Moving boys, hoop house update, quinoa casserole

 The young boys are moved away from their sisters and mothers.     One here seems to think the trip was just too hot and tiring.  They and their mothers have “baa-ed back and forth all day about how evil we were to separate them.  Such is life on a farm

The hoop house has been overrun with growth plus the fact that I haven’t had time for it for over a week.  After a number of foods were nearly done, I poked some “delicate” squash plants along one side.   Well that’s what the label on the plants at the store said.   They are not Delicata, but they are squash and at least one pumpkin.  They are threatening to take over the entire place.   It’s near enough to the end of the season, I won’t pull them, but neither will I believe labels next year.    Squash plants are now forever banned from inside the hoop house.   They are just too happy in there.

This morning I picked tomatoes, onions, parsley, cantaloupe, cucumbers, red and orange peppers from the hoop house.   Now they all have to be dealt with.

Then I picked some overripe apples as I’m out of applesauce and it makes a great sweetener in baked goods.  I was able to can 10 pints.   I picked a lot more apples – or rather shook them out of trees.  I’m not sure how ripe they are.   I’ll test them tomorrow.

 

While the apples were processing, I cooked some quinoa in broth.  In another pan, I sautéed onions and added broccoli until just cooked but still green.  Then I made a cheese sauce.   I mixed it all together, reserving half the cheese sauce, put it in a greased casserole dish, topped it with the rest of the cheese and that will be our casserole for the weekend.

After lunch and a rest, I had to sit down and pay bills.

And this is why you have not seen sewing or quilting.  When the rains start, and days are shorter, there will be time for sewing.  “To everything there is a season”

2018
08/14

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farming
Life

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New wagon; exterminator

The wheelbarrow needs work, and it was suggested I get a wagon for what I am doing.   So off to Tractor Supply, we went and purchased a wagon kit, which then had to be put together.   My choice was to come back several hours later or put it together myself.  Since it takes half an hour to get to the store and the box said it only takes 15 minutes to put it together, I opted to take it home and put it together.

 

 

 

 

The box said it takes 15 minutes to put together.   What it didn’t say was that one also needed super human strength or the right tools to tighten the bolts.   So my neighbor came over after work tonight and did that for me.

Now I have a little wagon that holds 800# and will tip to dump.  I want to be able to haul the debris from stalls to the compost pile and dump it out.  It is also molded plastic so will be very easy to clean.

 

 

 

Yellow jackets, paper wasps, and bald-faced hornets have been especially prolific this year, so I gave up and called the exterminator.  They have little nests up in near the roof and have started nesting under the siding.  But no more.   They are gone!  I won’t miss them a bit and will be able to use the deck once more.

2018
08/13

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Life
sheep

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Clean pens

Since it was cool this morning, today was a good day to clean pens.   I tackled the one that is 20 x 12 and had several inches of wasted hay and waste in it.  Tomorrow, I will finish by putting all this waste on the compost pile.   It would have been done today, but I don’t have a tractor, just a wheelbarrow.  Then I have a long area 12 x 30 to do and I can start all over again.   Very few things stay finished.   Think, meals, housecleaning, gardening, etc.

This afternoon I had a Groupon coupon for a massage and reflexology.  It was great timing after all the pitch fork work and I enjoyed every minute of it.   The next stop was City Hall to get the information on a permit we need to add a roof adjacent to the barn.

Headband

The winter hat left me with extra yarn, so I knitted a headband for fall using K2, P2 ribbing for 4″, then bound off.   I chose 4″ because I wanted to get it done, but may do 5″ next time I make one.   I like a headband when I don’t want to mess up my hair or flatten it, but want my ears covered

Today was busy from start to finish including business calls, picking blueberries, cleaning one stall, and so the day went.  Tomorrow, I hope to clean another stall, pick apples, and get a massage.   The apples are early this year and have started falling and I need applesauce.  It seems I usually put more on my agenda for the day, than I have either hours or time to do.

2018
08/10

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Knitting
Life

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Winter hat finished, Heart Dr.

My winter hat is finished and a welcome addition to my wardrobe.   I have enough yarn left to make a band to go over my ears when I don’t need a hat.

