Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fun, Fun, Fun

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Best Last Minute Christmas Deals And Coupons

I am a last minute shopper - so as I find the best deals for Christmas, I'll post them here - just in case there are some other last minute types out there...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Diary Of A Central South Dakota Farm Woman - October 26 - October 29, 1929

Welcome to the Great Depression!

Diary Of A Central South Dakota Farm Woman


Not as good a day for our roofing labors as yesterday. The wind blew briskly, so each time we laid a new strip, I had to sit on it and act as weight to hold it down until Dan could fasten it in place. It took us until four o'clock this afternoon to finish the job. I had visions of completing it by noon, cleaning up while Dan went after a load of hay, then both of us driving to town, but things generally take longer than one expects and "the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley." However, we are glad to have the shed watertight from above, even if we didn't get the other things done, for I wouldn't be surprised if we were due for some weather change soon, which may include moisture.
Nancy and Dave are invited out for dinner tomorrow, so I expect Dan and I will be alone. James went home tonight; is not sure whether he. will come bade next week or not, but I hope he win be able to pick a few days more for us.
Had thought I might hear from mother today, but was disappointed. I had such a nice panful of doughnuts from Mrs. Ford yesterday, and we have been enjoying them for every meal, starting with breakfast. I always think doughnuts and coffee are a pretty good combination as "top-off" for breakfast.

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Diary Of A Central South Dakota Farm Woman - Friday, October 25, 1929

Diary Of A Central South Dakota Farm Woman


This has been a fine, mild day and I've spent most of it up in the world. First thing after breakfast Dan and I had a big bonfire of tumble weeds. What a lot of heat there is in the Russian thistles! If one could only crush them up into briquettes, they would be wonderful fuel for a cold day.
After we had cleaned up around the garden I did up my housework then we ascended to the shed roof and proceeded to lay the roofing. The strips had to be cemented as well as nailed and I got myself pretty much tarred up in the process. We got along very well. It was an ideal day for the work, but it will take at least a half day longer to finish. The roofing is covered with crushed slate which is rather had on one's anatomy generally. My knees and elbows feel as if they had been sand papered and my fingers are somewhat mutilated too - both from the slate and from using the hammer on them occasionally instead of on the nails. Dan doesn't say much but I suspect he is a trifle sore physically too. Hope tomorrow is as quiet so we can finish the job.

Vegetable Sale - Saturday, November 2, 1929

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Diary Of A Central South Dakota Farm Woman - October 22 - October 24, 1929

Diary Of A Central South Dakota Farm Woman


Mother's trunk is packed and ready and this time tomorrow night she will be well on her way to Chicago. She is only staying there a few days then will head for Kansas City and Pueblo, so will be on the road most of the time until she settles down in Denver next month. Nancy and Dave have just gone home they won't get in to the train in the morning so came to say their good-byes this evening.

I roasted the bird and we had him for supper as we were out for lunch this noon. I made an angel food cake too, for mother's lunch and baked up a couple of pies -one for home use and the other for our picnic club hostess. We had such a delicious luncheon and a pleasant afternoon of bridge and visiting and mother had several packages to bring home with her -journey gifts from the friends, which pleased her very much. Now we must go to bed for we will have to turn out early in the morning.


Mother got off this morning. It has turned off very cold, with a stiff wind blowing all day. Perhaps it is as well she is started for a warmer neighborhood, though she may meet with quite as chilly weather in Chicago and Kansas City as here. However, it will be only about a month until she will be heading for California. It seems lonely enough without her.
Nancy came over and spent the afternoon with me for she knew I'd be feeling a trifle forlorn. We sewed and visited by the fire -I repaired my fur coat for this kind of a day makes me realize I'll soon be needing it.
I've been following mother mentally all day on her journey. Separations are always hard but we live in hopes of another meeting next year. Mother and I always try to say goodbye cheerfully because tears at parting do not help any —only make it harder. There's always a let-down feeling for me when the train pulls out, but I can look back on our happy hours together and forward to her next visit.
Dan didn't do any work on the shed today. It was too chilly. We brought home the roofing from town but will have to wait for a milder day to put it on.


I suppose mother landed in Chicago this morning. The papers say they had snow there. It is still cold here but not as bad as yesterday.

I didn't feel up to the mark today so haven't much to my credit. I did churn but making the week's supply of butter could scarcely be considered a day's work. Dan carpentered on the shed this morning and brought up a load of cane after dinner. I didn't feel equal to helping him with it, but he managed to get it stowed away in the barn without my assistance.

James picked corn as usual. I hope he will stay with us until it is all out, but wouldn't be surprised if his father would be wanting his help at home any time.

The poor little lame kitten is dead and the other one seems dopy. It does seem as if we never can raise our kittens. I think Skippy has been rather hard on them as he delights in wooling them around in spite of my remonstrances. But they must enjoy his attentions for they do not offer to run away from him.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Solar Energy - I Looked Into This

As people yell and scream at each other about drilling for oil, not drilling for oil, yada, yada, rabble, rabble, rabble - We decided to explore the idea of going solar to see just where solar energy is in terms of feasibility and cost.

I mailed in an informational postcard that came in the mail, and set my husband up as the contact. - He was a bit surprised when they called him, as I forgot to tell him, but he arranged to meet with the sales guy - which happened yesterday morning.

To make a long story short, we signed up for a $16,000 system which should be more than enough for our own usage, and will allow us to put energy back into the grid. Supposedly, we will get paid for our energy, too. I'll let you know how that works out.

I expect the cost will come down once more people start doing this, and I would like it to be known that this is my official response to September 11th, 2001. I figure, if enough oil producing countries see their revenues fall off enough, they will hunt down that B*****D themselves and put his head on a stick. (Something I learned that the real Count Dracula used to do to frighten off potential invaders.)

Seems appropriate.

Have A Lovely Day,


PS - More diaries to come...