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Jun. 8th, 2015 | 05:39 pm

Okay, I have a few minutes to make a quick post...I was reading my post from December 28, 2012 and saw what I wrote about the drought. Those of you in Texas,or those who have been following my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/erinosmith) know that in April and May of this year, we had the most rain we have had in a very long time. In fact, May's rain was the most in history, breaking all records.  Our lakes, rivers and tanks are, for the most part, overflowing and the plant life is pretty lush right now.  Of course, it has gotten hot now that the rains have stopped, and there are tons of bugs and other critters to contend with - mosquitoes the size of airplanes, grasshoppers eating everything in sight, and of course, I cannot forget the spiders, snakes and scorpions.  Lots of them everywhere!

We are still dealing with predator issues but are hopeful that we have a solution in the works... we have ordered a game camera to try to catch of glimpse of the responsible critters and are working with a friend towards getting some Great Pyrs to act as guardians.  While I enjoy spending time with the field animals, I am getting a little bit tired of spending my nights down by the pasture. I would prefer to use that time getting something more productive done, like sleeping and using the daylight hours to do things like shearing, cutting hay, etc.

As on any farm, there are more tasks that need doing than daylight hours and the rains prevented many of us here in Texas from doing much of anything for two months.  The pastures need cutting, the animals need worming and vaccinating, and so forth.  There is a lot of superficial damage and some structures that need replacing after the straight line winds that hit us in mid May. We need to finish fencing in the second pen and move everyone over so we can reseed.  The garden needs a TON of work, as does the orchards.

For once the tank is full and may even have some fish left, so little needs to be done there, but I have a secret plot of dewberries that need picking, if I am brave enough to face the possibility of snakes, briars and bomber mosquitoes... I haven't quite decided yet if I am that brave.

I also need to make ice cream for the fire dept. fundraiser on June 13th.  4-7 pm at the Woodbury Community Center.

Speaking of the fire dept., I gotta go to a meeting. I'll post again soon!

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Two and a half years later...

Jun. 8th, 2015 | 05:23 pm
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Hey folks, it has been a long time, but that's because I was unable to get into my account to post entries to my homestead blog.

I'm going to be doing some more updates now that I have managed to get back into Livejournal.  But it may have to wait until later this evening or until later this week. I have a Fire Dept. meeting to attend this evening.

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Year End Update - Happy New Year 2012!

Dec. 28th, 2011 | 10:47 am

This past summer and fall has been one of extreme heat and drought, only now giving over to the winter bluster and cold. 

Work keeps me busy – the Church where I work is an active one and the times I have stepped in to help kept me from the farm a lot of the fall. I enjoy the camaraderie and I enjoy the work, but there are days like today, with its bright sun and mild temperatures, where I feel a longing to be at home instead getting some of the never-ending list of chores done.

And never ending is exactly how it is on the farm – feeding, watering, cleaning, weeding, building, repairing – the list goes on and on.

Anyhow, this past year has been one of challenges and of joys… please read on to see just what I mean.

My last entry was in late July in the midst of the worst summer of heat that I have seen in Texas. We lost a good number of bunnies, many of our bees, and some birds.  We lost most, if not all, of our plants – both in the orchard and in the gardens, and the heat continued right on into September.

Somewhere in all that heat, we managed to have a few moments of cool – just long enough for one of our angora bucks to “get busy” with the does. This Christmas will be remembered for the earliest kidding season since we started the farm, beginning on December 9 and just slowing down on the 22nd. There may still be some babies yet, but most are done.  Ten in total, but our does were not in great shape this year after the summer heat and the rains that started falling relentlessly around Thanksgiving.  Three survived, and only one is being bottle fed. Thank goodness for small miracles! (I’ll post pictures soon.)

The rabbits are doing well this fall and the first kindlings were expected right before Christmas. Nothing has happened yet, so there may not be many babies. I think I waited too long to breed them – it’s been awfully dark with all the rain for weeks now, and the bunnies need lots of daylight hours (like chickens) to breed successfully. This is perhaps a blessing, as I am still working on finishing the bunny barn and new cages for the new barn.  I did make a “bunny run” up to Missouri and bought back some French angora babies. I also had some bunnies brought down from Ohio and West Virginia. Many thanks go out to Herbal Maid Fiber Farm, Ben Randolph, Nita Whitley and Lisa Rodenfels.

