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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Goat Tractor

Couple hours and Mtn Man built a goat tractor!! Great use for the dog kennel that didn't get used all that much by the dogs.

Added the runner (where the 2x8 will sit) before he put it together

using a hole bit for the opening where the rails will sit

ta' da'

Notice the angle cuts on the ends (sled part of the boards) so it will slide easy




Bracket over the top of rail so it won't pop out
added corners for bracing but doubles for shelves to hold water buckets(see below)



Drilled holes for chain to pull the tractor


And it's off for the first run.. notice we put tarps for shade on top





They weren't sure what to think

I walked beside them reassuring them

parked them in some lush weeds... Happy Goats!
Results: We moved them a few more times before dark and am fixin to head out to move them this morning. They are down by the creek eating the weeds that grow there. I suspect when they head for the pastures will be different story not moving so much. Eventually will have acres fenced off for the goats.....
But for now this really works well!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Canning Mtn Man


18 quarts yesterday... 3 mix (beans & potatoes) the rest potatoes.... so many to go! That is about half of that cooler..... will do more later.

Today we build a "goat tractor" and freeze some goodies. Didn't get the potatoes planted but will today for sure can't doddle on that deal to little time left. Correction on the planting... Mtn Man informed me we missed our window of opportunity according to the Farmer's Almanac so have to wait until Thurs/Fri to plant.

Update on Mtn Man:
It has come to my attention that bloggers are curious on how he is doing. Well this is his last week of therapy!! Yeah! Two more days and a doc appt on Monday the 28th will tell us where he is at. The swelling problem he was having after therapy has quit for the most part so we are hoping for a release. Still has a lot of healing to go but it is on the mend. Thank you all for your concern it has been lovely!!


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Updates

Saturday we headed off about 7:00 am to Lyfa's retirement home in Joplin. I was so excited and nervous couldn't hardly stand it. But we settled in for the 6 hr drive. Now on the return we brought the mule with us. My friends have tried over the last year to get him to warm up to them but he just wasn't doing it. Mtn Man has a way with mules in that he is patient and slow moving especially when they have attitude issues.
On the way we saw some amish folks over by Mansfield bustlin about on their buggies. Was kind of neat to see them.



When we arrived over there we were all excited to see each other. Had been 5 yrs since we seen each other. We had some supper and returned to the road to home. This was a longgggg day!! We got home around 11:30pm with Einstein ( the mules new name) and two goats( momma and her child) and went straight to bed leaving the critters to hang out in the trailer until we let them out the next morning early!
Einstein listening to me call him, may have myself a mule!

The sounds of goats again, the property is alive!

Sunday
We worked in the garden getting some more goodies. This time finishing up the potato patch and ended up with a cooler full of them.  We are gonna can them instead of trying to keep them in a cool place for storage maybe try that next year when things are ready for that. Will go over to the folks' house later this week to get all my jars!
Went over to the neighbors and picked some apples and blackberries before they all were gone to the critters. Gotta take care of those too!
Have lots of things to keep me busy today....


Planting these today to see if maybe we can get some more before winter sets in

Doesn't Hank (right) & Einstein(left) look alike? 

Thanks to all who have emailed me with your comments this works so much better for me.........until later!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Passage

Revelation 1:8 - I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Canning

12 qts of beans today...
 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Garden Work & Rewards

We both worked ourselves silly in the garden but it looks damn good if I do say so myself! We Rock!


Before
After
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We are getting a bit of everything out of the garden now. While staking up the tomatoes again I found quite a few ripe tomatoes some are edible while others I threw out. 
No peppers yet but did pick our first okra today. Broccoli is still coming on so is the cabbage. No brussel sprouts yet truthfully, not sure we are gonna get any.
Something has ate one of my rhubarb plants so now down to two. The blackberry plants I planted are growing well. Lost a raspberry plant, but the grapes is fabulous to have to tie one up today.
Canned one quart of carrots & beets yesterday which was all we had in the garden, think I will plant more shortly for fall.
Beans are still coming will can them up tomorrow hoping for a full canner.
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We had baked squash, fried onion rings, okra, & potatoes for supper along with jalapeno poppers.
Recipe for Poppers:
24 jalapenos , cleaned out and ready to fill
1 small tub of cream cheese
24- 1/2 slices of bacon

take a teaspoon and put a dab of cream cheese in jalapeno(never rub your eyes when handling these),
place long ways on your 1/2 slice of bacon and fold over end to meet in the middle (look at pics). We use a fish rack for putting on grill but a pan will work too. Cook over direct heat until the bacon is cooked and the peppers are soft. Enjoy!






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Batter for the fried stuff is so easy a novice could make it

For every cup of flour add one egg and then add water until it is the  consistancy of waffle/pancake batter or gravy or until is runs slowly off your whisk.
Dunk your items and fry away!!



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Peanut has the right idea so I am off to rest my weary self......... Night All!
 
 
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Weekend Updates & Changes

I have chosen to take the "comments" option off of my page. First, I have found I really don't have the time (which is the truth, really) to reply back to every person that comments (which is only a few at a time). I love hearing from everybody, but am so busy about the only thing I get to read really is my email (marye.masterson@gmail.com) in the evenings before I pass out from exhaustion!! Plus some of the ones who comment regularly anyway, email me so the comment option is off for now. Do hope everyone understands!
Ok, now for the weekend updates..... we finally got the fence done on the lease property!!! Whew!!
Brush Piles Behind the Fence To Encourage Small Game (Rabbits and such)


Big Water Gaps

Water Gaps (see the blocks holding the fence down this way when it floods it will take just this not the whole fence)
We (FIL, MtnMan and myself) managed to get all the horses moved over yesterday! All happy campers in their new pasture.
Curly

3 of the 7 head
Lyfa the one on the right will be leaving Saturday for her trip to Joplin to retire. I am really happy for her! This will leave 6 boys (5 horses & 1 mule) and 1 girl (mule, truthfully she is like one of the guys in this group)
and we bring another mule back with us from Joplin to add to our group. 

The fencing job did not go without casualities, FIL got nailed by the fence right between the eyes leaving a scratch mark and I got nailed in the eye when the fence broke in half while wiring it up to the fence post.

 
 
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 Pulled dry beans, carrots, beets, peas, kohlrabi, picked two sweet potato squash, one watermelon, cukes, zucc, broccoli, crooked neck and half potatoes...then went swimmin!

Today I am putting everything up so I am ready for the next round which is not far behind. Canning and Freezing and Drying(naturally).
Drying peas and beans in the sun

Beets boiling to peel for the jars
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Chickens are growing to beat the band. Did lose one last Friday to a red tailed hawk scared the bjesus out of the poor little things didn't leave their hut until Sunday evening. Down to 9!
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Weather has been really hot and humid! Like in the 90's with humidity of 100! Stiffling hot until few days ago. Storms came through and cooled things down. Yesterday we had a high of about 75 with lows last night around 50! Nice!!! Reminds us of Montana weather in the mountains.....
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Today the guys are starting to get serious about the pad for the shop. They are tag teaming with the tractors getting gravel and dirt.

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Well I guess that is all for now..... maybe will get more on here tomorrow.
 
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