May 2010


– It is amazing how rain water affects plants differently than treated water. The garden seems to have grown several inches just from the showers we enjoyed last the weekend. 
– I enjoy listening to the sounds of the country. One of my favorites are the morning calls of the Chuck-Will’s-Widow and the Whip-Or-Will. Sometimes it seems as though they are competing with each other across the fields.         

–  How did our ancestors do all they did without the conveniences we have today?  I can’t imagine living this far South without at least refrigeration.   And when it’s over 90, I bless the man who invented air conditioning.   Dont’ get me started about the humidity.   I do not like to sweat, but it seems I cannot run away from it! 

–   I’m very happy that we bought this place and wish I could show my family all we have done.   I think my parents would like the farm.  And I like to think that my father-in-law, Julian, would have loved it so much that he would have sold his place and moved here with us.  That’s why I suggested we name it after him.  And yes I believe he’s smiling on us. . . Might even be laughing at us, who knows?

–   In light of the above, I can’t wait to start improving the inside of our humble home.  We worked on the outside for the past two years and it’s time to get working on walls, flooring and cabinets.              

–  I can’t retire from my “gov-mint”  job until we finish the inside renovations.  But I won’t mind as long as the place looks good once we’re through.  Okay I lied. . . if it’s not done within 3.5 years I’m retiring anyway!                                

–  Have you heard the saying “It’s what you learn after you think you have learned  it all that counts”?   I’m not exactly sure if that is the quote, but ti makes sense to me.  DH and I have learned sooooooo much in the short two years we have lived here. 

–  Did you know that cucumbers have tendrils like green beans?  They like to grab onto something and grow up it.  I may have to find a trellis or something for them to grow on.  I just noticed the tendrils on our plants this weekend. 

–  Our Buddy Auggie has stopped running next door for attention.  I don’t know if he just doesn’t care if he’s in charge of those dogs or he just can’t be bothered running over there now.  He should know that he’s king of the farm here.

–  We harvested our first zucchini, lettuce and radishes over the weekend.   I’m so happy the garden is doing well this year.   We planned and planted well as well as used an irrigation system.  Good watering practices paid off. 

____ I hope to have pictures of the garden this week.  Please be patient with me!  Thanks for reading! ! !

                                                                                                                                                                                 

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I love Craigslist. I think DH does tooo.  We both check it regularly to see what interesting things people have for sale.  It’s like going to a yard sale from the comfort of my den!  It’s amazing what you can find.  I do believe that you have to be careful in dealing with people you don’t know, but in general most of them are honest folks looking to get rid of something that could be your treasure one day!  We’ve gotten a number of things from people who have advertised there. We haven’t sold anything there though. Generally I prefer to donate used appliances or other large items to a worthy cause like the Habitat Store or the church around the corner.
But I digress. . . .We’ve purchase a number of good items found while perusing Craigslist. First there was a 16 foot flatbed trailer. It helped when we moved out of the old house and when we bought the first tractor. We’ve hauled manure and trash to the dump more than once. It has really paid for itself more than once since we bought it. 

    Here it is loaded with hay along with the black pickup truck.  They work just as hard as DH! 
The other thing we have gotten is a manure spreader.  My dearest husband (DH)   (shaking my head); to me this is more of a toy than a tool, but what do I know.  As far as I’m concerned just shovel the stuff into the flatbed trailer and move it to another section of the farm.  There it will “compost” and we’ll have great stuff for the vegetable garden the next time.  But hey, what fun would that be?  Oh well, since he is still working full-time, I can’t fault him for wanting to enjoy his time on the farm.  Let him make work as enjoyable as he can while we can afford it. . .  I believe that I posted about it last year when he bought it.  There are pictures there too. 

Anyway, we have also gotten a “greenhouse”.  It is really more of a hothouse since it doesn’t have its own heater.  But it has a vent fan which will drawn heat out when the temperature gets too high.  And we’ve placed it in a nice spot where several trees provide a small amount of shade.  I will begin using it in the late summer when temperatures aren’t in the 90s as they already are! 

 

 

The couple we bought it from was very nice.  They were moving to a gated community with restrictions which prevented their having a hothouse.  We’re very happy to take care of it for them!   

The latest adventure in Craigslist finds is a golf cart.  Now I realize that 10 acres is a large place for some.  But it’s not that big that one cannot walk in and around unless one is injured or otherwise incapable of walking for health reasons.  Anyway I consider it another toy although we have recently learned that DH will have to have knee replacement sometime soon.  It will come in handy to allow him to get around.  It will be mush easier to drive than the Gator.  It’s also quieter than the gas driven Gator since it’s electric.  I’ll have to get pictures of it to post. 

We have also purchased other farm tools and services for renovating a cattle trailer from this online list.  The bottom line is that we are glad to have a resource such as Craigslist for good used items that are helpful on the farm.  Don’t be afraid to use it.  We’ve been lucky, but caution you to be conscious of doing business with those who are just out for a buck.