Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dogs, Dreams and Dinner

So yesterday, I decided it was high time to sort and organize my shelf that holds my canning jars. Living in a trailer, of course we had to build shelves. I realize the manufacturer only has so much space and "quality" to work with, but I have seen a lot of houses with no shelves or storage either. Lucky for me, my husband is quite a handy builder. So, now I have shelves and storage.

Anyway, back to my canning jars. I need more. I have some, but no where near to what I need. I am going to start canning more of the beef. I got some stew beef canned up. Next up will be hamburger. I have never canned hamburger before so it will be a new experience for me. I will take some photos and let you know how that goes. Also, I will try some to see how it turns out. I know I won't be able to make burgers out of it, but since hamburger is so versatile, I am sure I can come up with something to try it in.

Also, I never realized dogs could have bad dreams. Last night, my husband and I were sitting in our living room watching a little boob tube with our dog sleeping by our feet. Suddenly, he jumped straight up, seemed very agitated and confused and it took some doing to calm him down. He finally calmed down and laid back down, but had to be touching both of us. He just seemed to need to be comforted. Which of course we were more than happy to do. If I could get my hands on whoever it was who owned him previously, I would probably end up in jail. There is never a reason to mistreat an animal.

We had hamburger steaks, gravy and the beans from our garden for dinner last night. The beans that we are growing for fresh eating are called gold rush beans. They are string-less and very tender. They cook in about 15-20 minutes tops. We are also eating the tiger eye beans fresh along with them. When those beans are young the whole bean, shell and all can be eaten, A little more mature and the beans but not the pod can be eaten. At full maturity, they make a fine textured and flavored dry or soup bean. Tonight, if the rain holds off, we are going to grill some steak and veggie kabobs. If it does rain, we are going to have fried ham and eggs. Either way, yum. 😀

Yesterday, we received our hydraulic log splitter. I am not keen on chopping wood when I am at home alone since I happen to be accident prone. That would be a disaster in waiting! It is a 10 ton splitter and manually operated so I can get started splitting the wood that we bought and get it stacked up where we want it. I love to sit around the fire pit outside or in front of the fire place when it's really cold outside.

Today, I am picking up some hours for a fellow employee who needed off for a funeral. While I am at work, I will pick up some pepper and cucumber plants. Since mine are super pathetic and not growing, I will supplement the garden. I really hope to have some better luck starting the peppers from seed next year. It's been a bust for about two years in a row now. If we have some at work, I am also going to get an okra plant. Maybe two, but that would be it for okra. That stuff is prolific here.

I also would like to say thanks to Wirecutter for sending folks my way. I appreciate all the folks who stopped by to visit. Thanks to all of you!


  1. It's nice to listen to plain folk and not get caught up in all the nations troubles and corruptions. I came over from Wirecutter and glad I did. You seem to have a simple country sense to you and I enjoy reading about it. I live in the wilds of South Dakota now but come the end of this month I am moving to Tennessee my self. I used to live in Alabama for a number of years and know how to conduct myself in a Southern fashion. Look to reading more of your musing... Kevin

  2. Well, I must say when I first moved down here, I was in total culture shock! People actually talk to you and are friendly when you check out at the stores. That was a completely new experience for me. And Let me be the first to say Welcome back! Thank you for coming by. As far as trouble and corruption, there's plenty of it everywhere and always has been. All we can do is be ready for what we can and remember to enjoy our lives.

  3. I am from Oregon and when I was a kid it was like that but as commiefornias started moving to the area it's character changed drastically. I was stationed in Alabama while in the Army and liked it. I even married an Alabama bell but, that didn't work out. I have missed being in the South, you are right people treat people well and are friendly. May I ask where you are from? Kinda get an idea why the culture shock came form?

  4. I am from IL. That should explain everything! LOL Rude, constricting and expensive. I am much happier down here in TN.

  5. I understand completely! I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan but moved with the family when I was two years old, so Oregon I consider my home. I have relatives in that area and I was a nurse years ago and had moved back to Grand Rapids in 1990 and only stayed two years. I worked at the hospital I was born in and I just didn't fit into the people there. It too was a rude, inconsiderate and constricting life with the people there. Oregon is now that way. So, I decided to move back to where I know the people are friendly and living is cheaper and people tend to mind their business. I have a small travel trailer and can move around fairly easy and have a bed to sleep in and a pot to pee in... I haven't decided exactly where I will end up, just gots to see where it is a best fit. Sorry about my comments being long, I tend to write long letters...

  6. No problem for long letters! Hopefully you find what you are looking for once you get here.