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  1. A week on the ranch (September 14 -20, 2009)

    by , 09-21-2009 at 10:55 AM
    Another week flies by, and summer seems to have returned to roost for a while. It has been over 100F for days now, with just a small break every evening when it cools off just enough to allow me to sleep. It has been 95F and above INSIDE the house, and I have been turning on the A/C for the birds and the dogs, just to keep them from melting!

    Lots of bird drama this week. I wrote, many months ago, about Daisy the Budgie and her broken leg. Well, I'm starting to think this bird ...
    Ranch Diary
  2. September's Groceries - 9/17

    by , 09-18-2009 at 12:20 AM
    Bleach (on sale) $2.39
    Oregano (dried) $2.29
    Butter (2 lbs on sale) $4.98
    Half and Half (2 qts on sale) $2.98
    Plain yogurt (6 cartons on sale) $3.25
    Salad (organic herb mix) $3.99
    Yams (2.7 lbs at 1.49/lb) $4.02
    Organic alfalfa/broccoli sprout mix $2.49
    Organic bunch carrots $1.39
    Organic spinach $1.49
    Salad (organic baby greens) $3.99
    Sweet potatoes (2.53 lbs at 1.79/lb) $4.53
    Magazines (3) $17.97
    Diced almonds (bulk, ...
  3. A week on the ranch (September 7 -13, 2009)

    by , 09-13-2009 at 11:52 PM
    This week brought two new lives to the ranch, one by chance and one by choice. The first was a baby zebra finch that I found in my aviary. The parents had tucked her away, and I accidentally destroyed their nest while cleaning up. They wouldn't accept her back, so I am hand-feeding her. Luckily, she is already a couple of weeks old, so it shouldn't be TOO tough. The second was a baby lionhead bunny, who I have named Ariel. I am always much happier with two of any particular animal, because ...
    Ranch Diary
  4. September groceries

    by , 09-10-2009 at 12:31 AM
    On September 4, 2009, I spent $21.36. I bought a bottle of vegetable oil, a can of non-stick spray, a quart of Half and Half, and a tempura roll.

    On September 8, 2009, I spent $100.24:

    kamaboko (6 ea @ 2.99/ea) $17.94
    M&M's (2 bags @ 3.49/ea) $6.98
    hairspray $4.99
    hair mousse $4.99
    hydrogen peroxide $.79
    lemon juice $2.89
    dried oregano $2.29
    dried thyme $3.19
    dried marjoram $3.59
    Half and Half (qt) $2.99
  5. A week on the ranch (September 1 - September 6, 2009)

    by , 09-07-2009 at 11:20 AM
    The beginning of September marked the beginning of autumn on the ranch. Leaves are starting to turn and fall; the oak trees are dropping acorns down to hungry goats below; the evenings are becoming cool, and I awake in the morning looking forward to a hot cup of coffee.

    A trip to the doctor at the beginning of the week disclosed that I have two herniated disks, as well as degenerative OA in three more of my lumbar disks. I was prescribed a TENS machine, and after some experimentation, ...
    Ranch Diary
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