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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!

Really?! Weekend Recap

Monday, December 10, 2012

Here we are just shy of two weeks before Christmas and I'm sick still sick.  I've had this creeping crud for over a week now and it just doesn't want to let go of my lungs.  So I hope you forgive me for not posting for the past several days, but I have been busy with other things...like trying to breath in between coughing up what looks to be peanut butter.  Yum...that was a tasty visualization.

J. and I did venture out for a short time this weekend, as we had some errands that just couldn't wait:  an appointment to get the Jeep serviced and he needed help getting all the dogs to the groomers for their Christmas haircut.  (You know, if you have to say "all the dogs", maybe you have too many?  Nah....)

Saturday morning brought a heavy, dangerous fog to Kansas City.  Here's a picture of the on-ramp to major interstate I-70.  Cars were disappearing completely about 5 feet into that mess.  I was pretty scared about driving in it.

While we were out braving the weather, we did pickup some pretty good freebies with coupons:

  • 8 pairs of Timberland boot socks for FREE from Gordman's (retail value $60!)
  • 2 big canisters of Maxwell House coffee for $2.49 from CVS
  • a bag of ground coffee FREE from World Market
  • 4 bags of holiday Hershey's candy for FREE from CVS
  • 3 Hallmark Christmas cards for FREE from CVS (for the girls at work!)
  • a gallon of milk for just $2.00 from CVS
  • $112 in chicken feed for $67 from Tractor Supply
  • $200 in gift cards for our favorite restaurants for $140 from Target (great stocking stuffers!)

The retailers are giving away stuff left and right this year in an effort to get shoppers in the stores.  Pretty darn sad.  These people that say our economy is getting better aren't living in the same world that we are.  I am grateful, however, that these deals allow us to save some money.

Last night brought bitter 16-degree cold to the farm, and J. was kind enough to rig up the brooder light in the main coop.  Thank goodness I have such a good man.  When I checked this morning, it was a balmy 32 degrees in there, so the girls should have been pretty comfy.  And Henrietta has her own heater with a fan.  I worried about them all night - sleeping was just a dream with all this snot in my nose.  (Again, yum!)

Well, I hope you'll excuse me now as the sofa and some hot chocolate is calling my name.  I may be sick, but there's no such thing as too sick for chocolate.

If you don't hear from me in another 5 days, send a HazMat crew my way, would ya?


  1. Hey CP,

    The crud is on the east coast as well. I am on my 3rd week of it. Only a silly tickle & an occasional coughing fit but it just.won't.go.away.

    1. 3 weeks! And here I am muttering about a week. So sorry you've been sick but I'm glad you're feeling better. Can you send some of that my way? :-)

  2. So sorry you've been sick! Sounds like it just won't go away, but hope you get better soon!

    You got some good deals! I've been getting lots of coupons too and can't wait to use them.

    1. Thanks, ONOTW! Just about everyone here has this cold or whatever it is. It's definitely going around. I'm crossing my fingers that you guys don't get it!

  3. Oh yuck, I try to avoid people with the crud! Just a minute, while I spray my keyboard down with disinfectant! Thanks for your visit to my blog today, I hope you are resting on the couch with your computer visiting blogs and getting lots of get well wishes!! I posted a response to your comment, but just in case I wanted to stop by and tell you I am GOOD!! Work, winter weather, and computer problems are making me an old Grinch, but things have got to turn around soon?? Maybe we both need a dose of spiked egg-nog and let old man winter continue on his way!!

    1. Turn around? Oh, dear, I hope so. So glad to hear you are doing OK. I am on the sofa today with the latest Baker Creek Seeds catalog and dreaming of warmer weather already. We've barely gotten started, but would someone please give old man winter a boot in his arse? :-)


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