Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I haven't been up to much different, just work, feeding the chickens, spending time here or at the Girl friends house in the big city. Big enough anyway lol Got the chicken house mostly done, still have some things to finish up on it but it holds the chickens well enough :O) Iv had the two roosters for a while, went and bought 8 hens a couple of weekends ago. Been getting a few eggs but they are not very reliable so far. Have gotten about a dozen so far and they are so good lol even better since they are mine lol Same chicken same food same everything except they are laying their eggs in my chicken house :O) That's what makes them taste so much better lol They are miss matched bunch of chickens lol barred rocks, orpintons, uummm them kind and those kind and that other kind lol This spring we are going to buy some chicks and it will look alittle more organized, I hope. Some of them have had a rough time of it, there's a chicken plucker among them, going to stalk them this weekend and find the culprit. will be fresh chicken in the skillet this weekend maybe :O)
Things are really going pretty good around here, slow but its going. Got the woven wire over the gate finally the other day, been along time getting that done :O( Still no goat pens yet but its at the top of the to do list before winter sets in, I hope. or atleast get them started.... I'm thinking the lean too is the next big thing on the list that I need to get going on. That way I can get some stuff in under the shelter. I have come to the conclusion that I have entirely too many irons in the fire but isn't that how it works on a place like this in the country? Have to pick my projects on a priority scale...
Lets see, Lean too, Have to get the power poles from down the road to do that, have the tin and boards to mount the tin on. So I need to get the poles home then get to going on that.
Then the goat pens, have to get more poles, wire, steel posts and ties, and then get busy on it. Need to finish the chicken pen, build the pen gate, put the chicken door on the chicken house for the chicken to come and go out of into the pen. Put another chicken exit on the east side so they can come and go during the day free ranging in the yard. Built the pen mainly for them to get outside while I'm gone on some weekends. I haven't let them free range yet since we got them, about two weeks. I bet red and whity is ready to get the heck out of there and down into their favorite spot in the trees.
Need to plow the garden up and get some more cow manure to put on it, and I have to put the tube in the tire on the trailer before I can do that too. I still need to put the new hydraulic hose on the dump bed to make life easier when dumping the manure too. The Tomato plants are still going strong, they are full of tomatoes ready to pick yet again. The bad ones I give to the chickens, they love them. I sometimes give them some sunflower seeds as a treat. Also checking into how to raise meal worms, looks easy enough lol I guess chickens go nuts over them.
Oh yea, don't remember if I said anything but I actually bought me a new to me vehicle, the hoopty just wasn't going to hold up running back and forth to see the girl friend very much longer and besides that, I was really wanting something more reliable and usable. I bought a little two wheel drive pickup, Its my "car" lol this way when I see stuff along the road or at a yard sale or whatever where ever I can pick it up. gets good gas mileage and its comfortable to drive.
Hooked up the icemaker and water dispenser on the frig last night finally. not real impressed with the water dispenser, I really think I can pee faster and harder than that thing does.... But the ice maker works fine lol lets just say that getting the right stuff for the job and making it all work was a interesting time. grrrr. But its done and there is no water leaks (knocking on wood/my head lol ) I have heard so many horror stories about the hose breaking or the frig springing a leak that I was half scared to leave the house this morning with it on. Came home to a dry house though yay.
In other news, Here a while back I got on Pinterest. I had always thought it was a chick thing, sorry for sounding so typically a guy but I did. I have found a whole new world in Pinterest lol I'm always looking on there lol If you cant find it on there it really doesn't exist ... I really enjoy the metal art and the homestead stuff, chickens goats, gardening ect ect ect lol its amazing lol but any way. it really is amazing :O)
the weather got pretty chilly there for a while and I was loving it :O) got alitlle rainy at times but I still was enjoying it. But the mosquitoes got pretty bad for a while too uuggg.. The lows were around 45 at times loved it. now the lows are around 55 or 60 and the high yesterday was around 80. not too bad.
Oh yea, back to the list.. still need to organize and build shelf's in the storage trailer too :O( It never ends lol I'm going to go through all that stuff and put a lot on a for sale place called "offerup" you can sale anything and everything on there and find just about any thing you could want. Pretty cool. thanks Ro for showing that to me :O) I have sold a few things on there already, I actually take pictures of the items then send them to the girl friend and she posts them on there a couple of days before I go see her and usually things get sold while I'm there for the weekend :O) What I don't put on offer up I'm going to give to good will or just simply give away or shit can it.... Tired of holding onto a lot of the stuff. Need the space for other things more than I need the stuff. Time to clean house!!!
