Old man Winter has taken up residence here in eastern Nebraska. Our first rain/sleet/snow storm visited us a couple weeks ago. Even today skiffs of snow remains as a reminder of the eventful day. The first such day of Winter always brings with it many wrecks on the streets. It's as if between the last snow of the spring and the first snow of the Fall, folks forget how to drive in bad weather. Now that I don't have to go to work, I just remain off the streets for a couple days to allow those that drive crazy to wreck their cars and be eliminated from the traffic.
November has been an extreme physically taxing month. The great yard waste caper began with the falling of the neighborhood leaves. Thursday is yard waste pickup for my neighborhood. Wednesday night dressed in my stealth mode clothes, Ricky (my trusty Ford Ranger truck) and I make our way through the neighborhood hauling load after load back to my yard.
At the end of the next day (Thursday) because collection continued until the goal of 300 bags was reached. Here lies the collection from the first week of 317 bags. When the collection truck came around the corner and saw the yard their jaws dropped because the rule is there is no limit on the number of bags. I was taking a nap from the physical excertion of the night before and the day of yard waste so as they were ready to dive into taking them away my neighbor that has a spot at Terra Nova Gardens saved the day by flagging them down and telling them not to take them away. Whew, that would have been disappointing.
Friday was a hauling day for the bags to Terra Nova Gardens. This week 317 bags equated to two big trailer loads and a couple truck loads after the trailer was returned. Three weeks of collection netted 971 bags of mulch for the garden areas. I now have three garden areas at Terra Nova Gardens. One is my main 90x90 fenced (well, almost) garden; another is my neighor's garden area; and next year will be an extended area into the property to the south of me. It's been neglected for the probably the same amount of years as Terra Nova Gardens. To keep the weeds down and grow some corn for the animals, 70 feet of that property has been mulched in preparation for next year's planting.
Here's one week's haul of 316 bags of mulch. Last year I poured out the mulch on the ground and took all the empty bags back to the Urban Ranch to put out for the yard waste guys to take away. This year I had an epiphany or a duh moment as I call them. These are biodegradeable bags. Why not just lay the bag on the ground and dump the next bag on top. It's not cardboard but there are four layers of paper bag to help with the weed control for next year and well, I've seen how fast they degrade so it won't be a problem for next years planting. Neighbors at both the Urban Ranch where they were collected and at Terra Nova Gardens where they were used for mulch told me that the yard waste company was out taking pictures of the bags. I guess I made a stir in the city waste management.
This area where the bags are would be the expansion area for next year. It actually went another three truck loads of bags farther up passed the big light pole. While working on that area, a city car pulled up with a young lady (at my age they all look young) and asked if this was my property. I'm thinking, "Oh, boy, now I'm definitely in trouble." I indicated it wasn't but I was just trying to get the weeds under control on a derelict piece of land and showed her where my property ended. I encouraged her to drive a little farther down the road and see what I'd done with my property. She drove down to have a look at Terra Nova Gardens and gave me the thumbs up when driving out of the neighborhood. I drew a sigh of relief as I watched her disappear up the road.
The best is yet to come. Two weeks ago on a Friday the door bell rang. A man with a clip board was standing by the front door when I opened it. My first thought was "Oh, boy, another survey." He announced that he represented the EPA (yes that's the Environmental Protection Agency) and showed me an address on his clip board. "Is this your property?" he asked with a smile on his face. It was the address for Terra Nova Gardens. "Yes," I said wondering what I was getting into now. He wanted permission to test the property for lead. The dilemma was now if I sign giving them permission they will most likely find it there but if I don't, they can do it anyway and probably make life uncomfortable for me. I signed with the hope that they wouldn't find lead.
The next time I went to Terra Nova Gardens, I asked the neighbors about this and they indicated that yes the EPA has tested many other properties around the neighborhood and found lead in the soil. Then they scraped about 6 to 8 inches of top soil off the land and replaced with "good top soil." So the bottom line is they may scrape all the mulch off the land and replace it with dirt. (Big Sigh) Oh, well, I covered it this year so I can do it again next year with good neighborhood mulch.
It seems that I'm really getting the shake down but I'm still standing. And so the adventure continues.
Until the next time keep your fences horse high, bull strong, and pig tight.
