Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Handmade and Happy

Here is an end table we saw at our local Amish wood shop. I was there picking up my roosters after they had processed them for me. I was given a tour of their wood shop and saw this piece. He had made a few others but this one stood out. It is black walnut and quite heavy.

We asked if he could add a second shelf in the middle. We picked it up a week later and brought it home.

We are going to replace the hardware with more modern handles. But we are happy with the unique colors of the wood. It fits in with our homey farm. We appreciate that the wood was grown here and the furniture was made here. We like buying local.

All Tied Up

We need to have some leveling of the land around my greenhouse. So we needed to buy some rail road ties. We got a bundle and drove them home. They are used ones and will fit in with our rustic farm.

We will have to wait until the ground thaws in the spring to set them in.

Bunny Freedom

I have decided to let our indoor bunnies have half my herb garden this year. They will be fenced off from the main garden on their own piece garden. They can run and play and be free all day long. But at night they will be brought inside. I will have to add stronger t-post and extra hen fencing to prevent escapes. Larry did that once already. They will need some shade and cover from rain and overhead protection from hawks. But they are having a blast running, hopping and being free rabbits. They even get along with our older bunny, Rose. Everyone gets to run around and be happy rabbits in the straw and sunshine.

Here is Mo hopping around my winter garden.

Larry and Curly eating some mint.

Larry under the dried asparagus.

Larry and Rose have a meet and greet.

Sofa Me, Sofa You

Here is the hard working part of our farm, the cats. On a cold day you can see they were sleeping hard. Coco on top, Pepper on the left, Daisy in the center and Snots on the far end. They do not usually get along well enough to share the sofa. But it was cold in the house and they made do.

Tank Me

This past winter our propane tank leaked and we lost all our gas. So we called the company and they came out and removed their tank. We visited a local gas company and they had the same sized tank for sale. We buy a tank and own it out right. We drove out to see the tank. It had been filled and maintained by this company. It was solid and in good working order.

After the weather cooperated they delivered the tank. It may not look pretty but it does the job. 
They seated it and leveled it. I just want one of these hoisting devices. 
So neat to pick up heavy things off the back of a truck.

I will get to paint it any light color I want. But for now it is 5 shades of silver, moss and red. It may not look pretty but it does not leak and we own it.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Winter Doggies

I like dogs but not in my house. They bring in things with them that never seem to leave with them, like that dog smell. Especially my girls, they eat a lot of dead things. But when the temps drop to 0 degrees, it is time to bring them inside. I do not have a heated barn for them, so they stay in the basement at night. Osa hides under our saddle rack. She has issues from her past that make her a bit neurotic. Zilla just wants lap time.
My husband petting Zilla. She loves to be scratched.

Waiting for more attention. Both dogs get tied to the hose reel so they do not wander around the house. The hose reel is inside for the same reason they are. Sometimes, if I sleep in the dogs move the hose reel around a bit.

Zilla and Alan

Snow Farm Work

This is my husband putting out a frozen round bale for the horses last week.

Wild turkey close to the farm.

They pick through the manure for bits of corn and oats. For such large birds they are very quiet.

Farm Dogs

This is what strangers see when they come to my property. 
Two big shepherds that do not bark nor accept treats.

Guest are escorted to the house.

This is what I see them doing most of the time. Sleeping and chewing on a bone I gave them.

This is what they do as a job, run together and patrol. They have a good life on our farm.

Coming Undone

I took my new blouse out of the dryer to find this. All nine of the buttons were shattered and cracked.

Look closely and you can see there is nothing holding the plastic button to the metal ferrules. These are the cheapest buttons I have seen on a shirt to date. The metal ferrules makes it easier for the machines to sew on the button but there is no longevity in their design.

I will never buy another shirt with this type of button design. This is a shame in every way and wasteful manufacturing. At least I have the skill to sew on new buttons. Many younger people never learned this skill thanks to no longer having Home Ed. in schools or at home. And most craft hobby stores no longer carry useful buttons. I have saved many from various projects and vintage store shopping. I learned to save buttons and fabric from my Depression Era grandparents.

I removed every button and sewed on nice natural looking vintage buttons I'd saved from a vintage shirt. If the buttons are any indicator of the quality of this garment, it does not bode well. But for now this shirt was saved and is wearable once more.

Monday, February 10, 2014

More Winter, More Snow

Hey, it is snowing, again! It is officially to worst winter for my area since the 1980's according to the locals. The schools have been closed on an off for most of the winter. The farm roads have been challenging even with 4 wheel drive. 

I felt bad for the wild birds and have bought 100 pounds of sunflower seeds for them. They eat about 10-15 pounds a day.

My trees are full of goldfinches, cardinals,blue jays, snowbirds, grosbeaks and doves.

By noon most of the seeds are about gone and ready for a refill.
I am happy to have the snow in that it means water for the ground. A nice soaking for the trees and the pastures. I am looking forward to working in the dirt and getting my garden underway again.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Keyboarded Bunny

This is my old keyboard,a gift from my husband. I played it but never cared for the electronic sound. Since we now have the Knabe upright in working order,this needed a new home. I would have donated it to a school, but sadly most no longer have music programs nor bands. We found where musicians hang out and play at Mojo Monkey Cafe in Houston, Missouri. Musicians of all types hang out there to eat, visit,surf the internet and play music. It is a great place for coffee and food. And they were in need of some instruments. So we brought my keyboard  and it was happily added to the set. It will get used instead of collecting dust in my room. 

This is chicken housing for poultry at the feed store. We are looking at this as an option for our bunny rabbits. Larger and mobile is our goal and predator proof. A bunny tractor for the yard. This way the bunnies get fresh grass, sunlight and room to run and we get free fertilizer. They still will be brought inside our house at night. We have night predators that could wear this hutch like a hat.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wooden Indoor Trees

Here are some rail road ties we priced. They are asking $8.25 each for 8 ft ties. Still looking around. We need these for around our greenhouse.

Here is part of my indoor forest. A dwarf magnolia and a large kumquat with fruit. All are waiting for winter to end and my greenhouse to be usable. My goal this year is to use my greenhouse instead of the inside of my house.

Frozen February

Here is the view I have had all winter. Cold, snow and ice everywhere. So glad we have wood heat.

Zilla roasting against the glass door. It is very warm here as it gets full sun.

You want me to move so you can open the door?-Zilla

Osa and Zilla taking a melting nap on deck. This after spending the entire night asleep inside the house next to the fireplace.

Gasland 2

Since I was not feeling well and had some time my husband and I watched Gasland part 2. It is about how pervasive fracking now is in the USA and the world now. Am I worried? Yes, I have family that live in PA, and CA and friends all over the world. Fracking is now in their backyard. Like mushrooms after a summer storm, our world is littered with wells that are poisoning all our drinking water, forever. It can never be cleaned or undone.

This is just a map of the areas in red of the USA that have fracking going on. 
I am not going to tell you about what happens, just sit and watch it. But the good guys lose and the bad guys, well you know how it goes. In the end we are all going to lose this wonderful planet.
I'd like to thank Josh Fox for being a harbinger. Not many would choose do this.