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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Into October

 Cullman,  AL

Ah...loving this weather.    Need to get a lot done this week.   At long last it looks like Leonard will be having surgery on his left shoulder.   He is very limited on what he can do due to both shoulders being out of service.   Shoulder replacement is scheduled for October 19 down at University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham.   Then he will be in a sling for 6 weeks followed with physical therapy.    Glad it is happening in the fall.   

There was much we got accomplished this Spring and Summer.   And some things we need to do this coming week.    He had cleaned out more brush from our side of the creek.  It needs to be moved to the burn pile.   We will be purchasing two raspberry bushes and two blueberry bushes next Saturday.   So some shrubs need to be removed to be replaced by the new bushes.

We continue to be busy with Boondockers Welcome guests.   Just yesterday I received 3 more reservations.   It's that time of year when RVers leave the north and flock to Florida.   

Our Granddaughter Lindsey joined the Navy almost a year ago under the Nuclear Engineering Program.

She is stationed in Goose Point,  SC.   Two weeks ago she graduated from her First A School.  Leonard and I took a few days and drove over to attend.   To our surprise also there was Lindsey's sister Alex who recently moved from the Houston area to Wisconsin. 

Lindsey on the left, Alex on the right.     I took some good pictures while there but I am having trouble downloading pictures from my new phone.   After struggling to get these, I gave up for lack of patience.  Here is Lindsey in the middle.

We got another major project done at the house.  Sidewalk installed.    Here are before, during and after.

We have sold several items that we no longer have a need for.   One of them is a box trailer that we stored items in while we fulltime RVed.    We do need a trailer for times when we take the mower in for service.   But not a box trailer, just a simple small open unit.    So, off went this old friend that served us well.

All of us have seen the increases of our basic needs, including groceries.   Some months ago I placed an order for chicken and ground beef from Savory Butcher.   I saw them advertised on FB and they had great reviews.  This is a company out of Idaho that delivers meat to many areas of the country.  Every other month they come at Madison, AL about 40 miles north of us.   All orders are in bulk.  Our first order was chicken strips and 97/3 ground beef.  Each come in 40 pound packages.   We split this order with son Lennie and DIL Lois.   We were well pleased with the quality.  The ground beef has almost no fat.

Then two months ago Len and I got their Chop Box.  It included three 12oz ribeyes, three 16 oz ribeyes, four 12 oz NY Strip steaks, 5 beef tenderloins, 6 pkgs of steak bites.  After we ordered the steaks, beef prices soared.  We are so glad we had this order in. We also got 10 pounds of Italian Sausage and 10 pounds of Kielbasa.     

 Last week we again split 40 pounds of chicken breast and 40 pounds of ground beef.     The chicken breasts are the size of a turkey breast.   One half of a split breast makes a meal for us.

Our freezer is packed.   No need to but more meat for a while.

As I said we need to get a few things accomplished around here before next week.  I hear Leonard getting ready to start.  I better get outside.  Now.

Until next time.

Monday, September 20, 2021

As we move into Fall

 Cullman,  AL

The days are getting noticeably cooler.   It is a welcome relief.   This is when we can turn off the A/C and open the windows.

We are again getting busy with BoondockersWelcome.com hosting.   Our 58th guests just pulled out and the 59th will arrive later today.   

Len has been going to Physical Therapy for the right shoulder.  Comes home aching.  He is scheduled to have the left shoulder replaced down at University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital on October 19. And this is always on contingent.   He was to have it done last year but after his pre-op results came back they cancelled.   And now there is the Covid situation again here in Alabama.  Most hospital are filled to capacity.   If it's a go, he goes into the hospital where they will insert of heart cath the day before surgery and keep it in during surgery.  His cardiologist will be there to monitor him.

Last weekend Len's cousin David, who is a long haul truck driver,  was making a delivery up in Huntsville AL only about 45 miles away.   He got there Saturday afternoon and delivery was Monday.  So we drove up and brought David back for the night.    Don't they resemble each other.   As someone remarked, they have the same hairline.

