didnt find anything

went to the flea market yesterday and didnt come home with much. it was the same the last time. maybe i am burning out on flea markets. or getting too good at it. i can tell if they have anything of interest to me with a glance. then i will go check it out. i know if it is a good price or not from doing this so often.

i look for a bargain. i wont pay too much. i understand the dealers have to make money. some will lower their prices if they want to sell. previously i bought many things for a good price. some things are over priced at any price.

i was looking for cds. i want to add to my play lists. i have a few thousand songs but know i dont have every thing i want to hear. i have about 5 play lists i can listen to all day while driving or working and not have to change it.

i automatically hook my phone up as soon as i get into my car. i dont care to listen to whats on the radio. they play too much junk. i dont like hearing some songs. some people say they listen to every thing. not me. i prefer music i like. too bad i didnt find any good cds at this flea market.

i was talking to an old man. he said the best deals were yesterday. i said i thought this was the first day. he said it is but people were already there the day before and got good deals. he said most sellers want to make sure they cover their stand price. `a lady that over heard our conversation said ‘aint that something. we thought we were here first and you hear people already beat us here’.

i walked thru most of the stands. the temperatures were in the 90s. my feet got tired so we found a bench in the shade and sat down. we rested while watching the crowd mill around. most were older people like us. not surprising for a work or school day.

after leaving the flea market we drove north toward white cloud. i wanted to take a different route home. there was still some water standing in fields from the past flooding. we didnt stop at the casino. we took the two laned back roads til we got back to highway 36.

tomorrow we go to the KU football game. they are predicting rain. maybe we will get a rain check if that happens. or not. i wouldn’t mind seeing another game this year. our star running back wont play this first game. he is suspended. he could be an all American if he plays like he did last year.

i got a second email from a ‘psychic chris’. i moved the first one to the junk mail folder. the second one went there automatically. seems like if this guy was any good he would have known i wasnt gonna read his stuff.

heading to town today to pick up the grand sons. that should be fun.

out and about on da rez

had my picture taken with two of my sons. even with a hat on, i am the shortest one..

i was out prowling the rez today. i started by having breakfast at the casino. i had to take tobacco around for an upcoming ceremony. i get to visit with people while doing that. i seen two of my sons and we posed for a picture.

i remember these two older men i would go see while taking sema around. i could never just tell them whats up and leave. i had to stay, drink coffee and talk for an hour or two. i learned a lot by listening to them. after a while i could tell them what i was doing and then leave. they have been gone for years now.

it wasnt quite like that today but i did visit with people every where i went. i know all of the older rez folks. one guy had some Mayetta High School yearbooks. next year my class will be the 50 year class. i skimmed thru the year books. i was in two of them–my freshman and sophomore years.

i looked so young and innocent. i was on student council and honor roll in those years. then i started drinking and all that ended. who woulda guessed that former altar boy would end up like that. it was my rejection of all those boarding school rules that made me rebel.

i stopped in to eat at the senior citizen site. i ate with other elders. we talked bout lotsa things. mostly bout the old days and people that are gone now. new wave injuns wouldn’t know of those times.

i headed to town after i was done driving around the rez. i stopped at one stop to get a cold pop. i noticed they had the new slot machines in there. i took my drink and went in to check out the machines. i dropped 10 bucks in no time. maybe 5 minutes and i was tapped out. the place was near empty so i could cuss in peace.

after i left there i went to a car wash. had to wash the rez dirt off my old car. then i went to the place where i got my glasses. i had already gotten the left lens replaced because it had a scratch on it. this time the right lens was scratched. i pay $25 extra for scratch protection. i am getting my moneys worth this time.

i got home and the delivery guy came. i got my new KU Football t shirt. i will wear it Saturday for the opening game. it might get wet because they predicting rain. it wont be the first time this indian got rained on.

i will get up early tomorrow. i am going to the flea market in sparks. i go there almost every spring and fall. i know what many of the stands are carrying. many times i will ask them if they will take less. some do. i look for bargains. i am not interested in paying high prices for something that is used.

the thing about going the first day at sparks is the bbq place wont have smoked turkey legs. i will have to find some thing else to have for lunch. i am prepared to walk a few hours. i need to walk.

