June 12th 2013 5:54 pm
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Last Sunday we woke up and had no Electricity!
What the hey,was goin' on????????? Gpa called the
company to see if the outage was reported. Yep, it
was....Crew was out lookin' for the problem. We were
out of juice for 5 hours! Do you have any idea how
ugly it is to see hoomans, not have their mornin'
I didn't need 'tricity to have my breakfast! Yippy!
So my breakfast was on time! It had rained again,
during the night...Gpa thought maybe all the water
was a problem???
Nope, it wasn't water....It was a crazy Raccoon!!!!
Showing off for the other wild critters! She decided
to hold a circus act,walk the powerline,like a trapeze
Somebody forget to tell the coons, that isn't a very
smartie thing, to do. She touched a bare wire and
she fried herself. She was totally toast! She took
the 'tricity out for a whole neighborhood. So much
for showin' off for the other critters...
They fixed the mess she made and we had our power
back. It figures,Gma was too tired to wash her
hair the night before,when she showered. They had
a benefit to go to. She had to have the power to
look pretty to go visit. What? Yeah, I thought it
was crazy too! I don't wash my fur to go visit!
Now this mornin' the electric guys came to our
house and.......... Gpa ran in and ask what she
was doing???? She was washing all those yucky
yard clothes and drying a big load of towels.
Only because it had rained yet again......
Seems the guys needed to kill the 'tricity! What
again? Coons???????? Nope! Lightening hit our
power transformer by the shop. It burnt out
some important parts. We still had power...
They shut the power off and changed the parts.
Only down about 30 minutes. But...they told
Gpa it was a good thing...the brackets that
hold the transformer were bad...The whole thing
was barely holding on...Way up on that big pole!
Whoa! That was close!
THEN GMA TOLD ME A STORY ABOUT BEFORE MY TIME:
Seems,way back in 1980,lightening blew a hole
the size of a basketball in their transformer.
The sparks ran down the wires. Burnt their big
shop and machinery building to the ground. The
fire burnt up all Gpa's tools and some small
pieces of machinery. Burnt the hoses and bulbs
on the fuel barrels. Torched a bunch of corral.
The only reason it didn't explode and burn their
house down was: the fuel barrels were filled the
day before. They were full and could expand....
The hooman kids were little and here with a sitter.
They were selling their quarter horse colts.
Two rural fire departments came to fight the fire.
It was a very long night. Gma said, she used a
flashlight to make sandwiches and snacks for them.
Someone had to be awake for a whole week. Watching
smoldering grass seed. A very big mess and took
a long time to clean up. Rebuild and buy all those
important tools once again.
Sure glad I wasn't here then... I would have been
so very afraid. Gma said, her Aunt and Uncle, 1/2
mile away came and got the kids and the sitter.
We have lots of reasons here on the prairie to be
afraid of fire and storms. In 40 yrs. They had
3 big fires and 1 tornado....All 3 did plenty
of damage. My hoomans are pretty tough prairie
stock. They picked up the pieces and moved on.
What else can you do???????? Angel Baby and
Angel Foxie were in the tornado. They were
afraid of thunderstorms,rain,hail,lightening
and all that stuff, the rest of their lives.
June 10th 2013 5:03 pm
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MY SNOUT IS IN HOG HEAVEN.....Let me explain.
Gma has been after Gpa for 3 years to put her mended
flag and new rope on the flag pole. (It's not up yet!
But she's gettin' ready!)Stuff is all here to go!
We dug out a 4 foot circle around the flagpole. We
are going to plant all new flowers in there. We took
away the bricking. A big job to trim around it....
I HELPED!!!!! I did alot that day....I dug in the
moist soil to help Gma. She shook the dirt out of
the roots of all the grass,weeds and plants.I had
so much FUN! Dig Mazy Dig! I did too!!!!!
My Really Important Task was sniffing out,digging
up and counting all the earth worms...There were
Zillions! I guess, they like all the rain we've
been having???? Nope, I don't eat them! I just
dig,throw them to the surface,count them and
send them on their way....
I did get very dirty! I had to have a tubby
before supper that night. Nope, I didn't get to
help plant the vegetable garden this year.
Say what??????? Gma said, they were 2 wks.
late with planting. No time for me to be diggin'
the spuds up, as fast as she put them in the holes.
