Friday, January 31, 2014

Blackfish


When I was younger I wanted to be with dolphins and go to a park to see them perform. I was taken to one, but was too young to remember it. I lived in Maine and got to see wild orca in the ocean up close on a small boat. I was happy the orca did not turn over the boat and left us alone. I was awestruck how huge they were.I grew up, moved away from water and forgot about them. Until I saw this movie, Blackfish. I truly thought aquatic parks had closed up and gone out of business. I had no idea these places were so popular. What the masses do not comprehend is that these animals are smart and wild born. They do not belong in a cement tank working for fish. This movie is about what happens to the naive trainers when they work with these huge smart animals. It is just sad human greed and ignorance keeps these places running for our vulgar entertainment. And that baby orca and dolphins are removed from their parents in the wild and in captivity, breaking the hearts of their mothers. The harvesting of these aquatic mammals is big business for Japan (The Cove, a movie) and other nations willing to sell out their natural resources. It is all about money and greed.
I hope one day we wake up and turn away from this form of animal cruelty as entertainment.

Tanks for the Memories

This morning my husband took a nap after pulling an all nighter for a work deadline.The house was quiet as I got chores done. But a rumble sounded and a truck arrived with a trailer to haul away our old propane gas tank. Our tank had leaked out and was no longer usable. So our gas company came to remove it at our request. We had a 100 gallon temporary tank leaning on the old tank The man took notice of it but hit it anyway. He was reckless and almost severed our gas line to the house. I stood back and watched. My two dogs did the same. There was a lot of tugging and tanks clanging and digging bar was used. The driver was at least kind enough to set some new footers and told us how to t-post in our small tank. So much fun to set post in the frozen ground.
Then it took another 30 minutes for him to get the tank on the lifter. I was happy the blue tank was gone and no ruts in the yard. Now we have to find a new or used 500 gallon propane tank that does not leak. Propane prices are high right now and tanks are hard to find. But we do not need propane for heat, only cooking and drying. And by owning our own tank, we can paint it anyway we want. The tracks are from my barn cat on the frozen cement.

February Chicks

Like clockwork my English Game hen gets broody and hatches out by Valentines day. This year she is early. She hatched out 2 chicks last week and has 6 more eggs to hatching out tonight. Whitey was given to us and she has been the best broody hen we have. However, all her chicks have to be brought in from the cold coop and raised indoors. This is her third year of February hatching. I hope this means spring might come early this year.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Redheaded Snow Pup

This is my neighbors red border collie from a few weeks ago. We were visiting their farm as the sun started to set and their dog wanted to play fetch. Always wants to play fetch. And more fetch while she is waiting for more... fetch.

Truly a happy high energy breed.



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Goodbye Goldfish

Ever since we brought home my blue grey double tail goldfish, she has had issues. She is in the back of this photo behind the orange goldfish and gold/silver koi . She ballooned abnormally and was unable to keep level in the tank. She stopped eating and got fatter. Yesterday, she just looked bad and finally she just ceased to function. She was not wasted, but given to my chickens as a tasty winter snack. The ground was too frozen to put her under the ground. Meanwhile, the rest of the school is doing very well in the tank.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Hollow in Winter

There is a hallow near us that has clear water and abundant trees.

It is very peaceful in the cold hallow. It will be fun to swim in when summer arrives. 
The water will still be cold but worth it.

My husband and hiking partner. 

Winter Farming Chores

Farm work never ends even in the cold of winter. We planted several Osage oranges along our fence line. The help them thrive they need sunlight. And we had several saplings blocking the sun. So this past week we had a few hours of daylight left for logging.
Many of these weed trees were growing into the fence wire.

We saved the thicker logs to season for next years wood stove fodder.

When we were almost done for the evening but we had a stubborn Sycamore tree to 
remove from the side of our garage. It has been growing quickly and needed to go. We put a chain on it from our tractor and nothing happened. The tree would not budge. We will have to remove it by hand on a very wet day. I will try to root the cuttings to have the tree grow on another part of our property. Some view these as trash trees. But I love the big leaves and the white bark and the sound the winds make in its canopy.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Blue Bunny


This is Larry, a female bunny. She is shy and my husband 
was handling her to get her more friendly.

