Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

A Farmer's (Tall) Tale

Monday, July 28, 2014


This has been a bumper crop year for tomatoes and we almost can't keep up with our 6 plants.  I pulled 13 ripe Early Girls off of one plant Sunday night and we've given away I-dont-know-how-many to all the neighbors.  Time to make some crushed tomatoes for chili this fall?

J. has been engaged in a rather fun "tomato war" via text messages with his mom.  Or it's more a war of who can tell the tallest tale regarding how big their tomatoes are.  We've had fun coming up with some whopper stories, so why don't you join in the fun in the comments?  You know those "Your momma is so fat that..." jokes?  Well, how about this....

My tomato is SO big that....

...it wouldn't fit through the back door!

...I had to rent a Bobcat to move it!

...we fed BLTs to everyone in the tri-state area and STILL had leftovers!

I hope you'll join in the fun and add your own "whopper" tale in the comments.

And speaking of tails....it looks like we're not the only ones that like huge tomatoes.





I've shared this silliness with this week's Down Home Blog Hop and Homestead Barn Hop.  They're's lots going on over there - go check 'em out!

Thief!

Friday, July 25, 2014

EVI 001.  Photo of suspect committing berry misdemeanor

SOMEBODY has been stealing some of our blackberries and I just happened to catch the little booger in the act this evening.  This little rat-tailed squirrel came sneaking over on the top of the fence, climbed straight down and then disappeared into the blackberry canes only to reappear with a big fat blackberry in his mouth.  He then proceeded to devour the evidence right there on top of the fence while showing absolutely no guilt or remorse (or regard for any humans). A second trip yielded no more ripe berry treats, so he scampered off wit his tail a-twitchin' in frustration.  What a brat!

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