She also, did something different this year. She
put down landscaping plastic where all the started
plants went. Hoping to reduce her total weeding
time. The peppers,tomatoes,cabbage,cauliflower
are all clothed in black. Today we added grass
clippings on top of that.
There was an Oopsie on the started plants...What are
we going to do with 15 cabbages????????? The 1 box
was suppose to be broccoli...but it's not!!!! Now,
she has to try and track down some broccoli babies.
Gpa has to go to Bismarck for a pump on a tractor.
Gma is going to sweet talk him. Then he'll bring
back some broccoli for her. Took 3 days to plant the
garden. Due to rain,wind and being too wet!
It's in NOW....We have potatoes,onions,tomatoes,green
beans(bush and pole),yellow beans,2 kinds of cucumbers,
peas,5 kinds of lettuce,red and white radish,parsnips,
cauliflower,cabbage,yellow bell peppers,orange peppers,
assorted peppers(that could be interesting?)We also have
orange,red,purple and white carrots. Corn,butternut squash,
summer crookneck and zucchini squash. Last we planted some
cantaloupe. Now we'd sure like plenty of sunshine mixed
with all the rain we've been having. Keeping my PAWS crossed!
Besides Worm Digging....I appointed myself in charge
of catchin' and killin' June Bugs! I can't tell ya, what
it is about them that drives me crazy????? They fly
into the floodlights,are blinded and fall on my steps.
I catch them,throw them all over,leave them as road
kill...I don't eat them! I don't want them buzzing around
my front door...
Hope to be back soon?????Gma is so far behind,we think,
she is ahead of herself.... Time to fry some chicken!
Yummy...chicken for supper! I had some New York strip
for dinner...I'm sure,we'll have a big thunder-boomer!
Snack time, I had vanilla ice cream...They are workin'
this little doxie to a frazzle!I'm wastin' away to nothin'!
I tell ya! They each get a little slower with each
barkday! Yeah,Gma had one this past week...They want
me to be speedier than ever before....I'm having a
barkday every year too...What ya think is up with that??????
Huggies and kissies,Mazy
May 26th 2013 8:18 am
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We think Gma's guardian angel tapped her on the
shoulder this morning. She remembered out of the blue
that we had an old photo of her Dad with Angel Foxie
as a puppy. Also his silver schnauzer Sugar Baby,age 13.
This was taken in 1994 at our place. The year our daughter
graduated from high school. Foxie came from a retired
Navy couple in Indiana. Was brought by travel home to me
in North Dakota. We would fish for 2 wks. every June.
As the northern pike came off the spawning beds.
We posted the picture on our fur babies pages to share.
Dad is honored today with all the others who served
their country through the military. Dad served 32 years
in the U.S. Army. He retired in 1981 from the military.
He then built his retirement home. Landscaped and planted
a beautiful yard with a variety of trees. Enhanced by
all Mom's endless varieties of flowers. They raised a big
vegetable garden every year. Learned to make some very
tasty wines. He carried mail for the U.S. Postal System
for a decade.
Dad re-did all my plumbing and electrical in my old farm
house. Remodeled the house extensively. Built on an additional
2 bedrooms. Allowing everyone to sleep on the main floor.
He also helped build my sister's new home. This was years
after remodeling an old home for her.
He took up furniture making as a hobby. He enjoyed a few
years of some very large projects. He built for me: solid oak
living room furnishings. A large china hutch,entertainment
center,end tables and lamps. He built end tables and coffee
tables for his grandchildren. A library table for himself.
Dad lost his eye sight and was blind the last decade of his
You see, everyday as I go about a normal day....I will think
of him. He did so much here at my home. He taught me to fish.
I was 6 yrs. old when I was given my 1st. bamboo cane pole.
We camped and fished in the state parks in Alabama. Fished for
little sun fish. He'd clean them all,no matter how large or small.
One summer when the 3 grand children were 8,9 and 10. Also
one great-niece. Mother and Dad took them on a trip of a
lifetime. The southern states all the way to Disney World
and back to Indiana. Can you image, 3 adults and 4 kids, ages
8-10???? I was the 3rd. adult.... We had many challenges along
the way. The kids have never forgotten the trip.
Wishing Everyone A Happy Memorial Day Weekend.
Remember the ones who serve today with your prayers.
Take a minute to thank those who served our country
and her people in the past.
God Bless You All,
Mazy,Angel Foxie, Angel Baby,Precious and Gma Keda