Monday, February 1, 2016

Well January certainly wizzed by.  We got decorations down - lights and all, and started preparing for kids to arrive. Boy did they start arriving.  We had one doe after another go into labor, by MLK day, we were knee deep, and still they kept coming.  We had to assist in quite a few of the births this year.  Cheyenne had quads again and the first one presented with 2 hooves out and head back.  I ended up pushing the baby back in and sliding my hand in to reposition the head so the nose came out with the feet.  The next one was breech, and tried to come out hock first.  Pushed him back in and grabbed hooves.  After the first two, the other two slipped on out.  Next up was Buttercup, she had a great big doeling.  Seems like the singletons are always big.  First out were hooves and a tongue. I had to help pull that one out she was so big.  Then came Bambi. That was an accidental breeding.  She was a spring kid and should not have been bred.  Knew it would be a struggle, and it was.  For the first time I had to use an OB snare, I just could not get a grip on the hooves.  Pulled like crazy until the head delivered. I'll never let that happen again.  We let Bambi keep her little doelng for three days, until we saw how nursing that giant kid was affecting her body condition.  So Bambi went back out with the herd and went back to being a kid.

So that's how we ended up with 21 kids in the nursery!
We also got another project finished over the holidays, and got the roof on over the weekend.  We have a nice little overhang that protects the glass doors.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hot off the presses....

What they used to say when there was important news in print that was considered "must read". Google says the idiom means "sensational and exciting". So what are we supposed to say when there is breaking video news? Special report? An important news bulletin? This just in?

I like that one. So here is a story that has not been previously published or reported on -- in other words -- This just in:

On January 2, 2016,  PapaJohnsFarm was in the news:

Here is the link for you to enjoy for yourself.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

73 degrees - December 24th, 2015 - Rainy!

I just looked at the rain gauge and it reads three inches.  We have had so much rain that the farm is a muddy, soggy mess. The weather forecast is calling for rain through January 1.  We should be building an ark.

What's with the warm weather anyway!  We have a lovely new wood stove, but certainly don'tneed to run it at the moment.  If fact we have not used the heat yet this year.

When the cold weather does come we will be ready.

Merry Christmas!

I managed to get the lights up in early December.

Shortly after that the elves came to visit.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Fun

Summer is here. I am happy to report that my electric bill, while still high, is lower than it was this time last year.  Duke Power finally stopped sending me nasty grams that my power usage is xx% higher than other comparable homes in my neighborhood. Wait... What neighborhood are they referring to? And do they not know we are running a dairy farm?

Anywho, summer is definitely here. I am about to put out my summer seasonal flag, and we have some new fun in the backyard that Holly is prepared for. 

Here she is sporting her new two bandana pool cover up. 

Here's what we have been enjoying. 

It takes about 3 days to warm it from 65 degrees to 96 degrees, so it is the perfect size!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AC at last!

Guess what died this year!

We made the old system last long enough. Between age and a couple of costly repairs a couple of years ago, we decided to put the Bryant out of its misery. Enter this 16 SEER York unit. Come to find out the Bryant unit was actually malfunctioning this past winter. Only the strip heating was working, which probably led to higher power bills than we should have had. This one will be much more efficient.

We also undertook a project that has needed to be done for a long time. We originally had just a small access door to the dirt side of our basement where the well tank and the air handler/furnace was. The farmer got out his saw and masonry blade and got to work.

After cutting out the opening, he fine tuned it with a hammer and put in new wood facing.

Yesterday we installed the new door. We used some of the parts of the old door as new cross pieces to give it sort of a rustic barn look. We will need to fine tune the closure a bit and then i will seal it with clear polyurethane and we will call this job done!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

More Woodworking

Next project up is something I've been wanting to get done for a long time. I have a couple of very important paintings that my grandfather painted that needed to be professionally framed.  I didn't want to take them somewhere and leave them. So they waited. Until I saw these on Tim's Facebook:

And I knew I'd found the right person to frame these up properly. 

And the results:

This one, that hung in my Dad's office, now hangs in mine. And this one:

Now hanging over my mantle. 

I moved my favorite new art up to over the bed in the guest room:

Lots of woodworking progress!