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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Return

Well, my manuscript has returned to my desk after spending two weeks at the editors desk. I will go through and double check the corrections.
Once this editing is done...we can move on to page design!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

It's Snowing!!


Started snowing last night. Woke up with snow in the trees outside our bedroom window.
It is supposed to snow throughout the day. 

What is it doing at your house?

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Passage


It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. -Proverbs 20:3


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Look What Blew In

 Yesterday it was 62 degrees out! I was wearing a t-shirt...Today no way Jose'!
It is blowin' snow and icy icy! Temps around the 14 mark! The poor critters are bawlin' that it is cold! Like I have a way to fix it for them...poor babies! It does make for a cold day here at Ozark Serenity Acres.
Goaty Goat was up in the hay again....getting his warmth on, this morning. I would imagine he will spend a lot of time up there today. The blowing wind cuts right through you for sure....he can stay warm all bundled up in the hay with his buddies warmth helping him out!
The "Wise Ones" said this blowing snow was supposed to be East of the Mississippi(I find myself singing this tune when I write MS out..HA HA). I do believe these folks got it wrong!!
God had a different idea for sure!
Well, I am warming up the tractor. I have to take hay to my horses down below. They munched on a bale last night and obliterated it!  They need to keep their heat up so off I go....

Maybe I need to talk to hubby about getting a cab for this tractor? It is going to be a cold mile long ride! (one-way)...Brrrrrrrrr



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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Words Of The Wise

I was reading this letter from a dying woman. Holly Butcher died at tender age of 27. She passed Jan 4th.
"Also, remember if something is making you miserable, you do have the power to change it - in work or love or whatever it may be. Have the guts to change. You don’t know how much time you’ve got on this earth so don’t waste it being miserable. I know that is said all the time but it couldn’t be more true."
Please take the time to read her letter.... http://www.samanthawillsfoundation.org/contributors/2018/1/6/holly-butcher-1990-2018

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Taken It Down

Christmas Tree Removal Day!
It was a good day to take it down. Temps are good, no wind and I was ready!
I packed the stocking hangers and the star. Then wrapped our angel girl in bubble wrap. Packed the extra lights, bulbs and ornaments. A few homemade items I had to re dry cuz the moisture from being outside made them flimsy!
Then split the tree up
All done!
How about you??
When do you take yours down?


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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday Passage

Ephesians 2:8-9Amplified Bible (AMP)

8 For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; 9 not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].


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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Frozen Water

A  gal by the name of Julia Jesu put this Barn Hack out there for others to try:

Barn hack: for those of you without electricity at your troughs this does work, I've been doing it for years! Even did a little experiment today. I left 2 troughs without jugs, and put jugs in 3 troughs. Those with jugs were still completely unfrozen tonight. Those without had a solid layer I had to break up. It's easy! Just take old milk jugs (or water gallon jugs or restaurant frier oil jugs) and put some salt in them- I did 5 tablespoons of kosher salt in each- and a small amount of water, then stick them in the trough! I use 2 per as it keeps them moving more and creates less of a surface for ice to form.🙌🏼
PSA: what I've found is that during the day in full sunshine this keeps your troughs frost free down to 25 degrees F, and probably about 30 degrees F at night. Over night temps last night were 9 degrees F and I did have a thin layer of ice but it was VERY thin, less than 1/2 an inch. I am in Maryland and am definitely NOT guaranteeing this for everyone, it has just worked for me over the past couple years in our range of temps! Cheers!

Well our troughs are definitely not electric accessible so I thought why not!
I say that temps that are lower than the ones she described does not help whatsoever!
But it was fun!!


Will see how it goes when the temps warm up......keep ya updated on that front!



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Friday, January 5, 2018

Brrrrrrrr


The cold that has settled in to the parts is unnatural!!
One day this week we had -13.....CRAZY!!! Thought we left these temps in Montana!
In the field, we are so far away from the electricity that we have to rely on Mother Nature to do our thawing for us. Wednesday we turned the barrels over so the sun would thaw them out. Temps were up a bit warmer than the previous days so we took advantage. Once these are melted a bit will fill the barrels again.
As you can see we just kept chopping until we couldn't any more. The creek has saved us for the cows and sheep. We just go break open holes for them to drink out of.
The temps are colder again....so thankful we had a moments break to get them unfrozen.



