Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Today it seemed colder than it has been for the last few days. You could see sun dogs around the sun this morning when we were out doing chores. Our chores have gotten a lot faster now that it is winter. The goats slowed down to only a pint of milk so we have quit milking them, we don't have to move the chicken pens, the goats don't need to be moved, and there's more too. Chores used to take about an hour and a half but now only fifteen minutes. Recently we had been getting very few eggs and were only feeding the chickens screenings but one of our white rock hens started getting pecked pretty bad. The next morning it was dead with all of it's insides pecked out. We figured they needed better feed with more protein so we bought a couple of bags of layer feed. Yesterday we got thirteen eggs and no dead chickens! It seems like we learn things the hard way and then never forget what we learned! Now we need to figure out a cheaper mix of feed that doesn't cost $10 a bag.
Now that the lake is frozen over we have cleared a little skating rink in the bay. For the last few days (except today) we went skating for more than an hour. My skates from last year are way too small so I have wear Jonathan's old ones (that are too tight) and he wears dad's when dad isn't skating. We broke off some curved sticks and cut some slices of firewood for pucks and we have our own little hockey teams, two people on each side.
We have had Samson inside at night so he has become a house dog and wants to come in all the time. So far we haven't had any accidents and he has stayed out of our way.
Until next time,
Monday, November 26, 2007
Yesterday we butchered our 4 turkeys. The weather forecast is for 15 degrees for the next few days. We didn't weigh them but they must be about 20 pounds each.
Mom cooked up one of them last night so we will probably have one today.
that is all,
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Today the Kenney family left after spending a few days with us. They came up from Hawley MN to visit for Thanksgiving. We had a fun time with them. Daniel Kenney had recently gotten what is called a rip-stick and brought it along with them. You probably have never seen one but it is like a skateboard but only has two wheels and twists in the middle. You can make yourself go forward by moving the rip-stick back and forth. You can steer by twisting it in the middle as you go forward. It takes a lot of practice to run it without falling over. You pretty much have to move your whole body when you do it. I played with that quite a bit so I tried playing guitar while doing it.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
We've been having some pretty nice days recently. Around 55-60 degrees. It's hard to think it is November already. Yesterday we went and helped some Friends of ours put up a new TV antenna. It was on a tower about 30' high. Thankfully I didn't have to go up. The picture shows the old one that we took down.
While we were there we saw a bald eagle over their lake.
Here's a cutting board that I just made for Mom!
I'm feeling tired so my post is short.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I'm still here but haven't had time to blog for quite a while now. Fall is pretty much here so the garden has needed work. Today Jonathan and I put up deer fencing around three (out of 25 or so) of our apple trees. There is about 6 left to do after those. We also dug up one patch of corn that was done for the year. Most of the family went to town this afternoon so I moved all the dug up corn stalks into the compost pile.
This guy's arm moves up and down and chops (or tries to chop) the log.
Here's some more pictures of what we've been doing:
These are our six kittens.
Here's something I painted
Here's something I routered
Here's the chickens in the barn we separated off a section for them to be separate from the goats.
There is egg boxes in the pen too.
And the pigs.
And our square straw bales.
And a picture of the trees. It's not as pretty as it was earlier in the year.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
We have had our first sale of beans and chokecherries to some friends that live about a 1/4 mile from the Canadian border on boundry lake. We will be going to the farmers market on Saturday to sell produce. We are about sick of beans. Mom canned about 165 quarts of beans and we are going to can some for other friends.
I made myself a new belt buckle out of aspen:It only took me an afternoon and a half a day to make it. I used some paint we had laying around on it.
Our bees are buzzing in the corn really thickly. They are fun to watch! I would have taped the hum exept we don't have a tape recorder.
That's all for now
Saturday, June 30, 2007
It didn't turn out very showy but for me it was fine! The handle is made from some ash wood that was cut from our property. I used the router to make the handle smooth around the corners. I finished the handle by rubbing linseed oil on it.
I scratched my name at the base of the blade with a screw tip.
Here's an overall picture of the completed knife. It is aproxamatly 7 1/4 inches long from tip to handle.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
We got our 60 or so chicks yesterday. They are mostly layers but there's some white rock. We've heard it's supposed to rain tonight and maybe hail. Today we did a whole bunch of different things, fixed the door between the goats and the rest of the barn, made the grain container on the milk stand better, cleaned up around the house, weeded some of the garden, and in the afernoon David and I went for a boat ride on the lake. We saw someone working on the lake shore of our neighbor's cabin area with a bobcat. Mom and Andrew went to town this afternoon and got a whole bunch of groceries. We have one of our new chicks that doesn't look real good. One leg is bent out from under it.
Just an update,
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Our chicks have been hatching pretty good. We've had two rotten eggs explode in the incubator. Kind of a mess. We have gotten two piglets now too. Here's some pictures:
We have hatched about 20 chicks and have only lost a couple before they hatched. We have saved ourselfs a bunch of money by hatching our own Buff Orpingtons.
Here's the piglets. One was 22 lbs and the other 20 lbs. We payed a dollar per pound for them.
There is the one that is kind of orange.
Our geese have been setting on a nest for a while now so we should see some goslings some time soon.
Samson likes to keep a close eye on the piglets. They got out twice today because they broke the wire that we put up to keep small pigs in.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Here is some chicks we hatched from the incubator. They are the first and second chicks we hatched.
This is the third one. We have hatched almost seven now. Two are still cracking open their shells.
Here is the setup. We keep the older ones and the younger ones separate so they won't peck each other. Each bucket has food and water in it.
Here's a picture of some of our ducks. I think we lost our male goose somewhere. He hasn't been around lately.
I guess that's enough for now,