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Re: Farm Life

Postby Spiritwind » Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:25 pm

It’s been a strange summer so far, in that our weather has been very mild for the last several weeks even though other parts of the country have been anything but mild. In just 2 months it’s kind of shocking to see how much growth there is. The raspberries and broccoli are loving it, with lots of berries ripening and broccoli about to form heads. I should have zucchini and tomatoes soon as well, and the acorn, buttercup, and blue Hubbard squash have finally kicked into high gear. And I know I already mentioned this, but goats must have something that they can activate to stretch their tongues out really far when I am not looking. Cause they nabbed one of the corn stalks yesterday, and I’m really not sure how they did it since it was at least two feet from the fence.

No really big news here, though. Just a plugging along. I had my 2 grandsons over this last weekend and somehow my new phone got the screen shattered on it. I took it out with me in the morning as I was expecting a call from their dad who wanted to be able to talk to them, and set it on the back of the tailgate of the pickup. I don’t carry it in my pocket for various reasons. Anyway, I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I do know that the younger of the two boys liked the little red stretchy cord I had put on the fence gate so Ballerina couldn’t let herself and Coco out of their pen. So they were running around all wild and woolly. And I’m guessing the phone rang and one of the boys must have grabbed it off the tailgate all excited and perhaps dropped it on the ground. So when it rang again I went to look for it. That’s when I got my big surprise. There it was laying in the dirt. I admit, for a few minutes there I had to really struggle to keep it together and not jump up and down in my state of dismay. It didn’t work right anyway, so I was planning to take it back in. Thing is, now the screen is shattered I will probably have to use my insurance which still requires a fairly hefty deductible, which I will have to come up with. Damn.

But ya know, life goes on. My husband also found out that he chipped a bone in his left wrist while at work and finally went in and got x-rays when it didn’t seem to be healing up. So now he has to do physical therapy for about six weeks and has a new fangled type cast on that immobilizes his thumb. He’s finding out how hard it is to do anything without the use of your thumb. We did manage to get about half way done on the front extension to the barn that will cover the grain barrels so I don’t have to stoop over anymore. But it’s definitely slowing us down on our summer projects.

We’ve pared down what we need to get done, though, so we’re still not doing too bad. Other than painting the barns and replacing some of the OSB in a few places, we mainly have to finish the well house and put in a water line to the barn. I’ll try to get my husband to go through and explain what he did with the pressure tank he installed. It’s made a big difference already in using the water. Before the pump was either on or off, and we had no control over the amount of pressure. Now the pump shuts off automatically when the pressure tank is full, so it makes it way more easy to water everything. And we have to finish insulating and putting up the sheetrock so that we can keep the well house from getting too cold this winter. We’re just going to hook up our propane cook stove in there, and leave the oven on it’s lowest setting on those really cold nights. It’s cheaper than any other option at the moment.

And, in another couple weeks I’ll bring home our two new kittens. That ought to be interesting. I have to teach the dogs with each new addition that they are not here for them to chase and eat. It’s interesting that they do such a good job protecting the goats, yet they do go out and hunt. And I know for a fact that they sometimes are successful. But they both know that they will get in trouble if they try to chase our cats and so little Zoey takes full advantage of that fact and likes to flaunt her status by rubbing up against them, then occasionally swatting their face as she saunters slowly away. When we do finally get chickens I will probably have a few moments there, too. Yes, sometimes it seems like we are on slow out here, but I like to think everything happens in its own good time. No emergency.

I was able to go to the last herbal guild meeting where we went on a walk about to identify various weeds that are actually herbs and have medicinal qualities. It was very inspiring and I am quite motivated to start making all my own tinctures. The only problem I am having is if I took every one of them that I could benefit from, I would have to have a production line. I’m thinking I’m going to have to make a few combinations of various herbs so I don’t have to have fifty bottles sitting around on the counter. I am truly in awe of nature, though, and the way it produces everything we really need to stay healthy, if you know how to take advantage of it. I learned that chickweed is more than just an edible weed, and the one lady who was taking it for something, can’t remember what, said she noticed that her hair was getting back some color. Amazing!

I am lagging behind on mulching everything up, and so that is high on my list for this week. I admit, there are some jobs I have trouble motivating myself to do. We did find the little boom box we have so I’m hoping maybe some music while I work will help. And, I do have one really exciting thing to look forward to here in just a few weeks. One of my nieces that I am fairly close to has actually pulled together an amazing feat. Her mom, who sort of decided to have a falling out with me many years ago, is going to come with her on her upcoming vacation. She has already reserved a couple camp sites at a camp ground about a half hour away from us, and my other sister is coming too! It will be the first time in probably over 20 years that we will all be together. We’re even going to try and take our little 25 foot sailboat out for the first time. If it does come together it will be quite the momentous occasion. I honestly didn’t think it would ever happen in this lifetime.