Rabbits relax in this position. But is not good for long term. 
We were checking her teeth and nails.
So cute and relaxed.

Looking at her very large feet.

Getting good reception with the bunny ears. 
She spend the next hour in his lap while he worked. 
Larry is a soft sweet and quiet little girl.

Septic Story

This cold week we needed septic service. After 14 years of never having it 
pumped out the system needed it. Our 1,000 gallon cement tank needed to be located 
and unearthed. B&B was able to locate and uncover it fast.

The wax seal held fast and had to be worked open.

We will need to install a riser so the tank will not have to be dug up again. But time and weather was a factor and will have to wait until the springtime.

Pumping underway.

The truck was moved to get better feed. 
We were on the north side of the house and it was bitterly cold.

When finished these guys smoothed out the dirt and filled in the ruts in the yard. 
They were very skilled on the tractor.

Smoothing out the ruts in the driveway. 
They were fast, hardworking and friendly even in the bitter cold outside. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Subaru and Sow

This week has been a challenge. Our Subaru has been overheating and needs some TLC. So we borrowed our neighbors trailer and loaded it up. It took a few tries to make sure the strapping would hold. 


The place we took the car also raises pigs. It was neat to see a sow and her piglets.

Here is the boar. He liked his snout to be scratched. I did this while my husband unloaded the car. The sun was setting behind a very steep muddy hill to the repair shop in the middle of fields. It was a very busy shop but if all goes well, our car will be usable again.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy Day


The photo of Larry the bunny has no relationship to my entry, it is just plain cute. Today, my husband drove me to the OB clinic that is 2 hours away. I was there to have another granulation procedure done to remove scare tissue after my hysterectomy. The last procedure was very painful and I suffered after the event. I took pain pills before going this time. But after getting a look the OB nurse exclaimed she could no longer see any more granulation. She look and prodded and the scar tissue was all gone. I 'd like to thank all my friends and God for helping me with this problem and pain. I am so glad this burden has passed. Now I can get going without pain as a constant companion. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Tall Tractor Tale

My neighbor bought a big Farmall  tractor in Illinois.

He got it home and got it running, but it stalled several times. He drove home in the rain and water got in the gas tank. But he got it going enough to get it off his trailer.

He is sitting up high.

Big Red is home.

Narrow tires and high and wide wheel placement for going over crops.
 He sits higher than we do on our horses. We offered him some stirrups for mounting 
and dismounting his iron steed. He just jumps off the wheels instead.

Goat Flings

Here is my neighbors baby goats and their guard donkey.

Taking a nice warm sun nap.

Climbing the warm furry hill.

Avoiding the warm biting hill.

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Three Busketeers

Here is Moe who is not a doe but a buck. That means he is a boy bunny.

Moe is all about doing things all the time. Very active bunny.

To the left is Larry, a doe we guess and to the right is Curly, still not sure.

Larry is always spooked and afraid. But she is getting lots of hands on attention. 
She is very soft and the smallest of the trio. All these bunnies can fit in your hand.

Curly is very active and not as soft, feels like a poodle. Curly has curled ears and whiskers.


Curly, Larry and Moe

Winter Cat Nap

Snots and Daisy in front of the pellet stove. They are all tired after watching me put away decorations.

It is all about the warm wool quilt and the wool rug. Life is good.

Snow and Ice and Rain

Today is really rain then ice, but last week was about snow and ice. Lots of snow and snow drifts in the roads here in the Ozarks. Trips had to be planned ahead of time and sometimes no one left the house for days. Ice on country roads means some cars can't go there for miles unless they have 4 wheel drive. 

Only went out for farm animal feed runs. Cold cows.

Snow on top and ice underneath and very cold. Are we there yet?

Big drifts like sand dunes thanks to a lot of wind.

My truck hood and my road, they match!

Bumper-cicles

The good news is that it will be warming up during the coming days and all this will melt.
Then we will have flooding and high water on the country roads. So glad I have a truck with 4 wheel drive.


My June Veggie Garden

With the purchase of a tiller I put it to work. I tilled 3 times and added farm compost to the rocky soil. Very easy Dahlias. ...