finally gonna add more grow boxes

mary went to an estate sale last week end. she sent me a picture of a pile of used lumber they were selling for 10 bucks. i said ask if they had a plug in so i could use my skilsaw. i could only load up the lumber if it was cut to a size that would fit in the back of my rav4. they said yeah so i told mary to buy it.

she got up to pay for it and some old guy about 80 years old was ahead of her in line.  mary asked if he had bought the lumber. he said yeah but he would sell it to her for 12 bucks. still a good deal so she bought it.

after she got back home i loaded up my skilsaw, extension cord, tape measure and square. i went to the estate sale. i told the lady i was there to pick up the boards. she let me run the extension cord to the lumber.

most of the lumber were 2 inch by 6 inch boards that were 12 foot long. i cut them into 6 foot boards. that fit into my car with the back seats laying down. most of my grow boxes are 3 foot by 3 foot. thats because i used recycled pallet boards that were that size.

i will cut the boards in half and i can make all the grow boxes the same size as the ones i already have.  now i have enough lumber to build at least five more grow boxes. these will be sturdy. i am glad because the price of new lumber has gone up. i have been waiting for a good deal on used boards.

i already have some bags of top soil and burr compost. i got them from the day care give away. i will buy more bags of composted manure and top soil to fill the boxes when i am done. i may have time to put in a fall garden. if not i will have them ready next spring.

i am continuing to work harder at rehab. i am still doing intervals on the treadmill. they increased the incline on my faster pace. that makes it harder. i also used a heavier weight for the weight exercises. and i do the bike exercise with more resistance.

i think i am getting stronger. i know i am definitely stronger than the few weeks right after my surgery. i am catching up on my spring cleaning and doing my chores. i have 4 bags of chicken feed to unload.

last night was suppose to be andrews last baseball game of the season. we planned on going but they cancelled late after noon. we went to town anyway. we bought a big combo pack of fireworks. it was advertised as the best value pack. we added two big show stoppers to top that off.

after that we went to the steak house. this indian hasnt been off the rez much other than rehab. i enjoyed a nice filet mignon. now it is time to work. gotta get busy.

went to another auction

i jumped in with my son yesterday to go to an auction. there was a zero turn mower he was interested in. i seen a few things i was kinda interested in. i am usually game for an auction.

we got there when they were auctioning off the guns. the guns were going high. that probably set the tone for the rest of the auction.  i waited to see what the things i wanted went for. the price went up quickly. i didnt even bid on anything. my son had a limit he would bid on the mower. it went for almost the price of a new one.

there was a bronze buffalo statue i wanted. it went for 3 times what i wanted to pay. i go to auctions looking for a bargain. i’m not willing to pay too much for items. the estates are basically getting rid of stuff. its that or throw it away.

there was a black bear skin made into a rug. the fur was coming off of it. i was semi interested. i seen the hide as a rug wasnt any good but it had a full set of claws. a set of claws would sell for 2 to 3 hundred bucks. some lady jumped out there with a large bid so i didnt bother to try to bid. it went for more than i was willing to pay.

the irony is some things i didnt want went cheap. i didnt bid on any of those things either. i dont need more junk. i didnt quite go skunk, there was a buffalo head piece i kinda wanted.  they put it together with boxes of other stuff. i didnt want all that junk so i didnt bid. my son went over to the guy who won the bid and asked if he would take 10 bucks for it. he said yeah so i did get that piece.

the rain we got is helping my garden. my cabbages are ready to pick. we ate one already in some cole slaw. i cant keep up with the kale. i gave my sister some twice now. we have a big pan of kale chips. i eat them but there is still a big pile of them.

i have picked my cilantro a coupla times. it is growing good now. my row of green beans is doing good. my baby lima beans didnt fare well. i only have about 5 plants in the whole row. the tomatoes i planted in my grow boxes are big compared to the ones in the field. i had some tomatoes forming but the hail damaged them. i picked them and tossed them. more fruit will grow.

there is an old saying about corn. knee high by the fourth of july. mine is about waist high. we are still a week away from the 4th. last year at this time, the deer had eaten about a third of the corn stalks. not this year though. i am glad about that. i am still hoping for a good crop.

what will this week bring?

