Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
SITTING IN MY RECLINER TONIGHT AFTER FEEDING THE CATS I WAS MINDING MY BUSINESS THINKING THE CAT WAS REALLY ENJOYING HER FOOD ON THE FRONT PORCH. AFTER ABOUT A HALF HOURS OF VULGAR CRUNCHING I FIGURED OUT THAT IT PROBABLY WASN'T THE CAT.
I TOOK THE FLASHLIGHT OUT AND FOUND A FAT UGLY POSSUM TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM ME ON THE FRONT PORCH. SINCE I SCARED IT OFF THE PORCH, IT WILL PROBABLY END UP GOING TO THE CHICKEN HOUSE!!!!
HAVE I SAID I HAD POSSUMS YET???
Friday, December 26, 2008
PLANT 10 PINYON PINE TREES,
AND EMPTY THE 3 BAGS OF GOAT AND TWO OF THE BAGS OF RABBIT POO IN THE NEXT RAISED GARDEN BED.
I SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH ENERGY TO DO THE REMAINING 5 BAGS!
IT DOESN'T HELP THAT IT IS 80 DEGREES! IN DECEMBER!
ALSO: WHILE I WAS IN A NIQUIL INDUCED COMA, I RECEIVED THIS WONDERFUL ORNAMENT FROM PATRICE. I THOUGHT IT WAS A DREAM! TOO MUCH NIQUIL. THANK YOU PATRICE!!!
OK...NEW YEARS REZ#1; WORK OUT 5 DAYS PER WEEK RIGHT AFTER WORK.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Well one of the auracana's has decided that the piles are hers and the wild birds should not come there. I really wish you could have seen her with her feathers poofed out running after each little bird that landed on the compost pile. They would only fly as far as the fence and as soon as she turned her back they would fly back.....and here she would come plowing up over the pile wings out spread, chasing them away again. This went on for at least two hours and then I had to leave for dinner. So I guess she did it til dark. I will find a way to get a video of it.
Out back Stud Muffin is crowing up a storm. I believe he thinks he is solely responsible for the sun rising.
Merry Christmas to all of you. I have been out to the chicken house and collected Oreo's 7th egg. I provided them a tray of left overs that I cleaned out of the frig. Pumpkin pie, turkey, potatos and carrots, and a half of an avacado. The sun is out and as soon as they are done eating I will open the door and let them out.
My son called at the crack of dawn to give me an update of their Christmas morning at Ft Bragg. It sounded so wonderful. The kids loved their presents. But they had gotten mom and dad up at 4:30! Oh I remember those days. By the time we were done talking it was about nap time.
I am going to do laundry this morning, drink coffee, clean the chicken house, cut up some starter wood in preparation for the upcoming cold front, then go feed horses and goats, clean stalls and pens and go to my sisters for Christmas dinner tonight.
The sun is so bright I can't stay inside any more. Please feel blessed if you are reading this....because you are.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Outside right now the wind is howling at about 30-40 mph! Crazy stuff.
Well with the new pay decrease with the new company, I was not sure when/if I would be able to get a freezer. I cleared a spot for it in the kitchen (ok well kind of...the empty spot tends to get filled up with stuff). While talking to my parents I was telling them about how many gallons of frozen broth I have in the refrig freezer. I told them that I didn't want a 5cu ft but could probably make due with a 7cu ft. Really I would love to have a giant full sized freezer because I am completly confident that I will be able to grow stuff this year!
Mom said she wished that I would take the freezer in the garage that they weren't using.
They offered this before but I didn't think I had room. We all went out to look at it. It is about 5 ft high and stands out from the wall about 2.5 to 3ft. It is the perfect size for me! Hopefully it will run good but they have never had a problem with it.
Now to find someone to move it for me. I am so excited! I can stock up on chicken and beef broth with bones purchased from the local farm. When I find a good deal at a local farmers market I will be able to freeze it.
My vacume sealer works very well. I will be able to cook meals ahead and vacume seal them and freeze them.
Possibly I will be able to purchase larger quantities of organic pork, lamb and beef when/if I can afford it. That will make it cheaper per pound. And of course with my plan to buy 100 meat roosters from Cackle Hatchery this spring, I will need the space to put them in the freezer. That vacume sealer is going to come in very handy this spring.