Those dog days of summer are long gone and the cold night temperatures of Fall have set in for the duration. I feel like the cold wet Spring coupled with the unusually cool summer temperatures robbed me of my favorite times of the year. My garden didn't get planted until almost June and the first ripe tomato was several weeks later than usual. It seemed to me that the entire summer was condensed down into a four to six week span. Most folks would rather have the cooler temperatures but I think it's healthier to sweat at least once a day. In my humble opinion it cleans out the pores. Those that have read this blog for a time know that my motto is work hard and go to bed tired. It's a little more difficult to do in the winter but trust me, I'll find something to stay busy.
The highlight of September was the Mother Earth News Fair in Lawrence, Kansas. My ticket was purchased with anticipation before they were even printed. I must say that all my expectations were exceeded. My only disappointment was that it wasn't long enough to get to every workshop that I wanted to hear. There were several hundred vendors there pitching their wares. I love to listen to a sales pitch. I seldom buy anything but the pitch is very entertaining to me. Yeah, I know I'm just a little strange. Their pitch has a way of expressing the best qualities of their product.
The workshop that drew the highest attendance in my opinion was on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. It lasted an hour and a half. I didn't attend the demonstration but it was a live demonstration of how to process a chicken from the last cluck through the entire process. With just a rough count, I made an estimate of 500 or 600 folks were interested in the method. As for me, I saw enough chicken processing when I was a kid. I wasn't involved in the process other than cleaning out the coop when the chickens were all gone. Mom did all the killing, scalding, plucking, singeing and eviscerating.
Some of the talks and workshops I enjoyed the most were Bryan Welch's talk about sustaining life on the plant, Cheryl Long's talk about garden tools and how to make the easiest cheese ever, and David Tracey's workshop on guerrilla gardens of which I intend to do this next year. Shhhhhh, don't tell anyone. It will be 30-by-30 square feet of sweet corn. It's a plan to keep the weeds down on the vacant lot next to my garden and hopefully be a decoy for the wild animals that like to attack my garden sweet corn. The tall fence I'm building and the decoy crop will hopefully be enough for me to actually get a good harvest of sweet corn. Well, that's the plan anyway.
Terra Nova Gardens' fence rehabilitation is coming along quite nicely. This is the latest picture, however, there's been more accomplished since this picture. The missing slats have been installed from the rubble pile and much cleanup has been done in preparation for the fall deep mulch that will be covering the whole garden area again. Those that have hung with me on this blog since last fall will remember the nearly 600 bags of neighborhood grass/leaf confiscated yard waste that put a foot deep of mulch on my garden. Before the mulching caper, worms were scarce but now there are worms in practically every shovel of dirt. I'm sure the mulching was a great help to bring the worms into the garden.
There's nothing better than enjoying a nice fall day with Folger's in my cup. It won't be long before all activity outside will have to stop which only means that inside projects will begin. Yeah, there's no kicking back for the winter at the Urban Ranch. With the food storage room finished the rest of the basement will be the project for this winter. It will be first cleaned out and then made into a Bradley cave. Then I can actually have my living room back. Right now I'm into birthday party preparation for Bradley's ninth birthday so I better get back to it.
I hope all is well with everyone and that you can enjoy some Fall weather before it's gone as well. So until the next time stay warm, drink some hot cider, and eat some Fall comfort food. We will meet here again soon.
Here we are almost into October. How the summer has quickly passed by us. The weather is starting to feel more and more like fall weather. One of the things I like about the area of Nebraska where I live is the distinct seasons that last at least a couple months. Some years certain seasons might be longer or shorter but usually they are evenly divided which makes each one very enjoyable. This could be the year that my grandson, Bradley, will be able to sled the school house hill by himself without his old grandpa riding down the hill with him. The issue is not going down the hill but climbing up the hill afterward. The first year, four years ago, Gramps had to pull him back up the hill on the toboggan. That ended a couple years later.
The reconstruction work has begun at Terra Nova Gardens. You would think that September would bring nice cool weather to work on such things but noooooo. This day was approaching 100 degrees. So this day a little work and allot of resting in the shade and drinking water was the plan. Two of the five post stubs were removed that day which I counted as a good day's work.
When first putting the posts up for the Terra Nova Garden panels, I wanted to make sure they were not going to be blown over by wind. I mixed up two 80-pound Quick Crete bags of concrete for each post. That made the total weight for the in-ground base about 200 pounds. That's good for stabilizing the post but not so good for digging it out. I never thought just a couple months after planting the posts that I'd be digging them out of the ground. The lesson learned here is that one bag is quite enough. This baby here was quite a struggle to get up out of the ground and into the wheel barrow.
