Friday, March 20, 2009

This'n That

I wouldn't normally chronicle my day at home, but my husband is in Seattle for three weeks and I thought this might keep us in closer touch AND it will also fulfill my blogging goals.

My day usually begins at 0500 hrs (military time for Lieutenant Colonel Husband) and by 0730 I had walked two miles on the treadmill while watching an old movie about Lord Kitchener's defeat of Khartoum - can't remember the name of the movie or the actors. The treadmill is so loud, I really can't hear the dialog - just like the "silents". I really must get wireless headphones for that television.

Just to prove to Husband that I am taking care of his cats. Here are Rusty and Tuxedo Tom having a hearty breakfast.

A quick visual check of the weather
before donning mucking boots and heading out to clean the cow corral, showed the clouds building for a bit
of rain. We do need rain.

Notice the hay field is greening up.

So, alternate plan: move afternoon projects to morning. Hooray! Work-
ed on my Quilt Along wall hanging and the Big Quilt. Also, made and hung a bulletin board for the sewing machine area. That is a big help.
Finally made it to the greenhouse to weed and feed the strawberries. If you look closely you will see one red berry. There were several more, but a rabbit or someone must have sneaked in when I was not looking and ate them all.
This is the start of a second raised bed for lettuces. I tire so quickly that my projects take forever to finish. It doesn't help that the greenhouse doors are too narrow to accept anything larger that a small garden cart. So, there are many, many trips to fill the bed with soil and compost. Good exercise, though.

I did make it back to the cows before the next round of rain. Recharged the fly spray dispenser. We really need to move that down. It was originally put in place for two very tall horses. These guys don't get over 40" tall!

This little guy is still unnamed. He is the son of Sir Aaron and Meadow Rose. We are taking suggestions for a name -- something strong, red and Irish. (Hey! Stoney River Farm. Can you help me?).

After another dash to the house through the rain drops, I decided to reacquaint myself with my manual pasta maker and made some semolina/whole wheat fetticini. I had not forgotten how.

Blogger wouldn't let me add those pictures - something about a label limit.

So, there you have my day on the farm. Today proves to be less productive since I slept in until 0730 and here it is 0900. After all the walking and working, my pain required Tylenol PM last night and that always makes me sleep like a baby. Great stuff.


  1. Don't ask me why, but when I saw that calf needed a name, I instantly thought of "Chester"!! lol!!

    And I did see that Strawberry!! And since I won't see strawberries here for months, I am just a tade, envius!! Enjoy them for me!!

    Don't overwork yourself!! But those beds are nice and making them is not easy, but so worth it in the end!

  2. First of all, why would you get up at 5:00 a.m. when you are our age? Yuck! Double yuck! Tell those cows to sleep later. :) Second, I don't understand about the lettuce bed. It looks like you're making it on top of concrete...surely not. What is that - plastic? Third, how many strawberries will you get from a bed that size? I used to have strawberries in my flower bed many years and houses ago. And fourth, Tylenol P.M. is a staple at my house and you're right, it's good stuff. blessings, marlene
    BTW, I went to two good quilt shops and one flea market within about 15 mile or so of my son's house today. You're gonna want to go! One of them is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays so keep that in mind for your trip to see me.

  3. I'll suggest Rory (red king) for a name, or there's lots more Irish here:

  4. Getting up early and Tylenol PM go together like pie and ice cream. As a matter of fact I did both of them yesterday. We were up at 6AM to go to a blacksmith meeting. Unfortunatly I didn't sleep much the whole night. So I found the Tylenol PM bottle quite early last night!

  5. Rory and Chester are both great and I could see him as either but I'd also like to throw in Frank! I love your blog!

  6. Looks like you were doing enough work to make both of us tired.
    Interesting cattle you raise.

  7. How about just plain old Larry? ;o)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I have relatives in Oklahoma...Paul's Valley, Sulphur, and points all around. Enjoyed many a vacation there.

    I enjoy getting up about 6:30...but not 5:30!

  8. How about just plaid Red? He's a cutey pie. I love strawberries, I've grew them before, but the weeds drove me crazy.