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38 Special Acres from Grayson, KY
38 Special Acres

Farm Name: 38 Special Acres

Year Farm Established: 2009

Location: Grayson, KY

Years I’ve been farming: 4 years

Animals I raise: chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys

Crops I grow: Veggie garden
orchard
berry patches


Hobbies I enjoy: gardening, reading, crocheting/knit- ting

Pets: bodacious (german shepherd)
kasper (bishon friese)
foxy lady (german shepherd)
bucky (german shepherd)
phoenix (boxer)


Farm Motto: Enjoy every moment, no one knows when it will be your last.


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  P2 had 2 g to hatch last night. 1 while be bailed hay another started at 7:30 and then 1 this morning cracked it's shell.

You should of heard the excuses P2 made trying to stay home for moral support on the 3rd keet...LOL...

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05/07/2010 06:49.52 AM Report This Comment  
  WOOHOO!! Twelve live keets from my first incubator hatching. I'm keeping those but have more eggs in the incubator. If you know of anyone who would like whites or pieds (purple and white mix), please let me know. Thanks.

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05/06/2010 09:19.27 AM Report This Comment  
  We got a sprinkle this morning while I was feeding up.

P2's chicks has 2 more wks and they will be going with the bigger ladies if I can get the chicken wire on the bottom of the chicken yard so the cubulyans won't go through the fence because it will be open season for Gre-Gre.

Hope you have a great day.

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04/20/2010 06:55.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Well P2 took 5 of Pearl's eggs to school so the FFA/4H teacher could add them to the incubator. We have 7 in another incubator and the last day for them to be turned on is on May 19th, so maybe P2 will be out of school to watch them hatch if the eggs are fertile.

P2's 657 had her calf, I've posted a pic of the 2.

Gilbert and Spot are growing and I've had to up there feed to 4 buckets in the morning and 3 in the evening.

A coyote took down our only lavender guniea, so we are down to Larry, Mo and Pearl. Larry and Mo are the white ones.

P2 was able to take his chicks outside for a couple of hours on Frid/Sat and they sure did love the dirt and sun.

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04/19/2010 07:29.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Love the Picture!
Wow! I so owe you some pictures and an email! I'm sorry I'm way behind, but life slammed into us and we've been meeting ourselves coming and going. I promise you a much owed email on Tuesday! Hug those critters for me!

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04/11/2010 08:59.52 AM Report This Comment  
  We pick up eggs every day, so Pearl doesn't set on them. I was wondering if I should get out the UFO incubator and give the hatching thing another try.

Gilbert and Spot are part of P2's 4H project. We can't show them at the October fair because they will be to old and over the weight. So we are auction them off in at the end of July...for someone's plate...and then that money will go by his gilts. So then in a years time he can get little ones. It's the swine project book with modifications....LOL....

Well the white cumcubers want to come up. It was in the low 40's last night.

P2 had a soccer game and he's not feeling to happy that they lost by a point. But I tried to tell him that he can't do it alone and that why they've got 9 more members. Sure him being the goaly is important, but when he's own time tries to score on him doesn't help. I understand that they are small. But they goaly has the same color shirt as they do and then need to go to the other end to make a point for their team.

Oh well pressing on.

Have a great weekend.

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04/09/2010 04:52.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Well Pearl is up to 3 eggs this week.

I hit the fan yesterday when I saw that out of 15 laying hens there was only 3 eggs and one of them was Pearl's. Boy I gave the entire flock a good yelling. But they could care less. How in the world are we suppose to put egg orders together with only 3 laying a day?

Oh well maybe they get needing a break or by this weekend, the entire flock will be going through a molt. Would you need any feathers to stuff a pillow if the entire flock goes througha molt all at one go. Maybe that's a good thing and we can get over the molting in just a few weeks instead of months...LOL...

Well Gilbert and Spot are getting big, you don't have to strain your eyes to make them out at their blue gate.

How's the hatching coming along? Lost any of the broody moms?

Have a great one.

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04/07/2010 07:02.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Well Pearl just layed her 1st egg. I'm thinking we got three males in the G flock. The white one that I call Larry is walking a little bite better. I still think he's going to lose a toe. He found so string out in the woods and it took P2 and I several tries with the net to get him. After we wore ourself and him out we netted him and cut all the string off his leg. I purple coated him on all legs and under his belly. It took a couple of hours for the flock to except him again. I did not see no leakage or fresh blood on him yesterday morning so I let him be. Who needs TV when you have a flock/

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04/05/2010 10:31.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Well Gilbert and Spot took a chuck out of my pitch fork. Hubby said that it wasn't so. But I had no camera to take pics as they were doing to as proof...LOL...

