Archive for June, 2010


New Texel Rams…

We have upped our ram count from two to six in the last couple of weeks.  We loaded up mom and dad’s pickup with a stock rack and headed to Sedalia, Missouri for the Midwest Stud Ram Sale.  We also hauled two puppies to the sale so they wouldn’t have to stay the duration of the sale (6 days) with their owner before being sold to individuals attending the sale.

And the shy one….aren’t they cute!

Once the puppies were dropped off with their owner it wast time to get serious.  We headed to the Sheep Pavilion where the Texels were to start looking at rams and deciding who we were going to bid on.  It was so hot and humid while we waited for the sale to start.  I thought I was going to die.  I’m not really great in the heat and that’s putting it nicely…I’m a sweater.

We ended up with the two exact rams we were hoping for.  A Texel Yearling from Fisher Texels and a ram lamb from Erdman Texels.  Randy went to get the pickup moved closer so we could load up our boys and get headed back home.  We had a 5+ hour drive ahead of us and wanted to get them moving so they could keep cool.

Once we got them home they were quarantined from the other sheep to make sure they were healthy and happy before shocking them with our two rams.  One of which is kind of a pain.

We were happy with how the sale turned out.  It is always a little stressful.  Between the drive, bidding on them, and hauling them home…it takes it out of us.


Sheep Shearing…

We spent Monday, Memorial Day, our Anniversary, day “off,” shearing sheep at our house and Mom & Dad’s.  We had more than last year, but fortunately Dad had a lot less.  Mom and Dad help with our’s and we help with their’s.  Fair’s fair!

It’s a dirty job!  It’s hot!  And it’s really tiring!

But in the end we got it all done.

Randy and I were in bed by 6:30 that evening.  We were exhausted!


Solar Oven Cooking…

It has warmed up outside and since we haven’t turned on the a/c yet it’s really important for me to choose my cooking styles wisely.  We have a propane stove so have the cooktop can put out a lot of heat and turn a cool home into a uncomfortably warm home in just a few minutes. 

I did a little experimenting over the weekend cooking with my solar oven.  I love the thing!  I did have to buy the refector separately.  If I had it to do all over again I would probably buy something more heavy duty, now that I know I will use it regularly. 

I baked a banana bread.

It turned out fabulous.

I also tried cooking up my rice for tacos in the solar oven.  The book had two different instructions for cooking rice, but since I soak my rice before cooking I winged it and made up my own instructions.


Here is my brown rice in one of the black pans that came with my solar oven.

Next I added homemade kefir and a small amount of water and allowed it to soak about 6 hours.

After the rice soaked I added tomato juice for the remaining water needed.  The label says “sauce,” but it really is homegrown, home-canned tomato juice.  Trust me!

I stuck it in the oven for 3-4 hours and it turned out great.  So great I forgot to take a picture of the finished product so you will just have to take my word for it.  We ate the rice along with our tacos made from local beef.  It was delish!!

I have yet to cook meat in it, but feel fairly confident now to give it a try.  I would like to try a roast or a whole chicken at some point before summer’s end.

Enjoy the heat!


Kitties enjoying the warmer weather…

Things are finally starting to warm up outside.  The cats spend the majority of their time lounging, but we have seem many a mice meet there maker as a result of these little bundles of fluff.

Our Buddha kitty, Bo.

Is he not the cutest thing ever!

Something got ahold of Cooter awhile back.

But he is now free of drain tubes, and his hair is starting to grow back.

Sleeping on the cool concrete on the front porch.

Stewart and Bandit.

Stewart, orange kitty on the left) actually caught a nearly full grown rabbit over the weekend.  It was awful.  I tried to chase him down to get him to drop it, but he’s a quick little dude.  Needless to say he bolted under the pool deck, and I covered my ears and ran into the house so I didn’t have to hear it screaming.  It was so sad.

And last but not least is Roxie, our chubby little girl whom we honestly believe has never caught a mouse and probably never will.  She much prefers a non-moving food dish and some cool concrete in the shade.

Not the most productive group of  cats, but they do mouse.  We’ve seen them with tons of mice, a mole, and a rabbit so we know it’s possible for “most” of them.

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