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!

And the Heavens Opened Up

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Rising this morning, I'm greeted with a beautiful and cool morning's sun shining in through the stained glass in our bedroom.  I can hear a wren singing her 3-noted song to me not too far away.

That's a nice change from yesterday when the outer arms of tropical depression Isaac were smacking the heck out of us.  Despite weakening greatly as it came inland, it still managed to spin all the way into the middle of the country and pass just southeast of us. The result was just over 24 hours and 5 inches of good, steady rain.  The fact thast it fell slowly meant that most of it soaked in instead of running off; in fact, the weatherman this morning said that about 95% of it soaked in so the local rivers rose but there wasn't really any flooding.  It felt odd, though, to have our weather come from the east rather than the west over the Rockies. 

Now don't get me wrong...we are more than glad to have gotten the rain that we got.  But I'm a sun-worshipper and I swear I've got chlorophyll running through these veins, so I always wilt and feel tired when the sun is not out.  I believe they call that "seasonal affective disorder" and, boy, do I have it.

Since it was raining, J. and I spent all day yesterday finishing up the paint rolling on the 2nd floor, replacing light fixtures, cleaning up, and prepping for the carpet guys to lay the new carpet.  We pretty much wore ourselves out, though.  Today, we're going to take it easy this morning and go out for a decent breakfast and then hit Lowe's for the lumber we need to fix the deck and put a new railing on the wrap-around front porch.  It will be nice to be working outside for once.

Tonight, we're planning on hitting Santa-Cali-Gon Days in downtown Independence.  That's an annual fall festival that celebrates Independence's history as the place where the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails started.  With a carnival, street vendors and great music, it's always a fun time.  Me?  I'm there for the root beer chuggin' contest and the fresh funnel cakes!


  1. It rained so hard Friday I didn't get a funnel cake :-(

  2. I'm glad you got rain...and it wasn't too fast and furious. I love your stained glass window! We live in a 70's ranch...and it is pretty low on the character scale :)

  3. Oh I am glad you got your rain, it is truly a blessing. I love the colour of your room.
    You area very busy girl. Funnel cake sounds good I have no idea what it is but as long as it says cake I am very interested:) B

  4. We have been getting some much needed rain as well. I love your door.


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