Well if the incubator doesn't do the work maybe the true mom's will get you some babies.

So what are your plans if the momies to be hatch them?

Easter is around the corner and P2 said no to candy because of the metal in his mouth. That's okay the bunney ran to the seed store and got him LOADED up on seeds for Sunday's suprise.

Have a good one.

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04/01/2010 01:33.32 PM Report This Comment  
  18 chicks left out of 20.

P2, Pa-Pa, Ma-Ma planted two rows of red spuds and white spuds. The onions, garlic ans scallons (?) are planted, too.

Today is the clean out day for the hay in the pig shelter. Boy I'm going to smell worse then yesterday...LOL...

Good luck with your eggs.

Happy Easter.

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03/30/2010 10:20.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Who knew a small little ad would have all of P2's guppies sold? But what amezes me the most, is by the next morning they are 3 more that we did not see the day before. He only has 5 neons left, 3 tiny guppies (that we know of), 3 female sword tales and his oscer left. Now that about the right amount of fish for his 10 gallon tank (I think). How long does it take for you to see the swordtail of the male swordtail? If it doesn't take very long then he has all females, but if it takes a while he may have all males........

The chicks came in a day early, with the rain. We may lose one due to the stress of the shipment. I have him in a box under a lamp away from the healthier ones, just incase he does expire.

Have you though about using your g's eggs for Easter? We are going to blow some of P2's eggs out, because they just don't dye pretty (since they are colored eggs).

Well we hit our 3rd dead calf this week and I hope that is the last of them. No profit in feeding the coyotes, except to keep them at bay.

Hope you have a great weekend.

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03/25/2010 12:45.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Try misting your eggs on the 19th day.

It just less depressing to let someone else hatch my eggs, besides we have a problem right now...no rooster...

Boy those buff org and black sex link chicks that P2 picked up last Saturday will get a bigger home, this afternoon. They will also get some more sisters in come this Friday.

P2 picked up 11 eggs yesterday and they all look oh so fine. If he keeps this flock, he'll have some very beautiful eggs to put in the fair this year.

We had another calf to be born last night, in the fog. Mom and calf are doing well. It's a heifer. It's a good thing, too. If she did not have a calf this year, she was marked for the auction barn by the end of next month. Now it will depend on the calf's weaning weight if she stays or goes. I think we have 9 left to go for this calving season unless we have some opps calves and we normaly do...LOL...

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03/24/2010 10:35.01 AM Report This Comment  
  We grow a lot of mint for tea or should I say some green sugar water with fresh mint flavoring. I can never get it sweet enough for P2. But then again I can't keep it made up for him either.

I got his ear notcher and thermometer ordered today for his 1st aid box and farrowing box that he's putting together for one of his 4H projects.

Is your incubator a self turning one? Just remember to turn it off on the 18th day. GOOD LUCK and hopefully you'll have a better time then we did.

Are your eggs speckeled? I have this small egg that is brown with darker brown specks all over it. It's either a g or a Welsummer hen laying it.

The g's got boated out of the pig shelter when Gilbert and Spot came home. Spot like to had a male for lunch when they jumped the fence and started gripping in his face. It took about a minute of the fussing and then showed his teeth. I had g(s) fyling out of the shelter so fast, even I did not know what was going on. Then I started to watch them and found out why Spot was in a mood.

Who says you have to watch tv for enitertament?

How did the unpacking go?

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03/23/2010 10:31.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Well P2 and I planted three watermelon plants on Saturday and then it snowed/sleeted Sunday morning. Need to go and check them out. We also plant white cumcumber seeds, but I don't think the wacky weather did them wrong. The early girl tomatoes are still in their pot. I might take a mineral bucket and turn that in the tomatoe patch. P2 has a small green house with peanuts trying to sprout. He also made a green house to rush some shamrock along. He took a 2 litter bottle cut it in half and turn the pice with the top into the other half and he pushed some Indian corn into the dirt. He wants to do a purple hual bean the same way. I want to get my hands on some more mint. And then who know what he will come back from the co-op....LOL...

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03/22/2010 02:10.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Love the new photos, too!

