August 9, 2013

Random : Adding On, Muskrats, & More


Another busy week.  Here are the first of about eight dozen randoms that come to mind for Random 5 Friday:

1.  The concrete was poured for our addition today.  Hooray!  Building site work in our area has been delayed all summer by the winter that would not end.  The good news is that while we've been waiting for concrete, we repaired most of the yard that was left devastated by the excavators.  I've been nursing along thousands of square feet of new baby grass seedlings.
Now the real fun (and work) begins!   
Beau, totally in awe watching the cement truck outside our bedroom window (which will soon be moved.)


2.  Johnathan caught this little muskrat today.  I decided young muskrats are kind of cute (except for their tails.)  But we know from past experience that they are very destructive!  I only managed a photo with my generic little phone before he or she was re-homed to the undeveloped lake & wetland at the end of our road.  It should be muskrat paradise there.


3.  One of our teenage boys (Mason) stated tonight that, "Buffets are a good deal."  (He had eaten at a buffet with friends this evening after some cliff jumping.)  I asked what the cost of the buffet was, and he said $11.  ($10 plus a dollar for a drink.)  I thought that was pricey for a 15 year old kid eating out compared to when I was his age, and I asked him if he thought he ate $11 worth of food.  He looked at me and said,  "More like fifty.  Half of it was apple pie."
I guess when you're an active & growing teenage boy, a buffet is indeed a good deal.

4.  I might have bought more than one old metal file cabinet this week.  When I already have one waiting to be used.  I might have a bit of an old metal file cabinet problem.  Hopefully I'll be very organized once our project is complete.

5.  The kids have been having backyard campfires each evening and catching lots of baby toads. 
We ♥ toads, always & forever.  


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29 comments:

  1. My teens boys love a buffet! Eating to their heart's & stomach's content is what they live for at this age, I think :) I wouldn't have been so gracious to the rodent. I have to keep those kinds of things away from my chickens.

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    1. The muskrat isn't a true rat, but a common wetland herbivore (plant eater) cousin to the beaver.
      I have heard of an occasional muskrat causing trouble around chicken coops, though it's not normal.
      We have to watch out for weasels & skunks - they are vicious predators in that area!

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  2. It is always great when a project begins to happen-the little muskrat is a lucky fella, lake and wetland! I wonder what that little toad is thinking, great photo.

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  3. I'm not with you on the cute muskrat thing. They look too much like an actual rat for me to consider them cute. Your little boy with the toad though....that is really, really cute!

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  4. That last photo is so sweet.

    I agree $11 seems a bit much, but I'm old and rather cheap. Lol.

    Thanks for joining in today Amanda. xo

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  5. Amanda,
    Good Luck with the house addition. That is exciting.

    Muskrats are very distructive to dams. The Rancher does not tolerate them.

    Cute picture of your little one with the toad. The simple things in life.

    Have a fabulous weekend.

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    1. They sure are destructive - one winter they burrowed into the banks of our pond to make dens & colonies of underground tunnels.. in the spring, the roofs caved in and we had good sized holes in our yard that were quite an ankle danger! We'd like the infrastructure of our driveway that runs over a culvert and along the pond to stay strong. :)

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  6. You might have to start a group called Old Metal File Cabinets Anonymous! Nice post, beautiful pictures. :-)

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  7. I hate hate hate buffets...my sons love them too.

    I love that your kids are having backyard campfires and catching frogs. Every kid in the world should grow up like that, it would make the world a better place.

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  8. oh, i love toads, too!!! and muskrats ARE cute! and buffets ARE a good deal. i have an old metal filing cabinet and i hate it - heaviest beast ever made.

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  9. aw what a sweet photo of your baby with the toad! my kids have always loved buffets...i guess it's the aspect of being able to just go pick out anything you want...even if it's mostly pizza and chicken strips :D

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  10. Only a little boy could love a toad:) He is just precious.

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  11. That last photo of you son holding the toad is so precious! Have a good weekend.

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  12. I've never seen a muskrat - so that is a first for me!

    Popped by from Random 5 Friday.

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  13. I have seen Teenage boys eat. A good deal indeed. Love that last photo with the toad. Too Cute..

    Hugs~

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  14. Old file cabinets... I finally got rid of mine a few years ago, and spent almost the whole summer shredding 25 years worth of check, no longer needed documents and bill statements. I now only keep 6 months work of statements, when I do bills online and add a bunch for the current month I pull out the oldest statements and shred them. I don't write checks anymore, except for house taxes...

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    1. I'm a big fan of paperless bills & online bill pay as well! We have to write business checks fairly regurlarly, but have not written more than 5 personal checks a year in quite some time. Getting rid of all that paper feels wonderful.
      We run my husbands contracting / construction business our of our home, though.. so we tend to have a lot of other types of things to file. Contracts. Sample catalogs of siding, roofing, steel, etc.
      And I figured I might start a drawer for each of our five kids - all of their school documentation / drivers ed / whatever is going on can go in their drawer so it's easier to find!

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    2. I just recently gave both of my grown kids all their school records... a few more pieces of paper leave home!! Thanks for sharing on WTS this week!

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  15. Yay for a new addition! I can't wait to see what you do with the new space. I love old metal file cabinets so I hope you will put yours to use in the new addition :)

    I think buffets are a great deal for hungry teenage boys! For me they never really seem to be worth the money.

    That last shot is too cute! I love seeing little kids being gentle with animals and not trying to hurt them!

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  16. Oh my goodness! That such a wonderful photo. I love it. And i love toads too.

    Having work done on a home is never easy, but you have a great attitude about it, so it should go fairly smoothly. :)

    That little muskrat is kind of cute, but what big teeth i'll bet he has. :D

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  17. What a precious picture! Little boys and their toads. Makes for wonderful memories.

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  18. Fun post! (And I can relate to your 'addiction'!)
    Susan

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  19. LOVE your Random 5!!!!
    I'm hooked and have become a "follower" of your blog!!! :-D
    As for me.....I can never eat enough at a buffet. I eat like a bird!!
    Have a great weekend!

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  20. Oh that last picture is just too cute! And I also tend to eat more dessert at buffets then actual food...can't help it when there is Apple pie!

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  21. Yes Indeed. A good deal And for this seventy year old teenage boys still a good deal. Except if I frequented frequently I quickly gain about a hundred pounds. Hungry real teenagers not so much...;)

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  22. It will be very exciting for all of you to watch the extensions take shape. Love your last photo!

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  23. Never saw a muscrat before...looks a little too "ratty" to me. $11 sounds like a deal to me and that sure is a cute toad shot ;)

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  24. Near our house we have a little creek where we can observe muskrats...I like them ( apart from their tails!)They are not native to Europe but were imported from North America for their fur!!! Now they are quite established over here.
    And we have many toads in our garden and we love them. Have a wonderful week and good luck with the construction!
    11 Dollars for a buffet? We can only dream about that...here it would start at around 20 Dollars.I know why my sons love the States!

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