had a hail of a time

early thursday morning i was awaken by a loud, constant thumping on the roof. it was about 6 a.m.  i got up and walked to the living room. i knew then it was hail. it was real loud. i looked out the window and seen big pieces of hail landing everywhere. it covered the ground. i heard the metallic sound of it hitting the cars.

it didnt last long. i went out and picked up a coupla pieces. it was melting already but was a good size. i was worried about our cars. after it got lighter outside i went to look at them. they didnt have any visible damage. no cracked windows. later we seen some pings on marys car. i had a few on the roof of the rav4.

i was especially worried about my garden. we didnt want to lose any of it. we try to save as much as we can by canning, freezing or drying it.   after checking  i seen most of my crops seemed to have survived. some leaves in my grow box vegetables were bent over.  the same with my corn.  the stalks are still standing but some are leaning a little. they will come back strong.

the hail knocked many of the leaves off of the trees.  our lawn is covered with leaves. i imagine the wind will blow them away. or they will add organic matter to the lawn.

the rain on thursday and what we got last night will really helped our crops. our plants were somewhat wilted from the heat we had. the rain perked them up. it also filled up my rain barrels. we have more heat coming. i will be able to water from my rain barrels.

we were given some catfish that some of our relatives caught. we had it for supper last night. i picked one of my cabbages. mary made some cole slaw with it. it tasted good. we also had some steamed rice.

we are making a conscious effort to improve our diet. i gave up many of the sweets i used to like. havent had but one pop in the past 5 months. i dont use salt or sugar. i know it is in much of the processed foods already.  we try to eat more natural foods.

i am getting a good work out at cardiac rehab. i do intervals on the tread mill. i walk at a slower pace for 3 minutes, then faster for 3 minutes then back to slower. i alternate the speeds for 21 minutes. i was told i get more of a work out that way instead of just one pace through out.

i ride the bicycle machine for 20 minutes with resistance. after that i do the arm machine and do 10 sets with weights. i can feel i am getting some tone in my arms. i will keep working to get stronger. i want to live more years.

i better get back to making roaches. i tried a few weeks ago but i couldnt do the reaching. now i can do the monotonous chores it takes to make roaches. i am anxious to get back to my art work.

days of summer

i woke up the other day and opened the drapes in the bedroom. i noticed a red glow in the sun rise. i am no real photographer, just a guy with a camera that is quick to take a picture. thats why i have thousands of pictures.  i went outside and snapped a picture of this sunrise. when i edited it, i increased the vibrance. that made the picture look good to me.

i have been out and about more often lately. i have actually stayed home during this covid thing.  i am seeing more people i know. i am glad to visit with them.  it makes me feel good that they show their concern for me. i was taught if you treat people good they will treat you good. their love and respect for me is genuine. i feel the same toward them.

i have been doing spring cleaning in my garage. i use it more as a work shop than to park a car in. i have my work benches and tools there. i cleaned a lot of junk out of there. some progress was made.  i can at least walk thru there. i am no hoarder even though my kids think i am. i wont make that hoarder show but i do have a lot of junk.

speaking of junk. the tribe has a program that lets members use this big dumpster. that service is free to seniors. we are on the list to get it in a week or two. we will have it for a week. then they will haul it off to the dump. i will get rid of stuff. once i make room i can get more junk at garage sales, auctions and flea markets eh.

my  indian corn is still doing good. so far no deer have been bothering it. harvest time is about a month and a half away. i am hoping it will make it. last year at this time i lost lotsa corn stalks. i am lucky i can still grow corn. well lucky my sons did all the planting this year. they worked in the garden as soon as they were big enough to help out. it is nice they learned how to do all that.

the weather people are predicting rain the next few days. i am happy to hear that. my crops could use a good soaking.  they are a little wilted from the heat but will perk up with any rain. my rain barrels need to be refilled. i will use that to water my plants later. i am making sure my animals have water.

i will have to weed my sema patch. a few people told me they would come after my surplus plants. they havent. i can wait too much longer. i have to clear the weeds out. in that process i will probably eliminate some plants. it has to be done so my main crop makes it. i cant afford to lose my crop because i am waiting on others.

gotta take care of things.

