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Learning New Things
November 9, 2011, 9:35 pm
Filed under: November 2011
King 63.2# 19 weeks old

November 9, 2011

 
     Things are not always as they seem. Sometimes I let myself get all worked up over something that is only unsettling in my own head. I talk myself into being mad over something. I next fret and fester until it all but consumes me …… But .. Then I sit down, think it through, separate the facts from fiction and usually I see it was all for nothing.
 
     Take my pup King. I talked him into getting “tutored” today. Actually he got neutered, but I just couldn’t tell him. I am sure he knows by now, but doesn’t seem to be holding it against me. He definitely found out that things are not always what they seem 😮
 
     Cloudy day today, but the rain held off. I spread the last of the compost on next years corn field. It was a bit too wet, but we will be plowing anyway, so the ruts won’t matter as much. The manure holding area is empty now and ready for this coming winter’s addition.
 
     We worked at getting many of the farm tools put away. I inventoried and made notes as to which ones will need some attention this winter. There is a 2-row horse-drawn John Deere cultivator that needs a shovel added. A garden cultivator needs a new handle and the corn binder needs a new wooden swath board.
 
     It will be nice to have a warm dry place to work this winter, out of the wind on just such jobs. The move to the machinery shed with the horse-drawn machinery is complete. It turned out better than I imagined. I am pleased to say the least.
 
     Tomorrow I hope to complete building the new horse mangers. The horse barn is all but ready for the horses. I will get that last job out-of-the-way, so that I can begin to pick corn. I want to stay at that job once we start. The first will be picked the old-fashioned way …. by hand! If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the entire six acres will be picked that way…… Come on sunshine!
 
     I have a small flock of “Freedom Rangers”. These are a breed of chicken that is raised for meat. This breed is supposed to be bred for pasture raising. They are more athletic than most meat breeds. They are doing well and have adjusted to the mobile coop. I am thinking the first of December or so , they should be ready to butcher… YUM  😮
 
     The garden got its annual amendment of compost. The whole thing is plowed and now waits for next year. I usually plant a winter cover crop, but this years rains prevented my usual plan. The soil will freeze and thaw over winter making a friable, tilthy mix by early spring… just what the seeds want!
 
     Lastly, today I built a new bed for red raspberries. It is near the new orchard and close to the house. The bed is a raised bed without any border. It too has been covered with a thick layer of compost to be worked into the dirt in early spring. The young raspberries should get off to a rip-roaring start.
 
     King rests comfortably in his crate, contemplating that whole new learning  thing. I am making ready to enjoy the restful sleep that comes from hard work. This day it is real work, not the kind that comes from jumping to conclusions or struggling with self-made problems 😮
 
 

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“Sometimes I let myself get all worked up over something that is only unsettling in my own head. I talk myself into being mad over something. I next fret and fester until it all but consumes me …… But .. Then I sit down, think it through, separate the facts from fiction and usually I see it was all for nothing”. ~ That quote, right there my brother, I believe is the common denominator between 3 “Gingers” I know.

Comment by Charlie

Well at least now I know we all suffer from the MOM syndrome!! How many times I watched her set and worry (as I do myself!) then set back and figure it all out!! Boy, the times she would say to me stop biting your nails and quit worrying things will work out but your gonna make yourself sick!!! Guess that’s where ulcers come from! 🙂 All my love

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