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Monday, March 28, 2016

Absence

Time is in the countdown before the A-Z Challenge
and my illustrious face will be missing. (I heard that sigh
of relief but honest, I always made my posts short).  I've participated 
in the A-Z every year but always tearing out my hair
because April spring is the busiest month of my year. 

What is it (I'm sure you're asking) that keeps an old broad
so busy in the spring. 
    1. Do you recall the post about the big tree being cut down? There is black
weed cloth that now has to be removed AND it's under a foot of dirt. Then I'll
spread black dirt and gypsum over the whole area for another garden.  Here's
a gardening tip........gypsum will improve hardened soil and clay. It makes
soil lovely to work with.

    2. I will then empty the 3 compost boxes (that are now filled with pure
black gold) and spread on all the gardens.

    3. Then it's "clean the chicken coop" that is filled with the missing
ingredient for the black gold and transfer that to the compost boxes. Chicken
poop makes one of the very best fertilizers.

    4. On Pat's birthday all-day rhyming bash,  I got 5 baby chicks that are
now peeping away in the living room.  Names are Larry, Moe, Curly and
Mildred. There's still one to name. Any suggestions?

I do have a crew of buffed men coming on May 19  to finish up the heavy
outdoor work  but I'll probably have most of it done by that time.

I'll be peeking in on you and I wish you all a Happy A--Z  Month.





48 comments:

  1. Got your hands full indeed there at your feed. Sometimes life takes priority, when you have one lol 5 chicks will ad more to your growing zoo. Maybe name it Rhyme? 24? Tap? I suck at naming.

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    1. Pat
      You always crack me up. But in truth, I guess my life is
      is my yard. My country yard in the middle of a city. Yeah, pretty pathetic.

      "Rhyme" sounds good and tells it all. What am I missing with the 24? I know you always have a meaning behind
      your words. LOL You don't suck at "naming." Who else
      could come up with a name of "Fart'n Martin?"

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    2. haha Gassy Lassy works too. 24 as they were born on the 24th.

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  2. Sounds like a lot of hard work that I think you will probably enjoy...the sore muscles not so much.

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    1. joeh
      You are right and the sore muscles usually come on
      the second day. Gives one a day to look forward to it.
      LOL

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  3. Thanks for the gypsum hint. I have all clay and rocks here.
    The chicks sound adorable. Would have to see them to think of a name. I'm awful at naming.
    Glad you are employing muscle for the heavy work. The only way to go.

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    1. Patti
      Gypsum works great. Hardest part is working it into the hard packed soil. LOL
      I always like the things you do to your yard too. I call my yard a "country yard" but it's just another handle for a messy yard. When lawns are too well manicured I always think of chemicals and boring. Hahaha

      The muscle men are free, too. It's some city project to help seniors beautify their yards.

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  4. Will be watching from the side lines this year, and wandering about. Since husband's 89 yr. old woman died two months ago, we are all in such shock and still working through estate matters, etc.
    Mom K. was considering re-joining Square Dance club the week before.
    Take photos of the buff men. Ask them to remove their shirts.

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    1. Susan
      I am so sorry. You know, when one gets older, you just never know what's around the corner. It's best to enjoy every moment there is left and square dancing would be one of the ways.
      That's what I'm about now, too. I'm trying to eliminate stuff and put affairs in order to make it easier for my kids.

      Great idea you have about the buff men. I guess I'm not as old as I think I am. Hahaha

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  5. That reminds me I must get some gypsum we have lots of clay.
    Merle...............

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    1. Merle
      Your beautiful garden. I love to look at your photos of your garden. You have everything in your yard..... chicken too.
      LOL

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  6. I'm not doing it either, Manzanita. See you around...

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    1. Karen
      It seems as if many of the "old omes" are dropping out but they have new people coming in. It is really fun and I did enjoy it. I met a lot ton of new people.

      Yup......see you around.

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  7. I would only say you are a busy broad. Good for you.

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    1. Paula
      Busy.... one of my least desirable traits. It's always been difficult for me to just chill out and do nothing. Haha I can't even visit on the phone. If a friend who lives in town calls, I usually suggest we take a walk and do our talking. Thanks for dropping by. I haven't been on line much of late.
      From this "old broad" I love old broads. Hahaha

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  8. I'll give gypsum a try. I'm taking on the Mama's gardens. Definitely got big shoes to fill.

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    1. Susie
      Hey.... You've already been doing it. And a great job too, I will add. I discovered gypsum a few years back. It takes a little muscle to work it into the soil but it makes the dirt sweet and pliable. Yesterday I devoted several hours to removing the black weed barrier cloth. That is grunt work but I found it's easier if I just cut it down into smaller sections and shovel and pull. I'm not sore today but it usually comes on the second day. blaat

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  9. I'm not doing the A-Z either, I did it once and that was enough.
    I've known about gypsum forever, here in Adelaide we have clay soil and every gardening column in every newspaper/magazine recommends it.
    Your Black Gold will help a lot too.

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    1. River
      Thanks stopping. It seems that I've been going off in all directions at once .... not by choice but there is always so much to do.

      I guess I did know about gypsum waaaay back but then I forgot about it and just rediscovered it a few years ago. My neighbors didn't seem to know about it either. So glad you knew about it for your clay soil.
      I let the girls have the full run of the yard and they have made a mess of it with their dust baths, etc. But.... my chickes can do "no wrong"...... especiall as long as they provide me with those yummy organic eggs.

      It appears that a lot of people aren't doing A-Z this year. People choose some interesting subjects and I have always learned a lot of it. It will be nice to just pop in the blogs when I have the time.
      Take care and you are preparing for winter.

