Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Welcome, Join, Thank You, and Update Ammunition

I would like to welcome two new friends to my blog.

Welcome Quinten at The Musings of a Seasoned Countryboy   and John Gray at Going Gently blogs. Thank you for joining my blog, please sit back and enjoy the ride. 


Update; if anyone is interested, if you shop for ammunition at Academy Sports.  They have just recently released the strict purchase of only one box of ammunition for the popular handguns now to two boxes.  Check at the Service Counter of this store before heading to the hunting section for ammunition.  Most of the popular handgun ammunition is being sold from the Service Counter.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Welcome, Join, Thank You, Night Stands Done, and Other Stuff!!!!!

I would like to start my post today by welcoming a new
Blogger to my blog. 

Welcome Mary Ann at Calamity Acres Hobby Farm   blog. Thank you for joining my blog, please sit back and enjoy the ride. 


Several of you had asked me to show a picture when I finished painting the $20.00 pair of night stands I found on Craigslist.  The first picture is what they looked like before the transformation. 

I painted each night stand with 2 coats of a light cream/beige flat paint, then I painted each with a bronze glaze to give them more of a Tuscan look, and then I finished them off with a clear paint to protect them.

Instead of looking for new hardware (handles), I just washed them up. 



We were all trying to figure out what the surprise vine was that was growing in and amongst my tomato plants, we decided it was possibly a watermelon (based on the last picture I posted of the vine)………….well surprise again, look at this picture.  It’s a cantaloupe!



The other afternoon, it rained, and I canned several quart-sized jars of homemade beef broth.  I still have chicken broth to make and can, along with homemade tomato sauce.  Instead of waiting on a rainy day, I think I will tackle it within the next several days.



Here’s the last of my Swiss chard. I harvested it, and wilted it in some bacon grease for 1 minute in a frying pan, then served it up with some bacon on top and complimented it with a loaded baked potato for dinner.  Yes, I know…..not real healthy.



Next to harvest from my garden will be my carrots.  I pulled one out and believe I need to wait a week or two before harvesting this batch to make homemade honey glazed carrots.



Finally, I wanted to leave you with a picture my husband Bulldog Man took of the moon.  It’s gorgeous!  Have a great evening ya’ll……..

Sunflower Pic Source: Kansas Travel.org 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

*****Winner Announced*****

A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Katy Allene !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katy was selected the winner of the Adventure Medical,

WoundMedic Kit.


The winner has been notified and has until Thursday,

August 1st; to respond to me with a mailing address.

If the winner does not respond by

August 1st; I will have no choice but to select another winner.


Katy Allene please e-mail me with your mailing address.

My E-mail is: SandyLivesay@gmail.com


Friday, July 26, 2013

Join - Welcome - Thank You, Last Day To Register!!!

I would like to start my post today by welcoming a new

Blogger to my blog.

Welcome Phelan at A Homesteading Neophyte  blog. Thank you for joining my blog, please sit back and enjoy the ride.  My friends, Phelan is now able to cross her legs and sit Indian style.  Remember a while back, she was involved in a motorcycle accident, and went through all kinds of work on her knee.  Great news; she now has the ability to bend her knee and show off her sexiness.   Show us some leg hot Mama!!!!!




Today is the last day you can register for the give-away I’m sponsoring.

If you’re interested in registering for the WoundMedic Kit go here to register.


Pic Source: Webclipart.com

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Go Ahead Make My Day

Tank Testing His Welder-Generator

After settling his case relating to his hand being rebuilt, our son, Tank recently decided to treat himself to a tool relating to his profession.  He bought a nice commercial grade welder-generator combination.  He had the welder-generator loaded on his flatbed truck with plans of securing to the bed of the truck to avoid theft and/or misuse.  He hasn’t gotten that far yet.   Now we do live in a nice quiet area, we have security lights all around our place, and we’re on the edge of town. 

On Saturday night, right after our son purchased his generator; he pulled his truck into our driveway and parked it there for the night, thinking it would be secure, and no one would bother it. 


Around 11:15PM, I’m sitting in the living room watching a little TV. Bulldog Man just finished reading a book, and was in bed, just turning out the lights; our son, Tank, is already in bed sound to sleep, snoring like a log.