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03/22/2010 04:43.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Well Ruth the bulls from MO are here and so are P2 pigs. We had to take off a load of steers. It's calving season and Sweetheart prolapsed (that wasn't nice). We lost her and the calf this morning. It's one of those should of, could of, would of things. We had a family to come and look at a bull and that just been one things after another.

P2 and I plante three watermelons and we had snow/sleet the next day. So we planted some of his Indian Corn inside. Got to plant some peanuts, too.

P2 and I have one more week and then we will be off for Easter.

His new chicks come this week, too.

In the mist of me trying to find a new sewing machine.

How's things at your end?

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03/22/2010 04:43.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ruth, checking on you and the family. How are things?

Well on the the 13th of March we go and get the piglets, the bull from MO will start his way down and we have to met them in the middle somewhere and P2's 1st soccer game is on that Saturday, too. Plate is just a little full.

Chicks are coming on the 27th of March.

P2 still has his 4 g(s) and they have started to go back in the coop at night. Hubby has purchased the supplies to cover the chicken run, to protect the new chicks from the hawks and owls. Hoping this will stop the killing. Only time will tell though.

Hope you all have a great week.

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03/09/2010 04:49.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Mornin!
It's a deal. I'll even pay for the shipping when the time comes. And I really like your guinea nest cages. If I can find any of my nests, I think I'm gonna do something like it. Of course, my poor girl has seven beaus to contend with, so no telling where she'll hide! I did get some pics of the snow, but Ruthie and Hope wouldn't stand still long enough for me to get them in it. They weren't real sure what all that white stuff was! It only lasted about half a day, but Randy and I 'borrowed' Wild Bill's trough (cleaned it out real well, of course!) and went trough sledding in the pasture. We may be at the half century mark, but we sure did have a good time! I'll be happy to post some pics here, but if you'd like, I'll email them separately to you. Just email me at belle6382@yahoo.com and that'll tell me it's okay! How's your weather there? Ours is just cold and wet, and for a southern girl, it's getting really hard to swallow. I am so ready for Spring! I planted some things from seeds, but they didn't do well at all. I'm thinking my seeds were old, so I'm gonna try again, but this time with fresh seeds. My sister-in-law emailed me and told me she ordered both of us a packet of Creole Tomatoes, which started my mouth to watering for fresh veggies. Oh, dear, sweet Spring. WHERE ARE YOU!!!!! Hope you have a great day today!

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02/16/2010 06:30.41 AM Report This Comment  
  I'm Game!
Ooh! If it's workable, I'd definitely prefer to buy my keets from you! Hey! Protection fences? I like that idea. How did y'all do that? If I can find the nests, that would be an ideal thing to do. And I'll definitely take some pics of the babies for you. Especially Miss Ruthie! She's growing fast and is just as cute as a button! Yep. I love my farm. It's actually snowing today, so I'm hoping some will stick and I can get a quick picture of it, too. It just doesn't snow here much, and when it does, it's still too warm for it to stick. Keep me posted on your babies. I know it's too cold now, but it'll be spring soon. I just can't wait! I'm getting the gardening itch real bad, and can't wait to get plants in the ground. I did get lettuce and baby spinach planted a few weeks ago, and it's started to come up. I even have a few carrots finally showing their little green leafy heads above the soil line. Great. Now I'm hungry. Have a great day, and I'll talk with you later!

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02/11/2010 10:05.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Early Spring?????
Wow! Your guineas must be the proverbial 'early bird'! I wish my guinea would lay, but right now, I have seven males and only one female! Gonna get that fixed this spring, as I just have to get some more keets. I love my birds too much to just have 8! Congrats on the egg, though! Around our place, our biggest problem is finding the nests before a predator does. When we do, we try to hatch them out. Their favorite place is a huge clump of grass right by one of the barn doors, which I purposely don't mow, just because of that. Oh, and under the firewood racks. Miss Ruthie and Hope are just the happiest, sweetest babies! I wish you could see them. So far, Miss Ruthie has won 'Calf of the Hill' the most, and they look so comical as they go sliding off, or as a mama 'pushes' them off to get to the hay! The other day when I went to feed, poor Miss Ruthie must have been caught under a 'faucet', because her normally pristine white face looked like she'd been in a mud shower. I had to laugh -- she looked so pitiful! Ah, Ruth. The joys of the farm. There is some sadness, too. We sold four of our calves last week. We got some really good prices for them, and I know that it's why we raise them in the first place, but it's always sad to see them go. Hey! Are you gonna try and hatch and raise some guineas from eggs? Let me know how that does! I'll keep you posted on ours, too. Mercy! I just love this farm life!

