Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ain't She Grand

This is my newest musical instrument to learn. I have always wanted to play piano again. So last week my husband and I went to an auction and this upright went for the right price and free delivery. I am it's 3rd owner and it's very good condition for its age. It has a wonderful sound. 

It used to have a player piano in it, but those parts were removed at some point of its life.

It weighs a ton. It took 4 people and several furniture gliders just to get it in the doorway and off the trailer. Now it sits waiting for its place in our house. And it has a wonderful sound for its age. Looking forward to learning all about the piano.

Fall Me Down

Poppy and Snots relax in the music room with the wood stove going. 
Nothing beats a wool rug with a wood fire burning in a wet cool fall day.

Fall 2013 in the Ozarks

Sugar maple in all its glory.

Silver maples turn to gold.

Ornamental grass and fall trees by our house.

Still green by the pond.

Sumac is in the red.

Zilla grows Up

Zilla and Alan get on with the deep doggie petting Zilla so enjoys. Zilla is almost 2 years old now. She will reach her full size at 3 years. We hope she gets as big as her parents are. Zilla gets about 6 cups a food a day plus the additional protein from the local abattoir. And all the skunks and armadillos she catches.

Zilla finally grew into those big ears she had as a pup.

My what big teeth you have!

Standard Shepherd, Osa on the left and then Zilla, the super sized Shepherd on the right. Both dogs love the free range pettings from Alan.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Haunted Mill 2013

It is that time of year again. Time for scares, screams and zombies in the mill. This is our third year creating the haunted mill haunted house and maze inside the Summersville mill. This year we have more seniors to be spooks and more surprises inside the mill. The kids did a wonderful job setting up their own ideas for the maze and haunted scenes. And they are helping to take it all down after Halloween. Helps us a ton in sweat equity. And the funds collected will be used for their Senior trip and the mill restoration for the year.

Almost all darkness and lots of imagination and zombies this year at the mill.

Walnuty 'o Plenty

Last week a friends son asked if he could come over and collect black walnuts from our farm. It was a great idea as I just trip over them and they just rot on the ground. He gets paid per 100 lbs enough for gas money. So off we went to collect the nuts.

He was able to get an almost full pick bed full.

The best tool ever for picking up nuts . No bending and no stooping. This tool was fun to roll along the ground as well. Until you hit a rock or a dog pile. Had to be vigilant.

Unloading the UTV  and filling up the pick up. Our UTV has a dump bed for just this kind of farm chore. This year was a great year for walnuts. Plus our friend's son got permission to pick up on the neighboring farms as well. It was a worth while trip for everyone. Fun way to spend a Saturday in the fall.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Also in October

Along with having guest staying on out farm we had other doings.
We helped decorate and serve for our church Oktoberfest. I learned how to make German brats and spaetzle. It was very tasty and fun to learn other ways to cook food.

We had Pioneer Days event in the town. Here is a neat display for Halloween.

A friend of ours makes woolen capes all by hand even spins his own wool.

Corn Stalking

This is a LOT of sweet corn and dent stalks in the back of my truck. It took 4 people and 1 machete to load all these donated stalks for decorating the mill. Took me an hour to unload it by myself.

Vegan Colon Anatomy Lesson

Yes, this is a sweet potato from my garden. Joshua pulled this giant out of the dirt and called it a colon potato. So we brought in the house and took photos. I used a fork for size, it weighed over a pound. Those are regular sweet potatoes next to it.

And this is what we served for lunch and dinner that evening. It was tasty.

Happy Halloween!

Schoch Mission Visit

We had our friends stay over at our place this month for their mission home base. They had presentations and family to visit in the area. We had collected donated dental and medical items for them as well as specific items they needed back in Africa. I got to make vegan dishes from my garden and learned about vegan requirements. I have a great recipe for vegan waffles. 

Handmade African clothes hanging out to dry. Our friends wore these often during their stay. 
The colors of the fabrics were stunning.

Joshua their son riding Luna our Fox Trotter. Osa and Zilla kept them company on the ride. Alan keeps Luna from eating too much grass.
Doug, Tamara and Joshua Schoch saying good bye to our farm. They are headed back to their
 mission in Tanzania next week.
They are great people to have as friends doing wonderful things in Africa.

Loaded up with 7+ luggage bags full of food, medical and dental supplies. 

Till we meet again in 2015. Happy Trails.