Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Little Of This, A Little Of That

Oh my goodness!  I didn't realize how long it had been since I had written on here.  We have been doing just your normal "getting ready for Spring" stuff.  The garden hasn't been tilled yet.  This week is the first week that we haven't had a bunch of rain.  So if everything goes well, we'll be tilling it this weekend.

The rabbit that had the litter kept 5 alive.  Now, it's time for them to go to freezer camp.  It's what they are raised for and they had a good life of fresh air and greens for snacks.  It's a lot better than growing up in a factory farm.

The pups are growing like weeds.  I'm going to have to get some new pictures of them.  It's amazing how fast they grow.  They have been spending a lot of time outside running around and chasing each other.  All.  The.  Time.  I'm actually glad we got two of them.  They keep each other busy.  I couldn't imagine trying to keep one of them busy.  Well, Holley anyway.  She has to be doing something all the time.  Chassis is more laid back.  She's happy to just sit by you and watch t.v.  But, if you put them together, they are constantly running and playing.  Poor Jack.  They have been using him like a spring board.  They jump on his side while he's laying down.  He has only barked at them once and that was because they kept jumping in his face.  I'm glad he did it.  They need to learn manners.

I've been doing a little painting.  This painting I gave to a friend.  She has done so much for me that I had to do something for her.  This is a very bad picture of the painting.  You really can't see the details or colors.  I took this picture outside and I think the sun caused the camera to not pick up very good.  Oh well, you get the idea.  I have another one that I have to do for another friend.  I hope to get it started real soon.

In other news, the E-magazine that I have been writing for is going to print.  My articles will actually be in print!!!!  I'm sooo excited!  If you would like to get a subscription for this homesteading magazine you can go to  Molly Green Magazine.  Put in the coupon code "mothersday2015" and you can get a nice discount.

Well, I think I hear the fish in our pond calling my name so I'm going to get off here.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, livin life.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I'm Not A Vet

Sunday Hubby and I went for a ride on the four wheeler.  We usually ride around the neighborhood and visit friends.  We were gone for about a couple hours and it was just starting to get dark.  As we were outside, I noticed that our mare, Momma, was laying down by the hay hoop.  This is not too unusual.  What was unusual was the time of day.  At this time of day, the animals are usually up and eating and enjoying the cool part of the day.  I told Hubby that something wasn't right.

We went over to check on her.  As we got closer, she still didn't get up.  Still not right.  We finally got her to her feet, but she didn't want to put any weight on her right hind leg.  Great. I checked it out, tried pushing her so she would put a little weight on it, thinking maybe it had just fell asleep and it felt funny to her.  Nope, there was something wrong.  A million things were going through my brain trying to figure things out.  The worse thing I feared was she had foundered herself on the new grass.  She has foundered before, so she can do it again pretty easily.  This horse likes to eat.  We would put a grazing muzzle on her so she wouldn't eat as much, but she knows how to scrape them off on trees.  She's pretty smart about that.  Anyway, we couldn't find anything actually wrong right then, so we said we would watch her and see how she does and we left her and went home.

The next day, I went to feed the chickens and the rabbits.  As I was doing that, I noticed that Momma was up and eating.  She was still gympie, but not as bad as she was the day before.  Then I noticed that there were a bunch of hoof prints all around on the OUTSIDE of the fence.  Hmmmmmmm.  Every time someones animals get out or get loose, they make a bee line right for our farm.  It can be horses, dogs, cats, or cows, it doesn't matter, they will come to our house.  Maybe we look inviting. lol.

Anyway, I knew how Momma acted when there were other horses around.  She's a kicker.  She will try and kick through the fence after the other horse.  For her being a horse, she doesn't really like horses, or cows, or dogs.  She likes people though.  I think she would be the perfect horse for someone who doesn't have very much space and only wanted one horse.  She would be perfect for a little girl's first horse.  She is as tame as they come.

I figured our neighbor's horses had gotten out and she had kicked at them.  She probably made her hip sore or, she could have gotten kicked herself, we don't know. But at least now we have an idea.