Weve been grilling a lot and its been burgers or chicken for the most part, been trying to catch things on sale but sometimes you cant. Ro had been buying boneless thighs and I really fell in love with grilled boneless thighs but they cost a lot of money, so we started buying bone in thighs and taking them and boning them out ourselves. so much cheaper to do it that way :O) we save the trimmings and bones to boil up later to make chicken broth. its a win win :O) Any more I would rather have a grilled boneless thigh over a chicken breast. Going to buy some cheap beef roasts and make some minute steaks too, love me some chicken fried steaks. Its really handy having a actual tenderizer on hand to use. :O) Thanks Howard old buddy R.I.P Miss visiting with you. He told me to take his home out of the blue one day. Said if he needed to use it he knew where it was...
Here is the bone in chicken, it really is pretty easy to take the thigh bone out, just need a good sharp knife and just start in doing it. Wont take but a few and you will get a feel for it and before you know it your will be whipping them out :O)
There's the pile of boned out on the right and the little pile on the left is the bones and fat trimmings with a few meat pieces. Like I said earlier, will boil them up and make some home made chicken broth. and of course you will need to pressure can the broth to safe it for later use. So we are saving all the stuff in the freezer until we have enough to process.
all packaged up and ready for the freezer, I divide them up into four thighs per package then I toss them all into a gallon size bag, keeps it from getting freezer burnt for quite a while. They usually don't last long enough in the freezer to get burnt lol
The fat cat :O)
I was thinking the other day about patches and what all we have been thru together and realized that she is getting old. She was born in the spring of 2005, She was such a cute little kitten, She had a eye infection in both eyes and couldn't see. She was a outside barn cat up till that moment lol I cleaned her eyes up, took her to the vet and she got some shots and such. I brought her home and that was the last time she was ever outside willingly lol Cricket and I just about lost her twice when we were living in the motor home, once she fell out of the screen door when she jumped against it to catch a fly, she freaked out and ran under a bunch of junk in the yard. Got her back in and she wouldn't touch the screen door again, she would sit there all day and watch out it but would not touch it lol. The other time was when we were in the mountains and cricket I had walked up a dirt road to make sure it was safe to go up with the rv and trailer, we had got in a pretty dicey place once and didn't want to do that again... But anyway we came back and was getting ready to go and I heard the cat meowing kind of weird. cricket was hanging out the window just about ready to fall out looking at something. It was the cat lol she had fallen out the driver window and was panicking under the rv. Good thing I heard he and cricket was acting stupid hanging out the window lol after that she never got close to the window either lol Patches will be 12 this spring.
Well all, going to get off here and get ready for bed, I still haven't figured out the problem with the pictures on windows ten and my phone. Once I do I will be bombing my blog with a lot of pictures. I might just have to go some where and have someone show me or fix my problems that I am having with this. I have so many pictures I want to share with you all. Bare with me :O) I will figure it out one way or the other :O)
Be safe all :O) talk to you all again :O)
Sunday, September 18, 2016
this is a mushroom that I found along my route at work one day, that is my eye glass case, it was one of the biggest shrooms I have ever seen.
Pictures are out of sequence and I cant find half of the ones I wanted to share so I will have too another day but this is the chicken house I built. There is a round window in the end of it for the chickens to look out of when they are roosting and they do lol
this is the brace I used to keep the fence from moving the posts. looks like a rusty rainbow over the gate :O)
the two lawn chairs I was talking about in the other post.
In other news the humming Bird feeders work really well, sometimes we have five fighting over them, may not sound like many to some but for around here that is a lot :O)
CH construction pics
and yes the Walls are actually slanted like that on purpose :O)
I made the ends like this because I have always liked that look on the older barns, from the days that they used the hay fork to lift the hay up into the hay loft. There is no real reason for them on the CH except that they do keep some rain water off you when you go to feed them. I just like the looks of them so that is good enough reason for me :O)
and yes, for a none carpenter type person such as I am they were a extreme pain in the ass trying to get all the angles right....
before shingles. and yes, that too was a lot of fun doing it by myself. I actually used asphalt shingles on it. was easier for me. costly but easier.