The turkeys are still with us and doing well. No more babies but First Lady Dolly has been trying. Mr. President (James Madison) is growing more and more protective as the months go by, but he has been well taught by the banty rooster Jimmy Cagney.

Speaking of Jimmy C., he has produced (with the Nazi hens) a pen full of very nice looking banty chickens. Unfortunately, as is the case with most of our animals, most of the surviving babies are MALE.  And because the Nazi hens (Ursula, Eva and Hilda) are banty crosses, some of the rooster offspring are bigger than Jimmy.  The first grandbaby chicks for Jimmy were born this December… who’s watching the calendar down there?

The other pen of chickens (mostly roosters now) is looking great. Having had the rest of the year now to regrow their feathers after this past summer’s molt, they are all looking quite spiffy. Since we got the variety pack in terms of the birds, we have beautiful colors, of all hues, and quite a few dapper tails – frizzles, silkies, buff orpingtons, reds, partridges, blacks with that beautiful green sheen – the rooster yard is quite magnificent at the moment.

The geese are grown now and very vocal. Spotty is definitely “head goose” – as long as DH is not around. The two females are looking very nice – full bodies, lots of down and gorgeous feathers.  They are definitely Emdens. The white males (Spotty and Sweetie) are most likely White Chinese. Nibbles, Handsome and Gorgeous are Brown Chinese.  All are fairly social, surprisingly enough, and they are quite demanding in terms of getting time for undivided attention. 

The baby ducks from late summer are now adults – beautiful black, blue and one brown.  Frankie, the sole surviving Cayuga from the first batch, is in love with the new ducks… Finally after a year he has some of his “own kind” in the pen with him. The crested white ducks and the pekins are doing well, I guess, or as well as can be done in a pen where the geese rule and the banty hens take all the best laying spots. Unfortunately they are a little bit lonely (for some ladies of their own) but it is their own fault. They were too rough with the ladies they had and now there are none. It is hard to feel sad for them – the cute and cuddly ducklings of 2010 are not very nice – nor cuddly at all- as adults. In fact, next the guineas, they are the most vicious of the farm birds we own.

All of the cats except Charlie have given up and moved into the house. Charlie, our resident barn cat, is busy at work in the barns but does venture up every few days for a “home cooked” meal and some loving.  He really hates the dogs, I think, and will only venture up if he gets too lonely.

The dogs are – well, they are themselves, only more so… Pretty is slowing down some and prefers to stay inside, asleep on one of the beds. Lucky, while still a great guard dog, is turning over more and more of the night guard duties to Bubbles. Bubbles and Bouncy are very devoted to me right now and are my honor guard now that Red is gone and Lucky is facing retirement.  Pauli, the small dog that the others rescued, is still DH’s dog, but is slowly weakening in her resolve to “diss me” at every opportunity. When before she would only grace me with her presence during severe thunderstorms (because quite frankly, I am “meaner than thunder”) she now will sneak into the bed and under the covers to sleep at my knees when it is cold out. And occasionally she will even play with me! (Yes, as obscure as it may be, we are making progress…)

Well, work beckons… so I will finish later.  Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

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Another day of really hot weather...

Jul. 26th, 2011 | 12:19 pm

Well, today's forecast shows "another day of really hot weather" for the rest of the week... I'm so tired of the heat but really reluctant to wish for cool weather, but only because we are not ready for winter yet.  This past winter was not so bad but I have a bad feeling about this upcoming winter season.

Hey, which comes first - the really hot summer that brings a really cold winter or vice versa? 

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July 2011 Update

Jul. 25th, 2011 | 06:18 pm

Well, my apologies for not being more proactive with this blog. It's just been very, very hot (104 degrees F today) for a very long time.

I won't be posting any new pictures until I can get a new camera, but I can post a bit about what we've been up to this summer.

I finally got a decent garden in the ground. I planted a wide variety of things and got a decent but not great payback in fresh veggies. The ground was composted heavily with rabbit compost and watered from the duck pools. It helped that the basic garden plot was located in the old goat and llama pens, so it already had a great foundation of goat poop, llama beans and decomposed hay. It also had a nice amount of shade and is close to the faucet for watering.