A couple hours later I noticed buzzards flying over our back field.  Oh great.  We had had a calf born just two days before (that will be in another post) and I got to thinking that it was probably dead.  When you see buzzards, that's the first thing you think about.  The youngins.  So I get on the four wheeler and head back to take a look.  I unlatch the gate and drive back to take a look.  There laying on her side, all stretched out, was Momma.  Oh no!!!!  She was dead!  I gunned the gas and raced over to her, circling her with the four wheeler.  No movement.  Her eyes were rolled back into her head and there were flies swarming her face and neck.  As I drove closer, I say her ear barely move.  She wasn't dead just yet, but it wouldn't be long.

I raced back to the house to call my father-in-law to see what he would do.  I didn't want her to suffer if I could help it.  As I was calling, I was texting Hubby and telling him that his horse was just about dead. Well, FIL wasn't home but MIL was.  She said she would send him over as soon as he got home.  He was 45 mins away.  I realized there was nothing I could do right now but wait.  So, that's what I did.

 I got busy hanging clothes on the line and watching the puppies.  Then I remembered that I forgot to latch the gate to the back field so I went to do that.  I was just topping the hill riding the four wheeler when what did I see?  Momma was up standing and eating grass!!!!!  What the CRAP!  She was just about dead only a couple hours ago!!!! She must have REALLY been in a DEEP SLEEP! REALLY DEEP.  She just about fooled some buzzards. lol

I called everyone back and told them that the horse wasn't dead.  She was just asleep.  Of course I got a bit of ribbing with them saying I couldn't tell the difference between a dead horse and an alive horse.  I'm glad I was wrong.  But WOW did I get a scare.  I was SURE that horse was just about dead.

Momma still has a limp and she's still a little sore, but I can notice she's getting better.  Hopefully with all the deep sleep she's getting she will heal faster.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, not a vet......


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Riding The Storm Out

Well, we made it thought the first severe thunderstorm of 2015.  It really wasn't that bad.  It rained a lot but we have had worse. It had lightning but I had seen worse. Although, I did get to see a radio tower get hit by a streak of lightning.  That was kinda cool.  And, we did have some small hail, but we have had a lot worse too.  So to rank this storm on the B.A.T.S. (badness according to Sherri.) scale, I would have given it a 4.  I could have slept through it.

I'm also messing around with putting videos on YouTube, so hopefully I'll be able to start putting some of the puppies and the happenings that go on here at the farm, on here for everyone to see.  Maybe, just maybe, I'll even put some of the videos of us playing music.  We shall see. As long as it's easy to do.  I'm not the most tech savvy person.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, storm survivor.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Another Big Day For The Puppies (picture heavy)

The puppies had a big day this weekend.  The weather was nice, so we let them come out and 
go with us to do chores around the farm.
The got to meet the cattle for the first time.  They weren't afraid because their protector, Jack, was there with them.




The puppies just love him.  And, he loves them back.  He will let them jump all over him.  I've actually seen Holley (the black one) stand on Jack's side while he was asleep.  He didn't care one bit.



He really loves Chassis.  She's not as rough with him as Holley is.  She's a love bug.  So, Jack loves her back.



The puppies also helped with putting up their outdoor kennel.  This will be used when I can't be outside with them but yet they just HAVE to be outside.  Which right now is ALL. THE. TIME.

                                                               Oh, and Jack helped too.


                         But then after the kennels was done, they just had to play again.

And some more.




Jack just laid under the tree and watched them.  Those little ones have a lot of energy.



Then Holley started to get sleepy.



Chassis still wanted to play.


But then, she decided she was tired also.



They slept for the rest of the day.  Those little buggers were worn out!  It was a big day for them!

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, puppy watcher.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Puppies and Baby

The puppies have been keeping me busy here on the farm.  I had been able to let them outside by themselves, but now they have started roaming.  I found them out in the pasture yesterday, and today I found them out by the road.  I can't have that happening.  So, we are going to set up the dog kennel for when we can't go outside with them.  I know they won't be happy with it, but I'm going to be staying outside with them most of the times and they can run loose if I'm out there.  And boy do they like to run!!!!  Those little buggers are fast!