went to an auction

i bought a garden cart from on-line. i had to assemble it. i only cussed a few times before i got it completed. it is basically 4 wheels with a tractor seat. i already used it once in my gardening. i scooted aliong on it as i transplanted my anaheim peppers. i will use it for weeding. i wont tire out as much since i dont have to stand and bend over to pull weeds.

spent most of yesterday at an auction. it was on the rez.  not surprising there were lotsa indians there. i knew all of them. we got there early and sat our chairs in the shade. most of the indians joined us. i also met some guys i went to high school with and another guy married to a lady that went to mayetta high. we got in a good visit.

i was looking for some boards to make more grow boxes. i found they were out of my price range. they were walnut and oak. a trailer full of them. i was after cheap lumber not furniture lumber. i didnt even bid on it. it went for way more than i was willing to spend. i go to auctions looking for a bargain.

i did find me some art pieces. they will be added to my indian art collection. i am no serious collector. i buy what i like and dont spend alot of money on the art. my living room and bedroom walls are covered with indian art that i bought at auctions or flea markets. it looks good to me.

i also won the bid on a black stone buffalo sculpture. it is heavy. i like the looks of it. it will make a nice display piece. it will sit next to the bronze buffalo i got for being employee of the quarter.  i am always taking pictures of our buffalo.

the tanned hide we ordered was delivered. it has a few holes in it but the price was too good to pass up. it is hard to come by indian tan hides. i let mary buy me out of my share. i have a hide i was saving. i traded a roach for it. i will use that hide for my moccasins. mary will use the one we bought for hers.

we got a little shower this morning. i am glad my corn got some rain. the corn field is too big to water.  sometimes i am asked how i water my corn. i say that them old indians didnt have faucets to turn on to water their corn. i go with what rain i get. it usually works. my corn is waist high now. beats knee high by fourth of july.

my sister said she wants to start gardening. she wanted to buy a tiller. i asked how much she was gonna spend. she said bout $500. i told her i had an extra tiller. i sold her the one i bought off craigslist for the $200 i paid for it. she liked that deal. it saved her money.

it is supposed to rain again. i hope it does. my rain barrels with fill up.

dealing with the heat

i weeded  the raised beds last night. i also watered them. we had 100 degree heat yesterday and will again today. the water will give them a boost. this morning i hooked up my rain barrel to the soaker hose by my row of tomatoes. i also watered my sema plants and the raised beds where my cucumbers are growing.

the heat has been hard on plants. thats why i watered my plants. we only have a slight chance of rain for the next few days. there is a 3% chance of rain tonight. and 10% chance tomorrow night. not much hope of rain. i will water my plants to protect them from the heat. we cant complain here. the people out west are in a severe drought.

i pulled all the radishes that went to seed. that left two empty grow boxes. i went to town and bought some anaheim pepper plants. anaheims need about 80 days to mature. i think they might ripen before the first frost. it is worth a gamble anyway. i like diced green chiles to cook with.

the tanned deer hide we bought has shipped. we  should get it today or tomorrow. that is good. a lady that is good at making moccasins said she will make me a pair. i am third in line to get mine done. i told her i want beaded, black velvet where the pucker part is. i havent seen any like that in awhile. i am looking forward to wearing these moccasins when they are done.

i sent off some forms to the fish and wild life department a few years ago. i ordered 10 loose eagle feathers. i finally got an answer. i need to fill out another form and send it back.  i will get the feathers at the end of july. i only waited 3 or 4 years.

i was gonna clean some chickens but changed my mind. we were getting too many eggs. we had a surplus of eggs. we eat about a dozen or two a week. then mary asked around and sold 10 dozen. the ones that bought them want more. now we have a market for our eggs. no need to clean chickens. well i will still clean that rooster and maybe two older hens. i still gotta have home made chicken soup.

i filled up my hummingbird feeders again. i bought these ant moat things. the feeders hang from them. they are filled with water and keep the ants out of the sugar water. its amazing how the ants can get to them. the moats keep them out until the water dries up. i like to watch the humming birds.

i have rehab again today. i will finish my second week today. i am coming along fine. they are working me more. i have been active before i started rehab. i worked in my garden and was walking some. that is why i am doing okay in rehab. i may even finish early because of my progress.

i am glad i got my chores early before the heat sets in.

