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Monday, July 02, 2012

This is so true. We don't need to beat ourselves up over what is in the past or worry about tomorrow. Today this moment, this time, this second is all you have to live so make the best of it.

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CAKAROO 7/3/2012 5:45AM

    this is so true!

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MISSY455 7/2/2012 11:59PM

    I do try to keep this in mind, and make my next choice the best I can for the moment. Beating ourselves up over the past doesn't do us any good.

Thanks for the reminder!

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DOUBLEMME 7/2/2012 6:14PM

    “Hic et nunc”.
Time (nunc) and space (hic) are not infinite. According to existentialism, they are the cause of human misery, but at the same time, the place of the implementation of human happiness.
Be happy!

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Updates on happenings around Gnomes Home

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Well a few updates..

We still have the stray dog and really need to find him a home. I feel so bad for him as he is so sweet and minds so well.

Wildfires were put out but it burned 450 acres..no homes but 2 barns were burned. Started from a hay baler.

Canning and Freezing frenzy is about over. We picked our last butterbeans this morning and have them shelled and in the freezer. Only fruit we have left are apples, muscadines and figs and it will be awhile before they are ripe but if we don't get rain, we won't have any of them at all. All our trees are stressed. We are watering but it isn't enough. The only things left in the garden now are tomatoes, peppers and okra..Watermelons won't make it either if we don't get rain. Watering it by hose just doesn't cut it..

Will be starting a new rug soon. After being so busy this week, I've kind of taken the day off and just relaxed. Have a good holiday.

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CAKAROO 7/2/2012 6:06AM

    hope you have a good holiday too

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MISSY455 7/1/2012 11:42PM

    Our bodies need a day of rest every now and again...you were overdue!

I know you will appreciate the canning and freezing frenzy once winter comes and you are still enjoying the wonderful fruits and veggies from your garden! I do hope you get rain soon, it would be very sad to lose your trees that way.

So glad the wildfire in your area is out. I saw just a bit of news today on the Colorado fires, such a horrible thing. I do miss living in the mountains and trees, like I did as a child, but not that part of it.

I hope you have a lovely holiday too!

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Stray Dog

Saturday, June 30, 2012

There is a story that a long time ago if a hobo or homeless person came upon a house that had a certain mark somewhere they could see, that they realized a good hearted person lived there and would feed them. My grandmother was one of those good hearted women and living in the country not too far from the railroad tracks, she was always feeding homeless people who saw the sign.

Well think this is repeating in mye. We tend to take stray dogs in but we have 3 already and really don't need another dog. But it seems people have marked our place as a good spot to dump their unwanted animals..This poor dog came up last night some time. It kept our outside dogs barking all night so we didn't sleep well. He is a wonderful dog and looks well taken care of though he does have some scars and bumps on his back. He is young but very very smart. He looks like a lab-pitbull mix..but he is very sweet. His coat is shiny black with white under his neck. I really want to keep him but my other little male dog cannot tolerate him. Our male is a tiny chihuahua and therefore know that if we keep this bigger dog and if he has pitbull in him, then more than likely little Fred will lose a battle in the future. I have put this new dog I'm calling Samson up on Facebook and trying to find his owner or at least a new owner. Otherwise we will have to take him into the county pound where more than likely he will eventually be put down.
I so hate people who just dump poor animals and expect someone else to care for them..I hate to say it but it would be so much better if they put the poor thing out of it's misery in the first place or not let dogs breed...in other words...get their dogs "fixed"...so no puppies occur..

Anyone want a nice smart dog?

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BARBWMS 7/1/2012 7:20PM

    I hope you find him a home.. we just rescued an abandoned dog from our humane society and it is so much fun seeing him relax now that he has a home again.... best $25 I have ever spent!

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CAKAROO 7/1/2012 8:52AM

    hope you can find a home for this dog

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MISSY455 7/1/2012 12:45AM

    I hope you find a good home for him soon, so Fred doesn't get hurt.