I planted potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, lots of squash, brussel sprouts, lots of peppers, strawberries, and a bunch of herbs. There were some attempts to plant okra which the geese and ducks repeatedly ate, and we also had a number of volunteer pumpkin plants from the ones we used as chicken fodder last fall. FYI - pumpkin adds tons of beta carotene to egg yolks and the seeds are a natural wormer.  Plus they loved pecking out the flesh which gave them something to do.  Great fodder for the animals.

We got back from the garden a moderate amount of tomatoes, mostly small but I am not the most patient when waiting for tomatoes and the heat made them ripen too early.  The cucumbers were amazingly prolific, but then again, this is my first year actually getting ANY cucumbers at all, so profilic doesn't mean much in our case. Unfortunately the cucumbers were amazingly BITTER and totally inedible. I couldn't even pickle them.  The zucchini that we got were small in number but HUGE in size. I am talking small baby/large football/T-ball bat sized... One of these zucchinis would make two or three giant pans of lasagna alone.  We got a decent amount of eggplant, but again, there's only two of us and we have no way of storing them long-term, so the amount we got may not be much for a normal family, but was perfect for the two of us. No onions this year. Very few potatoes although they could have done well if I'd planted them properly. The squash (boh zuccini and winter varieties) are storing well and we have a number of them stored already.  We got ONE small pumpkin which I picked this morning, but it has a long stem on it and I hope to keep it stored for a while. We have three pumpkins still stored from last fall which is amazing considering the 23+ days of three-digit temps we have suffered through this summer.

Suffered through? Yes, the heat is horrible. More so for the animals than us, since we are able to escape to Starbucks or to Wal-Mart or at least to the safety of our car with its air conditioning.... which the dogs have discovered, by the way. Suddenly the dogs WANT TO RIDE IN THE CAR every single chance they get - but only if the A/C is on.  LOL. Smart puppies!  Despite our best efforts this summer, we have lost some bunnies in the heat. We've been clipping them close, spritzing on occasion, using tons of ice for cooling the water, multiple shade levels and battery-powered fans, but the never-ending heat is just taking its toll.  There is just not a cooling off period at night.  Most the bunnies lost have been angoras and I am seriously rethinking the angora bunny aspect of the farm. Unfortunately, the angora bunny wool will also be our biggest moneymaker, once we can get the bunny barn finished and the animals moved into bigger and cooler cages.

So I am working on different ideas on how to keep the bunnies cool.  One idea, based on rabbitries in the tropics is bamboo cages which are basically slatted and up on stilts.  Not very practical here, I am afraid.  Another idea requires building underground dens with a pipe that leads to an outdoor cage... This idea, while labor intensive for a lot of bunnies, might work, but only if we can manage to make the underground dens waterproof.  Basically you would built TWO separate cages for the bunnies - one buried underground, the other above the ground and shaded. The underground den would be accessible by a wide pipe (or culvert) to the outer cage. I am still trying to figure out how to make it waterproof (french drains and concrete walls) and ant-proof. The fire ants pose a big problem with this design.  (Any engineers out there got any ideas?)  Remember, it is nearly impossible to dig in our soil at any time of the year, so the underground dens would have to be built above ground and then buried with soil. Perhaps they could be seeded to produce living insulation on top and snacking grass for the bunnies.

We have geese and ducks now in addition to the other birds. The geese are loud and obnoxious but so much fun. The alpha male is also pushy and demanding of attention.  (The others are much more reserved but still affectionate when it suits them.) The geese are named: Beautiful and Precious (hens) and Spotty, Sweetie, Nibbles, Handsome and Gorgeous (ganders). Yes, we realize that the girls are outnumbered. This has been a reoccurring theme on our farm this year.... This is what we get for taking in rescued geese.  The ducks are neurotic, easily spooked and totally unfriendly but they are cute.  All of them are messy and their pen is horrifically noxious. Poor DH gets to clean the pen every day! OUr ducks are named but I probably can't list them. We do have six Pekins (three crested, three not) and two Cayugas. Luckily the Cayugas are a pair. I'm not sure about the white ones, but I think that there are at least two females. Dolly and President James Madison (our Bourbon Red turkeys) are doing well. Dolly is as sweet as the day I got her. Mr. President, not so much, but he's only doing his job and doing it very well. He has gotten very protective of Dolly and the other birds in his pen and will stand guard between us and them.  Good old tom! The three banties in the turkey pen have raised three or four batches of chicks so far this year and we have a second little flock that will be moving to their own pen, just as soon as we can build it.  Ursula, Hilda and Eva have been good mothers. Jimmy Cagney, their rooster, while annoyingly aggressive, has been a good dad.  We have moved most of the hens out of the main chicken pen (which is now pretty much a frat house). The banties are in with the ducks and geese and have a separate area for the setting banty hens.  They are hard at work trying to hatch out some chicks for us.  They are also setting on duck and turkey eggs.  We shall see if they are successful or if the geese pick off the babies before they can be moved. Hopefully since I added the extra wall of protection, we will get some babies to survive this time.

