Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Second Rider

M and V had Monday off so they spent the weekend with us.  I think M wanted to try his hand at finding that ten pointer from the trail cam. (no luck there yet)
 Monday's weather turned out being so nice that I asked V if she wanted to go riding with me.  I knew Tuesday we were in for temperatures in the teens, so I wanted to take advantage of the last day of 60's for awhile.  V  said she would just ride Draper with me in the barn, but she did visit a minute with Jessica.  I think there is a little bonding going on there, don't you?
 Anyway, I caught Draper, lounged her and rode for a bit.  Then it was V's turn.  So far, I have been the only person to ride Draper so I wasn't sure how she would do for someone else. 
 Looks like I had nothing to worry about.
 After I took this picture I decided I wanted V to take mine since I haven't updated my Facebook profile picture in 3 years. 
 It took several laps to get Drapers stride right.  The only problem was with the helmet and hoodie, it made me look like I had a turkey neck.  Well, maybe I do, but I didn't like it.
So I opted for this one instead.  Here, Draper is visiting with Little Girl, the first horse I raised and trained myself. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

A Study In Contrasts

J and I thought it might be nice to diversify from just farms stuff.  So, we closed on a Triplex unit in September.  Two tenants were month to month.  One wonderful, the other not so much.  We would have loved to have kept the wonderful one, but she wanted to move to someplace smaller.  We did not renew the other one.  Both moved out the same weekend.  Too bad you can't appreciate the difference in odors, now that's a contrast. 
 The nice living room.
 The not so nice one.
Nice bathroom,
 Not so nice.
 Nice bedroom,
 Not so nice.  Note the partially empty ketchup bottle propping the window open.  The neighbors were glad when I closed this and kept the stench from traveling over to their apartment.
 Nice basement.  See that trash can in the corner.  Labeled "things already here when I moved in."  with everything in separate plastic bags.
 Not so nice.  No need to label anything here.  Pretty sure it is all trash.
 Nice refrigerator.
 Not so nice.  Anyone need some condiments?
 Then a few extras, a couple hundred pounds of food left on the porch.  There were two trash bags of stuff out of the freezer, left on the floor, thawed and leaking.
 truck load of clothes in the basement,
 my favorite, baby doll with chicken stock on kitchen floor.  Shelf liners, really?
Then I thought we could play I Spy.  I spy with my little eye, some taco shells, an afro pick, an onion, and a rotten potato.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Trail Cam #9

Well, it's that time of year.  Time for hunters to check out what's up there in the woods. 
 An early Thanksgiving bird for one.
 Some cute does.
Do you see the deer's friend?  Makes me think of the squirrel in Bambi.
Then the bucks arrived, 4 points, 
 and ten!
This one was a surprise, to see them fighting in front of the camera. 
Then, headed out of the driveway earlier this week, I got a first hand look at the ten pointer.

Monday, November 4, 2019


After working 100 head by ourselves last week, J and I decided to call in reinforcements to work the fall calving cows and calves.  M and V were on the top of the list and came to help out. 
 Once again, J had done all the prep work to make the job as easy as possible.  He had already gotten the cattle up into the lot next to the barn lot.  So it was just a matter of driving them on in.
 Then sorting the cows from the calves.
 We ran the cows down the chute 4 at a time to vaccinate and deworm.
 Then it was the calves' turn.
 V loaded the ear taggers
 and did some of the tagging.  I vaccinated,
 M brought the calves down the chute, held the bull calves and J castrated them.
Once they were all processed, it was back out to mama.  Then it was lunch at the Dutch Pantry. a nearby Minionite deli and store.  Very tasty.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Just Kit Sunday #150

Just Kit and his Fall photo shoot, enjoy. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fall Colors

A ride on Otoelene netted some beautiful Fall colors.
This hickory is a yearly favorite.
The “gorge” is multiflora rose free due to J spraying and the goats working 24/7.
A little hint at the steepness.
A view to the bottom.  

And then back to the driveway.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Coupon Saturday #36

I know it is not Saturday, but Saturday is the day of the $5 off $25 at Dollar General, so that is when I do most of my couponing. 
 Here is this week's haul.  $12.15 spent in 3 transactions with a total savings of $77.44.   I also found out that the Saturday night manager is a couponer too.  So no worries if something isn't working right.  She can either fix it or just let me put stuff back without a fuss. 
 Plus, I made it to the Grand opening of our local store and got a $10 gift card.  I am torn between using it myself or as a secret santa gift.  Only time will tell.
Then, because I was one of the first 200 customers to buy something, I got this tote, cup and samples.  Now, whenever there is a glitch or a "run now" senario, I'm just 2 minutes away.
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