Endless possibilities. Being old it will make my electric bill jump but I believe it will be worth it.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The fresh bread is out of the oven, the crock pot is full of organic grass fed chuck roast, presents are wrapped under the tree, and a roaring fire is in the fireplace.
Man I can smell the chuck roast. It is sitting in pool of yummy savory thick gravy. Pop is bringing a pumpkin pie. Mom is coming too! She is so cold all of the time. I think I might give her her present early.
Mom, Dad and I aren't exchanging presents until Christmas evening. Today is for my daughter and grand boys because they are going to Oklahoma on Tuesday and won't be here for Christmas.
I will post pics later. So far no egg! Must be too cold for Oreo.
I can't wait for the boys to open their present!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I WAS WORRIED....UNTIL KNOW EVERYTIME THE ROOSTERS DOWN THE ROAD WOULD CROW.....HE WOULD PRIMP! NOW IF HE PROVES THAT HE CAN SIRE SOME BABIES, I MIGHT GIVE HIM A BETTER NAME THAN STUD MUFFIN!
It was 70 degrees this morning but now the wind has switched around to from the North. Not a blue Norther but the temps are on a steady decline and by tomorrow morning it should be 28 degrees.
I am ready. The fireplace is cleaned out and the bucket is full of kindling. Brought a new load of fire wood and am getting ready to go get more.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
New Years Rez #1: Get healthy so this doesn't happen again!
Ok I have bread rising in the kitchen. We won't talk about why I need to bake more bread. Lets just say that I need to have my glasses on when I turn on the oven from now on because bread doesn't bake very well under the broiler.
Quit it! I can hear ya'll laughing!
Today is a cool day and I will have to add pics later. My friend Tabitha is supposed to come out for the first time to see the farm. We won't have much time to visit because I have to go to work....yes work on a vacation day. Tabitha is kind of a city girl/tom boy. I think she really likes the city.
The wind blew tons of stuff around the yard and I need to get out there with a trash bag and start picking up before she gets here. I can't wait to see if I have another egg!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I got up, made coffee, fed the hungry kitties, and then realized all my bread making bowls had been put to use holding chicken and turkey stock in the frig. Today was freezing day. so I got to work filling every small useful container with defatted broth including the ice cube trays. That freed up my bread bowls. This will be the first time I have frozen broth so I don't know how long it will take to freeze solid. Probably til tonight.
I added my yeast to warm sugar water to proof, and then grabbed my coffee and a tray of turkey fat and bones and went out to say hello to my chickens. Oreo was already in a nest box!!! Way to go Oreo!
Today is drippy and cold but not freezing. It is already 38 and will get up to 48. Almost too hot for a fire. I may need to let the fire die anyway because I have to empty some ashes and I don't trust the metal bucket that I have. It looks rusty and I am afraid the bottom will give out half way to the door.
I will take a picture of my second egg if Oreo feels so inclined. Today I will be working on CE classes online for my job and/or prep classes for the two half day training classes tomorrow and Friday. So I guess I better get after it! Bread first though.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
As I listened to carols talking about the birth of our Lord Jesus, I thought about something rather profound. Have you ever thought about the fact that Mary could have said no?
I also thought about how the tradition of Christmas came to be. A little research found this:
Traditions: Christmas Trees and OrnamentsThe fir tree has a long association with Christianity, it began in Germany almost 1,000 years ago when St Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity (OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL I AM SURE), was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and to his amazement a young fir tree sprung up from the roots of the oak tree. St Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith. But it was not until the 16th century that fir trees were brought indoors at Christmas time.
Artificial trees: also originated in Germany to help prevent deforestation...these were called feather trees and were made of feathers.
Pagan celebrations: Solstice celebrations held by Japan, Finlin, Sweden, Norway, Pakastan, and many if not most countries are very similar to the christians Christmas celebration.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I just got back. What an amazing ranch. It is winter and it is beautiful. I can only imagine how beautiful it will be in the summer.
The home is modest. I called ahead and told the owner I would be there, so when I arived, I saw the little store next to the house, and it had smoke coming from the chimney. The inside was very clean and had a wood burning stove.