I will try to figure out where the other pics are and get them posted on here. until then though, you all be safe and enjoy each day as if its your last day :O)
Hi all :O)
I had some time today so I thought I had better catch you all up that are still actually following my blog.
I'v been working on the Chicken House for a while now. Its just pretty much done. The two remaining roosters out of seven, have been successfully moved in. I had thought originally that it was going to be a difficult ordeal but it turned out rather painless for all involved. I just started feeding them closer and closer to the chicken house until they were eating inside it. I then just reached in and shut the door on them lol They actually settled right in and calmed down too my surprise. They have been roosting in there every night sense. they seem to trully enjoy and like their new house. they better... Damn but its exspensive to build anything anymore. Its a unique CH, its a design of my very own lol and with input from the girl friend :O)
I have a few things like put the ridge cap on, do some draft control with the famous foam in a can, put some electric into it.. The moths and crickets love it. I have to put up the outside pen plus the chicken doors, I want a pen for the weekends that I go to the big city. Don't need to feed the wild life anymore than I have already..
Its been rainy here a lot so I have been doing a lot of mowing, here and at work. Tired of that. The garden is just about done, it really did good this year, lots and lots of tomatoes, cantaloupe, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, Tomatoes, some corn but not a lot, it was so hot that I think it got steamed on the stalk and then the coon found it so needless to say there was a shortage of corn yet again this year.
Going to put a pen around the garden for nest year I'm thinking, and some electrified wires, maybe even a land mine or two as well. :O)
Been moving stuff around at the place, just moved the camper yesterday, and I must say that for never pulling anyone before with a vehicle, the GF really did a outstanding job. Since she had never done anything like that I walked her thru what needed to be done then we moved things, and it happened just like I wanted it too. Now I need to put some used tires that came off my new to me pickup :O) yes, I finally broke down and bought a vehicle. Yay me boo to the payments. Its a nice little two wheel drive chevy Colorado. gets between 19 and 24 mpg. Its my new car. its a exstendacab, but there is really not much room in the rear seat, more for storage than actually seating.
I like it, rides good and there is plenty of leg room. I have to slide the seat forward a few notches actually to be comfortable with the pedals and that's a rarity in itself that I have plenty of leg room.
Now when I see a ac window unit laying next to the road or anything else that catches my eye, I can stop and pick it up without problems. When I bought it I told them that I wanted new tires on it before I would buy it, the salesman said no prob. I told him that I wanted some good tires, not car tires and he said no prob. well, they put light duty small pu tires on it. they are new and the name brand is Cooper tires but they are not what we originally agreed upon. but they are new tires so it is what it is. I will buy some good ones when these wear out. I might pick up a pair of tires for the winter conditions coming up but we will see if we have a winter or not. I still have the trusty 4x4 chevy if the need arises.
I had to put a new upper ball joint in the chevy, then had to get it aligned, drives like a new truck that has 228,000 miles on it lol
Been grilling a lot this summer :O) sure is nice to keep the heat out of the house while cooking. and grilling is always better in my mind. Had some friends over last night, grilled some burgers for supper. They brought over some spinach dip and some Hawaiian sweet bread stuff, it was really good :O) going to be eating some of that stuff again soon. You just dip the bread into the spinach dip and eat it. good good stuff.... Had a really good time :O)
Topped off the propane tanks in august, paid 99 cents a gallon. when I had it filled up a yr and a half ago, they had filled it too 78 %, I had them top it back off when it was at 50% its only a 500 gallon tank so basically I have used 27% propane for the yr and a half. pretty good I think.
Got the porch pretty much done as well, got it looking pretty comfy, went to town a while back and bought two very comfy lawn chairs, saw a lady in one at one of the GF's sons baseball game. Checked them out in the store and they are so comfy. Bought two lol Use them to lay back in while looking for meteors. Zero gravity lay down lawn chair thingies. Still have the old steal chairs too but those are for company now lol Not really, anyone can sit in any chair at my porch... Just as long as its not in my chair :O)
Patches has been doing fine, cant believe she is going to be 12 this spring. Time sure speeds up the older you get it seems like. Shes still a pain in my butt so all is normal with hers and my love hate relationship lol
No goats yet :O( still no pen yet :O( trying to get abunch of other projects finished up before starting anything else new. too many irons in the fire :O/ I don't know if I said anything or not but I bought another window ac unit for this summer, it really didn't raise my electric bill too much more, about 30 dollars actually. The first one isn't working near as had to keep the house cool now with the second one going, I have both on low usually and it stays at a steady 70 degrees in the house even on the hottest of days. I just cant take the heat anymore. My Lupus Has been acting up lately so that slows me down some as well. Some days it just pretty hard to get going and some days I don't get going lol Its really not funny but it is what you make of it I guess.
