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!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ding ding ding!  Round 2! 
Another 7 inches of snow fell overnight.  That's in addition to the 9 inches we got last Thursday.  Ugh!  What happened to my 60 degree weather!?
I woke up and peeked over my down comforter at the golden glow coming through the window.  It was snowing heavily outside, coating everything with a fresh blanket of white.  So beautiful!  J. and I spent several hours this morning digging out 3 of our neighbors.  We picked up a snowblower for just $85 at an auction this summer and, boy, are we glad we did that now.  It was slow going with this heavy, wet snow but we did okay as long as we took our time.  It was nice to get out and see everyone - it was almost like a block party!  The only folks that weren't in a good mood were the chickens.  Not pleased about having snow in their run, they opted to stay in the coop all day despite me opening the pop door. 
The bad part is that now we're so sore that we can't move.  Us desk-job people aren't used to all that hard labor, I guess.  If I could move, I would have gone out and taken some pictures to share with you so we'll have to make do with some from after last week's storm. 

Uh, Houston, we have a problem.  The roof on the addition on the back of our house is shot and needs to be completely replaced.  It's barely got a slope to it and I'm surprised that the shingles have kept he water at bay for this long.  But you can tell from the picture that the water is going behind the gutter and it's caused some kind of structural issue on the roof overhang.  We're going to have to move this up to the top of the "fix it" list for when the weather gets better.

All the water fom those icicles was landing on my patio furniture and these little apple trees that I failed to get planted last fall, turning them into ice sculptures.  The ice on the chair arm is about 4 inches thick on the top.  What I found really strange is the big sideways icicle - see if in the upper left-hand corner hanging off that tree limb?  How weird is that?
This morning we heard the loud crack that we didnt' want to hear.  The heavy snow has made the gutter even worse and it's sagging even worse that in the first picture.  Nothing to be done about it now until we thaw and let's hope that's soon!


  1. Hello Cranky Puppy. Isn't is cool to find someone who lives kind of in your neck of the woods? (grin) I have been to Maysville a few times. Usually to look for goats, but also went through it when our daughter lived near Princeton. That was years ago, though. I see that you have 3 Poms. Do they get along ok? We have Buddy, our little Pom. Oh my goodness, he wants so much attention and is so jealous of my 2 kitties! We have thought about getting another Pom for him to have a playmate, but not sure how he would handle it with his jealousy. It is nice to meet you. I will be checking back to your blog. I may actually even update mine one of these days.LOL It is still lightly snowing here. I just came in from wading through snow almost to my knees to take care of the chickens, ducks, rabbit, and old beagle. Yuck, I am hating winter. So ready to get into the garden. Well, didn't mean to write a whole chapter. LOL Have a great day.

  2. I'm snowed in here at Calamity... the guy who plowed made a mess of the driveway, unfortunately, and the low-sitting HHR can't get out. I went out and looked at it again this morning, but the truck is already stuck near the parking area, and K had to be in Salina today so took the State Tahoe... and put it in 4 x 4 and got out. I'm hoping he'll drive up and down the high parts tonight so I can break loose for a day. Sorry about your roof... and going to go read the Landreth post, I need to buy their catalog today, I totally forgot them.


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