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There has not been even one post for the month yet.        Let me be the first to post for October on the Shack, even if it is just a greeting and no particular thought provoking thread.    I will just use it as an opportunity to catch you up a bit about us.  I really hope you will do the same with us ... catch us up on you and yours.     

What has everyone been up to these days?  I know that Rick mentioned recently that he has gone through some back surgery!      OWWWEEEE!  That could NOT have been any fun!     How are you doing, by the way Rickster?  

Maybe most of you know that Jim and Adam started up the ShovelAudio.       That has been quite an enjoyment and a time consumer for both of them.  There has been a lot involved in the setting up, getting the right equipment, finding the best programs, getting the sound right, discussing what will be discussed, recording it and then editing it, etc.  It is a constant work in progress, with some wonderful encouragement and provokement of thought.     I think they both have really been enjoying it.  It is great fun to listen to them during the week when I get a chance.    I hope you get a chance to listen, too. 

Jim has been extremely busy in the back yard as we have discussed over the months about trying to grow some of our own fresh organic produce.  It is far too expensive in the stores.  Food prices, along with just about all other prices, have gone up exorbitantly, as I am sure you have all noticed in your own pocketbook and bank account.     Everyone knows how hard things have been and are getting.  We are just trying to see if we can produce something for ourselves that will help take the sting out of the grocery bill, if you know what i mean? 

We are learning a lot.  For one thing, it is NOT an easy thing to do!    phew!  Challenges all over the place!  Resistance!  Bug and pest invasions, diseases,  waiting on the compost, etc.  We have tried several different composting productions.  Jim is currently working on building a concrete slab and walls with several bins to make our new composting process faster, easier and more productive. 

We just learned recently about how wonderful seaweed is for building health and nutrition in the compost.  Also how wonderful and healthy it is for Palm trees and other  tropical plants which we have in abundance around here.  I even discovered one guy who grows his potatoes in nothing but seaweed beds!  Can you believe that?  I don't know how healthy they are growing only in seaweed, but they do grow in it.     Personally, I think we will still just compost our seaweed and mix it with our other healthy soil mixtures.    The great thing about the seaweed for us is that we are only about 7 - 10 minutes away from the beach (depending on traffic and lights) and more seaweed than we can even gather!  It has motivated us more to go early to the beach on a weekend morning and take advantage of the ocean harvest of beached seaweed, both dried and fresher seaweeds.    Another use is that it is great to spread out in an area that you want to clear out weeds and grasses to then later rebuild the soil in that area and plant other things.  This one guy lays out newspaper or cardboard and then tosses seaweed over top of that and lets it do its thing.    I love learning all these helpful, healthful and productive things! 

Jim has been busy also building our first is a series of raised garden boxes.  By 'raised', I mean about waist high.    This one is about 4 x 8.  I LOVE it!  I just planted a few things in it yesterday afternoon. 

Our first batch of garden soil was infested with grub worms that eat plants from the roots.  They are basically beetle larvae!  Cursed things!      Jim had to remove that whole first batch of soil, and now we have to spread it out and pick through it extremely carefully to get rid of the buggers!  The birds will love them!    Jim mixed and replaced that soil with a fresh batch. 

He is going to work on our vine boxes next.  My squashes are ready to climb already!    They are putting out their little grabby feelers.  I tasted my first squash flower last week.  I am in LOVE!       They are soooo delicious!!  yuhhhHHHMM!   I think I should grow a whole box just for the squash flowers! 

I would eventually love to have one garden-box set apart for the sole purpose of growing a few things that we could possibly share with neighbors and friends for 'donations' to help us out financially with the maintaining and sustaining of our food.  It would help us AND them.     Food prices for good and healthy food are so high that it forces people to spend their hard earned money on cheaper non-healthy food.  If we could help even a little bit ... ourselves, other family members, and a few neighbors, it would be a GOOD thing.  But, of course we will have to wait and see if we can even do it for our own-selves first.    My imagination can suffer from delusions of grandeur like anyone else. 