A commercial comes on the TV; I mute the sound in order not to hear the commercial.  That’s when I heard a whistle…………….one of those whistles to let someone know something was up. I got up out of my chair, and looked out the back window, and didn’t see a thing.  I proceed to the front of our house to check on my son’s welder sitting on his flatbed truck.  I see someone running from the side of our home to a car sitting out in the road with all the lights off, and the driver side doors open.  I can’t see our son’s truck because he pulled in the driveway instead of backing in like he always does.  I go into my bedroom and alert Bulldog Man; we get our guns, and go back to our front door.  We look out the window, and still can’t see clear enough to figure out what was going on.  Both Bulldog Man and I check our front porch, no one’s on it or close by.  We open the front door in the dark just enough to attempt to see what’s going on.  And we hear what sounds like a generator running.  We look at each other and say “son of a gun (actually we used another word)”, can’t move the generator to steal it so you’re going to use it.  Now remember, our son hasn’t had an opportunity to bolt down this welder or put a security box over it.  I lock our front door, and Bulldog Man and I run to the garage through the house.  I pull the security locks on the garage door; we both looked at one another in preparation of what’s going to happen next. We both said, “Let’s do this”.  I pushed the garage door button in the open position, and both Bulldog Man and I were ready for what was on the other side of that door.  The security lights come on, Bulldog Man went to one side of the truck and I went to the other side; the generator was not running.  The sound was coming from down on the road, it was one of those little compact air compressors you use for blowing up your tires.

An unknown subject was walking around a vehicle out in the road, the compressor was working, and the other subject who ran from the side of our house through our bushes was sitting inside this vehicle. 

After seeing both Bulldog Man and I fully armed and ready to protect our property both subjects took off as fast as they could and never looked back.

The moral of this post; even if you live in a quiet safe location, you just never know what’s going to happen when you least expect it.

So always be prepared!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Clearning Pipes (Don't Critique My Extremely Old Bathroom)

In our home, we try to use natural items to clean our home whenever possible.  Naturally, every home has a bathroom sink and tub, when a person showers, they lose hair, when men shave, their hair drops in the sink, when people brush, comb, and dry their hair, it generally ends up in the sink.  You can clean up the hair but there’s always a piece or two (or 3, 4, etc…) that ends up going down the drain.  Over time, the drain doesn’t drain as well as expected; that’s when you know it’s time to physically clean out the pipes of your bathroom sink and tub. 

Bulldog man removed the stopper on the sink and the drain guard on the tub to clean out the pipes. 

First off, he places a wire or screwdriver down to pullout any hair or scum, which makes it easily accessible by using his forceps.

 Second he pours baking soda (1 to 2 cups) down into the pipes, and then pours apple cider vinegar (1 gallon), we used this because it was the only vinegar I have stashed in the house right now. You can use any type of vinegar stored at your home. 

Stir the baking soda and vinegar concoction with hands, spoon, or screwdriver (whatever you have on hand) until it all goes down your drain pipes. 

Next, boil a tea pot of water, pour it down your pipes, and there you have it; your pipes should be cleaned out and the water will drain properly.

Continue this process another time if your pipes are really blocked. 

If this process doesn’t help you, then you really have a problem and need to contact a plumber.


Thursday, July 18, 2013



Adventure Medical Kits



To enter, tell me if you’re prepared for an emergency in the comment field of this post.

All Entries must be received by Friday, July 26, 2013 by 11:59 PM CDT. The drawing will be held Saturday afternoon, July 27, 2013. All names will be placed in a bowl, and a name will be pulled from the bowl Saturday afternoon, July 27th. If your name is picked as a 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. If there is no response, your entry will be null (void), and I will be required to pick another winner.

How to Enter

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



My Surprise Vine

Okay, the surprise vines growing in and amongst my tomato plants have provided me with a clue.  Several of my Blogger friends have offered suggestions on what the surprise vine would be/produce.   Here’s the clue, what do you think?


Saturday, July 13, 2013

AMMO Cans Real Deal

Earlier today, Bulldog Man and I went out to visit one of our favorite stores, The Faithful Prepper (this store was recommended on my blog in a previous post).  About two weeks ago, The Faithful Prepper moved locations, to a larger site, directly in the heart of downtown Noble.  Their new location is 105 S. Main Street, Noble, Oklahoma (located in the same strip mall as a restaurant called Tiffany’s).

Bulldog Man and I walked around in the new location of this store, and found a few things we needed to add to our homestead/prep materials.

We also picked up 2 ammo cans at $10.00 a can, or if you buy 5 cans or more the price reduced to $8.00 a can; talk about a reasonable price.  The used ammo cans were in excellent condition and the rubber seal on the lids were nearly in mint condition.  Stephen at the store said they had approximately 550 ammo cans available.  If you’re looking for ammo cans, visit The Faithful Prepper, or contact by phone: (405) 872 – 0600 or by email: faithfulprepper@hotmail.com

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Storm's Brewing

I’m in town to pickup Bulldog Man from work and these clouds were building and heading east.  It looks like a storm’s brewing!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Adult Children, Night Stands, Random Pictures

I absolutely hate going into the garage to start my laundry to find clothes sitting in my washer.  My son started his laundry and forgot about it, leaving clothes in the machine.  So when I opened the door, a sour smell hit me in the face.  TANK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Damn that boy, I’m going to have to smack him silly.  I put my laundry hamper down, restarted his load with all kinds of soap and Clorox 2.  So much for getting a head start on my laundry…….ADULT Children.  Next time, I think I’m going to open a green garbage bag and get rid of the clothes; that may resolve his forgetting clothes in the washer for days.