 

This morning we went to the heart Dr.   The news was very good.   DH elected not to have a stent put in last year and the doctor was surprised that he hadn’t had any pain in that time.   He told us that 95% of the people that he recommends having a stent ended up having to have one within two months.  But DH is in the 5% that didn’t need it.   We credit it with having changed his diet, but the Dr. wasn’t interested in that.  So we will continue the way we are eating and enjoying the results.   Dr. did remove one medicine from the list and cut a second one in half.   If nothing changes, he will remove the second one from the list.   That is all good news.   We do have a Divine Physician who designed our bodies.  We are trying to follow His ways and are thankful for each day He gives us.

2018
08/09

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Knitting
Life

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Winter hat, hearing aid

With the appointments and the heat, I am progressing nicely on this hat.  I have about an inch to finish and then the crown.  It changed from a beanie to  a hat with a nice flap for cold weather.  So I am now using from the second ball.

For those of you wondering.  The hearing aid looks like this.  The technician takes a mold of the ear to have the plastic piece made to fit.  This is to solve the problem of it falling out and getting lost.   He did wear it today and life was better.

2018
08/08

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food
Life

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Quick cookies

Want some really quick cookies that aren’t overly sweet?   Take one banana and about 1 cup oats.   Mash the banana and start with half cup of oats.  Keep adding as you continue to mash.   I added a few raisins this morning.   If you add too many oats they will be crumbly.  Bake 15 min at 350F degrees.

A good share of the rest of the day was spent getting DH’s new hearing aids fitted.   Now if he wears them, I should not have to repeat things 6 times and he should enjoy being back in the world where he can hear what is going on around him.

 

Winter beanie; ducks, grapes, and sheep

Winter Beanie

I found this Rowan tweed in my small stash of skeins.   I doubt that I purchased it, but I don’t know from where it came.  There are two balls of it and one is enough to make a beanie.   Since it is hot, that’s my latest project.  I have no pattern yet.  I cast 100 stitches on size 6 needles and am doing a flap of 4″, then will decide if I want to get fancy or not.   I may just do a stockinette stitch since I plant to wear it to work with the animals when it gets cold.

DUCKS:

Just look how much these ducks have grown in a mere 3 weeks.   Last year the baby ducks all drowned.  It turns out that infant ducks don’t have the oil in the feathers to keep from drowning for 2-3 weeks.  This year, our son has been giving them a lot of attention and has gradually been giving them deeper water.   They have enough oil on their feathers and are very good at swimming, so he doesn’t have to worry about them, but now he has become quite fond of them.

GRAPES:

While someone wasn’t watching, the grapes grew right through the top of the netting.   No use cutting them back now.   We will wait until they die back and next year have a better plan.

SHEEP:

It’s just too hot to do much besides lie in the shade, so other than coming in to eat, most of the day is spent lying in the shade chewing cud.

2018
08/06

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farming
Garden
Life

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Garden and company

GARDEN

Though it’s difficult to see from this photo, I filled a 5 gallon bucket about 2/3 full of potatoes this morning.  We planted quickly in bad ground about 8″ apart in long rows.   I am delighted that we have so many potatoes.   They are so near the surface, however, that we will either have to cover them for the winter and take as needed or take them from the ground  before freezing and hope the garage will be cool enough.

Company

Our daughter came to visit today and left with 5 large zucchini (possibly to share), kale, tomatoes, and some orange peppers.  In this heat, the garden is watered daily, one can almost see the growth of the vegetables daily.

Yesterday, our son and his wife picked up their new Abyssinian kitten.  He is 3 months old and they have been a bit impatient to be able to take him home.  He is the cutest thing, and has some growing to do to grow into those ears.

2018
08/02

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farming
Garden
Life
sheep

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Clockwork; new washing machine and vet visit

CLOCKWORKToday went like clockwork with all the appointments happening right on time.   First Bracken and I spent two hours picking berries.  Then the fellow I hired to help me catch up on some barn cleaning showed up.

 

NEW WASHING MACHINE

We decided to purchase a washing machine with an agitator spindle because we have not been happy with the way the clothes were being cleaned, plus we like the tub fill of water at times to soak the clothes.  Since our last machine lasted just over a year, we decided to roll the years back and get one like we had a few years ago.  This is a 4.2 GE model.  The installers were here 5 minutes early and were done in 20 minutes, taking the broken one with them.

 

VET VISIT

Butler needs some health tests before he can join the other boys, which he so badly wants to do.   Here he is watching them while waiting for the vet and his long needle to draw blood.

 

And after all that, I had a 3 hour phone conference as we are setting up a new sheep registry.   It has been a very busy day.