I could go on and on about our new gardening adventures, but this has probably been boring enough.     I will spare you.  Nice of me, eh? 

I will say this ... we have had a wonderful rainy Summer in our town for the first time in years!  We have been in drought for years now!  It still has not rained enough to remove our water restrictions, BUT ... everything is GREEN now!     It no longer looks like the land that was drying up and dieing ... the land that was transforming into desert!    I am sooo thankful and happy about the rain and the GREEN!!  I will certainly enjoy it while it lasts!!  I LOVE GREEN!!!!!  

Our grandkids are getting so old and big!    Our grandson just turned 12 last month!  12!!  Yeah, I know I am short and it almost doesn't count, but still ... he is almost taller than me already!     Our granddaughter turned 11 over the Summer!  She rescued an abandoned duck-egg  at a farm we visit from time to time.  The man told her she could keep it.  He said she might be able to hatch it, but he could not guarantee it.  So that is her current project of hope.      Both kids are in Middle School now with all new school adjustments, adventures, and challenges! 

Jim and I have been juicing for almost 3 months.  That has been a BIG time consumer!      I practically LIVE in the kitchen anymore.    Our energy and stamina are definitely improved when we drink the veggie/fruit juices.  Various aches and pains have subsided for me.  Joints especially ... knees and hips for sure!  I am still slow and a little back-achey, BUT the improvement is wonderful and I enjoy functioning better now.    My gut does not suffer all the bloat and swelling that it used to.  The juice has been great for that.  I don't crave bad things or fast easy convenient things all the time.  I am able to be stronger and less interested in the bad-for-me things.   We are getting so many fresh and living nutrients that our bodies are not as insane and desperate to try to find what they need in more fast and easily available convenient nutrition-less food stuffs.  No quick-fix miracles here.  Just a LOT of work, time and energy, that is for sure. 

All this stuff keeps us on the home-front even more, and helps keep medical needs and expenses at bay.  I just wish my teeth and eyes would catch up with all these learning experiences, nutritional improvements, hard work and time-expense!    sighhhh .... perhaps they just need more time. 

Our car and our house just keep getting older and more needy like our bodies!  All a part of this journey and visit here, isn't it?  Always SOME-thing demanding and/or needing from us.   

Our beloved feline pet died this summer.     That was rather traumatic.     I loved Miss Priss, despite my allergies and despite all the cleaning I had to do to keep her fur as under control as I was able.  She was 18 years old.   A beautiful Mainecoon!  She had mouth cancer and it was a horrible experience!    I miss her.    Sometimes I am so sure that I hear her meowing behind me, or passing by me, or jumping up on something or down off of something else in a nearby room.  Just sounds that trick me, but ... those times grab my heart and attention, remind me of her and make me misty.    It was both mine, our daughter's and our granddaughter's first time having to put a beloved pet to 'sleep' and stay there with her while it happened!     None of us want to ever experience THAT again! 

So ... welll ... our garden will have to be my new pet now.      My allergies can not handle any more fur.   The gardening is certainly more work, time and energy!  Isn't very cheap initially either, but I do really enjoy it!    Hopefully .... very hopefully, it will all pay for itself in time.

That is about all I can think of currently.     Far more than you wanted to know I am sure!       

We love hearing from you and all about you and yours, so ... please catch us up!    




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Thanks for that, Sherri! :)

I'm almost at the 20 year mark at Home Depot. I have a hard time fathoming that. It was going to be a temporary job.

I figured I would check out the social network, so I'm on FaceBook now (actually, a couple of months or more). I'll be adding comments to announce new Spoonfuls and Shovel Audios ... stuff like that. I'm also adding some photos there.

I bought myself a Kindle reader ... twice. I accidentally dropped and broke my first one . This time I also purchased a decent leather cover. Right after I bought the second one, Amazon came out with a new version at the $79 price point. Oh well. I love it because I can read during my lunch time at work, and during breaks.

