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Harvest and Thanksgiving
November 27, 2018, 10:31 am
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November 27, 2018

November has been a very busy time here on the farm. The ear corn for the animal feed has all been harvested. The animals are tucked in for the winter. Butchering season is upon us now. This job is the last one for the year. The meat sticks in the photo above, were made from venison. Our 9 year old grandson bagged his first deer. His request was for snack sticks and jerky.

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We made jerky from the ground meat. There is now a family, happily munching meat snacks!

Thanksgiving, is a big word for a great holiday. It is set aside for us to count our blessings and give thanks for them. This post is delayed, because I have been busy counting!

I have been busy in the forge shop making Christmas gifts. Sorry no photos of those gifts  for a while, I don’t want to spoil the suprizes. I am really enjoying this new venture. It forces me to think and allows me to work with my hands in a very different way. In fact, it lets me “harvest” from steel!



By Golly We Got!
July 18, 2015, 6:19 am
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Even Cinch can't believe that Jake can work on hay in short pants!

Even Cinch can’t believe that Jake can work on hay in short pants!

July 18, 2015

What a day! The weather looked rainy almost all day. It even sprinkled for about 3 minutes around 9:30, but the real rain never came. We almost gave up on doing hay, but like I said yesterday, I will keep looking forward and not skyward. It was the right thing to do.

We tedded the hay about 11:00. I went out with the round baler at 2:00pm and started roaring around the field in the hopes that I would get a few bales made. I never expected to finish those last two fields as thunder boomed overhead, but I did. The last bale rolled out of the machine at 7:00pm. I almost shouted, but instead said a little prayer of thanks.

It sure didn’t pay to listen to the weatherman yesterday. He was full of doom and gloom…and so was the radar. It rained all around us, but our place stayed dry. The sunset was red as I was putting the equipment away, signaling the promise of a great day to come. Tired, sore and happy, I trudged into the house at 10pm after pulling the radiator out of the combine, but that is another story 😮



The Harvest is Complete
November 28, 2013, 6:24 pm
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Resting through winter

Resting through winter

November 28, 2013

   The harvest is complete. The cows and sows have gleaned the corn off this field. The field now rests until spring. We celebrate Thanksgiving enjoying the fruits of our labor. A meal shared by family and friends is a great way to celebrate the harvest!

   On this farm, we think outside of the box. I try to keep my options open and my ideas fresh. I am wise enough to not reinvent the wheel, but rather, search out the old methods of farming and use them for my own good.

   Using animals to harvest crops, especially corn, has been done for decades. I used it this year due to the pitiful crop that grew in spite of the weather and weed pressure. The animals fed themselves for six weeks. They will spend winter on this field to deposit their manure, eat a little more fodder and get excercise.

   The sows will share in this field once their babies are weaned. They will root around in the soil with the boar. Breeding will take place and the cycle will repeat itself. Spring will come and the field will be pushed into service, gestating sows will pasture in a different field and next year’s crop will grow.



A Short Week?
November 27, 2013, 2:41 pm
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Play Day

Play Day

November 27, 2013

   The horses enjoyed a day just romping and playing. The ground was frozen. They made no tracks with their big hooves. It seemed they could tell a storm was coming, but they had several hours of pure fun in spite of it.

   Many folks are about to enjoy a short work week. In a day, they will gather with family and friends and share a meal of Thanksgiving. Some will enjoy a nice four day break from work. Many will head to the stores to start their Christmas shopping. I celebrate will all those folks 😮

   I would also like to take a minute to say thanks to the folks who will be at work that day. Men and women like police and firemen. The people who keep the stores open and even the parades happening. I salute those folks… Take a minute as you say “thanks” to remember the men and women in service to our country and the doctors and nurses who give care.

   I will say thanks as well to the folks whose jobs require them to work through holidays, weekends and stormy nights. Men who run the trains, factory workers and airline pilots are but a few who will toil as others spend time in celebration of Thanksgiving …. but every one of them is just as thankful as the rest of us.

   Enjoy a meal, treasure your time off from work and if you get one …. enjoy that short week!



Where Are They Now?
November 18, 2013, 10:00 pm
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A pair of turkeys waiting for Thanksgiving

A pair of turkeys waiting for Thanksgiving

November 18, 2013

   I guess someone told the turkeys that they would be included in our Thanksgiving meal. They hung around for a week or so, but now are long gone. I wonder if they sorted the whole thing out?  😮

   Hunting is like this too. We watch deer run here and there, dart out in front of cars, but where are they when you want to shoot one? I guess that is why they call it hunting and not catching. Oh well, I’m sure it will all work out.

   The weather is turning cold again. I am quite glad. It is time for us to process the last pen of roaster chickens for the year. I hope to be done by the end of the week. A couple of pigs are waiting to go to freezer camp too.

   I am in the mad scramble to finish up all the little things before winter descends on us. I crossed a couple of things off my list today and even managed to visit a friend of mine. It was an awesome day.

   As I finished chores, I was wondering where those turkeys have gone. I was also thinking about a couple of high school friends. We were close “back in the day” and I have not seen either of them for over twenty years. I can’t help but wonder …where are they now?