Wednesday, July 9, 2014

*****Give - Away *****, Windows & Bricks 8.1



I know you probably want to know what I’m hosting for a give – away, and that’s fine; but before discussing it, I want to document a few things since this is a journal of things going on here at the Livesay Homestead.

First off, Bulldog Man was downloading a few Microsoft updates to our computer.  After downloading the updates, Bulldog Man went to go on the computer to use it when the computer failed.  He was unable to get the computer to turn on properly.  The computer would continue turning itself on and off.  With every attempt to fix it turning up negative, we had no choice but to purchase another tower to add to our system.  Now we’re stuck with learning Window 8.1; talk about so different than using the typical 7.0.  

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The cucumbers in my garden have started producing the right size cucumbers for making pickles.  I pulled off 5 on the first round from the vine, and then another 7.  Enough to start canning dill and bread and butter pickles.  I was able to get 2 quarts of dill, along with 5 pints and 2 quarts of bread and butter jars.  I used the quart size jars on the bread and butter pickles because I ran out of pint size jars.  

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Lupin flowers are starting to grow in the front garden beds, their flowers are purple; thanks to Sweet Kymber from Framboise Manor, she sent me those seeds.  


More Zinnas are growing with unique colors, here’s one of my favorite.

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I’m always looking up at the sky for beautiful clouds in shapes of characters.  Here’s a turtle laying on his back, or maybe an alien baby. Your thoughts??

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You have an opportunity to win a Food Network™ Porcelain Egg Carton Holder.

Its elegant porcelain design is perfect for serving up hard-boiled eggs or storing fresh eggs in the refrigerator. You'll love the simple beauty and convenience of this Food Network egg holder.
  • Pure white porcelain construction promises lasting beauty.
  • Details:
    • Holds 12 eggs
    • Dishwasher & microwave safe
To do so, please place a comment below on this post.  Tell me about yourself, the garden you’re about to create, your chickens, no chickens or anything that relates to your homestead.  This will qualify, and enter you in the drawing.  

Entries must be received by Sunday, July 13, 2014 by 11:59 PM. The drawing will be held Monday evening, July 14, 2014.

All names will be placed in a bowl, and a name will be drawn from the bowl Monday evening, July 14, 2014.  If your name is picked as the winner, I will post your first name on my blog site, along with my e-mail address. 
You will have 4 business days to respond to me, by e-mail, with your mailing address. If I receive no response from the winner, your entry will be null (void), and I will be required to pick another winner.

All entries must be made on the comment form of this post.  One entry per person. Good Luck Everyone!!!!

25 comments:

  1. Please Add me to the contest... : )

    Girl, I showed ND those pickles, and his eyes got bigger then his belly. He LOVES pickles. just regular dills, he would eat them all day.

    I have missplaced the lupin seeds Kymber gave me. It is not surprise though with all the stuff I have going on. I hope she will forgive me. : (

    hugs to you and bulldog man.. TTYL

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    1. JUGM,

      You've been entered in the give-away.

      I love pickles myself......I'm the only one in my house that will eat them.
      I think Kymber will forgive you. You've been busy.
      Hugs and love to you, Senior, and the Boys
      Sandy

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    2. JUGM, Gurlie - i can send you a bucket-load more of lupin seeds. give me a day or two. much love hon!

      Sweet Sandy - you seem to have gotten all purple lupins. they also come in pink, light pink, dark violet and a beigey-white. when we collected the seeds, we didn't separate them by colour because we just wanted to throw them around the yard. if you would like more seeds - just yell sweetie!

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  2. I haven't made any pickles this year yet. No time so far and my mom keeps stealing em anyway along with 2 gallons worth of Bush beans she snuck into my garden and picked for a friend yesterday. She forgot to cover herself and while she was up feeding last night my Step Dad let it slip... LOL not that I care we have had so many beans this year it is unreal.

    I think the Wife's Lupin seeds from kymber... err I mean Trenchie came up as well but I rarely pay much attention to her flower beds except when she isn't home and I am dousing them in Roundup :)

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    1. PP,

      Tell you Mom she needs to training your step dad not to spill the beans.....LOL!!!!!

      I bet your wife loved the flowers produced by the Lupin seeds.

      You're entered in the give-away, good luck !!!