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  10. Oh no! So much work. But I bet you enjoy it. I stopped participating in A-Z a few years ago, because it kept stressing me out too much, but I always provide support to those participating. Good-luck with all the work. Please, do take care of yourself.

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    1. Murees
      Oh dear sweet Murees. I do enjoy the outdoor work. I'll tell you a secret. If my mother could have been diagnosed, I'm sure she would have been extreme OCD. She would not let anyone into her kitchen so I never learned to cook but I spent my youth outdoors tending the yard and gardens. It carried over into my adult live and I'd much rather work outside than in the house. LOL

      You are one smart cookie to realize what is giving you stress and then give that up. I take on too much.
      Thanks for the sweet advice.

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  11. Dear, Manzanita! Just wanted to stop by to say hello and just wondering whether you got my two letters? Well, glad you are posting again and busy with your garden and homestead. All the best to you! Zara

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  12. You'll be missed (here) this April.

    What about Lucille for the unnamed chick?

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    1. Robin
      Since you and Pat were the only 2 suggesting names,
      I'm using both Lucille and Rhyme in both of your
      honor for the chickens. You should be busting your
      buttons with pride. LOL

      So the names will be Mildred and Lucille (those 2 go well
      together and I never liked Curly very much so that will be replaced with Rhyme and then Larry and Moe.
      Oh dear, it's always such a dilemma to name the babies.
      Lottsa luck with the A-Z.

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  13. My challenge is nearly done.
    I have three letters to go.
    Don't sound like fun.
    But, the first eleven's done, ya know.

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    1. Al
      Challenge Day, have some fun
      I'll stop by to see what you've run
      I'm sure it's great, under the sun

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  14. My challenge is nearly done.
    I have three letters to go.
    Don't sound like fun.
    But, the first eleven's done, ya know.

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  15. picture above with ice and a house so lovely to look at ,best of luck for your challenge dear

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    1. Balli
      Thank you for visiting and the comment.

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  16. I liked your A-Z posts, but busy calls, and busy you must. :)

    I'm trying to think of someone famous named Mildred, so I can find a best friend or spouse to name your other chick...no luck on the brainfront. Do let us know though, when you make a choice. :)

    Happy busying!!

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    1. Dear Rosey
      Robin and Pat were the only people with suggestions, so I'm using both. The name are Rhyme and Lucille. I never did like the name of Curly when I think of it alone, so I'm just using the Larry and Mo..... and I'm not even so sure about those names. Lucille fits in with the rest of the old-fashion names of Marjorie, Mildred, Mathilda and now Lucille. I like Rhyme because "I do it every day. I'll have 9 chickens (if all goes well with all of them). The other 2 are named Buffy and Scapy.

      The babies are a little over a week old and beginning to sprout little feathers on their wings. They, of course, are in
      my living room and under heat lamps. When they are 6-8
      weeks old, they'll be ready to be out, providing our weather is warm. I won't put them in with the older girls because you know the phrase, "pecking order" and the babies will be at the bottom of the chain. Sooooo the babies will go into their own little adorable coop until they can withstand the barbs of old hens. Light Brahma is a breed of chicken that is large and makes a wonderful leader of the group. They are non-aggressive but won't take crap from any other chicken, either. There is the old one but now I got a new one in the young group. I wonder if they will get along and be friends or if the young one will try to take over as leader.
      Chickens are so sensitive and smart. I could never, never, never raise chickens as food.

      There was an old movie, "Mildred Pierce" starring Joan Crawford but right now, I can't think of any famous person by name of Mildred. The 3 old-fashioned names beinning with M were the names of my mother and her sisters.

      Thanks for thinking about my chickens, Rosey.

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    2. Lucille was my grandmother's middle name. And you know I loved her so, so I think that is a perfect name. :) Just as an aside, my gram's name was Della, and her sisters were Ethel, Edna, Emma (married to Emory), Mable, and Mary. ;) My grandfather...Myron. Makes me laugh... not-a-one is a name you hear much anymore. :)

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    3. Rosey
      I love all your family names and I love that you share them with me and the blogging world. We are all soooo much more than bloggers. We share our family and the
      history. I used to hear Myron a lot when I was young, in fact I heard all those names. I'm so unfamiliar with names of these times that I don't know what gender it may depict. But I guess that is the reason.....an ungendered or disengendered world they want us to live in. It's what one "FEELS" like. I feel like my SS should be increased. Do you think that will happen??????? BUT IT'S HOW I FEEL.

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  17. I miss you, but I totally understand! Enjoy the spring, "old broad", you deserve it.

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    1. Dear Bish
      Perhaps next year but then again, perhaps not. It's always such a busy garden month. Good luck to you and enjoy it.

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  18. I hope you have a most wonderful of springs, Manzanita. I have never participated in the A-Z. I always tell myself "next year" :)

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    1. Keith
      That's a good idea.... it extends your life because "next year" never comes.

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  19. Five baby chicks... That's quite a handful.

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  20. Blue
    Yes, and a lot of people would like to make them also a mouthful.
    Not my babies and never on my watch.

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    1. Hello Randy
      Randy's dandy.
      Sweeter than candy
      I suppose you're tired
      of hearing that one.

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    2. I'd rather you sang it twice
      That would be nice
      Randy is ill
      Ain't that a pill?

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  21. I came for a visit - as I clicked it at Pat's.

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  22. Just heading over to say howdy. :)

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  23. I hope you're having a wonderful break, Mazanita. I've had a lot of the summer off with our guests and traveling. I'll look forward to seeing you when you return.

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