Sunday, August 21, 2016

Here we are near the end of August 2016

Been busy as usual this month. Dave has been hauling split wood into the wood shed. The neighbor Matt and a couple of his boys helped take a load off the truck. Matt came over the next evening and helped load and unload a truck full into the shed. Makes the work goes faster. Dave did 2 loads by himself. It is three quarters full at this point.
Our new batch of layers have just started to lay pullet eggs. We got six little eggs today.

The turkeys are growing well and like the mules like the tiny apples that fall off the old apple tree when I give them some.
Hubby named this big boy Big Foot because he claims everything by putting his foot on it.
The lead mule thought the camera was something to eat. I guess she didn't think the 2 carrots and the couple of apples were enough of a treat.

We were witnesses for the neighbor couple when they got married earlier in the month. Are we getting old or what?

My publisher CreativeTexts got Ruby's Time Out up all edited and ready to buy but right now the kindle and the paperback are on two different pages.

Has Ruby been transfered back in time or to a whole other universe?

Kindle version:

Paperback book:

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Been A While Again.

It's been pretty busy around here the last few weeks.

We managed to get 7 cords of wood split but they need to be stacked in the woodshed yet.

We went camping down on the Grande Ronde not far from the Snake River for a 3 and 1/2 days. Yes I know we're up in the boonies but when home we feel we just have to get more of the work accomplished and it was good for hubby to have a break from the work he has to do around here.

Volcanic rock on top

Hubby has also been helping the neighbor put up some more fencing and trying to work on ours as well.

It has been pretty hot here and so we waited for 5PM for it to cool off and then went up to our wooded area to cut down a couple of dead trees and he cut them up as well. We still have a couple more to go. But they will be taken down another day.

It was good to get back to the house and get a shower with all the wood debris, sawdust and bugs sticking to us.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

48 Deg. Today, New G Grand Girl, Paleo Banana Bread

For proof of our temperatures here you go. I like being cool but don't expect temps like this the 2 ed week of July. We have had some wonderful rains this weekend which is the up side. I is so nice to have a green yard and fields instead of brown dry crunchy grass.
We worked on splitting wood the last few days as winter will be upon us before we know it and that wood shed needs filled. I normally operate the splitter.

Saturday 9 July we did another pile just like this one.

The pieces of the metal shed that will be up behind all this is still sitting on the barn. We were hoping to be able to get it up this year but the foundation (footers) need to be put in first and it just hasn't worked out to be able to do so as yet.

We don:t have a picture yet but another great grand girl was born this morning at 9:39. She was 1 &1/2 months early but was still 4 pounds, 14 oz. named Andee. Grand daughter S had to be flown to Spokane WA yesterday when the contractions started. But so far both are doing well.

Paleo Banana Bread:
3 smashed up banana's
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 beaten eggs
1 to 2 tablespoons maple sryup or 1 of honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 table spoons extra virgin olive oil or oil of your choice
2 cups non gluten baking flour (I get ours at Costco)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
Preheat oven to 350 deg. Grease bread pan with coconut oil or butter. Dust with your flour. Pour in your batter and smooth even. Slide into the oven and bake 55 minutes. If your oven runs a little hotter check with knife at 50 min. Mine is a little slower so I have to bake 1 hour.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Chickens in the Coop

Yep the chickens have been transferred down to the coop and are even walking out unto the ramp lol. It's a whole new world for them.

We went to the 4th of July breakfast yesterday at the Chapel. It went well and had a very good turn out. Over 100 folks.

Today is busy, we have mowing to do and lots of odds and ends chores.

We just shook out all the rugs and the dog blankets getting ready to wash them. See odd chores alright. They really have to be done after being on the front porch with the dogs for months, yuck. Then sweep. The little chores always get put off when big ones come along.

Here is the spinach I have growing in a large pot on the front deck. It is growing well. Pot gardens do work well for some vegetables.

Monday, June 27, 2016

And Back To Summer

We are back to summer temperatures again today. I know it isn't as hot as others get to but mid 80's to low 90's is hot to us up here. The four summers before this one we never reached 90 once. This is more normal. I don't mind the lower temps, when it gets over 80 I feel like I am melting. But most others like it.

On Friday hubby cleaned out the chicken coop and tore out the old floor and began to put the new one in. The chickens didn't like it one bit.

K was pretending she was a chicken. Can you tell it was a cool day?

We have all the Cornish X-Rocks butchered. Very good to have that over and done and them sitting in the freezer.
The neighbor came over to learn and help. His daughter also helped with a couple of the birds, plucking them and gutting one. She figured it was a good time to learn.

I also dunked in boiling water and plucked, grand girl K was here and she ran around taking pictures.
 K's pic's below :)

All in all it was a successful couple of days but tiring. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sandy has passed

My sister in law after a decade long battle from brain cancer has passed on, she was one brave, strong woman to endure all that she did.

Hard to write anything else :( but I will try.

My mother had back surgery yesterday. She had a disintegrated disc in her lower back and they fused the ones below it. She had been in severe pain for months and kept sending her to the pain clinic for shots and etc. Then they finally looked to see what was really wrong, when that is the first thing they should have done. Sheesh.

The weather was cool last week 50's and low 60's and this week it is mid to high 70's. Next week we are supposed to be back to the 80's again, bleck.

We have been working in the garden, weeding you know. never ending.

Sometime this week we will be butchering the meat birds. I don't know if we will do them all in one day but most likely all 24 of them.

That hail again.
The nearly golf ball sized hail did a real number on our trees. There go the apples this year and it shredded our 2ed growth of rhubarb to pieces. The maple trees also look pretty bare now.
The State shop had windshield smashed out of the trucks and dented things up real well. They are 2 and 1/2 miles away and the hail was even larger there.

Over and out for now.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Cold, Hot ,Cold and a Wedding

We spent 4 days way to hot for us 90's. But yesterday it cooled back down and today it was a whole 50 degrees. But it made for baking being a lot more comfortable.

Wednesday we had large hail. Hubby's hand. Here is one of them.

Made some non gluten dishes and a banana bread for those at the reception that can't have regular noodles or flour.

Daughter Ch and An are getting married tomorrow Saturday at 11 am. in Clarkston WA. Then a reception out in Pomeroy, Washington. 

Here's the cake I just finished for them. She didn't want fancy, so this is what they are getting. He is a Vet. They both like trucks, cross bows and etc. He likes motorcycles as well.

I also finished the baby quilt a couple weeks ago for the new great grand girl that will come in August. Kept it simple.
The meat birds and turkeys are now down in their big pen. That was a chore transferring them from the barn. 24 Cornish X-Rocks and 5 turkeys.