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September 2012

Rocky Mount, VA(Zone 7a)

Waiting for the rains from the former hurricane.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

we are too.
could use the rain.
things are a bit slow today. i m not feeling very well ?
so i m claiming a day to do nothing but veg in the tv room .
hope everyone is doing good today

Rocky Mount, VA(Zone 7a)

Truck is fixed and reassembled and tested with a Lowe's run.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

woohooo. always nice to have wheels running again.

Rocky Mount, VA(Zone 7a)

Lumber runs in the bil's metro were getting tiring. His truck is also down (transmission). Of the two mine was an easier fix. He knows he is welcome to use it any time he needs to.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

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.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Dyson, congrats on fixing the truck!

Sue, sorry you are feeling punky... but it's probably expected considering the stress you have been enduring.

Caj, how nice to have a peaceful picnic!

Nik, where are you... we need updates!

Belle Center, OH(Zone 5a)

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?




Rocky Mount, VA(Zone 7a)

amazing .... all i manged to do was drink a few beers.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

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.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

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.

Richmond, TX

Hey! Careful there! I'm old and thin and can probably work circles around most folk but I don't need a job - sounds like my kind of work though. Good luck!

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Nik, sorry to hear you had bad thyroid problems, and hope they are straightened out now. On the upside, Congrats on the new bride! The plans for the cabin and 2 kitchens sound great!

Freezing, canning, pickling and dehydrating is a never-ending job around here!

Sue, I'd come and work on cider pressing for a few days if it wasn't so danged far away!


none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

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 ??

Belle Center, OH(Zone 5a)

Sue, where are you doing apples? You're not out at Mad River farm market are you?

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

no i m in Urbana. Loudens Apple Orchard
today is picking apple day
kids have a fog delay , i hate those ...
good day to everyone

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Nik, congrats on the marriage.

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.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

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

Belle Center, OH(Zone 5a)

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.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

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

Richmond, TX

Can you market the fallen apples for animal feed?

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

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

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

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.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

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

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

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?

Belle Center, OH(Zone 5a)









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.
























none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

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 ?

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

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.

Rocky Mount, VA(Zone 7a)

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.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Dyson, you are like me... if we didn't have Bad Luck we'd have no luck at all~

Belle Center, OH(Zone 5a)

Wouldn't it be simpler to drop the tank? That's what I did when I replaced the pump on my GMC pick up.

Rocky Mount, VA(Zone 7a)

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.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

My truck needs a new steering column. DS put a piece of reinforcement rod in it so we could move it.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

70 gallons of cider pressed today.
trained a new girl .... oh lets hope she can do this. She has a back issue so i m cautious .
tired today

Rocky Mount, VA(Zone 7a)

Got the bike insured for the next year, had it inspected last month, tags by the end of the this month and I have transportation for a year. Needs a back tire but not disparately.

Was going to rip the instrument panel out of the truck and work on some of the gauges, but the SIL needs to use it today. Guess I am back in the yard for awhile.

Belle Center, OH(Zone 5a)

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.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

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.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

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.

Richmond, TX

Great news! Now get some rest!

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

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.

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