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!

Cranky Today

Saturday, February 04, 2012

So I'll just be up front and tell you that I'm cranky today.  I mean REALLY cranky.  Who wouldn't be on a day that looks like this?

Especially after a week of 50's and 60's.  Right now, the temperature is a chilly 43 degrees and the weatherguessers think we're going to actually get s--w tonight.  I can't even bring myself to type it.

 J. and I spent the day at an Active Shooter training class, where we learned how to respond in the event that we're somewhere and some maniac whips out a gun and starts shooting.  Not unheard of in today's society, unfortunately.  Over lunch break, I hot-footed it home to let the dogs out and snapped this photo with my cell phone.  Our maple tree is really confused and thinks it's Spring.  See those red things in the foreground?  Those are opening leaf buds!

Oh, and by the way, the house on the left is the house that we've been renovating and will put on the market later this year.  It's an all-brick 4000 sq ft Victorian with a to-die-for wrap around porch that we completely rebuilt.  If anyone is looking for a cool old house in Kansas City for a really great price, email me at crankypuppy at gmail dot com.

The really weird nice weather we've had so far this winter has confused my Emperor Red tulips as well and they're already up about 2 inches.  I hope this cold stuff doesn't damage them.  I may rake those leaves over them tonight just in case.

I thought it was kind of interesting that they're coming up in the shape of a cross.  I certainly didn't plant them that way and it's almost like they self-divided.  *sigh*  More weirdness this year.

We're settling in now to watch the MU vs. KU basketball game after a nice dinner of chicken gizzards.  (Yum!  Does anyone else besides me like these?)  Maybe if Mizzou wins I won't be so crabby.

Feeling grey,


  1. I am so glad you left a comment on ours because I had marked your website and then hadn't looked at it in a long while! That game came out the way you wanted it! Yes, it was down to the wire, and so hard to know who would win.... a very, very good game! Is your house listed with a realtor? I would love to see pics of the interior.

  2. Hi, Mary Ann! So glad you stopped by...

    The house isn't listed yet because we're going to freshen up the interior with some new paint, we've got a railing to put on that porch, new light fixtures, etc. The electrical and plumbing are all new, and the kitchen and bathrooms are all newly renovated as well. We did that two years ago and, after working on our own house for 13 years, we needed a break! :-)

    The house is really cool, though - built in 1893 and it's HUGE. The woodwork, hardwood floors and stained glass is gorgeous. I always thought it would be a great place to grow up and play hide and go seek. You gave me a great suggestion for a post, though. I'll have to take some pictures and give everyone a tour.

    Enjoy your day!


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