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Old 06-24-2018, 08:10 PM
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76 and raining

lost another chick, this time because it was running around under my feet while I was walking in the coop to refill the water, the rest ran out of the way this one kept running back and forth, I didn't see it till I found it squished.

other than that no more livestock losses since I last posted. split all the wood I hauled up earlier this week, did some improvements to the 3rd coop, picked up lots of lumber from the amish then sold half the lumber making back 4 times what I spent hiring the amish to mill those logs. been so busy I didn't have time to mill them myself and I had ready buyers for the lumber. also got lots of lumber for myself out of whatever didn't sell. had a small 1 cord firewood sale. scythed down the grass in the yard and tossed the cuttings in the different coops. and 2 buff orpington broodies have their chicks hatching today (I hear the little peepers under the hens, they went broody the same day), and 2 of the bantams that hatched out chicks have started brooding again. at this rate I think I will use some of that lumber to make a 4th coop to put all the rooster chicks as a kind of broiler coop, and the rest of the lumber to make a shed to sell.
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Old 06-25-2018, 04:21 PM
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Well, made it through my family get together yesterday with no rain and decent temps. Which is fortunate because today we are back in the rain again.

Lot's of places got rain last night, though I missed it. Stopped to see a customer this morning, a city maintenance man for a small town just to the north of me. I was told he was out monitoring water levels, which told me more rain upstream and he was watching the river. There is a dike around the town, but a major highway goes through. If the river is about to flood they close the highway quick and raise a wall that is under the highway where it goes by the dike. They then sandbag both sides of the wall before the river water gets there. It takes them a couple hours so that's why he would be monitoring the river.

Next town upstream a guy told me they had gotten 6.7 inches of rain overnight. So I got my stuff done there quick and headed back south before they closed the road. As I was leaving town it started to rain, rained all the way home, and is still raining now, which is about 3 hours later.
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Old 06-25-2018, 09:31 PM
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I dug the first potatos today, as 3 of my plants have died back. The yield was disappointingly small. I only got back 2 x what I had planted.

Then again we went from snow to the upper 80's in just 3 weeks time. While it is true that I was growing these in raised beds over weed barrier, which restricts the roots a bit, potatos like cool damp weather and we have had precious little of that!

On the good side the potatos looked clean and white and delicious, and they were beyond easy to harvest. First I pulled the plants and picked off the new potatos, and then I used a trowel to locate the others.
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:22 PM
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Then again we went from snow to the upper 80's in just 3 weeks time. While it is true that I was growing these in raised beds over weed barrier, which restricts the roots a bit, potatos like cool damp weather and we have had precious little of that!
Terri I raised my potatoes in raised beds, and didn't think I had too bad of results.

My beds were about 4' wide and I had 2 rows of potatoes. I made two ridges of dirt about 4" higher then the rest of the bed, and put my seed potatoes in those, just under the surface. Once the plants were about 3" or 4" tall I lined the rows with newspaper and covered them with sawdust. I'm sure grass clippings would work instead of sawdust. I got 55 gallon barrels of sawdust for free so I used that. I suppose anything that would hold down the newspaper would do. The potatoes would grow down in the dirt, but also just under the newspaper and sawdust. My sister always complained my Yukon Golds were bigger then hers, and I always felt it was because they didn't all grow down in the dirt so they got bigger.
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Old 06-25-2018, 11:18 PM
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Potatos are a lot of fun: you never know what you have until you start to dig!
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Old 06-25-2018, 11:38 PM
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That's true, lol.
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Old 06-27-2018, 11:21 PM
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80 and raining, expected to rain until Friday morning

sunday I cut some trees at a friends place, hauled the wood home, split and added to the racks. some other light work. also lost another chick, but I think I killed that one (found it flat on the floor, and I am not sure but I may have stepped on it when I went to fill the water dispenser that morning)

had my trucks oil leak fixed, dropped it off Monday, walked part of the way home then got a ride from a friend. sat around Monday since both tractors still down for repair, not much else to do.

yesterday I biked back since they said the truck would be ready, it wasn't but they said it would be ready in the afternoon, so biked out to the rez to go to the casino for the $10 buffet. got back to the repair shop just before they closed and the truck still wasn't done. rode home with a total of 20 miles traveled via bike.

today I was not ready to bike again so I got a ride from another friend when I called the shop to confirm that it was done. got in paid the $500 repair bill, rode into town for a massive bulk grocery run ($400, was out of everything from powedered milk to crackers, to olive oil, to ketchup). was less fun today because I seem to have a sore throat from inflamed tonsils, most likely from an infection in one of my bad wisdom teeth, will need to make the long trip half way across the state to get it pulled, will be expensive, but since I can't do anything till tractors are repaired I will try to get it done next week (2 wisdom teeth are in terrible shape with large chunks missing, got 3 other teeth in similar bad shape, will cost $2300 cash to have them all pulled).

