Coffee 5-4-13

Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat May 04, 2013 6:04 am

Wow.... where did the week go?

The coffee is hot, come in & enjoy. Fresh eggs are in the 'fridge & home made toast is close at hand also. Fresh goats milk? Not for me thanks, but if that's your thing we have it!

Beautiful, beautiful weather. Sunny every day for 7 days running, one cloudy day & now it looks like more sun for the next week. The lawn needs mowing! And yet, 30 degrees this morning. Even with that, the AA is being shut down. I'm just waiting for it to stop self feed & she's done her job for the year. It might be pushing cold ash right now.

Probate court....ugh... a necessary thing I guess. Uncle Billy took care of everything before he passed but this one annuity.... it has cash value! No one knew, I guess if Bill knew, he'd forgotten. The only way to get that money to distribute is to go to probate. It was funny... at the clerks office she asked if Marty's deceased brother had children. I asked "You mean the one's claimed, or do we somehow have to search for all the bastards he fathered across the Eastern seaboard?" She plugged her ears & said "NO! NO! I didn't hear that!". OK folks.... it's only known, recognized kids.

Hope you all have a fine weekend. Hug your loved ones & enjoy the weather!
Freddy
 
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat May 04, 2013 6:29 am

Mornin all. Coffee is outstanding as always Freddy--thanx-- Gonna do some test plowing today & make sure everything is working properly so we can get at it Monday. I've been eating those choco. chip granola things to get me through the mornings as of late--I guess they work OK--I'm still here ;) The Govt. just can't seem to leave ya alone even after your demise---good luck with all that my friend. Have a good week-end people :) Yep, the Hitzer should be out by Monday--real nice weather this week
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat May 04, 2013 7:06 am

Good morning all,

Boy do we have a beautiful day in store for us - 70* and not a drop of rain insight. I expect this morning to be as long as the six months between July and Christmas is to a 6 year old. This afternoon I get to go into the bee hives. It's been a couple weeks and time to take a look inside and see how things are going. I know Casper's hive (the oldest) is doing well and I don't expect much cross combing in there but I may be surprised. For those who don't know about Top Bar Hives the combs have no frames for the bees to build in so they build comb every which way unless you force them to build it parallel to each other. They tend to build it across the bars effectively gluing everything together. To be a legal hive in the US the combs must be able to be removed individually for inspection. I'll remove any comb I find out of place and start another Tbar with it. Nothing is wasted in a bee hive.

Lola's hive is further behind but coming along. I'll try to find her... again... and mark her so I CAN find her in the future. I'm curious as the amount of comb the girls have been building in there. I know that hive had a gazillion of bees hatch but after the initial flight, I haven't seen that many out and about. I hope they have been busy building comb and are not victims of mayhem in the world. We'll see.

Not much more happening, I am looking forward to school getting out. I have 5 more weeks of school and then a couple of weeks off before summer school starts. I decided to drive this summer given the instability in the economy and all. I volunteered to drive a special needs bus. I like working with the smaller numbers of kid; you can get to know them personally.

It's 49* outside, our whole house furnace just kicked on, again. Bummer, take care and have a great day, Lisa
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sat May 04, 2013 8:02 am

morning all..... a special breakfast danish this morning here....german butter cake!! Don't know if this is a Philly thing or not, but we used to get it once in a while from a bakery on Front St. in Philly back in the 60's & 70's. However....the neighborhood down there changed for the worse and most of the shops closed so we were never able to find it after that. Mom & Dad had a bakery open near them and they wandered in and there it was. Was up there this past week to be their driver to a funeral and she sent one home with me. It is very rich and gooey so i can only eat a small piece with coffee to counteract its sweetness, but I'll probably drink about 4 cups of coffee just to eat that much of it!

Yard work planned for today in this good weather, I have one area at the side & end of the house that is always a mess to try to cut grass or plant anything so it is going to get covered in weed block & stone. Then i need to finish up some props for my kids upcoming dance recital production. I also need to brush out the chimney, disconnected the stove a few weeks back, but didn't get out the chimney brush yet.

Have a great day everyone.
titleist1
 
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Sat May 04, 2013 8:14 am

Good morning all! The coffee is always good when someone else has it ready for you. Thanks for the fresh eggs Freddy nothin' better, my buddy raises chickens and the eggs are so much better than store bought. Time to clean out the stove myself and enjoy the nice weather. Off to work soon, I do 3, 12 hr days and I hate it, need to find different job.....oh well it is what it is. My grandma would say you are born rich or good lookin', I don't get it I'm poor and still have to sneak up on the mirror in the mornin' :lol:
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Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Sat May 04, 2013 8:36 am

Good morning everybody and thanks for the great coffee Freddy :) My wife won some baklava in a raffle yesterday so guess what's for breakfast! Well it does have nuts and honey and it does that make it qualified? Well the baklava and a couple cups of coffee will have to make do ;)

Shad fishing last weekend means I have to pay the piper today. I spent yesterday on wood mulch for all the gardens. Two trips 10 yards later it ready to start. Can't beat this weather were having for getting this kind of work done. Unfortunately we do need rain soon. This past winter left us with quite a deficit of snow so the grounds already dry deep down. I don't know if it's still accurate, but at one point towards the end of the winter I heard we were some 21 inches short of snow. Anyway things are beautiful now - the grass is green, there's pollen galore, the dogwoods are in bloom, the skies blue and the hummingbirds are here!
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5 yards of mulch under the tarp behind the truck and 8 ton of coal under the tarps in front of the truck - life is grand :~^)
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: gaw On: Sat May 04, 2013 8:37 am

Good morning. Long weekend off, it will be another month before this happens again.

