Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Colors of my Ozarks World

These photos were taken by the photographer Oscar Robertson. You can find him on Facebook here:

He captures the wonderful color of the sunsets here in Missouri.

Discern Lucerne

A mystery town painting. This is a painting a friend of mine was given. The town was somewhere in Europe painted around the 1960's? It has some unique crudely painted landmarks. I am trying to figure out what town he painted. Any ideas?

I found this one of Lucerne, Switzerland.

St. Peters church steeple and the clock tower seem to be in the painting but not in the right locations. Any thoughts?

Mad Moon

This is the foster kitten after a blowout. Given a warm bath and dried off.

He is not too pleased with me.

My husband drove a friend over to see the eclipse in East Missouri, I stayed home to watch the animals. Pretty quiet on the farm.

Green Sauce

I finally harvested enough tomatillo to make Salsa Verde.

It was great and fast once I had all the stuff set up. Hot water bath for the half pints.

It came out hot and sweet from the tomatillo and onions used, no sugar added. The garlic and hot peppers were grown at a neighbors garden. The rest of the stuff was from my farm. Thanks to tilling and the bees this year has been a great harvest of veggies.

Foster Kitten Progress Late August.

Among my daily farm chores of horses, dogs, rabbits and veggie gardening I have the foster kitten, week three. No more late night feedings. He is down to 4 times a day with solid food provided.

He is growing well and uses the litter pan. He uses any litter pan even the ones that are for my cats. My herd is not too happy about this but it works.

He is eating solid food when he feels like it. Still prefers the bottle but teeth are present. The watermelon was a gift from a neighbor.

He is playing around my early harvested pumpkins.

He is still bow legged but is very active. He will get wormed this week.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August Foster Kitten

Yesterday a friend posted on facebook she needed help. A kitten was found in the walls of an office, mama cat moved the kittens, this one was left behind. Three days had passed and the mama never came back for this kitten.

So I called her and picked up the orphan. We no longer have a shelter in our county, it closed. I still have all the supplies and the rescuer gave me fresh KMR. The kitten survived the night and feedings every 2-3 hours. It has teeth emerging and will soon be eating solid food. Looks to be a tiny 3 week old or so. 

My own cats are not liking this new house guest. They will have none of it. Even though most of there were this tiny and orphaned once. I will put this kitten up for adoption in October. If it has long hair it has a home waiting for it from its rescuer. If it is a short hair I will find it a new home. Either way it has a safe place to grow up in.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Auberginie and Beanie Firsties

This is my eggplant that I grew in my greenhouse. This is one of 10 eggplants I have growing in there. I tried growing them outside but every bug for miles loves to eat the leaves. So this year I started and re-potted the large plants in my greenhouse. The Blue Lake green beans are also a first for me. These are the short bush variety. They grow fast in 50 days and they have beans like crazy. I have to bend and squat to pick them but it is so worth it. Each bean pumps out up to 30 pods each for weeks - in a drought. I gathered 4 bushels of beans in a very small 10ft x 4ft growing area. And they are stringless and sweet! I harvested, washed and cooked them for the first time. Wow so wonderful. I will be planting these for years to come. I will be planting them for fall as well.

Flying Fates

I found this crispy brown bat near a water tank.

This tiny female did not make it to the tank. Something else ended her life, might have been the drought.

The good news no white nose issues.

I like these bats as they eat a ton of mosquitoes around the farm.

This is the aftermath of a hawk attack on one of my young roosters. The hawk plucked the rooster then flew off with it.

Luckily I have many young roosters and this is one less I have to deal with. I was given several chicks that were all roosters. Hawks are one thing my dogs can't go after. Free range poultry are at the mercy of predators at their own risk.

Buzzy August

My dehydrated Italian tomatoes. Very sweet tasting all winter long.

Alan in shorts and bee jacket. The bees love him so.

Putting in the cleaned sugar tanks in both hives.

Our hives are only 4 month of age. We will be letting them keep all their honey so they can make it through winter.

My August harvest. Spent green beans, onions and potatoes! 

I had forgotten about there until I tilled today. This was the first time I was able to get onions not to rot in the ground.

Drying out for seed saving

My first time growing tomatillo. They need lots of room to spread and need wind and bugs to pollinate. Very excited about these and salsa making.