Dyson, glad your truck is fixed. I hope ours is fixed soon. I hate being without a way to haul things.
Sue, hope you are feeling better. We need rain to. We are getting a light shower right now. I wish it would last all night. Those are the ones that do the most good.
DH and I had a good day. We went to a nearby state park for a gospel singing. It lasts 3 days and this is the 62nd year for it. We took a picnic and had a relaxing day. We sure needed it. After we got home, DH settled down to the LSU game while I did the feeding and milking. Now I am enjoying the game while catching up here. Hope you all have a good night.
Updates: I don't have the GF anymore. I married her so now she's the better Half. I was sick for a while this summer with some kind of thyroid issue. I lost 70 lbs and the hatchery let me go. But things at the farm are going well. I am getting my strength back and doing more work everyday. Eric at TSC in Bellefontaine said he could put me to work in October. So that'll be great (I need the discount if nothing else) We aren't starting on the cabin until next spring. We paid off the farm and we're putting away cash every month. I have a neighbor who is a contractor, he's going to do our basement, and the cabin itself is being built by Amos Gingrich. I am doing the plumbing, and a cousin down in Brookville, Oh is going to do the electric. I hope to have the driveway cut and graveled, and power and water and phone back there by the time we start construction. Another neighbor is doing my septic system.
We are going to have 2 kitchens, the main one up stairs, and a canning kitchen in the basement. I already have all the equipment for the basement kitchen. The upstairs kitchen will have a double (electric) oven, a drop in (propane) 5 burner range top, a new wardrobe style fridge and a good dishwasher. we are going to go with a tankless water heater and a whole house filtration system rather than a softener. I'm hoping to have a woodburning furnace. Not a wood stove, but a real furnace. A lot of the New Order Amish around me have them, and their homes are quite warm in the winter.
the garden did so-so. I have to admit I didn't put as much into it as I should have. I was pretty sick and we had a serious drought. We raised and already sent to freezer camp, 125 cornish cross chickens. Did them in 2 batches. One of 75, and the second of 50. We also have a dozen Broad breasted bronze turkeys that are going to be butchered in mid November. I did no pigs this year, but I have one reserved from an amish feller I know over in La Rue, Ohio. My neighbors give me a quarter of a steer whenever they butcher in payment for the pasture. I bought a bunch of veggies from the produce auction up in Hardin County and we have been freezing, canning and pickling them.
There are some of the updates for you. And before anyone asks: yes I still had time to make and fly a lot of kites this summer. What has everyone else been up to?
We had our DGSs for the summer and we had all kinds of things planned. Fishing, camping, trailriding, sightseeing. But DH's foot took a bad turn and we spent most of the summer in the hospital, infusion center and doctor's offices. Ended up having an amputation to mid calf just before the boys went back home. It has been a rough summer here.
Congrats Nik on the new nuptuals. :) Sorry to hear of the illness and the loss of job. Glad to hear things are doign well at your farm and your body is healing .
Dyson i think i m along the same lines ... most days i just managed a few beers myself .
Well we got the apple pressing room all cleaned up today. took 4 hrs..
still having trouble finding anyone to help out this apple season. my boss hired a lady but she is having foot surgery so she will be out next week . He did hire another gal but honestly ... i can't see her making it ??? this is hard labor intense work . She is older and is very thin ... i know i should not judge but...I think many people don't realize how much labor and hard work goes into cider pressing. We do it all by hand.
so if any of you want a cider job... let me know :)
well i guess i should get to the grocery .
been raining off and on today. hope to make it while its not raining and before kids get out from school.
LOL Sorry pork... when i said think i should have said really really thin ! , this lady was really thin . I bet you can run circles around most folk. My MIL is 85 and she runs circles around me most days.
darius i thought of you too . Yep that would be a travel for you.
I m feeling pretty good ... i actually cooked ! and washed dishes. I have not done that in several months.
I m defrosting some deer meat i got from a friend. I sure hope it has no freezer burn ? but i may dehydrate it and make some jerky . its a small piece.