setting a goal

we went to andrews baseball game monday evening. it was a 6 o clock game. the games last about 2 hours. it wasnt too late when we got home from lawrence. if it was an eight o clock game and we would get home after 11. he had a good game and said he got a hit for us.  i bought him an icee from a kona ice truck in the parking lot.

i have rehab again today. on monday i got a pretty good work out. the nurse made me do 20 minutes on the tread mill at a faster pace. i did 20 minutes on the bike with more resistance.  i had to do 5 minutes on the arm machine. then i used light weights on 10 sets of exercises. i worked up a sweat. it was my best work out.

the nurse asked me to set a reachable goal. i said previous to my surgery i used to walk 2 miles each time. i did that 3 times a week. she said that was doable. that will be my goal. i want to be able to walk  on the paved road by my home again. my neighbors must wonder what ever happened to that indian that used to walk on this road.

yesterday mary had an eye appointment. they said they might dilate her pupils. i had that done before so i drove her. i had to watch the grand daughters while she was at the eye doctors. we went to the nearby park. they had fun playing there. they didnt want to leave. they said that was the best part of the day for them.

i started juicing again. i get the nutrients from vegetables but miss the fiber. oh well at least i am getting my veggies in. i save what is left for my worm farm. my worms are doing good. i will use their castings in my gardening. i hope to keep these ones alive all year. last time i didnt know what i was doing. probably still dont but i will try to take better care of these worms.

i am not drinking coffee like i used to but i enjoy it when i have it. i have drank coffee most of my life. i really dont want to give it up. it reminds me of them old indians.  i have a cup about every other day. thats enough for me.

my solar powered radio will be delivered today. i use it  and other deterrents to keep critters out of my garden. all the things i did must work. nothing is bothering my corn. its too early to celebrate though. it is a long time until harvest. i will see how much i got after we dry it.

i am going to mow the yard after breakfast. i will do it before it gets too hot. it will be close to 100 degrees. the grass is getting a little tall. i notice that after every time i mow the birds land on the lawn. they must be after bugs or something. there were times i seen at least 20 birds on the lawn.

i better get busy before the heat sets in.

camped out

the boys wanted to camp out. we set up our tent in the back yard. that is convenient. every thing we need is close at hand. what is camping without smores? we made a fire in our fire ring. the boys roasted hot dogs and made smores. i had a few with them.

i didnt think they would sleep outside by them selves so their gramma and i camped with them. our dog konugish also slept by the tent. he started barking at something and woke me up several times. i hollered at him to shut up a few times. he finally calmed down.

next day the boys said they had fun. good thing we indulged them.  i laid down carpeting and piled up blankets for their bed. they took their tablets out to play games on. so it really wasnt roughing it. we all had a good time though. thats what counts.

the boys went home last evening. we had to break camp down this morning. we folded all the blankets and put them away. we also put the lawn chairs away. we had to let the tent dry from the dew on it. after it was dry, we folded it and put it in bag to be stored. that didnt take long. we wanted it done before it got to be 90 degrees outside.

i had to order a new solar powered radio. i got the same kind as the one i had. i know it will play all night on one charge. i had to replace it because i left it out in that last rain we had. i tried drying it out but the radio wouldnt stay on. i will get the new radio on wednesday.

we went to the big farmers market in kansas city on saturday. we loaded up with vegetables and fruits. i have to get plenty in my diet. we took the back roads home. we found a garage sale and had to buy a few things.

i have rehab today. i aint rushing it but am coming along fine. at my first session i was told the goal was 20 minutes on the tread mill. i did that on my second session. i imagine they will make me work harder now.

i have been doing my garden work. my animals have to be fed and watered every day. i started doing those chores again. i have been waiting to get stronger to do some things. i have spring cleaning to do. my tools need to be organized and work benches cleared so i can work on them.

now i think we will be able to clean a few chickens. we have 20 of them. we will clean the barred rock rooster and the older two hens. maybe a coupla other hens for soup. we are getting close to a dozen eggs everyday. we get a surplus of them. we cant keep up with that many. not many people want to buy fresh eggs. we can save on the feed bill if we have less chickens.

tomorrow is per cap day. mine will go to the bank. it always gets spent.