The only thing about taking him to the pound, is if he has a chip in him, they can find the owner if he ran away. If he was set loose though, chance are the owners never had a chip put in.

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RHEYNKLAW 6/30/2012 9:04PM

    What a handsome pup! If we weren't so far away, I'd take him in a second!

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    Oh how sad! I hope somebody claims him, or can find room in their family for him!

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Friday, June 29, 2012

My biggest fear is wild fire or forest fire in our area. We are such a rural state and where I live is really wild with low mountains, lots of trees, rivers and lakes..but with the drought and heat we have been having, and seeing the wildfires in Texas last year and this year in Colorado and N. Mexico, I worry about our state. Right now we are under a burn ban and earliest we have ever been under one..we are in our 3rd year of drought and lots of deadwood in the forests...well the fear is real...

Just heard on the news tonight that 200 acres has burned in the county just below us and is spreading to another county. They have already evacuated 12 homes in the line of fire..This doesn't sound like much compared to what is happening in Colorado and N.Mexico but we are a much smaller state and things are pretty close to each other though it is rural. The fire that is going on right now is only about 20 miles from us..so you can see the concern..all fireworks are not allowed but knowing some crazy people in our area they will shoot them off anyway.

And then the news yesterday from my sister's area of the state was that they were trying to track down an arson who was setting off small fires just for meanness...and not only that but now there is a major water shortage in many places...they are limiting water useage in several towns and now where my sister lives not only are they limiting useage but they are having huge water main breaks..so much trouble happening and the heat doesn't help. We really need to be praying for our entire country..

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PEGGYO 6/30/2012 9:19AM

    Thoughts and prayers are going your way.

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MOSTMOM1 6/30/2012 9:10AM

    Oh goodness! Thoughts and prayers are with you!

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MISSY455 6/30/2012 2:15AM

    It is very hard to watch the news about the fires. I hope that the one near you is contained quickly.

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Busy Last 2 days

Thursday, June 28, 2012

We have been so busy these last 2 days. First I've picked blueberries every morning now for many days...at least 2 gallons a day...but the blueberries are done. Hubby has been picking the butterbeans each day..So yesterday not only did I pick the blueberries but I put up 16 pints of peaches. That wasn't too bad as I can run the peaches through my juicer and the biggest step is done..but then I had about another half bushel of peaches to put into the freezer. If you have ever done it, then you know you have to dip them in boiling water to slip the skins and then peel, pit and quarter and dip in fruit fresh (citric acid) and then sprinkle a little sugar on and put in freezer bags. Well out of a half bushel we got 8 quarts...I was constantly on my feet all day. I was so tired that I was in bed and asleep by 8:30..

Today has been somewhat of a repeat...but today it was canning tomatoes all day. I put up 30 pints of tomatoes..So again I was on my feet all day.

All this standing is not good on the poor old back which isn't in good shape. I have a stool but still I'm mostly on my feet..

In between all this, I've been helping shell butterbeans...So will be in bed early again tonight.

One good thing about this is I'm so busy that I don't think of eating..and when I do sit down to a meal, I'm not hungry at all and in fact I've had to force myself to eat to keep my energy..

Tomorrow I baby sit my youngest granddaughter ...probably just the morning and she is at the age where you have to keep her entertained..she has no idea how to play by herself..and of course we are all to blame as we all dote on her so much..

So this week I'm getting lots of exercise and not eating that much.

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MISSY455 6/28/2012 10:59PM

    You have been very busy! I have never canned tomatoes. When I grew them, what we didn't eat right away, I made into Freezer Tomato Sauce. I sometimes will buy a bunch of Roma Tomatoes at the Farmer's Market now just to make the sauce. I use it for everything from the base of spaghetti sauce to vegetable lasagna sauce.

So glad you get to enjoy your granddaughter tomorrow. They grow so fast, I cherish all the time I get with mine.

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BRATS4 6/28/2012 9:36PM

    but it will all taste good this winter.

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