Monday, April 12, 2010

A Mix of Stuff

First things first.  Now that all of you have thought less of me for what I posted Friday, I must say that it isn't what you were thinking.  That guy in the pic with me is Mustafa (we just called him Steve).  He was an Iraqi that worked as a translator for us.  He also got us "things" from outside the walls.  That is a hookah we are smoking....remember the caterpillar in Alice and Wonderland?  We were NOT smoking weed, green, trees, mary jane, hashish, or anything of the sort.  It was flavored tobacco.  Strawberry if my memory serves me correctly.  I wanted to bring one home, but they said customs wouldn't allow it.  Then, when we were in Kuwait they said we was too late, then.  But we had fun on occasions while we were over there. 

We had quite a busy weekend.  We didn't go to the aution Saturday.  There was just too much going on.  I did meet my mom and sister with kids in tow for lunch at Zaxby's.  Then Mom came back to the house for me to wash her car.  She was gonna have it done professionally, but I offered it for free.  Mike was working on our kitchen cabinets, stripping the paint.  They are birch wood, so we decided to strip the white paint and lacquer the wood.  Looks pretty nice. 

We also had a successful rescue attempt on Saturday.  We used to have Becky, a Quaker Parrot.  She was quite noisy and drove Mike insane.  So he gave her to our neighbor.  However, our neighbor doesn't have the best track record for taking care of animals.  And sure enough, he grew bored with Becky and let her go outside about a week ago.  Since then we have either heard her talking and squawking, or seen her high in the trees.  Saturday she landed in a tree in the back yard, then the top of the chicken coop, then back to the tree, then on top of the other neighbor's shed right up next to the fence between our yards.  So I put a chair up by the fence and, wearing leather gloves cause she always would bite me, I called her.  She hopped onto my finger, and I grabbed her little talons with my thumb.  We put her in a 2nd stage brooder pen and I put in some water and chicken feed.  A week without those and she was ready for them.  She's okay now.  My dad is gonna get her now.  I just gotta find her a new cage.  She's doing good right now, though. 

Sunday was busier. I went shopping. And I did just what I complained about my mom doing. Though she was looking at clothes and shoes...ugh! I was shopping at Lowes! I was looking at the things I can't afford right now. And I was looking at the things I could afford, but had to choose this or the other. I almost bought a fig tree. I'd love to have a fig tree. Probably not this year, though. But I did buy seeds for the garden, plus a few started plants. I also bought some flower seeds to plant around the house, and some solar garden lights for the front of the house. Then I spent most the rest of Sunday afternoon planting the garden. I've got squash, watermelons, canteloupes, okra, bell peppers, egg plants, corn, jalapenos, mixed hot peppers, and Zinnias to sell as cut flowers. There's probably more, but I can't think of it all now.
Here's that motor cycle from Orange County Choppers that kept me so busy in March. (Don't know why blogger is squishing my pics all of a sudden.  They don't look good that way)
I was looking for some papers in an old shoe box, and I didn't put it away.  Stripey Cat decided to make a
bed out of the box!

Our Easter visitors.   Not sure if they were wild or not, but I'm guessing half wild. 
Here's our little chicks.  They're actually about a month old now, with feathers and all.  I don't have a recent pic.  The four on the right are RI Red (pea comb rooster) and black sex link hen.  The one on the left is full Black Australorp.

I got an award from Tracey last week (SEE I DIDN'T FORGET)  I haven't had a chance to post on it yet.  I gotta try to come up with things you don't know about me first!  I'll try later today or tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Well, I hate to admit it but I didn't know what that thing was in your earlier post picture. But..Thank-you to you, Mustafa, and all the other men and women who served and serving our country!

It sounds like a busy weekend. I am glad you got Becky rescued.

Loved the pictures even if they were a little squished!
Have a great day.

Donna said...

Hahahaaaa...It's NOT a SINUS CLEANER???
Well, whaddaya Know!

You had a Busy weekend!!
Glad you rescued the bird!! What a sweetheart!!

ticc said...

LOL... Looks like I missed all the fun on Friday..hehe. Hope things are settling down a little after your extremely busy weekend.

Glad the rescue attempt went well, and Becky is on her way to a new home soon. :O)

Wow!!! Glad the garden is coming along. Sounds like you have a lot of stuff that'll be growing soon.

Love the pics. Awww, cute chicks!!!! We should have some soon, have four hens sitting. :O)

Have a wonderful day!!!!!

Becca's Dirt said...

Strawberry flavor??? Bet it was good anyway.

Nice of you to do your moms car. Can I bring mine next time.

Mom and Pop will be having some bitties soon - one of the chicks I gave them last year is sitting.

Nice bike. Have a good day.

Kat said...

Glad you saved the bird. And you guys are ambitious with the garden. Hope it goes well. Enjoy your posts, but I somehow missed the Friday one too! I would not have cared what it was. I enjoy reading your blog.

Anonymous said...

Dear Randy and Mike, As you may imagine, I am so interested to hear of all the things you plan to do with your garden. It seems to me that you will be self sufficient where vegetables are concerned. And how enterprising to grow cut flowers for sale. Too often florists have the same selection of flowers week after week so I am sure that people will welcome something a little out of the ordinary. Zinnias sound perfect.

I am so pleased that the parrot is in safe hands again and, please, may I steal the Stripey Cat?

Aerelonian said...

Yes... strawberry tobacco. I love how animals are just drawn to garbage. Especially boxes. Now this is the only time I'll ever say this but those are some sexy chicks. ;)

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

on TV, we see Zaxby's ads all the time, but we don't have Zaxby's in Boone. on the ads, the food looks delicious.

getting goats disbudded, is for the continued good health of all the herd, otherwise they hurt each other and have some bad accidents.

Chickens in the Basement said...


Do you ever come to Raleigh? My neighbor roots fig trees every year. I'm sure I can snag you one.


Tracey said...

Amy was right about the flavoured baccy then! xxx

Toni aka irishlas said...

We just bought our first fig this year. Actually, we still need to plant it. I think it's too cold in our zone, but, my other half doesn't think so. We shall see...
Glad you were able to rescue the bird and I want Stripey Cat.
Have a great rest of the week!

Oh, and the cut flowers - good idea!

geoff in wales said...

I luv OCC, we get them on the discovery channel. I would like to visit thir showrooms and have a blast on a chopper

LemonyRenee' said...

Excuse me while I go beat your neighbor up.

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

I knew it was a hookah remember I asked what flavor ;0) You can buy them here but way not as cool as you could have brought one back from Iraqi. I love stripey cat's name...hahaha. Speaking of seeds I am still willing to trade you a jar of our homemade and canned salsa for one of yours.

Gill - That British Woman said...

you have been busy, good to catch up with you,

Gill in Canada

LemonyRenee' said...

By the way, I never doubted your purity and good sense, Randy. ;)

bad penny said...

Stripey cat is gorgeous - you said over at mine she's missing ..she looks like Frankie who went missing for twelve nights ! Came home skinny & scared but OK