Archive | October, 2015

Tuesday Tunes:Lynyrd Skynyrd; Sweet Home Alabama

27 Oct

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This past Saturday, Sweet Thing and I attended a wedding which was held on the grounds of a restored Civil War Era mansion.

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This mansion has been listed on the National Register Of Historic Places.

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For our musical entertainment, they had two dudes doing their best Simon and Garfunkel. The wedding was held outside, and although rain was predicted, it held off and allowed this lovely event to take place as planned.

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The reception was held inside a pavilion around back, and the entertainment was provided by a 7 man Black band, the Mid-Town All-Stars out of Memphis. This band was Jammin’! They had an eclectic mix of music, let me tell you. Their first set included Kool And The Gang/ Jungle Boogie, Wilson Picket/ Mustang Sally, Average White Band/ Play That Funky Music White Boy, Howlin’ Wolf/ Shake It For Me, Luke Bryant/ Strip It Down, Prince Royce/ Back It Up, and even Lynyrd Skynyrd/ Sweet Home Alabama. I wish I had video taped that song because that was quite an experience hearing an all Black band performing Sweet Home Alabama. No haters around here! Let’s listen to the original, shall we?

Well I heard Mister Young sing about her,          

I heard ole Neal put her down,

Well, I hope Neal Young will remember,

A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow!

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Homestead Update 10/25/15

25 Oct

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The weather finally took a turn towards Fall this past week. The trees are finally putting on their colors and now the weatherman is predicting 4 days of rain so the rain will knock the leaves off before we have time to enjoy them.

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I went through my hives and put my bees into their winter setup. This is one of several nice frames of honey I am leaving so they can have plenty of food to help them survive the winter. If you enlarge the picture and look closely, you can see several small hive beetles on the honey. There are way too many beetles in this hive. I made some beetle traps using old political signs, Crisco, and boric acid. I put one trap in each hive and I am putting another in the top of this hive tomorrow. I hope this takes care of them. I learned a lot about bee keeping this year, mainly what NOT to do. I anticipate having better luck next year, we’ll have to see how it goes.

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Most of the area farmers are only about a week away from completing their cotton harvest before the rains set in, and so far the yields are fairly good. This is a field I check each week. I wish the sun had been shining when I took this picture, it would have made a pretty picture wouldn’t it?

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Here at the homestead, I finally got around to filling up the fuel transfer tank I bought last Spring. After I cut off 3 feet on that old trailer, the tank sitting on it balances the trailer perfectly. Even with fuel in the tank you can pick up the tongue of the trailer quite easily. Before I filled up the tank I wanted to test it out, so I only bought 25 gallons at first. I hooked up the pump to a battery and the pump whirled but no fuel came out. Uh-Oh! I checked the vanes on the pump and they looked OK. There is a plastic, pressure valve in the pump and it seemed to be a little stiff so I sprayed it with WD-40. I put the pump back together and it worked perfectly. WD-40 works miracles doesn’t it? After I was sure the pump was working and the tank was not rusty I went ahead and filled it up with diesel while the price was down to $2.24. That’s as cheap as it has been in several years, so I figured now was a good time to set some aside for later. Keep prepping everyone!

Fall Folklore Fest 2015

18 Oct

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Sweet Thing and I attended the Fall Folklore Fest yesterday. They had exhibitors demonstrating some old timey skills such as blacksmithing, broom making, candle making, pottery making, and other pioneer skills.

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This was a man plowing a field with a brace of mules. And yes I am old, but this skill was before my time!

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This woman was plowing with another brace of mules. That was a hard way to plow, but people have been farming like that for hundreds of years.

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You could take a ride on a mule drawn covered wagon.

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Some of the kids were having fun shelling corn.

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You could also pay $2 and milk a goat. I should have paid my money and tried it, I have never milked a goat! That goat just stood there so nice and easy, she had probably been milked many, many times.

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There were square dancers doing their thing.

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There was some pickin’ and grinnin’ on the front porch of and old log cabin which had been moved and restored at this museum.

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There were big displays of pumpkins and gourds.

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They even had a place where you could try your hand at picking cotton. Uh, not for me thanks, I’m trying to stay out of the cotton fields for a while! The weather was perfect for a festival, with a lot of interesting things to see and do. Keep prepping everyone!

Homestead Update 10/11/15

11 Oct

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The weather has turned so cool, my barn kitties were all cuddled up together when I checked on them today. The leaves are falling from the trees, but they have no bright colors this year. I guess the drought we are having are just making them turn brown then falling off.

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I managed to get one of my projects completed and checked off of my list this week. I finished the field lines for my septic system for my bathroom in my shop/barn. That sure will come in handy this winter. There is no way I could have dug the trench for the lines without my backhoe attachment on my tractor. The trench is 2 feet wide and 3 feet deep, and the ground is hard as a rock. Even with the backhoe, it took a long time to dig. I had to drag the bucket along the trench digging up an inch or two at a time. That’s as deep as I could go because the ground was so hard.

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I planted some buck wheat seeds 3 weeks ago and it is blooming! I wanted to have something blooming for my bees to work before they quit for the winter. I’m surprised that buckwheat blooms so quickly. I slung these seeds out by hand and like PP, I got mine way too thick!

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I slung those seeds by hand, but I could have used this seeder I recently purchased. I used it to fertilize the grass up near the house and I used it to plant the deer browse in the back. It works well for something I paid less than $100 for. I had taken the seeder off of my ATV and I didn’t want to take the time to re-mount the seeder  just to spread the buckwheat, so I just used a bucket and slung the seed by hand.

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The crop year is almost finished, all that remains to do is harvest the crops and see if they are good enough for me to come back and work again next year. I need to take this computer into the shop and get some unwanted mal-ware removed from it. That is one reason I have not posted for 3 weeks. My computer is running so slowly, it has taken an hour to put up this one post. If I can’t get it cleaned up, I guess I will have to buy another one. Until then, keep prepping everyone!