Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Goodbye (for now)

Well, we are off to Illinois to visit my family after being gone now for 4 years without a visit.   I don't think I will have a way to use the web, so I will take lots of pictures and I will be back Sunday night, so I will post on Monday, for now have a great rest of the week and I will be back soon!


Here is a place to go to see the actual video that shows what the hurricane has done to upstate NY york these places are only an hour to a half hour away from us.  Part of our state highways are still closed today. You can go here http://mohawkvalley.ynn.com/content/hurricane_irene/ to view the video.

Hope you all have a great day.  We are fine up on our mountain also.  I feel pretty bad for all those folks that weren't so lucky.  For some reason the link above is not going through right so if you actually type it into your browser it will come up better or just type in hurricane irene and mohawk river.  Let me know in comments if it does not come up.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Just a little breezy!

I wasn't in an area where we could take pictures of flooding but some of our major highways that we travel are closed and our county is under emergency.    We went to get diesel fuel last night for the generator and as we got to the one exit that we get off of, was just closing the thruway past that exit.  We were able to get fuel and head home before the highway was completely closed.   Not hearing a lot about the flooding around us, lots said in the coastal areas of course but not inland!
We were out of power all day yesterday except for a couple of hours.  We did get our power back around nine last night.   We did get around 6 to 8 inches of rain.  

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Well, it started raining last night and it hasn't stopped yet!   Not for sure how much we have gotten yet.  The storm is not over.  We didn't get too much wind where we are in the beginning but the winds have picked up and we did lose power for most of the mid morning and early afternoon!   We do have power at this moment, for how long, who knows.  I am just glad that we live further north west  than closer to the city and just less than an hour south east of us they are getting it pretty bad with the flooding and we are on flood warnings right now. I am taking pictures but not all that impressive at the home front.   I have pretty much stayed put inside the house  today.  Didn't take long this morning to get soaked when we went out to do the chores and I even had on the duster and the hat.   Will post all about it tomorrow.  The hurricane predictions where no where near as bad as they said it was going to be.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


I had to add the horses into this post, its been awhile. As you can see the skies are not looking so great, and as you all know by tomorrow we will be into some nasty weather! We took the daughter to college yesterday and spent the rest of the day getting groceries and feed for the livestock. Today we will be getting things around the farm ready for the rain and the wind. Our area is looking for 60 + winds and above 5 inches of rain.

We have been watching the news and the track of the storm coming up the coast and keep wondering how bad we will be getting the storm. We are inland a ways but we are still close enough that we are going to get some of the bad stuff from this hurricane. The hubby keeps telling me every so often that we are going to get hammered and I keep saying I know dear, I know and of course you worry about the buildings and the livestock coming through this storm, I debate if I should leave the horses out and they can get into the run in shed or put them in the barn in the stalls where they will stay dry but if the winds get bad enough the hubby says that it doesn't matter where they are. I don't like them odds!

We did postpone our trip to Illinois until after the storm, being as we have to worry about power going out and flooding if the sump pump isn't working but hopefully we will be going towards the middle of next week.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Just nutty!

Hello, would you believe I just came to say hello?   Oh, alright, I will be your friend for life you would sneak me one of those peanuts that those guys were handing out last night, I won't tell them you gave me another one.

I was a sucker for that pitiful face!   I had to throw out a couple, I mean he came right up to the patio door and scratched at the door just to get my attention yesterday when I was cleaning.  I new they had the peanuts stashed up on top of the frig! 

I got it!  Thank you so much!

I gotta run now before anyone else finds me up here!

Bye now, see you next time!!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Well, Friday is the day the daughter has move in day at the college up north and it will be her first time being away from home for any extended period of time!   We will miss her but I think she will be missing the boyfriend and the girlfriend more than mom and dad!   I will miss her but I have to say it will be nice to be down to just one kid in the house for a while.

I start school the seventh of September and I am looking forward to it but I know I will be nervous the first day, of course.   I am ready for it though, I have my books and school I D and parking permit and my brain is another story, I don't know if that is ready yet, but I sure will let you know!!  I have had lots of second thoughts about going I tell you but in the long run it will be good to use the old noggin again.

We are off to Illinois Friday after we drop the daughter off at school.   We are making a hurried trip out home because it has been a few years since I have been back and I didn't want to wait another year because next year we have some awesome plans for travel.   Our 25th wedding anniversary is next year and I told the hubby I wanted to go west and we are going to meet one of my favorite bloggers and visit his part of the country for a couple of weeks!  I will take lots of pictures when I go home this next week and if I can get next to a computer in that time I will try to post but if not I will post the rest of  this week then it might be few days before I get another post up.

