Monday, July 21, 2014

Meet Little Hershey

This is little Hershey.
This was as close as I could get to the cattle for a while.  There are times where I can get real close, but I think they knew that I wanted them to come close.  So of course, they stayed far away for a while.  The black cattle are the ones I can get closer too.  They are newer to the bunch.  One is our breeder bull, the other is going to be relocating to our freezer real soon. He was born last year on the farm.  He's going to be one tasty beef.

Hershey was born around the 4th of July.

So, she's at the age where she's getting a little spunky and likes to kick up her heels.  She's going to be staying around here as a breeding cow.  Hopefully she will be a little easier to tame than her mommy.  Her brother was.  Now if I can just get her to come when I call.  The older cows have lived on the good grass around here for so long, they don't really like sweet feed.  It's hard to convince them to come and try some.  The younger ones will try it so I have been able to get closer to them.  We shall see if I can get them trained to come to my voice.  

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, keeper of the herd

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This Means War!

Looks all nice and innocent huh?  That is, until they get in your garden and eat your tomatoes!!!!!  This means war!!!!

 We already have a fence up.  It's made with cattle panels so it's at least 4 1/2 feet tall.  Doesn't event slow them down.  So tonight, Hubby and I are getting some of our old electric fence posts and bringing them out about 5 feet from the panels. Then we are stringing up fishing line.  I've heard that this works.  The deer doesn't see the line and when they get ready to jump the fence, they walk into it and it scares them. Hopefully that will help.  We shall see.

 I'm also going to make us a scare crow.  Well, technically it's going to be a scare deer since we haven't had much problems with the local crows.  I'm going to put aluminum pie pans for the scare deer's hands.  The idea is the wind will blow them and they will scare the deer.  Everyday I'm going out and moving the it to a different spot.  That way, it will keep the deer on their toes/hooves.  I'm not going to have deer ruin our garden that will be our main source of food this coming year.  They have miles and miles of grass and trees to eat from.  They don't have to jump the fence just for MY tomatoes.

If the fishing line doesn't work, I think I'm going to put in a trip wire with bottle rockets attached.  One way or another, these deer aren't getting my tomatoes!!!!

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, deer roast anyone?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Good Things

Things have been going good here.  Things are, so far, looking up.  We changed doctors for Hubby.  I don't know about you, but I don't like a doctor that throws pills at you and says, "Take these and come back in 3 months.  If they worked, we know we diagnosed you right."  We don't "just" take pills to "see". Anyway, we found another doctor that believes in natural medicine along with modern day medicine.  She also specializes in stomach issues. She is a great find! We got to talking and she informed me that the food that we eat today has caused so many of the health problems that are out there today.  I would love to be able to sit and pick her brain for a few hours, but I'm sure that would be expensive. :0)

We have been trying to eat as much organic food as we can.  It's hard.  I will be the first to say that our diet wasn't the best.  Now we have to change our "tastes" of food.  I've been spending time going over the Internet looking for recipes and such.  Pintrest is a life saver.  With me working, it's also harder to find the time to make the good meals that we need.  I'm having a little problem trying to balance work, farm work, and house work.  I didn't realize how much there is!!!

The garden is starting to produce now.  Lots of cucumbers and peppers.  The cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen also.  The bigger tomatoes are starting to develop nicely.  Hubby put up the rabbit fence around the whole garden yesterday so I'll be able to go in and weed the garden now.  I know that doesn't make since, but I had to keep weeds in my beans to hide them from the rabbits.  If I weeded them, the rabbits thought I was uncovering the beans just for them.  Now that the fence is up, I'll try to make that garden look like it should.  Plus, I can plant more beans and other things for the fall.

I keep having good things to tell you all.  We had a new calf born!  We think it's a heifer.(girl)  She will be a keeper.  No freezer time for her.  With cattle prices being so high, having a heifer born on the farm was good news indeed.  She will, hopefully, give us many years of more calves.  I haven't been able to get too close to her for a picture just yet.  The three older cows that we have are wild.  They won't let us near her.  I promise though, I'll get a good picture and post it on here.  She is the color of a chocolate bar.  We called her Hershey.

Another good thing happening around here....The "dream thing" is coming true.  I wished I could tell you more, but I want it to be official before I can tell you all what it is.  This, keeping it a secret, is driving me CRAZY!!!!!!!!  It's hard for me to keep in good news! Oh well, it will be out soon. I hope.  :0)

Well,  I'm going to get off here and get back to work.  No time to relax around here anymore.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, good news teller and secret keeper.

Monday, July 7, 2014

It Has Begun...

The garden has started to produce!!!  Yay!!!!!  I'm getting hungry just looking at this picture.  No chemicals, just taste.  I can hear the pickles calling my name now.  Yummmmmmm.

The lily pads are putting on a show this year.  They are pretty, but they are also an aggravation. You can't fish without hooking one of them.  Plus, they are so heavily rooted in the pond, you usually end up breaking your line.  Not fun when you have a huge fish on your line.  One of these days we are going to have our pond redone and all of these lily pads will be taken out.  That will be on down the list of things to do.  I just thought I would though you a photo of them.  They are kind of pretty....

