Friday, July 20, 2018

Lucky Find

I have been casually looking for a double bed to replace the twin bed in V's old room.  As you may know, I have an attraction to Mid Century Modern.   I was in town the other day around lunch time, so I stopped at Rural King to get my free popcorn.  (Anyone else do that)  Anyway, there is a thrift store next door so I thought I might as well take a quick look.  And look what I found.  
 A mid century modern double bed in what appears to be walnut complete with side rails and slats.  There are a few scuffs and scrapes, but noting a little Liquid Gold and Old English couldn't handle.
And the even better part is that it was marked $20, but they were having a 75% off all furniture sale!  Five bucks, I'll take it.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

30 Day Draper

I've been riding Draper for about a month now.  I usually manage 3 - 4 days a week.  She is doing wonderfully.  I haven't had a chance to ride outside much except for around the barn and barn lot.  But that is teaching her a lot of steep up and down and to not rush going downhill.  
She is getting more consistent every ride.  But she is resisting rein pressure some, so still lots of work there.  I almost had a wreck the other day when she tripped at the lope, pulled the reins out of my hands and wanted to start crow hopping.  Luckily, she has a good voice Whoa, and stopped after just 2 or 3 steps.  
Her trot is pretty springy, I think she may be more suited for hunter than western. Thank you E for the in focus video.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Day Trip - The Breaks

 J, E and I had a great day trip to the Breaks Interstate Park yesterday.  It is " A 5-mile gorge, plunging to 1650 feet, in this “Grand Canyon of the South.”
 We stopped at the visitor center first.  They had a documentary type film, some artifacts and lots of taxidermy.  Then, with map in hand, we took off to check out the hiking and overlooks. 
 The hiking was pretty easy.  They also had a self guided nature trail which was very interesting. 
 E brought along her camera, binoculars and notebook to jot down any birds she saw. 
She found several of these cute little guys.  
It is an eft, the juvenile stage of a newt.

 It had just rained so the sky was gray, there was a little fog and the humidity was stifling.
But the views were still stunning. 
I enjoyed reading the informational signs. 
 I think this is probably the most iconic overlook with the horseshoe river bend and tower rock formation.
 I liked J's pose next to the carved graffiti. 
I'm not sure I would compare it to the Grand Canyon, but it was spectacular in its own right.  It is hard to imagine what Daniel Boone must have seen when he was searching for a way through the mountains and came across the Breaks.  There was a vast virgin Poplar tree forest that was logged out in the early 1900's.  The trees were 200 feet high and up to 7 - 8 feet in diameter.   The Yellow Poplar Lumber Company built a splash dam and dynamited boulders out of the way in order to use the river to move the trees out.  The walnut trees had already been selectively harvested in the 1800's for the Singer Company. 

Anyway, there is lots more to do and see there. I highly recommend visiting. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

This Week's Wreck

J is a checker.  He spends a lot of time with the cattle just checking.  But it can really pay off.  He can pick out one that is just starting to feel bad and treat it sooner.  And sometimes he can find problems before they are catastrophes.  
 Who would think a couple of trees could be a problem.  But when J was driving through the field to check the cattle he found this...
 Yes, that calf is stuck between two trees.  J had already tried pushing it out on his own before he came back to the house to get his chainsaw.  He said he needed me to help but I think it was just to get some pictures. 
 The poor thing had already rubbed a sore on his hip. 
 So with chainsaw in hand, J went to work.
 The two trees were sort of connected higher up so it didn't fall.  J just cut a wedge out and we pushed it over far enough for the calf to escape. 
He wobbled off, got a big drink of water and found his mom.  J said he would have felt crushed if he had found the calf dead there.  Glad he checked.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Just Kit Sunday #138

Kit Kat hasn't been going to the old barn much lately.  Then new dogs hate him and act like they would tear him to pieces if he got near them.  The goats have been staying up this way too.  So smart cat that he is, Kit just doesn't go that way.  But the other day, he did follow J to the barn, and promptly got trapped there by Jewel.  
 There is lots for him to do in the barn, so I am sure he wasn't bored. 
 Lots of places to explore. 
 And some new friends to make. 
Well, anyway, I let him hang out down there a couple of days before I rescued him.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Coupon Saturday #13

Haven't done much couponing for a few weeks, but there was a Tide digital that I didn't want to pass up.  Since Dollar General did away with the $3 off $15 that could be used on any day, I have to wait until Saturday to use the $5 off $25.   I don't go to town on Saturday very often, but J needed me to do some banking for him.  So I took the opportunity to do a little shopping. 
 This was my first and best deal, $1.90 + tax.  Savings of $26.
 Then I needed some milk, so not as good but still not too bad, $6.10 + tax, savings, $21.50.  I had a coupon for paper towels that I thought would give overage, but it didn't work, so I didn't get them and replaced it with the milk so thus the higher out of pocket. 
Then some miscellaneous stops at Rite Aid for the free tooth paste, and Family Dollar for $0.50 Tide and $1.50 Persil.  Did anyone else realize that they no longer made Wisk.  I had a bottle that I only used on stains because it was expensive.  It was getting empty so I was looking for Wisk coupons of which there are none.  So I googled Wisk and found they replaced it with Persil.  I may be awhile before it makes it into the front of the rotation. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

This Week, In The Garden

 Things are ripening up around here.
This little row, 
produced a bag full of green beans. 
The broccoli is just about ready to harvest. 
 And I am going to have to look up when to pick okra.  I saw somewhere that it is the new "in" vegetable.   Chefs are calling it the new asparagus.  I think I will also have to look up how to cook it. We might be in for a bumper crop.
Some of the cucumbers are working out. It hasn't rained in a while so I have been watering them to try to keep the bitterness out.  This is what I envisioned, hanging and straight.
 But some of the vines are still running wild across the ground. 
 And speaking of wild, the tomato jungle is getting thicker. 
 J and I have been eating the blackberries as soon as they are ripe, so no leftovers to make a pie with yet.
And my Mandevilla vine is blooming like crazy but not getting very tall yet.  But I do enjoy the pink flowers.   Hope your garden is growing.
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