Hope you all have a great day.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Spic and Span

It is pretty bad that the men's pad down in the city is cleaner than my own house and I am the one that cleans it.   I tell the hubby I don't mind coming down and cleaning the house for the guys because it is so much easier to clean than my own!  They don't have the clutter like  Nick knacks, tons of cub boards, books, pictures, paper,  and teenage kids!   Matter of fact they have hardly anything in the house that the rooms actually echo!  I brought down pictures to put on the walls just to cut down on the echo and even rugs!  They need more but I refrain as it is a man pad and not women, so I won't intrude (to much).  

I tell the hubby I think I will rent a dumpster and start the heave ho at home but then I start to go through the house and decide that there really isn't too much I want to get rid of.  I guess I will just have to put up with the clutter.    I figure,  if no one likes our clutter they better not come to my home and they better make an appointment to see me if the come to see my house!  So for now I will enjoy cleaning someone else's house that take only a few hours instead of days :)   As you can tell I am back down cleaning house before I start college in a couple of weeks.

Have a great day.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Woodsmen Show

We were disappointed in the show, because a lot of the events didn't happen until late in the afternoon, and we didn't stay for them.  They were just starting to get things ready around 2 in the afternoon.  We did go around and see the vendors and as you can see we saw our dream sawmill.   They had a lot of wood carvings that were pretty darn neat as you can see in the last picture!  Don't mind the person, I have no idea who it was.  The dragon was pretty neat though, I personally loved the bench and I saw another one that was even better and the hubby said he could make me one and we shall see how long that takes along with all the other things that are on the honey do list that needs to get done.  Have a great day.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Stills (B)

My homemade baked bread!

Our brand of beer, yes, we like to drink beer, but I do like wine also!

My boots!  Even though we all have tons of boots from muck to work to cowboy to rubber, lots and lots of boots!
Blue berries!  Yum, just ate a nice hand full of them!  Have a great day!
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Finally last series

It was a pageant of steam but I have to say that I think this big ole machine captured the crowd the most!  We stood there for quite some time watching him.  The hubby of course has always liked big machinery anyway.  Today we went to a woodsmen show and was kind of disappointed in it because not a lot of demo's were going on at all just a lot of sawmills and saws and woodworking equipment.  We would love to get a bigger sawmill but they are pretty pricey.  It would also be nice to aquire a wood processing machine that cuts your logs into wood pieces for the wood stove.  I didn't take a whole lot of pictures at all but I did take a video of the sawmill that we would love to have.  I will post that tomorrow for you. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lumber anyone!

Yes, I am still on the Pageant of Steam.   I still have lots to show you.  They had over a 100 acres of things.  Lots of tractors too!  Enjoy and I hope you all have a good day.  The top picture is the engine that ran the belt that went to the saw mill!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Threshing.  An ancient process used to separate grain from straw.  First invented by Scottish mechanical engineer Andrew Meikle for use in agriculture.  It was invented (c. 1784)

Early threshing machines were hand-fed and horse powered.  They were the size of an upright piano.  Later machines were steam powered, driven by a portable engine or traction engine.  In 1834 John Avery and Hiram Abial Pitts devised significant improvements to a machine that automatically threshes and separated grain from chaff.  Avery and Pitts were granted a patent in the United States on December 29, 1837.  The last picture is of the straw being baled after it has gone through the threshing process.  If you notice in the first video, the straw is coming out from the threshing machine at the top and the grain is coming down the chute from the side of the machine and they had bags at the end of the chute that would catch the grain and then tied them shut.  Sunday's post was the grain that was being bagged.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Stills (macro, close-ups)


Wood Splitter

Steam traction Engine

Rumely Tracter.  We went to the Pageant of Steam show up in Canindagua, NY yesterday and it was a fantastic show, as you will find out because that is what I will be posting most of next week.  I actually took over 160 pictures and video's yesterday of the show.  
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Country living!

We went to our favorite farm last weekend. One of the things we always do is go for a walk if the weather permits, and it was a little drizzly but we went anyway and the hubby was nice enough to carry the umbrella so I could take the camera and take pictures as we walk. We saw the butterfly in my last post on the same day we took the walk. One of the best things about this is all the fences are in and you have lots of different pastures to explore.

It was even better because it was just the two of us with all the time we wanted to just walk and enjoy!

Have a great day.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Old Forge

Went to a tourist town for a gun show and we passed this restaurant with a plane sticking out of its roof. Then lots of traffic as you can see. Went under an over pass that was pretty neat. Not much going on but it was a nice trip to take for the day.

Next weekend we are going to a steam show up north that covers 100 acres. I will have lots of pictures for you.

Have a great day.
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