Monthly Archives: June 2019

Lil’ Helper and Stowaways

I got out of the heavy lifting portion of the grain transfer to storage project. My job, instead, was to keep things running smoothly. In a couple of cases, this involved rescuing hitchhikers from being smothered in hundreds of pounds … Continue reading

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Farmer Arms

I been a’workin’. Know how you can tell? That’s no tan line, it’s a grime line, baby. That’s equal parts sweat and dirt, with some thistle pollen and bug guts thrown in for good measure. My version of a farmer … Continue reading

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Redneck Grain Elevator

Three or four times a year, we purchase grain for the chickens and the herd. They don’t get a whole lot, but over time, it adds up.  We prefer to feed a non-GMO grain mix, augmented with minerals for nursing … Continue reading

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Attack of the Killer Wasps

I was outside weeding and philosophizing (because what else is there to do while weeding), and thinking about modesty and society’s views of it (and lack thereof), …. when a yellow jacket crawled up my leg and stung me. Whereupon, … Continue reading

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Clearing The Raspberry Jungle… with Goats and Cows

Weeding, when undertaken next to pasture in use, can be quite entertaining and sometimes a bit intimidating. The task: clear out the aisle between the raspberries and the pasture fence. The audience: cows, goats, and possibly the neighbors. “I would … Continue reading

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I think an intervention needs to be held for these lettuce plants.  They appear to be hanging out with a rough crowd.  I don’t like the look of those tomato hoodlums…

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The Carmens play “The Scarlet Cape”

In between chasing goats and making cheese, I actually do have a hobby. Job. Career. Whatever. I play piano.  And I teach; I’ve been an MTNA-certified piano instructor for 16 years.  I perform a few times a year. Now that … Continue reading

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Montmorency Pie Cherry Harvest

We inherited a pie cherry tree of the Montmorency persuasion (along with other edibles) when we purchased our house.  This year, we had a bumper crop. Last year, we had a pretty good-sized crop as well, but the birds got … Continue reading

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The Case of the Missing Eggs

The hens were released from the confines of their 20’x20’ chain-link fence enclosure into the gastronomical delights of open pasture, complete with cow and goat deposits galore to tear apart and extract buggy delicacies. They took to their new digs … Continue reading

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