Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello every one, now don’t have a heart attack, I know it’s been a long time..! I have been so busy around here, but that’s really no excuse, I’ve had time to do some posts but chose to rest in my easy chair. I’m sure that you all know how it is when you get out of the routine of doing things that it seems so hard to get back into it. Well that’s what happened to me! I plan to get back in the groove of blogging. Anyway, I’ve got just about all my storage places full of firewood and I think it will see me through the winter.
I’m sure that Jo has tuned you all in on the happenings around here with the grand kids. We are planning a big Thanksgiving out here with all the ‘Yankee’ family, the ‘Cajun’ family will have to wait till after the 1st. We plan to get together with them the first week in Jan. My youngest daughter will be back in the States the first week in January to visit her son’s grave site in S. W. Louisiana as she does every year. He would have been 16 years old on the 7th of Jan. he was 11 when at the time. He and his dad were jogging on the side of the road when they both were run down by an 18 year old girl… It’s a sad day for the whole family.
On a brighter note, Jo and I wish each and every one of you a tremendous Thanksgiving…

Thursday, August 7, 2008

"Cross Cut Saw"

Good morning everyone:

I know, it’s been a while, same old excuse, been busy! The project that I’m working on now is the replacement of the old wood stove. Jo and I were out and about a few weeks ago and ran across this little place out of town, (I guess you could call it out in the country), that sold wood burning stoves and fireplace inserts of several types. We were looking around and decided on this particular one, some places make it so hard to choose! So after we looked around, and after taking into consideration about just how it would look in our home, we finally made our choice! The old stove did a good job of heating but it was going through the firewood much too fast, and the blower went out on it just before spring, and all the parts on the new one were in good working order. So with studying all the information, we feel that it will be a lot more efficient and easier to regulate!
Well, I’m ashamed to say it, but I visited someone’s blog a couple of weeks ago and they were talking about buying a, “2 man saw”, which is more commonly known as a, “Cross Cut Saw”. Well, I told whomever she was that we have one hanging on our breakfast area wall along with another saw that I really don’t know the name of it. I told her that I would take a picture of it and post it and maybe someone would let me know the name of it.

I don’t know the name of this one…!

"Cross Cut Saw"

Also I would like to thank everyone for not giving up on me!
And I hope everyone has a great day…

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Broken Limb!

Well, it happened..... A limb about 3 feet long at about 1/2" in diameter broke..!! There were 7 pears on it! It just couldn't handle the weight........ There are others that I feel will do the same. I'm hoping they will get ripe enough to pick before that happens! Oh well, I guess Mother Nature knows best?..
Have a good day........ JD

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The pear tree

Good morning Friends:

As I was out on the purgola drinking my second cup of coffee, I noticed the pear tree close to the house. It is full of pears but the one next to it only has maybe a half dozen, I wonder why? So I went in and got the camera and took a few shots and thought I would share them with you.

The tree has so many pears on it that it is so distorted from their weight! You can see the shadow of the other tree, slim and trim!

This shot is the very top of the tree and you can see
what the weight of the pears are doing to it!

They are in clusters like this all over the tree.

Some of the limbs are almost touching the ground.
I told Jo we might have to prop the limbs up so they don’t break!!

Well I hope this finds everyone in good health.
Have a great day……….. JD

Monday, July 21, 2008


Hello friends:
Well it looks like it’s been a month since my last post, sorry about that. I’ve been tied up in all kinds of projects around the house. One of which, aside from mowing grass and weed eating, is the 8 X 10 foot well house that will double for a storage area, we can never have too much of that. Then there’s the running to the lumberyard and sawmill, sizing and stacking firewood for the winter, well you get the idea!

As you can see, I have my world class helper, "Riley", on the job with me….
I will be finished with it as soon as the metal roof trim comes in, it had to be ordered. My next project will be a, Back yard Shower…..! Well I’ve got a deck planned for the east side of the house but the size and cost of that project might have to wait till next summer. It will be split level and I plan to build it in sections.

