Archive | May, 2012

Kitten Update 2

27 May

Maybe I should say cat update instead of kittens, they are really growing. They are out of the cute kitten stage and are in what I consider to be the teenager stage. Any of you that have raised teenagers, especially boys, will know exactly what I am talking about. They are all gangly legs and feet and their heads are too small to fit the rest of their bodies. They are growing so fast, no matter how much you feed them you can’t fill them up!

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We have them in “kitty jail” right now. They are in a 12X16 storage shed behind our house in town. We go and let them out to run and play several times a day, but I am afraid to leave them out because we are on a busy street and I am afraid they will wander into the street. The weather is getting hot so I had to make a screen door to let more air into the shed. I took a livestock panel and cut it off to fit the door opening and covered it with poultry wire so they could not get through. I hung it up with nails for the hinges and it swings open and closed easily. We just use some electrical wire to secure it closed. We set 2 fans outside the door blowing into the shed so they get plenty of air. My niece took the solid white one to her house for her children to play with. She also has a Doberman, so I was a little concerned but I didn’t need to be. The Doberman mothers and cares for the kitten. The kitten stays inside the carport during the night but is out sometimes during the day. If the kitten wanders too far from the carport, the Doberman picks the kitten up by the nape of the neck and brings it back to the house. We still have 4 cats and we are looking for good homes, but it looks like I may end up with these 4 as barn cats on the homestead.

Construction Update 2

26 May

The contractor laid all the blocks for the foundation, filled them with concrete and re-bar, then braced the wall with wooden braces.

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Now he has filled in the area inside the blocks, that would traditionally be a crawl space, with sand. This is a technique that builders have been using around here for about 5 years. As soon as I saw this method of construction, I thought this is a good idea and when we build our new house we would use this method.

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All that space in the old crawl space area is now filled with sand. This will eliminate problems with moisture condensation, mold, spiders, snakes and vermin. He used sand instead of topsoil because the sand packs tighter and will not settle later. The plumbing will be buried in this sand and the concrete slab poured on top of the sand. Then he can start framing up the walls!

Unsafe Driving

25 May

Our new neighbor at the homestead sent me this picture and text yesterday. Unfortunately, one of the deer we have been feeding at the homestead got hit by a car.

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He said he usually sees 2-3 deer killed each year along the half mile of highway footage we share. So it should go to remind us all to be more attentive to our driving. I myself am guilty of talking on the phone while driving and not paying close attention. In this instance it was only a deer that was killed, some other time it could be somebody. So let’s be careful out there!

Hail Storm

24 May

Well, the weatherman lied to us again. We got 2-3 tenths of rain in most places, but we got 2 inches in a couple of places. And to go along with that 2 inches, we also got 1 inch hail stones.

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So now instead of having nice pretty rows of cotton on these two farms we have rows and rows of stems with the leaves beat off of them. We now have about 800 acres that will have to be replanted and start all over again. We can’t seem to catch a break this year.

Crepe Myrtle Butchery

23 May

I really hate to see people take some nice looking Crepe Myrtle trees and butcher them by cutting them back to a 5 foot tall shrub. If you want something that short,,,PICK  ANOTHER KIND OF PLANT!

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This is what the trunk of a well cared for Crepe Myrtle tree looks like. The trunk is smooth like the bark has been stripped away.

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This is what most people do to them, they just whack them back to 5-6 feet tall every year and they never reach their full potential.

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The Crepe Myrtle on the right belongs to my Mom, the one on the left belongs to the neighbors. The one on the right is better in every regard than the one on the left. I am going to plant some on the homestead and I will let them reach their full height. If you want something short and compact please pick another type of plant and don’t be a butcher!

Fresh Catfish

22 May

Here is the view from my parents fishing dock.

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Those ducks are fun to watch in the water, but they sure do get duck poop everywhere.

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It was cloudy that day so the pictures are not bright and pretty. But this is my favorite view……

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A big ole mess of catfish in the live well waiting to be cleaned and deep-fried. YUM!

Tuesday Tunes; The Power Of Love

22 May

We’ll just go back to the 1980’s today, Huey Lewis and The News, The Power Of Love! Can you feel it?