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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Everyday Farm Stuff

The mower is on it's way home all fixed and ready to cut some grass! Believe me the grass needs it too! Hopefully tomorrow will be my day to mow....if the rains stay away for a bit. JG and Cemetery.
It rained all day yesterday.

We traveled south day before yesterday to pick up the metal for the shop roof. Finally!! Saturday is the plan for application.... do hope the weather cooperates until the metal is on!

Lyfa is feeling better. She was a kickin and rompin this morning! Wahoo!

FIL is headed this way to stay for the next four days or so to help with the roof mostly but am sure they will be doing all kinds of stuff that involves cutting wood, gravel and general clean up.

Finally finished my afghan that I was working on for my new niece. I made plenty of mistakes but I am proud of it nonetheless. Will do better on the next one that I am working on now......
Gotta go company has arrived!
 


 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Beware Of Horsesssssss!

The rest of the horses are back... honestly for couple weeks now. Thought I would help some of my followers with their "horse fix". This one is for you Gail!













 Little Curly goes into training mode starting the first of June.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Alterations Made


Saturday we made the trip over to Joplin to drop off the screamer and her babies. Loaded up Lyfa and headed south to Arkansas. We got a call before we left asking us to come on down to see his sister. We thought we were that close (1 1/2 hrs), why not? It was really nice to see the family. Kids soaked it up.
Mtn Man's Mini next to him

We also brought Little Man with us on this trip for his new home. He went to Arkansas to a breeder. How fortunate could we have gotten!! I am happy that everything went smoothly. Lyfa is back in a new home (the goat pen modified a little) and I think she likes having a bit of quiet time to herself. She seems content! 
We took out the divider in the shed and tied open the doors she could come and go as she pleased. 

Even at 23 yrs old she is curious!
Came back last evening to rest on our front porch. It was so lovely to hear the quiet once again. Serenity Valley is once again, peaceful!

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Passage

            Sow to yourselves in righteousness,
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground:
For it is time to seek the Lord,
Till he come and rain righteousness upon you. 
-Hosea 10:12 (KJV)
Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Being-Prepared#sthash.IBHWrmt4.dpuf
Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Being-Prepared#sthash.IBHWrmt4.dpuf
Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Being-Prepared#sthash.IBHWrmt4.dpuf


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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Referring Post

Are you tired of being prepared? GO READ THIS>>>http://thoughtsfromfrankandfern.blogspot.com/2015/05/are-you-tired-of-being-prepared.html

I had to go read it! Tired, really?
It seems my whole life has been in preparedness since I was born. Raised in a religion that was based on being ready for the End of The World at any moment. We neither know the day or the hour when it will come. So for me I am a prepared person down to my bones. Even when I go to work on a project...I think of everything I will need from start to end. Get really mad when I forget something too! It a real world situation that one mistake could cost ya your life! 
I am not saying that we need to live in fear of living our lives. We just need to be a bit more prepared even for things like your house caught on fire. Do you have extra pair of britches and a tshirt or shoes somewhere so when you are caught in your underwear in the middle of the night you have something to put on? Or if you are in rural areas like us with volunteer fire dept...Do you have water handy(for you to consume) somewhere? In case of fire or electrical issues or storms blow your house away and your power is out? Do you have the simple things like T_P somewhere? How about snacks or food? 
Have I got ya thinkin? Are you prepared for a break in? Most burglars tear through a house leaving it in shambles.... Are you prepared for that? Do you have plan B if this happens to you? How will you handle a car jacking? Does this get ya thinkin? Or how about someone who swiftly walking towards you? Are you aware of your surroundings at all times? Do you know how to handle yourself if in this situation?  
GO READ THIS>>>>> http://thoughtsfromfrankandfern.blogspot.com/2015/05/are-you-tired-of-being-prepared.html

If you don't know what to do in some of these situations best get crackin! These situations are real. And happen everyday to somebody somewhere. GET READY! It could be you next!
 
Thank you Frank And Fern for writing a great article and I do hope that we all learn something from it!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Hard Decisions



Pics from 2007

I got a call from my friend over in Joplin that Lyfa needed to come home. Lyfa, my horse, is having a hard time over there. Spring has brought on some health issues for her so we are bringing her home. I will have to dry lot (no green grass) her because she is over weight. To much grain and green grass. I am hoping she hasn't foundered . This time of year their is fresh green grass everywhere! The only logical place at this time to put her is where the goats are being kept. 
What about the goats you say? Well I have thought this over and prayed about it. With our present circumstance on our farm the goats are going back to my friends in Joplin. Yes, babies too! I have been asking for answers anyway on what to do with our goats. The momma "screams" a lot!! I can't even open the screen door and she is screaming! Well the babies are gonna learn that behavior, one has already and it really goes right into my bones making me cringe. I really enjoy being outside but lately don't even want to step outside. Without her there is no need to keep Little Man. 
We have not got the fencing to keep them out of things and places. The roaming worked as long as the creek was flowing but as soon as it was dry they were over here on this side causing issue! I was chasing goats in 83* humid weather for days on end. NOT FUN!!
With Mtn Man working full time and some,  things will be even slower to progress. On his time off we go like mad dogs trying to get things done but time is limited!
Fencing is planned this summer but I do believe we need the pasture more for the horses. 
So the goats are gonna have to go! I am not sure I will return to goats in the future. We shall see!