The sad news is that the rail fence will not be rebuilt. It was almost totally destroyed in the accident and what wasn't was removed by the rescue squad and tow truck to help the driver out of the van and get the van towed away. Folks from the neighborhood still stop by and ask about what happened and shake their heads in disbelief. They say that some days they take a special trip just to see my progress on the garden.
The decision was made not to dig this post out but to repair it.
Some old-fashioned ingenuity for a makeshift clamp and a few 3 1/2-inch screws made this post as sound as it was before the accident.
Now the real task of filling up the dug out post holes so new holes can be dug for the new posts begins. The soil has to be tamped down hard before the post holes can be dug. So far, two post holes and two panels are in process of being put back in place.
This board is from the last panel. It was busted up pretty good. Several more will have to have the same glue process to put them back together. Hopefully, in another week I'll have this whole section repaired so I can get back to fence building instead of fence repairing.
Never a dull or boring moment around the Urban Ranch or Terra Nova Gardens. Until the next time stay busy enough to stay out of trouble but not so busy as to be able to enough what you do.
Have a great week, everyone.
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Excitement at Terra Nova Gardens
There's been some excitement at Terra Nova Gardens. The excitement caused quite a stir in the neighborhood. Remember those fence panels that had Terra Nova Garden painted on them. I always thought they would succumb to gang graffiti but alas that was not the destiny of those fence panels. I built them 80 to 90 MPH wind strong and never planned for the event that's about to be revealed.
This as many of you remember is the way it looked in the last post. Last weekend right after dark about 9:30 p.m. a big white van came roaring down the gravel road right in front of the garden.
The driver of the van lost control, tipped over on the driver side and skidded through the entire rail fence and most of the wooden fence. In the process two of the graphic name panels were destroyed and lay in a pile of rubble. The good folks that live in the neighborhood were terribly upset and thought that I should sue for damages. As for me, I am disappointed in the event yes but not suing angry. I'm just glad that the driver didn't get hurt other than scrapes and bruises. The rail fence probably won't be put back up. The wooden fence is already in process of being pieced back together.
I showed this picture to my grandson. He looked at the pictured and in his nine year old logic said, "Hmmmm, I guess they didn't see the NO TRASSPASSING sign, huh." He cracks me up.
The great panel reconstruction has begun. This was one day of piecing the panel back together. The back bones were broken in the middle of the panel so three new 2X4s were placed beside the broken ones and screwed solid to the broken ones. Most of the small boards used to construct the panel were in pretty good shape. The one board that's missing was broken into three pieces. I've glued it back together and will replace it on the next work day at the garden. The panel isn't quite as pretty as it originally was but not bad. Now it has a little character and a story. The next panel will be a little tougher but I think it can be reconstructed as well. The biggest issue will be digging out the post stumps that were concreted into the ground. It will be difficult pulling out the concrete without a post to grab on to but then again if you have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I love a challenge.
So until we meet again reconstruction continues.
Dog Days of Summer
August has arrived with more cool weather. Those Dog days of summer are coming to a close and not much hot weather has accompanied them which is just fine by me. Just what, exactly are the Dog Days of Summer? Officially the Farmer's Almanac says the term “dog days of summer” is intended to mean it is hot and humid. There is an astronomical basis for the saying. Dog days run from July 3 through August 11th when the sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the Dog Star. In ancient times people thought that the star’s position conspired with the sun to make the days hotter than any other time of the year. Other people thought that the hot days of summer made dogs “mad”, thus the name.
Work at Terra Nova Gardens has continued in the absence of blogging during the upgrade of the GRIT Website. The garden name panels have been completed. A source of free old fence panels was found and they are just the thing to fence in the north Terra Nova Garden area. There's about 90 more feet to get fenced before the snow flies. Some of the fence posts are coming from two sides of the old chicken wire fence. The other two orginal sides will remain chicken wire to allow the neighbors to see inside the fence. This garden, remember, is in a not so good part of town so if too much privacy is provided, there just might be a few homeless folks camping out inside the fence. So far there's been no graffiti painted on the graphic fence panels so maybe my plan has worked. Four foot high chicken wire will be stapled on the back side of the fence to help deter critters from crawling through the slatts. If that doesn't keep them out, then a portable electric fence will be installed on the outside of the fence. Now the aerial attack from the wild turkeys will be a challenge that will only be circumvented by wire cage coverings.
A pleasant surprise came from my fall yard waste mulching caper. Apparently there was a few squash seeds in the leaf/grass mixture which grew and produced a few squash. Also there were some zucchini plants that produced a handful of zucchini before the dreaded vine borer brought them down. I don't really worry too much about vine borer because by the time the plants wilt and die my desire for zucchini has waned to the don't care mode. I just pull up the plants and send them to the landfill where the vine borer can have their way all they want.