Guess I’m about out of words for now. No ranting today. In fact, I think I’ll just be turning everything off and trying to spend as much time outdoors as I can today. Let’s see what I can get done. Till next time : )
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Re: Farm Life

Postby Spiritwind » Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:57 pm

I’m sitting here drinking my coffee after finally getting the cat off my lap. I’ve been going up the road most everyday to play with the kittens so they know how to be around people, and having the most delightful time. The two I’m going to bring home are definitely the more social of the four, but the other two are coming around. It’s amazing the traction I got out of one piece of bailing twine. So incredibly amusing, except when they use my leg like it’s a climbing post. My legs feel like pin cushions from the other day. Normally I wouldn’t allow that kind of behavior and discourage it, but it’s went a long ways towards getting them to trust and play, so it’s been worth it.

Being the Fourth of July yesterday we got to hear all the folks out here shoot off their guns for a few hours. If they ever really do try to take away everyone’s right to own a protection device in their own home it’s not going to be pretty up around these parts, that all I can say.

Pretty mundane stuff to write about this time. In fact, I need to write quick here so I can get outside before if gets too hot. It seems summer has finally arrived. We had very mild temperatures all the way through June, but it’s heating up now, and though I did mulch the corn (which by the way is more than knee high) I still have more to do on the other areas. Some of the goats are just now getting their sleek new summer coats and the dogs haven’t shed their winter coats yet either. Highly unusual.

As usual, my biggest problem, really, is all about motivating myself to work alone. It’s funny, because I generally don’t mind being alone, but certain types of work are far more enjoyable when shared I must admit. And I really like working with my husband, but alas he feels he must keep the boat afloat by working away from home. Which he is having a hard time doing right now because of that chipped bone in his wrist. He kept on trying to do stuff, both at work and at home, to the point where his hand is not healing as it should be. Telling this man not to use his thumb is like telling a fish not to swim.

But at least it appears that our home made CBD oil is working almost as good as the free bottle of Hempworx brand I won a while back (as I suspected I have to take a bit more since it’s not as concentrated). We did make our first batch and I have been taking it every day. The biggest thing for me is keeping limber, since with a bit of arthritis coming on, and general muscle aches and pains that don’t want to go away it was becoming kind of an issue. That alone also affects my motivational level, so it’s kind of imperative to come up with a solution. I’m guessing a lot of aging people sell their rural homes and move to the city just to be closer to health care. Since I pretty much take responsibility for my own, I want to stay fit as long as I can. Plus I’d like to never leave here.

And I keep day dreaming of ways I can get these goats contributing more than just entertainment and milk. I’ve got to get out there and talk to a few fitness places to see if I can drum up interest in the goat yoga idea. Plus, people keep talking to me about taking a group of them out to eat brush as a side business too. That’s one thing I can say about the CBD oil in addition to its other health related benefits, is it seems to encourage a more at ease state of being, which is good for also keeping motivational levels up. Sometimes I just feel all that is wrong with the ways things work here in our currently structured society and so called civilization (which doesn’t seem too civilized to me sometimes) a little too much. It’s imperative I take steps everyday to keep putting effort, focus, and energy towards that which I can create in my own little bubble of reality.

Who knows, if everyone, or even a large enough portion of us did this, it might just shift things enough that we change our course a bit. I’d like to think anything is possible.

Getting back to goats being entertaining, I drove out to this place that advertised free large wooden spools and brought two of them home. I pieced together a step for the goats to climb up on one of them, but so far only Ballerina, the one that can open the gate with her mouth, has actually watched me do it and followed suit. She’s a smart goat, that girl is. I admit, I did a lousy makeshift job cobbling it together and it is a bit wobbly. But I’ll take the time soon to make a better one. I do envision a complete entertainment center for the goats though, where we can sit and watch them and be entertained too.

We already can kind of watch out our window as we have a panoramic view of the horse’s area with the forested mountains in the background. The goats all like to go in there and run around. Zoey, the cat, goes in there and pretends to stalk them, and the horse sometimes like to assert her dominance and run them out. It’s kind of like watching fish swim around in a fish tank, only a lot bigger, and not in water.