besides that I had another irritation today, the big dominant tom cat on my farm had to be put down, he has been laying around the last 2 days, filthy and avoiding moving. today I saw it was because his back legs were stiff, and just dragging behind him, he had no response to being touched below his shoulders. I think he was hit by a car. legs seemed to be dead and in rigor mortis, he was using only his front paws to crawl around. took him out back where buddy (my blue heeler who died in march) is and put the cat down, petting him on the shoulders where he had feeling I shot him in the head with a 22, quick and he never felt it. he was one of only 2 left from a litter of 5 born in march last year, he was the big dominant cat in the area and ruled a large territory. only his sister is left from that litter (a previous litter of siblings and his mother are already dead, his sister, aunt, and 7 kittens are whats left on the farm, 16 months is old age for a barn cat out here)
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:01 PM
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This weather is very strange. In the spring the snows lasted a month longer than they should have, and now it is already so hot that the early bush beans are not setting beans. I have NEVER had trouble getting that first picking of beans: it is the later pickings that might or might not produce anything

Today I am driving my son around as he might have a kidney stone: they will do a CAT scan later today to see what is happening with the guy.
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:40 PM
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Well the heat is back, with a heat advisory through tomorrow.

Moved my camper to a new spot this morning, everyone has to move to a new spot each month. Hope to stay there more this month, but all next week looks like 95 to 100, and I'm not camping in that stuff. Maybe I can slip in one night after the next front goes through and cools it off for one day.
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Old 06-29-2018, 11:45 PM
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Yep, it was a kidney stone. So now he has meds to take.

It was too hot to do anything outside today, and tomorrow should be just as hot. I might do something at sunrise, maybe not
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Old 06-30-2018, 12:12 PM
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Still in the 60s and cloudy, but it supposed to be in the 70s all next week. We'll see. The forecasts are usually wrong. We removed vinyl flooring that we installed 20 years ago in the kitchen, and hope to get it replaced next week. The gardens and the greenhouses are thriving. We got a new weed burner torch that makes weeding so much easier, but it can't be used on small crops like carrots.
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Old 06-30-2018, 06:21 PM
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sunny, hot, humid, heat index of 110

its so hot out a chicken jumped into a bucket of water and it was instantly chicken soup. cats are even going swimming by jumping in and out of a shallow traugh of water.

jokes aside its hot out, been sick and bedridden for days, so they pair up well, I can't do anything in the heat anyway.
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Old 06-30-2018, 06:28 PM
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I got up from an afternoon nap day dreaming about a gyros, but it is just to hot for me to have any enthusiasm for going outside. So I fried some of my new potatos and an egg, which is better for me anyways, as well as kinder on my budget. I also wanted an apple turnover, but I have a few store bought apples in the fridge and I can make an apple dessert if I choose to.

I just cannot get up any enthusiasm for going outside right now. I haven't even used my fishing license yet. I WILL want to hit the store before the 4th of July, but I can put that off for a few days!

I watered some this morning, and I finally covered the cabbages to keep the butterflies from laying eggs on them. And, that was more than enough being outside in this weather.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:39 PM
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Stayed inside most of the day myself. Went to town in the morning to pick up a few things I needed. Want to head to the lake tomorrow after the bad weather is over, so needed a couple things if I was spending the night.

When I got home from town I took the 4 wheeler and headed to the river quick to set up a trail camera. Had one up early but took it down during mushroom season, too many people wandering around the woods that time of year and didn't want the camera to come up missing.

Once that was done I had lunch and tried to stay where it was cool. I was hoping to paint some fishing lures during the heat, but it seems with UPS they took the scenic route to get to me. Monday they were in route out of Omaha, only 40 miles away. Somehow they ended up in Oregon. Today they are in Utah, but they say they still won't get to me until the 5th of July. How does it take that long to get from Utah to Omaha, and then to me.
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Old 06-30-2018, 11:22 PM
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sunny, hot, humid, heat index of 110

its so hot out a chicken jumped into a bucket of water and it was instantly chicken soup. cats are even going swimming by jumping in and out of a shallow traugh of water.

jokes aside its hot out, been sick and bedridden for days, so they pair up well, I can't do anything in the heat anyway.
Sorry you are sick, Setanta. Maybe it is your body saying you've been working too hard. Hope you get well and back to normal soon!
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Old 07-01-2018, 09:49 AM
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its a virus I picked up at the casino buffet, if anything the lesson is that I should not go to the buffet again. was disgusting to see all the gamblers, old people and addicts just mindlessly sitting in one place pushing a button over and over a lifeless expression on their faces as the machines drain their bank accounts as fast as the enthusiasm is drained from their expressionless faces. some were coughing and sneezing but none bothered to cover their face or had the decency to realize being sick was not the time to sit in a casino pissing away money. the ones not seated would mindlessly wander stand still confused in place then wander another 5 feet then stop again, eventually seating themselves at another machine of table. those people were vermin at best. I only went to the casino myself for the $9 all you can eat buffet which has a very good but overlooked salad bar (spinach, leaf lettuce, beets, carrots, broccoli, asian mini corn, beans, radishes, etc, I can eat enough salad that it would cost $25 had I bought the vegatables in the store), most people go for the hot foods.
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