As you can tell, our grass is getting a little bit out of hand.  Our lawnmower broke and we haven't had the extra money to fix it.  I'm hoping this weekend we will.  Right now, Hubby has been Bush Hogging the grass with the tractor.It works.  Skeeter has been having an allergic reaction to the tall grass.  Her poor little muzzle will swell up and she starts scratching.  I've been giving her a small dose of Benadryl.  That's what the vet told me to do.  It's kind of funny watching her all drugged out for a couple hours.  She sleeps like a rock too.  Although, she was pretty good at that before the drugs. hehehehe.

Hubby and I have been trying hard to stay on our "organic" diet.  It's not the easiest thing to do.  I keep running out of recipes to make.  Plus, with us being on the go a lot, it's about impossible to just grab something on the run.   And I don't know about you, but I'm not going to spend over a dollar on an organic granola bar that truthfully isn't really all that organic.  It still has things in it that I don't like.  Hey, maybe I'll look up some granola bar recipes.  (smacks head with palm)

I'm also looking for someone who can sell me a herd share on some dairy cattle. This whole "can't sell raw milk" is really ridiculous in my opinion.  I could make butter, cheese, and of course drink the milk if only I could find someone that had some dairy cattle.  So far the only ones I can find are pretty far away.  Of course once I get a barn built, I'll be able to get my own cow, but that could be a few years down the road.  I don't have that much time to wait right now.  We "NEED" our dairy products.  hehe.

 And FYI, just because a food is in the "healthy food" section of the grocery story, doesn't mean it's healthy. I've had to really look at the ingredients of foods.  I've gotten to where if it doesn't have simple ingredients, I'm not going to buy it.  That's why I'm trying to make my own things.  It's actually kind of daunting.  I've got so many things that need to be done now that we are eating this way.  Working on the farm is not making it easier, but at least this way it's giving me a time limit in which I have to get things done.  I won't keep putting it off until "tomorrow".

And to finish out this rambling post, I could possibly have some exciting news to tell you.  I don't want to jinx it and tell everyone about it.  So for now I would really appreciate everyone sending prayers my way that this "thing" will work out.  If it does, it could be a dream come true for me.

So on that note,

Until next time,

Small Farm Girl, dreamer

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Little Bit Of Everything

Things have been going fairly slow here on the farm.  The heat has brought everything, pretty much, to a stand still.  This weekend is suppose to be nice so it looks like hay will be cut and rolled.  Don't plan for parties and such when hay season is upon you.  That's where the old saying, "Gotta make hay while the sun shines," comes from.  

Hubby has been feeling better.  He said that he doesn't get the pains in his stomach as much.  I keep forcing water on him to drink.  He actually says he is craving water now instead of forcing himself to drink it.  It makes it easier on him that way.  We are still going to doctors appointments every now and them.  I think they want to get as much from us as they can.  It's a good thing we have decent insurance.  For that, I'm thankful.

We have been trying to stay away from processed foods as much as we can.  It can get expensive since our garden hasn't really taken off yet. I did get some cucumbers and jalapeno peppers out of it the other day.  I wished I knew we were going to be going through this a head of time, I would have planted so much more.  Some big prepper I am. hehehe.

The rabbits seem to really like getting in the garden and eating the beans, so we have had to put up a smaller holed fence on the bottom of the existing fence that we already had up.  I'm hoping this fence keeps the "garden eaters" at bay.  Nothing more aggravating than something eating your garden, that you have worked hard on, for a few months.  Last night Jack was barking at four deer across the road.  I'm hoping he will keep them away.  He's usually a big chicken unless it's someone or another dog walking the road.  I wouldn't want to come up on him in the dark either. Think Cujo.  hehehe

Almost all of the chickens have graduated to the big house.  We only have 5 Americanas that are still too little to join the crowd.   They are still in the "in between" house.  It won't be long now.  And yes, before you ask, we are still working on the chicken coop.  The coop itself is just about done, the fence is not.  I'm not really worried.  Small Stuff.

The rabbits are getting bigger.  I figured I will be butchering some soon.  Possibly this weekend.  All depends on the hay.  This heat is really hard on them.  They can handle the cold so much better.  I put a floor tile in their cages so that they can lay on it.  The tile usually stays cool.  Plus they like to nibble on it to sharpen their teeth.  I just learned about that little trick this past winter.  We shall see how it works.

I did find a job.  I'm back to working in a salon again.  This one is a little different than the one I was in.  I really like it.  Everyone there is different.  No one is the same.  We also all get a long because of these differences.  It doesn't really seem like work being here with these people.  They also understand that I have  a farm and there may be times I can't come in.  That's a rare gem to find. I hoping that by me working I will be able to keep up with this blog.  In fact, I'm writing this at my desk at the salon.  It may just work out.  I can see the barn going up soon.....Hopefully.

