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!

Nice Deal on Canning Jars at KMart

Friday, April 01, 2016

We may still be dreaming about garden season (heck, I don't have a thing in the ground yet!), but canning season will be upon us before we know it.  What else are you going to do when you are knee deep in tomatoes this summer because you went a little overboard on planting? 

I just spotted this great deal over on kmart.com where you can score this Ball Quart 32oz Mason Jars 12-Pack for just $5.99 (regularly $11.99). You can't have them shipped, but you can choose free in-store pick up if they are available near you.  That's a nice deal on quart-sized jars that doesn't come around very often.

The Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Friday, January 01, 2016

Is anybody out there?

Well, the prodigal urban farmer has returned.  Sure did take long enough!  In addition to missing all of you, I have endured a massive amount of browbeating for having not gotten back to posting here. 

The reality is that, after my back surgery in April, I've spent 8 long months in physical therapy trying to build up all the muscle tone that I lost after a year spent sitting and laying on the sofa.  Not being able to walk without pain just...well...sucks.  So you can imagine how happy I was to be pain-free a week after surgery.  I felt (and continue to feel) that I had gotten my life back and been given a second chance.  So I hope you understand my having taken the last 8 months to live rather than sit in front of a computer writing about living!

So here we all are in 2016 with the shiny promise of a better year ahead of us.  I have so many things to tell you about!  How about:

  •  another project house that we bought a few months ago
  • our plans for expanding the urban farm and this year's garden
  • an update on our solar project (one year later!)
  • a new addition to our barn
  • some new recipes
  • ....hmmm...what else?
But I'm going to leave you hanging until next time for the really good stuff.  Gotta ease back into this posting thing, you know?  Wouldn't want to sprain something...  ;-)

Until next time,

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