Monday, August 31, 2009
1) We've been without constant Internet at the hizzie for almost 2 weeks. I officially hate Time Warner Cable. Hate is not a strong-enough word.
2) I'm SO SO SO far behind on my NC wine posts its RIDICULOUS!!! I think my tongue and desire for wine have out-lived my finger's desire to type.
3) There is ENTIRELY WAY TOO MUCH CRAP to try and begin to post.
4) I'm intoxicated, what else is new?
5) I visited a local winery with Skinny & RNH. Can't WAIT to blog about it! (If I can find time!)
6) I almost got killed by a Bobcat, seriously, a wild cat. And to top it all off, it would have been a naked murder...
7) Little baby chickies were hatched today in Ohio, and they are coming to me here in North Carolina via the US Postal Service... Scary huh?
8) I'm going to the Queen City for Labor Day weekend, so AGAIN, no time to post!!!
Ugh. So much is going on, so much wine has been drunk, and Time Warner Cable is all to blame for keeping you out of the loop. I will attempt at going back in time to re-capture the necessary details of all of the numbered items above. But for now, the most important thing is I need you to vote.
*Please Vote For One of the Following:*
1) Kill (via rifle), a (scary and dangerous) Bobcat, that will kill your pet Chloe-the-kitty (the sweetest lap-kitty you've ever met), and six baby chickies that you've got mailed to you from Ohio....), have it stuffed and placed above your mantle in a very cool (slash redneck) way, for all of your visitors and over-night guests to admire
2) Spend several painstaking hours on the phone trying to locate the extension agent or wildlife/game expert in the area, to come to your house on a day you're available) to humanely trap the dangerous and vicious Bobcat, to have it relocated to another area where it can live in peace.
Please vote. Your vote will be a difference between life and death for a living creature. Just keep this in mind. Also keep in mind while voting, we don't give a damn about your vote. There is a Bobcat season with NO bag limits... and we WILL kill the damn thing. Okay sorry. Yes, please vote. We'd love to read your responses.
And something for you to look forward to: the reason behind the Bobcat. A very serious and very scary read for anyone.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Another fun pic of Myself & Mrs. K!At Least I'm Skinny, The Coolest Stuff EVER, and The Wife of a Fabulous Redneck. And despite our annonymous pics- I promise, we're pretty people!!!
RNH said "yes,"to my begging for chickens. I want chickens so bad. Seriously. I want them because they're cool, because they make good pets, because they're different, because they actually have personality, and most of all, because they can give me an omelet, or a stuffed breast. Yup, I said it. Why not have a pet (or 2... or 4...) that can give back to you? If I had my way, I'd have one of every animal. One cat (check!), one dog (in the works... gotta convince RNH!), one chicken (or more, because what kind of flock is a "flock of one?"), one goat, one cow, one horse, one donkey, etc, etc. That would be my dream. RNH settles for a flock of chicken. Not only are they cheap, but they give back.
RNH grew up spending a lot of time at his grandma's house. She raised Road Island Reds, (which they say are the best breed out there.) When it comes time for us to buy a house and land, I think to myself yes, this would be perfect for dogs, cats, chickens, etc. Knowing realistically, it'd be a stretch if I got chickens. Surprisingly, my wish came true, and I really didn't even have to beg!
The best part about this whole thing is that the coop is pretty much free. Behind our tobacco barn, we've got stacks and stacks of pallets that the original home owner left behind. The pallets have been covered by tarps and there is some pretty good wood under there. We decide to dig out all of the good wood, separate it from the pallets, and construct a coop, for free, out of the wood.
We've started and this is what we've got: a frame, so far.
We went out to Lowes and spent about $30 on the hinges, screws and chicken wire for the coop. Not too bad for building a chicken house! The house isn't too big since we're going to get a small amount of chickens. This has definitely made it easier to build!
I'll keep you updated on our progress! The picture above is just the "framework" that we've got together so far. The biggest problem that I've noticed so far is, no one sells chickens. I've been looking on the interent mostly. I'm thinking next time I head to the feed store, I need to ask them where the is the best place for me to buy some RIRs! (Oh, and by the way- I want to raise them from 2-3 days old so it will "imprint" on them that I am their mother! I looked into hatching them from eggs, which would be nice, but you have to turn them at least three times a day, otherwise you'll get deformed chickens! That's too much for me right now! I wonder if I can purchase from the NC State Fair?)