Mowing grass is on the agenda for today. I have not escaped lawn mower woes this spring. One mower leaked all the gas into the crankcase over the winter; I may remember to shut the gas valve this fall. Another mower needs an ignition switch. That has been on order for a week, if I want to use it today I will have to hot wire it.
I have not even tried all the little two strokes yet but the hedge trimmer needs a new gas line, I will try the weed whacker today. This damn cheap gas is pissing me off. The chainsaw leaks when held sideways and the leaf blower is a question mark.

Everyone have a productive weekend.
gaw
 
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sat May 04, 2013 11:47 am

Whew already the 2nd tee-ball game of the season today. The time is flyin bye. Just a quick cup of coffee and a little brown spotted banana this morning. Garden plot just got the first till, added about a good 4 more passes this year. Really enjoyed our first garden last year, even had the wife whispered maker bigger this year! We had about 2 corn rows, about 6 hills of taters, 6 cucumber plants(wont do that again), 3 zucinni, 2 squash and 3 tomato plants. Looking at reducing the cucumbers, and with adding it in size, putting in some peppers, string beans, and broccoli. Grandpop let me use his tiller. He bought this baby in 65 bran new he says. Anywho have a good weekend!
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat May 04, 2013 12:40 pm

Good morning. No coffee for me, thanks...lunch sounds better. I ran some errands this morning and just finished setting a new mailbox post. Cedar this time...2' in the ground with some big key stones, and quickcrete to fill in the gaps and cap it off. After lunch I will mount the boxes and finish things up.
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat May 04, 2013 1:32 pm

Yard work day for me. Yesterday the 'lawn' got mowed,, it's not really a 'lawn',, it's grass, weeds you know, greeen stuff.. looks OK from the road.. :lol: . I re-seeded the grass area off my deck that I spent so much time and money on last year in preparation for my big car-party.. and this grass prmply died in the 100* temps and zero rain for the following 3 weeks.. Even though I watered it daily..
So, I'm trying again.. I'd like to have at least a piece of a 'lawn' just off the deck,

Pulled weeds around the Koi-pond, sprayed roundup around all the flagstones, fences etc. Trying to get a jump on the weeds.
I've got to find and fire up the 4-stroke weed wacker and see if i can attack the fenceline.

The weather has been great, the solar panels have been making plenty of current, I might have a really , really small electric bill this month.

Had the '64 Skylark out on Wednesday it was a beautiful 80* day.. car was happy to be out of the garage!!

I'm gonna fire up the big wheel loader and go down the street , bring back a few loads of 10year old cow manure, I'm expanding the garden, adding some potatoes this year..
I built up a low spot with coal ash, and am going to top it with 12-16" of black dirt/manure, that should grow some good 'taters.

I'm afraid to plant anything, too early and there is an ugly cold front that is stalled just west of the mississippi river, they've had snow storms in Kansas city !!
I just KNOW that if i put out plants, it will snow or have a hard frost here.. FIrst week of June is close to 'safe' here.

Hey Sting!! what's the weather in S. Wisconsin/?

Gotta get back to work..

Greg L
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat May 04, 2013 2:52 pm

It's a Beauty in N.E. Ohio today ! I've found out that afternoon weekend coffee 'aint bad,either !
Hambden Bob
 
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat May 04, 2013 4:43 pm

Hi Guys,

Look what I found when I went in to check out the hive - 3 Top bars in the process of being filled with honey and capped. That's mine to eat. The white strip is what is capped now but the rest of the Tbar, both sides, is dripping with honey just waiting for the girls to cap it off. However, before it can be capped, the girls will use their wings to reduce the water content to 18% or lower. Only then can you call it Grade A honey. When the combs reach that and are capped I'll move them to the rear of the hive and put in some new Tbars and the girls will start over. In a normal summer, if all goes well with the weather and nectar flow, I can expect to harvest 6 to 8 total Tbars each weighing between 15 and 20 lbs. This year will be even more productive because I have 30 drawn combs already attached to TBars just waiting for the girls to fill them up. They don't have to draw the comb themselves and can concentrate on making honey. What a deal!

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I'm so glad I switched from a box hive to the Top Bar Hive. The box hive was work, the Top Bar is fun. Take care, Lisa
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat May 04, 2013 4:47 pm

Hey Bob--coffee is NEVER bad my young friend:) Well, everything seems in order to start plowing serious come Mon. Took beating the crap out of tail wheel pins & get them set right--butttt, a bigger hammer works every time ;) Lookin good Lisa :)
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Sat May 04, 2013 4:58 pm

Had a good day. Loaded the Craftsman lawn tractor on the bed of my truck and went and hung out with Crazy4coal and his dad. It's always fun chatting with them.

We pulled the tractor from the truck and pulled the deck to use on his tractor. Then I headed to the scrap yard but they were closed when I got there. 11:30 is what the sign said. Oh well, next weekend is another weekend to take the tractor to the scrap yard. After that I took my wife and daughter out for lunch. Pics!
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Re: Coffee 5-4-13

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat May 04, 2013 6:02 pm

Yep, late coffee for me too.
Just got done mowing. Dang, its cold and trying to rain outside. Had to start up the DVC500.

Field looks good Fred. The rows nice and straight.
Garden is ready for planting Anthony.
Lisa, that is a great picture! I can taste the honey from here.
Dave, you get a new cover for that trailer? Looks good.

Caught my wife's cat drinking my beer again! :mad:
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