Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bluebonnets

Remember those bluebonnets we tried transplanting last spring?

Well, to my amazement, a couple of small bluebonnet plants survived and actually bloomed right in front of the house!!

I'm hoping there will be enough seed pods to survive another year and make more.

A friend also gave me a bag of seeds, which I scattered along the side of the house after a good rain.










Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Fencing

We finally got more fencing put up. The fence line that was cleared last July was still clear enough for the fencing guys to get access to the area. We managed to hire guys from the same company that did the clearing, since we were having so much trouble finding someone that could do the work.

Two guys came over the course of about two weeks. They fenced the property line from the front gate along the county road, between us and the neighbor, and then along the creek line.

Fencing is expensive, but one of those things that has to be done.










Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Puppies

Remember that friendly stray dog we had a few weeks ago?

We had been watching for signs of pregnancy in either of the goat dogs, and we first noticed that Sadie, our Pyrenees mix rescue dog, was beginning to have milk. I had counted out on my calendar nine weeks from the time I had witnessed them being friendly. The puppies were born about five days later.

There were six in the litter, but one was already dead when we first found them in the corner of the goat shelter. It was a male, a good size, and looked fine, so he may have been suffocated. The other five all seemed healthy - three female and two male.

It has been a long time since I've been around puppies, so I had to do a little research to remind myself that the eyes wouldn't open for about two weeks. And that they would need some sort of puppy feed around four weeks. Other than that, Sadie has been taking good care of them and all their needs. For the first week, Sadie was very protective and wouldn't let us get very close, but has gradually given them more space and allowed us to pet them. 

The puppies already are showing personality. One is a protector, and barks or growls when we get near. One whimpers all the time. One is a loner, and likes to sleep away from the others. A couple have a stronger Pyrennees look, while a couple have a more Labrador look like the father.

We will be looking for homes for them since we weren't planning for more dogs, and certainly don't need more to feed. They are five weeks old now, so will be independent soon. Technically, we've been told, they are Pyrador-mix puppies. Sought after by some. They are cute.

























Friday, April 19, 2019

Fireplace

The fireplace in our house has never seemed to emit much heat into the room. So in an effort to make our fireplace more efficient, we had a steel panel made for the back walls of the fireplace.

One of the few successful businesses in our little town is a welding shop. It's actually owned and operated by a woman. Go women welders! She came and measured up, then went back to her shop and cut some 1/2" steel panels the right size to fit in the tight space. A few weeks later, she came and welded them in place.

By the time it was completed, we were at the end of our colder weather, so have only tried it out a few times. So far it does seem to heat the room better.






Friday, April 12, 2019

Potatoes

We planted Yukon gold and Red LaSota potatoes in February. Six weeks later, they are coming up nicely.





Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Ice patterns

In a few places around the property where there was standing water during a freezing night, there were pretty ice patterns formed. So I had to take a few photos.







Monday, April 1, 2019

Carrots

We planted carrots back in September, but I think we should have planted them earlier because they didn't seem to grow very well. They weren't as big as promised by the stated time. We should have had some carrots for Thanksgiving, but didn't have any even for Christmas. So I just left most of them in the ground over the winter. I finally pulled them all up the other day because we were getting the raised beds ready for spring planting.

After cutting the tops off and washing them, there wasn't much carrot left. So I put them in the Nutri-bullet and chopped them all up. I made a nice carrot cake with them.