even opened their first set of leaves:


I have them on a heat mat under grow lights. 
This is the article that inspired me to try:


Recipes / SHRIMP PO' BOY
« on: November 21, 2017, 06:53:06 AM »
Shrimp Po' Boy

1 1/2   pounds large shrimp (16/20 count), peeled and deveined

Spicy Tartar Sauce:
    Blend all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours

3/4   cup mayonnaise
5   tablespoons dill pickles. finely chopped
3   tablespoons green onions, finely chopped
3   tablespoons  lemon juice
2   tablespoons whole grain mustard
1/3   teaspoon dried dill
1   teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1-1/2teaspoon Hot sauce
1/2   teaspoon each sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Seasoned flour:
 In a bowl whisk together 
1 1/4   cups flour
1   cup yellow cornmeal
1   tablespoon granulated garlic powder
1   tablespoon granulated onion powder
1   teaspoon sea, Kosher or other salt
1   teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4   teaspoon cayenne

Egg Wash:
 In another small bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
2   eggs
4   tablespoons heavy cream

Peanut oil for frying
4   Crusty French or Italian rolls. Slice, butter and grill rolls in a non-stick skillet

Finely shredded lettuce
Sliced tomatoes splashed with a bit of hot sauce and a sprinkling of sea salt

 Heat  1/4-inch oil in a large skillet or preheat deep fryer or oil in wok to approximately 360°F.

Dredge the shrimp in the seasoned flour, then into the egg wash, then back into the seasoned flour, coating the shrimp completely.
Fry the shrimp  until golden and crispy, about 2-4 minutes.
Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
Slather both cut sides of bread or rolls with tartar sauce.
 Divide the shrimp evenly between the 4 sandwiches and top with the tomato slices and shredded lettuce.

I made these for dinner last night and they were delicious.

Happy Hour / Line array speakers and sub woofer build
« on: November 02, 2017, 03:50:16 PM »
 Our " new " work out room/Sound Room. ( aka "Clean Room" for the shop)Since we are mostly retired now we felt it was time to enjoy the space.

For those of you that are not familiar with the term A  line array use separate drivers for high-, mid- and low-frequency bands.

This build was started in 2005 and we got so busy they were sent to the back of the clean room to gather dust for years.

In August Jim decided it was time to dig everything out of storage and finish them.
The cabinets needed to be painted, veneered and stained.

Even the amount of bevel on the cover was taken into consideration.

The Cabinet design is the only thing I was confident doing.

 The rest involved a ton of research and a new neighbor that just happens to play in a band and understands sound.
He would come over to review Jim's soldering connections and be sure the ohms output to each driver were exact..Way above my pay grade. LOL

Line array.... 8 mid-range and 8 tweeters per cabinet.
The picture taken before the base was installed

Amp, Crossover and Sub woofer

So I guess now there is no excuse why we don't work out this winter.

The Greenhouse / Low Tunnel built in the High Tunnel
« on: October 11, 2017, 06:52:23 AM »
As most of you remember in 2016 we worked on half of the center bed in the HT to create a
geothermal area to extend our growing season.

Here is the link to that thread:

Yesterday we began to make that  5' X 18' area a Low Tunnel within the High Tunnel.

We purchased:
 10 - Schedule 40 Conduit, 1/2" X 10'
    1- 1" X 4' X 8'  Expanded Polystyrene  Foam Board Insulation
                  foil backed 2 sides

     1 - 10' x 100-ft x 6-mil Clear Plastic Sheeting
     1 -3/16" Insulated Metalized Mylar Double Foil Bubble Wrap, 24" X 125'

First thing to do was to till in several 5 gallon buckets of compost with my little  Earthway electric tiller.

I was careful not to disturb our Frankenstein Detroit Beet.

I used my Garden Claw to loosen up and work in the compost around the beet.

Jim fasten each length of  Conduit to the raised bed boards with screws with a layout out of 24" on center:

Then fastened the ridge to the underside of the bows:

Next we applied the foam board to the conduit using duct tape:

The last thing we did was raked out the bed relay the drip lines and planted:
Spicy Mesclun
Sweet Mesclun

Today we will work on figuring out how we want the roll up side or sides to work.We are still trying to decide if we want both the north and south walls active or just the south wall.

To be continued......

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