I'll let you know.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, employed.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Trying Organic

Blogger is screwing with my dashboard.  I can't see all of your blogs.  I'm trying to follow on my phone but I won't be able to comment much.  It's kind of hard to comment from my phone.  Oh well, it's all just small stuff. :0)

The heat and humidity have been pretty bad here for the last week.  I'm hoping it cools off so that I can get in the garden without getting up tooooo early.  I like early morning, but, come one, I have my limits.  hehehe.  I'm guess I AM gonna have to start getting up earlier.  That means getting to bed sooner too.  That's fine with me.  I'm not a big night owl.  Although the people I live with (Hubby and Country Girl) are.  Once again, just small stuff.I can't believe how much my out look on life has changed.  Little things don't bother me as much as they use too.  Maybe this health scare was a blessing in disguise.

 After all of this,we have been trying to eat better. Did you realize HOW MANY cookouts happen in summer time? :0)  We are trying though.  Right now, all we can do is eat what little bit we do have canned/frozen from last year's garden.  We still have a small amount of our beef left in the freezer too, but it's getting on the low side.

We have been trying to stay off wheat for a while but it's not going real good.  I thought about trying organic wheat and sugar.  We like our breads and tortillas around here.  If I start making them myself, I'll want to make them with organic flours.  Maybe it's more of the Roundup and such that is causing Hubby's problems.  We'll just have to try different things and see.  It's going to be an interesting time.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Wow! That was a rambling post!!!

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, going organic

Saturday, June 21, 2014

What I've Learned. And The Results

We went to the doctor's Thursday for the results of the biopsies.  The results.........Still no cancer!  I just love saying that.  We did find out a few more things about what was going on.  Hubby not only had the baseball sized inflammation in his upper bowel, he had a smaller one on his lower bowel.  The doctor said that there were possibly two reasons for this to happen.  One, he has a inflammational bowel disease like Crohns, or two, he wasn't getting enough blood to his bowel because of something like dehydration.

Well, HELLO!!!!  Hubby never drinks water.  He almost ALWAYS drinks either ice tea or coffee.  Both drinks have caffeine, therefore they dehydrate you.  He also works outside in a factory welding and cutting metal.  A hot job!  So that's a good possibility!  Either way, Hubby and I are still happy it's not cancer.  That would take us in a whole new direction.  

The doctor is actually leaning more toward the disease, so he decided that he was going to give Hubby a new med.  This will be like an inflammatory medicine that will stay only in the bowels.  It will not go through his whole system.  We will have to go back to him in three months to see if this is helping any.  Hubby is also suppose to drink lots, and lots of water.  Hopefully this will help out the situation.  We shall see.

During this whole ordeal, Hubby and I had plenty time to talk.  By being faced with a serious illness, we have made many decisions about our lives.  One:  We are going to start taking better care of ourselves.  I know, I know, we should have done this before.  I'm sure you all can relate.  But, we figured we got a second chance and we don't want to throw that away.  We're going to try and eat as much "good stuff" from our garden and pastures instead of buying everything from the store that has been processed or is artificial.  You would think that since we have such a big farm and all, that we would be doing that already.  We weren't.  We liked lunch meat and pre-made granola bars.  We like prepackaged things like sausage and cheese.  Now, we are going to make this stuff ourselves.  We have been trying to go off of wheat, so far, not doing so good.  Maybe if we would go to organic wheat, it wouldn't be so bad.  We shall see.  I'll keep you updated on all of this.

Two:  We are tired of not getting anything done.  Sure Hubby can do a lot of the stuff around the house by himself.  Things like finish the house, build a garage, build a barn, finish the chicken house, and sooooooo much more.  The problem is, TIME.  He works 10 hr days and then on the weekends he just has maintenance stuff to do at the farm.  He doesn't have time to do everything that needs done.  With his job, he makes enough money for us to pay bills, and then we have just a tiny amount left over to buy things like feed and gas.  That won't get things done.  So that brings us to number three.

Three:  I'm going back to work.  I'm going to get a job so that I can make some money so that we can hire these things done.  We are getting at the age where we need to hurry up and do this!  Not getting any younger here!  I'm not working for fun, or to have something to do, I'm working so that we can get some of our infrastructure done around here.  That way, when we DO get older, we will have everything set up to where we (hopefully) won't have to worry about things on the farm.

Four: Stop worrying about the small stuff.  It's no big deal!  You look at things differently when something like this happens in your life.  I really don't care that Hubby smacks his gum when he chews it.  He chews gum because he quit smoking.  Look at the big picture!!!!

Five: We have started going back to church.  You can only imagine all of the "deals" that you will make with God when something like this happens. LOL!  Seriously, there were a lot of people praying for Hubby and I.  I believe that is the only reason that we got good news.  Some of you may have your opinions, and that's fine, but I will also have mine. :0)

The content of this blog may change a little.  I'll still have things about the farm and such, but it may be a little more personal.  Writing this not only let's family members know what's going on, it let's me have a "diary" of sorts, that I can look back on and see where we have come.  Don't worry, I'm not going to get all sappy on you all.  There will still be some of the "crazy happenings", I'm sure.  But I also think that you will get to actually know me and Hubby better.  I think I'm okay with that. I hope you are too.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, getting real