December 2, 2013 at 3:33 am (Uncategorized)
This year’s Thanksgiving was awesome in MO. All the kids and their kids were here – the CA family were here the whole week which was great for the cousins to reconnect. The trucker son was able to be home for turkey day. We had lots of food, fun and laughter. I so enjoyed it.
We didn’t do much during the week – tours of the farm, Neosho, Granby and Monett. The grandsons (Austin & Ethan) stayed with us on the farm while mom and dad (Christine and Dave) had a break staying in town. Christine would come out for most of the day while Dave worked on his writing. Wayne and family came for tacos on Friday so it was a bonus as he was suppose to have been on the road.
Saturday was my big day and I couldn’t make a decision of what to do. But that decision was waylaid when my mom and younger sister walked into my house! OMGosh was I shocked! The tear faucet turned on. The big kids were in on the surprise but the farmer wasn’t so he was as surprised when I called him at work as I was! Man oh Man…what a secret to be kept!
Dinner Saturday was great with the whole family again (minus Mr. Pinson) with lots of teasing and laughing. My gifts were wonderful with a couple of surprises from my sister Kathleen and the Pinson family; the card from the farmer touched me. Thank you to all for making this a great holiday week/birthday!
November 12, 2013 at 3:14 am (Uncategorized)
I almost got caught! But the flashlight was bright enough to get the straw around my lantana pots. Since I worked hard to keep them alive during the heat, I sure am going to do my darndest to keep them alive during our winter. The CA fruit trees and Saga palms are in their winter housing for the next 4 months. At least it’s not 8 months long as it is for the Kilcher family!!
I think everybody/everything is as protected as best as it can be right now. I had an idea that the farm hand is going to work on during the warm hours of the day, over the next few days. The weather man is calling for more 20 temp nights next weekend - we will be prepared!
November 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm (Uncategorized)
we had to…..the farmer and I are not big fans of barbed wire around livestock, not to mention what can happen to the hands and arms. But since we had to rewire/stretch one side of a pasture (the farm hand did a great job) because Jack the horse would lean over for grass on the other side,
but we had to in order to keep everyone where they needed to be.
It will only take a couple of pokes in the neck before all that can lean over the woven fence, will stop doing it.
November 3, 2013 at 1:52 am (Uncategorized)
Since Gozy has been on the “See Food”diet….eat everything in sight we have been weight her every 7-10 days. She has been gaining and looking healthy – even has her winter coat started. But the accuracy of her weight was bothersome. See we only had the truck scale across the street to weigh with. The scale is set in 20 pound increments so we were excited when the scale would go up but weren’t sure the exact weight.
Since the farmer has been working retail at his new job, there seems to be soooo many things we could use!! One is a scale that is set at one pound increments. Gozy’s last weigh in was 940 on the truck scale – today she weighted 986 on our new scale!! She also is eating the mixed chopped hay again with her pellets that boosted her weight when we first started the program!
Our weight goal is almost met, but we will continue the feeding program- she can never eat too much.
October 27, 2013 at 10:12 pm (Uncategorized)
1) All nannies finally got their pedicure as did Cecil. Its been awhile so it was a bit of a back bender but the farmer held up!
2) Adjusted a pasture gate to keep one of the smaller goats from sliding under it.
3) Made a decision to let our oldest nanny pasture with the youngest goat. So we have 6 potential spring mommies – 3 are new to us this year; two are 2012 spring twins, and Minnie. Minnie is the only one we know has produced before so come the end of March/first of April could be a busy time next year.
4) Friday’s temperature drop killed the tomato plants so I pulled off all the green tomatoes to make green tomato relish – Farmgirl Fare recipe.
October 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm (Uncategorized)
1) Jerry’s new job started this week – works for MFA now – regular hours, regular work.
2) Both Jerry & Wayne passed their CDL tests and are official truck drivers. Jerry needs his for the new job and and Wayne is starting a new career.
3) Lee has done an awesome job restretching a pasture fence as well as finishing it off with hanging the gate.
4) Cecil the billy goat is visiting with the nannies for a month or so.
5) Whatever was bothering me last weekend finally has gone away; I feel normal.
October 9, 2013 at 12:44 am (Uncategorized)
I took a quilting class from a lady who shared how to make quilts from ‘noodles’. Now days the strips, depending on their width, are called jelly rolls, honey buns, etc. But that’s another post.
What she said in this class has stuck with me through the years and has kept my focus on my projects without becoming overwhelmed (haha)! She told the class if you have everything cut out (set up, cast on, etc) you can accomplish a lot in 15 minutes. So I have my knitting next to my spot on the couch, my library book is in the library for when I visit, my mini laptop is running 24/7 to ready blogs, the news, check the weather and Facebook. The only set up I don’t have fixed is my sewing machine. However it is close and takes 15 minutes to set up, pull out the latest project and sew for 15 minutes.
I have also found that it takes 15 minutes (give or take 5 more) to feed the livestock and 15 minutes to check my poultry (guineas and chickens) for food and water. So not only can I have 15 minutes of fun with my hobbies, I can be a 15 minute farmer!
September 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm (Uncategorized)
I am thankful this summer for
1) Walmart putting their pools on sale allowing us to have one this year. Its been very refreshing after working outside.
2) crock pot recipes I have found on the internet. Its less heat in the kitchen and keeps food warm until the farmer comes home.
3) the rain we have had that makes us have to cut hay, again. This is our second cutting of fescue grass; we have 78 round bales from the first one, plus the oat and wheat bales = can we say too much hay?
4) quilting in Fresno this year & seeing my sisters, daughter and her hubby, grandsons, all my extended family members, and my mom.
September 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm (Uncategorized)
Twelve to fourteen hr days x 7 days a week makes one tired (sometimes cranky) farmer. Looking forward to happy faces in October!
September 4, 2013 at 2:33 am (Uncategorized)
It started to be a great month with the llama birth but ended sadly. He wasn’t strong enough to nurse from mom who wanted him to do so badly. We have concluded he was a premie as well as he didn’t weigh more than a couple sacks of potatoes.
So I went on the hunt to improve our 2 llama herd. We have found a wonderful llama farm east of Springfield who had so many to choose from. We made some choices, and had a great educational, informative afternoon with a lady who has been raising llamas for 30 yrs. On the way home we planned out additional pastures and llama houses, giving up some crop land to this expansion.
All the new ladies have medium weight fiber and several have a suri fiber (corkscrew) background. It will be lots of fun the next few years!