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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!

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Homestead Update

8 Nov

I haven’t done much around the homestead this week due to my eye healing up. And even though no one bothered to ask, my eye is doing much better now, thank you very much.

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Sweet Thing and I went to the big Flea Market two weekends ago; I looked at all the old tools and such. The only thing I saw that was a good enough deal to buy was this draw bar for my tractor at only $15, I couldn’t pass that up.

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That Flea Market is the same place I bought this $15 fuel pump last year. I used it a whole year without any problems until last week. I tried to fill my tractor and I pumped, pumped, and pumped on the handle but I couldn’t get it to prime and start pumping no matter what I tried. I thought “Dang, now I am going to have to take the pump apart and try to figure out how to repair it and order a kit to fix it.”

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But as luck would have it, I saw this sitting in a front yard by the road with a “for sale” sign in front of it. I checked it out and it looked OK, so I took out my new smart phone (yes, I finally caught up with the rest of the world and got rid of my old reliable flip phone) and went to the Tractor Supply web site to see if I remembered correctly how much this would cost new. The tank would be $499 and the least expensive 12 volt pump would be over $200. After you add the tax, you would be looking at pretty much $800 for this set up. Oh yeah, now I remember why I am using a Flea Market pump and 2 free oil barrels for my fuel, I couldn’t see spending that much even though I wanted one badly. I called the number on the sign and the man came out from inside the house and I prepared to do my best horse trading. I asked him if the tank was rusted inside, he said no and removed the cap and used his pocket flashlight to let me look inside. I asked if it leaked and again he said no, he just took it out of his truck yesterday. I asked if the pump worked and he said yes, the only thing he didn’t like about it was the long cord with alligator clips on the end which caused him to need to raise the hood of his truck and hook them up when he needed to use the pump. He then hooked the pump to my truck battery and you could hear the pump run, although it didn’t pump since the tank was empty. I asked why he was selling it and he said it was just taking up too much room in the bed of his truck so he was going to downsize to a 40 gallon tank and get a new pump wired directly into his electrical system. So now we got to the point where we would cut to the chase. I knew a new one was $800 so I figured he would ask somewhere between $400-500, but I decided I wouldn’t pay a cent over $350. I asked for the price and he said “I need $100 for the tank and $100 for the pump. I am firm on the price but I will sell them separately if you don’t want them both.” I said SOLD! So much for my horse trading skills, huh? Now it is sitting behind my barn, waiting for my new addition to be added to my barn. I finally got the original builder of my barn to come and give me a quote on an addition, (after a month of calling) and I hope construction starts soon. I need more space!

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Speaking about Tractor Supply, this is a semi trailer blown over on their parking lot. The last storm front blew through here with 50-60 MPH winds, it was pretty rough going for a while. The weathermen are all calling for the Polar Vortex to return this week, so I have been getting ready.

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I put a big stack of firewood on the back porch, and I have a stack in the fireplace primed and ready to go. All I have to do is touch a match to the paper and we will be all warm and toasty!

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The weather was nice and warm today so I went across my new culvert and walked through the woods this afternoon. I spotted this huge hornet’s nest in the trees. It was about 2 feet tall, so it would hold a lot of hornets! I found one like it in the front of the homestead last fall, so I will have to be careful as I am wandering around in warm weather. I wouldn’t want to bump into one of these while the hornets were home! More to come tomorrow, keep prepping everyone!