I will get some apples also to make pie fillings. apple sauce and some cinammon apple wedges.
got a new cooke book Plenty Vibrant vegtable recipes from London's Ottdenghi.
looks like some yummy stuff in it
anyone got any advice on garlic in tomato juice ? . i did some tomato juice with roasted garlic. Pureed the tomato with garlic and did process with a BWB
or did i ask this already ??
One of my egg customers gave me a bunch of apples. They have bad spots but I take the good and give the bad to the animals. We all win. :)
Getting just a bit of rain here. The house shook pretty bad a bit ago. Must have set off a charge on the strip mining job. It's on the next mountain.
Went to help a friend with a sick goat. Couldn't do much. It appears to be neurological. Has symptoms that could be several things. Her muscles get stiff and her head pulls back toward her back. Her gait is very stiff and she falls over. Seems to be more affected on the right side. Felt like a fever also. She was still eating and drinking. I gave her some bute and she was resting when we left.
i have a sick chicken ? i thought she was broody but she acts more sick then broody ?
laying hens are all snotty and sneezing. Time to get out the Durmamycin ...
going to let my rooster go. he is just tearing up the girls. they need their feathers back or they will be very cold this winter.
anyone want a turkey ?
Caj sorry to hear of the goat illness. IT does sound like it is neurological ... ?
oh we also got our new bunny today. she is a doe , 5 months old. Netherland Dwarf. chestnut color.
well i hope you all have a good night , sleep well friends
I'm not sure where Louden's is, although I've heard of it. I am heading that way in a few days; I have friends down by Lippencott's who have been bugging me to come down. SO, I reckon we'll go a visiting in the next week or so.
cool . let me know . We have more cutomers then apples at moment. The drought sure has taken a toll on apples this year.
most are on the ground. By Gov't Health standards we can't sell or use them...
well off to do apples
we do sell them for animal feed. I take a bucket home of the apple pulp for my chickens. I m surprised that not many other farmers do that ? but it is a bit more work .
if i had hogs i would be feeding my pigs, acorns, and apples ! mmmmm good bacon.
well i didn't get much food prepped for my winter :( hope to get some apple sauce making in this weekend and dehydrate apples and apple sauce fruit rolls. i love them ! oh so good.
got my silkee roo in with the two girls. One is broody so i m getting a head start. since they live in the basement i don't have to worry about the winter cold.
i may have her hatch out 6
Sounds like a plan, Sue. It is possible to make cider without a press? I just love cider.
I need to pick my beans and tomatoes tomorrow. I planted a late crop of beans. I think I will do all Cherokee Wax beans next year. We like those. They are also early beans so I can plant several crops. Thinking about making me a strawberry tower out of stacked flower pots. I saw it on FB. Looks pretty easy. You drive a stake in the ground. I have tall roof bolts from the mines. It's big pieces of rebar with tops on them so I can drive them in with the post driver. You put a large pot over the stake and fill it with soil. Then you put a bit smaller one on top of that one and fill it with soil. You keep doing that till you fill up the stake. Then you plant your berries in the rim of each pot. Looks like it would be easier to plant than those hanging strawberry planters. I can never get those to work. I have a stawberry pot I have never had any success with either. I can't keep the soil in around the plants and the bottom plants are always too dry.
I agree them strawberry pots never do much for me either ???
soundsl ike your busy Cajun. How is the DH and his healing ? tell him i m sending positive energy for him
I have no idea if you can do cider with out a press ? good question.
gave the UPS guy some garlic LOL
tired tonight folks
so i will see you all tomorrow
We had a good day today. DH went on a little drive by himself. Went to the little community store and visited a while. Used his walker. Those kinda things make him feel more confident and really lift his spirits. Makes me feel good too.
We went to the wound care doc yesterday and he was very happy with the stump. He took off a few spots of hard, dried scab so the incision can finish healing.
Mailed my Momma a package yesterday. I called her this evening but she had just come back from her first treatment and was so worn out she had gone to bed. I'll call her in the morning.
I have a batch of yogurt incubating. I hope it turns out well. The milk was a bit "blinky". That's a local term for turning.
Sue, what do you do to get the apples ready to go into the press?
i give my hogs all the apples I can get for free or near to it.Three years ago I had 6 hogs and between them they got over 2 tons of the darn things. That made for awesome bacon and hams. especially as I smoked everything with wood from a crabapple I had cut out of the fenceline.
