Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Around The Homestead

Little Chick is finally big enough to join the other chicks outside in the heated chick house. They are really wanting out as the stand in the little windows and look out at the big world. In a few weeks we will move them to a chicken tractor with a heat lamp in the closed in side. I wonder if Little Chick misses his You Tube momma and siblings? LOL

Didn't make it the craft fair/food/clothing drive at Tractor Supply last Saturday. Bella (our Great Pyrenees) got her left hind foot caught in a steel trap. It was cut really bad and she made it worse by pulling on it until she got free. We spent a couple hours looking for her as we thought she did her wandering thing again. But she was doing her patrolling of the woods behind our property. She walks the fence line along the goat and chicken pens where she has chased a few fox off. She goes down to the swamp and walks around . There are coyotes in the woods so the owner of the property likes for Bella to walk the area. He even leaves his chained gate opened a bit for her to go in and out of. Well someone decided to overlook the no trespassing signs and set trap/traps. She is on antibiotics  and pain meds for 14 days but hopefully will be okay. Her foot looks really bad but she is a sweetie each day as I clean it. Please if you set traps make sure you let anyone in that area that has children or pets know.

I will be leaving tomorrow for the mountain cabin. Will be gone a couple weeks. William and I were suppose to go up next weekend for our family Christmas weekend. Since Bella is hurt and unable to travel that far he will stay here with her. Megan has to take Gabby for a root canal 3 hrs from here tomorrow so William is taking me to meet and ride to the mountains with her. I will get to enjoy keeping Skyler happy in the car as he doesn't like to ride very long. I am looking forward to taking a break from firewood. For the past couple of months seems like all we do is cut, haul, split, deliver, stack 7 days a week. Love the extra money but man am I tired and so far behind other chores. Been rushing around the past 2 days packing, cleaning, getting things set up so it will be easier for William while I am gone. Glad we had our Thanksgiving dinner last week but he has plenty of leftovers in the freezer. He will be playing Santa for a friends school while I am gone so need to find his santa suit and freshen it up. Rusty(my Pom) will be staying here this trip. He and Bella are buddies since she is staying inside for now. Think she likes his company and he thinks he is a big dog around her . Hey, let him dream. LOL

Buttons, Lil Vicki, and Rosemary are bred by Snowflake. Mammy has come in season yet but when she does and Snowflake does his job he will be going back home to get spoiled by his human mom that misses him. April will have us with baby goats, which is good as it won't be too cold or too hot. Perfect kidding weather. We have all of our roosters sold except the 3 we are keeping. We just need to catch the others one night after they roost. We also have someone wanting the hens we aren't keeping so when I get back I will work on getting them caught and delivered. Still need to find homes for some of our ducks. We have 18 and want to keep only 4. Lucy and Ricky the Canadian geese are doing really well. They both have grown and look so good. Lucy gets mad at me and pushes the gate to her pen with her foot if I don't bring her greens when I feed. I usually feed grain before I feed greens but with her I must do greens first. Such a diva attitude this goose has but I love it.

We had weather in the upper 70's for a few days but winter type weather has returned. It is suppose to get down in the 20's again this weekend. Now if we just had some snow!

That's it from around the homestead..... Have a blessed one!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Happy Saturday

Since Little Chick has no one to play or talk with I found a video on YouTube of a momma hen and her babies. Little Chick seem to enjoy talking to them. After this next cold spell coming through I hope to move Little Chick out with the rest of the baby chicks. Think he will enjoy the room of the heated little house over a cardboard box and heatlamp.

Finally replaced all the rusty stove pipe and got everything cleaned and put back together. Stove is humming along and keeping us and my tea kettle nice and warm. We still have plumbing to do. Have to replace the pipes underneath the house and have some rewiring to be done. Things keep us busy and behind all the time. Firewood is still selling, so we are still cutting, splitting, and hauling. Money is good but my back doesn't like it.

I am picking one spot each day outside to work on to get cleaned up, repaired, etc. Now if I can just keep William from piling stuff back where I have cleaned!