Monday, monday

the sound of thunder woke me up this morning. i have always liked the sound of thunder. it is a good wake up call. when i used to be bumming around the country, the sound of thunder reminded me of home. at some places the thunder sounded different. it didnt roll across the sky like here. i still thought of home.

when we were little we had to put our sema out on a rock. we knew it was time when we heard the thunder in the distance. the rock was by a tree. we had to walk to and put our sema on the rock even if we got wet from the rain. we were kids so that was alright. my grand sons still like to do that.

i liked the sound of the rain this morning too. i think we had more rain this year than we had in many years. the past few years we didnt get much rain at all. my garden suffered as a result. this year we had plenty and we still didnt get much indian corn to dry. need rain and sunshine at the appopriate times.

the creeks have run more this year too. seemed odd that they didnt run for the past 5 years or so. only time they ran was after a big rain or snow melt. i remember playing in small creeks while growing up. there wouldn’t be enough water to swim in unless there was a swimming hole. like in a creek bend where it backed up.

the rain has filled some low spots. i can see a big puddle of rain water sitting in my yard. we just had some rain a coupla days ago. the ground is already wet. that’s why it is sitting on top of the ground rather than getting soaked up.

my son took this picture of the grand sons by a sun flower field. these are commercially grown sun flowers. i wanted to get out and take a picture by them but haven’t stopped. i seen a few that have posted a picture of this field on facebook.

right across the road from these flowers are wild sun flowers. any other time those wild flowers would look big. not next to these sun flowers though. they look small.

got a few things to do this week. i am heading to the sparks flea market Thursday. that will be an all day thing. i will get my walking in that day. dont know what kind of treasure i will find. been going there so long that some of the dealers kinda recognize me.

we got tickets to KU’s first football game this Saturday. over the years i have gone to a lot of KU football games. they used to take our high school football team to a game every year. i got used to that. i went over the years to any game i could. i was a student at KU once. i had a football season ticket. so i have been to a few games.

will see what else this week brings.

got some games coming up

we have tickets to next Saturday’s KU football game. i bought into our new coaches plans to make our team better. realistically it wont happen over night. it will happen though, i think. the only way is up for this program. i will go show my support by going to the first game. maybe i will go to another game later.

the week after that we have tickets to a Kansas City Royals baseball game. i got them at the last blood drive. they were giving them away to blood donors. i wasnt eligible to give my red blood cells because it was too soon to give again. i asked why i couldn’t get free tickets. i have donated for years. they agreed with me and gave me tickets. i want to see our Royals too.

the following month we have tickets to see the Kansas City Chiefs. Mary’s sister is coming to see the game. so mary asked if i wanted to go. i said sure. haven’t been to a pro football game in a few years. the Chiefs are going to be good again this year. i dont plan on doing the tomahawk chop tho.

later on i will buy tickets to K U’s first basketball game. i haven’t missed an opening exhibition game in years. the first game is usually a blow out because they play the smaller schools in the state. that’s okay. i get to go high five all the players. i have done that for years too.

the only thing i dont like about going to games is parking. gotta park a distance away and walk to the game. parking is usually pricey at some games. other than that i am glad i will be going to see some games.

another thing coming up is the sparks flea market. it is next Thursday. i usually go to it. it takes me a coupla hours to walk thru all 200 stands. like i need more junk. we recently filled a dumpster thing with stuff we had to get rid of.

i never know what i am looking for until i see it. it is the chase that is fun. i do look for wooden bowls for indian dice sets. i haven’t made any lately but i like to have all the materials ready for when i do. i also look for any thing i can use in my artwork. if i see a wooden tub i buy it to make a drum out of.

i mowed the yard again yesterday. the grass keeps growing from all the rain we had this year. good thing i changed the mower blades. the grass is still green even this late in the year. usually it is starting to turn brown. soon it will be fall.

i have been wanting to go soak in a hot spring. i haven’t done that since last year. i like the feeling i get from a good hot soak. it takes away any arthritis pain. i feel rejuvenated after being in a hot spring. might have to head to indian springs west of Denver. they are the closest hot spring from here. maybe i will wait til per cap.

indian summer

my grand mother angeline battese mitchell at haskell. never met her because she died before i was born.

what is indian summer. same as regular summer ‘cept it has a casino. old joke eh. we still are having hot days. and i still have to mow the yard. the grass continues to grow.

i found this old picture of my paternal grand mother, angeline battese mitchell. i never met her. she died when my dad was young. i didnt know my maternal grand mother either. she died when my mother was young. that was the reason both were sent off to boarding school.