The chicken pvc pipe chicken tractor thingy was a total flop. Its in pieces now, was a exspensive learning curve :O( I'm taking it apart and saving what I can from it. The chicken kept using it but it was looking pretty sad.
got a call, be back in a little bit :O) Be safe all
Monday, August 8, 2016
Not sure what to write about, not sure I want to write about anything at the moment lol Been getting a few things done, got the driveway fence done. Just need to add the woven wire to the gates to make them critter proof. and string the one strand of wire along the top. Getting some of the shop cleaned and organized, not making much progress actually. Don't feel very good.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Its not worth turning the news on anymore, I turn it on to see the weather report. That's about it anymore, if I want to get depressed, irritated, distressed or angered I watch the national/world news.
Its just sad and disheartening. I am so glad that I live here in the middle of nowhere and living the life style that I am.
Monday, July 18, 2016
I'm not sure how I did it but I found the missing pictures lol
This is just some of the vegetables that I have picked out of the garden, I do believe the cow manure helped out the garden.
just a picture of the future goat pen area with all the different flowers :O)
We went to GOJO'S in KC a few days back, I had never been there before. For those of you that lead rather sheltered lives such as myself lol its a Japanese restaurant that cooks the food right in front of you. It was a rather cool experience, food was ok. I honestly thought it was going to be a better eating experience, don't get me wrong it wasn't bad but it just wasn't what I thought it would be. This was our cook. No, he doesn't look very Japanese lol
so how many out there remember the looks of this tire and rim ? lol its really a blast from the past :O)
I was running around in this the other day while chip sealing in white city. was a fun and relaxing day it was :O)
was told to run this today, never ran one as new as this before. Its got a lot of electronic stuff on it. I found out if you push and pull enough switches and knobs you can make anything work lol
this was supper last night with some of todays supper tossed in there too :O) tin foiled stuff was new potatoes and two big baked taters :O)
this was at GOJO"S , some of the food that was prepared for us.
trying to catch wild critters..
this is a fruit mix that I made up the other day, it is soooo good, watermelon, cantaloupe, two different types of seedless grapes, blue berries, strawberry's and just a touch of sugar but its really good without the sugar as well :O)
a duplicate grrrr stupid windows 10, or it might be me. surely not me lol
Found this cast iron pot thingy the other day, figured it would make a flower pot or something. Or it will be extra weight in the junk trailer :O)
hope you all enjoyed the photos, still haven't found the ones of the little baby possums that I have been trapping lately. Live traps that is. But I do drive them a few miles away before releasing them.
Be safe all :O) talk again soon :O)
So how has everyone been? I hope great. Iv been busy but not busy enough on the place. The garden is producing Squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, corn, cantaloupe and of course the wide varity of weeds and stickers. I do really good for most of the spring and into the summer on keeping the weeds under control but when it gets really hot I kind of go into the "its too freaking hot" mode lol Plus like I said a while back my computer updated to windows 10. windows 10 is a off spring of a demon spawned malignant creature of much hate and discontent..... I do not like it. at all. I really really don't.
Did I tell you that I really don't like windows 10? Just making sure I did ..... grrrr
So anyway, if been cleaning on the shop, getting stuff out of the storage shed since I have been getting more organized in the shop. There is a lot of things in there that I have not used since 2010. Some because I couldn't get to it but needed it, other things I just have no need for it and I'm going to take it either to a auction place or put it on craigslist or offer up. either way I'm getting rid of some stuff.