We had a frustrating few weeks with our pond.   It became covered in red duckweed.  This variety of duckweed doubles every day until pond is completely covered not allowing oxygen into the water.  We had a major fish kill.   There were our large catfish floating on top.   The blue gill washed up onto the ground.   There must have been at least 50 that I saw.   The blue herons and egrets where here most days having a feast.   And Biscuit, being a beagle, likes to roll in dead things.   He got more than one bath during those days.

I called the county agent.  He said that once the water turns cold it will die and sink to the bottom but grow back the next year.   To control it, it will have to be treated as soon as soon it appears.  

I don't think the water turned much colder, but shortly after talking to  him it disappeared.  

The pond is now loaded with frogs and I have seen just one fish.  We will restock with some catfish in the Spring and hope to catch the Red Duckweed before it again takes over.

We have a couple of home improvement projects coming up.  We have stepping stones as the sidewalk around the house.  Some set in concrete, others laid there.   They were there when we bought the house.  I have sold the movable ones.   We have contracted to have a full sidewalk starting where we walk down the front steps, wraps around the front of the house, across the front of the carport and connects with the slab we laid at the back porch.

The other project is a full house Generac generator.  We do have times that we lose electric due to storms, etc.   With Leonard on oxygen and we since enjoy all the comforts of home electric,  this was an easy call.

This weekend our Granddaughter Lindsey graduates from her first Navy A School over near Charleston, SC.  She is in the Nuclear Engineer Program.  We leave on Wednesday, spending one night on the road and will get there on Thursday.   Graduation is Friday.  We then head back home on Saturday, getting home on Sunday.  Biscuit will again go the our local Doggie Camp.

Until next time.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Yard, pond and Terri

 Cullman,  AL

The last few weeks have flown by.   There have been days when Leonard is feeling below par.  Other days much better.   I like the better days better.

Here are some pictures of our yard in mid summer:

Start of our Blackberries

This one is upsetting.

The pond is thick with Red Duckweed.   Duckweed is brought in on birds and waterfowl feet.  Each bloom is very tiny.  Each bloom grows other blooms that then attach.   The coverage of Red Duckweed doubles every two days.   It is so thick that oxygen does not get into the water.   We have catfish floating on top.   

I researched and purchased a product said to destroy the weed.   The problem is the entire pond can not be sprayed at one time.   If I spray half the pond I have to wait 14 days to spray the other half.  Otherwise it depletes the oxygen and there will be a fish kill.   So, either way the fish die.  Since only half can be treated at a time, the untreated then doubles.    I read that once the water turns cold it will die and sink to the bottom of the pond.  Then next summer it will surface and here we go again.

A friend suggested I call Auburn University for guidance.   I will do that tomorrow.

A few weeks ago we hosted a Boondocking family we hosted a few months ago.   The children in this family are taught to work.    The girls wanted to help me cook.   And a mighty fine job they did.

I had ordered a bench that needed to be assembled.   As the father and Leonard sat on the back porch and talked, the 10 year old and twin 8 year old boys unboxed the parts, read the directions and assembled the bench.   The only thing the father did was check that they had the screws tight enough.  They did.

This past week daughter Terri who lives near Hershey, PA had business meetings up in Nashville.  Nashville is about 150 miles from our home.  When she has those meetings she adds a few days to her trip to visit us.    She got here Friday the 13th (should have known something would go wrong.)  We had a thunder storm and again our Air Conditioner took a hit.   Being a Friday night it was Monday afternoon when the technician came to fix it.   It was Monday morning that Terri left.  Even with overhead fans in every room, the windows open and two pedestal fans blowing it reached 90 in the house.

Most folks who visit for a length of time here go to Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman,   Terri had never been so she and I went.    The Grotto is on the grounds of a Monastery and school.  It is worth seeing if ever in the area.

Terri and Leonard just before she left.

Cullman has been the site of big happenings the last two weeks.

Last week was the annual Rock the South Concert.   This years headliners were Marinda Lambert and Luke Combs.    The concert starts around 2 and ends around 11 both Friday and Saturday.  There were  over 20,000 attendees.  It rained both nights.  Heavy.   We drove by the site on Monday and saw the ruts, etc.   It is about 4 miles down the road from us.

