Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hedge Fence Posts

Another chore accomplished in our short span of warm weather was removing a short section of old barbed wire fence. It no longer was needed and had become an eye sore.  The hedge posts were interspersed with steel fence posts and the barbed wire was barely strung
I thought it would be a piece of cake to get the hedge posts out.  The above ground part of them were thin and spindly looking. I did not realize those old posts were like a iceberg.  The upper part of the posts had been worn down by the elements and fire.  Under ground they were like new and deep.

Here is another picture--so much better.
We estimate the posts have been in the ground at least fifty years.  Hedge is amazing wood.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January28th and 60 plus degrees

Unbelievable!  Both the temperature and, as of today, my garden is plowed.

As far as I am concerned, the garden has needed to be plowed for years.  Maybe that is old fashioned, and probably it doesn’t need to be done every year, but I am hoping turning the dirt over and a good hard freeze might help with problems of unwanted pests borrowed down in the soil.  Although it will probably freeze out a garden surprise.

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There was a time when this was a day after day late summer chore.  It’s just been in the past 20 years or so that no till has become common, at least around here.  photo (4)

This nicely plowed, black dirt plot makes me excited for real spring.  I know we have some more winter—lets get it over with!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bad Food

Dan and I try to eat pretty good.  I would rate us an 7 or 8 out of 10 for overall healthy eating. 

We have our bad habits though.  Like these Simply Cheetos that were on sale today at Dillon’s. 


They are in the health food isle and here’s probably how they landed there.  They are gluten free, made with expeller-pressed sunflower oil (?), no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, made with sea salt and baked.  Still, there are 150 calories in 32 pieces.  Of that 150, 80 calories are fat.  Not only that, there is 290 mg of sodium per serving.  I intend to parcel these out—we’ll see.

Dillon’s also had pop on sale.  Last summer, I almost quit buying pop.  We got along just fine.  However, we are currently more or less craving Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Ginger Ale.  Neither are good.  Turns out we are doomed if we do—sugar—and doomed if we don’t—aspartame. 

Then there is coffee crack—at least that’s what I call it.  Nestles makes a hazelnut creamer we really like.  Currently, we are using a knock off brand that I picked up in Dollar General.  It has 35 calories in 1 tablespoon.  It is hard to determine exactly what this stuff is.  It has 1.5 grams of fat and no sodium.  The first three ingredients (which are listed in order of most to least) are water, sugar and hydrogenated (!) soybean oil.  All in all, not good.  We would be better to use milk and sugar than this.  If we would use better coffee then we wouldn’t need anything to make it taste good.  We read recently drinking coffee helps the brain.  Great, just so the creamer doesn’t get us first.

Since Christmas, we are not eating candy.

Ice cream is another matter.  We’ll work on the other things first.