These are all the things that keep me sane, though, and make life worthwhile. You have to create an environment of happiness in this world, otherwise it generally won’t just happen. And it’s made me feel so much closer to what is real here. All is hollowed ground, I feel in my bones when I think of the creative force that animates all life. I envision all the crisscrossing streams of water that run below my feet, and I breath in the air as I look around me at the sun sparkling through the gently moving trees. It’s so much easier out here to feel the sacredness of all life, to be in awe of it. What a strange world I live in where there is such contrast, between out there, and in here. Don’t know what to make of it still, but figure I might as well try to enjoy at least some of it the best I can.

And family ties are always interesting to throw in the mix while considering the meaning of life in general. I won’t go off on a tangent, yet (LOL), but find it interesting to ponder the many ways the fabric gets woven together on that one. With family perhaps coming in a little over a week I have been thinking about those connections, wondering how it will go. I chose to leave the door open for love to walk through a long time ago, but you can’t force anyone, no matter how much you want it to be so, to walk through it unless they want to and are ready. But true love is patient. In fact, sometimes it seems you may have to be willing to wait forever.
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Re: Farm Life

Postby Spiritwind » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:05 pm

It’s going to be a fairly hot day today, so gotta get going early. I need to water everything really well, because I swear, the sun feels hotter than it ever used to and not only can I not work out in it for long any more, the plants don’t seem to like it much either. I’ve got quite a few things in partial shade that used to like full sun, and they are doing much better than their counterparts that are in full sun all day. And it’s very clear to me by just a visual glance that the goat poop/hay mixture I’ve put around plants is making a huge difference. I applied a considerable amount to the soil where I planted some squash in with the little corn patch and the leaves are much bigger and greener than those I planted on the hillside where the soil is a lot dryer and I had less opportunity to improve it.

That’s been the biggest thing out here, is, besides having to dig up huge root systems belonging to the prevailing brush that grows profusely, the soil has no substance or vitality to it. I am continuously in awe of the many medicinal plants that grow here and seem to love it. How they do so well is a mystery to me.

I am excited, though, for a number of reasons. Besides having family coming for a camping trip starting this weekend, I am finally going to make the mullein/garlic oil as well as a valerian root tincture. These are two I will use the most, I think, so it’s a good place to start. I haven’t really made much in the line of herbal products since almost 20 years ago when I used glycerine to make a burdock tincture for my son’s skin problem, which it did by the way seem to clear up. They do have us all programmed pretty good to just go out and buy everything, rather than producing it ourselves. It kind of reminds me of a magicians trick, the way we just don’t even think about this process that has us all working our lives away. And it’s all designed to keep the extremely wealthy in their lofty positions away from the toils of the rest of us, so they can continue practicing their religion, their belief that they somehow deserve to be in charge. I don’t ever forget what the real problem is on this planet. So many suffer at the hands of, really, just a few old white men sitting around, probably drinking their expensive booze, and smoking their expensive cigars, while they complain about how there are too many useless eaters on the planet.

But even they aren’t useless, for we have a fast growing population of unhealthy people who make the medical and pharmaceutical industries an immense amount of money. I shake my head (vigorously) everyday, how most don’t even seem to question this concept of making extreme profit, in some cases, off of the misery of others. But, I gotta eat my oatmeal with raisins and goats milk, and get the heck out there.

One thing I forgot to mention, last I wrote though, is how surprisingly easy it is, I found out, to make colloidal silver. Some wonderful friends (one who recently joined the forum : ), came over and not only showed us how to make it, but gave us the equipment to make our own! So, while the world is rushing madly along in its maniacal plot to make us almost obsolete, it’s nice to know some real people, who haven’t forgotten the concept of community and helping one another in a way that doesn’t take notes to see if they are getting the best end of the deal, but in a way that flows with the ease of knowing that as we each help each other, we really are helping ourselves. How did so many forget this concept?

I’m also kind of excited that any day now I should begin to see tassels on the corn. Well, and I can see I’m going to start taking zucchini with me wherever I go to help give away some of the surplus that’s already starting to happen. The goats do like it, some of them anyway, and I’m going to keep on the lookout for some new recipes to make it less repetitive. I get in a cooking rut sometimes, that can be kind of hard to break out of. Especially since I pretty much cut out a lot of foods in recent years. I find I occasionally lose my will to cook and prepare food at all, if it’s always the same old thing. Which is kind of interesting to think about, our varying relationships with food. I mean, really, when did we allow ourselves to be so tricked by taste that we forget that food is really a necessity, and that taste should be secondary to foods ability to provide good health. That’s a whole subject, in and of itself, though, one best saved for another time.

And, one last thing, is a quick mention of how fast the summers seem to fly by. If you have to do a regular work week, it’s basically 12 weekends, and we’re half way (almost) there! I also think time has speeded up, at least in how it’s experienced, but there I go again (a whole other subject). Must tear myself away now...
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