Thursday, July 2, 2020

Moving Goats

We have been trying to move the goats around a little more to take advantage of their weed eating abilities.  That means more goat herding. 
 Otoelene stepped up.  She used her cattle skills and just transferred that onto the goats.  It sure saved me from running up and down the hill for this group.
 But no one can beat J for his herding ability.   He said he feels like he is a collie dog.  He recently asked "how many mile do you think we have walked after these goats in the last 17 years?"  I offered to get him a fitbit so he could track that but he declined. 
 While the goats were in the field behind the house I threw out the cauliflower plants.  It was a treat.
This is what about 177 goats looks like.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Coupon Saturday #45

I had a pretty good Saturday with Dollar General. 
 I had a Coke senario worked out with the Coke being 3/$10.  But when I got there it was on sale 3/$8.  So I had to do a slight adjustment.  $6.50 plus tax.  Then I also got $1.1 back from Fetch so $5.40, even better. 
 This one was a little upsetting.  I had a $3 digital for the pink razors and two paper $2 ones for the black razors.  One of the paper attached to the pink razors which left no coupon for the black one.  So, what should have been 25 cents ended up being $3.25.  But since I have had so many good successes I just sucked it up and paid.  Then I found that the Snuggle had $2 back on Ibotta, so not a total failure.
Then I saved the best for last.  Hot Chocolate is $1.85.  So what did I pay for all of this?  80 cents plus tax.  I love getting what I want cheaper and lots of free stuff.  Very fun hobby.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Just Kit Sunday #159

Kit is getting to be quite the pro at modeling. 
 He knows all the poses and that attitude look.
 full face,
 right side,
 left side,
and closeup.  I think he is ready for the big time.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Coneflowers and Cauliflower

My coneflowers are starting to bloom.  A couple of times Japanese beetles have eaten the pedals before they bloomed.  It was a pitiful sight. 
 I usually focus on the mature flower.
 They are pretty stunning.
 But the early stages are just as interesting.
 Watching how they grow,
 and change
 then get some color,
 and then become a flower.
 Sometimes the journey is as interesting as the destination. 
 On to cauliflower.  My broccoli cage worked wonderfully.  No bugs and enough sun filtration to grow some beautiful heads of cauliflower.
I found a recipe for roasted cauliflower and it was delicious.  I will probably freeze these two for enjoyment later.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Another One

I saw another snake on my recent ride on Otoelene.  This one was pretty close to the house. 
 She was oblivious.
 Then it decided to move.
 That finally got Otoelene to notice it but she definitely was not concerned about it.
The only rearing was from the snake.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Heavy Metal, Nice Ride

 J bought a new to us tractor, Kubota 7060 with 161 hours. 
I think this one is just my size, but I might have to get a different outfit to not clash with the orange.  This one is going to be headed to our new farm as soon as we close on it. 
 Then I went riding on Otoelene, still trying to exercise the weight off of her or at least keep her from gaining more.  Can you tell I enjoy finding an open gate?
 Just thought this was a nice view on my ride.  I liked all of the blooming Viper's bugloss.
When I rode through the cows I ran across the calf nursery.  I like when I find a lot of calve together with just one or two cows watching.  Makes me think of calf daycare.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In Bloom At The 4Rs

With rain and temperatures in the 50's, it's a little hard to get excited about summer flowers blooming, but here they are anyway. 
 In my salvaged upside down salt feeder I set out some clearance flowers.  The mandevilla vine wasn't in bloom, but for $5 I was willing to take a chance on the color.  It turned out pink, perfect!
 The lupine I got from Mary at work is pink too.  Very excited about that. 
 The Stella d'oro daylilies are in full bloom,
 as well as all my different varieties of
 Blue Speedwell.
 The sundrops from grandma are pretty, but much brighter looking when not weighted down with rain. 
 The purple clematis makes a nice contrast with the sundrops in the background.
I thought the coral bells got damaged with the late freeze, but it looks like they have come out ok after all.  Now, back to work on those stairs. 
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