The Best of August!

August. Yeah. You heard me. The Best of August. Which means we are now … in September.  Almost the middle of September actually.  Holy crapballs.

And that bale of musty straw sitting in my backyard that I meant to get rid of in May? It’s still there.

The fencing around the recycle bins I was going to build? It’s not built.

The automatic watering system I developed for the chickens? It’s in its 4th month of planning stages.

However … I did get a lot of crap done that I wanted to accomplish. I dug up my entire front yard and put in a vegetable garden, I cleaned up my front porch, I got my basement foam sprayed, I had central air conditioning installed finally.

Good thing too. This is the year the newspaper reporter with the big flash on his camera would have been taking pictures of the fella and I withered up and dried out on the upstairs landing. This was the hottest, driest summer I can remember.

It goes without saying that the very best part of August was the spectacular trip to the Urgent Care Centre.

So, I’m going to leave that one out of the August roundup. Hardly seems fair to the other posts to include a post that has blood, phlegm, roller derby and thievery.

Therefore, aside from the trip to the urgent care centre …. THESE are the best of August.



How to make a Water Bottle Missile!


Field Trip!  A Look at a CSA Vegetable Farm

5 Books I’ve read, Plus 5 Books I’m Gonna Read

(Comment section is great for anyone looking for book recommendations)


No Fail $10 Birthday Present


A Trip to Urgent Care – a dramatic reinactment


How to Quickly Clean Your BBQ Grill


I still haven’t gotten around to the flaming monkey butts I’ve been promising you, but I may have an opportunity this month. What do you have to look forward to for the rest of September? STUFF. A lotta STUFF.


  1. Holy Moly! You’ve been without air all these years? How did you survive?

  2. marilyn says:

    you rocked august karen! way to go girl!

  3. Interesting that I would know all those ones as I sit here like I do everyday and obsess over your blog! I am looking forward to going to NYC in Oct a trip well worth waiting for!

  4. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I look forward to any subject that you will be sharing with us..A BIG Thank you for everything that you do!!!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Karen! My husband made me & the chickens an auto waterer using a plastic tub and a toilet float thingy! It’s so nice not to have to fill it up constantly. I hope you’ll show us how you do yours!

  6. Lynn says:

    *Crapballs*….I’m stealing that. xo!

  7. Barbie says:

    …..BUT…..did you ever get a refrigerator? Did I miss that post whilst on vaca???? I hope I didn’t!!

  8. Brie says:

    I loved “The Hunger Games” trilogy! They made me angry reading them, but they were wonderful. I still think the urgent care story was best! I trust there were no blood clots….. I remember the medically savy readers reporting these were a possibility. Thanks again for the FANTASTIC blog!!!!

  9. Karen (Granny Nanny) says:

    Hey! Just a quickie PS to the “how to clean your grill” method. I tried it on a brand new expensive grill with disastrous results. It got so hot so quickly and caught fire and the heat melted the plastic trim around all four knob and changed the shape of where the controls fit over the rods that control the gas. ! I have a clean grill, but now can hardly turn on the knobs, and so our new grill is highly innefective. It is like “fighting” to get the thing to turn on now! Just a word to the wise! Wipe down any grease before hand, make sure you don’t overheat and keep an eye on the grill, do NOT walk away!

  10. Shauna says:

    It’s good to know that even you have stuff still sitting on your to do list.

    BTW, did I miss the post about how you ended up at the bottom of the stairs? I remember when you posted the picture and had us submit captions, you promised to tell us the real story someday (soon). It’s been a long time now, and I know you were having writer’s block the other day and I don’t remember seeing the explanation post, sooooooo what’s up with that?

    • Karen says:

      SHAUNA – LOL! I do have an explanation for that. I had to ask someone else permission to tell the story. They have since given me permission but it seems odd to bring it up now. I’ll see if I can fit it in somewhere. ~ karen!

  11. Gayla T says:

    I’m with Shauna. I’m sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation only exceeded by wondering about the new fridge. Blood clots……not so much. I figure he deserves anything he gets for cutting the cast off. I think he has sustained a head injury or has an inherited brain anomaly. Either way, you will never be held accountable in a court of law. Did I ever tell you about my Auntie who shot her husband? No? Oh, well! She met this swell guy who swept her off her feet and that doesn’t happen every day to a woman of a certain age with 5 or 6 kids still living at home. They are so in love that they rush up to the courthouse and get married. He was a reporter at a major Dallas,Texas newspaper, won lots of awards, inherited money, good looking. He had it all. She never saw him take a drink so assumed he was a T totaler. After a few months of wedded bliss he walks in the house snockered out of his mind, picks a fight when she makes mention that he may have had a drinky or two. He escalates it and finally decides she is a worthless bitch that has to die and gets a butcher knife from the kitchen and begins to chase her with it. Some of the children are home and watching this. She finally runs into the bedroom where she has always kept a gun in the nightstand and turns with it in her had just as he has the knife raised over her ready for the down stroke. She pulls the trigger and the bullet goes in an eye and out the back of his head. She calls the police and his mother. All the kids are witnesses of what had gone on but still the cops are a little dubious that she was totally w/o fault until his mother arrives and tells them about the times he has put her in the hospital during his binge drinking spells. At the inquest many people including his parents testify to his pattern of not taking a drink for months to even a couple of years but once he takes that drink he becomes a mad man and someone is going to suffer and it’s not going to be him. Mama hospitalized twice from his beatings. She said under oath that he needed killing but she was glad she wasn’t the one who had to do it and that she had made up her mind that the next time she was not going to let him hurt her again. All involved were upper crust Dallas society and made national news. Just thought it was an interesting story and in no way a recomendation to anyone reading this. It cost a fortune for therapy for her and the kids and she had a hard time getting a date and has never married so she still carries his name into her 80’s. I love her dearly and she is a huge hoot whenever I’ve been around her. Just hearing the story has been known to cause a wayward husband to get back where he’d atta be. I’ll have to tell you about Aunt Peggy and the beating another time.

    • Karen says:

      Huh. No. You hadn’t told me that story before. I know this for a fact because I’m certain I would have remembered it. What with the butcher knife and all. I may have to take one to someone myself if I don’t get a fridge soon. ~ karen!

  12. Andrea says:

    That stinky bale of hay would make lovely compost…got a pile?

    • Karen says:

      I do. But it’s hot composting so I can’t add anything to it right now. Not until this batch is done cookin’. I’ll throw it in with the next batch! 🙂 ~ karen

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