Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Anniversary








Today’s our 11th Anniversary; Bulldog Man came home from work with a beautiful bouquet of roses.  I made delicious lasagna with cheese bread for the occasion, along with a coconut cream pie for dessert. 

Enough Said!!







Pic Source: WorkEmpowermentFoundation
 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cleaning the Filters



Welcome to all the new followers to my blog.  

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Back in April of 2012 we created our own gravity fed water filtration system off of instructions posted by Mike Yukon over at the Living Prepared blog.  

Mike even provided the resources and list of materials needed to create your own gravity fed water filtration system.  We placed our order with the resources to create two separate water filtration systems…one for current use, and another for emergency backup.

Every 3 to 6 months we take apart this gravity fed water filtration system to clean the holding device and each ceramic filter.  Most people don’t realize you need to clean your filtration system regularly.  Once you’ve taken your filtration system apart, you’ll notice a film all over the holding container and the ceramic filters.  With warm water, take a dish cloth and wash down the holding container and ceramic filters until this film is no longer evident.  Put the filtration system back together, and fill the top container with water to be processed through the ceramic filters.  


 

 


We have placed cleaning our water filtration system on a routine cleaning schedule.  Have you cleaned your water filtration system lately?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Lake Turn Over



Saturday was beautiful; we woke bright and early, checked the temperature and wind (because this also affects fishing), went and filled the truck with gas……and headed down to the Lake of the Arbuckles to do a little fishing and relaxation.

I suggested this little trip of relaxing, and fresh air; to help with Bulldog Man’s recovery from his second surgical procedure on his neck which was done on Wednesday.  We both are learning……we’re no longer spring chickens, as we get older it takes our bodies longer time to heal or get over a stressful situation.

The drive down south and east through the mountain was enjoyable (some of you will consider this a hill….not a mountain).  We came across a young buck staring us down on the side of the winding road.  He had to be about 2 years of age; his antlers were at most 4 inches tall (Bulldog Man was driving too fast to take a picture).  A couple miles further, just before we reached the end of the small two lane road, a rabbit took off across the street right in front of our truck.  

We arrived at our destination, a nice place……. not to many people know about on this lake.  Unloaded our fishing poles, walked down to the lake and realized the lake had started its fall turn over. 

You asked, what is fall turn over?    During the fall, warm surface water begins to cool.  As the water cools, it becomes denser causing it to sink.  The dense water forces the water on the bottom to rise…turning over the layers.  Lakes do this process twice a year, once usually in the spring, and the second time in fall.  

Fish were swimming, and playing in the water but not biting on our bait.
For an hour and a half, we walked along the banks of the lake watching the water turn over.  While watching the lake turn, we witnessed fog form directly from the lake creating a wall approximately 500 feet tall. 









Granted, we always see fog roll in from side to side early in the morning hours, never directly from the lake turning.  After this wall of fog appeared, it eventually moved and hovered over the entire lake.  Our goal was to catch fish, instead we witnessed seasonal movement of the lake…..I guess you could say it was Mother Nature’s way of cleansing water.  Even though we didn’t catch any fish and out trip was short, we decided to have breakfast down in Sulphur, Oklahoma, at a place called the Poor Girls CafĂ©.
I will say this trip was very relaxing for the both of us. 

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Bulldog Man placed new bearings on our $6.00 windmill, and I took a wire brush to the legs to get the mud off.  I then washed down the entire windmill with hot soapy water.  My next step (this step, I’m taking slow because I have a few other projects that need finishing first) will be to sand down the entire windmill, wipe it down really well, and then paint it.   When I get finished, I will share pictures of the before and after.  




Source Lake Turn Over Illustration-National Geographic

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wheels and Deals



This past weekend, Bulldog Man and I went to an estate sale, and a few yard sales.  I thought I would share with you our amazing finds.

The first item pictured below is a Game Cart/Carrier.  We purchased it for $5.00.  Yes, that’s right……just $5.00.  We need to put bicycle tires on this baby and we’re set.  We can pickup tires relatively inexpensive here at the flea market. I think we got a great deal on this cart/carrier because new they usually go for $130.00 dollars or greater. Bulldog Man is going to have this game cart ready to go in the next couple of weeks because black powder hunting is around the corner.  Who knows; we may just have a deer to put in the freezer.


The next item purchased is a windmill.  I’ve wanted a windmill for years to put up in my garden.  I refuse to pay the price of a new windmill, $200 plus dollars.  So when we ventured into this estate sale, I came across a windmill in relatively good condition for $6.00.  All it needs is new bearings, which are not too expensive, and a little cleaning.  I’ve already ordered the bearings for $8.99, and should have them at the house in a week or so.  Then I think I’m going to change the color of the windmill to John Deere green.  What do you think?  Once I’ve finished cleaning up this windmill and painting it, I will update you with a picture of the final project.  Granted, it may take me a little while to complete this project, with everything else going on at the homestead.

In addition to the windmill, I also found this large stock pot with the glass lid for $5.00 and a bag of silverware for $4.00.  The stock pot will come in handy when making stews/soups and when canning.  As for the silverware, for some unknown reason my set keeps disappearing……………..I’m pretty sure it’s our son who takes the silverware in his lunch, and doesn’t return it. So, having additional silverware for a couple of bucks is better than spending $80.00+ for an entire set.
 
Just dust on the lid, once cleaned it will make for a great pot.



While driving to a yard sale we found in the newspaper, we came across another yard sale at a vineyard and just had to stop. A truck was coming out of the driveway with these beautiful wine barrels in the back of the truck.  When I saw this, a light bulb came on in my brain (okay PP it’s not a little brain so no smart comments) and thought I could really use some large wine barrels in the garden.  The drive to the sale was down this long dusty driveway, which ran alongside the rows of beautiful grapevines. When we reached the end of the driveway, there were two families selling all kinds of items.

Bulldog Man and I have been looking for a heavy duty lawn spreader to hook up to the lawn tractor for distributing fertilizer.  In stores, lawn spreaders that hook to tractors generally start at about $190 and go up from there.  This lawn spreader was a heavy duty one in good condition.  The price was $4.00, I snatched it up………….well... I didn’t really pick this baby up, because it is too heavy.  I told the owner I wanted it, gave them the cash, and they placed a sold sign on that baby. 
A little dirt inside that needs cleaning, otherwise in excellent shape.

Then I found a foldable clothes drying stand for $6.00, and some wire storage baskets (the owner gave me them for free).  





There was also a mini trailer to attach to a lawn tractor for $20.00.  Believe me, I would have snatched this baby up, but we didn’t have room to place it in the truck, and the owners weren’t holding property for a later pickup.   While loading our truck with all of our purchased merchandise, I came across a heavy duty luggage cart.  I purchased this baby to help Bulldog Man with his back pack and lunch cooler when going to work.

I can say going to the estate sale and yards sales this weekend was successful for our homestead.  Not only did we get what we needed, we saved hundreds of dollars in the process. 

Have you been to estate sales, yard sales, and thrift stores lately?  If so, were you able to find some good deals?


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Sweet Kymber, this section of my post is dedicated to you and Jambaloney.  Bulldog Man fired up the grill, and we grilled organic turkey burgers on the grill top, and in a tray we sliced onions, zucchini, squash, and sweet peppers together. And in another pan, we fried up new potatoes in olive oil with fresh parsley.  Dinner was healthy and delicious at the same time.