Saturday, February 3, 2018

Back to Mud.

We had several inch's of snow but it warm up Wednesday night and started raining, rained most of Thursday and Friday. So it's sloppy out that with mud and really soft ground. Still some ice and frozen ground under that so it really makes things interesting. The winds been roaring all night and still is.

Yesterday was get fire starters made day as we had used the last one that morning from last year. So 358 fire starters later and one emergency candle later I was done. We collect old candles to use for this. And with having chickens we had left over pine shavings from raising chicks last year.
 The candle here may look big but it's a small can from canned clams like a tuna fish can size. Will give heat and light. I just used want was left form making the fire starters. Pine shavings and candle wax.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Snow, Fog, Frost, Wind, Mud, Fog, Frost, Rain, Ice, Snow, Fog, Frost, Ice, Mud, Repeat

Our weather sure has been up and down. This winter has been a lot like the winter of 2004-2005.

Last night we ended up with around 8 inches of snow and it is supposed to warm up today to around 43. So lots of melting and then mud over ice. Makes for interesting times in the chicken yard.
 Neighbors animals

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Hope all will have a better year then the one just ending.

Gee whiz that year went by pretty quickly. Wasn't it just the other day and we were heraldling in the 21 century? Sure seems like it.
This is what we looked like that last of December and 1st week of January.
 Taken just as the sun was coming up over the back hills and trees.
 Jan. 1st week. melting and fog then freezing fog. And a yard and driveway of ice.

The moon pic was through the bathroom window at 3AM with tummy problems.

The temperatures have been in the 30's during the day the last 3 or 4 days and the ice is melting slowly. Rained a gully washer last night. Hubby is thinking he might be able to work on the greenhouse some more if the weather will be like this for a few more days.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

A very Merry Christmas to everyone.

Nearly another year come to an end.

Bear and Lily helping me sand a walking stick. Yep big helps lol NOT.

Grandson came up and helped work on the farm truck, it needed new glow plugs. It didn't look like they were EVER replaced. One got stuck but it is fixed and the truck starts so much easier and in colder temperatures than it ever did before. yes we paid for the parts and gave him some extra for the work and help.

I even managed to get some Zucchini dried for winter soups and so on. After it was all dry it all fit in 2 quart sized bags that I put in vacuumed sealed bags.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Eleven Years in the Making

Yes, something we talked about 11 or so years ago was about building some kind of greenhouse for some of our crops like tomatoes and etc. We have such a short growing season we can hardly get any to the ripe stage before frost hits us again. Then we try to ripen other ways and some do and some don't and we lose a lot.

So with the sale and incentives at Home Depot for 18 months same as cash we went ahead and bought the stuff needed to build it. We do this from time to time, get it paid off and then get the next project going.

The south back wall of the garage will be its back wall.

We hope Thanksgiving went well for all. We went to a son and daughter in laws J and J's down in the valley. Not as many came as normal but at least we got to see a few of the grown children their spouses and some of the grands and great grands. Here is 5 generations. (I look at myself as the great grandmother and say: Oh gads is that me lol)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Oct 30th 2017 Almost Nov. Already

Here we go already to another day and it is November. Almost another year said and done with. Dh has spent the last week pretty ill but is a bit better today. Of course he is lamenting all the work he has missed getting done with being sick and we haven't even gotten down to the post office to mail out a birthday card toa grandgirl whose birthday is Nov. 1st.

The week before we did manage to get some more jams made, peach, plum and blueberry.

Last week dh also got a couple of our burn piles burned while it was wet yet. We are supposed to have another change of weather this Wednesday. Rain, colder and then snow/rain for a few days. It was 26 deg. F at 8:30 am and the highs will be in the 40's today. Else everything has been on hold.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Winter is Upon Us, Grandson Married and Turkeys in the Freezer

It snowed on us two days last week but melted off, but the cold temps and snow made the trees start giving up their leaves but good.

The guest mules went home to be pack mules last week. 

Our next to oldest grandson and girlfriend got married on the 4th. She was so nervous she started laughing. Cute to say the least. A very small ceremony at the courthouse.

Granddaughter was up here the week before as school was out for 2 days. Her and grandpa made a birdhouse  and they put it on the side of the lean-to off of the garage. Then she painted it.

They also found a garter snake under the house which she thought was great.

We had a fire not far from us last week as well, we think they were just burning the underbrush.

Also the cattle were moved on down the road from the upper pastures.

We helped son D to can his apples into applesauce and canned apples. Made 38 quarts worth from one of his trees.

He was a great help to his father and helped his dad put particleboard on both sides of the deck to keep the snow from blowing in and around unto the deck.

Then they filled the wood rack back up. He was only here one evening and a day.

The turkeys made their way into the freezer this last Saturday morning. The neighbor came over to help.

He also helped put the tables away.

The turkeys were 37, 41 and 47 pounds.