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02/09/2010 05:32.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Miss Ruthie
AH! I laughed at your post! No, I wasn't referring to LOOKS, just Sweet Temperment! Miss Ruthie says to tell you hi, and she wishes you could see her playing King of the Hill with Hope! Wow, Ruth. You really should be able to see those babies! I wish I had that much energy! I will have fun making the aprons -- I love stretching my wings and trying new things. Of course, there are a lot of times I do that and end up losing a lot of feathers, but at least I tried! I've spoken with Hope, and she has assured me she will do everything in her power to help you have a wonderful and very successful 2010. Have a great day!

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01/26/2010 07:49.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Well Ruth between the Brother-in-law's Rv coming to visit and then Rex came with a load of pea gravel and then Pa-Pa coming and putting a load of sand in the chicken yard P2's G's are STILL in a up roar. Oh, I also clean out their coop and they don't like then new shavings are the clean smell. They refused to go in for the night. So by 7 I had had enough of this day and left the coop light on and the door open, "in hopes they would clam down and go in." Well I knew I was going to be wrong, because at 8 those 4 had made a place at the edge of the coop roof. Well it's 7:30 in the morning and they are at the RV given it a piece of their mind and the noise is about the get everyone. A skunk came to visit and I don't know who stirred him up the cat or the dog. The cat came and she smells okay but the dog did not so I think it's the dog.

Between my parents and me we got the brooder out of the lumber shed and into the chicken store room. No pine shaving in it yet. That will come the weekend before they are due at the Homestead. I thinking P2 is getting 16 hen, but you don't know how many extra rooster they will send to keep them warm. Chicks at a day or to three days can't make enough heat for themselves and if you order the wrong amount (normally under 25) they send left over rooster chicks that noone wants to buy. Which is fine with me until they get about 22 wks old and they try to "man" up and fight you for the chicken yard. But that's why the icecream bucket comes in play or your foot as long as the ground isn't wet.

Well be needing names for the roosters if we get any? Richard(s), Big Foot and Mack Daddy have been taken by past roosters.

Have a great one.

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01/24/2010 05:24.58 AM Report This Comment  
  OMG! You should hear P2's 4 G's. Brother-in-law in home for a week or two w/the RV and he has it parked in our yard and the G's DO NOT LIKE THIS NOT ONE BITE.

Well nothing happens in a nice order around here. Started to clean the coop out and place the old rubber truck mates that I've been collecting to put down on the painted cement floor and then the pin shavings and the man comes to pick the roos up. He took all 4. Big Richard weight 9.5 lbs without tail feathes and the other lack a pound each.

It's a great but sad day for me.

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01/23/2010 10:41.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Going Mad
I'm going absolutely mad being stuck in this house for over 3 weeks now. This weather just won't give a girl a break!!! Over a week of 20 degrees or below weather, then snow every night for a 4-day stretch, and now it's rain, rain, rain. BAH! I have got to get out of this house. Guess I'll go for a ride even if it is nasty out. The dogs want to get out and about, too. The animals are restless! LOL

Have a great day all!
Ruth

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01/23/2010 08:26.13 AM Report This Comment  
  No mating dance yet.

Well the white g has defeathered P2's Rhode Island Red Rooster (Big Richard). I went out there and saw the signs of feathers all over the place and was praying that we did not have anything dead and here come Big Richard butt nacked....LOL....he put the white g male between us. Needless to say when he came close he got a free flight less with the ice cream bucket. Don't think Big Richard will be sold like the way he looks. The other three roosters (chickens) give room and RUN when they see him a coming. So we may have three sold roosters and one on the mends come this weekend.

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01/21/2010 02:57.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Sitting down and doing nothing would be a nightmare. That's just not me. I wash and dry clothes during the night. I'm so busy, but I guess I'm doing the wrong things because I keep on getting wider...LOL...which is okay as long as I can still pick up 50 to 100 lbs of feed for the animals.

Good luck with the house.

Your ideal sounds nice, we do have a fence around their yard, but I'm more afraid of the neighbor's dog instead of the wild animals that we seen.