We are chip sealing (spray with tar and then spread small pebbles onto the tar) roads at work again, its that time of year. Dirty hot work. I'm running the broom (motor driven sweeper ) I actually volunteered for it, I would rather be hot and sweaty but have a breeze verses sitting there in the sun being very miserable and no breeze. The guys think that I'm nuts for volunteering but at least I can create my own breeze and broom it in a way that I eat very little dust. Sure there are the times that it cant be helped and I get in the dust and I have to take two showers back to back when I get home lol but its really not to often that that happens. Just so happens that today was a dusty day though :O(
Iv been slowly working on the fence, it almost done, one small piece of fencing and another small piece at the drive way and it will be done. except the goat pens, but I have put in a corner post the other day. I'm out of wood posts but Iv got a bead on some more, just have to go cut them to length and haul them home. Been meaning too for quite some time now but just haven't gotten too it. I need roughly 12 more just to get started good on the pens, uggg. It never seems to end lol
Been grilling a lot, it sure is nice to have a nice grill again :O) it works really nicely. I made some of the best pork chops the other night, amazingly good actually. I probably wont be able to make them that good ever again lol
I still have two chickens. Roosters. I call them many names actually, Dumb and Dumber, Red, Lloyd, but the one that seems to come out the most is Rat Bastards... They are pooping monster machines.... Seriously, since I have poured the porch its the only place they want to poop now. went to Kansas city for a few days and when I got back they had pooped 143 times on the porch..... Really!!! I'm going to paint a bingo card on my porch, that way I can play chicken poop bingo... anyone want to play along? lol
this is one of the squash plants, that flower is about as big as my hand.
See? I wasn't kidding about the chicken poop.... Anyone ready to play the chicken poop bingo game? lol
this sadly is a combine, This is what happens when it gets hit by a train. Sadly, the operator of the combine didn't survive :( He was a local guy that I have known since I was a little kid. RIP.
This is actually the operators compartment, He was actually thrown from the combine on impact.
It was weird for me to hear about this the next morning, I had actually met him on the gravel road when I was headed home that day about 5 minutes before he was hit by the train. I was most likely the last person he saw. Its a sobering deal, you never know from one moment to the next which one will be your last....
Mom and my nieces daughter at the family reunion :O)
My nieces son :O) such a little cutie :O)
I saw this and had to take a picture :O) mom her great grand kids. I thought it was neat that they are stair stepped in sizes.
Okay, I was messing around in the garage again and this is what came out of it lol
I was told that its a spider bird lol
and here is Patches :O)
Bought some LED lights a while back and put them up under the porch, I wanted blue but they didn't have any in that length. Its not as bright as the porch lights are but its not the soft light that I was looking for. Maybe next time they will have the blue :O)
As you can see I was having a tough day at work lol
Oh yea, the chicken pvc pipe cage thingy I made a while back. Don't make one like that, at least don't use the schedule 40 3/4 pipe. Its not sturdy enough for the Kansas winds or the chickens roosting on the top bar. Its a good design but just make sure to use the schedule 80 one inch pipe. It would be a lot better that way. Just wanted to give that update so no one else would make the same =mistake that I did :O(
This is a much better picture of the squash plant flower :O) I thought it was really pretty as well.
this is some of the flowers that we bought and hung up on the porch to help attract the humming birds. It has worked actually, we have at least two female humming birds that regularly feed her at the porch.
Just a plant that we put on the antique pedal tractor on the porch, going to put a shelf where the motor is supposed to be and put a flower on each side. should look really cute.
I think I have posted this picture before :O(
Made this seat for the front porch as well. I don't know what old implement the seat came off of but I'm thinking it was a horse drawn piece. Maybe?
This is one of the two humming bird feeders that's hanging on the front porch, Have I said lately just how much I really enjoy the front porch? I love it actually :O) I have always wanted a big porch and now I have one. Its actually starting to be a little smaller with the stuff I have been putting on it too lol Might have to put a addition on the porch one of these days :O)
I love sitting out there in the early morning hours or the evenings watching the birds and animals in the yard. There are many different breeds of birds that go to the feeders and bird bath. Sometimes deer even walk down the road in front of the house. Rabbits scamper all around, a few squirrels and stupid possums too. I haven't seen the ground hog this year though, wonder if its still around?
This is Shane on the left, I took this picture on fathers day at the reunion. Little did any of use know that just a few short days later he wouldn't be with us any longer. He was riding his mountain bike and got hit by a vehicle. RIP Shane, you are missed by many.
just a random pic of some flowers in my yard :O)
Well all, going to get off here and eat some supper. Sorry that its been so long between posts but I am still here and I will keep posting as long as I'm able :O) I will be posting some more pictures as soon as I figure out where and what windows 10 has done with them.
Be safe all :O) and make each day count as if its your last day :O)