Monday, August 30, 2010

I have started walking. Aug. 9th. I just woke up that day and said "This is the day I need to start walking." And I did. I have been going at least 1 1/2-3 miles a day. I have been through 4 pairs of shoes. Not really worn them out but just trying different shoes to see which ones are best for me. My left shin is really hurting about a half mile in so I need some really good shoes. I have been walking on my road in the evenings. But a friend stopped last Frday and said a group of ladies has started walking on a dead end road about a mile from here and I was welcome to join them. So I did this morning.

It was beautiful! I walked with a few other ladies closer to my age and could walk a little faster. We went down a gravel one lane road through trees and streams along the way. Nice and shady. So beautiful. This road goes to a little clearing where walking and horse paths go to the foot of Lookout Mt. Such a beautiful peaceful walk. So they meet 3 days a week. I will be walking with them again. I had a good time.

It is starting to get a little "fallish" feel in the air here. I am so ready for cooler weather. I love fall. I don't think I am ready for winter though. I wonder what it's like in the rest of the country.

My turkeys are getting so big. They are almost 12 weeks old now. They are outside all day now. They are so funny. They will follow me all over. It's like I'm a turkey herder. They are good turkeys. I feed them a little in the morning then let them out. In the evening they are ready for more feed. They follow me back in and I close them up for the night. I have named the biggest tom Harper. I wanted a Bourbon name. I like Harper. So he will be the one I keep plus the hens. I think there are at least 4 hens. That will be plenty to start my little turkey business.

I sold 2 of my milk goats last month. So I am now down to just 2. Abby and Sandy. They cannot possibly keep up with all the weeds. I need more. I think I am going to start looking for some sheep. I would like at least 4 ewes. Preferably old enough to be bred about Oct. for spring lambs. They will eat lots of things that goats or cows won't. So they will be an asset here. Since we don't have a bush hog or tiller.

Mazie is pregnant! She has been such a good cowgirl since she's been home. She should have a calf in March. I am already nervous. I hope the bull wasn't too big for her first calf. But she is a huge cow.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I also have 9 Bourbon Red turkey poults. They are about 2 months now. I have put them outside in a stall. Some of them have been getting out. They stay right around though. I guess they are very "herdy" animals. So tonight a little before sunset I went ahead and opened the door. One at a time they hopped out. They all stayed right near the door. Soem would hop back in then come right back out again. They were eating grass and bugs and just exploring their new world. Then all of a sudden they all went back in. I shut the door. I will start letting them out about an hour before sunset each day. Then gradually lenghten the time. I just love these little birds. I'm going to have a hard time deciding which to keep and which to butcher. I will probably end up keeping them all for breeding stock. We'll see!

It was a very hot day today. I took all 3 granddaughters to Chattanooga for a "free fun" day. We went to the sculpture garden in the Bluff View art district. then to a very nice art gallery. Then to Coolodge Park to play in the fountain. Then to the aquarium to play in the water there. All free so far! On the way to my mom's for lunch we stopped at Wendy's for Frosties. $3.00. Then to my mom's for lunch and to play in the stream behind their house. Not a bad day and only spent $3.00.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mazie's still there and not here.

Our 2nd attempt to bring Mazie home has failed also. I feel like a bad cow momma. We had help. Our 2 daughters and one boyfriend were here for dinner. They volunteered to help. But they couldn't get her in either. So I think we need to bring in the big guns. A bigger trailor and some herding dogs and a few rodeo cow lasooers maybe? Or I could maybe just get a 5 gallon bucket of apples and lead her home. It's just about a mile from here. I'm so upset.

Anyway, dinner was really good. I made a chicken and rice casserole, corn on the cob, fried green tomatoes, cole slaw, sliced tomatoes. And made a banana cake for desert. It really was good.

Some of the turkeys have been getting out. I can't figure out how. Last night there were 6 out. Today there are 4. A tom and 3 hens. I will get them back in tonight. Just to be on the safe side. I'd hate for something to get them. They are so stinkin' cute. It will be very hard to put some of them in the freezer. I have a few picked out to keep for breeding so far. One of the toms (the one who escaped) is very friendly. I will keep him. I want to keep 1 tom and at least 3 hens for breeding.