Jim :)


      

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   Well, let's see....the harvest season is over here, we had our growing season from May -September.  I didn't have a vegetable garden this year.  I didn't have time to get one in in May, but I had a lot of fun with flower gardening this year.   We took a trip up North in the early summer and I brought back a bamboo plant from the resort we stayed at.  The owner said I could dig one up, so that I did and brought it home.  It 'took' well, and grew some this summer, so I hope we get some bamboo next year.  Dried, they make good campfire kindling.   I never knew bamboo grew in Minnesota, so that's kind of fun.   I spent other time, while we were on the road, taking short trips between home and the cabin, looking for other plants as well.   I think Dave probably wants me to stop 'looking' before our yard becomes all flowers.  But, it makes for less mowing for him!

 
  Dave broke a bone in his foot weeeeeeeks ago helping someone move.   I think we're almost into week 12 with the "Frankenstein"  boot.  He was sent to a Podiatrist after the first month or so, as it wasn't healing well, and he said that if Dave would have come to him right away, they would have put a pin in it, and he would have healed faster....sheesh, he's been suffering with this thing for so loooong.   We're hoping by the next Dr. visit ( in a week or so) the bone will be healed!

   During the Spring and Summer, I spent 3 days a week walking son Paul's dog, Penny, in the afternoon.  I really enjoyed that!  His townhouse complex has a Nature Preserve in the backyard with a pond and wildflowers/wild life in it, so we strolled around the path on the walks.  She's kennel trained now, so I don't 'have' to do it now, but I really enjoyed being with her. I forgot that I can get her and take her on walks whenever I want, so, I'll probably do that yet again this fall.

  With the Fall upon us, I look forward to the Apple Harvest so I can make pies and sauces.  Soon I hope to be in the kitchen doing that.    I'm also doing some quilting, which I do most of the time, but even more so as it gets colder and we're inside more.  The backyard is full of leaves, so when they've all fallen, I'll go back and rake.   

   Fun catching up!

  



      

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i am sooo glad you posted mclady!  i enjoy reading about others!    i would LOVE to see all your flowers!  a yard full of flowers is soooo wonderful!!     flowers are something that we do NOT have here on our little lot, except for the occasional blooming of our bougainvillea.  the neighboring yard to the north of us has a very large royal poinciana tree that has firey orange flowers on it when it blooms, and it has overgrown into our yard.  provides nice shade.  it is quite the site when it is in bloom.  so bright!  i love it.  its blooming season however has already past.  now it breaks off and drops these brittle branches and very large seedpods that the squirrels absolutely LOVE!    it can make a mess on the ground, but ... that is just more good stuff for the slower compost piles!    jim will be cutting it way back soon tho' b'cuz we need all the sun we can get for the food boxes to produce.  especially in our cooler months ahead, few as they may be.  we are supposed to be able right now to plant just about anything and everything in our 'food' garden.  can you believe that?!    we are in zone 10b.

there is also a large frangi-pani next door that has grown over our fence line the past several years, too.  it is also known and a plumeria, and also called the 'hawaiian lei flower tree'.  very wonderful sweet scented flowers!  they make a real mess to clean up, but ... still pretty and fragrant.  :)

peaceful walks with Penny around the Nature Preserve sound so calming.    i would enjoy a nice walk around with the two of you.     i would enjoy your company AND some of that fresh homemade pie!   i LOVE homemade fresh apple pie!!     mcdave is a lucky mcman!!  

we ARE feeling a definite difference in the air here.  i think it actually got down to 79 degrees F. last night!    that is refreshing compared to the 90s and high 80s we have been having to endure.  i don't expect that it will last long tho'.  it was just a passing front.  it is supposed to warm right back up after we get some rain over the weekend.  the seas are supposed to be rougher, too.  i don't know if we will be able to do the beach walk thing this weekend, but ... we will see.  our town seems to be in some kind of 'pocket' that tends to prevent us from having the same weather that other towns around us have.    it can be kinda weird sometimes. 