maybe that is the reason i spend as much time as i can with my grand kids. i didnt know my grand mothers. i didnt know either of my mishos either. one died when i was young. i just wasnt around the other. i want my grand kids to know me, their misho. i want their memories of me to be fond ones. i hold them, hug them, play with them-every thing i can to make them happy and feel secure.

i put on a new wind shield wiper. now my wipers work good. the body shop i went to did me a favor by telling me to put a shorter blade on. they could have set up an appointment and charged me some bucks. i never had a problem with my wipers in the 7 years i owned my car. i am sure i changed the wipers before. dont know why it didnt work this time.

i am glad it was a simple fix. i am not a mechanic. when other guys were working on cars i didnt have one. besides i was out partying. didnt have time for cars when that happened. now i wished i had taught myself to work on cars. dont matter now with these newer models. no simple fixes on them like old rez cars. no such thing as pulling a starter and replacing it with a used $25 one. those days are gone.

i have noticed my dogs are really slowing down. i dont know how old they are. i had them a long time. i would think in dog years they gotta be at least in their 80s. they used to follow me everywhere-mushroom hunting, rabbit hunting, to the mail box, my 2 mile walks on the road or just walks in the timber. now they dont. too old. poor old dogs.

if i posted that on facebook, some would send thoughts and prayers. time is just catching up with my dogs. i always had dogs while living here the past 30 some years. probably always will. my grand son asked if we were gonna get new dogs if these ones died. i said sure. i will treat these ones good for the rest of their lives. they have been loyal to me all these years.

speaking of face book, i only got back on there over a month ago. i was off a year. i am already getting tired of it. for the same reason i got off. too much b.s. it is suppose to be about keeping up with people. maybe i will be off there again.

maybe i will head to topeekie today.

happy birthday mother

found an old photo. pictured is Edward Mitchell, my uncle i was named after but never met. next to him is aunt Cecelia and aunt Zelda. partially pictured is Emily Maines

today is my mothers birthday. she would be 91 years old today. i learned a lot from her. she probably made a biggest impression on me than any one else. the things i learned from her are price less. i try my best to carry what she taught me. happy birthday mother.

i check my junk mail before it is deleted. that is so i dont accidently erase something that might be important. i got one email from some one who said they won a $350 million in a lottery. they were gonna be kind enough to give me $1.7 million. all i had to do is click on the link. yeah right send me the money not a link . i deleted it.

i was given a Pendleton hat. i go thru a lot of hats in a year. i get them dirty while working. i was given the hat because “he likes Pendleton hats”. i have about 5 of them. i wear them because some one gives them to me.

that reminds me of when i used to work with native prisoners. they would give me black and mild cigars. i would smoke them because they gave them to me. they would give me more because they thought i liked them. after a while i got used to smoking black and milds. i was taught you honor the thought of some ones giving by using the gift.

i ordered tickets to KU’s first football game. i am interested in how they are going to be. i want to see the first game. maybe start a new habit. i haven’t missed KU’s first basketball game in bout 15 to 20 years. i lost track of how long i have been going.

the tickets i bought are on the KU side. i am hoping they win. KU football hasn’t been easy to sell. i think with the new coach we should get better. i have empathy with them. KU football is kinda like me when i used to be down and out. the only way was up.

growing season is winding down. it was an off year but i still enjoyed many things i grew. i got to eat cabbages, radishes, potatoes, onions, leeks, kale, cilantro, strawberries, tomatoes, jalapenos, habaneros and indian corn. there are a few things i didnt get but i am happy with what i did have.

i haven’t dug up my sweet potatoes. i am sure they grew. the vines are everywhere. i also still have indian beans in the corn field. plenty of time for them to grow. i may even get another picking of indian corn.

i dont chef often. today i have a pot of ham and beans on. mary is at the health conference. that leaves me to cook supper. i have been hungry for beans. i can cook them while i am working around here. i better pay attention.

summer winding down

when you retired, you wonder what day is this? every day is Monday. every day is Saturday. when work has to be done, it has to be done. and there are times it dont matter what day it is. i do what ever i feel like on those days.

i had one of those days. i decided to binge watch a show that caught my attention. there was a new season airing. i had to go back and rewatch season one first. i forget what happened. i watched all 19 episodes this week end. i haven’t done any binge watching in some time. i thought why the hell not.

