Archive | September, 2013

Trail Cam Pictures

28 Sep

I looked at my game camera pictures this week and once again proved my neighbor wrong about game not coming to the feeder this time of year.

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Even this skunk likes a little corn for dinner.

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The crows like corn but I already knew that from watching Saturday morning cartoons.

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No wonder I lost all my corn to the coons, there is a whole stinkin’ family of them!

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Those young turkeys are starting to get big. Just about right for the roaster aren’t they?

Now I need your help with these next pictures, click on them to enlarge them and give me your opinion. I guess this animal is a tall, lanky house cat. I first thought it might be a small bobcat, but the tail is too long.

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What do you say, big house cat? I am going to swap cameras tomorrow, I think the other camera takes better pictures, maybe I will get another chance at him. Keep prepping everyone.

Fall Garden

27 Sep

I went out to check my fall garden today and I wanted to post some pictures. The weatherman said it would rain last Friday and he was right for a change. I went out on Thursday and planted some seeds and we had a slow, all afternoon rain that totaled 1.25 inches, just perfect.

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In the center row I set out 9 cabbages and 9 broccoli. This is my first try at growing broccoli, I just recently discovered I really like it! On the left side of the row I have a 4 foot wide strip of turnips and on the right of the row I have a 4 foot wide strip of mustard greens.

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You can’t see it too well but I also planted about an acre of deer browse composed of wheat, oats, greens, clover and winter peas. All of it is coming up nicely.

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I picked the last of the squash.

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I still have several heirloom tomatoes still coming on.

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I have some late cantaloupes growing over the outdoor cat enclosure. As you can see Kensey is helping me check out this one.

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I had a good bit of purple hull peas mixed in with the sunflowers. I am going to let them dry on the vine then save the seeds for next year to see how they do. Sweet Thing already saved some tomato seeds and I am considering saving some of the squash and cantaloupes just to see if it can be done.

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The cosmos are still blooming.

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The sunflowers are dried up and the birds are really working them. As a matter of fact, the little yellow colored finches have stopped coming to my feeders, I think they like eating the seeds off of the heads better. How is your fall garden coming along?

Happy Birthday Amanda!

27 Sep

It’s the BIG 24! Whoo Hooo!

Some People Get On My Nerves!

25 Sep

Today I needed to stop at Wal-Mart and that set my nerves on edge having to fight my way through crowds of people like this gentleman,,

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Ah man, I didn’t need to see that! Then I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I decided to stop at McDonald’s! Yeah, I should know better. I probably eat at McDonald’s about once a month and I always wonder why I bothered, the only thing they have that is fit to eat are their french fries, other than that everything else is nasty. Anyway, I was in a hurry and it was 1:30 so I figured the crowd would be gone and I could get in and out quickly. Just as I was approaching the counter to order a group cut right in front of me. This group consisted of a woman about 35 years old, her mother, and two girls about 10 years old. They proceeded to spread out all along the counter (blocking all three registers) and looked up at the menu and pointed out and discussed the relative merits of each and every item on the menu. Come on people, this is not a 5 star restaurant, this is McDonald’s.

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You knew what was on the menu before you came in here so just order the number 4 meal and get out of my way! I love everyone, I really do. Have a nice day! Smile

Tuesday Tunes: Van Morrison; Moondance

24 Sep

Let’s have a tune from 1970 shall we.

Newest Follower

24 Sep

I would like to welcome my newest follower Bell Wether Farms. Thanks for hitting that follow button, I really appreciate it.

Just Think About It

23 Sep

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Read this and just think about it for a minute. If guns become illegal, only the criminals will have guns because they don’t obey laws anyway. How will you protect yourself or your family? Point at the thugs pointing a gun at you and say “Oooo, you’re in trouble now, that’s illegal!” I sure that would give them pause. Be safe everyone.

after show

23 Sep

These young ladies are starting their blog and they would really like some visits. If you get a chance why not stop by and leave a short comment and give them a word of encouragement, I am sure they would appreciate it.

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Harbor Freight Portable Garage

21 Sep

I decided I needed some additional dry storage for the winter and I began to do some pondering on the matter. I looked on the net at my options and I came across this garage from HF.

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I read the reviews and they were generally positive. I thought about building something from wood and then covering it with cheap tarps, but even that would be more expensive than this unit. It was on sale for $175 so even with tax it is less than $200. Maybe the tarp will last 2 seasons and then I can reuse the frame by replacing the tarp. I might even someday cover the frame with clear plastic and use it for a greenhouse. I even think I could reinforce it slightly and cover it with wire and use it for a portable chicken tractor. The possibilities are only limited by my imagination! While reading the reviews I noticed some people wishing the instructions were a little clearer and I scoffed “I don’t need no stinking instructions”! After all, how hard can it be, right guys?

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I opened the box and discovered this. Eh, maybe I will just take a few minutes and glance at the instructions.

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I was in my cave reading the instructions and Kensey said “hey you need some help with that?” I spent about an hour putting the 4 sections of the frame together and with some help I estimate about 30 more minutes and I should have the frame together. One thing I did encounter is difficulty picking out the proper bolt. There are 70 carriage bolts in a plastic bag, all lumped together, and there are three different sizes, each only 1/8 of an inch in length difference. It would have been much easier if the bolts had been packaged separately. I’ll post pictures when I finish it. Keep prepping everyone!

Cotton Defoliation

20 Sep

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We should be well on our way to cotton harvest by now, but due to the lateness of our crops, we are just now ready to begin defoliating or removing the leaves from our cotton plants. This field has enough open bolls I will recommend defoliation next Monday.

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The cotton we grow in our area is classified as upland cotton. As I was looking at this field I saw an unusual looking plant. This is a stalk of Pima cotton. Pima cotton accounts for only 5% of the cotton grown in the US. It is primarily grown in California with smaller amounts grown in the desert Southwest. Our growing seasons are too short to produce a good crop of Pima cotton, but occasionally a seed of Pima will be mixed in with our upland cottons. Pima cotton is considered a premium cotton, valued for it’s high fiber quality. If you Google the term “Pima cotton” you will see lots of sites devoted to selling clothes made exclusively from Pima cotton and carrying an exclusive price I might add.

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Pima sure has some pretty blooms doesn’t it? Keep prepping everyone!