Well the one lady didn't show up for work yesterday so me and my boss did it all . We only did 45 gals so it wasn't to bad. Just don't know what happened to her ?
the only thing we do to get apples ready for cider is wash and sort. get all the rotted ones. then he has a mix he likes to do. One bushel sweet, then alternate with a tart . then a sweet.
yesterdays mix was empire, jonathon and a tart green, not a granny can't recall its name .
well we got a pretty st rong storm last night. rained bunches
my silkie that is broody has no eggs ? i believe she is " set out " so my timing was off . i didn't get the rooster in her cage in time. :( and my other silkie is eating her eggs !!! so i can't use hers. So i am going to get my other laying hens and hope one of theres is fertile ? . I will take the rooster and three hens and keep them in a cage for a few days. Lets hope it works ?
Nik, sounds like some awesome tasting meat. I wish we could raise another pig to eat but we don't have a good pen. We don't have much meat left from the two we butchered.
Nearly everybody here has at least one apple tree but few people bother spraying them. The apples fall to the ground and rot all over. A lady who buys eggs from me has about 7 different kinds of apple trees. She tries to spray hers but she is elderly and it never gets done right. She has lots of apples but they have a lot of bad spots. She always gives me some. I don't mind cutting off the bad spots. I freeze them for fried apples.
Sue, by broodies are a bantam hen and a game hen. Neither of them lay well and it's not their eggs I want to hatch. I give them my EE's eggs. I have a bantam roo but I don't want any bantam chicks right now. I had him in with my big hens in hopes of hatching some bantam EEs but it didn't happen.
It rained here earlier and looks like we will get some more. I am not complaining. We need it. Been in a drought so I've had to water the garden. That is a chore I don't enjoy.
Got the license plate lights working on the truck - it had been daytime use only - and then the fuel pump quit again. I dread pulling the bed again but it is going to happen as soon as I get the replacement.
Truck is operational again - nick it was much easier to pull the bed and not unmount the tank from the frame, six bolts and two cables (both with disconnect plugs), No worry about spilling fuel.
While I was into it I took care of the broken tail pipe mount now held in place with a wire coat hanger - it may not last forever, but as long as it out last me.
Off to the library, then some yard work.
A friend and I started on the shop yesterday. We got everything moved that had to moved and today we have been working on putting in insulation. I have a wood stove to go in there, so this winter I should be able to work on my wood working projects no matter what the outside is like. We should have the left and back walls done by tomorrow. Then we can build the workbench for the radial arm, and compound miterbox saws. We quit today because I had to get some blood drawn for a DR's appointment Friday. Sold 200 bucks work of chickens this AM, too. It's been a pretty good day so far.
You all sound industrious. I had to doctor a horse with a cut leg and a duck with an infected eye. Then DH had to start taking his prep meds for his colonoscopy tomorow morning so I have not been able to get far from the house. Hard enough to get to the bathroom quick enough with 2 good legs. Imagine if you only had one! I did manage to get everything fed and had the 2 does tied out for a couple hours.
Great news! DH's test was clean. No problems with his colon at all. God is so good. That is a huge weight off our minds.
I have been feeling bad for 2 days now so I will go to bed early tonight. Sick at my stomach like my ulcer is kicking up. Pain in my hip and knee, got a headache and sore throat and I have a crick in my neck. Joy, Joy.
yes that is good news Cajun. Get some rest. i will send healing energy to you for a quick recovery.
not much going on here
scored me some pure grape juice but it was pricey ! but well worth it. i only wish my budget would have allowed me more of it. i will do some grape jelly with it.
looks like cool temps today and some light rain chances.
Nik, yuck on the insane ER bill. That's as bad as mine... 26 hours recently, half in the ER, to the tune of $13,200 just for the hospital, not the ER part which is covered 100% by Medicare. Haven't seen the doctor's bills yet, they are separate.
Thanks so much. I am being lazy today. :) I let the goats out to browse this morning. Need to check on them.
Coffee's leg got better. Now Ben has a cold and he is getting gentimicin injections. Also wormed him yesterday. He is on the mend.