We took them to their first vet visit just last week.  They were 10 weeks old and Holley weighed 18.89 lbs and Chassis weighed 18.08.  They are going to be big Aussies.  They got their second shots and wormed.  They did great.  But of course they puked inside their cage when I came up the bumpy dirt road.  See! Even the puppies hate how bad our road is! lol

The pups have started to develop their personalities.  Holley is the adventurous one.  She is like the tomboy of the two.  She will be the first one in trouble, she will be the first one to jump on Jack in the mornings, and I guarantee she will be the first one in the pond.  I dread that day.......  Long haired dogs with pond scum is something I'm not looking forward too.

Chassis is more of the girly girl.  She is more laid back, she likes to snuggle, and she thinks she's pretty. lol.   Although, she can run around in the weeds like the best of them.  Jack likes her best, as of now.  He will lay on his back and let her play around his face.

 Holley uses Jack as a spring board.  She will run out of the house as fast as she can, and bounce off of him and keep on running. She will then make a big circle and come back and jump in his face.  I can see on Jacks face he is thinking, " Go away kid, your bothering me." LOL!!!  But, he's a good boy and tolerates them playing.  It seems he knows just how easy to play with them.

Another thing we've done since I've last posted, was go to my niece's first birthday party.  It's hard to believe she is one year old.  Time sure does fly.  She's still a little tiny thing but she is growing.




She likes to play Dad's guitar.



Us adults were treated to some wonderful cupcakes that were made by Gracie's Aunt.



Gracie loved her new Raggedy Ann doll.


And her new computer.


Of course, she is just excited about almost walking too. lol.  

The little ones grow up way too fast.


So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, baby watcher.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It Wasn't A Pretty Sight

I have been feeling, well, not so fit lately.  Of course when you are my size that's not uncommon.  So, I thought I would do something about it and try to be more flexible.  I was going to try yoga.......I've been telling myself for years that yoga would help me get stronger and have more flexibility.  So I decided that today was the day.  No more excuses.

So I got my yoga pants on. (Oh who am I kidding?  I already had them on. lol)  I looked on Youtube for "yoga for beginners" videos.  I found quite a few of them.  Good!  I would have many to choose from.  As I was looking through them, I noticed one for beginners and weight loss.  Great!!!  Two birds with one stone!

I clicked on it to see what it was like.  A cheery, squeaky voiced, tooth pick of a girl was trying to tell me to sit like she was and if I couldn't I should use a blanket.  Of course she said she didn't need it so she wasn't going to use it.  I made it through 3 minutes with the squeaky cheerleader and had to change videos.

The next one I watched I thought I could handle.  So I got on the floor (concrete floor. I didn't have a yoga mat yet.) with my blanket and tried to do what she was doing.  Inhale....exhale.....  I can do this.  Now bring your legs in and sit cross legged.  When I was young, we called that Indian style. Well, I did the best I could, even with a blanket tucked under my bum.  Raise your arms over your head slowly.  Inhale....exhale.....  Reach for the sky.  Yep, still can do it.

Then she said to get up on all fours.  With bad knees and a concrete floor, it wasn't too comfortable, but I did it.  She said to arch your back like a cat, then do the opposite and bring your belly down towards the floor.  I wasn't real good at this, but I did it.  I think the concrete and the knees had something to do with this.

Next move she said to do what is called the downward dog.  Place you feet on the floor while your hands were still on the floor and push your bum up into the air making an A out of your body.  I did.  All of this time, she is telling me to inhale..... and exhale....  Well, what this little stick figure of a woman didn't understand, is that big breasted women CAN'T inhale and exhale in this position.  I was being smothered!  Blood was rushing to my head and my face was turning red.  All the time I was hearing this little voice in the background, "Inhale......Exhale...." .   Surely this woman has never had big boobs! I was about to pass out!

After about another minute of this misery, I gave up and watched a cat video.  There. That made me fill better.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, Master Yoga pants wearer.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Embarrassment

I wasn't sure if I should write this story but the people I told it to say I just HAD to write it.  It's extremely embarrassing to me,but at the same time, extremely funny.  I just want to warn you though, if you have any aversion to stories about body functions, do not read this.  I repeat...DO NOT READ THIS!  You have been warned.