Update: Saturday all goats went to new homes. The girls went to Joplin and Little Man went to a breeder in Rogers, Arkansas. Lyfa is home! All is quiet in our little valley once again. 
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Baby Chicks Update

I guess you really can't call them babies anymore. They are teenagers now!
I was keeping them in a horse trough that we weren't using for anything else. Couldn't find a pic with them in it but you get the idea. When broody hen was done with her facilities I decided to put these little guys in there. I am not sure but I think one of them might just be a rooster! 
Curious Girls!
For those of you who don't know chickens are finicky critters. They don't do change real well. Adding new chickies to the flock is a little bit hard on their pea brains. They can be a bit moody about it. So in order to introduce new members I thought this would be the most humane for all involved. I will wait until these kids are grown up a bit more before I let them lose!


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Emotions


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Beauty Of Hummingbirds






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Monday, May 11, 2015

Got Water?

 Hope everybody had a wonderful weekend! 
Went over and visited with Grandma J yesterday. It is always a joy to see her!

Got home and went to spend some time in our shelter. Crazy winds (60 mph) whipped our trees around like they were sticks with flags on them! I haven't ever seen that here! We were under Tornado Watch and Severe Storm Warning. That eventually went by and then another came in last night with strong thunder, lightening and rain!

The water is draining out the sides
Woke to lots of flooding this morning.... 
It is good that my chickies have a big pen to roam in....

 As in times past the water is flowing down our road.

 The work that Mtn Man did on the creek did not hold up. In fact, you really can't even see what he did except on little island. It has washed out !
I was trying to find a pic without my rear in it ...sorry! But can you see in the background the mounds of dirt he banked up to control the flow..... not any more! Water is so powerful!
Here is the crossing over to the goats...
Now
Past
We intend on placing some culverts in so we don't have these issues anymore















It turns out that we have had over the last couple days 7 3/4 inches of rain! Spring time in the Ozarks!
 
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Passage

One of my very favorite scriptures: Proverbs 31:10-31
Taken from http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Proverbs-Chapter-31/

 

Proverbs Chapter 31: The Excellent Woman
The Excellent Woman
Proverbs Chapter 31 : 10

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mother's Day Message

I realize tomorrow is officially Mother's Day but most of you will be busy. So let me say
(Source: GA National Guard Twitter)
  I will share with you what I wrote the other day on FB. It got a lot of good response:

Mother's Day is a difficult holiday for some of us gals out here.... some who never had children (wanting them) some who are still trying and those of us who have and lost in one form or another. I loved being a momma to my kids....so happy and grateful that God gave me that opportunity.
You mothers out there who still have your "babies" no matter the age be sure to give them your extra attention in the spirit of us who can't give ours their much deserved hugs from their mommas.
Thank you to my husband and my in-laws for including me in Mother's day. You never forget and for that I am eternally grateful! Happy Mother's Day To All Who Didn't Get The Chance or Are Still Trying or Have Lost Your Babies! xoxo


Again I want to Thank my family(those who have chosen to be my family) for remembering me on Mother's Day. I feel so special! And to my loving husband who through his ways found a great way to say he remembered too! Made me cry!
Note the shirt color was not planned! LOL! Great minds think alike!
 Have a great day Ladies!!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

UPDATES And A BIG Thank you

 Let me start with  Broody Hen:
On Monday I wrote about my girl and her mood. Much thanks to Chicken Chick and her Brood Breaker, IT WORKED!!! Now this girl had been acting broody for probably a week and half if I really go back and think about it. If allowed these girls will hatch out a batch of eggs brooding for the full 21 days. She didn't need to as I have no rooster. Anyhoo, it took her a little bit longer(72 hrs) than probably most who are caught earlier(24 hrs). But am grateful it worked. Last night she went into the coop and was roosting with the rest. This morning I was greeted by a happy hen.
I will now use it(cage) for my young trio that are growing like weeds. Adding a couple temp boards to the bottom of the cage so their little legs don't slip through. Multi uses!!
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Some of you have been curious about my face! Well it has pretty much healed up. It still has a little bit of scabbing going on but mostly it is gone!
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Garden Update:
The beans have risen, one pea has risen and the onions are trying to grow. The strawberries have put on berries like crazy and growing! Wahoo! Love fresh berries!



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Now for the BIG Thank You!! Big W and my FIL came by yesterday. Big W is an electrician.

