Sunday, August 16, 2015

It Looks Like Fall.....

I took this photo this morning.

There hasn't been any substantial rain in over 3 weeks.
The river birch tree has been dropping leaves like crazy.
It sure looks like Fall in this picture.
Too bad it was already 70 degrees in the morning when I took the picture.
Tomorrow school starts.
Of course because its suppose to be 89 degrees.
Simple as that. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Silly Alpaca!




Scotchy is so silly!  
I just love him to pieces!`

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

An Evening Walk to the Manure Pile

This has not been the best summer for my garden.
In all honesty, it was an epic disaster.
The weather was obviously a major factor but I was at fault too.
I did not put down a good layer of manure into the raised beds last Fall nor did I really "prep" the garden in the spring.   Time just got away from me.

My savings grace in the garden disaster is the pumpkin patch growing in the manure pile.
After the Fall season I through a couple pumpkins into the manure pile and hope for the best in the spring.  Thank goodness I got lucky this year!

In the evening the dogs and I take a walk to the manure pile to check out the result of my genius plan.  Ok, it's not "genius" but it sounded good:)

Yep, I have an awesome pumpkin patch growing in the manure pile!
Of course, if you look closely at the picture below, Squirt comes to the manure pile for other reasons.  I tell the dogs it's a manure pile, not a treat pile.....seriously.

It's pretty impressive in my opinion.  I worked really hard to grow it. I threw some old pumpkins into the manure pile and kept piling in more manure;)

Some look like this.......

.........some look like lil' jack-o-lanterns......

......and some pumpkins are looking like this!  Evening walks to the manure pile will help make sure no one, like nosy goats and sheep, are messing with my pumpkins/gourds!  Fall is my favorite season and since the garden is a disaster, this pumpkin patch is putting some fun back into gardening this year!

Monday, August 10, 2015

A Funky Looking Egg

Today I washed eggs.
I usually wash eggs every couple of days, depending on how many eggs I collect.

So can you pick out the egg that doesn't seem to be like the other eggs?

Are you thinking that its this funky oblong looking one ..............

.........did you pick this one?
What the heck?  
Its like the egg of all eggs........
I am thinking it had to have hurt..........
I wonder whats
I am afraid to cook it........

My chickens are just killin' me with their sense of humor!!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A Basket Fit for a Kitten

Theodore has become a source of entertainment this summer.

Theodore loves to play in this basket.

Sometimes it gets complicated for Theodore in the basket.

He plays works hard to make things right for his kitty little self in the basket.

And when all is worked out, it's a great place for him to take a nap:)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Hay Talk

It's that time of the year.
Getting hay secured for the Fall and winter months.
I need a good 800 bales to get me through late August to May.  Of course, if the grass stays green longer that helps but since there has been no rain, things are drying up fast.  First cutting hay got off late and talk is second cuttings are looking small and the price will be high......barf.  I like seconds for the alpacas and for the goats once they kid and I want to breed about 8 goats this Fall.   
I have learned to network my hay sources;)
I have 3 reliable sources and prices do vary with my sources.  

Source one always has great hay and good prices but he did not cut much last year but he did much more hay this year.
Source two has good hay and averages $5.00 a bale and I have been getting the majority of my hay from him for the past 3 years.
Source three hay is good to okay hay but price is often high but in a panic I can get hay from him. 

Source one has been very good to me so far!! I got nice first cuttings last week.....100 bales at $3.00 and he will hold at least another 300 for me at the same price! He cut that a few weeks ago.  He sent me a text this Wednesday that said,"I just cut seconds and have 79 bales on the wagon that you will take on Friday at $4.00."  No argument from me.  Today I made 2 trips and loaded beautiful 2nd cuttings into my barn.  

Of course, the sampling crew was right there to assist.  I told them this is winter hay and that means hoofs off !  
My big barn can hold 200 bales. I put up, by myself, 179 bales in the past week and a
 half.  Why not 200? Well , cuz I have lots of bags of wool up there taking up hay space:(
  Sigh, so much wool, so little time.
But at least the barn is stocked and that hay won't be touched till the dead of winter. I will put other hay in my smaller barn and use that to feed for now.
Back to school in under a week.......yuck!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Thinking about Fall......just a little bit

I know it's only the last week of July but it's been really hot this 90 degrees and I feel the need to complain.....just a little bit.  My body has decided to go into the "change of life" mode, so it might as well be 110 degrees.  And due to this recruiting, my brain actually started to think about Fall.  I know, I am pushing it but I go back to school in under 3 weeks and in all honesty, this summer weather has kinda sucked.  I am not going to go into full blown Fall but I thought a few "Fallish" colors might pacify me.

Orange coneflowers work.

This unknown variety of flower I just bought ( ok, I will be honest, I was to lazy to go outside at 10:30 tonight to look at the tag) has nice autumn colors.

This Fall blooming clematis has really grown out of control this year.....

......she is like clematis gone wild but she will smell awesome when she blooms!

I mounted Theodore's kitty log cabin yesterday and put some bird seed in it.
No visitors yet but I am sure word will get out seeing as I feed the "deluxe" seed with lots of sunflower and safflower in it! The birds need good food with Fall just around the corner:)

And I wonder if the sheep are ready for Fall too..........maybe just a little bit?