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!

Mid-Week Update

Thursday, April 25, 2013

We're still riding the temp roller coaster:  it hit 71 today, but we had a frost warning last night and another tonight.  Kinda ridiculous, when you consider that this is what the garden looked like a year ago:

We transplanted those tomatoes at the end of March, 2012 and on April 16th, they had blooms on them. 
This may be our final weekend of cool weather, though (*fingers crossed*), so I'm hoping we can get the plants in the raised beds on Saturday.  We've been moving them out once it's warmed up at noon so they can get some direct sunlight and then back in again at night to keep them from the 40 degree cold at night.  Honestly, that dance is reaaaallly starting to get old.

In other news, the roofers may start the work on our house tomorrow if the rain holds off.  There's some wood rot on the trim around the dormer windows that needs to be fixed and we got several quotes ranging from $850 to over $2000 to fix it.  Being DIYers that did all the work ourselves, we know what work is worth and the guy that gave us the highest quote is...to quote J....."smoking crack".  Yes, indeed.  The roofer does contracting work also and they were the cheapest.  They said they'd replace the wood with the fake plastic stuff that looks just like the original trim for $1250 and we'd never have to worry about rot or needing to paint again.  The siding is already no-maintenance, so that's no contest in my book - $400 more to never have to worry about something that's 3 stories up?  When can you start?
Finally, I got a new toy at work and am having fun learning how to use it:  a Microsoft Surface Pro.  I'm sure you've seen the silly commercial for these.  It's like a laptop and an iPad all rolled into one.  I can now take my work and personal email and calendars anywhere I go, it can run any Windows apps including all the Office products and the coolest thing is that it has handwriting recognition.  The fact that it can recognize my weird combo of printing and cursive is utterly amazing.  I mean, I can't even read my writing most of the time.

What are you guys up to?  I've been trying to make the rounds but still have quite a bit of catching up to do this weekend.

Til later,



  1. Nice to catch up! The weather is very different here this year, too. last year was so warm and gorgeous...our spring seemed to last forever. This year has been similar to you...lots of cold nights and very warm days. I'm worried for our fruit trees...especially the apricots that fully blossomed out before the last three hard freezes. Ugh. Ah well, I guess we can't always have ideal growing weather...

    On another note, I think it's a great idea to go with the plastic stuff. I love wood and all it's glory, but to never have to worry about rot or painting again? Count me in :-)

  2. Hope your finally get some warmer days CP. I also get very tired of taking plants in & out to harden them off. I have the back door & then a screen door to go through. I just close off the other door going into the house & go back & forth. It goes a lot faster bringing them in because Justin is home to help.


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