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)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Carey electric pressure /water bath canner

Decided to splurge a few days ago! Hubby went in to pick up my animal feed, and he did come out with just animal feed, but sometimes I/we get a little side tracked in the best way. Since I now have a glass top stove I’ve been concerned about using my canner, and because of this I didn’t can anything last year only froze. Well while hubby was in Orschelns getting animal feed he noticed their display of the electric pressure canner was on sale (last one). He came out and loaded the feed then told me, so I went in to check it out and came home with a canner! It was on sale for half price (Never have been able to skip a sale when it’s something I would use a lot). Once the initial excitement was over and we got it home I was a little bit nervous while unpacking it. I started over thinking (I don’t take to changes very well). So far though the only disadvantage I have found is that I can’t put as many jars in it as I could my old canner. I am now canning again and once I made the first batch my reserves went out the window I’m now hooked, love love this electric pressure canner. So far I have canned:
18 pints zucchini relish
24 1/2 pints blackberry jelly
8 1/2 pints peach preserves
16 pints bread and butter pickles
8 pints sweet pickles
18 pints lime pickles
12 quarts green beans
12 pints salsa
16 pints whole tomatoes
The garden is still producing tomatoes and cucumbers (I can way more than we need so I can give some away.
Also froze 6 quarts peach pie filling.
Peaches got away from me this year, the trees were loaded and starting to ripen, went to check again 3 days later and a lot were already on the ground and something had taken a bite off from almost all that hit the ground. I did get about a half bushel so I can’t complain, animals need to eat too.
I think I have broken the Carey in pretty good. My garden will be finishing up soon, so next on the list  is to start canning soups and stews. I really like making these for mom, she is on a low salt diet and it’s hard to find canned soups that are low (enough) for her.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Meet Bo

A lot has happened since we finished our house (that took many, many hours) but was well worth it! Moms room is next to the bathroom which makes it easier for her to get around. All in all I would say things are going pretty good! We got a new addition 2 weeks ago in the form of a mini donkey it belonged to my nephew who got it from a petting zoo. The little guy is 2 years old and as sweet as can be. I fell in love the first morning he “loudly” greeted me.  😊
This is Bo and he says hello
I’m glad I am starting my blog again, it kinda feels like greeting an old friend! One you didn’t realize you missed and then think why did you stop....

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Beautiful day for December!

 It was a gorgeous day! temp got to almost 60 degrees, perfect day to get a lot of work done outside.
Jim got a “new to us” tractor yesterday ours had bit the dust and it was either get another tractor or sell my cows, since my ladies are a big part of our farm family I didn’t want that to happen.  So guess what our Christmas present to each other is.  :) it's a 1999 doesn't look like it though was taken really good care of.
I was scraping the ground this morning with it but I didn’t get as much accomplished as I wanted because the cows started playing with the small pile I had made. I sat on the tractor and watched for a bit and they were having so much fun I decided to finish tomorrow.
Stubby is our new addition she is Ellie's calf (Ellie is our Dexter) stubby loves to eat and sleep in the hay ring (so happy she is a girl) This is Ellie's second girl, her first was short britches. Short britches and stubby are half Dexter and half Angus so now I have 2 Dangus's! 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Moving in and Lacy's eye warts

I can't  believe it's been this long since my last post! The ground breaking began on our house in October of last year with the first hurtle of a rock (really big) that Jim had to drill out....
Little did I know how many long hard hours we would have in our future. I would do it all over again but it sure has had its good and bad days. If all goes okay we should be  finished moving in by this weekend. Now the work we have been letting fall to the way side will have to be repaired/replaced (fixing fences, barn needs some work etc...
Lacy contracted eye warts last month, I called the vet and was going to have him come out but Jim said it usually goes away on its own.

He was correct it's been 3 weeks and almost all gone. He saved me a vet bill :)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Family Outing

I feel  so blessed that Mom is still able to go on our family outings.
She will be 89 on the 30th of this month.
And of course Sparkey and Jim enjoyed themselves, they are inseparable when Jims home. 
Sparkey is always so calm on his road trips, it's alway look straight ahead and don't miss a thing! 

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.