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  3. I will have to hit kymber up for seeds!!
    My garden is going great guns. Will be pulling my first harvest of onions and replanting them. A bunch of great looking tomatoes, still green but nice big happy looking tomatoes. I have tons of baby cukes, carrots, Swiss chard. Finishing up the English peas. Beans going wild. Did a whole 12x4 foot raised bed of potatoes.
    Only thing getting eaten is my peppers, I think I have aphids .

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    1. Longtime Wife,

      Fantastic news about your garden growing guns :P
      I think maybe this is the year for gardens to grow large.
      Be careful with the heat ...... potatoes don't like to much of it.
      Darn Aphids, I hope you're able to kill them off so you have peppers.
      You're entered in the give-away, good luck!

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    2. lw - send me an email at kymberzmail@gmail.com with your address and i can certainly send you some lupin seeds!

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  4. Hey here friend.... Glad to know the computer is fixed.... Hmmmm....homestead stuff...well, I have 55 chicken eggs in the incubator....the 52 mater plants are doing amazing .....looks like we will getting a few ears of corn this year.... Oh! Did I mention all the chickens I have? LOL....so with all the chickens I have... I really need that egg holder *grin*...

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    1. Forgot to tell ya those pickles look amazing and soooooo good!

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    2. HL,

      Were still working on getting the computer back to it's original setup. I really hate windows 8.1 grrrrr..........
      You did mention you have chickens and baby eggs too :-)
      Thank you on the pickles.....
      Were getting rain again, this so helps with the garden. How about you any rain?

      I've entered you in the give-away, good luck!

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  5. Your cucumbers look beautiful. Enjoy pickling!

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    1. Mrs. Mac,

      Thank you, I love pickling.......because I know it's all for me :-)

      I've entered you in the give-away, good luck!

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  6. do you can your dills? I have been experimenting with lacto fermenting pickles, they are amazingly good!

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    1. Longtime Wife,
      Yes, I can my own dills. Never tried fermenting pickles though.

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  7. Sweet Sandy - please enter me in the draw and if i win i will let you know who to send them to. as for your bread and butter pickles - recipe please!!!

    much love to you and yours, always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Sweet Kymber,

      I've entered your name in the drawing!!!

      I e-mailed you the recipe you asked for, I hope you like it.

      If you could spare some more seeds, I would love more.
      Thanks!
      Much love to you and yours.
      Your friend,
      Sandy

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  8. Well our spring garden is gone. I've had enough with the weeds, so we pulled what we could, and now our little piggies have a buffet of weeds, green tomatoes, grubs, etc. They are enjoying themselves, and we love watching the weeds disappear! Getting ready to start seedlings for our fall garden in a month or so.

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    1. Izzy,

      I bet you pigs are loving the garden remnants!!! We still have things growing. I've entered your name in the drawing, good luck!!

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  9. Your garden looks wonderful. I am getting ready for pickle making myself. Can you believe the cucs and the dill are ready at the same time?

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    1. Michaele,

      Thank you so very much!!! No I can't but it sure makes life so much easier especially when getting ready to make pickles.

      Your name has been entered in the drawing, good luck!!

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  10. Forget Win 8! If you have to learn something new, try Xubuntu. I have never regretted leaving Windows behind. :)

    Your pickles and garden shots look great. So does the Porcelain Egg Carton Holder, but I'd better not sign up for this giveaway. I'm a terrible klutz with any thing breakable, LOL

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    1. Leigh,

      My husband is checking Xubuntu out, we maybe moving over soon.
      Win 8 is crazy!!!

      Thank you, I can't wait to crack open a jar and start eating but I'm going to give it a month before doing so.

      I've added your name in the drawing, so good luck!!!

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  11. I would love to have the porcelain egg holder. I have two laying hens and three four-month-old Buff Orphingtons that I hope are girls. The ones who are boys will be eaten or sold. My tomato seedlings died along with the rest of my foodstuff because I became too ill for too long. So, I will try again with different plants.

    Right now, I am putting up some free corn and cheap peppers and onions. I will freeze the corn and dehydrate the peppers and onions. Gallons of blackberries have been promised for free. We will see.

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    1. Linda,

      Sounds to me like you have eggs, lol......
      Good to see you're feeling better, and you'll have growing plants in time.
      I've entered your name in the drawing, good luck.

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