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!

Just Random Stuff

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Man, has the summer heat show up in full force!  I went out last night to tend to the chickens and water the garden and new trees and was absolutely dripping with sweat by the time I went back in.  The thermometer read 98 degrees in the Jeep when I left work, but Jeeps are known to be exxagerators.  You can't trust them one bit.

One more day of this muggy heat and then it's supposed to cool off.  Thank goodness.  In the meantime, I collapsed in the AC to get some sense of humanity back in me.

Out in the garden, the strawberries are still producing like mad. 

I picked three quarters of a pound into the turned-up hem of my T-shirt.  I'm sure I'll be cursing myself come laundry day for doing that.  Some of the berries may have missed the shirt and ended up in my mouth, but I'll never tell.  Anyway, all told, we're over 3 pounds so far.  Not too bad.

J. spent the entire night in the 7th Concentric Ring of Hell weather putting his new toy together.  He's been wanting a smoker for years and we found an excellent deal on this dual fuel one at Lowe's.  It was such a good deal at $138 (after a $10 Home Depot coupon match) that we couldn't pass it up and decided it was time.  I can taste the brisket now!

This uses either propane or charcoal!

The offer got accepted on the house, so now I am tapping my fingers patiently as we wait to hear from the bank.  Since it's a short sale, the next step is that they have to assign what's called a BPO, or Broker Price Opinion.  That's a fancy way of saying "walk through appraisal".  They'll assign a value to the house and then decide what they're willing to take on the house and how much they'll lose on the owner's current loan.  I'm sure they're very upside down.  Just taking some ballpark figures, I think they probably owe around $65K to 70K and my offer for the house was $15K.   Cross your fingers for us.

Tonight, J. and I are going to kick our heels up and have fun at a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.  I love that kind of thing and have wanted to go to one FOR FOREVER.  Groupon helped me out a couple of weeks ago with cheap tickets, so off we go.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day,


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