Welcome to I hope you enjoy my blog. I have links to the books I have written posted here. Along with a few family history links. I have projects we have done and are doing. Some ideas on food storage recipes and other hints. Along with our homestead chatter and crafts.
We managed to get the 5 cords we paid for and hoping we will be able to get another permit for at least another 5 cords. This was the last batch we brought home Wednesday evening.
I am so looking forward to next week and cooler temperatures. It was supposed to be like 85 tomorrow but I just saw they raised the temps for tomorrow to 91. Monday will be around 80 degrees F. yay verily yay. :) The Lewis/Clark Valley has been 100 to 106. Last time I was down there it was 101. Even that isn't as hot as the valley has seen in past summers but that is hot enough. I finished my walking stick this past week.
We have been getting a lot of smoke from the fires up north and we're almost as south east as you can get in WA. The further you go north the worse it is of course. I really feel for all those so much closer to the fires and sure pray they get them under control soon. Some days are worse with the smoke. The long range weather forecast shows smoke coming our way with those north winds all through this coming week as well.
There are supposed to be mountains back behind the tree line.
So far all we have managed to get in is 1 cord of wood for winter but a better start than some years when it is so dry. We are under a burn ban and it is brown and crunchy out there.
I am feeling better thank goodness. I lost July pretty much between sinus pressure headaches at the beginning of July and a bad cold shared with me at the end of the month.
I have been trying to work on a walking stick and it has been slow going.
I think I have all the family ancestors that I can find for one of my 1st cousin's wife. We will have to buy a new ink drum for the printer so I can print her pedigree sheets off. :)
One of her line goes back to the 1600's as well and a Montauk Sachem Wyandanch with a wonderful painting of him that was done.
I know we may not get as hot as some places like the Lewis/Clark Valley 3,000 for down but this is hot for us. We got to 100 F. today and yesterday. It only stayed there about three hours and then dropped back into the 90's. It is down to 80 now at almost 8PM. Even the dogs wanted inside out of it. Tomorrow it's supposed to be a couple of degrees cooler. I did manage to get a table top cloth made today as I stayed inside most of the day.
We also rearranged the living room last week. We don't have much choice but it's a little different. Also cleaned up and redid the old cup, tea pot and book shelf. A few of the books on the second shelf up are from the late 1800's up to the 1940's.
Tomorrow no matter what we have to get some outside work done. Dh isn't looking forward to all the weed eating that needs done. I hope he takes it in increments so his back won't hurt to much.
So nice to have the one clothes line T welded back together. My dh made these out of 4 inch pipe in 1994 and we dug them up when we moved and concreted them in here to use as well. So good to have it back to normal.
Borrowed welder. We had to haul it over and around to the front yard via the fields with a robe tied to it that I steadied it with so it wouldn't swing.
I want to wish everyone a very Happy 4th of July. A big thank you to all our ancestors that fought for our freedom. Also a big Thank you to those that have and still do.
The last part of the new fence that had to go up is being finished. A tree had to be gotten out of the way first and now the way is clear for the fence.
Our friends mules are here enjoying the pastures and they just love to run in the upper field. They will be in the lower field maybe today when the fence is finished. They run up to the gate and have to stop right now and look at us like come on we used to run over there!
We did a Bug Out Bag class also called a BOB and or 72/96 hour kit a week ago. Information booklets were made up and handed out. Along with some tasting of dried foods.
The fencing around the place is being worked on. The upper field fence was cut by what must have been a poacher getting something out of our field. So that has been repaired and of course there was more to it then that as a fence brace had to have the post concreted in and a cross post put in. Monday we are hoping to get the brakes put on the farm truck. A grandson is coming up to help which is nice. Today I cut chives and I picked asparagus. Will cut one of the rhubarb patches next week. I have frozen fruit that is thawing and will also be canned up next week.
With the weather starting to warm up Lilli was just way to hot. She also needed a good cleaning after the winter. her undercoat was just too thick. She is now wearing one of my t-shirts as it was a cool day again here today. But she just loved being free of all that hair. She was acting a lot sprier. The first pic is from this last Feb.
I did get a couple of pictures of the blooming trees. Magnolias.