Final Resting Place…

17264693_41snowy dogs5693588783902_5437817066613091230_nOut in front of the parlor under the big window is where we chose! Our red  Aussie, Kita, passed away today; in the way we hope it should always happen.

She just laid in front of the fan we kept running for the dogs out on the cool tile floor in the milking parlor. ***She loved the snow, and she would lay out in it with Grissom until they were both covered. Took this photo last winter.(Carol)

She was always just a homebody dog, never got into going to the fields with us! Loved the barn where she could meet the milkman and wait for him to spill milk on the floor.

A simple farm dog that will be greatly missed! Thanks for spending time with us in our journey call life! Like all animals do, you taught us much!!!

 

My Farmer and Me… Grandpa Becker is smiling…

If something happened and all of a sudden you had to be self-sufficient could you butcher your own food?? Get sustenance from the earth and whatever animals and plants you had?

For more than 50 years my father would spend a large share of his weekends off from his regular job (Heavy equipment operator) going around to various farms and occasionally simply a family that raised their own meat; from beef to turkey to pork, etc…and butcher the animals.

Most often it was due in part to the fact that people just did not do it themselves any longer!!! Some had a field full of beef and would butcher 1 or 2 every now and then, some had 1 to feed their family.

My Dad had made a frame and winch to hoist the animal in the air for better skinning and of course it was easier on his back…He also had a number of extremely sharp knives and an electric saw to halve and quarter the animals…

When my Dad could no longer do it, he gave Ed his knives to help us out…  as a young man and for many years Ed would do the ones here and once in a while for neighbors of course, but never on the scale that Dad did.

So as I watched this group doing our 2 this morning, I couldn’t help but think how tickled my Dad would be to see this. The saw he had is also in the mix… He would be glad to know they have learned how to fend for themselves as he did in his youth, 90 years ago!!!

*** Three generations at work using the fourth generation’s (now passed) equipment. Grampy, Jeremy, Jayda and Jaiboy butchering a beef here this morning. J & J don’t seem to mind as some kids would…They both hunt with Jeremy, wild turkey, deer, etc. Jayda has actually shot 2 deer since she turned 13…now 16. Jai has gotten turkeys…

I realize not every one thinks this is something they would want their children to have to do…what are your thoughts? Perhaps it should only happen on farms? Grammy’s pride may be a bit off track??? I don’t think so…

New Partner!!!

Lobster20663671_487569468262980_8058135289101212745_nToday, finished up planting some winter rye for Mark…Did it in three experimental strips, giving us a possible plan going forward! Either way we’ll have his land back to being productive, for him, me and wildlife, just watch us…

Also had time enough to mow our oats and it looks like as if we’ll have some nice straw for calves along with plenty for baby watches coming up in the winter..

Then Jeremy and Jai came to double check on time we’re…mostly them…are butchering two beef tomorrow!!!Gotta say Jai, at thirteen, now reminds me a lot of how I was as a kid, never stopping…into everything!!!

He came out from the shop while we were talking, to ask me how much I wanted for that John Deere 70 lawnmower in the back of the shop! Well, after some back and forth it looks like we are fixing her up as partners!!! His next trip out he said we need new tubes for both front tires and one back one.

Again, we compromised on trying to fix them first! Next run back out, he had a pair of hand clippers with intentions to cut his father’s hair, who wouldn’t play the game and refused…so he decided to cut his own but a big OH NO…He thought better and if had been given a chance he would have found something else out in the shop to get into…but they needed to go so they could do their chores…

The kicker in all this was these trips were done in a pedal car we’ve got; he rides around every  chance he gets, even hooks the two wheel trailer behind, hauling stuff around and even other kids…

It is nice to see kids being kids, no hand held, but rather living life without a care in the world..

Man, if nobody’s looking, we are going to be in some serious shit together!!!!

***Jai checking over some lobsters they brought to Grampy from Maine…thinks it is terrible to have to put them in boiling water…

Season Change…

21761849_50good morning7961812890412_16502094454566857_nAt least by the calendar today ends summer! So in theory, tomorrow fall begins. (Ed wrote this on Friday,the 22nd.) With this in mind I spent some time tonight gazing up at the heavens!!!

