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!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Cranky Puppy household went to bed last night to the sound of thunder and pelting rain with a little hail mixed in for good measure.  The winds were howling at 30 to 40 mph.  When we woke this morning, we were greeted with what the local weatherguesser is calling blizzard or near blizzard conditions.  Not because we got alot of snow (only about 2 to 2.5 inches), but because of that crazy wind that, even now, is whistling around the corner of the house and rattling the storm doors. 
We desperately need the moisture because we're about 17 inches below normal here.  So I'm glad to see it, and it certainly does help lift my currently Grinchish mood to see all that white.  But, despite the Highway Patrol saying we should all stay home because of terrible visibility, the University I work for hasn't closed so I need to venture out and hope no one runs into me.  Thank goodness we own Jeeps, as they are awesome in just about any weather.

J. trying to clear off our treacherously sloped driveway.  Did I ever mention what a good man I am blessed to have?
Up at our real farm, we should see 6 or more inches from this storm.  We won't be able to make it up there because the highway is now closed all the way from Kansas City up to the Iowa border.  But just thinking of standing in the middle of our land and looking out over all that white with snowflakes falling all around is a calming mental picture.  I'm not sure about you guys, but I could use some calm around this time of the year.
As usual, J. just can't wait until the big day, and we've started the "7 Days of Christmas".  I think it was the "10 Days of Christmas" last year, so he did manage to hold out for 3 days more this year.  Each night we get to open one of our presents.  One of my presents is ultra-cool:  a reCAP lid for wide mouth canning jars.  This will be great for dressings and soups.  J. was ecstatic over a new rifle bag. (And don't tell him, but I actually think spreading Christmas over several days is more fun, even if it seems a bit naughty.)
Stay warm, my friends!


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