Small things

Things are starting to warm up and dry up, which means it’s getting closer and closer to getting outside to plant! We did seed and roll two of the horse pastures on a beautiful, sunny, nearly 70-degree day yesterday, so that’s one big (and very needed!) job done. Today, we are fixing the ruts in my arena, prepping ground for asparagus, prepping ground for onions, potatoes and mixed greens and sectioning off an area of the chicken coop for the geese and turkeys. Busy day! I’m glad we got the pastures done yesterday, today is chilly and windy and tomorrow is supposed to rain.

Babies are popping up beautifully!

ImageTomatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, thyme and eggplant. The peppers, not doing so great and nothing yet from the sage or rosemary. I even have the darn things on a warming mat this year, and the peppers are still refusing to cooperate. Grrrrr…may be buying pepper plants this year.

And, babies hopefully popping out soon!

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They are “due” on Easter. This is our first attempt at hatching our own eggs so we’ll see how it turns out. I tried candling a couple today and couldn’t tell what I was seeing inside, but, they aren’t quite a week in the incubator, either. We fought with the temp for a couple of days, it went up to 102-degrees a few times, which may or may not have baked the babies. We’ll see. There are 40 eggs in the incubator, all from my hens so, whatever hatches will be mixed breed ‘yard chickens.’

Osiris is my daughter’s cat. He is King of the House and pretty much does whatever he wants and sometimes picks the oddest places to sleep.

ImageMy onion bulbs, Osiris? Really? Sheesh.

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Redneck Entertainment

When you live an hour away from malls and movie theaters, you learn pretty quickly how to find and devise your own fun.

Out here, there are quite a few forms of what we like to call “redneck entertainment.”

We have been known to blow things up. We shoot things. We build a lot of bonfires. The possibilities are practically endless.

And, we like to sit on the deck with a drink in hand and watch the chickens or the bug zapper. You’d be surprised how entertaining  watching a bug zapper on a hot summer night can be. It’s almost like fireworks! And when a big one hits it and makes a lot of noise? Bonus!

But when you combine the two?

Well, I call it the Redneck Bug Buffet and it’s pretty darn fun to watch.

It’s just the end of March and the bugs are already crazy thick. The zapper is clogged with dead bugs every single morning and every morning since they discovered it’s back out and hard at work making breakfast for them, the chickens run straight from their house to the zapper as soon as they are freed in the morning.

They figured out where the bugs come from and that black hen will stand there, head cocked, watching the zapper, waiting to snatch up the next crispy bug that goes into the light.

I know, I know, it probabably doesn’t seem like it could be quite as entertaining as catching the latest blockbuster movie or spending a few hours at the mall, but there is just something relaxing and entertaining and so very simple about just sitting back and watching the things around you just do their thing.