farm life


After eight (8) glorious and very busy years we are cleaning out the farm and renting it out.   It will go into very good hands as we turn it over to a young couple who we trust will care for it as their very own.   We have known her parents for years and love them like family.   This young couple already has chickens so at least the chickens will be comfy!   We hope everyone will be at home here as we have been.

The young lady, Lisa, would love nothing more than to learn veterinary skills and take classes in Veterinary Technology.    Her husband, Jimmy, has trained dogs for the State Troopers and with a State Prison system.   He is in business for himself now training dogs for various purposes.   They will have lots of room to do that here.

We have agreed that the cattle will stay at the farm, so we will continue to have contact with it as we need to.   Any time we return we will live in the RV behind the house.   It’s fully furnished and comfortable.

Moving oneself is always a chore.   We have been emptying the house for a week.  Plenty of items have been donated or tossed.   We have gone through our clothes and will have to do another purge before we are completely settled, I’m sure.    We have more things in the barn than I’d like to admit to.   That will mean more than one weekend here to purge those items.    I think it is a very good thing to rid oneself of extra things one is not using.   One gets a cleansing feeling after freeing oneself of ‘junk’.   Of course it isn’t junk to everyone. . .. it is their ‘treasure’!

So is this my last blog here?   Perhaps.   but I would love to post a page to the new blog Lisa intends to start.    So I may be back one more time. . ..

Don’t forget friends.    I have another blog too.    You can follow our next “life” at Gilraker’s Adventures.    We hope you will enjoy is as much as we do.

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Making babies of any species requires waiting.   Humans and cattle alike require 9 months for proper gestation.    I didn’t know that cattle needed that long until we began raising cattle.    And even when the doctor estimates the ‘delivery’ date, we always wonder if it will happen that day.

Well our lady “Lucy” is making us wait longer than the doctor suggested.    He thought she would deliver on the 4th of February.   Here it is the 7th and she hasn’t brought forth a calf yet. . .   I wonder how long she will wait.   It is Momma is carrying a big baby!

It appears she has freshened.   So she is close.   It has been rainy and cold.  I hope that baby is ready for a chill.     Maybe it will warm up by the time she/he arrives.   One can   hope and pray . .. .  there will be some straw for bedding if needed to keep it warm at night.   But Momma is good for that too.

There are two others who are expecting before May so we’ll have a nice sized herd in the pasture.    It would be nice to have a good herd for a few more years. . . . and beef in the freezer!

By spring we will have the farm rented, but the young couple who will rent will continue to blog so we can see how things are going.   It will be fun to see it from the side my readers see. . . .

 

Happy 2016.   Apparently WordPress decided to ‘replay’ some of my old blog posts.   Maybe that means I need to write more current blogs!

Lots of things going on at the farm.   We were expecting nasty weather when that storm came through.   Baltimore and NYC got much more than we did, but we did get a bit of ice and a dusting of snow.   I had a bit of trouble negotiating on it but the dog enjoyed it and the ‘ladies’ seemed to do fine.

During the short time while we were confused about the blog and website change, Troy and I had new cabinets installed in our kitchen! Yay!
Of course before the new ones went in the old ones were torn out.

And Lo and Behold! what did we find? ? ? A mouse nest between the floor and the cabinets! 

Well as work progressed we hoped to end that issue with a spray of insullation in the place that the pipes come up from under the house.   Take that mice!   We’ll see how that works.

I love the new cabinets.  Don’t you?  There are drawer-type pull outs on each of the lower cabinets.  And there is a pantry with 4 levels of drawers in one large cabinet!  That is my favorite part. 

Once the cabinets were installed  on a Thursday and Friday the countertops folks stopped by to measure.  They came out the next Monday.   Using special “dots” posted on each corner and special area of the cabinets and a camera mounted on a pole, they used computer technology to develop the template for the counter tops.   We ordered them in a solid surface similar to corian.  They are a beige-ish with yellow, and black flecks.   It looks very nice with the floors, don’t you think?

I love working in the garden in the spring.  Maybe it’s because it’s so hot in the summer.   Trees are beginning to look good, with new leaves and flower buds.   The Pin or Chokecherry Trees are going to be full this year.  Last year they were almost bare of fruit.  this must be a good year for them!  I wonder if I can make jam from them?  Hhhhmmm. 

I cleaned up the front flower bed and planted more lavender.  I just love lavender!  It smells so good and it very easy to care for. .. in other words it’s not much work to keep! 

The vegetable garden is all but ready.  I have carrot seeds down and they are germinating.  I also put some lettuce and cabbage in.   Hopefully I’ll get more in later in the weekend.  I have seeds of those both germinating also. 

Tuesday I got the peppers in the ground.  There are green, yellow, red and jalepenos.   The last ones are for my husband.  I hope he appreciated that. . . I cannot eat them! 

I hope to get the beans in this weekend.

I am the middle of three sisters.  When we were young my sisters really loved pointing out babies while we were out and about if they saw one that was particularly cute.  They would say “Oooh, look at the pink one”  or Hey, there is a little gingham one!” as if the color of what they were wearing determined what the baby was. . . . I’d just roll my eyes and groan “oh brother”.

Maybe I just don’t have that maternal gene.  Or maybe poopy, crying babies just aren’t my cup of tea.

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