I felt the prices were very reasonable considering I was buying organic grass fed beef, organic eggs and chicken. Wow do these chickens look different that the ones you buy at the store. They have color. I also bought a bag of soup bones. There is a lot of meat on these bones. I will cook those up today into stock. Fighting this cold I need broth. 2 doz organic eggs and a jar of local honey.
The beef is so red and beautiful. I can't wait to taste it.
The little store had some other things on the shelves. But it was sleeting outside and I had a long drive home. I didn't want to get caught out and have the roads get slick.
I am baking a turkey tonight. I will serve it for dinner and then freeze the left overs for later.
IT IS SOOOO COLD HERE. Gotta meet the vet to give my horse her shots and then come back and build a fire.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Today I took Niquil at 5:30am and slept til 10:30. I felt better so I ate oatmeal and went outside to see if I could get a little done.
Well, I knew it was windy but didn't realize how windy. I fought the plastic to cover the winter garden and got it covered which lasted approx 30 seconds. Then it blew off. I reatached it twice and then gave up and just laid it on top of the garden with a few sticks. This won't work for very long. I will have to think of something else.
Then I went out to the chicken house. My plans were to fill the water and feed and rake it out. Only to find the wind had detached the plastic on it too. I HATE WIND.
I reatached it the best I could with my staple gun but fought the wind the whole time. Don't know how long it will last. Filled up the larger waterer since the chickens are going through the water twice as fast since I switched food. I cleaned out the house and filled the food so they should be good to go for a few days.
Cold weather is coming. It is 73 degrees today! But the high tomorrow is supposed to be 39! So I also took the saw to the front yard and cut up some smaller wood that was laying in a pile and broke up starter wood and filled the box that i keep it in. Since it is not calling for precip I should be good to go. I will keep the fire going and should only have to start it once tomorrow morning.
I really hope that the wind dies before the temps drop. 40mph wind on top of 39 degrees will hurt when I go out to get wood for the fire.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Yep first thing on my list is a shotgun. Time to get pro-active.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
One of the big things I am going to do is bake cookies and bread. I wish my grand boys were here to help me decorate. Anyway I went to Sams and bought a 20# bag of bread flour. I also bought a pound of yeast, fair market coffee, tons of toilet paper, and evaporated milk.
I don't need to go anywhere for the whole week. With coffee and projects galore, I am going to be a happy sore girl. I have the oversized bottle of Aleve and the monster bottle of Advil sitting on my dresser ready. Vicks vapor rub, first aid kit and midol. I am prepared for anything!!!
So besides baking bread and cookies, here is my honey do list for myself during vacation:
A. CLEAN OFF FRONT PORCH TO GET READY FOR THE LAST DAY OF PAINTING
B. COVER THE WINTER GARDEN WITH PLASTIC AND MAKE A "GREENHOUSE"
C. MAIL PACKAGES
D. BUILD WOOD RACK FOR THE BACK PORCH
E. FILL WOOD RACK
F. CUT AND BUNDLE STARTER WOOD
G. PICK UP PINE CONES
H. CLEAN FRONT YARD
I. FINISH TAKING DOWN THE FENCE AND CUTTING TREES
Now added to this when it is cold out and the sun is not warm, is a trip to the barn on the 15th to pull out some of my stuff from barn storage, and hike down into the pond which is mostly dry now and cut down the trees growing down in it and try to dig up the roots. Also Bull plowed down the tons of cat tails and those need to be raked out of the pond and up away so they can be burned or composted. If I have any energy left at all I might try to dig up the cat tail roots. I don't know if you know this but cat tail roots are a staple food. Once they are washed they can be whirled in the blender with water and then soaked some more until the inside which looks like white fibery powder, floats to the bottom. Then filter out the big floaties and whirl it again and wait for the white to sink. Once the top water is clear carefully drain off the clear water and pull out the white paste and dry into flour. This can be used in any flour recipe.
No one should starve in the wilderness with cattail about.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
25lb of rabbit pellets 18% protein --16% RABBIT PELLETS
10lb black oil sunflower seed --I USED 20#
25lb whole corn ---DIDN'T ALTER
25lb of a good scratch 12% protein --9% PROTEIN
AS THESE WERE ALL TOO LOW PROTEIN I ADDED A 50# BAG OF WHOLE OATS