We lost most of our bees this summer. Some to swarming, some to the heat, some to yellowjacket invasions, fireant invasions and finally, some to spaying of insecticides on a neighbor's property. We have gotten some honey out of the hives this year, but I have no idea what quality is will be.  One note: DH did a lot of hive removal this year and one batch were Africanized. Not a fun experience!  Esp. since the bees were not the usual size for Africanized bees which delayed their official identification as dangerous. Luckily DH realized that all was not well and disposed of the hive before getting hurt.

The progress on the house has been less productive, mainly due to our repeated distractions from the animals.

Poor DH has been building cages and pens ALL Spring and Summer, as the birds outpace us on every front.  There are still pens to build.  He also spent a great deal of time with the goats and llamas and did the shearing single-handed this year. George the llama got a wild hair up his rear and this means they will need a new shelter, as George decided to peer on top of the pen, crushing the cattle panels in the process... (It's a Quonset hut-type design made from cattle panels, t-posts and tarps, and for some reason, after a year of NOT messing with it, George felt the need to try to climb it one day.  Now it needs completely redoing as it is not repairable.) Thanks, George.
Anyhow, the house is still in the same condition, pretty much, as it was at the beginning of the Summer.  We still are using the outside shower and the outhouse arrangement.  The kitchen is divided between a really nice propane grill outside and a small camp stove inside.  Refrigeration is limited to 20 pounds of ice in a cooler.  Lighting at night is either from the moon, or from small headlamps that we wear like an elaborate head band.  We go through batteries and propane like most folks go through soda.

On a side note, we did purchase a low water (energy saving washer) this past spring. It works attached to a water hose and run by the generator.  It is super quiet, almost too quiet and it doesn't always get the sand out of our clothes, but that's a story for another time.

 We have purchased many items for the house - among them a great pantry system and solar powered water heating systems, plus a number of other handy gadgets for living "off the grid".  We're moving slowly but surely toward a completed house... (I am trying to be patient.)

More later.

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The Garden

May. 9th, 2011 | 10:58 pm

I did manage to get a garden started this year. I picked a spot in the old goat pen that was heavily fertilized over the past three year by the goats and llamas. It is nestled in between the old duck pen and the new one. 

So far I have planted: potatoes, onions and leeks, tomatoes, yellow squash (two kinds), zucchini, a few winter squash (mixed varieties), watermelon, bell peppers, hot peppers, four or five kinds of eggplant, okra, carrots, kale, lots of beans (a bunch of kinds) and strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. I think there may be a few other things in there too... oh yes, Brussell sprouts, radishes, cucumbers, and a half dozen assorted herbs...including curry, greek oregano, tarragon, chocolate mint, peppermint and lemon basil.

As of May 9th, we have gotten lettuce (from the potted salad pot at the house), some green tomatoes (while thinning the plants), green beans, a couple of strawberries, a handful of radishes, one small yellow squash and a quart or so of wild blackberries from the briars out under the live oak trees.

I'm planting in successions so that we can get additional harvests as the summer progresses, especially with the potatoes and onions. We shall see how it works when the real heat gets here.

Oh, and we have a fair number of volunteer pumpkin plants coming up from all those pumpkins we fed to the chickens this past winter.  It would be very cool if we were to get some pumpkins this fall. The chickens loved them!