Picked the last of my beans and pulled the vines. Need to get the garlic, onions, peas and carrots planted now but it rained for 2 days. Looks like a good day today.
Going to have company next week. They will stay a week then I plan to ride to La with them and stay with my Momma for a week or 2. She is fading and I need to see her. Today will be her 3rd radiation treatment. DH is getting independant and he insists he can do without me for a little while.
here we have
then apples go through a bleach solution in the thingy that is green
press is the third pic
pours into smaller tank
then pumped into bigger tank. Don't know how much it holds over 100 gals
yesterday we did 90 gals
Caj how did the visit go with your mom ?
darius anything new in the cheese making or how did your garden grow this year ?
Dyson sounds like your fixing so many projects. anytime you need more fix it projects , come on over to my house :)
pork how is the weather in Texas ?
I haven't done squat in cheesemaking this year... and my garden didn't do squat either. I need to dig the roots of the Belgian endive and put them in the dark to start sprouting in December... IF the underground critters didn't eat the roots!
I have 4-5 tomatoes that trying to ripen on the 2 plants that survived the summer. I've only had 3 fresh tomatoes all summer, and those were from a neighbor. The winter squash did poorly and the only abundance in the garden was summer squash.
garlic did well for me this year too. i may need to cancel my order i did just in case i needed more garlic. seems i m 3 buckets full :)
pretty cool outside .
still need to get the garden ready
still have the mole in jessica's garden i have to get out of there. so i can plant my crocus and my iris and some daylilys
i m already thinking of next springs garden ? !! LOL is anyone else doing the same ?
Nik, you can order from SSE without being a member. Their catalog is great but has a limited number of items. What a membership gives me is a thick paper catalog of a zillion heritage seeds, bulbs and tubers that other members have to sell or trade, rather than through SSE itself. Must be a million listings.
Our company, BIL and SIL, should be here by Sunday. They will stay until the next Sunday or Monday and I will ride back to La with them then. Looking forward to it. I really want to see my Momma. I am bringing pictures and some letters that we will look at and read together. I am bringing my video camera to record it while we look and think of old times. She remembers old times pretty good still. Not sure yet if I will stay 1 week or I might stay 2 weeks.
Sue, thanks for the pics. So, the apples are just pressed whole without any heating or cooking of any kind and not mixed with any water? I would live to go on a field trip there. LOL
My tomatoes are about done and I have been happy with the cherries but the big ones did not do well. Squash did well, and so did the beans. I have pulled the beans hope to get to the tomatoes this week before I leave. Peppers did not do well and the eggplant was a bust. Hope to get things planted before I leave too. Elephant garlic, lettuce and peas.
Found a sad sight at the chicken coop yesterday. Either a coon or a big mink got in and killed 4 birds. Lost my bantam hen and roo, a RSL hen and my duck hen. Did some reinforcing around the walls and went back after dark with my flashlight and my pistol but didn't see anything. I hope they did well all night. I'll see when I go feed later. They have been molting and their feathers are just starting to come back in. Hope they will be back to laying soon. Picked up a new customer and I don't have many eggs right now. A friend is supposed to give me 3 pullets and I sure need them right now.
No Nik i m not a member , i just order from their regular catolog. Wish my budget could be a member. some day i will .
Cajun sorry to hear of the critter . hope you get em soon.
i sold 9 of my hens. they just didn't lay and they ate their eggs ! so off they went to auction.
had a big storm come through tonight. still just at the tail end of it.
we will see what damage is in the morning.
did 125 gals today... whew the new girl kicked it into hight gear too. i do think she has got it. She is a nice girl and i enjoy working iwth her but i do think she is dyslexic ? so some things i still need to help her on.
i canceled my garlic order and will just do what i have here. i just don't know where i will be next summer.
Go get em Cajun. ! :)
i just don't know where i will be mentally.
I m still trying to get things in the ground for my own gardens .
i just look at the plants and the heart just won't let me do much with it.
HOnestly i was not looking forward to planting 500 garlic either LOL . I will do only 100 again this year.
Nothing in my trap today and I didn't lose any more birds. But I'd sure like to kill whatever it is.
