Walking With Grandmpa [my father and grand-daughter]

Walking With Grandmpa [my father and grand-daughter]
"I like walking with granpa his steps are short like mine." (dedicated to my dad who passed 4/1/10)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Contractor started this week :)

A friend of my nephews delivered 4 loads of gravel
He also dropped some more chat near the cattle guard.
Contractor framing, getting it ready for concrete.
My grand daughter loved watching this (I did too)
Now it has to set a few days
Jim picked a persimmon and split the seed, really don't like to see a spoon!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Huge rocks removed, ready for gravel

We picked up the jackhammer and air compressor Friday, Jim worked all day Saturday on both rocks. I felt sorry for him, I had no idea the jack hammer weighed 90 pounds, plus the hose weighed about 10 pounds. I wonder how many times he lifted it up and down, I know I never could have done it, maybe drag it from place to place but never lift it! He took a half hour break once and it still took over 10 hours. I thought he would be really sore come Sunday morning but he wasn't, he said he works hard on a daily basis at work although he did sleep like a baby!
Sunday Jim and his dad dug the line from the well close the house, (can't get to close until the concrete is in) pulled the electric line into the conduit then buried the line. They also did the same with the water line.
Then they ran over the ground to smooth it from where the rock  was removed the day before. The ground is ready for the white chat to be dumped monday into the hole, leveled out then the foundation poured. There is a lot more work to this than I realized. This time last month I thought the hardest part was cutting up the trees, clearing the brush and loading to take to the house. On plus side we have all of winters wood setting out back, just needs split and stacked.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Finished cattle guard, a hiccup on digging and mom's first time riding a lift.

We have the cattle guard complete one thing to check off! :)

We also would have had the basement hole finished but Sunday we ran into a rock literally, a really big rock!
There is also a smaller one close to where Jim is standing, but it won't take long to remove that one
So it looks like we have to fork out the money this weekend and rent an air compressor and Jack hammer to take the tops off. We borrowed a small jack hammer from Jim's brother, but it's to small for the job, hoping it's not to expensive to rent come Friday. The glass is still half full at least we only need it for the weekend. (This may be the first hiccup, unfortunately, I'm sure it won't be the last).
Mom got a ride Sunday at church, after the revival we were having dinner in the basement and this is the only way I could get her there. On the way down she was not happy with me but she was more comfortable when using it on the way up and actually smiled.

Also in the photo is a friend of mine and a gentleman from church. They were sweet and walked up with Mom while I pulled the truck around the front of the building.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Moving the cattle guard

I am so excited! We talked about building a house for 20 odd years but that's all it was was talk. We are finally going to do it :) first things first we had to move our cattle guard down the road a bit and we also fenced off 6 acres so the cattle won't bother the construction workers when they do the basement. (Also don't want cow prints where there shouldn't be cow prints) we are having the basement poured and the outside walls put up with roof on then Jim and I will do the rest as we go along. I think we will learn a lot about construction. I figure your never to old to learn something new and I also think it will be fun, in a get frustrated, more than likely cry a little but it's the only way we can do this kinda way.

When we finished with the concrete for the cattle guard Jim had to have his best buddy's paw print on it.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Pinkeye with 3 cows

We have had a few problems with the cows this summer, not sure if it's just the rain or the temp also. One cow had mastitis, then sugarplum came down with pink eye, started treating the one eye then the next day it was in the other. She spent 10 days in the lower lot by herself then on the 10th day she seems to be doing better, she just needed treated one more time then turned out. Thinking yay almost all done (never count your chickens before they are hatched) I went to check on cattle in the field again and Callie has it in both eyes and Sister in one. I swear when it rains it pours around here! Lucky me hubby was home (Saturday) so with my daughters help we got the 2 cows up, treated Sugar plum again put patch on her eye sent her out into field, then treated Sister and added patch. Callie on the other had got treated and put in the lower lot because it's in both she has trouble seeing so now I start all over again. Fingers crossed none of the others come down with it and the 3 affected will regain all their sight. Can't wait for this summer to be over, we keep out fly blocks and spray them routinely but the Flys are still so bad.
Sugarplum isn't to happy with me, give it a few weeks and hopefully she will forget the shot and med in eye 3 times a day. When she sees me now she squeezes her eye shut and backs up.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Fruit salad

I woke up the other day thinking of a very special lady and realized we are going to my oldest daughters new house for a BBQ this weekend and I know what I will bring!
My hubby and I were together for about 9 years before his grandma passed away, I had know her since I was about 8 through church, her and my mom were friends. I knew her by Grandma Ernie way before hubby and I met and got married but after she really was Grandma Ernie (hubby's grandma)! She is missed a lot and this is something that screams her name and makes me smile. This was one of her favorite things to make and bring to family functions, she would make it up the night before and store in quart jars. The next day she would just take it out of the fridge and since the lids were on just put in a bag and she was ready to go. She also made lots on purpose so as we left each of us had a jar to take home. Here is as close to her recipe as I could remember.

1 package strawberry jello
1 package cherry jello
1 can pineapple,  crushed
1 cup peaches
1 quart strawberries
3 bananas
2 cups grapes, purple and/or white
2 cups apples, red and/or yellow
1/2 to 1 cup coconut flakes
1 jar cherries
1 can fruit cocktail, think grandma may have also put in juice

Follow the instruction on the packages of jello, then add the fruit above (sliced into bite sized pieces) or the fruit of your choice (this recipe is very forgiving) stir and store in quart jars, or containers of your choice, (I love wide mouth canning jars) leave in the icebox until jelled. You can also add other fresh/frozen fruit. The above is just how Grandma made it (close to), she made this fruit salad more during the summer when most of the ingredient she could pick herself. Wish me luck that I am close to her recipe, if not hopefully someone in the family will know what needs added this weekend. All grandmas recipes were in her head sadly, I don't think she ever wrote any down.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Some projects I get antsy with and want done now, I need to practice patience

Hubby found me a milk cow (Jersey) in April for a really good price. It was kind of a friend of his has a friend that has a small dairy farm (12 cows) and said he would sell us a 2 1/2 year old that just had her first baby. I was so excited! I cleaned out the side of the barn for my dairy cow, had it all ready then hubby came home looked at the barn saw problems I didn't see.....so like usual my clean barn, get cow ended up so much more!
The roof of the lean-to had separated from the barn and was slowly falling in. Jim used the tractor to raise the roof up to reattach it then realized it was to far gone.
With the supports being lifted with the tractors help when he lowered it back down everything pulled loose and the roof came down.
Jim ended up having to push it over. Thank goodness for sweet nephews and daughter that came and helped me clean it all up.
Next Jim had to level the ground before we could add on the new lean-to, about this time I was feeling really good like it might just get done in time to still be able to get Chile (the dairy cow).
Before we could do that though the boards had to be replaced that pulled off when we pushed to lean-to over.
On weekend 4 we pulled out the big guns and my father in law came out. :) Jim and him framed it and added the roof, good thing we have a dust to dawn light in the yard or they would have been finishing it by moonlight and the moon was not full!
Now that we had it framed the next Saturday all we had left to do was put walls on both sides, door on the other and head catcher inside Then the next day to pick up our jersey.
That was 3 weeks ago and it has worked out so well! Jim made a cow milker so it only takes me on average 5 to 6 minute's to milk her twice a day but then I spend at least 3 hours a day making cheese, yogurt, butter etc from the milk. I made some junket the other day that everyone liked and Velveeta cheese that was also well received.