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Offline Jeff G

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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #350 on: August 23, 2013, 11:44:57 AM »
Smart move!
I was never really interested in Victorian houses and still am not. My mom inherited this house from her best friend and the price seemed right. BOY, was I wrong! We've since put 2 1/2 times more $ into it than what we paid for it. Even after living here for 17 years we wouldn't break even. (hitting my head against the wall)

You have a wonderful home and I love the fact that your saving it for others to enjoy in the generations to come . If I were a jealous man I would envy you for your home . 

Make a little time capsule and put it somewhere to be found later as a reminder to some one that one day its their turn . 

Offline tednlou2

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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #351 on: August 24, 2013, 12:21:58 AM »
Jeff, I love Craftsman style homes, too.  I love the way the porches look.

Ok, is this a weed?  Last year, we planted one of those purple Coneflower plants in the exact spot.  We thought it had come back.  It is obviously very tall, but some are suppose to get that tall.  The leaves are identical, but no flowers.  It is like the plant lost its ability to make flowers.  Or, it is a weed.  I think we have been raising a weed.  By now, it should have bloomed. 





We put our gnome under it.  His name is Pat McGroin. 



Offline Jeff G

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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #352 on: August 24, 2013, 12:39:19 AM »
Pat McGroin is very handsome . I bought a marked down Gargoyle at Lowes yesterday , it scared the crap out of a stray cat that keeps getting in my garbage cans at night so its doing its job . 

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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #353 on: August 24, 2013, 05:49:46 AM »
I'd rather do all that intricate wood work than what I'm dealing with yesterday and today.  My little sister moved back to Ohio after her divorce and needed to buy a new home.  Even though the house passed inspection, I cautioned her about many things that have mainly come true.

The house is almost 20 years old and therefore, all the mechanicals will probably start failing.  One issue that I immediately recognized was the low water pressure.  She's on a well since it's even more rural than we are.

Sure enough, I got a call 2 nights ago that she had no water.  Off I went with my voltage tester and my worst fears came true.  She had power on both the load and line sides of her pressure tank switch.  BAD PUMP!

Not sure how many of you have ever replaced a submersible pump, but it's not a fun task.  We called every plumber we could locate and they're all scheduled up because of the recent freak storms we were pounded by.  So, I took on the task.  We had no idea how damn deep the well was until we finally managed to get it pulled.  250' deep and it only had .5 hp pump. 

Went and got a 1 hp replacement last night and will be installing it at day break. 
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline mitch777

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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #354 on: August 24, 2013, 09:08:12 AM »
Jeff, I love Craftsman style homes, too.  I love the way the porches look.

Ok, is this a weed?  Last year, we planted one of those purple Coneflower plants in the exact spot.  We thought it had come back.  It is obviously very tall, but some are suppose to get that tall.  The leaves are identical, but no flowers.  It is like the plant lost its ability to make flowers.  Or, it is a weed.  I think we have been raising a weed.  By now, it should have bloomed. 





We put our gnome under it.  His name is Pat McGroin. 




Um, Ted, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you have grown a weed. The good news? I would bet you will see it bloom in a week or two. :)

Give Pat a pat for me. :)


@Wolfie - nothing worse than a bad pump. :D
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Offline wolfter

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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #355 on: August 24, 2013, 12:21:12 PM »

@Wolfie - nothing worse than a bad pump. :D

Yes there is.  We discovered her well is bone dry which is what caused the pump to burn out.  Guess I'm having house guests for a few days. :o

Plus, I have to be at work by 2:00 and am working straight through til Monday Morning.  YIKES. Then back in Monday night.  And then Tuesday to finally finish a beautiful deck I've been building for a customer. 

So Cheers and will see you all someday.
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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #356 on: August 24, 2013, 12:47:57 PM »


Plus, I have to be at work by 2:00 and am working straight through til Monday Morning.  YIKES. Then back in Monday night.  And then Tuesday to finally finish a beautiful deck I've been building for a customer. 

So Cheers and will see you all someday.

Everything in moderation includes work. Your health comes first. ::)
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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #357 on: August 28, 2013, 11:47:02 AM »
Its a big handsome weed, so enjoy it. Hope it flowers for you too.
ďFrom each, according to his ability; to each, according to his needĒ 1875 K Marx

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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #358 on: September 04, 2013, 08:04:47 PM »
Another bad aspect of summer is all the work after harvest season.  I detest store bought salsa.  I use quite a bit of it as I use it on my salads instead of traditional dressing.  Just doesn't seem right to work all day and only get 12 pints!!!!

All of the ingredients came from the family farm so at least it's cheap to make.  I helped mother can about 140 quarts of tomatoes.  It's actually quite cute to see her pull up with her truck bed piled sky high with produce.



