Wednesday, July 30, 2014
These last few mornings we have awakened to temps in the high 40's and low 50's. It IS JULY! Wow. Personally I love these temps. However, the garden is not liking it so much. Everything is slow to ripen. By now I should be elbow deep in tomato's and green beans. Nope, so far I have only put up 4 quarts of sauce and 9 pints of green beans.
Monday, July 14, 2014
It is hard to believe that we are in the middle of July already. Whew! The gardens are coming along pretty good. I picked a few tomato's already...and we had our first helping of fresh green beans the other night. oh boy....they were sooo good! Cucumbers are coming on great as well. I just LOVE fresh cucumbers. And, they couldn't have started coming on at a better time. The last week of July, and the first week of August, I will be working out at MUTC again. Us civilians will be injured from some sort of catastrophe, ie: tornado, dirty bombs etc. We will get wounds and dirt on us... put in areas of the base that have been "blown up" and then "rescued" by the military. We are supposed to "act" the best we can. Crying, screaming for help, begging for water or food or medical assistance. I really enjoy it. However, it will be hot...and we have to walk between 2 to 5 miles, carrying our back packs with our 3 changes of clothes, water shoes, bottles of water and our lunches. The company we work for supplies everything for us. I have to admit, I have been told I am pretty good. I can cry real tears when I need too. The pay isn't much to talk about, however these 8 days of work will pay for my winter hay, propane, getting the dog neutered and maybe a dinner out. I will be taking fresh cucumber slices to munch on while out in the field. I will most likely make a tomato and cucumber salad as well. It will make for some long days... doing chores and milking at 4:30 am so I can be there by 05:30. Then getting home at 6:30 ish and doing evening chores, milking, getting a shower, grabbing a bite to eat and off to bed. We will work 4 days, have a few days off, then work 4 more. This is going to be perfect since the tomato's will be coming ripe as well as the green beans. I will have a few days to get the canning done. Since Suzie lost her kid, she has been acting strange. Oh, I know she was mourning for a bit, but for the last 2 days she has not wanted to eat her feed. She is eating hay...and licking her baking soda...and drinking water. So, today I wormed them. Maybe the stress is causing a worm infestation. Could be the heat. Could be that she has Congested udders. I have been giving her messages of peppermint oil after each milking, and I gave her fresh mint a few times. The one side is all better but the left side is still pretty firm. Hoping I can get it worked out soon. I know it must be painful. My poor gal. The 7 little pigs are doing great. I just love to watch them run around in the pen, and push dirt with those tiny little noses. I haven't had time to work on their pen yet, and now we are getting rain. Much NEEDED rain! I need to keep my nose to the grindstone to keep up with everything here. I can do it... I will just imitate Thomas the Train.... I think I can, I think I can.... then after the growing season is over... I knew I could, I knew I could!!
Friday, July 4, 2014
So, I headed out this morning to battle the chicken wire...but first.... morning chores... feeding, watering, opening pens and doors. On my way to the barn I stopped to pick an armload of tall weeds for the goats to munch on. As usual... Mini and Lulu met me with screams..... I drug them over to the fence for Abby and Suzie... where is Suzie? She didn't come out of the barn!?? My heart started racing.... I ran through the barn and there she was. In her stall.. with a still born buckling. I grabbed him up and tried to get him to breath...but he was long gone. Poor Suzie. She bawled all day. I had no idea she was even pregnant. She didn't get fat.... didn't bag up... no changes at all! My heart breaks for her. She stands in the corner, calling for her baby. Soft whimpers. I brought her to the stand and milked her out. Didn't get much as she is already trying to get Mastitis. I spent an hour with her this morning, talking to her, brushing her, messaging her bags and trying to get her some relief. Nope, this was not a good 4th. After she calmed down, I headed to my task of getting that chicken wire down. It took me most of the day but I did win that battle. I also took the roof off of the goose house and replaced it with corrugated metal roofing. I stopped several times to go check on Suzie and give her some much needed lovin, so it took me until 4:30. By the time I went out for evening feedings... Suzie was out in the yard. I feel better knowing she should be OK. It feels good to get two more tasks finished. Tomorrow, in between giving Suzie more lovin and messages.... I plan to clean the barn and put that on the garden around the tomato's, and hopefully work on the pigs fence some more. While I was in the garden this afternoon I had noticed a few tomato's that were just about ready to pick. It was hard to not pick them. I want them to ripen on the vine. I can't wait to bite into a warm, fresh tomato! So now I get to sit back and relax....shower done, coffee done, dinner done. *sigh*
I mean... I think it is...yeah, the 4th of July. Then WHY am I sitting here with a blanket wrapped up around me?? Because it is 54 degrees out there, THATS why!! Oh, I am NOT complaining.... trust me! Todays weather::::: Mostly sunny, 75 for a high! 75!! On the 4th of July!! The hubby took off every Friday this month. This means 3 day weekends all month. LOVE it! We will be able to get a few things caught up here..... at least that's the plan! Today, I am tearing out chicken wire. Oh, I am sure I will have my battle scars to show for it. Me and chicken wire go way, way back. I hate it.... it hates me. Oh, there was a time when we were " best of friends" You know, years ago, when we first started this adventure here on Heavens Door Acres. I mean, it is cheap... flexible.. and easy to cut. Who wouldn't like it? I have learned that this stuff is alive... and vengeful. You cut it.... it cuts you! Oh, and that's not bad enough. Once you start cutting it... the battle is on! From then on.. every time you walk near it... it will reach out from several feet and grab a hold of you. It will tangle into your hair, rip your clothing and skin and when predators come lurking around... just for revenge, it will seemingly just open up and let them in. Yes, chicken wire and I go way back.. from friends... to foe's. So today... I am tearing it out. Adios amigo! GONE! I will for sure return from this battle bloody and worn out, but I will be the victor! By the end of the day we will both be lying in a bloody heap I am sure. But I WILL WIN!! BWAHAhahahaha! We will be replacing it with my NEW friend... Welded wire. Take THAT predators!! So I leave you now... I need to prepare for the day. Folgers in my cup, my long denim leg covers..my trusty wire cutting pliers...yes.. I am preparing for the battle of the chicken wire! ( wish me luck)
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
As usual... the first part of the canning season for us is pickled beets! I always plant way to few... so when it comes canning time, I cherish every one I can get. 4 pints done... one eaten already, so 3 in the pantry. I have a few more pints to do today. I will need to get these started early since we have a threat of severe weather coming in this afternoon.