Today’s menu:

turkey brined for 18 hours (first time, hope it works!)

honey glazed sweet potatoes (one from this year’s garden; had to buy a couple for dinner… :( )

garlic potatoes with gravy (not from scratch)


stuffing with gravy (not from scratch)

rolls, olives – both black and green

cherry pie

pumpkin chiffon pie (recipe from a co-worker) (couldn’t use pumpkin from past garden as it’s a cold pie so there is pumpkin bread in the oven!)

Had to make one emergency trip to grocery store….all is good.  Now to feed the animals.

while the turkey cooks, i have my guild wreath to remake for the third time (should be correct this time!), my Fresno quilt, and a little cleaning for December guests.

Happy Turkey Day to all!!

Winter is around the corner

My thought process was to start getting ready for winter in October – chickens insulated, garden mulched, dog pens covered, windows insulated, etc.

Chickens are done this weekend, garden is basically done except the potato patch.  Pens and house windows are left.  The farm hand needs to get the water tanks set for electricity for the de-icers.

We should be ready!  Bring it on!

Where did they go?

My morning routine in recent months is to start the coffee pot, put on my glasses and a jacket and head out to feed the calves.  Last Thursday morning was no different except I don’t see them as I walk to their feed trough.  I see though that a panel or two had blown from the wind and their brushing up against it.

I rush the dogs back in the house, hollar at the farmer and take off to look for them.  I headed out towards the back of the property where the alfalfa is growing after helping the farmer get the fencing fixed.  The farmer headed the same way and spot them in the tree line.

From the time the calves were pastured, I have been able to call them to eat, and a couple of times in rounding them up.  So they know the lingo which the farmer used (head ’em up, move ’em out, come on little doggies).  We were able to get them back inside their area within 30 minutes of discovering they were out.  What a way to start the day!!

It’s Summertime

Well, I am getting into my summer mode – gardening, reading and knitting.  The garden is in full swing…still need to plant a few veggies which should be done by the Fourth of July weekend.  I do like my straw bales; I also have potatoes in a deep mulch patch.

I need to make my reading list and stop by the local library.  I still have a few Luann Rice books to read.

My knitting will be with cotton, replacing my dish and wash clothes. I may even be able to get a dish towel or two done in redwork.

Farm wise, the wheat crop will be harvested later than usual.  With all the wet days it has been too wet to drive the combine into the field without getting stuck.  Corn is coming along and soybeans will go in right after the wheat comes out.  Have 150 square bales from too small non hay fields…still have have hay to cut – again wet lands.  Calves are growing and in a small pasture behind the house.  Llamas have been sheared and seem to be cooler – the cut was real short so there is little protection from flies.  I have some a great product I can use on all animals for fly control as well as add it to all feed to help with parasites as well as the domestic animals.

Off to do evening feeding.

Still learning

I may have heard this fact in a class or a retreat, but I guess it didn’t stick.  I learned from a Nancy Notion’s video about 1/4″ seams that was posted on Facebook recently.  I did not know thread weight changed the width of the seam!  I use a quarter foot so I don’t mark my throat plate but I can move my needle.  I do remember my sister telling me about a scant 1/4″ but Nancy talked having seams being quilt show seams.  So I tried Nancy’s test, move my needle to accommodate using a 50 thread and voila!  a true 1/4″ seam!

Photo Sunday

Garden in progress

Garden in progress

Photo Sunday – Staying alive!


Orange & lemon trees and a saga palm moved from California in 2006…still going strong!

Miracle do happen

I have been told, have read it and have lived it,  When livestock go down, they don’t get back up.

My mama llama went down about 2 months ago.  The farmer was pessimistic about any recovery, the vet wasn’t very encouraging but I was determined to do anything and everything to bring her back.  I did with Gozy our senior horse that the grandgirls can ride/sit on.  So couldn’t it happen again.

It did…Coryn had been moving herself around the llama house on her back feet and her front elbows.  Noted in an earlier post, she did stand and walk a step or two.  Being that it was Saturday, I cleaned out the llama house, left the slider open so the ground could dry out and left to work in my potato patch after going into the house for a drink.

From the kitchen, I saw Coryn had moved herself outside, rolling around on the ground.  She was using her back feet and elbows to relocate but was outside in the sunshine.  Later while working in the potato patch, I saw her up on all fours!

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The rest of the afternoon she wandered around the pasture.  We corralled her back into the llama house so she could eat privately and be protected from the elements.  Game plan is to feed her in the morning, let her out for the day and back in the house for the night.

Miracles can, and do happen!

Quite a few weeks ago, my mama llama went down.  She was a standoffish llama where I couldn’t corral her with others to be able to eat separate from the goats.  So I know she was short changed on feed at times and more so when she became was nursing.  We were able to get her into the llama house when the rain came (so this has been going on since March).  We kept all others out, we gave her a shavings floor and had the vet come out.  Blood results were ok, parasites were evident but I had wormed her and she was very thin.  Prognosis wasn’t good but I dug in.  Fed her two to three times a day; gave the medication left by the vet, added alfalfa to her diet; then watched and waited.  Somehow she was moving herself around on her ‘elbows’ and ‘knees’.  Soon Coryn would get up on her back feet and move around still using her ‘elbows’.  Depending on where she was in the house would determine the speed she would get up.

Tonight while resetting her food and water dishes, I knew she needed to move as she was basically in same spot that she was in this morning.  I moved in to help the front end move, she got her back end up and I had to take a double take – she was standing on all fours! and moved a few steps!!  Then back to the crouch.

I am estatic and look forward to walking out there to see her standing waiting for me to let her out into the pasture!

Photo Sunday

This year’s garden layout.


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