October 2009

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We have eight cute little kittens that were born in the chicken house house / greenhouse about six months ago. Their mother was a farm barn cat and she perished before she could teach them how to hunt for mice. We were hoping that they would come around to learning it on their own, but they prefer to come begging us for food, instead.

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West Texas Intermediate Spot Prices (Sorce: US Energy Information Administration)

West Texas Intermediate Spot Prices (Sorce: US Energy Information Administration)

The question on many stock market participants' minds these days is how much longer will the current rally last. Most of us are sane enough to realize that the good fortunes bestowed upon us by the markets since March will be taken away again at some point in the not too distant future.

West Texas Intermediate Spot Prices (Sorce: US Energy Information Administration)
Boomerang V Potato

At the risk of sounding a bit like Cliff Claven, everyone's favorite know-it-all postal worker from the 1980s TV series, Cheers, please allow me to introduce you to the one and only unretouched by Photoshop V potato. Despite Carla's claims on the show, it looks nothing like Richard Nixon, but it does look like a boomerang! Yet it is not Australian - I dug it up from my own garden here in Colorado. There must be some hidden meaning behind it. Perhaps, a foreboding of some victory somewhere. I must treat it with utmost respect and give it the glory it deserves...

Homegrown Homemade Soup

Lena made this really great soup entirely from the vegetables and herbs I grew organically. Pumpkin, potatoes, broccoli, onions, parsley, cayenne peppers and basil were the ingredients that made the recipe. And, by the way, when I say organic, I mean really, really organic - no chemicals, no fertilizers, no pesticides - just lots of manual labor and bird droppings! Yum, yum, yum!

My darling little daughter somehow messed up the dishwasher - pressing all the wrong buttons at all the right times and it went into a fault state - flashing "clean" light. The manual only says to call service. Well, a service call is not cheap, they only come out this way once a week and that means having to do dishes by hand for at least two weeks - forget that! Not to mention that the last time they came out a couple of years ago for this same problem, all they did was push a couple of buttons. Now, which buttons were those, again?!

Sears Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher
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Just in time for our first snow today, I picked up my very first tractor today. It's about 5 years old - a Sears Craftsman DLT 3000 lawn tractor (Model No. 917.273471) with a 20HP Kohler twin V 20HP engine and a 42" cutting deck. It came with a bumper, tarp cover, an aerator and a cart. (No snow plow or snow blower, of course.) Cosmetically it looks perfect and the guy who owned it before me, appears to have taken great care of it mechanically, as well. I paid $560 and the fellow was nice enough to bring it up to my place from Parker. (Thanks craigslist!)

Sears Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher

Sears Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher

American Plum Pits

American Plum trees that I planted two and a half years ago are already bearing lots of fruit. This is a plate full of pits that boiled up, when we were making preserves from them. We have about 3/4 gallon so far.

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