i went to Lawrence friday. we picked up the grandsons from their school. on the way we bought some cantaloupes. they cost $3 each and were a good size. we froze some for later. we have been eating a few. gotta eat what is in season.

besides eating whats in season, we have put away lotsa fruit and vegetables for the coming year. we dried, froze and canned many things. our work will pay off. the food we saved will taste better than what the grocery stores will be selling later. even now.

i make a conscious effort to eat healthier. that’s why i grow a garden. and pick fruit and berries. i also take things from nature. our old people said we started getting sicknesses when our diet changed. i agree with that. maybe if i had stayed on the diet of my youth i wouldn’t have become diabetic. now i keep it in control by trying to eat healthy.

got an email from pandora radio. i listen to it some times when i am working. the email told me what i was listening to. it said i listen to “vintage” music. oh really. wouldn’t have known that.

i had a problem with my wind shield wipers. one wore out. i replaced it. an auto parts store replaced it. that blade got bent because it crossed the passenger side wiper. another auto parts store replaced that one. the guy that put it on said my wipers were out of sync. he said that would only ruin the wiper just put on. he didnt say any thing about me getting my money back. of course not.

i went to an auto body place. the staff looked at my blades. i told them what happened and what the auto parts guy said. they asked asked if i ever took the blade attachment off. i said no. they said then there shouldn’t be any way it would be out of sync. one of the guys said the drivers side wiper blade was too long. that’s why it made contact with the other side. they said just get a shorter size wiper. so i did. i like simple fixes.

looks like i have to mow again. i replaced the two mower blades. the old ones got dull and had some nicks in them. next i will change the oil in the mower. i mowed a lot this year. dont remember the grass still being this green this late in the season. usually it starts to turn brown by now. we have had a lot of rain lately.

will see what this week brings.

first day of school, corn finished drying

this years dried corn. the almost 3 gallons we spooned off the cob dried down to about to 2 gallons

the heat we had the other day finished drying our corn. the cloudy day we had gave a little of it a red tint. nothing wrong with that. it is still dried indian corn. we have two gallon freezer bags full. we will stretch that out until we have another crop next year. this corn will be precious to us. well it is every year.

the growing season is slowly winding down. i am waiting on my indian beans to ripen. that is if i get any. the vines have flowers on them. we have predicted rain coming. that should give the beans a growth spurt. hopefully i get some beans.

i picked another batch of cucumbers. that is my third or fourth picking. i like to slice them and eat them fresh. i planted sunflowers and radishes in the same grow box as my cucumbers. they are companion plants. it must work because my cukes taste real good.

the boys went back to their home in Lawrence. today is their first day of school. Andrew will be in the second grade and Samuel will be in kindergarten. i use to hold them in my arms. now they getting big.

there used to be a saying “too old to rock n roll and too young to die”. that must be where i am at. i am old enough to remember when rock n roll really was rock n roll. i remember old people always woke up early and thinking hope i dont get like that. today i woke up at 5:30.

i am outside a lot. i get my vitamin d from the sun. i seen some deer in the field across from the house. one was a fawn and the other musta been a doe. they were a distance away from me. i can watch them awhile until the dogs start barking. that scares the deer away. i like to watch deer.

speaking of deer. i hope i get a couple of deer hides this year. i use them in crafts. i asked the meat locker for some. they said they would hold 5 hides for me. they didnt. i will ask them again. maybe if i keep at them. i want to make some miniature hand drums.

got a call about a roach head dress. i quoted a price. i was asked if there is an indian price. i said that was the indian price. they go for much more than what i charge. not often that people do favors for me but some always want a favor from me. if they cant afford a roach, they cant afford to pow wow. it takes money to hit the circuit.

its kinda sad to see the open racism that is out there today. too much hate in the world, perpetuated by a few in power. its a good thing that not everyone is like that. i am surprised that there are still many good people left. that’s encouraging.

today i get my old folks check. i need to run to town to buy feed for my growing chicks. they are about 5 months old now. they are still on chick grow. once they start laying eggs, they go onto egg layer. that should be anytime now. while in town i might go buy some home grown cantaloupes i seen advertised.

gotta feed my animals then head to town.

corn is still drying

spooning the kernels off the cob takes the most time in drying corn.