I got this from that, “Friend of Mine”, this morning and thought it made a lot of scene….
George Carlin 's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions. 'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key. You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead. 'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life! You become 21.. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed? You BECOME 21, you TURN30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.But! wait!! ! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would! So you BECOME 21, TURN30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and make it to 60.You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday! You get into ! your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!' May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!! HOW TO STAY YOUNG 1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.' 2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.3. Keep learning.. ! Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's family name is Alzheimer’s. 4. Enjoy the simple things. 5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive. 7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. 9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.10. Tell the people you love that you love them , at every opportunity. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, "...holy sh*t ...what a ride!"
I hope this finds everyone in good health.... JD

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Seven Wonders of the World

I've told you before several times that a friend sent me this, well he's sent me another one that you might like, I know I agree whole heartily with !

I just hope it works... *S*

Have a great day !!


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Facts about Louisiana

Hey Ya’ll:
Well it’s gress cutting weather again! So, I got out there and did my job….Still have some trimming to do.

I got this from a buddy of mine down in Louisiana, it has some facts that I was unaware of and I thought I would share them with you…

If Hurricane Katrina causing the levees to break in New Orleans is the only thing you know about Louisiana, here are a few more interesting facts about the Bayou State :
*Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the nation at 450 feet.
*The Louisiana SuperDome in New Orleans is the largest enclosed stadium in the world.
* The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is t he lon gest over-water bridge in the world at 23.87 miles.
*Louisiana's 6.5 million acres of wetlands are the greatest wetland area in America.
*The oldest city in the Louisiana Purchase Territory is Natchitoches, Louisiana founded in 1714.
* he first bottler of Coca-Cola, Joseph Bie denharn, lived in Monroe, Louisiana and was one of the founders of Delta Air Lines, initially called Delta Air Service.
*Delta Airlines got its start in Monroe, Louisiana when Parish Agent, C.E. Woolman, decided to try dusting the Boll Weevil that was destroying the cotton crops in the Mississippi River Delta from an airplane. It was the first crop dusting service in the world.
*Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the largest predominantly black university in America.* Baton Rouge was the site of the only American Revolution battle outside the original 13 colonies.
*The formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase was made at the Cabildo building in New Orleans on December 20, 1803.
*The staircase at Chritien Point, in Sunset, Louisiana was copied for Tara in "Gone with the Wind."
*Louisiana is the No. 1 producer of crawfish, alligat ors an d shallots in America .
*Louisiana produces 24 percent of the nation's salt, the most in America.
*Much of the world's food, coffee and oil pass through the Port of New Orleans ..
*Tabasco, a Louisiana product, holds the second oldest food trademark in the U.S. Patent Office.
*Steen's Syrup Mill in Abbeville, Louisiana is the world's largest syrup plant producing sugar cane syrup.
*America's oldest rice mill is in New Iberia, Louisiana at KONRIKO Co.
*The International Joke Telling Contest is held annually in Opelousas, Louisiana.
*LSU (The Ole War Skule) in Baton Rouge has the distinction of contributing the most officers to WW II after the U.S. Military academies.
*The Louisiana Hayride radio show helped Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash achieve stardom. It was broadcast from KWKH Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1948 to 1960.
*The term Uncle Sam was coined on the wharfs of New Orleans before Louisiana was a U.S. Territory as goods labeled U.S. Were from "Uncle Sam."
*The game of craps was invented in New Orleans in 1813 as betting was a common activity on the wharves
*When states had their own currency, the Louisiana Dix (French for ten) was a favored currency for trade. English speakers called them Dixies and coined the term Dixieland.
*New Orleans is the home of the oldest pharmacy in America at 514 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. These early medical mixtures became known as cocktails (guess they were good for what ails ya?),
Coining yet another term.* New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz, the only true American art form. Jazz gave birth to the Blues and Rock and Roll music. Viva La Louisiane!!!