Archive for May, 2012

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May
12

Restoring a Manure Spreader…

This beauty was buried in a tree row with a tree growing up in the middle of it.

My husband had his heart set on it the moment he saw it.

Dad said it had sat in that tree row for about fifty years and tried to convince Randy it would be froze up and nothing would turn after that man years.

One evening while Randy had his Dad’s help they drug it out of the tree row and to everyone’s surprise everything broke free and turned on the ol’ girl.

They used reclaimed wood that was thrown away from a fence that had blown down at Grandma’s last spring.

The guys worked and worked to get all the boards replaced.

Randy’s Dad oiled the wood.

And within a couple of days it was all but ready to sling manure in our pasture.  All Randy has into it is $8 for a couple of springs.  It needs new/used tires, but for now they hold air until it is time to use it.

26
May
12

A New Deck In Our Backyard…

When Randy’s Dad was here, the two of them and my Dad worked (literally) sun up to sun down on a deck off the back of our house.

A week or so after the deck was done Randy and I sealed it.

We still need steps on it, but hopefully those will get done soon.

Harvest came earlier than usual this year, so we had to sneak this project in right before harvest or not until fall.

The guys did such a great job.  It will be so nice to relax out back in the shade with the dogs.

25
May
12

Dolly & Baby Sidney…

Randy sheared Dolly, Dad’s mama llama.  Dolly had baby Sidney not too long ago.

This was the little guys first time being handled.  We didn’t have a harness small enough for his little face, so we did the best we could with what we had on hand.

Randy’s Dad, Roger, and Stepmom, Brenda, with little Sidney

Sidney visiting his mama in the chute on a shearing break.

Dolly wanted to lay down rather than be sheared.

Sidney

All sheared and into the trailer to head home.  See you next year!

19
May
12

Tornadoes…

We came home from a graduation party this evening and as we were getting out of the car noticed this to the south of our house.

I watched it for quite awhie until I could see for sure which direction it was moving.

There really cool to see from afar.

You can see another one to the left trying to get going.

The first one is fizzling out while the second one is gaining momentum.  Did you know they can start from the ground up?  Yeah, me neither.

We rushed to get chores done while all around us these little water spouts kept popping up.

Kind of a scary night.

I have lived in Kansas all my life and this is the first time I have ever seen a tornado in real life.

We hope everyone was in a safe place when these storms rolled through.

11
May
12

Trenching for our new well…

We have been battling the need for a new well for a couple of years now.  We had it airlifted two years ago which bought us some time, but in the end we knew we were going to have to bite the bullet and put in an all new well.

Randy hand dug a good portion of the trenches to locate electrical, water, and sewer lines.

For a week solid he spent his evenings digging.

And digging.

Of course while he was digging I was doing our chores and cooking dinner.  Didn’t want you all to think I was parked inside catching up on Dancing with the Stars or something.

Then it was time to pull out the big guns, and we rented a trencher.

Then came guidance, eh hem.

This is what our yard looked like after the trencher had done its thing.  Sort of reminds you of Money Pit, huh?

**And honestly one month later our yard still looks a lot like this…I digress.

This little run in the bottom left corner is where we pulled up the landscape timbers that were lining our driveway.  They had seen better days and had to go.

We did have a chicken and Ruby fall into the trenches.

 

Once all the lines were laid, Dad came in with the tractor to cover the majority of the trenches.

There were still some areas he couldn’t get to which we had to fill in by hand, but the tractor helped tremendously.

Now we have high pressure water and two new hydrants in addition to the two we already had.  It is so nice to water from a hydrant or a hose and not have to carry 5-gallon buckets here, there, and everywhere.

 It does make me think about how readily we can have access to water where so many around the world have none and have to walk mile and miles to access only what they can carry back with them.  Even with the ease in which we can access water, we still try to be cautious of its use and not take advantage of it.  We also pray for those who struggle everyday to find good, clean water for themselves and their families.  Without clean water life cannot carry on so we must take care of this resource we are so blessed to have at our fingertips.

 




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I am the wife to my wonderful husband and joint care giver to the many animals we have acquired on our small farm here on the prairie. This is a bit about our life on our farm. We are striving for simplicity and self-sufficiency, determined to become debt-free, trying to live in tune with the natural cycles of this earth, and challenging ourselves to transition to a diet based on traditional foods. It isn't always easy, and we don't always succeed, but it is a fun learning process. Join us as we stumble through learning how to provide for ourselves, get off the treadmill, and work toward a simpler way of life.

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