I am hoping to be able to get the camper ready to take it to Chester Frost Park sometime this week. The grands have not been anywhere or done anything fun this whole summer. And school starts back in a few weeks. We did get the kitchen faucet fixed. So that's a little less money we have to spend on it. Hubby will spend the night with the kids while I go home at night. I have 4 goats to milk in the mornings. Then I will go back.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

We didn't bring Mazie home last night. We are not cattle rustlers for sure. I had some apples for her and thought she'd just climb on in the trailor like she did before. But NO. She would not get all the way in. (This is a double horse trailor. It's lots smaller than the one she went down there in.) And my hubby is afraid of cows apparently. He would not push her in. So we need some cattle people to come help us. I am very upset. And so is Roxie.

I went to the farmer's market this morning to look for corn. The only people who had any had already shucked it. Now why would they do that? That's the fun of getting corn. The shucking. And the goats LOVE corn shucks. And the chickens LOVE the worms. So we all miss out on the good stuff. I got some anyway. A gallon size bag was $5.00. Good grief! And to think Roxie and the goats got in the big garden and ate all that I had planted. SO really, they did get some corn. And shucks. And worms too. So there.

I need to go pick tomatoes out in the jungle. But I am waiting til later when the sun goes down behind the trees. It's too hot. Then I read someone's post over on MJF about being in her garden and a snake ran across her feet. So now I don't know. I always take Bubba out there with me. I might get hubby to do it. He wears boots. He does not like snakes either. But he's a man and he's supposed to be the strong brave one. So there.

Friday, July 23, 2010

It is so hot out there. It was 100 degrees at 1:00 PM already. I guess it's just hot all over the world. I feel sorry for all the people who have to work outside in this. I saw lots of guys while I was out today working on power lines and mowing and directing traffic. I could not do it. It's hard to even breath. I hope that if you have to work out in this heat, you have plenty of water.

I just refilled all the animal's water buckets and bowls with fresh cold well water. The chickens are standing in a mud hole. They are all panting. I have 9 Bourbon Red turkey poults now. They are outside in a stall. And they are so hot. They do have a little breeze blowing. But they are all panting also. My dog Bubba won't even go outside at all. He hates this heat.

My hubby is home on vacation now. We had to borrow my friend's horse trailor so we can go get my heifer Mazie. She's been up the road visiting the local Black Angus stud muffin. She's been there about 1 1/2 month now. So hopefully we will have a cute little calf about March. Roxie, my other heifer, is really missing her. She's been hanging out with the goats but it's just not the same as her buddy. I think she may be in heat right now. She's been bellowing something awful all day. She will just be 11 months the 25th of July. I will wait til she's at least 18 months to breed her. She's part Jersey and Angus. Looks like a Jersey but is black. Maize is Red Angus. And the biggest 900 pound red baby ever. I'll be glad to get her back home tonight.

Well, I am going to go on an egg hunt before they are all cooked.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I was going to try to figure out how to post pictures but can't seem to get it right now. I like blogs with lots of pictures. It just makes them more interesting. And I don't want mine to be boring.

It is just plain ole hot here. I know we are not the only hot spot in the world right now but still. IT'S HOT! I made sun tea today and just brought it in. I stuck the thermometer in it because I almost burned my hands carrying it inside. It was 113 degrees. I'm sure it was hotter than that earlier. I guess I could save electricity and just cook on the car! Hmmm...

I was going to go mow the yard today. But the mower had other plans. It is on vacation right now. Darn mower. I had the tank full. The flat tire was pumped up. I had the yard all picked up and ready. But no, my plans were changed real quick. I have to use a screw driver to crank it up. It's a hillbilly redneck mower. It just would not crank. So hubby will have a little job when he gets home.

I'll stop now. I don't want to bore ya'll so soon.
Hello. I forgot I had this blog! This is all new to me. And this is a practice post right now.