Friday, February 23, 2018

Smell That?

Water receded enough for us to cross with the tractor and the FJ to feed our horses in the lower pasture. Expecting two more rain systems before we have a three day dry out. We are at 5 1/2" of rain......
Ice showed up Wed. night as predicted

I took advantage of this gap in our day to bake some grain bread.
As some of you know, we do not have a conventional oven. I use our woodstove and outside bbq grill for that purpose. Been doing it this way for yrs! Recipe will be on my Cooking blog.

I did use the bread machine my MIL gave me to get it ready for the oven. My hands, shoulders and neck do not like kneading bread anymore. Luv my machine for this process!!
And the smell of the bread rising in the house and the bread cooling is so good!!!

No lambs yet....WAITING!

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Flooding Once Again, Update Removal

Well, the rains showed up on Tuesday night, no ice. 4+" of rain dropped overnight.
The new road is holding as of Wed. morning. The first creek crossing however is washed out. Mountain Man walked into the creek to see the level and he got as far as the top of his muck boots. He did not go any further. He said he could probably get us out in an emergency but anything else better not.
The ice did show up late Wednesday evening. It continues to rain surely bringing our totals around 8" +/- as they forecasted. We have more rain coming through Saturday. Uggghhhh!

Removal of the porch

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Coming Up, Blowing In

The wind has not stopped blowing today (Tues.). It has been off and on rain and the temps are just wonderful! 69 degrees! Got the windows open in the house! Maybe it will clean out the stale from winter.

The grass is coming up and the daffodils
Still in waiting mode!

Goaty Goat entertaining Lyfa

Expecting an ice storm to blow in tonight( Tues.). The 'white coats' say to expect about an inch of ice!

 Will let ya know what happened.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Re-Purpose Excess

This is a continuation of yesterday's post.
What you cannot see is there is a concrete steps and slab at the end of the where the porch resided. Mountain Man said well where do you want them?
#1- Please place in front of my She Shack.

Just have to fill in with gravel around it! Gives the She Shack a more appealing look don't ya think?
#2- Mountain Man suggested in front of the New Chicken Coop

Little more work and this will make a fine hen hut for my chickies!!

Now onto the next part of the destruction!
Will have wait until the rains pass....looks like it will be a long week of rain. We need it!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Farm To Do List

 Since Mountain Man has been getting over being sick for the last two weeks with Flu-B and double ear infection, we decided to skip going to Cowboy church yesterday.
It was a gorgeous day out, so we took care of some much needed 'to-do' list stuff.
#1- All the critters needed our attention yesterday. Hay and water, etc. We moved Ram-Lamb in with the cows and Goaty Goat so the gals could be free of his pestering. They all were much more relaxed after that. I think he was keeping everybody stirred up....Just like a male! Hee Hee Hee
Oh...blah blah....I know you guys will get your feelers hurt on that front. I was not pickin' on ya too hard.
#2- We needed to finish the "top-wire" on the new fence. Barb wire was applied to almost all of it. We got to the last 75 ft and ran OUT of wire. Very disappointing to say the least!! The rest however, looks really nice!
#3- Mountain Man ripped out the front porch which is the first line of defense on the destruction of the house!! Wahoo!

For those who do not know....We are taking down the front part of the house. We remodeled the back from joists to roof for our living domicile. 576 sq ft. of space is what we live in.
3 winters ago I came down with multiple bouts of bronchitis and 1 severe case of pneumonia while living in the front half. It is full of mold and the walls and ceiling are full of mousy type stuff and other crustations of insects and such. It really is disgusting! Breathing all that in caused havoc on my system. It was then we decided to speed up the process and get the back half finished!
Back to the front porch....

  So much rot!
Stay tuned for more on the porch.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mixed Up Day

Both Mountain Man and I woke up with no idea of what we were going to do today. So we laid in bed a bit longer(rarely do this) and chatted about what we had on our minds. Then we got up after making the comment that the older we get the more it hurts to stay in bed ( those over 40 can relate I am sure). He made the comment this is a six-seven hour bed. That's it! The longer you stay the more it hurts!
We looked outside and by george it was SNOWING BIG flakes!

We headed out for chores, checked the sheep, fed the cows, fed lyfa the horse and returned to the house. We then decided we had better get the cows grain in town right away. Off we go to town!
Returning home...saw couple rigs in the ditch. By then it had turned to mixed snow/rain. Once we got to our area, Mountain Man says "You want to go for a drive?" I replied" Sure, let's go". We headed south then east then northwest then for home. About 3 hrs later we are home. Still no lambs!

