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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gone Swimmin'

Isn't it amazing how animals just automatically know how to swim? Harry was completely unconcerned the first time he went deep into the pond and his feet could no longer touch bottom.

Texas Sunset

I can't take credit for this picture. A friend borrowed my camera and took this while visiting our farm.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Weeding Results

I've almost got all the hairy vetch and the bermuda that was growing beneath it pulled out. It's taken about 2-3 hours of pulling weeds almost every morning for a couple of weeks now. It's so satisfying to look back on those cleared garden rows.

The tomatoes are growing fast and there are several unripe tomatoes on the vines. I didn't get tomato cages on all of them, so that might be a mistake. I thought I'd get something better than I had last year, but ended up not getting anything at all.

Still, my corn is not doing well. It seems that there is one row that just doesn't want to grow corn. I've planted three times and have little to show for it. The lettuce is out of control. I need to make a note to myself not to plant so much lettuce.

I stopped milking Hyacinth on Monday. Tom and I decided to start leaving the goats outside at night and hope for the best. I was going to gradually stop milking, but when I checked her udder on Tuesday morning, I could tell that Cosmos and Rose are still nursing. Leaving her out with them keeps her milked out. So much for weaning them.

One of Pansy's kids has a funky lump on his neck. Uh-oh. I thought it might be CL abscess like his mother had, but the sites that I looked at on the internet say it's a wattle cyst. I hope that's right. Ugh.


It's stormy here in Texas today. I didn't take this picture until after the worst of it, but it looks like more is coming. At about 1:45 a.m. lightening struck our power pole again, knocking our fuse off and causing a power outage. Tom called the power company to let them know. We thought they'd be around in the morning to fix it, but about 20 minutes later their truck pulled up. I was shocked that they would come out at 2:00 a.m. to restore our power. I'm impressed. The last time that happened was on a Sunday morning and they arrived about a half an hour after we called them.

Friday, June 05, 2009

News Flash

I heard a little news brief on the radio today and I wish I could remember all of the statistics they gave, but I can't (stinkin' aging brain). But it could explain somewhat why Americans have such a hard time keeping weight off.

The gist of it was that our food has more fat and less nutrition in it than it used to, even 20 years ago. They gave the example of chicken...something like 165 more fat grams, because instead of the chickens free ranging and eating what they would naturally eat and getting exercise, they are all stuffed into those chicken farms, standing around doing nothing but eating the fattening food that they are fed all day. Same for feedlot cows, pigs, etc.

And our vegetables don't have as much nutrition because they are treated with chemicals, which causes them to grow faster and they are picked before they have a chance to develop or absorb the nutrients that they would normally have.

So even those people who are trying to eat right by eating chicken without the skin, "lean" cuts of meat, and lots of veggies aren't able to keep the weight off or stay as healthy as they could.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Today's Projects

After mowing a couple of pastures and helping a friend load 90 bales of hay on his trailer, Tom put in a water line to the garden. Previously, the faucet was just outside the fence and we had to have hoses running across the field out to the garden. That causes problems for mowing since I'm known to mow over whatever is out there. Paden helped Tom dig the trench to lay the pipe. Some of the area had hard packed clay and rocks and was much more difficult to dig up than the ssand. About halfway through it I had the bright idea to bring the tiller out there to break up the ground so it would be easier to dig the trench. It worked, but the tiller gets away from the operator easily and Tom ended up breaking a piece of the fencing. So, the trade off for easy trench digging is fence repair.

I had an easier time of it today. I spent a couple of hours digging out bermuda grass and weeds from the garden and trying to recover from the setback the hairy vetch caused. Then I replanted some corn, squash, and cucumber. The rest of the day I spent doing mostly inside projects.

It's a chore keeping Harry out of the garden. He doesn't really do anything, but he's so big and floppy that he crushes plants wherever he goes. I ended up tying him to the golf cart while I worked because it's impossible to get anything done while constantly watching, yelling at, and chasing Harry. I'll be glad when he gets to big to squeeze under and through the fence.