We have been hit with a massive snow storm here in KY.  We ended up getting around 18 inches of snow.  Now if you don't really know how deep 18 inches are, just imagine on ME that's just a little over knee high snow.  That's a lot of snow!  Nothing was moving for a while.  No cars could go anywhere because they kept bottoming out in the deep snow.

Anyways, my parents had to go up to my sisters house in Ohio before the storm hit.  My niece was sick and in the hospital. (She's better now. YAY!)  While they were up there Hubby and I were to feed their dogs.  That normally was no big deal, but when you have 18 inches of snow, it's kinda hard to go up half a mile of driveway with a steep switchback in the middle of it.  We figured we could do it though.

We started out okay at the beginning.  We were pushing snow with our small SUV.  The snow was so deep it was coming up over the hood and hitting the windshield.  We made it up to the switch back in the road and then we got stuck. We couldn't make it up the hill.  We slid and bottomed out.  We were stuck.  I told Hubby that we were gonna have to hoof it to the top of the hill.  Not fun when you are doing this in really deep snow.  Luckily we had on our tall Muck boots. (Worth every penny we spent on them.)  We started to walk the hill when all of a sudden, I had an extreme urge to pee.  I mean, gonna explode pee.  We had just eaten at a Mexican restaurant before we went to feed the dogs. It was the first time we had been out for a while, might as well enjoy it.  Anyway, I had a lot of water to drink and I guess I should have went to the bathroom before I left the restaurant.

So, I tell Hubby to go on up without me. I would be up in a minute.  I go back to the car and look for napkins.  Ladies, you understand me when I say napkins in the glove box of a car are essential. There was 2.  That's it.  Only 2 small, tiny tissues.  Well, they would just have to work.

Then all of a sudden, I had this feeling. The feeling deep down in your bowls of rumbling.  The feeling that if at any moment you would have to sneeze, you had better be on a toilet.  Great....... The Mexican restaurant had given me food poisoning, and all I had was 2 tinky, tiny, napkins........

Well, if you are a homesteader, I'm sure you have used the bathroom outside. I've never done it though, in snow that was almost up to my hiney.  So as I'm squatting to pee, the food poisoning hits me again.  BAM!  No control......  Great.  In my mind though I thought,"I can handle this. No one will know.  I've went in outhouses before, what's the difference? Right?"  Girls, I don't know if you have ever tried to wipe standing up.....  Sure no problem when your setting down, but standing in thigh high snow is another story.  I swear I was doing some yoga moves that they hadn't even invented yet. And all this time trying not to plant it into the deep snow.

Anyway, once I was "done,"  I threw some snow over the evidence and tried to keep it from being so conspicuous.  I didn't want anyone to know what I had done.  I wondered what I could do with my 2 tiny napkins?  "I got it! I would just throw them in the small creek on the other side of the car. They were biodegradable."

I trekked around to the other side of the car and threw them in the swiftly running creek and as I was coming back around to where I had done the deed, I glanced up into the trees and noticed a CAMERA!!!!!!  My dad had his field camera mounted on a tree, aimed in my direction.  AAAAUUUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!   The whole thing was caught on camera!!!!!!!! I'm gonna die!!!!!!!!  You might as well kill me now!

I finally made it up to my parents house and instantly called my mom. Of course while I'm telling her this, she's laughing so hard she can't breath so she puts me on speaker phone for alllllllll the people around her to hear.  Gotta love your parent's since of humor.  I'm begging her to get the camera and delete the pictures before Dad sees them.  There are just some things that you don't want your dad to see after a certain age, and me pooping in the woods is one of them.

So the moral of the story is, don't just assume that you are alone in the woods.  Someone is ALWAYS watching......

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, shameless

P.s.  You would think the old question of "Does the bear poop in the woods?" would have already been solved......

P.s.s.  The batteries were dead in the camera.  Hallelujah!

P.s.s.s.  Now I think you all know WAY too much about me.