Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Tuesday couldn't get here fast enough. Well, not that I don't like weekends, with the hubby home to help around the place... but THIS Tuesday sends the "promise" of rain. Not that we really NEED rain, but personally I need rain. Rain = rest. If it is raining, I can't go out and pull weeds, or move dirt, or fix fencing, or get firewood. Oh, there are a lot of things I need to get done...but today, I NEED rest. This morning after chores I stopped at my little strawberry bed...and It really is little. Only about 4 x 6 but boy oh boy can that little bed hold a LOT of strawberries! Yesterday we had company come out, a friend with her 2 boys. I let them pick from the strawberry bed. And my Son Robert came out with the 3 grand kids...they too picked from the strawberry bed...but that didn't stop this little bed from giving its all. This morning I picked these!
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Oh boy! The weather has been PERFECT for working in the garden and making sun tea. Our first jug of the year. Oh boy, it really hit the spot today! Yesterday I started in the small garden, mounding up the taters. They look so much better. I noticed today, they are starting to bloom already! Wow.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
So, last night at 10:30 I had that feeling, better check on the goats. Ever get that feeling?? You KNOW you just HAVE to go do it. Good thing I did as Mini had her head stuck in the fence, but good! She poked it through, THEN, poked it back through the other way in a different hole! She was looking like a goaty pretzel. *sigh* So, I was just fed up with pulling her out of the fence all day yesterday, and really scared she would break her silly neck. So... I grabbed a piece of 1X1 and some wire, and took care of THAT problem. When I went out this morning I wasn't sure what I would find. At first, she didn't greet me at the fence, bawling like usual. My first thought... NOW WHAT!??? By the time I got into the barn, she had run out, but peeked around the door at me.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Today was a busy day...well. sorta. I spent a LOT of the day freeing one of the goats from the fence line, 8 times! Can we say.....persistent little booger!?? Mini is the shy one...but today her and I had a lot of "us time" When I went out to do evening chores...I freed her from the fence. The time it took me to walk to the gate, and get on the outside, she was stuck again! I get her out of the fence....talked to her about our "situation" and when I turned to walk away, she stuck her head in the fence AGAIN! Grrrrr, G O A T S !!!!! After dark, I figured.... they will settle down and sleep....she should be OK for the night. About 10:30 pm, I had this feeling....better go check the goats...and yep.... stuck again!! Except this time she REALLY did it. She put her head through, then somehow, brought it back through a different hole. Double stuck! THATS IT! After I got her out, I went and picked out a 12 inch long piece of 1 x 1 and got some thin wire and fixed her up good! Oh, she looks goofy, but I don't think she will be able to get her silly head through the fence. I didn't get pictures, too dark. I will get pics in the morning. I could hear the other goats laughing at her as I walked away. Serves her right!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Ever have one of those days.... where you pitter around seemingly mindless only to realize WOW, you actually got quite a bit done today. ? That was me today. Started with cleaning the wood stove and getting a fire going with coffee in hand. It was 36 degrees this morning. I wanted to go out and check on the gardens...but then again, I didn't want to see the possible destruction. So, I sat down with my coffee for a bit. After 2 cups of good coffee I just had to get outside and feed the critters. Walking to the barn, I saw that Mini decided to stick her head through the fence, you know.. * the grass is always greener* Well, she was not dehorned and getting her head back out is quite the challenge. So, she was standing there, bawling to me to save her. Funny thing about goats being stuck in a fence, OK, not really funny...but to get them out, you have to PUSH their heads back through. Ever push on a goats head?? They push back! So, I am struggling to push her free from the fence, and she is pushing back against me. *sigh* Took a few minutes...but I finally got her free. On the way back from the barn, I stopped at the big garden....everything looked good. No frost damage. YAY! Spent a little time in there pulling weeds...all better now. After chores I decided to make us a "late breakfast" Fuel for the day. Bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy was on the menu. opened a jar of our blackberry jelly to top off the warm biscuits. Cleaned the kitchen and with a full tummy settled in with another cup of coffee. :) Wasn't long before I decided to head out. Hubby headed to the back yard where the grass was almost a foot tall. The push mower decided to quit on us, so hubby used the weed eater on it. Luckily it is not a BIG yard. Once he finished, I raked it up and shared it between the pigs and the goats. They sure did appreciate it. Then I moved into Elvis's yard, where these weeds had tried to take over. He had a skinny little path in there from the front to the back. Only took me about 30 minutes, but I pulled them all out, and shared them between the geese and the pigs. Next, moved to the front porch where I have these little wooden barrels on each side of the front door. I put plastic flower pots in them, put Styrofoam in the bottom of the pots then filled with dirt, topped off with potting soil and planted a few yellow Merigolds in them. I also put in some Zinnia seed. Should be pretty once they get growing and filling in.