Speaking of the chickens - Rooster (Arnold) - the buff orpington rooster that was hurt last March. He has healed nicely although one foot is still slightly off-kilter. But he has regained full use of his leg and is doing well. So well in fact that we tried to return him to the pen. Unfortunately he is no longer considered one of the flock and therefore was gang-attacked. To  preserve what dignity he has left, we returned him to the goose and duck pen. He is lonely though and looks longingly at Mother Goose. OFTEN.  So we tried getting him a girlfriend or two from the battered hens from the main pen.  In his excitement, he was too rough with them and so they have been moved to the old duck pen to recover.  We'll try reintroducing them back in again later.  Poor Rooster!

The turkeys are doing well, but did not hatch out any more babies. To give Dolly credit, she is still trying... But I think it is a lost cause.  Time to clean out the nest again.

The three hens in with the turkeys have hatched out baby chicks, or are in the process of doing so, but only a handful are left. The chicks managed to get out of their pen and have been slowly picked off by predators one at a time.  If only they would stay in the pen! We have tried everything to keep them in.

The goats are doing well although we lost one of the french does Juliette.  Unfortunately she is the momma of Drew, our youngest angora buck. Luckily he weaned himself early and is doing okay without having to be bottle fed. But he misses Momma.

More later.

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Update - May 2011

May. 9th, 2011 | 10:41 pm

Well, the past few months have been busy ones.

This past week DH completed a nice new pen for the baby geese and ducks, who are not so little anymore at 10 weeks.  We installed a small baby wading pool but it is still to tall for them to get into comfortably. So I rigged up a ramp out of an old board and we put some big bricks in the bottom of the pool so that they can get out easily.  Then I had to teach the ducks how to use it.  This involved catching the little buggers and then placing them into the water on the bricks, holding them until they calm down from their absolute frantic panic.  Once calm, I let go and BAM! The little buggers are across the pool and out the other side, not even pausing to enjoy the water.  This we repeat - over and over.  Finally the two little cayugas get it.  They love the pool now.  But the bigger ducks are terrified of the pool still... *sigh*  This is going to take some time.

I did notice that one of the geese (Mother Goose) likes to stand in the pool but she will not swim in it yet.  One of the white crested ducks (I think it was Donald Trump) will swim in the pool AS LONG AS NO ONE WATCHES HIM. If he sees you watching, he will get out of the pool.  Who knew Donald was that shy????

The ducks and geese are not all named but we have named a few of them:  The three white geese are Mother Goose, Sister Goose, Brother Goose.   (They are actually all the same age, but I like Mother Goose.)  The ducks are not all named - just the white crested ducks who are named after Donald Trump, Don King and a friend of ours who likes to wear big hats.  (I will not reveal their name here though to spare them the embarrassment of having a duck named after them. )  Suffice to say, she probably knows who she is.

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March 3rd Update

Mar. 3rd, 2011 | 08:34 pm

The injured rooster is working on a comeback. He has regained SOME use of his right leg and foot and is standing up and trying to walk some. We are keeping him separate from the other chickens and letting him out to play in a special pen we made as a "playpen" for the baby ducks and geese.  He seems to enjoy their company, but perhaps he is just really lonely. It's hard to tell with chickens.

The baby ducks and geese are doing well. Baby girl (the smallest goose) gave us a couple of scares but seems to have grown out of her weaknesses. She's still small but is holding her own for now. One of the ducks is getting big - almost as big as a gosling.  It will be interesting to see what breeds these all turn out to be.

The llama Merry is not pregnant. We know this because George is acting silly again and she's letting him.

The baby goats are doing well. The little black doe keeps getting her head stuck in the fence. Considering that she's named after my college roommate, I'm not too surprised. Diana is headstrong and adventuresome. She also attracks trouble.  Just like my old roomie.

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My Day....

Feb. 22nd, 2011 | 08:59 pm

A cousin of mine recently commented on how much she wanted to come visit us on the farm...Here is my response...

"Visitors are required to help out with the animals. And before you book that ticket, remember it is primitive living here until the house is done. And to further entice you...let me give you an idea of what my day was like this past Sunday......

I got up late (8:30 am) because I spent all night feeding, watering and giving the bunnies hay. Until 2 am. Then I was awoken over and over because there were coyotes and deer and skunks and whatever else the dogs felt like barking at - all night long!