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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Critter Alert

 Over the weekend we acquired three more ewes which makes 8 for our herd of hair sheep. These girls are settling in nicely. They are still getting used to the routine but as you can see after just couple days they are ok with their surroundings. They are a bit high strung but I have high hopes that they will settle down like the others have.
 Goaty goat is surviving this cold. I have to tell another tale about Goaty Goat. Went out into the pasture like we do every morning and looked everybody over. 5 sheep-check(last week), 3 cows-check, 1 horse- check, where is Goaty goat? Mtn Man do you see the goat? Panic started to set in with me!! He yells back...hold on I see him. Just about that time I see a streak of brown pop up out of the hay. I wish I had a camera. There he was in front of the cows head who were eating hay, burrowed into the middle of the round bale. He was shivering a little bit. I figure he was getting warm in by their heads in the middle of the hay. Smart Goaty goat!!
 And our Lyfa (Leaf-a) is showing her age. She has very poor eyesight. She is showing signs of arthritus causing her to limp. She has old injuries that cause her legs to be stiff. I keep her in the old goat pen so she can get around good. Not to far for water or feed. She gets grained twice a day to keep her weight up. I love beet pulp for her. She loves the warmth in her belly in the evenings! I cannot believe she is 25 yrs old! Her grandma was 36 yrs old when lyfa was 8. Love live the Egyptian Arabians!
 The chickens (down to 9) have finally quit molting. As the fall came on and winter started they decided to molt. Not the smartest creatures I have! Ha Ha...They are looking tons better I have to say. They are spoiled for sure...the temps have been down in the minus categories. I provide a light (regular 60 watt bulb) and covered their hut with plastic tarps and old bed coverings to keep the warmth in. The sides have air vents covered with hardcloth which provides sufficient air flow.
They seem to be happy with the arrangement!

Hoping to have the rest of my edits in today!!
Then tomorrow they get sent off to the editing department by my publishing specialist!
I will be glad to have this portion done!! What a task! Whew!!



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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Road

 This is the creek that causes all the issue with our road washing out! It overflows and runs down the road...it gets flowing like a river when it gets real bad! I got stuck in here for 4 days last year during spring rains!
The county was awarded fema monies to come in and fix our road! Yay!!
We are the only ones at the end of this road. They are doing a fine job of fixing it too!
 12/29/17

 Mtn Man is in one of those trucks! Yeppers, he is a county man now! I love having him home every night!!

 Isn't it beautiful? They unloaded 41 loads of river gravel the first 1/4 mile (it is a mile long). Brought the road up 10". It is so nice!!









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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Homemade Brew

Every now and again, we get the hankerin' for our home made brew. This time I used clementines, apples and cranberries. Each separate and one mixed.

No yeast. Used honey, everclear, juice,  boiled fruit and it' s juice.

We let ours sit on the wood stove for few hours then set next to stove to cool slowly. Next morning, throw in fridge for 30 days or longer.

Little bit goes a long way!

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Preparations For The Year

I canned my little heart out this summer/fall.
What was left of last year stock

 I ordered some chickens in this last week. I try to do this every year because we get a good deal on bulk chicken. I want to get some raised ourselves and hope to this next year. Anyhoo, I picked up my bulk order this morning. They are packaged and in the freezer.
It occured to me this morning that I wonder how many folks do this for themselves? Instead of running to the market every night, how about having it ready in your freezer? plus it is a savings to buy it this way! 24 to a box. $1.19/lb Heck ya!


 Our favorite way to eat this.....I stick one in a pot in the oven/grill with my home canned potatoes, canned carrots and some Mrs. Dash for hour and half to two hours. Yummy supper! Soooooo Easy!!


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