For Our Troops......

For Our Troops......

Welcome!

Either you're searching for some information and stumbled across here, or already know me and are interested in what I/we do. :)

The dairy cow doesn’t ask for much, but she asks every day.
People who are creating wealth with a cow either are hardworking and reliable or get that way in a hurry. This is the way it has been for a very long time.
--Joann Grohman (Author of Keeping a Family Cow)


There are three kinds of people in this world:
Those who watch things happen,
Those who Make things happen,
or you can wonder what the hell happened.
--Captain Phil Harris (RIP)



A few of words of wisdom I have come across:


Choose not to just live within your means, but live within your needs.


If you don't want to be responsible for or defend yourself, please don't expect others to do it for you.

(My translation: Buck up and learn some skills!)


Prepare for the worst, hope for the best!

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the AmericanGovernment take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian."--Henry Ford

**~*~**Spread the word!**~*~**

Small Family Farms need our help when ludicrous charges have come up against them. Maybe someday it could be one of us on this "make an example out of you" chopping block.

Pushing back (via donations, interviews, getting the word out, etc) and standing up for what we believe in will send a clear message that we refuse to just roll over and give up!

When we know what we're fighting for, we fight harder--Sgt . Gary Stein (USMC)

THANK YOU!!!



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Monday, July 25, 2011

Still HOT!


Brotherly Love----->





Yes it is still hot and humid. Several storms have formed near here, and finally we did get 1/4 inch of rain last night. Something is better than nothing, that is for sure! It also helped cool things off, but I am sure today it will heat back up again.

The garden is getting babied in the heat, and we get enough produce for meals, but many of the tomatoes shall come ripe at the same time very soon. (Canning time!!) Except for the Zucchini---we have been blessing many folks with the bounty. When Pat's mom found out he'd planted three plants her reply was: "Patrick!" HA So of course she's been blessed with the bounty as well. (giggle!)

My little Bantie decided to set on some eggs a couple of weeks ago. (In this heat no less!) The problem was....there were no eggs under her! So I gave her three eggs from the other hens. I'm not sure if she's turning them, time will tell. I put her in the old chicken coop, where she can get some air. The new chicken coop isn't as 'airy', its great for the winter, tho!

Kyle had some Marine camp-out on Friday and Saturday. He slept lots when he got home and was sore. This gives them a taste of what they are in for when they go to Basics!

Jared got back to Base safe and sound and managed to get himself a tattoo while he was here (Pat went with him). The Airborne motto is "Death from Above" and Jared has been thinking of this particular customized tattoo for awhile. It has the Army (coat of arms?) thingy on the hat instead of the Airborne one.
The outline, then working on shading and the final product:




Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hot~Hot~Hot!

Nessa Queen Pester-er! :)


Woo-wee it has been hot and humid out the past week or so. High dew points (70's and 80's) combined with upper 80 temps and upper 90 temps makes things quite sticky outside! Usually we have a breeze, but not always. I've been checking the water several times a day on all the critters, making sure they have plenty, and salt as well. (Even Walter the rabbit!)

Jared is still here on leave, but I don't have any photos downloaded onto the computer yet, and Pat and Jared have the camera this afternoon. Kyle is out frolfing, he has the day off.

We've had BLT's several times from the tomatoes that are starting to ripen up in the garden. Canning will soon be upon us! We have gotten several Zucchini's as well. I have baby cucumbers...not quite pickling size yet. I can taste the homemade (canned) sweet relish...we are out of it! (One year we had a bumper crop and the dill and sweet relish lasted 3 years! Good thing, as the cucumbers the following couple of years didn't fare well.) I've learned to can like crazy when there is a good crop, because one never knows what the next year (or two) might bring for harvest.

A couple of parting shots--the house cats grooming each other and Anna giving Nessa a bath as well.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Nessa Color Change

June 9th is the first photo. June 19th is the second laying down photo, look closely along her back, you can see her stripe color starting to come in. The two standing (showing her 'stripe' and mousey face color) were taken July 1st.






And a quick update, Jared is back for two weeks' leave. Homegrown Prime Rib is on the menu for celebration! (Saved for a special occasion, and this is it!)



I heard the Cicadas for the first time July 1st, so I shall mark the calendar--90 days should be the first frost after hearing them. (I love hearing them, but the longer they wait to emerge for me the better--means the garden will last longer into the fall!) :)