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!

More Crazy Weather

Sunday, January 22, 2012

It was a busy day, but we were working at our own pace and had nowhere we had to be today.  J. and I did some more work on the basement organization this afternoon and made some good progress.   All the shelving is put together and I dove into trying to sort out all our Christmas stuff.   (I don't think either of us realized that we have enough lights to cover the Empire State Building! Are we the only ones that have this problem?)

Earlier in the day, we snagged a roast at Hyvee for just $5.00 and popped it into the slow cooker with some potatoes.  Yum!  We got interrupted when J.'s brother stopped by to help us move our old mattress out to the curb so the city can pick it up.  Looking at the tag, it's only 5 years old but J. says it makes his back hurt.   Just as we wrestled the thing down the two flights of stairs and out on the curb and were standing there talking, it started to rain.  So we retired to the parlor where J. and I worked on getting some nasty viruses off of his niece's laptop, and then we all enjoyed some tasty roast.   Outside, we could hear a *tap tap* on the windows and quickly realized that it was hailing!   It hit 56 degrees today, which is crazy for late January, so I guess it's not surprising that a surprise thunderstorm blew up.  The bad news?  The wind was so high that it blew that heavy mattress halfway down the block!

Speaking of the new mattress....J.  wanted a Tempur-Pedic.  But who can afford thousands for a mattress?  After doing some searching, we found the Sleep Innovations mattress that Amazon sells for just $399 and has great reviews.  Using coupons and rewards points, we got it for "free" (no money out of pocket) and free shipping.  The poor UPS guy had to drag that 80 pound behemoth up the stairs to our front door.  So far, J. says it definitely feels better on his back. 


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