Wolfie
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Offline mitch777

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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #359 on: September 04, 2013, 08:43:44 PM »
Another bad aspect of summer is all the work after harvest season.  I detest store bought salsa.  I use quite a bit of it as I use it on my salads instead of traditional dressing.  Just doesn't seem right to work all day and only get 12 pints!!!!

All of the ingredients came from the family farm so at least it's cheap to make.  I helped mother can about 140  :) of tomatoes.  It's actually quite cute to see her pull up with her truck bed piled sky high with produce.



Wolfie

I really would have proffered a pic of your mom and the truck full of produce. In any case I want those canned tomatoes!!! :)
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Offline tednlou2

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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #360 on: September 04, 2013, 11:10:22 PM »
I just discovered Mexican Lasagna.  You simple replace your regular tomatoe sauce with salsa, and add in some spices.  I was doubting it, but it was actually very good. 

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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #361 on: September 04, 2013, 11:17:29 PM »
I just discovered Mexican Lasagna.  You simple replace your regular tomatoe sauce with salsa, and add in some spices.  I was doubting it, but it was actually very good.

I'll have to try that as I wouldn't have to spend more time cooking down sauce and adding all the other veggies and spices.  My hot salsa required a plastic grocery bag full of jalapenos to complete my level of hot that I like.  I only made 2 milds in case some sissy requests some.
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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #362 on: September 05, 2013, 04:21:48 AM »
I'll have to try that as I wouldn't have to spend more time cooking down sauce and adding all the other veggies and spices.  My hot salsa required a plastic grocery bag full of jalapenos to complete my level of hot that I like.  I only made 2 milds in case some sissy requests some.

The older I get, the more I like spicy foods.  More than when I was younger.  I bet your salsa is delicious! 

Oh, and my mom used to can also.  We didn't have a farm or anything like that, but she would can peaches, tomatoes; she would also make this applesauce that was fantastic.  Wish I had some now! 
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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #363 on: September 05, 2013, 10:02:32 AM »
Not sure what I'd do if it was ever indicated that I couldn't have spicy foods.  It's basically what makes food palatable for me.  I put hot sauce on everything.

Growing up, we canned everything.  We'd spend a great portion of the summer doing this.  I have never come up with a good canning recipe for jalapenos.  They just never have the same taste as the ones I get from the store.  I have been buying them by the gallon for years and putting them in smaller containers.
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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #364 on: September 23, 2013, 06:02:36 PM »
Final report from this years garden. (very small space)
(cost=C is based on amount invested this year. seedlings, seeds, manure)
(harvested=H)

Rhubarb: C- 0
               H- I crunched on some raw stocks. sour. yum.
Asparagus: C- 0
                  H- One side dish. Not a great year this spring.
Garlic: C-0
           H- Enough to last until next year with plenty to replant. Gave some away.
Corn: C-$4.
          H- about 20 ears of great organic corn picked at the peak of tenderness.
Peas: C- $2.
         H- about 20 lbs.! Blanched and froze most. Gave some away.
Cucumbers: C- $6.
                   H- about 80. Gave most away. Not sure why I keep planting so many.
Beans: C- $3.
           H- had 2 side dishes. too tired to pick on a regular basis.
Radishes: C- $2.
               H- more than we could eat.
Swiss Chard: C-$2.
                    H- One side dish with more to come. again, to tired to keep up.
Leeks: C- 0 (gift from dear friend)
           H- about 10.
Lettuce: C- $3.
             H- 0 (some darned critter ate it all >:(.)
Tomatoes: C- $3. (manure only... started from saved seeds)
                 H- About 7 times more than you see in the following pic. Gave many away. Cooked and froze many.


So, the final cost tally is......
Drum roll please.....


$25.00



Oh, forgot the $30. cost of salt marsh hay to make weeding a non-issue.
Still a good deal for fresh picked organic produce from the garden to the table. :)



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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #365 on: September 24, 2013, 06:42:01 AM »
I'm jealous, Mitch, because I am not talented when it comes to gardening.  I wish I knew how to do all that! 

Like currently, people are talking about planting bulbs.  I have no idea what they're talking about...which bulbs? 

Those tomatoes look good. 
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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #366 on: September 24, 2013, 07:28:27 AM »

Like currently, people are talking about planting bulbs.  I have no idea what they're talking about...which bulbs? 


Bulbous plants like tulips -- you plant the bulbs in the fall and they come up in spring.
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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #367 on: September 24, 2013, 09:12:15 AM »
Advice needed ---when is the best time to serverly reduce a lilac tree?
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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #368 on: September 24, 2013, 09:29:05 AM »
Advice needed ---when is the best time to serverly reduce a lilac tree?

I would do it in late winter or early spring before the foliage comes out. You will be losing blooms until the new growth matures but it's good for lilacs to get rid of old growth from time to time.

 http://gardening.about.com/od/pruning/a/Pruning_Lilacs.htm
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