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The Way Things Go

7 Nov

I am struggling with the last couple of weeks being ten degrees or so below our historical average.  I’m not ready for this!  It means I have to get ready for winter, and it never seems to be an easy task.  I don’t know why it never seems to be as easy as I think it should be.

Maisie basking on the south side of the greenhouse

Over the weekend, I decided I’d get some of the heated water ready to go.  I made a dozen trips in and out of where the boys are trying to get my light working so I could see to get the heated water tub moved into the shelter.  After digging out a different light, I finally, I got that done.

Ollie

Then I hunted all over for the heater that goes into the cattle tank.  I couldn’t find it anywhere.  Seriously.  I know I have at least one that I used last winter.  Luckily, I had one new one left, so I put that in the tank.

Litha and Zinnia

For some reason, when I was milking, the cows were standing in the barnyard bellowing, so I went to see what the problem was.  I still don’t know what the problem was, but I saw that my cattle tank was overflowing.   I opened it up again, and I could see the float was wedged against the side.  I don’t know how that happened.  Really.  I finally decided to turn the water off in the well house and call my nephew to come help me out.

I didn’t have my camera for this, so you just get a picture of the cows lounging on top of the hill.

Luckily, he got it taken care of rather easily.  I was just afraid to totally bust it off if I tried manhandling it the way he did.  But it was all good!  The next day when I got home from work, I saw something lying on the deck.  Sky!  I never know what he’s going to find in my yard.  It’s rather embarrassing, really, to see all the stuff he’s drug up to the front yard and deck.

Sky

Well, this time, he decided to rip the handle off the well house.  You know.  He saw me in there to turn the well off, so he busted in and stole the drop cord I use to plug in the goats’ heated tub and the heater for the well house.  Needless to say, I have to go shopping now.

Remind me why I got a dog.  Sigh…  Hopefully it goes better when I finish winterizing.

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The Last Picking

28 Oct

With a hard freeze in the forecast for last night, I forgot to go see if there was anything left in the garden to pick.  I decided to see if anything was left today because, honestly, I don’t think we had a hard freeze.  I can say that with certainty because I found bell peppers.  The plants are some of the most sensitive to cold, and they look fine.

I was also surprised that I had so many tomatoes, and they were fine.

I knew the okra had already died down, but I still think the dried pods look pretty cool.

I was also surprised that I had any bottle gourds left out there.  That’s because they have become the dog’s favorite new toy.

Sky!  Actually, he’s chewing on the remains of pumpkin or squash.  I can’t tell which.

Sky

Finally, I got to what I went out to pick–the beets.  I had originally planted them because I wanted to let them go to seed and smell the flowers because of a novel, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins.  Alas, my sister informed me that she always leaves her until it frosts, and she’s yet to see a flower.  We are guessing it’s because they are biannuals.  Maybe in a couple more years.

I actually got a pretty good haul from the garden.  I found a small cabbage and some Anaheim chili and jalapeno peppers.

Now I have to do something with all of these things before Sky steals them from my bucket.

I Got One!

21 Oct

I finally got a pie pumpkin  before Sky stole it!

It will be my only one for the year, but at least I got to harvest one!  Stinking veggie stealing dog.

That’s right.  Eat the basketball, not the pumpkins (or bird house gourds).