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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

Blog Entry 02-03-09

What's new? Nuthin' much.

I've recently learned that it's gauche to apologize for not updating on a blog. But, what's a gal from Minnesota to do? I mean, there's that 'Minnesota Nice' thing goin' on.

We're still without our regular electrical system, so I am - once again - writing from my laptop in the sunroom with my feet up in front of a roaring fire. And, let me tell you, if I could only connect to the modem's ethernet cable from in here, this could easily be my new writing location! The local generator repair guru came last Thursday only to gaze at the generator and sigh, "Ohhhh, that's not good." After removing such and such part(s), he left (said parts in hand) with the message that they'd be "better than new" when they returned from being re-manufactured in a week or so.

So, meanwhile, we:

1. Use as little electricity as possible. This means no ironing, no vacuuming, no clothes washing/drying, no electric lights in the evening, keeping the thermostat set to 60 degrees (while it's below zero outside), etc.

2. On sunny days, the batteries get charged by the solar panels, and so then I CAN do the above mentioned ironing, vacuuming, and washing.

3. On cloudy (the majority of the) days, we run the back-up portable Yamaha generator to charge the system up . . . and still conserve, conserve, conserve.

No segue whatsoever here, but we've got the dogs on a 100% venison diet right now, and they LOVE it. We have a "2nd son" staying with us - a Yellow Lab the size of a donkey - and he's lovin' the meat, too. And, since the venison was free, save our time, we're saving a bit of money. The preparation (time) is noticeable to me, though. Instead of just scooping up a cup each of dry dogfood morning and night, I now grind enough meat for the 3 of them each morning from the meat I took out of the freezer the night before. Then, in the late afternoon, I take enough meat out of the freezer again for both the dinner portion and the next morning's allotment. Morning and night, I grind enough for them all. [Lost battery power here.]


  1. Why do you grind up the meat for the dogs? Why not just cut it into small chunks?

  2. It just takes MUCH less time to put it into the food processor and whiz it up . . . vs. laboriously cutting it. Comes out just like ground beef. Plus, I HATE touching the stuff! Eeeeuw!


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