Yes indeed! I wasn’t here for the excitement , so the story you are about to hear is coming to you second hand. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent. Unfortunately, I left my laptop at work -again- so I am typing on my phone which has minimal formatting options; please bear with me. Continue reading
Just taking a quick minute to let you know that we’re only doing a short post tonight because we hope to be able to report on the righting of the RCW tomorrow. If the weather can hold after the morning, Tom will be here to help us out. I’ll be in Scottsdale most of the day, so I won’t be able to be part of the excitement- but hopefully everything will go well. For now, we’ll just leave you with the weekend egg report and call it ok.
Until tomorrow, then, as always~ thanks for reading!
Today’s weather: Started off as a beautiful morning. Mostly clear and warming. Then clouds came over around 1:30 And we started experiencing scattered showers and some thunder. High today was 70. Currently, at 6:37 p.m., it is 53. We are expecting an overnight low of around 43. Rain off and on tonight until around 6 a.m.
Egg report: Saturday- zero goose, 0 duck, 23chicken. Sunday- zero goose, 1 duck, 9 chicken. Monday- zero goose, zero duck, 11 chicken.
“…my arm is complete again!” That’s a nod to Sweeny Todd, I use it for my friend John S. who enjoys quoting that line when he pulls out the carving knife, but also because it kind of describes how Sue feels to have the tractor back in it’s comfy spot in the garage. That’s Sweeny, to the right, I thought about superimposing a photo of the backhoe to his arm so that my reference might make more sense; then I decided that I’m probably one of two people that is going to get that anyway – so, meh. What the Trails West Tractors guy discovered was that a transmission seals was completely disintegrated and that was causing havoc in many systems, plus making a horrible noise. Luckily, it was still under warranty!!! So, Sue just had to pay some labor and cost for fluid, diesel for George’s truck that hauled it back and forth. It was so much better than we had feared! While the tractor was off getting checked out, we were using wheel barrows to move large quantities of wood chip compost, and it got old quickly. We’re now ready to get back to the regularly scheduled plantings that we need to finish. Monday is a holiday, so we might get quite a bit done now. Continue reading
Some days are really quite interesting on the farm. [Pardon me, I know we just barely got started but, I’ll be right back. We seem to have some dogs that are absolutely convinced that we have forgotten to feed them.- OK I’m back. Near death crises averted.] As I was saying… some days are particularly interesting. Sue generally has to deal with the immediate “interesting” because I’ve gone to work when things get going. Today was one of those interesting days; maybe you might say it was troublesome. Sometimes when one thing happens, it has an effect the rest of your plans for the day. Case in point… Continue reading
It’s a wild Friday night for someone, somewhere, I’m sure. Here – everyone’s a bed, but us. Sue’s catching up on the vlogs that she likes to follow and I’m taxing my brain with trying to come up with some type of cohesive thoughts for tonight’s blog. That brain thing just hasn’t been working lately. Suffice it to say, we’re not into wild Fridays around here. We’re not into wild weeks, or weekends either… just give me calm, quite, peaceful days and I’m happy. Thursday and Friday seemed to fall into those areas I guess. Continue reading
Monday I said that I was going to be gone; I’m in Phoenix at a workshop with the Arizona Association of REALTORS®, so I was holding back on what happened over the weekend. I’m sure you’re all wondering how it all went. Well, even if you’re not, I’m going to tell you anyway! We learned some things, we remembered some things, and we decided that we’d make some changes before we processed the RR#2’s. It was a really long day and we were just both so happy when everything was done and over. I won’t get into the nitty gritty of everything because we’ve already done that once and you can look it up on earlier posts if you want. There is still going to be some talk about the process, so if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing, you may want to just skip this post. Continue reading
So, today was preparation day. Tomorrow is processing day. Not a favorite day, but a necessary one. We’ll be processing 15 birds and Sue spent some time today setting up the accoutrements – as much as she could, out of the weather. It was rather a drizzly day today and you can’t leave the plucker and the scalder out in the weather – both electric, right, so just wouldn’t do. She’s got them set up in the car port and tomorrow we’ll put the kettle on for the scalder, lay down a tarp, hang up a tarp, gather some chickens and say some prayers. Continue reading
Someone asked me recently, “What are the chores that you’re always talking about?” So, I guess if you’re not familiar with farm life, you might not know what those entail. So I thought I’d just talk about what makes up chores here. When I was growing up, my brother and I shared in the chores. I remember that we fed the dogs and cats, when we had horses, we fed teh horses and cleaned their stall, we fed the rabbits, we may have fed the cows occasionally, but mom was usually milking and she would feed them at the same time. I think as I got older I would strain the milk and put it in bottles. Our chickens and ducks were in an aviary, so I don’t think we had to put them in, and I don’t really remember feeding them – but we would sometimes collect eggs. Mom kept track of what to do and when… if we had baby cows, mixing up the formula and giving them their bottles where often on the list. We didn’t do chores in the morning, unless it was the weekend, only in the afternoon/evening. For me it went: piano, homework, chores – then more homework if necessary. It’s different for us here though. Continue reading
Wednesday is our day to get back on track this week. I don’t mean that we were seriously off track, perhaps more that we’re getting everything in order again. I’m trying to keep the M-W-F blog schedule, so even if I’m late on one of the those days, I’m trying to make continue with the schedule the next day. We’re also back on track with our monthly egg donation to church. July was weird because the 1st Wednesday – when Sue usually goes in to help with food bank delivery and takes the 10% donation in – was on Independence Day so that didn’t work. I didn’t get back until the weekend and I think we ended up taking them in around the 9th. So that means that they received a big lot, but then today they received fewer because it was only a couple of weeks. Whatever… we’re back on track now. What other things are back on track? Continue reading
It was so hot, the chickens were laying hard boiled eggs! Ok, that’s not exactly true; however, the temperatures today were so much higher here than anticipated. We were looking at highs around 100 at last night’s forecast, but it is, right now, 108! So our plans have had to change a bit. It was in the mid 70’s when I left for work around 6:30 this morning, so I know it climbed really quickly. Keep reading for the updated plan. Continue reading