I Planted Cabbage But I Dunno Why

We had so many things planned to do over our Thanksgiving holiday. There was lots of work that needed to be done, as always. Our fences are still in pitiful shape, rusty fence with whole sections that have fallen out and rotten posts all held together with hay rope. I was going to finally get my winter garden put in and all my greens planted. Mmmmm. Mustard greens. Turnip greens. Collard greens. Nope, nope, nope. The house was going to get painted this winter, and we need to do roof repair work. We REALLY need to do roof repair work. Didn’t work out that way at all.

We spent the entire weekend (including today!) with me draped over, under, and inside SwampMan’s truck handing tools, collecting parts, and going back and forth to the parts store. SwampMan is MAD. Said he’d NEVER have another new truck. I pointed out that the problem is that it is nearly 20 years OLD and parts are failing. He wants something that doesn’t have electronic components that fail and then won’t generate a computer error message because it doesn’t have a damn computer. Or injectors. Or sensors. If there’s a fuel problem, it will be either the pump or the carburetor. We’re talking 1960s or 70s technology here.

On the other hand, nearly all the electronics under the hood now are nice and new. It still isn’t fixed, but we *think* we know what it is now.

To satisfy my urge to plant, I planted cabbage. I do hope the squirrels, rats, ducks and chickens haven’t devoured the infant cabbage plants yet. Their survival is doubtful even if the critters don’t get them. The ground is dust. There’s no (working) hose connection near where I planted them (need a new deep well pump that we probably won’t be able to afford until January), and I’ll have to carry water to them daily. I wonder if I planted them because I have this incredible urge to garden, but don’t really even care much for cabbage and if they all die (like, for example, I forget to water them for a couple days), it wouldn’t be that big a tragedy. Maybe the tragedy would be if they all survive. What would I do with all them damn cabbages?

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    kcduffy said,

    Well, if you have too much, I love cabbage. You could make slaw and sauerkraut and sell it! Hell, in Maryland one year, I bought a HUGE head off a truck parked on the side of the road. Ate off that thing for several weeks.

    Got the pies baked (Me and Mrs. Smith make a pretty fair pie), Duffy’s breakfast buffet is on the table, and the turkey is in for its initial session – browning. Then I’ll lower the temp & put it in for the rest of the time with its little foil shield on to keep the good parts from burning. This may be the biggest turkey I ever fixed, nearly 23lbs. I LIKE to do 2 smaller birds, but couldn’t resist the .58/lb at WallyWorld. So I got a smaller one for later.

  2. 2

    swampie said,

    I meant to get one of those .58 a lb. turkeys at Wally World, but (grin) all our spare cash is in SwampMan’s truck. We just spent another $100 on parts, and if that ain’t what’s wrong, we’re going to have to wait until payday to try again.

    • 3

      no2liberals said,

      Kuh-bab-ages are good stuff.
      Just a few weekends ago made some corned beef with them, next I think I will make some Galumpkis.
      As for troublesome trucks, if there are no codes showing, it ain’t a sensor.
      If it ain’t the fuel supply, it just might be the catalytic converter or a clogged injector.

      • 4

        swampie said,

        Heh. Neither. It was a relay that had gone screwy and was sending varying amounts of voltage back to the fuel pump. Since the relay was clicking on and off like it was supposed to, and fuel was getting through (the time we checked), we ass-u-me-d that it was okay. D’OH! Plus the relay was shutting off prematurely, something we didn’t know until I actually had my watch on to time it.

        SwampMan had to drop the drive shaft and a (full) gas tank to access the fuel pump and check the voltage. Fuel pump worked great hooked up directly to battery, not so much at the fuel tank where varying amounts of voltage were getting through.

        So it was all because of a $10 part (and, since we already had the damn thing apart, we went ahead and replaced the fuel pump anyway because we didn’t want to have it fail later).

        On the bright side, SwampMan has a whole new ignition system!

      • 5

        no2liberals said,

        WHOO-HOO!
        At least y’all have the satisfaction of gittin’herdun.

    • 6

      kcduffy said,

      Turned out perfect even though it got done well before my “predicted” time. Gave me plenty of time to make get the dressing baked & make gravy – which turned out SOOO good. Good Friend Lynn brought pie for Duffy & Chris – she makes a coconut creme pie that they would sell their souls for. Now, I’m part way through the dishes.

      What a fun day!

      Swampie, I’m with SwampMan on the preference for non-computerized trucks. Life was so much simpler before my vehicle was required to have sensors and converters and warning lights and all that happy crap. I appreciate a gas gauge and a temp gauge and the oil pressure gauge…but the gas gauge on my truck is the only one that works, so I guess I don’t appreciate ‘em MUCH.

      I’m sure the turkey’s will be that price again for Christmas, will let you know when I find out!

      • 7

        swampie said,

        Yummy! We’ll probably get pizza tonight on account of we’re both pretty dang tired.

        SwampMan and I have the *fixed* (woohooo!) truck put back together. It only destroyed every single freakin’ day off we had over the weekend! On the plus side, I don’t have to get up an hour earlier in the morning in order to go in the opposite direction from my job to get SwampMan to work

      • 8

        kcduffy said,

        And that IS a plus!


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