My neighbor who has Terra Nova South tried to plant some seeds from his prize watermelons that he had saved from last year. They were the most pathetic looking plants that didn't produce anything. I am wondering if they were hybrid or maybe GMO. I've never seen anything so scrawny and sickly looking. It was a great lesson in making sure seeds saved come from heirloom plants.
I have talked some about Terra Nova South which is the land to the south of the parking area. The parking area is in the middle of the garden. One unique thing about Terra Nova South is that the land connected to it is a forgotten piece of land owned by some one in Montana. Taxes are derelict and leans for city weed control area abundent. This year my garden area has encroached about 10 feet over into this property. Next year the creep will continue will another 30 feet coming under weed free garden. If the owner comes back and complains, what ever is grown there will be his no question but at least the weeds will be under control. I call it guerrilla gardening. Since there's not going to be a fence around it, the wild animals will be getting a free buffet anyway.
A couple day diversion from gardening was to help a friend of mine beautify her entry into her house. She bought a new house and part of the agreement was one bush so this was it. It didn't really impress her much. She was the designer and I was the landscaper. For two days she surpervised and I worked. Hey, I got a couple of good home cooked dinners out of the deal.
After two days of sweat, gallons of water drank, four advil, two Alieve, two showers, and a day of rest afterward, the project turned out really well. My friend put the finishing touches on the flower bed by spreading out the mulch and planting the flowers.
Meanwhile back at the Urban Ranch (my backyard) growth continued even with the dry conditions.
Yeah, I've done it again. The Nebraksa wild weeds and grasses don't hesitate long before taking over any unattended land.
Oh, yeah, there were some serious stiffness the next day after this cleanup. The view opened up where communication with neighbors enjoying their morning cup of coffee could resume. Mowing the grass was another two day project. There's just not enough time to keep up. It's a great life if I don't weaken.
But for now I think I'll have a nice cool drink and kick back for a little nap. Yeah, tomorrow, the neighbors tree comes down. Probably have something on that next time. See ya then.
The weather outside is really nice here in Nebraska. We are having upper 50s or lower 60s at night with lower to mid 80s during the day. The rains have continued with regularity up until this week. This will be the first week without rain if the predictions come true. The gardens are growing gang busters and so are the weeds. All about that in a minute.
I thought first of all in this post I'd talk about a couple tips for GRIT posting that I've been using for many months. Some of you may have been wondering just how does old Nebraska Dave get those paragraph breaks in the comments? When I write a comment, it's written in my email application or you can use notebook. Any text editor will work. When the comment is complete just copy and paste into the comment section of the post you are leaving a comment. The paragraph break will paste into the comment section.
The next tip is about completing the post in one sitting. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to save the half written post and finish it another day? Well, you can. When pictures are uploaded into a post they stay on the website even if the post is lost. Once again if a half written post is selected and copied from the HTML mode of the post into an email or any text editor it can be saved. Then the next time the GRIT post application is opened up just copy it back into the GRIT post app in the HTML mode. Switch back to the normal mode and every thing is back just the way it was when work on the post was stopped. It works really well if a post can't be finished in one day or a break is needed to attend to other needs. Like right here. I just took a couple days off from this post to help build an entry way flower bed which involved retaining wall blocks but more about that later as well.
Another thing that has happened to me that may have happened to you is having a post just disappear in the middle of writing it. That every happen to you? It mostly happened to me while I'm in the process of uploading a picture. I've gotten in the habit of copying the HTML code over to my text editor before uploading any pictures. So if it should happen to disappear, all I have to do is paste it back in the post generator and I'm back in business without any Oh (expletives) involved.
Now I understand that the blogging will change again for the better so this information may be outdated after July 12th. We will have o see won't we.
So that's it. A few GRIT blogging tips that have helped me eliminate anxiety in my blogging. I hope they have been helpful. Happy blogging everyone.
The weather finally warmed up but the rains continued up until just this week. This has been the first week that hasn't had at least a couple days of rain. It looks like this whole week might be a dry week. The garden had to be planted muddy. Seeds and planted were just poked into the mud. They have really done well with all the rain that followed. In my area we getting double the average rain fall. Temperatures are unseasonably cool. We are running upper 50s or lower 60s at night with day time temperatures in the lower 80s. Not that I'm complaining mind you but it's just not the normal for this time of the year.
