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  • Ouch

    We’re expanding the fenced in area for the dogs.  Meant to do it last summer and just ran out of time/money/energy.

    Yesterday we rented a single man gas powered auger to put in the post holes.  Digging one post hole by hand is fine (and infact we have one left we have to do that with due to its location), digging 10 just isn’t going to happen.  And at $80 for the day I’ll take it.

    The auger isn’t that heavy, less than the 50lb bags of concrete anyway.  But the muscle power required to hold it on target was noticable, and it was a two person job to lift it out of each hole.  Husband and I swapped out every other hole, so that the work got spread around.  

    Between the auger and moving the 50lb bags of concrete I hurt today.  Upper body’s not TO bad, just enough to let me know I did WORK yesterday.  My legs though, the thighs and knees are sure yelling at me.  Guess that means I was lifting right at least……

    But the fence poles are in, the fence itself is going to be 10×6 chain link “kennel panels” which should be pretty easy to actually put in, so it should go pretty quickly now.  Good thing two, I have a pair of dogs who need the extra space to run around in!

  • Why I find “Smart Homes” scary

    Found this over at Weekend Pundit.

    Nightmare on Connected Home Street.

    Yup, can you picture the viruses that would be possible, considering today’s computers loaded into the entire home?  I love the concept of the smart thermostat that can learn your habits and control the temperature appropriately for you.  And I can just picture the havoc that such would cause when it gets hacked…..

  • Catching up

    Not a whole lot going on here.  I’m out of a job again, having finally quit my job at *major retailer who’s not long for this world if they keep doing what they’re doing*, which I should have done a long time ago, but I kept hoping to find something else first.  But I finally decided that I needed to quit before I lost my temper at the store manager again.  Its easier to find a new job when you’ve QUIT your last job vs having been fired from it.

    The garden is mostly doing very well.  I’m not sure that the sunflowers and corn are going to make it, not sure what I did wrong there, but I have some guesses, we’ll see I guess.  Everything else is thriving, though I added some bloodmeal to the dirt under the cucumbers and the sugar snap peas yesterday as they were looking a bit yellowish.  We came within a few degrees of a frost just a couple days ago, but everything seems to have survived the experience.

    We almost ended up with another Tibetan Mastiff this month.  There’s a breeder in Oregon who has a special needs litter, and as such is struggling to place them into appropriate homes.  The number of folks who can handle TMs is limited.  The number of folks who can handle TMs AND the potential medical costs and needs and heartbreak is even smaller.  Unfortunately we were unable to arrange suitable transport from OR to upstate NY.  Apparently NO ONE flies direct flights from OR to any of the upstate NY airports.  I found 1 flight direct into JFK, but thats a 5-6hr drive each way depending on traffic.  My parents who’re in MA offered to pick up the pup at the Boston airport and drive her to us, but even there, direct flights were almost non-exsistant, and none met the needed requirements.  At that point I started looking at what it would cost for me to fly out there and pick her up and fly back (that way we could do a layover), but it would have been $950 just for the plane tickets, another $200 to check the puppy as baggage (she’s to big to go as a carryon), plus crating and medical cert costs.  And since I can realistically expect to have to drop at LEAST that much money on vet appointments within the pup’s first month here I just didn’t have that to spare TOO.

    On that same note, if you’re up to a Tibetan Mastiff (think bigger fluffier Akita with extra guardian), and up to the potential medical and heartbreak please let me know, I’ll put you in touch with the breeder.

    On a happier note, last week while taking the dogs on their property rounds we discovered that the warblers had invaded the pines on the back lines.  There were a TON of little brightly colored birds hopping around in the pines.  They’re such little jumpy little things, I struggled to photograph and ID them, but I managed to catch solid looks at a Yellow Warbler:



    A Chestnut Sided Warbler:



    And a Magnolia Warbler:



    The late migrating Snowy Owl who was hanging around a nearby farm finally moved on, but not before I managed to snatch one last picture:



    This year I decided to experiment with putting out orange slices on a platform feeder to see if I could entice in the Orioles, and boy did I ever!

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    The above are all Baltimore Orioles, and I’ve been enjoying watching them.  Though I could have done without the one male who kept trying to attack his reflection in the window…..

    What really made it all worth while though was this bird:


    That, ladies and gentlemen, is a female Orchard Oriole!  Not technically rare here, but often hard to spot, and I’d never seen one before.  She’s been back a few times since, but so far no sign of a male, cross your fingers for me!

  • Blog

    Posted on by Ruth

    The lastest theme update broke my pages links, hopefully it’ll be fixed soon….


    Temporarily fixed, now to figure out the cause….

  • Does anyone know how to contact

    The person who blogs at : Total Survivalist Libertarian Bitch Fest?  She’s been hacked.  I’ve had repeated issues over the last few months with her blog, random java loads and the like (I left a comment to that effect at one point too), but this morning her page flat out WILL NOT LOAD properly, it re-directs EVERY time to fake downloads for Java and Flash.  I can’t even leave a comment to let her know, much less figure out how else to contact her.  And her’s is the ONLY page I’m having issues with, and yes I’ve run full scans here anyway just to be safe….

  • Spring!

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    The Osprey are back:




    And the ice melting on the pool (just cause it was a cool picture):




    I spotted these deer in a field a few roads over a couple weeks ago, they weren’t pleased to see me though!




    My little greenhouse got blown over in the gusting winds a few nights ago.  Looks like most of the plants will survive the experience, but several of the peppers lost their tags…..I’ll be planting those peppers in a mixed group together rather than try to guess I think.  Oh well.

  • This time at least it wasn’t unexpected

    I got up this morning to find an email from my mother, time-stamped just after 1am EST this morning.

    My Grandmother died last night, at, or shortly before, midnight local time (Houston TX).

    She’s been failing for years, and my Grandfather’s death hit her hard.  Saturday my Mom got a call that Grandma wasn’t eating, and Sunday she flew down.  Doctors think she had a TIA, and as of Tuesday she was only barely eating, barely acknowledging people, and not recognizing those she did acknowledge.  The Hospice folks were of the opinion that she might linger for a couple weeks.  Personally I’m glad she didn’t, starvation isn’t a pleasant way to go, even if you are out of it.

    We’re not sure yet if I’ll be flying down for this funeral or not.  I said my goodbyes back in January to be honest, though I’d hoped she might hang on for me to drag my Husband down for a visit later this spring.