the temperatures today are predicted to be in the 90s today. and the heat index will be in the 100s. that is good for drying corn. ours has set up for the past coupla days. one good day of heat and it should be ready to bag up and put away for the year.

i set up a coupla saw horses to put my screens on. i also pushed our wagon into place to hold the other screen. we set the screens with our drying corn out on these. it will finish drying today for sure.

i am still thankful we got what corn we have. this year and the previous two years we only got 3 gallons a year. i put much work into raising what i got. we gratefully take what ever we get. we mainly use our corn for ceremonies since we haven’t gotten much. we also have a big pot full at thanksgiving dinner.

i posted a picture on facebook of the corn smut or huitlacoche that was on my corn. i asked if anyone had ever fixed it and eaten it. it is considered a delicacy in mexico. only one person that i know has ever eaten it. she said she liked it. a coupla of others cautioned me not to eat it. that planted enough doubt that i didnt try it.

instead of eating the huitlacoche i had tacos made with buffalo tongue, cilantro and onions. that tasted real good. the last time we got commodity buffalo mary chose the tongue instead of the pound of burger. the ones closest to the fort get the best cuts.

i picked some of my leeks. they were about the right size. i diced them up. mary used some to cook the buffalo tongue. the rest was put in a bag and put in the freezer. we will use the rest to add to things we cook like soups and stews. i use leeks to cook turtle with too.

the only things i still have growing are my indian beans and sweet potatoes. i am sure the sweet potatoes are ready. gotta wait and see how the indian beans end up. they are flowering now. that is a good sign. i hope i get some indian beans.

i changed the mulching blades on my riding mower. i mowed the yard again. cant keep up with mowing this year. i think i will change the oil before the next mowing. i have the oil filter but not the oil. will get it next time i go to town.

the grandsons went home for the week end. they are back today and tomorrow. their school doesn’t start until Wednesday. now misho gotta keep them entertained for two days. i am up to it.

dried indian corn

we were lucky that we got some indian corn this year. it rained a lot during most of the early spring. the ground was saturated almost every week. my son and i took a chance and planted anyway. we dug a trough in the mud to plant the seeds in. we then pulled the mud over the corn seeds to cover them.

the seeds sprouted 7 days later. i kept at the weeds for awhile. i tilled in between the rows several times. i planted indian beans and crooked neck squash in the rows of corn. the beans came up but not my crooked neck squash.

i was happy to see that the corn was tasseling. i have been keeping an eye on the growth of my corn. i seen some of the silk was turning brown. that is one sign it is getting done. i squeeze a kernel with my thumb. it popped. i knew some of the corn was ready.

yesterday my son picked what was ready. mary, my sister jackie and i went out and finished picking when he had to leave. we put it in a cart i pull behind my riding mower. we moved it to the back yard. we pulled the corn husks off while we were sitting in the shade.

i made a fire and filled a wash tub and a cooking pot full of water. when the water was heated we put the shucked corn into it. we blanched the corn to stop the sugars in the corn from turning to starch. we put it on top of the corn husks to cool. after it was cool we moved indoors to spoon the kernels off the cob.

we were glad to get indoors. the central air unit was on. we didnt have to work in the heat. we spooned the whole kernels off the cob. i took the spooned corn and spread them onto screens i made for drying corn and squash.

today i have been going out and moving the corn to help it dry out. i break apart any kernels that were stuck together. they dry better when they are a single kernel instead of two or three stuck together.

the corn is set up pretty good. it had a good start yesterday and over night in the car port. i am glad about that because the forecast calls for rain maybe this evening and again tomorrow morning. our corn should continue to dry. i will set it back into the car port to keep it dry.

we ended up with almost 3 gallons of corn. with all the moisture we had over the winter and into the spring i was guessing we could possibly have a good crop this year. it didnt turn out that way. i am happy with what i got. i know some weren’t so fortunate. i always say i take what i get. i am grateful i got some dried corn.

i noticed a lot of indian beans growing in the corn rows. the vines are flowering. now i am hoping for some indian beans. i went skunk on crooked neck squash. i probably will have to buy some. that’s okay. as long as i have some dried squash on hand.

i also dried my second picking of sema. i put a lot of work into that. i hand carried watering jugs to water it during the heat. i kept my plants alive by working at it. now i will have some sema i can depend on. its been a rough growing year but i got some things. thankful for that.