When getting my garden ready this year I ran across this little clump of wild onions. I wasn't brave enough to try one as a sniff told me they would be probably have a really strong flavor. I found a couple more clumps not too far away from this one. Because of the rains, weeds have been doing really well and I'm so glad that I dumped all the mulch on the garden last fall. It has worked wonderfully well with weed control. The weeds that manage to sprout up through the deep mulch, pull out ever so easy.
When I was cleaning up the raised beds at Terra Nova Gardens I came across this mother of all dandelions. It was huge. The wooden stake in the ground is a two foot stake and hammer on the ground is a standard size hammer. It's resting peacefully in the compost pile now. As you can see by the messy beds and paths my garden is still a work in progress. I expect it will take another couple years before I get all the fences built, bushes planted, and spring developed.
I have written about this rose bush in other GRIT posts but I just have to mention how wonderful this rose bush is this year. It started life way back in the 1960s when the house was built. It resided right to the left of the front door in front of a big foundation bush. The foundation bush was removed and the rose bush was dug out. A few months later a sprout popped up right behind the green panel which was then a some what grass area that seemed to always be scarce on grass and other wise muddy. This area was dug out; the rose bush was again cut down; sand covered the area; and two inch thick plain patio blocks laid in the sand. The next year the rose bush once again popped up right in front of the green panel which at that time was the edge of the patio. For two years the little rose bush that wouldn't die was cut off; mowed down; and dowsed in stump killer. It would get pretty sick but just wouldn't die. The old very cheap patio was dug out and the poor man's patio was built which once again covered up the rose bush after chopping it out. This time a retaining wall as built that had cement blocks buried a foot below the soil line. One year went by with no sign of the rose bush but the second year up popped a sprout outside the retaining wall which you see in the above picture. Another year of mowing off and spraying with brush killer came to no avail so I threw up my hands and said, "OK, I give up. If you want to live that bad, I'll let you live." This is three years down the road from that day. Each year the little rose bush that wouldn't die kept getting stronger and stronger until this year it burst forth in bloom. It's been a tough journey for this rose bush but I expect it will be here long after I'm gone.
This is bed one and bed three of the sweet corn. I've been trying different ways to plant the corn. The first bed was planted through the 2X4 inch garden wire laying flat on the ground to prevent wild turkeys from scratching the seeds out of the ground and eating them. It did indeed prevent the turkey from scratching out the seeds but it was a night mare weeding the corn through the wire. The second which is not shown here was planted in rows without wire 32 inches apart. It has sprouted and grown and is much easier to weed. The 4X25 foot patch shown here had the mulch removed with the wire laid flat on the ground after the corn was planted. It was much easier to plant and the plan is to be able to lift the wire up and put sides on the 4 foot wide wire to make a cage rather that having the wire on the ground flat. I expect in the fall when clean up time comes the flat on the ground wire is going to present an issue with getting the corn stalks out of the wire. I spent a full day cleaning up the weeds after this picture was taken so the garden looks much better now. I just wanted another patch of corn planted before the planting window closed. I really wanted two more 4X25 patches but realistically I don't see that happening with the fence building so far behind.
Last year at this time I was almost picking the first tomato from the garden. This year I celebrate the first bloom. It looks like the first tomato this year will be the end of July at best or even into August. Of course last year was a very different spring. The temperatures were up in the 80s by the beginning of April and all the frost was out of the ground with most planting completed by the middle of April. This year planted couldn't even begin until the end of May. Everything is about a month behind last year. The plants are looking really good and hopefully we won't slip into a flash drought again like last year.
This I'm calling "Project Flower Bed". Last fall a friend of mine bought a new house in a nice development. She wasn't exactly pleased with the landscaping of the front entrance to her house. I told her we could fix that and a plan was hatched to beautify the entry to her house. Winter passed and wet spring began. The bush was pulled out and the rocks were hauled away before the rains of spring came upon us. All the month of April and May and most of June the rains continued making working on the project impossible. Finally the rain stopped and the sun dried the clay mud pit. She convinced a contractor working on the house a couple houses away to chomp out a big bite of dirt to get us started.
This project was finished after two long days of hard work, four Advil, two Alieve, two gallons of water, two long muscle refreshing showers, and a day of rest. My handiwork was the block walls. My friend designed the project and placed the finishing touches with mulch and flowers. It really turned out great and the way it's anchored and glued together, it will outlast the both of us.
Well I better get this posted before it becomes a book. I hope and pray all is going well in your garden. Until next time drink lots of water when working in the heat. Take frequent breaks and seek the shade as much as possible.
