Saturday, February 16, 2013

End of the day.... how beautiful it was...

Ok! That's it for the day. While we didn't start turning the ground we DID make progress. At the last minute we decided to move the new, bigger food plot over a bit. It has to do with Farmer Gene..... If you're new there is a post on the blog that describes a recent event with him.....

The first selection bordered the back edge of our property. Gene occasionally uses the back of our property to turn on when he's tending his 400 acres...and while we were very much within our right to plant there ...or any other darn place on this property, we would have really cut him off AND we need to support the close friendship.

To move the new food plot to the new place required moving an old boat that John has that has been in his family for many, many years. It is quite cool and I've often thought of making it into a hang out, wine spot or something...It's not on a trailer and he had to move it about 30 feet where we keep the boats that are on trailers....He tried it with the Green Machine (that's the front end loader/back hoe rebuilt Terramite we use for everything) but again, we couldn't get traction enough to do it. Being on the ground and with the ground very soft and with years of sitting on the ground he decided to lift up one side then another with the front end loader to try to free it up. Each time he lifted it I looked well underneath to make sure we didn't have something slithering that we didn't expect. We didn't.

He then went and to get the "big red pony", our F-150 and with ease moved it to the slab where the other boats are kept.

This boat had also been sitting on some tires....which also had to be moved before he shredded the new area to the ground. John grabbed the first one and off he went to deposit it near where he moved the boat. I decided to help and chose the one that had less dead grass and debris thinking it was safer and picked it up from the front tilting it away from me. Usually you pick things up from the backside to look in case of a snake because it will partially shield you...and you can drop it much quicker.

I'm glad I picked it up from the front because there was about a 15' Copperhead inside the tireeasy to see without any debris to cover him and against the black of the tire. Copperheads are one of the three venomous snakes in Texas and are easily identified. They are also very pretty snakes...I suspect that because it has been quite cool was the reason he was moving slowly and didn't try to bite me. Had I reached over the tire to pick up from the back there is a possibility he would have got me under my arm. Slight in this cool weather but a possibility.

So off to get the hoe I went (which is what I usually have in my hand to lift things) and John chopped his head off. We tried to get the Roo's to do something with him.... several of them did try to pull him by his tail but quickly gave up. I think they knew he was already dead. This is the first snake we've seen in years and we attribute that to all the Roo's we have around here and that we keep the grass down. See, there is a reason we take them in when others don't want them..... not to mention they are quite entertaining!

We also managed to get the trailer loaded with mulch that has been sitting for several months. John will try to get that spread next week while I am gone so we can start turning the ground next weekend after I get home.

Now the sun is setting, we have dinner going and will spend some quality time together after while. 

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Beautiful Spring like weather again!

Just came in to eat. John sounded the effects on the bull horn to tell me he had cooked lunch.

Fresh eggs, warmed up pork chops from last night, whole grain good!

Emptied 6 big bags of leaves onto compost courtesy of some friend of ours in another town who so graciously hauled them to us....and now it's full and we can start working on bin 2.

John got the cd player on the outside stereo working and plugged in the bluegrass cd's from MilkDrive, an amazing group of young men from Austin, Texas we were honored to have been introduced to at a small, local venue..... you can hear it all the way into the pasture.... and makes life very sweet!

And...with the sun shining and it's warming up nicely...I may switch into Capri's in a bit. It's the day I've been waiting for ...for quite some time.

Tomorrow is a little more harried. We are meeting folks at the local winery and then I have to pack for another trip for the 9-5..... so taking advantage of as much of this day as I possibly can!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Weekend is HERE! Bring on the tiller....

It's been a LONG John moved 1/2 of the chicks to the regular coop. They have really grown and were quite crowded in the outside chick pen.

He selected those that appear at this point to be hens. Poor babies! When I got home they were really peeping! He said they immediately took a dust bath when they got in the big pen..... it will be a learning curve for them to understand what this is all about but before long they'll be big enough to maneuver their way into the hutches...

Tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful and I plan to spend all day outside. Work needs to be done and I need to spend some time in the fresh air, sun beaming down, and experience all of what God may send past me...

Next week it's back to Phoenix again for my 9-5 but at a different hotel. I will post pictures. Their online site looks beautiful and you can bet...I'll be quizzing chefs about their food source to share with you! So far no indication that they use locally grown food in their food selections...maybe I can convince them?? LOL!!

Then on Sunday we are meeting several friends at Lavaca Bluffs Winery and Vineyard to spend the afternoon. We are long over-due to spend some time with owners Doug and Beth.... It's a great social event... and wonderful company as well....

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Monday....

Good evening everyone!

Headed straight to the garden when I got home to start plugging in those potatoes. I had planned to start before now but it's still raining off and on......this evening the air was thick with misty I put on sweats (fleece) and headed out anyway. Got about 1/2 of them complete.

I need to run the cultivator through it and hope to accomplish that this week.

And... a friend was nice enough to load up in his truck the 5 bags of leaves he had bagged up and that were by the curb for the trash pick-up to dispose of...John met him in town and we'll add them to the compost tomorrow. It was dark by the time we got to that chore and I needed to start dinner.

I sure will be glad when daylight savings time gets here. Just about 3 more weeks!! It will allow for more "outside" time after work. Whoo ho!

Dinner tonight is left over Pork Ribeyes we cooked in the pressure cooker last night with a heavy Canadian Steak Seasoning.....and some steamed brown rice and also fresh Bok Choy cabbage from the garden.

We also received our second delivery from Johnny's Seed.... mostly corn but I also wanted some giant sunflowers if for nothing more than show. I love those..... so we have 150 sunflower seeds too....

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