On another note: While we build this coop, we have to keep in mind that predators, such as 5 foot long black snakes, must NOT be able to penetrate the borders!!!! :)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
And on another note, we visited the Raleigh Road Drive-In again tonight. It was a blast as usual. We saw G-Force and GIJOE. Both were great movies but I must say I'm a sucker for funny kids movies. I LOVED G-Force! A crazy thing about the two times we've been to Henderson, NC to go to the drive-in. Each time, we've had a near-death experience with other drivers on the road. The last time we met a drunk that pulled out in front of us and decided to swerve all over the road, run a red light and nearly wreck into a poll. Tonight it was a jack-a** that decided he was going to run a red-light. Thankfully I was watching. "He's really not going to stop is he????" I was sitting in the middle of the intersection, not wanting to pull out any further and risk RNH being smashed into smithereens. The driver saw at the last second that he was going to run the red light. I watched as the front end of his car as it almost dug into the ground as he slammed on his brakes and the tires smoked. Funny thing about both incidents- they were thugged-out cars, full of people. RNH and I vowed to never come to this town unless it was for the drive-in or to see his great-uncle. That town is a ghetto death-trap!!!
And I also hit an opossum on the way home. I almost hit another one, and a dog. Maybe I should just stay off the road?
Wines coming your way- Old State Winery's Chardonnay, Hinnant Vineyard's Strawberry Wine, Silver Coast's Calabash White. YUM!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
There is a sort of "peninsula" that juts out in the middle of the river. During the spring and fall the swamp grass and cattails grow really well here. Now, the grasses look burnt to a crisp. I was pretty excited about this because RNH and I were able to wade through the river, to the peninsula, and across to the sandy bank on the other side. I have never been on the other side of the river and I have always wanted to check it out. Finally I had my chance!
Once we got across we checked out the field beyond the river. Standing on the other side of the river didn't give me quite the thrill I was thinking it would. I was imagining a small farm house on the other side, and could even imagine an old lady that lived in it. She is lonely and wants some young people to visit her. She would be a wealth of knowledge in farming and cooking the best stuff I'd ever tasted. She would want us to bring the boat down to the river so we could visit her often. RNH might even build a bridge for us to walk over easily. But that's just silly. Its a field. And yes, there is a farm house, but I already knew that. And if we ever tried to walk up there and meet our neighbors, we run the risk of getting shot! I think I'll pass on meeting the old granny I imagined being up there!
Thankfully RNH is "packin" and he feels its necessary for him to go first and protect me from any big scary monsters. Or slithery monsters! And of course I don't mind this at all, and he gets the brunt of all the hanging spider webs! He bravely trudges in and I follow. We don't hear a sound (as in slithering noises that snakes make!) although, with the waist-high grasses and the noises we're making, I doubt we'd be able to hear them if they were there!
We were surprised to see all of these changes, and were just hoping that the people on the other side of the river don't interfere with our hunting this fall! Hopefully they'll just be some rednecks like us trying to get a meal and having a fun time while doing it! Maybe we can make friends with them and they'll let us use their 4-wheelers! Now that would be ideal!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
A raccoon is having a hay-day down there eating something and washing it in the swamp!
While we were down there, a storm came rolling in. The thunder was pretty loud, and it actually put a cool breeze through the trees. I could have stayed out there forever with that breeze blowing, but RNH (being smart) decided we should pack up and head in. (Of course we never ended up getting any of the rain from those clouds... it just blew on over us like we don't need any rain!)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
*Tip: you might have noticed a milk jug in the background of a lot of my pictures. Its actually a water jug I picked up from the store with distilled water in it, for about $0.76. Since canning can use a good amount of water (especially if you're using the boiling water bath), I like to try and save a lot of it and reuse it. I reuse the water that the jars sit in to keep warm, the water that the lids and bands sit in, as well as the water that is actually in the pressure canner. I fill up the water jug and then water the garden with the recycled water. It can definitely help save on your water bill, and of course recycle itself by giving you tons of yummy fresh veggies for the next thing to can!