We still were wishy washy about what to do so he got a fire going and I started what would become chicken stew!

Will post recipe on my recipe site.

It really has been a lazy day. We needed it!
Sun is shining as it goes behind the trees as we head out for our next round of chores and gather wood for the night. Dip in the hot tub and relax!
Been a long week!!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Is It Spring Yet?

This was our temps today!!! Gorgeous!!

No lambs yet as of this evening. I am ready!

Finished this quilt top today. A friend gave me this challenge with pieces and parts to see if I could come up with something. Wacky Quilt.


Will add black for the back to finish it off. This one is going to be raffled off for the library if we get approval.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

America's Day Of Love

This holiday has been celebrated for centuries in this country. Wherever you are have a great day!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

One Tough Egg

Over the weekend I picked up this tough egg and placed it in this spot. Forgot about it! As I was driving down to check on the horses, I caught this egg rolling around out of the corner of my eye. I was so focused I missed it on the way down to the horses. Tough little egg! Probably frozen really. But it had no evidence that it had been. No cracks at all! Amazing!

Speaking of tough egg.....Goaty Goat is one tough 'egg'. He gets pushed around by them yearling cows, and it doesn't even phase him. This morning I moved the heifer's water trough to a new spot. Had to separate the sheep out for lambing time. The heifers come a-runnin' and kickin' while Goaty Goat is running behind ears a floppin'. He is so dang funny! Since he is such a little guy (think I got took on his breed, really. He is more miniature than full grown.) I placed a 5-gallon bucket out there just for him to water from. He got the bright idea after fully examining the set-up, to step on the side of the bucket to hoist himself up to drink out of the big trough! I was laughin'! Smarty pants!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Passage

Ecclesiastes 2:22-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)

22 For what does a man get from all his labor and from the striving andsorrow of his heart with which he labors under the sun? 23 For all his days his work is painful and sorrowful; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity (worthless).
24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and assure himself that there is good in his labor. Even this, I have seen, is from the hand of God.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Death Throws of Winter

borrowed this pic-It is close to what I saw this morning

I don't know about you but when I see the geese flying formation back north I get impatient for spring to arrive. Today is that day for me. When I was out doing my chores this morning they were high in the sky honking their way north. Happy Geese in the prevailing winds up high! Amazing to watch really. Our creator is Awesome!!
The title of this blog came to me this morning while I was out with the critters. It seems when winter is ending it struggles to leave. As it says goodbye it goes out kicking and silently screaming. The final days of cold, wet and the thaw begins bringing us flooding. Maybe this year will be different. We shall see won't we!

The sun is shining today. The critters are enjoying the sunshine. Warming their cold bones awaiting their babies to arrive! The first group of 4 ewes are due to drop babies around the 14th. Give or take some days....the second group of 3 will be more like June, I am thinking. So be watching for my brag pictures on babies soon!!
We are starting to think about baby chicks too. Some butcher and some new layers. Love my chickies!! Can't wait!! Have a few things to fix up first before we can welcome babies into our peaceful farm. The Hen Hut needs to be finished first.

I will end this with our Scape Goat. He is so cool! Best goat I have ever had! He loves his gal pal! Hangs with her every chance he gets! God Bless him!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Collateral Beauty

What does that mean to you? I just watched a stirring movie entitled this very title. I am full of emotion. Will Smith captured the pain while his wife character captured the healing. What a moving story!
As a lot of you know, the loss of my kids derailed my life. My mind was and has never been the same. I don't know how it really can be with that much trauma! Losing them was losing my life!

I went in search of the meaning of these words "Collateral Beauty".
Collateral is defined as an asset that a borrower offers as a way for a lender to secure a loan. Beauty is defined as a combination of qualities that pleases the aesthetic senses.

 I took this one step further looking for an answer. I found Angela Fitch's answer:

Collateral beauty consists of: Valuable property (memories, life experiences, actions that tie one person to another) owned by two people in their mutual experience of life. The two people unconsciously agree that upon the death of one or the other, this property, which has a value and a beauty all it’s own, becomes solely owned by the survivor of the relationship. The beauty of that relationship will cause much sadness and grief, almost overwhelming the survivor at times. However, as healing begins to replace grief, the beautiful parts of the relationship can be treasured and valued again. Look for that inner beauty, and hold tightly to it.

One could take this a step further: God lent me my two beautiful children for a period of time(Collateral). We created memories and had true love in our life together(Beauty). When they were taken from this life, God worked with me to bring out the beauty(healing) from this tradegy. Reminding me that it is Collateral Beauty.

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