I need to get my elephant garlic planted. Have any of you ever grown it? I bought a big clove at Walmart. It has about 6 toes on it so I'll seperate them and plant them this week.
Our company got here tonight. They had a good trip.
Went to my egg customer's house today to let her know I wouldn't have any eggs until the hens start laying again. Ended up picking up apples with her and she gave me another big box of Arkansas Blacks. They are delish and great for cooking.
oh i m jealous on them apples Cajun ! Yes i have grown the elephant garlic. Mine this year didn't get so big but its much bigger then the ones in the store . so i m happy :) i love it .
got 3 eggs under my white silkie
got two in the incubator
getting two new cochins in october and a new paint silkie. cockerel.
we are selling our two blue splash, she eats her eggs and the male is wanting nothing to do with her ? unless he is a " do it in the dark only " kind of guy ? i will wait until our eggs hatch or don't hatch. that will give me my answer LOL
i do have plenty of garden work to do
still need to catch the digging mole ? or what ever it is out in jessica's garden.
pretty muddy out there so i may not dig plants
Beautiful day today. Cool but not cold, sunny and breezy. Two good church services. Got the animals all fed in good time. Let the goats out to browse for a couple hours. I spent a good bit of time working in my tomato bed. Most of the plants were about spent so I pulled them and the cages. Still need to clean the bed up. Got a few weeds and a bit of grass that needs to come out. I left the gooseberry plant. It is blooming and has a few of the paper husk covered fruits on. Good chance of frost tonight so I put the frost cover on and pinned it down. Guess the chickens will get the 6 imature melons still on the vines. Grrr. I'm planning to heat my hoop house with Christmas lights in early Spring and hope to get my melons blooming by the time they can be set out in the garden. Maybe then they will actually get ripe. And to add insult to injury, the Charleston Gray that only set one melon, is now blooming to beat the band.
well i think i m falling of the deep end. LOL
i have been buying silkies like crazy ! for our next 4 h fair..
so far i m up to 6 i better get cracking at getting some cages LOL
also gave one silkie a bath . yes a bath... LOL i am hoping it helps get the boys into action :)
The tree in the back yard is a pear - that has been neglected for years. Boxwood and Mulberry were crowding it on all sides. I spent most of yesterday and this morning cutting and clearing them out. The next step is to get rid of the Virginia Creeper that has infested it. Then in winter I will have to figure out how to prune it - there are lots of dead limbs so some of the decisions have been made for me.
Sue, I plan to put in a chestnut tree, as well as more hazelnuts. A chestnut tree hasn't been a priority since my neighbor has one that produces far more nuts than he can use. However, this year his tree didn't have any nuts, while my biggest black walnut (about 15" in diameter) had the largest amount of nuts (and large ones!) fall since I've been here, probably 4 times as many as usual. They fall right on the driveway at the edge of the road so there are smashed nuts everywhere from being driven over.
What a lovely blog to find!! I was drawn to this one because of Dyson. The name, that is. It's my grandmother's maiden name - she was from Yorkshire, West Riding, Slaithewaite in England. I found where she came through Ellis Island, which was pretty cool. So glad to hear folks are getting Hazelnuts. I have a three year old tree that put out these things for the first time that I assume will be nuts. The companion I had bought to cross pollinate with it died, so I finally got that replaced this year. The oak trees are dropping acorns by buckets, so the hogs are in...well, hog heaven. Mmmm! Can't wait for this crop to be butchered. Not making any more cheese right now. We have milk sheep, but the last ewe has been dried up before lambing. Moved all the citrus trees in and dug up some peppers last night because we were slated to have frost. No frost, but my living room is a jungle right now, so hopefully I'll get a little rearranging done today. Company coming Wednesday, but they'll just have to live with it! All those pepper plants were LOADED, and I was not going to give them up! Need to get up to Ellijay this week, too, and get a few bushels of apples before they are gone. So happy to find this place with folks doing stuff I like to do.
darius are you still dry ? and hope everything and you are safe and comftable
very cold here today but i won't complain LOL
tomorrow is sauce day making get rid of some apples in my fridge . i wll also do some apple fruit roll ups in the dehydrator. mmmm them is good.