Holy frozen gardens batman!! Woke this morning to 36 degrees!!! Yes, we are in the middle of May...or...did I sleep a looooooong time and it is fall already?? *checks pantry* Nope, still not full, so it IS the middle of May. Had to put a fire in the wood stove...the furnace is OFF for the year....and I really do not care what temp Mother Nature throws at us. I REFUSE to turn the furnace back on! And people think I am *crazy. Mother Nature...come on already!!! One of my momma ducks outside has babies....3 more setting nests. I hope this cold snap didn't mess those up! I will sit here with my coffee....watching the fire....keeping it going...waiting on the temps to warm up a bit before I go out to assess the damages. Can you believe in 3 days, we are supposed to be close to 90?? THREE DAYS!! No wonder people are getting sick. *Grabs blanket and coffee, grumbles*
Friday, May 16, 2014
So, after the few days of heat and humidity.... Mother Nature gave us a "cool down" Tonight is supposed to be in the upper 30's! I really am hoping this is the last of the cooler temps. We have so much on our plate this summer, I need to get started soon! I tried working on the goats cabin the other day. The girls had torn down the inside panels and I had to nail them back up, just a temporary fix. I plan to tear it all out this summer and do it all over. So, while I was trying to get it done, Lulu one of the little doe's decided she needed to "help". She quickly grabbed the hammer, and took off like a shot. Oh boy, she really keeps me on my toes! She is one of those , in your face and space goats. So nosey. So, I took off after her to retrieve my hammer. This turned into a "keep away from mom" game. After I got my hammer back, I finished the cabin repair....not as quickly as I wanted to. Lulu was in my face, tugging on my jacket... putting her silly little nose where I was trying to hammer. I tried to keep her busy with a flake of hay but she lost interest quickly. Today when I went out to do evening chores I noticed Lulu was limping on her front left. So, I clipped on the short leash and proceeded to lead her to the barn. You would have thought I was leading her to slaughter! Oh boy, she protested the whole way. A hand full of grains and we were on the way. The best way to a goats heart IS the tummy. I put her on the stanchion and started inspecting her leg and foot. Nothing seemed out of order however I decided that since I had her there, now would be a good time to trim her hooves. SHE on the other hand did not agree. After a bit of fussing and playing tug of war, I was able to get her trimmed. They were not bad, not bad enough to make her limp, so I will have to watch her over the next few days and see how she is doing. Once the weather decided it really IS time to warm up, I am sure we will jump right into the near triple digits. This is why I am trying to get all of the garden mulched over well.. to keep it from drying out and to minimize my work of needing to water or pull weeds. The strawberry plants are loaded this year. I can't wait to have that first few farm raised strawberries. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Lazing in the hammock with a big bowl of fresh strawberries and a ice cold glass of tea...HA! Who am I trying to kid? Most likely that first strawberry will be eaten on my way to get started on another project. Once we get through this cool night, we should be in the clear. I am ready to get this summer started... are you!?
Monday, May 12, 2014
Gardening is in full swing here. How about where you are!? We are nearly all planted...and most everything is coming up great! It won't be long now until we will be sinking our teeth into fresh tomato's....tasting the fresh green taste of green beans. Little round red jewels of beets...Pickled to perfection, chilled overnight with a few hard boiled bantam eggs...just bite size balls of yum! Here are a few pictures from a couple days ago. The green beans...coming right along....
Monday, May 5, 2014
Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest...and while I DO try to rest...there is always "something" to get me up and going. Yesterday was another planting day. Hubby and I got outside after I finished morning chores....and started in the small garden. You might remember, I planted 3 rows of potato's in there a few weeks ago?? Then I left the gate open and the chickens said " thank you for the new dusting area, and all of the compost to scratch in" *sigh* So last week I replanted potato's...in the BIG garden. Well....yesterday's plan was to get the small garden cleaned up again, to plant beets. I started pulling the clover that was trying to take over...and throwing it to the pigs. Oh boy were they happy! Once I finished pulling the clover...I realized that there are 2 rows of potato's for the most part untouched by those pesky chickens. Ooops! Looks like we will have PLENTY potato's....if all goes well. So, the hubby got out the tiller, and tilled the rest of the small garden...and I planted beets. 3 rows of red beauties! Then I replanted the "bare spots" in the potato rows... and CLOSED THE GATE! LOL After we cleaned up from that...we finally put up the hammock. Oh yeah....a place to relax....when there is time. Of course we just HAD to test it out.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
With the days getting warmer...I am all giddy inside. I can spend more time outside...and less time building a fire in the wood stove. YAY! The mornings are still a little crisp...being in the 40's however the days are warming up quickly. I think today I will try to get the hammock put up, and spend some time relaxing. After all..it IS Sunday...time to rest...right? Now to get the morning chores done...and grab a book... Have a great day everyone!
Friday, May 2, 2014
So, how are things going in your neck of the woods? Here on this little farm, there has been a planting frenzy going on. Yes....maybe we are a little early on some things, however, I just NEEDED to get in the dirt. Last weekend the hubs fired up the lawn tractors and I fired up my green thumb. And directly jammed a piece of last years corn stalk into it. As we were clearing out the old stalks, a piece broke off into my thumb. The importance of wearing gloves.... don't try to be tough...just wear them!