boy would i love your leaves for our compost!  we have plenty of green stuff for the compost, but are usually low on the browns!    it comes and goes in spurts.  we don't have enough of the browns.  even the seaweed is considered 'green'.  so we are kinda out of balance sometimes in that department.  we are 'making' browns by waiting for the greens to dry up and brown before we add them to the already abundance of other greens. 

so sorry to hear about mcdave's foot!  eeeegads!  i do hope he will receive good news concerning its healing soon!    keep us posted about that.  he must be so weary with the whole deal. 

quilting sounds wonderful.  i know i could learn so much from you.   i have dreams of someday making quilts for us and our family.  my own versions of them, anyway.  i think they would still be considered 'quilts'.  maybe just 'throws'.  i dunno.   but ...  time will tell.     i dream of doing all kinds of creative things.  but that would require multi-tasking, and that is not something i am able to do very well, if at all. 

it is really a precious thing to read you, mclady!     i hope others will join us here and just have fun catching up with one another and each other's experiences along the journey. 

i send you guyz hugs.   




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well lets see. savannah is now doing great in school after a rough three week start. what a relief on all our hearts. shes getting tall too. shes in third grade and taller than most fifth graders.

ive been home twiddling my thumbs recovering. still no heavy lifting so projects are being put off. had a scare when my back started popping and squeaking the other day. i thought the hardware was coming loose but the doctor reassured me all is normal. traceys optimism helped greatly as well. i saw myself collecting early disability.

traceys been working alot and doing a great job of maintaining the foliage while all i can do is mow the weeds, which by the way, look as good to me mowed as grass does with lower maintenance. haha.

sherry im so sorry to hear of your kitty. i know how sad that is as we have put several dogs down in our own house due to cancer. it never gets easier.

i hope to be back to work in a couple of weeks full duty. i still go down to homestead for the airforce reserves light duty once a month. at least its something. i should be able to start up my reserve police work again soon.

i wish i had a green thumb but to no avail. all my grass is dead. again thank goodness for weeds.

we have our halloween decorations up and savannah is getting excited about trick or treating. shes going to be harmione granger from harry potter. she loves those movies and books.

i love the cooler weather coming in and hope to convert our garage into some kind of spare room/den. i would love a cabin theme. im not that handy tho and just toss ideas in my head more than anything with no real starting point.

we went to my little sisters farm in western virginia again this past summer and had a great time. tubing, hiking, and lots of campfires. as much as i want the farm life, i dont see it happening anytime soon if ever. at least we can visit.

we have a 55 gallon aquarium and our 2 angel fish had about 150 eggs. we were able to save 4. haha. i guess thats why they lay so many for inept aquariologists(not a word by the way) like me.

well thats about it for now. just another groundhog day for the most part. thanks for sharing all.

rick

      

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Rick, thanks for keeping us up on what up with you.

      

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hi rickster 

i so enjoyed reading all you had to share.  savannah may be getting taller, but ... i think she was born tall!    i rejoice with you in her being more at ease about particulars with school!  

hardware squeaking and popping!?    yyyyyIKEs dude!  so we can call you 'metal man' now.    hey, do you do any physical therapy?

we have not had any rain now for several days and things are ALREADY dry again and browning!  just like that!  that is what sucks about having nothing but sand for ground foundation!  water just disappears like it never even existed! 

i hope you had a great time at your sister's.     does she still have the horses?

funny about the aquarium and the 150 fish eggs down to 4!  that is what it would be like for me, too.  i don't bother with aquariums.  i just don't have the patience or desire, but i do enjoy looking at other folks aquariums - watching the fish swim, etc.  jim's baby bro' is really into them.  he had us collect some kind of beached seabeans on our beach walk to send to him in missouri for his tanks.  they help clean the water, etc.  i kept a few for myself and rooted them in water.  they have reahhhhllly pretty red roots!  they are supposed to make nice houseplants, so we will see. 

i love harry potter movies, too!   

tell your girls hello for us!    