P2 and I were out in the woods and saw 2 baby bobcats. I grabed him by the hair on his neck and told him to walk back s-l-o-w-l-y. He pipes up "WHY?, I don't see the mom." That's just it she's not that far from her babies, then we heard a wild rabbit just a squeeling and I told him see that's her getting breakfast. So needless to say we walk up the hill backwards until they were out of sight and then back to the house.

Then that nigh I tried to do a split and pill drive my right knee into the floor.

City life will be to boring for me, but much safer I think?

Have a good one. We've been getting rain and the heater hasn't turn on since yesterday.

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01/21/2010 04:33.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Well the 4 that P2 has left got booted out of the coop, so to speak. I feel in the house and it hard for me to get out there and close their door at night. Well last night I heard the 4 just a talking and got up to check things out and found that they are sleeping on top of the chicken coop. The only thing that scares me is that the coyotes have been calling around 11:11 and then 1:30 for the past week. I guess I will see how hardy these 4 are.

I've got to give my right leg muscle time to heal up. I had socks on my feet on hard wood floors. Well my feet went out from under me and I tried to do a split and then my right knee was driven into the floor. At least the house is off the ground and not on cement. My left leg is hurting but not as much as my right. So things around the house have been trimmed to what HAS to be done. This is going to be a fun week or two.

How's your Christmas presents working for ya?

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01/20/2010 07:29.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy New Year!
Hi, Ruth! I hope this year is very prosperous, and full of smiles, laughter and giggles for you! Yep, I'm with you. I wouldn't give up my guineas for the world! Down here in the South, we've been suffering from some extremely unusually cold weather, and I'm spending most of my time out in it, trying to break water troughs or hauling water to our cattle. We have a second new heifer, born on New Year's Day. I decided to christen the Christmas Eve baby - Miss Ruthie, partially in honor of you and your guineas, and partially in honor of one of my favorite neighbors. Our other calf is named Hope, as I've always felt we can all do with a little more than that. By the way, if I can learn to make these aprons well enough, I'll find a vintage pattern for one with big pockets, and I'll send you one. Don't send your addy yet, though. I've got a lot of learning to do before I get them right! I just hope I can pull it off. As far as the Button book goes, I did learn that mice can't stand the smell of peppermint, which is a good thing, since all this cold and wet weather is driving them inside. I'm working on driving them back out with cotton balls doused in peppermint oil. Oh, well. At least my house smells good!
Hope your New Years brings you wonderful things!

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01/12/2010 09:59.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Well this morning is the first time I did not have more than 1/2" of ice in all the water troughs. Did remove it anyways. It seems right before daylight the temperature drops and then comes back up and then it regreezes if I don't take the ice out. To tell you how bad things got down here I still have ice over 2" thick on the north side of things. We got some wacky weather the last couple of days.

Depending on the rain they say is coming, I may take the cattle panle gates down and let the bulls us the pen as a scratching post. Don't want to get stuck again down there. Last time the tractor had to come and pull the truck and trailer out.

Have a great day.

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01/12/2010 04:30.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Beekeeping
Anyone out there who could give me some information on beekeping. Please contact me. Any information would be helpful. Thanks.

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01/12/2010 04:06.37 AM Report This Comment  
  A sink would be nice. You can put in one of those one demand hot water tanks and have yourself some water too. Can you get your flock to drink from those nipples that the industry uses? For ours I have a cattle float on a mineral tub (that's cut to hold 8 gallons of water). I have enough problems with rain getting into the coop so I'm not worried about brining water in.

P2's grades was 1 A and 1 B.

Got pics of the pig pen posted.

The way it feels rolling around on the side of my foot, it is a chip and the dr said the only option was to cut it out unless I can "take it." So I'm taking the pain right now and hope it will go away on it's own.

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01/11/2010 03:05.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ruth, do you get any eggs from your flock yet? If so, about how old where they when they started to lay? We keep a calendar of how many eggs we get a day and then at the end of the week we add them up and then total them with the pervious weeks. I've jumped in eggs but they all look the same size. I thought it took two g. eggs to make one chicken egg. Or is it the other way around. The two females that we have are as big as my Barred Plymouth Rock hen Jany.

Thanks

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01/05/2010 02:21.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Got to share your nicknames with P2 when he comes home from school. Report cards come out this Thursday, what a way to ruin a weekend.

