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)

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 cantaloupe cubed
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.



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New babies and life


I love this time of year!
We picked up a bottle calf last week he is so cute. His name is cooper.
Our neighbor (about a mile and half away) dropped off  this cute little baby goat he said something happened to the mom and he couldn't get the little one to eat. She was so bad I didn't think she would live, my daughter and I dripped milk into her mouth every 2 hours for almost 2 days. Then at one feeding she started sucking on the nipple and is now doing great and running all over, she is so tiny we have her in the house in a playpen were she will stay for a few more days. I realized a few days later they were both (calf and goat) born February 15 how cute is that :)
Oh found this post on someones facebook, this is so true! I get my feelings hurt at some of the comments people I know make because I butcher a calf every 2 years and a pig every year. I give all my animals the same attention and they have 100 acres to run and play on its a shame they don't understand how much better they are than some places they could have ended up. Sorry just found post and it's just what I have been telling some for a few years, not talking about my blogger friends this is some family and others around town. This blog has been so nice because I run into so many like minded people and it feels really good! :)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Lesson learned and lye soap

Learned a new lesson today....if the bull looks upset then maybe he is! I loaded a round bale on the tractor and was headed to one of the hay rings when the bull starts running around the tractor kicking like a calf does. I just assumed he had a lot of energy today so I kept going. Then he backs up and rams the side of the tractor, it jerked the tractor, shocked I almost lost my seating. I am now realizing he is (for some reason) mad then he runs around to the hay bale and rams it hard. He backs up and rams the hay bale a second time then he starts trying to push the tractor, head down on the bale. I am getting a little (sorry lot) scared thinking what do I do because if he rams the side again he cold catch my leg or knock me off the tractor (it's a small one) also with him pushing I'm not really going anywhere. As luck would have it my youngest daughter was driving through the field from picking up one of the kids from the bus and she starts tooting her horn and yelling out the window. The mister then stops to look at the car and I go around him and to the hay ring drop the bale and get back into the fenced in area before he gets his sights set on me again. I have walked within 4 feet of this bull before when giving grain checking on calves etc and never had a problem with him! The only thing I can think of is maybe one of the cows are coming in, or he got mad when I said shoo or he just didn't like the tractor today....I do know from now on I will never ever go near him by myself. The Polaris will get used when feeding grain and I won't feed hay if he is near, (just in case) at least my lesson learned ended up only being a bruised arm when he hit the side of the tractor! Could have been so much worse!
It's just a single color but I'm proud of it :)
On to calmer things I made my first batch of hot process lye soap yesterday, sliced them today they are now waiting for 2 weeks. :)
In this recipe I used coconut oil, palm oil and olive oil along with the lye, water and orange essential oil. It's smells really good, can't wait to try them.
I also found these rubber molds at Aldi this week for $2 each , next batch I make I want to try them.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Creeks became a river overnight and lesson learned

I can't believe I let life get in the way of my blog last year! I had a wake up yesterday when my phone bit the dust and all last year's pictures with it. My first thought was I will have some from my blog....but alas no because with some health problems Mom had last year and a few of mine I got busy and time got away from me and I just did not post. Now I don't have any records of births,  pictures of animals or family. I alway learn my lessons the hard way!
An important event took place this past December and we lost a dear sweet cow, Snowball, she drowned in the creek where they both meet at the lower end of our property. We were lucky that her 2 month old little girl was okay (we found her with the other cows) and she now lives in the barn lot with our mini horse and seems to be thriving. We named her Taffy when she was born because she is the sam color as her Mom. Taffy is another one that will always have a home here. We had so much rain in a 2 day period that our creeks sounded and looked more like a river and Snowball for some reason was down there and drowned. She has been a part of our farm family for 10 years and is missed. I have pictures of Snowball from previous posts but with my phone broke can't put one up of her here....
I have started a new hobby! I say new I tried this once before but for some reason it didn't stick anyway I usually try a lot of different crafts to keep Mom learning new things and to keep her mind busy but this one seems to have stuck. It's making lye soap, we started out just plain then went with essential oils. We are going to try coloring next but since I only use organic oils I have been looking for natural ways to color our soap so far it's looks like we will try clays. Well I guess I have said enough for tonight. Hopefully will have working phone by next week and can add pictures.

Friday, May 15, 2015

New Mister

I haven't blogged in a while because well I just didn't have much to say....guess that will change since summer is near :) We picked up a new bull this week, we kept one of last year's calves so the old bull had to go. I was sad to see him leave but the new bull is about 2 years old and very calm, this makes me happy since I am out in the fields a lot with the cows "my girls" and the bull "the Mr". Most of the cows ignored the new mister except Bella and Ellie....
Mister met Bella first......
Then Ellie got in the middle of it......after this though he became part of the group and seemed fit in, or maybe the rest just ignored him....
On to other things I lost a few cucumber plants this week a mole found my garden. Not sure if it's the same one or not but he also has been around the chicken pen and a few places in the yard. Has anyone had this problem? If so what is a good way to catch him/them?




Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dr Phil 20/20 Diet, fingers crossed

Sorry but I am getting a bit personal here hope no one minds or is offended....I have come to realize a few things lately....first of all I love taking care of the ones I love. My children of course are first (and will always be first :), but when grandpa got sick I cared for him a little over 4 years, when we lost him soon after is when Dad and Mom started having problems so I cared for them both, then Dad passed in 2010....and since I have been Moms caregiver 24/7 and during this time my babies grew up on me.....don't get me wrong here I wouldn't change any of the decision's I made. My kids understand the more love you give the more you have to give....its just that sometimes life has a way of giving you a quick slap in the face....
I did my usual yearly blood work 2 weeks ago thinking everything would be fine like usual (I always think can't get sick too many to care for) :) well a few things are running a bit high and my Dr said we won't worry about it now but do a follow up blood work in 3 months if still high we will talk.....I think for the first time in over 26 years I looked "really" looked at myself....I see someone that has spent the last 26 years putting herself on the back burner and it shows! I have kinda let myself go a bit and gained 40 pounds over those years along with a bit of worry over loved ones here and there and also not eating as good as I should have......I am not writing this for a feel sorry for me but more of a "I am holding myself accountable" I realize life is not forever and this body we are each given should be cared for mentally and physically.....I also took a good look at my youngest daughter (she has a sweet little 10 month old) and thought she is going down the same road as I have only she is doing it 8 years earlier, kinda Mom see Mom do thing....I feel I need to change now and help her in the process so she doesn't get a similar slap in the face later in life....I am not saying don't take care of loved ones when they need help, just saying don't loose yourself during these times. I am beginning by "like the Dr said" eating more healthy and try my darnedest to loose the 40 pounds before my next blood work, take 30 minutes a day for just me time, exercise, then if still high I can say I did my best and see where the Dr wants to go from there! I thought the best way to (hopefully) keep me from backsliding is to update my progress weekly here on my blog with a picture of now and fingers crossed by April a picture of  me with 40 pounds less.....
I have been looking at diet books and most I felt I wouldn't be using for the long haul...I want a diet that will be more of a lifestyle change not one I would loose the weight then gain it all back and then some! I am loosing the weight for my health and if I can loose it I sure don't want it back a few months later! :) I ran across the Dr Phil 20/20 diet and I feel this fits me well (just finished reading the book this morning) I hope I will be posting here in 3 months with less weight but more important better numbers on my blood work!