Then last night was a huge Trump rally.  They say it's the largest he's had.  I have not heard the attendance numbers yet.   And again it rained, a few hours before and right at the close.

This venue is on farm land that the city purchased a few years ago when Rock the South got too big to be held in town.

Setting up for RTS.

Well, it's not raining today and the lawn needs mowing.  We have RVers coming tomorrow.  It's time I park myself on the mower.

Until next time.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Had some fun and what now

 Cullman,  AL

The girls left for home last week.  This is how they looked that morning.

While here for two weeks they went bowling with Aunt Lois and Jordan.   We took them to Cook Nature Center  in Decatur and McWane Science Center in Birmingham.   These are two of their favorite places here in Alabama.

 Charalottte studying her Algebra

Our raised garden has not worked out.   So disappointmed.    We will try again next year with different soil.  What we used was from Lowes and said to be raised bed soil.   Nothing, absolutely nothing thrived.   We've pulled the platns out and they will be compost using this contraption.

Our girl Frances is again brooding.   We hope this time is a success.  Last time some critter got to her eggs.

Abby managed to tame our Elsie.  She got so she could carry her around.

Yesterday Leonard had doctor appointments at UAB in Birmingham.   I had read about a Cajun resturant down there.  So this was a good time to check it out.    What a unigue place.  We both had sausage and shrimp gumbo.   I had a shrimp Po Boy, he had an oyster Po Boy.   One look at the food and a picture of it when out of my mind.   


Talkiing abaut food, a gift from daughter D'Juana and hubby Joe.

Until next time

Monday, July 12, 2021

Two week trip and we are tired

 Cullman,  AL

As usual during the summer we like having our granddaughters from Maryland visit.  This summer it will be a short one.... only two weeks.

It was another two weeks that we spent getting them and visiting family in both Maryland and Pennsylvania.   We had planned for NJ also but these bodies are getting old and did not feel up to driving over and back ..... over 2 hours each way.  

While we were gone, RV friends needed a place to park while the wife was recuperating surgery nearby.  And we needed someone to keep an eye on the property and feed the ducks.   Worked out well for all of us.

We left Alabama on June 24.   We fought traffic most of the way north.   

 Our first stop was at our nephew Jason's and Kelly's house in Rural Retreat, VA for some needed rest.  They served us dinner and welcomed our visit. Always great to talk to them.

The next day we drove in Maryland to daughter Amy's and family house.  Biscuit got reacquainted with their Charlie.

Then Len and I and granddaughters headed to our family cabin in north central Pennsylvania for a few days.

This is the cabin.    Mom and Dad purchased it back in the mid 60's.

At the time it had no running water, heat, electric, sewer.    It was a school house.  Most of you readers will not know who this is but he attended school there and was born right down the road.

An interesting fact:   Tom Mix was a pall bearer for Wyatt Earp.

This is in the  middle of Pennsylvania Elk Country.   This trip we saw more deer than Elk.

Two young Elk

Deer crossing road by cabin

There are several state Visitor Centers and Elk Viewing facilities in the area.

Back in the cabin it was relaxing and playing cards.

And we had this visitor.  A local Grouse.   He would come up on the deck and visit, follow us around, tried to get in the truck and even ran behind the truck following us for a short time.

Our next stop was daughter Terri's my husband Steves.   On the fourth our friends Darlene and Jim (who are fulltime RVers and from that area) came for lunch.   Always so good catching up with them.  They often stop here on the way to or from Florida in the winter.

As Terri and Steve live in a 1832 house converted from a grist mill house, they have a frequent chore.  Removing debris from the steam that runs under the house.

During our stay at Terris my sister Debbie and her friend Kathy came up to visit for a day.  As usual, too busy talking to remember to take a picture of them.  I did remember to take one of Cane, the boss of the house.

We did the trip in reverse over the weekend.   Back to Amys, overnight stay at Jasons.  Lots of traffic around Chattanooga.

Got home on Saturday exhausted.    No cooking that night.   It was Jim n Nicks BBQ.

We had planned to eat there.   I am thinking it was meant to be as our  RV guests had left a gift card that paid a great portion of our meal.

Until next time.