I expect most of you have much planted in your gardens by now. I'm still in the process of planting. I have my tomatoes and green peppers planted and one patch of sweet corn planted. The weather here has still been in a rain cycle. May brought us 17 days of rain. Fortunately it wasn't deluge down pours but gentle rain. It made for difficult times to find the soil dry enough to work and plant. The Urban Ranch (my back yard) garden beds are fully planted and the radishes, lettuce, bush beans, cabbage, and broccoli are looking fairly good but the cool temperatures are impeding the growth curve. The predicted low for tonight is 48 with 70 degrees and cloudy tomorrow. We're not seeing much sun even on the days of no rain. It's a very unusual year that's for sure.
The long awaited Rugosa Rose bushes arrived last week. My grandson was so excited about receiving a package in the mail. Many times his Granny from Texas will send him packages so his first thought was that the package was for him. I explained that it was Rose bushes that I had ordered for Terra Nova Gardens. We commenced to open the package and when the bushes were removed, you could see the bewilderment on my grandson's face. He said, "Grandpa, you bought a bunch of sticks?" He make be belly laugh.
This order of bushes started way last year. After not receiving my bushes by the middle of June, contact was made with the company. They informed me that the time for shipment of such things was past and returned my money. This year I ordered the bushes in February and sent them a reminder note every month until the middle of May at which time they sent the order. I guess the squeaky wheel really does get the grease. The order was for 21 bushes and they actually sent 27. After a few hours of soaking in the blue barrel you see in the picture, the bushes were mucked into semi dry soil with a dowsing of root stimulator. I haven't been back to Terra Nova Gardens for a few days due to rain and a croupy cough (bronchitis) so I hope they are doing OK. I'm now on antibiotics and cough medicine which seem to be breaking it up.
Here you can see the artist (pun intended) at work. The rainy days are perfect for working on my fence panel letter stencils. I've found the best way to be consistent in the lettering of the fence panels is to make stencils to trace. The one that is being worked on here is the letter "N" for the word Garden. It's the last letter needed to finish the panel with the word "Garden" on it. Only one more painted panel after the "Garden" panel and this side of the fence will be completed. On the last painted panel, the plans are to just have flowers along the bottom and a sun up in the corner. One of my penpals (yes, I still write and send letters) suggested this last panel should have butter flies on it. I thought that was a great idea and I'm researching just how to do that. The other two sides will be unpainted panels so they should go up faster. I'm trying to get the area fenced in before the sweet corn matures or else the night shade critters will strip it clean again this year.
Bradley, my grandson, left to see his Dad in Texas last Friday (June 1st). He won't be back until the middle of July. I suspect the first two weeks will be wonderful having total freedom back but then I'll kind miss the little fella. Since he's only eight years old, he has to have a destination flight that doesn't require him to change planes. Since my somewhat in-law family doesn't make plans until a couple days before an event like flying Bradley to Texas, all the flights from my city were booked full. The closest flight was from Kansas City about 2 1/2 hours away. Oh, yeah, and the fight left at 7:30am. So before the crack of dawn (3am) we (grandson and I) were on the road to K.C. With flashing lighting in the horizon, we sped down I-29 toward our destination hoping for no hail or worse the dreaded tornado. We arrived, parked in the covered garage, and made our way into the terminal just before the rain started. The storm didn't delay his flight. A final hug goodbye and off he went down the tunnel toward the airplane without even a glance back. What a kid. He's very secure in who he is and fearless about where he's going. I guess maybe he's picking up on Grandpa's philosophy. (Everything is an adventure that makes for good stories to tell later.)
This determined looking guy was a contestant for the fencing episode on Tough GRIT. Oh, yeah, it's me, Nebraska Dave. You can see the entire episode by going to ToughGrit.com and watching the episode called "Suits you to a T" episode 24. It's about the third episode back from the current one. When you go to the Tough GRIT website use the double arrows to move to the different episodes. If some of the small pictures just have a small x up in the corner, just click on the window and the episode will come up. Information on the right will tell you about that episode or just look for a guy with a pneumatic post driver in his hands in the video window. It was indeed a great time being with the GRIT editors and the film crew for the day. I encourage everyone to seriously think about signing up for a Tough GRIT challenge. What a fun day. After being a TV star now I'm back to just being grandpa and Dad. I like that just fine.
I hope that all your gardening is coming together for you and only fair winds and gentle rains are in your future. That's all I have for this time. Catch up with you next time.