I sanded down the night stands and peeled out the crap in the drawers with a single edged razor.  After sanding, I wiped down each night stand and drawer in preparation of painting.  I stopped for the night, the temperatures were getting a little warm and later tonight it may rain.


A little Sparrow was learning to fly and decided to take a break and relax on our patio chair to enjoy the flowers, lol. 


The bees are enjoying the flowers too.

Outside one of my garden boxes Bulldog Man pointed out a large unique looking moth.  This one was the size on the palm of my hand.

Random pictures of Beans and Bug.




Monday, July 8, 2013

Join, Welcome, Thank You & BBQ with Blogger Friends

I would like to start my post today by welcoming Mike from ourlittlemeadow blog.  Thank you for joining my blog, please sit back and enjoy the ride.



This weekend was a weekend of BBQ and great friends J

 Saturday, Bulldog Man and I went to his boss’ house for a BBQ with fellow co-workers and their families, then on Sunday we headed to Northeast Oklahoma to meet up with SciFiChick from Bacon and Eggs and Phelan from A Homesteading Neophyte (I was so excited to finally meet some of my blog mentors……..shhhhhhh don’t tell them, it may go to their heads).  Talk about having a blast, Bulldog Man and I finally placed faces with actual blogs, and met their darling families. 

What a perfect day in Oklahoma, the sun was out and there was a gentle breeze which made being outside comfortable.  The smell of ribs smoking in the smoker made everyone crave ribs.  While the ribs were smoking, we all sat around this large evergreen tree (shade), shared stories, enjoyed each other’s company and watch Medium and Small (Phelan’s sons) shoot targets.  When the ribs were done (thank you Mars for the delicious ribs), we enjoyed them along with some fabulous salads and beans all from Sci’s garden, homemade Amish bread, and strawberry peach crisp.  Phelan made this amazing pepper jelly for everyone.  It’s so good, it will make you jump up and slap your Mama, LOL……

At the end of the day we all said our goodbyes and Sci gave us goodie bags filled with vegetables from her amazing garden. 

Thank you Sci, Phelan, and both of their husbands, we had a blast. 


Saturday, July 6, 2013

*****Winner Announced*****

A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to JMD !!!!!!!!!!!!!
JMD was selected the winner of the Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons and the Farm to Table Cookbook.

The winner has been notified and has until Thursday,
July 11th; to respond to me with a mailing address.
If the winner does not respond by
July 11th; I will have no choice but to select another winner.
JMD please e-mail me with your mailing address.
My E-mail is: SandyLivesay@gmail.com

Friday, July 5, 2013

Final Day To Register Give - Away, Craigslist Find, Asparagus, Sail, Bird Feeder, & BBQ

Don’t forget to register for the give-away I’m sponsoring, this is the last night to register.  Go here and register.


This past winter I found two night stands on Craigslist.  The woman selling these wanted $40.00 for both of them.  I offered her $30.00; she accepted my offer but didn’t have change for my two twenties.   The woman wanted me to follow her husband several miles to a local convenience store for change.  My response to the young lady, “well I really don’t need them that bad” (in actuality I had no intention of following a stranger to another location).  And for the heck of it, I asked would you take $20.00 for both.  Within a heart beat the young lady jumped on my offer.  I gave her the $20.00, loaded the night stands in my truck, and left with a smile on my face.   My plan was to clean both of these up and paint them to match the dressers in the master bedroom. 

Bulldog Man wanted me to wait until it was nice and dry out before sanding, cleaning, and painting the night stands.  It’s that time, I’ve pulled both night stands out to the back porch, and started to sand them down.  I need to scrape the inside of each drawer with a razor and then wipe down everything really good before painting.  In the next several days I will start painting these night stands, I hope they come out okay; at least good enough to take pictures and post the final product on my blog.  Wish me luck!!!

While watering the garden this evening I noticed several asparagus stems popping up from the ground.  I wasn’t expecting any vegetable until next year this time frame.  Boy was I surprised!!!


Several of my blogger friends ask me to post pictures of the sail we hung to help with reducing the sun and heat on the porch.  Here it is; we found it at Home Depot for $26 and change.  In time the wrinkles will go away.  I’ve noticed a difference on the patio immediately after hanging it.


We also hung a hummingbird feeder, two weeks ago was the first time I had seen a hummingbird where we live.  Now that I know they’re in the area, I want to be able to attract many more. Bulldog Man and I invested in a glass feeder and I mixed up a recipe of sweetened water for them (1 part sugar to 4 parts water; boil water 1 – 2 minutes once sugar has dissolved, take off burner, let water cool, and then place in feeder).


I have several BBQ’s to go to this weekend, next week I will tell you about them; do you have plans for the weekend?