Then once I was up, I had to feed the chickens and the turkeys. And the baby ducks and geese. And the goats. And the llamas. Plus the dogs and the cats.

First I go visit the chickens. Who immediately start fighting - just because they can. Our poor hens are getting mangled by the roosters who are in "overdrive". I'm going to have to build another chicken pen just to house the "battered hens and chicks"... As I enter the pen, four frantic hens fly up and try landing on my shoulders... "Save us from those terrible roosters!"

One scratches my face with her claws. Another one pecks my glasses. Finally one poops on my leg.

In the chicken pen there is a rooster that has gotten hurt - either by another rooster, or in the frantic scrambling or maybe by one of the dogs, because a couple of the chickens got out the other day and he may have been one of them. He's now crippled, hopefully only temporarily. I have to carry him around to give him food and water. He thanks me by pooping down my leg. Great. Matching legs.

After I feed the chickens, I go to feed the turkeys. Mr. President (the tom) is freaking out because The First Lady Dolly is sitting on ten turkey eggs. So he tries to attack me. Except that he's a coward. So he waits until my back is turned. Luckily he's too chicken to actually touch me. But little Jimmy Duranti, the banty rooster in the pen with him, is not so scared. He tries to spur me. He rips my pants leg.

Next I got to get the mail, which means walking past the goat and llama pen. I can't leave the hurt rooster in the chicken pen because the others will kill him given the chance. And I don't have anywhere safe to put him yet. So I'm carrying him around until I figure out what to do with him.

As I pass the llamas and goats, they come running. Sweet little baby goats bouncing and bucking, the adult goats acting like kids. Very cute, very sweet. Until I keep on walking past their pen. Yes, they thought I was coming to feed them. But see, I'm going to get the mail. So I walk the half mile to the mailbox and there's no mail. Okay. That's okay. Back to the llamas and goats to finally feed them. But I am still carrying the dumb rooster. So I put him down on top of one of the feed bins and fill the buckets with llama food, because you have to feed Merry and George first. I take the food over to Merry because she's first in line and as I'm pouring the food into her bucket, she looks me dead in the eye and SPITS. Now, I have been saying for months that my llamas don't spit at people. They only spit at other llamas. Merry spit at me dead in the eyes. Luckily I'm wearing glasses but jeez - llama spits STINKS really, really bad. (I mean, REALLY, REALLY BAD.)

Okay - summary so far...
  • Two pants legs with chicken shit.
  • One torn pants leg from cocky little rooster who thinks he is a turkey.
  • One hurt rooster sitting on top of the feed bin and
  • Nasty, smelly llama spit in my face and all down the front of my shirt.

Today is going very well so far...

I go back to dishing out feed and Merry spits at me again. TWICE now she has spit at me so I can't say she just coughed or something.   Merry is not feeling very merry towards me today... I can barely see because the stench is so bad that it's making my eyes water.  Then as I'm feeding the goats, I get knocked down by the herd. This is not only painful but humiliating, esp. with 20 or so goats, the llamas, one hurt rooster and five dogs looking on. The dogs hide their faces in shame.

Finally to cap things off, I finish feeding the goats and llamas, take the rooster to the house to fix up a bin to keep him in and I let the ducks and geese out to eat and drink. This is a very messy job, so I'm looking forward to my shower after I finish these chores.  But oh no! The shower is busted and the water is ICE COLD. There's no hot water... I sit down and almost cry, except that while I'm trying to work up a big primal scream, I get a big mouthful of dog tongue. Oh gross! Now my day is complete.

Still wanna come visit???"

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2011 Updates

Feb. 16th, 2011 | 08:42 pm

Well, the house is still in rough shape - a shell, really. But it is warm and that has been a lifesaver, literally, the past couple of weeks when it was in the single digits outside (before wind chill.)

We have been using a propane-powered on-demand hot water heater this winter for hot water for showers. I will be reviewing this product in a few days. 

I will also be giving my review on our new energy and water saving washing machine. It is one of the top-loading models from Kenmore.

If I can find any other products to review also, I will.  I am sure that there are a few other items that I can share our experiences with - like the Kindle I purchased from Amazon.com.

I will also write an update on the animals. We have gotten a number of new animals since I last wrote.

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