In my night time day dream I could envision all these summertime activity workers packing up their leftover thunderstorms, heatwaves and the likes…As if it was a shift change with fall workers coming in with their big lunch pails, an extra sweatshirt, light coat and boots, along with the bag of frost, snow flurries, sleet,

Also need paint to change to those bright fall colors and a cold stiff North wind to blow them leaves around…

Just another way to get in the mindset and into the right mood to prepare to travel down this long road ahead, through harvest; so you can struggle through another winter for that one more shot to bring life to the land again!!!

That cycle of life seems to churn faster as we get older!!!

***Good morning Bejosh…sun came out and all is well>>>

My Farmer and Me…In a fog, I guess…

21743112_5turkey flower04717233214870_1810290839033387538_nThis week has been filled with small jobs like trying to get flowers and wind chimes boxed / wrapped up to ship to some Blog followers…raked hay twice for nothing (another story)…we are both emotionally drained and seem to be getting on each other’s nerves without trying!

Ed says I run on emotion…I know I do, but that is me. Take me as I am, please. After 44 years of marriage, you would think he would know how I will react to certain things and situations. This last situation that I have written about, has also gotten My Farmer feeling like me.

Yes, My Farmer can get emotional. I think a lot of it is because he is tired and would like something to look forward to…he is excited about starting corn chopping. Hope to get a new pad down for the silage bags…and start filling them on Tuesday.

Have hay to get (very little) and some straw to bale along with making a small covered pile to feed out while we are doing the bags. Then on to Jeremy’s corn and back again here to do some haylage…Mother Nature, please cooperate…

Went to the garden tonite and picked quite a few tomatoes…some Cherry, Grape and Beefsteak. Also have 1 large zucchini and 4 more pumpkins…Currently trying to figure out a better place to have the garden…Thinking of raised beds for a few things and perhaps still have pumpkins in the same area as this year.  Got time to think about it!

I am going to try to make grapevine lighted balls…time is a factor…they aren’t that hard to do and are very pretty. I guess I gave up on the recycling baler twine…not the best idea.

So anyway, hoping to get out of this fog I seem to be in…I guess my expectations are too high so will just have to lower them…I gotta learn to compromise more!

***wish I was more computer savvy…would love to photo shop a turkey head to the front of the rather tattered sunflower!

Why?…

18835947_45five heifers4195678267026_4133766916122261638_nI called her Toe because if you looked at her front feet her hooves looked as if they were put in sideways!! Small in stature and a first calf heifer the big cows picked on! ***This picture was taken in June when we first transitioned them to the free stall…Two of them ended up in a small pasture behind the barn…

For this reason she was kept in her own small pasture with two other heifers for safety…

I found Toe dead this morning! It seems she must have laid down next to a small slope where, either as she was getting up or one of the other heifers….which I don’t think because of their small size…was laying down hill with her feet up and couldn’t get up!!!

As someone who loves his animals like family, this loss of Toe is a real kick in the gut!! Why now…why didn’t I see this accident waiting to happen with how there was that sloped area?

Answers I will probably never get!…Bye, Toe…Be safe in this final spot I dug for you out behind the barn!

One more hard day and task in this farmer’s world, leaving me battered and sad!

Did I Do That??

14681new-view610_340344826318779_8033181408060707077_nEven with setbacks today, was one of those you look back on days and go ‘whew’…

After our normal morning of milking and chores, Carol headed out with the part I needed in hand…

It is a damned good thing this store is not very far away and will remain nameless!!! However this was a careless employee mistake, giving her the wrong ‘style’ part.

You had the part right in your hand — had to look at end where the style difference is…what the hell, man!!!

Bu the time she had made trip two getting the proper style, with Jeremy’s help we had moved the animals we needed to!

From there we were off… with the proper hydro ends…put together a new hose for my 4020 tractor!!! The main hydraulic line from up under the dash, running down under the floor and back to the rear end was leaking…

Since I have an old hydraulic hose maker and some hose, I made a replacement hose for under $35…Just guessing, but a new steel one would have most likely been a hjundred or more!!!

I put all the tin work and floor back on…hooked the batteries back up and fired the old girl up!!! HAPPY DANCE…no leaks!!!

Next up the discs needed the homemade land leveler on the back taken off so tomorrow will do the job for Mark!! That cob-job land leveler I made is heavy, just saying!!!

With that done tomorrow looks rosy and still time to jump start the next day, when my hope is to begin putting up a small silage pile, by fixing the flat tire…..

One tire patch and forty pounds of air brought us full circle back to chores and milking again

Wonder how my day stacks up with Employee 4 rhymes with meter day, went at the parts store…