Well it was 17 this morning and they are calling it to be in the 50's if the sun comes out. Got the small width insulation with a the foil backing to go a wrap the chicken yard and pig pen faucet with. We bring the faucet out of the ground about 3' and take a 4 to 6 inch diameter pipe and push it down around the faucet and water pipe. We back fill with fine sand or course sand all the way to the top of the pipe. It helps it from freezing and also gives the faucet "some" protection from the lawnmower or the bush hog. All I have to due is take some shredded paper and a plastic bag and make a ball around the faucet, then take the insulation with the foil on it and wrap the ball. Hope like all get out that the faucet does not break off where it mets the pvc. If it does evey thing will get shorting....LOL...

So how's your neck? Do you still have pain or it all depends on what you do? Foot is still there, just had to learn how to use the shovel without making that spot hurt. Now I need to find another set of rubber boots. I put a hole in one of them with the shovel. Can't go in the mud with them anymore...:-)

Take care of yourself.

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01/05/2010 07:43.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Mornin'!
Ruth - I'm so glad you had a good Christmas! Ours was simple, but wonderful. I got one of my favorite gifts - gift certificates to Barnes & Noble! Yep! I've already used them. part of it went to two book, one on making vintage Aprons, one of the things I want to make for next year for Christmas, and another book called How to Sew A Button...and Other Nifty Things your Grandmother Knew. I absolutely loved the mental image of a guinea perched on your head! So, is he wearing your hat now, or just using it as a nest? The two new guineas are actually survivors of six that a friend purchased for us somewhere. I'll have to ask her about it. And you could be right -- they need to molt before their true colors emerge. Actually, I think they are quite beautiful, and at least, when I go to count my guineas, I can tell at a glance if they aren't accounted for. I'm planning on getting about a dozen or so more this spring. That is, if this rain will quit long enough to clean the chicken coop out! It's now been 10 days since the last cleaning, and we've had so much rain that the coop is a muddy mess, and I can't get my wagon in there to load the old hay up without getting stuck. If I have to wait another few days, I'll end up having to rebleach the whole blasted coop! I did get five new chicks last week, plus Randy was given a banty rooster by a neighbor. Whoa. I'm now at 68 chickens, which mean my 75 chicken-capacity coop is about to be full. Which means I may have to clean the coop once every four to five days, instead of once a week. Yikes! And that just happens to be my least favorite job on the farm! We got a Christmas Eve calf! And we are amazed she survived. She was born in the early morning hours, just as a really wild storm hit its crescendo. What a gift! Mama and baby are safely in the barn now, and doing well. Hope you have a wonderful New Years! Keep me posted. And tell Bodie hi for me, and give him a scratch behind the ears!

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12/30/2009 05:32.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Snow isn't the norm for us. Hubby said no to the cement today because the temp was to low. Want be able to do much in the a.m., P2 gets his allergy shots and that a morning trip to town. They are also calling for rain so I don't think that will help the cement to dry...LOL...

But things are good as long as Mr. Walker doesn't want us to pick up Iggy and Gilbert this weekend.

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12/29/2009 03:11.04 PM Report This Comment  
  That's the joy of being off of work. Working so hard that when you do go back to work you need a vaction from the homefront...LOL...

Got the trenches that hubby asked me to dig. They are a shovel deep and a shovel wide. Goingt to sink the cattle panels into the ground.

I got a barn shovel for the chicken coop if that makes any sense...LOL...

How do you like your Chrismtas gift? Do you have it up and running yet? Any good photos of the deer on your place?

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12/28/2009 01:07.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ruth, you got your wish list and I got my a pitch fork and hubby said I could not use it on him. Like I would do that on purpose...LOL...

Hubby, my parents, Patrick and I got all the post up in his pen and ran the water.

Working on it a little at a time.

Haven't gone and seen the babies yet. Mr. Walker has several litters being born at this time and he doesn't want any one to come because they mother's "may" eat their babies. So we have to be good and wait another 5 wks. Will be calling him on Friday though.

Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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12/27/2009 02:23.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Ruth.......Iggy and Gilbert are 3 wks old this week. Have to call their owner Mr. Walker on the 1st to see when they turn 8 wks old and see when we can pick them up. Guess what we will be doing this weekend? Your right building a pig pen. Mr. Walker says my 14 x 14 is two big, but I think he is forgettin that we want 2. Bescause a 6 x 8 is good enough for 1.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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12/24/2009 05:11.59 AM Report This Comment  
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