Let me back up for a second. Night before last while I was talking on the phone our power went out for a minute or so. Next morning I went to get on the computer and saw that it had turned itself back on probably from more surges. I have all of these techy things plugged into a power strip for that very surges. It saves the techy things from losing their minds. Ok so I thought well I will turn it off by pushing the button on the machine. No go just kept restarting not powering down. So went to the strip and flipped the switch. Waited about 30 secs or so and tried to turn it back on...NO JUICE! Tried another outlet on that wall no power. Dangit! I called my FIL and explained it all to him. He said he would be out the next day to look it over.... he is good with electrical things. I unplugged all items from plugins so it wouldn't pull power just in case there were any wires lose up in the attic. Did not want a fire!!

FIL brought BIG W with him the next day. He got to looking around. Taking things apart to get an idea of how maybe they wired this house. Everything comes from the top down. He went to the attic!
When he looked up there he noticed numerous junction boxes with wires coming out of them. He opened up the first one
He took his handy tool and checked for live wires. Fixed a couple things and what do you know we got power back in the room. So had him look for more to fix the living room that went out last summer. 
He found this and fixed it....
Can't see it real good but the back of this is melted just a bit....

We are so grateful to him for not giving up until the issues were fixed. All things electric work in the house. THANK YOU BIG W!!!
You may have very well have saved our little house with character. Yes we are planning on rebuilding and this little house comes down. We would like to take it down on our terms not by fire, Thank you!
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Lastly, mostly for my records..... I mowed cemetery yesterday...mowed a part of JG and my mower broke! Off to the shop she goes..... two week turn around...Uggghhhh! I hate borrowing someone else's mower.




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Monday, May 4, 2015

Breaking The Mood

 
While I was building I had the radio on listening to Christian speeches and songs. Vince Gill came on singing "High On That Mountain" not sure that is the title. Anyhoo these girls settled right down.... Thank you VG!

Let me start by saying I truly love my chickens. When something isn't right in the little flock it shows right away. About a week and half or so ago my girls were trying to tell me that something wasn't right in their coop. I paid attention but couldn't figure it out! I freshened everything up meaning I dusted (bug killer) and cleaned their coop. I put a new larger feed pan in the coop. Opened it up for some freshness. And still was having issues! Each time I noticed a hen who was a bit stand offish. Crabby. Told me that she wasn't wanting me to mess with her. At first I gently lifted her and stole the eggs from under her. Then I noticed she wasn't leaving that nest and I had fewer eggs everyday. She had got in the "mood" to sit on the eggs. Broody! As the days passed she got worse and the girls who were just trying to lay an egg were fighting with her over that one box even though there are 11 more boxes to choose from.
These two ended up fighting for space
Well as I said a week and half later I started to really pay attention. I would go out 2-3 times a day to pick her up to get her out of the nest. This turned into something not pleasant for either of us. 
I decided I needed to look up a solution. We do not have a rooster so her sitting on eggs was pointless. The other girls were definitely upset!
Lot of bickering going on right here
I googled broodiness to see the official meaning (something I do a lot) then noticed that The Chicken Chick had a blog on Caring for a Broody Hen .

I popped over to read her blog and of course found all kinds of great info. Then something caught my eye The Brood Breaker .
I did not realize that this was possible! Then again I have never had a flock without a rooster before. This was great for us right at this moment. She took a rabbit hutch and turned it into something to hold her broody hens to change their overall mood. The whole meaning was to make them uncomfortable not miserable. Changing their atmosphere got them out of the mood. My solution!
Do you remember the goat crate Mtn Man made for our trip to pick up the buck. Well I took that and added some wire to the top then turned it upside down. Added wire all around the sides cuz it was mostly slates and didn't want the chance a critter could get to my girl.

On a farm you do a lot of creating if you have supplies for it. Nails, screws, wire and a few boards. Tools I used was a cordless drill, wire cutters, hammer and a cordless rotary skill saw. I added a roosting bar, couple of corner boards and some smooth wire to weave in the cracks were the wire mesh met or overlapped.
Little side note....Shorty got a haircut on Saturday and there is a lot of hair left over from that. So in my brain I thought well maybe if I throw some under the crate it would deter the critters from trying to get my girl too! Never know!
Ok so the one thing I see I left out was I lifted this crate off the ground set it on a couple of logs. 
Now I had to make a door for this box. I had to think on this a bit but I came up with a solution. I am not a handy craftsman just want it to be useful and practical. It doesn't have to be purdy! I took 4 slabs of wood , some wire, a few screws and nails.

Added a few more boards to keep in place and we had a Brood Breaker of our very own!! 
I added our Broody Hen and she made some noise now!


I had to close the front door of the chicken house and open up the back so the girls wouldn't be to upset. About half hour later she settled down 
The other girls were so happy! They gave me 7 eggs yesterday! Wahoo!

Happy Coop Makes For A Happy Mama! Love My Girls!




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