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!

Sunday Slice of Life

Monday, April 30, 2012

Yesterday was pretty much a washout - lots of storms rolling through dumping over an inch of much-needed rain on us.  Once the rain stopped in the afternoon, J. and I ventured out to grab some lunch and these babies:

These were too wet to get out of the truck for a better picture of them.  Sorry!
Food grade barrels from Craigslist!  These are rare to find listed here in KC and, when they are, they're expensive and gone already when you call.  We wanted some for water storage so we're thrilled to finally find them.  These came from the Panera Factory and had tomatoes in them, so they're safe to store drinking water in, and they also have a locking steel rim.  We bought them from the nicest gentleman who invited us to a birthday celebration at his church.  I know some folks have had terrible experiences with Craigslist sellers, but we have only ever met really nice, down-home folks.

On the way home, we decided to swing by and see how the neighborhood community farm was doing.  They sell raised beds or traditional beds here really cheap, which I think is a great way to teach folks about gardening, get them out of their houses and support community.  We need that desperately here in the inner city.  There are large garden plots to the left and right of the sign (you can just see a peek of one of them on the right.)  They've also got some of those huge reinforced water tanks for watering but this garden was so huge I couldn't get it all in one picture.  I'm looking forward to seeing what this looks like in a month or so.

Back home again before the rain started anew and I just had to capture a picture of this rose still kissed with raindrops.  

This is the Climbing Blaze rose that I planted last year to climb up the front of the coop.
 What's going on in your little slice of the world?  I'm off to blog hop and find out!

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