Sunday, March 25, 2012

Twice in one month!

Can it be true? Two posts in one month! Wow! ha ha
As usual always busy here.
It's been snowing off and on for awhile. And if it isn't snowing, well, it's raining! Oh, there have been some days of neither rain or snow, but not too many.

See this chainsaw? Well guess who has been using it to help cut that big ole of logs? Yup, me! Since this is the small chainsaw it is perfect for me. I cut the smaller ends of the log pile. Have to say, I enjoy it a lot! By the time we are done cutting the logs, between lifting a 120 pound bale of hay everyday and using the chainsaw, I am going to have some muscles!  

This is what we have cut so far from the log pile.

This is just one pile of cut up logs.

My Auntie Bar sent up a pair of red striped overalls! Now I really look like a farmer, or wood cutter or..... 
I was finally able to save up enough to buy two blankets for the girls. I love clearance sales! Here is AJ in her new jammies.

Pewter isn't too thrilled about her blanket. Don't think she likes looking like a safety horse with her bright neon orange blanket. Oh, want to hear something funny? Since her blanket is very visible, the neighbors have given directions to their places to friends by using Pewters blanket. They tell their friends that when they see the horse with the safety orange blanket on to turn down the next driveway on the right.

Well, Little Inger is now an official house chicken. She has been having trouble getting egg bound. She was getting warm baths and getting blowed dried, spending a few days in my room in a crate until I knew she was okay to go back out to the coop. She would be fine for awhile, then it would happen again. I always make sure there is grit and oyster shell available as well as daily fresh water and food. Yesterday when I went into the coop to collect eggs I couldn't find her. Then I found her wedged almost upside down between a wall and a nest box. When I got her unwedged and put her on the floor she couldn't walk. After a few minutes she started walking like she was drunk. I figured her legs fell asleep so gave her a bit more time to get the blood circulation going. As I sat there watching her she kept very close to me. Well, enough is enough so she is now a house chicken. I will take her outside to get exercise and scratch around then back in the house she will come.  Oh, to bathe and blow dry Little Inger it takes me an hour. A lot longer than giving the dogs a bath and drying them off! Can you tell I love this little chicken!  

Grace's mom finally bought a car. Yay! Now I don't have to drive her to and from work anymore which frees about about an hour for me everyday.

Not sure if you are aware of this, but there are horse haters who are pushing to open slaughterhouses to slaughter horses! There is one planned for Oregon as well as other states. Yup, you can bet we ( the ones who are against it) are having our voices heard. There are so many lies, answer dodging, excuses from the folks who want to slaughter horses that their argument for slaughtering horses is getting weaker.

Oh, oh on a happier note. My oldest daughter bought me a Fire Kindle! I have to say I LOVE it! It is amazing! I have been downloading free books for three days now in between taking care of Grace, getting daily chores done, etc.... Did I mention I LOVE the Kindle Fire! lol

Alright, enough for this post. Watch out, I just might make it three posts in one month!

Until next time..........................

Friday, March 9, 2012

Lots going on.

Yes, I know it's been forever once again. Ugh.
As usual there has been lots going on.

We had a log truck of logs delivered to use as firewood next winter. Now we have to cut all the logs into much smaller pieces that will fit into the wood stove, load it up then stack it so it can season the rest of the year until we need it.

Jennifer, my oldest daughter, rescued a Boxer about three weeks ago. The day she rescued him from a very busy road she sent me a picture of him and my first thought was he looks like a Marvin. She and I and the vet she works for put up found ads, called the shelters, etc, looking for his family. No one ever came forward so now Marvin is Jennifer's. As you can see he has made himself at home on my couch! And he is wonderful with Grace and my two dogs. When I go to visit Jennifer at her house it's like Marvin has always been there. Meant to be!

We had one heck of a winter storm come through two weeks ago. It was snowing so hard that I couldn't see the mountains across the road! We ended up with between six and eight inches of snow! For some of you that isn't very much, but for here it is something! I truly enjoyed all the beautiful fluffy white stuff!!

Had to put a pic of my horse and some of the donkeys in today's post.

Grace's mom has been looking for a car of her own for awhile now, but alas, no luck as of yet. It will be nice when she has her own car so that means I don't have to pick her up from work everyday she works. And she can go to town to take care of her business and I can stay here playing catch up on some stuff I need to get done.

I finally joined the local historical society. I am so excited.

After consideration I started selling my eggs. I was giving them away, and still do to family and friends, but my girls are laying a dozen a day now and their feed is costing more. So, I sell the eggs to pay for their feed.
 Speaking of chickens, again after much consideration I am going to raise some meat chickens. Our meat supply is so tainted that it is scaring me. The beef industry alone is so contaminated ( I am referring to the big big feedlots) that beef is being recalled at a consistent rate. And the chickens, jeez, have you seen the size of chicken breasts on the shelves? They come from what people refer to as Frankenchickens because they grow at such a genetically altered rate that if left to live too long their bones will break under their own weight. Now that is not natural nor is it right.

Okay, I will stop my ranting and raving before I really get going!

Oh, I am going to raise worms to compost the household food items that the chickens can't or won't eat.  Of course no meat will go to the worms, that goes to the foxes and bobcats up on the hills behind the house. I am trying to recycle and reuse as much as possible.

It's getting close to getting the garden areas ready! I have a diagram of where everything is going to go. And I was reading that you can start seeds inside the house in cleaned out half egg shells, then plant shell and all into the ground when the plant is ready to go outside into the garden.  

I also bought a bunch of hay and slowly but surely got it from the feed store to here and unloaded and stacked in the barn. I can only put eight large bales in my truck. The bales are three string and weigh about 130 pounds each. Gotta keep in shape!

I am still working on enlarging the chicken area. It's taking longer than I want, but between watching Grace, taking care of all the critters, household and outside chores, etc, well, either I run out of steam or time.

Rather than bore you with a long post I will close it up for now. I really am going to try my best to more diligent about keeping up with it. And yes, I still have to catch up with all of you. Oh how I miss my 'me' time these days!

Until next time.....................