Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Getting Scary

The garden, this year, is a bust.  Not that things didn't grow.  Ohhhhh noooooo!  Things grew great!  The deer were very happy that my tomatoes grew great!  They thought they were tasty too!  We haven't had one red tomato out of our garden. (not counting the cherry tomatoes) The deer eat them when they are green.  We haven't been able to keep them out of the garden.  The deer also ate the beans.  It's a bad time for us to fail in the garden area.

It's getting scary out there folks.  The world is one big powder keg getting ready to blow.  I feel it could happen at any time.  The things going on over seas are one thing, but the things happening on our own soil is something else.  The "feel" is just not right.  No respect for anyone or anything.  People are not respecting authority and authority is not respecting the people.  It could get ugly.

In fact, I was told by Country Girl, that there are rumors going around about something called a "Purge" here in my own local city.  If you have never heard of this, it's where people will do anything that they want for 12 hours. Looting, stealing, burning, raping, and possibly murder.   It could get bad.  This "Purge" is suppose to happen on the 30th of this month.  We shall see if anything actually happens.

It's times like these, when I hear all of the stuff going on in the world, that I look at how I could improve on being prepared.  I have a job now, so I have to think about what I would do if something happened while I was at work.  I'm sure most people have thought about the same thing.  It's just coming more to the front of our thoughts when we see what's going on in the world.

This makes one wonder, will this ever stop?  Will the powder keg blow?  Or, will things just pass over and go back to where the people can trust one another?  Will it ever get to where the people can trust the government again?  Only time will tell.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, watching

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Busy Time Of Year

It's that time of year.  The time of year when we don't even have time to breathe.  Work has been taking up so much more time than I was wanting it to.  I've been working full time but I'm considering going down to part time.  That way I can have extra time to work on the garden, house, and just farm "stuff" in general.

I'm also still working on writing.  I'm just getting the "beginning" of things going on that front.  I'm soooo excited about this opportunity!  It also has put a torch under me to try writing for other magazines.  Why stop with just one???  hehehe.

On another good note, we've been really taking care of our health.  I've had soooo much more energy since I've started eating right and exercising more.  My knees have felt better than they have for years.  Now the challenge is to keep it up. This extra energy is pretty addicting, hopefully I can.

Hubby will be cutting hay this weekend.  Hopefully we will get a few days together that are rain free.  It's not that we've gotten much rain, we need more.  We've been getting just enough to not cut hay.  The weather forecast is for a few dry, sunny days together, so as of right now, hay will be put up this weekend.  We already have it sold so that will be extra cash in the pocket.  And I don't know about you, but I can ALWAYS use more cash. :0)

Hershey, the calf, is growing very nicely.  She's getting bigger and bigger everyday.  That little one is going to be a massive cow.  She has shoulders on her like a bull!  Maybe I should post a picture of her on here again.  I can get much closer to her now.  She's not as scared of us as her mom.  That's a good thing!

I'm also considering getting rid of the rabbits, again.  I keep missing the dates that they need to be butchered and then I end up with gigantic rabbits that are too big and tough to taste real good.  They are costing us more money than they are worth.  Sure, I could raise and sell them, but then I have to have time to put them on the Internet and wait for the buyers to come.  My time, right now, is something that I have to be really picky about.  If it's not something that I REALLY enjoy, I'm not going to mess with it.

I'm actually going to try and cut back on all the stuff we have in the house.  We live in the basement, but we still have a lot of useless stuff that we have brought in.  I mean seriously!!!!  We don't NEED all this stuff!!!!  It's just cluttering up space.  And right now, I enjoy the space more than I enjoy the stuff.   Maybe I should have had this mindset when I was bring all this stuff into the house to begin with.  Oh well, time to start pitching.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, busy

P.s.  I just told my boss that I will be going down to a part time position.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Invasion




These little buggers (or should I say BIG buggers) are taking over my garden.  These are sand hornets or cicada killers to others.  Sure "They" say the sand hornet is docile.  I'm not going to press my luck.  "They" say, that only the female has a stinger.  Once again, not going to press my luck.  I can't even go into my garden to pick vegetables without these things making fly-by passes of my head.  Nope, not gonna press my luck.  These are MY veggies!!!  As much as I don't really want to kill these things, I was told that if I don't, they can take over a garden in no time.  Which they have.  So it looks like we are being invaded, once again, by some sort of pest that I have to fight off for our garden.  It's getting kind of hard to eat from our garden when everything else wants to also.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, hornet killer.

P.s.  That is not me holding that hornet.  That is a picture I took off the net.

Friday, July 25, 2014

I Wasn't Going To Say Anything But.........

I can't keep it in any longer!!!!!!

I'm going to be writing for a great new magazine coming out!!!!!  I'm not going to say the name of it just yet.  I REALLY don't want to jinx myself. lol!    Just in case something happens and it doesn't go through.  But as of right now, everything is going good and I'm going to be signing a contract for them soon.  I. Can't. Wait!!!!  This may not seem like that big of a deal to some, but I've been wanting to write in a magazine ever since high school.  This is a dream come true for me.

Now, I know there are people out there who write for magazines all the time, some have even written full blown books.  Maybe down the road I may, but right now, I'm just basking in the feeling of having my writings published.  I'm sooooo excited!!!

So, that was my big news.  I'll let you all know how things go as they progress along.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, author. (hehehe.  I just love saying that!)

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."  Uh.....no.  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.