Weather forecast for next weekend is snow!! I know it probably won't happen but I am enjoying thinking about it.  Have a blessed one!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I Am A Mommy

This little chick hatched from a forgotten egg under the heat lamp after the 7 other chicks were moved. They were over a week old when we moved them and the several eggs left I forgot to get rid of or turn the lamp off. This little one hatched out and is too small and young to go with the others so I am being his mommy, talking to him, cuddling him, cleaning his poop butt, and making sure he stays warm in his box house with a heat lamp. Making sure he eats and drinks and gets lots of attention. I think I am in love.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Just Chatter

We have been so busy delivering wood, checking and cleaning other peoples chimney or stove pipes that we just got around to checking ours today. Found we need to replace a elbow and one section of pipe so no fire for us tonight. Hate using electric heat as I can just hear the meter buzzing. Tomorrow we will have it all put back together and cleaned. William is cutting wood tomorrow with a friend so I get to stay home and catch up. I have a couple more loads of laundry, lots of vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping to keep me busy for a bit. I also have the back porch to clean as a few hens have decided to roost on a porch railing. Once I get it clean I will be taking these hens to a chicken pen to stay. Most of  the chickens are in pens but there are some that free range. I don't mind as long as they leave my flowers and plants alone and don't leave poop where they have no business being. Once they break the rules its in the pen for them.

I was such a dumb bunny last night. Before I went to bed I went around changing the time on all the clocks in the house. William waited until I was finished to tell me I had moved them UP an hour instead of back. I still can't believe I did that as I have been waiting so long to turn back the clocks and get that extra hour of sleep each morning. I am glad he caught it last night instead of this morning.

Have a baby chick that hatched a week after all the others. The other 7 that hatched are outside in a small heated chicken house. This little one is here in the house under a heat lamp. I pick it up and talk to it but it is lonely. Hopefully it will grow fast and can go be with the other chicks soon. I sure hope we are done with baby chicks till spring.

 A friend called wanting us to take 2 Toulouse geese. William wants to of course but I have said no. We already have Lucy and Ricky the Canadian geese and 16 ducks. We are going to keep the geese and 4 ducks but selling the others so really don't need 2 more geese to feed or move.

With helping William with the wood business I have been slacking on good meals lately. Have better meals planned for this next week that hopefully will work out. Going to make some meals ahead so I just have to pop them in the oven at last minute and some crockpot meals planned. I feel better eating a good meal sitting down at the table but lately I have been fixing hotdogs, pizza, subs, for us to eat on the run. We were delivering wood around suppertime most days. This next week I have our wood deliveries scheduled before mealtime. Most customers work so its late evening before we can deliver. This week so far looks like we can do afternoon deliveries.

Still haven't found a buck for my girls yet. Am hoping to work that into my schedule this week. Have a friend I need to go talk to about borrowing her buck for a couple weeks.

The craft fair this past Saturday was a little slow but we did get lots of food donations for the church food pantry. The church feeds 148 families from the pantry so it was nice to be able to be a part of a great thing. Will be doing another craft fair the 16th that is also a food/blanket/coat donation for the homeless. Hope that one is as big a success in donations

The girls are planning our family Christmas weekend for the weekend after Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to it. We will be having it at Melody's this year. Hoping for snow but it may be just a bit early for that.

Have a book calling my name so will end this chatter, take my hot chocolate and book to bed. Have a blessed one!

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Already

Getting closer to winter!! Love winter weather. Love being able to rest a little. Love having a nice fire. Love drinking hot tea and cocoa. I just love winter!!!

October was a very crazy busy month. Megan's wedding which was really nice and bringing back memories of life on the farm. Williams daughter Lisa and her husband renewed their vows and had a beautiful small ceremony and dinner. Justin healed from his surgery and now back at school doing great. Grandson Woody joined the Army. Grandson Wayne graduated Naval bookcamp in IL and will be there until Feb training in Sonar. He will then be heading to San Diego for 3 yrs. Since I have been back at the homestead we haven't stopped cutting, splitting, stacking, hauling, and restacking firewood. This seems to be the winter everyone is wanting plenty of firewood. Good money but my poor aching back. We also have been hauling hay from a friends field and stacking it in barn for winter. Again, my poor aching back. This along with getting the animals wormed and vaccinated for winter, cleaning and raking pens, getting all the waterers bleached and cleaned for winter. Cleaning out and giving fresh straw bedding in all the houses and stalls. We have been coming inside around 9 or 10 each night and I am so tired I shower and go to bed. Winter will be here soon and I hope to rest but we are going through all the chickens so we can advertise and sell the ones we aren't taking to the mountains. I have to list the rabbits I am not keeping and the ducks. The goats are all figured out except for renting a buck to breed ours before they go to the mountains. Don't think we will be in cabin fulltime by Thanksgiving but hopefully before winter is over. So much to declutter and so many things to pack to give to kids, etc. At least when we get to cabin there won't be a lot of stuff! Have a blessed one!!