got fish n set up irrigation system

i was given some catfish. it was the first catches of the season by a grand son and grand daughter. i was the elder that they gave their first catch to. i really appreciated that gift. i remember when i used to give my first catches or pickings to an elder. now i am a elder but there are older ones than me.

last night we had some of the filets for supper. that catfish tasted good. mary made some cole slaw. i bought that cabbage at the farmers market. it always tastes better to me. we also had some steamed broccoli that we got at the farmers market. we are trying to eat healthier.

i have been changing my diet for some time, especially after my surgery.  i dropped about 12  pounds and have kept it off. i hope to lose a few more pounds. thats why i wanted to see my progress at rehab. once i am stronger i will log more miles walking.

i went to rehab again yesterday. i walked 14 minutes last time. this time the nurse said i would walk 15 minutes. she came over after about 13 minutes and asked how i was doing. i said i was doing okay. she said well lets go for 20 minutes. i did that. after that i did 20 minutes on the bike machine. then i did 5 minutes on the arm machine. i was told i am doing good.

i told one of the nurses at rehab i had chickens to give me fresh eggs. she said that some of the  big farms feed their chickens ground flax seed. that raises the omega 3 in the eggs. i said i would try that. i ordered 4 pounds of ground flax seeds. i will get it this coming tuesday. i am willing to try making my eggs healthier. we will eat some of the flax seed too. we put it in our oatmeal.

i finally rigged up my irrigations system. i had the four rain barrels hooked up to my house gutters. i needed a long garden hose that would reach to my garden. i found one i got at a garage sale. then i needed a soaker hose. i bought that at the lumber yard.

once i had that i connected the garden hose to the rain barrel. it is long enough to reach all four barrels. then it runs to the garden and connects to the soaker hose. all i have to do then i open the faucet on the bottom of the barrel. the rain water runs to the garden. it is gravity fed. i dont need any power to run it. i get  220 gallons of rain water for free. my irrigation costs me nothing.

i was happy after i had everything hooked up. i turned on the first barrel. it has been hot the last few days. my tomatoes looked wilted. i drained two barrels to soak the ground along the line of tomatoes. the tomatoes perked up. then it rained yesterday. that filled the barrels back up. i will use it to water the tomatoes next time.

we gonna head to the big farmers market in kansas city today. we will be loaded down with fresh vegetables.

life goes on

keeping our grand daughters during the week is working out good.  i am enjoying the time to bond with my grand daughters. again i say no grand parent would think there is such a thing as too much time with their grand children.

yesterday i went to my first cardiac rehab. the RN told me many things about the rehab process.  it was my first session so i was told to walk in the hall for 6 minutes. i have been walking so that was a breeze. i was told to do another 8 minutes on the tread mill. i handled that too.

i was supposed to do 10 minutes on the bicycle. i was told to 14 minutes instead. i did that too. i was put on this machine that gave my arms a work out.  i did it okay. after everything was done, they checked my blood glucose level. it had gone down but wasnt too low. if it was i couldnt drive home.

the RN told me i did good for my first time. i was hooked up to a monitor the whole time to check that my heart was okay. it was, it didnt skip a beat or anything. i go back tomorrow. i am looking forward to it. i am willing to do the work to get back to where i was before my surgery. i am already doing  gardening work. and i am doing my chores of feeding the animals and gathering eggs.

last night i went to a presentation about boarding school. it was held in a conference room at the casino. they served a fine dinner. after we ate they talked about boarding school. i was reminded of what i went thru. they gave gifts to all boarding school survivors. at our table of six, five of us had gone to boarding school.

in the gimme bag was the presentors report. i took it to a coupla the ones putting this on. i showed them that me and my wifes’ picture was on the front page of their report. one of them had me hold the report and point at my picture. she took my picture again.

i thanked them for their work. i told one of them that i appreciated the package i got from them several months ago. i told him that i said hey look someone cares about us. he nodded his head. it was a good night.

i bought a solar powered radio off the internet for bout 20 bucks. it was charged and i turned it on last night in the garden. it played all night on that charge. that is what i want. i was told the noise will help keep deer away.  i am willing to try any thing to keep critters out. i even bought two more live traps for rabbits.

we are picking strawberries often. we are getting lotsa kale too. we made kale chips. i munch on them for a snack. we can pick green onions too. my raised beds are doing good.

life is good.