trini has been sick in bed with a sore throat and morning croupy cough today.    she missed a day of school and stayed in bed all day.  that is NOT our trini.  she is a bouncy jabbery little tigger, so ... we know she really does not feel good at all.     seth is supposed to be coming over tomorrow night, so i must let christy know that trini is sick.  that might change those plans.  we will see. 

jim and i both worked outside today.     i was turning things over in our beautiful rich black compost pile only to discover and count out FIFTY SIX more grub worms!!  talk about an infestation!  and those are just the ones i found.  there could easily be that many more or even more than that still hiding in there!  i read somewhere that good farmers are not really food growers, but soil growers.  if they take care of the soil and make it healthy, then the soil will grow the food and it will be as healthy as the soil that it grows in.  well ... i feel like i am just 'growing' grub worms at this point!!  just call me 'grubby'!!  they are reahhhhlly healthy and fat and tough, too!   sighhhh ...  i must do some more searching on the computer for info. about those blasted things.  grrrrr arrrg   

great hearing from you!  i so hope that your back will heal well and thoroughly before you have to get back to regular work routines!  ouch!  keep us posted! 




      

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..it is great to hear bout you all. Great to hear FROM
you too!

      

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um hmmmm ... and how about YOU mr. dominic adam harte?  we DO want to hear from you, too, ya know?  






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Hi Sher,

Well I have been just busy working the two jobs and
of course my extra time working on the Shovel Audio
programs. The weather here in Fort Co is starting to
finally look like fall and so I have been scrambling
to get what I want done. Purchased a new office
chair and it is KILLIN my back!
I had
originally purchased it to HELP my back. So, I have
to go all the way back and return it and look for
another. I am doing an overhaul on my office to make
it a little more orderly. Working on 3 projects
continually really is difficult with my current set
up.

We finally received the new router from the
cable company and have power to the lap top
downstairs. Hannah is now really into using the
computer and so she stays glued to it for a couple
of hours a day in the kitchen. This seems to have
had a profound effect on her mom in a good way.
Maybe it is the feeling of less demand and
expectation. That can be a real killer both internal
and external. So that's some of what is up
here.

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adam, great to read you  :)  

i know first hand about getting an office chair that turns out to be such a disappointment.  the one i picked out felt awesome at the store, but then after a few days at home, it reahhhhlly sucked!    my back let me know pretty quickly.  the only thing good about it is how GREAT is SPINS!  weeeeee ... the grandkids and i LOVE that part of it!    a reahhhhl smoooooooth and fast spin!    i wanted it for my back like you wanted yours for your back, but ... somehow it 'tricked' me!  the cheaper price was a big seller, too.  so ... in my particular case, it was just a big delusion.  it was a big sale item as well.  now i know why.    i still have it ... like i said, the kids love it!  it adjusts up and down as well.  it has been great for them, even tho' now it is very much an eye sore and has become noisy and clunky sounding.    every time i say i am gonna toss it out soon, they object of course.  i won't really toss it until i have something to replace it with, so it is here to stay for a while.  they are happy about that. 

2 jobs ... a family ... a home ... and the shovelaudio!  that is a FULL schedule!  plus i am sure you could think of a few more things from time to time that you forgot.  i enjoy the shovelaudio.     you are great at relating with, keeping focus, and putting words to so many of the internal questions we may have found ourselves wondering about, and may still yet have.    jim is great at provoking thought and so encouraging with the Person of Christ Himself as our Life.  i think you make a great team, really.     

i can just see your hannah in my imagination enjoying the use of the computer.    i know our grandkids sure like to use mine. 

speaking of grandkids, i must take off now and go pick our granddaughter up from school. 

great to hear from you.  sending hugs. 


      

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Thanks Sher, great to hear from you.[and others!]


Love,

Adam

PS: I get a new desk next week[from Amazon.com] and
my legs will actually be able to find underneath it!
[yes!!] It will take assembly on my part but, I
think once it is up it will be well worth all the
hassle of removing all my current set up, moving the
old one out and building the new.]

      

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cool!  sounds great!  i am happy for ya, dude.  enjoy!  i hope it all goes well.  better function ... more comfortable, etc.  




      

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