Friday, September 19, 2008

Fall is Coming!

I can't believe almost two weeks have slipped by since my last blog. We have been so busy since there is a nip of fall in the air. 70's during the day, 50's at night, the A/C is OFF! Last week and week-end, John and I worked in the Livestock Barn at the Stokes county fair. One night we helped during the sheep show. The next night we worked the goat show, and the final night we worked the cattle show. Had a great time, talked to so many people.

Two of our good friends entered the market goat category with two of our little weathers. Here they are just worn out with excitement. (the goats, not the girls!) A little later Jack just had to have a nap, and who better to nap on than Papa John.

Here they are with the ribbons they won!

The extension agent was so happy with us, we got a nice thank-you note in the mail, and she volunteered us to work the Dixie Classic Fair. I put on my jeans and dairy boots and jumped into the ring with the critters, my clipboard, and the judge and 3-4 hours went by. John worked at lining up the groups so they were ready for their turn. It was great fun and we are looking forward to working the Dixie on the 4th of October.

Today we went to the Ag center, where the Master Gardener club put on a plant sale. We left there with three blueberry bushes and two dwarf pears. The blueberries will be in the side yard, but the pears can be on the power line with the dwarf apples. The Duke power man says dwarf trees are ok to plant out there. We have set up to get some signs to post so they will not spray defoliants on our power line property.

John has been working on a new chicken coup this week. We'd noticed that some of our chickens were roosting in trees. Seems like a lot of them are laying, since we are bringing in sometimes as many as 19 eggs at a time. Can you say egg salad, quiche, etc? Tomorrow we will be continuing to work on it, and hope to get it painted. We are trying to get the chickens into it by the end of the weekend.

Last weekend John and I also put the roof on the last barn, and painted part of it. So it looks like all the shelters we needed to have in place for the winter will be ready! That means we will be able to proceed with breeding plans. Hoping to breed 6 goats, 2 to sell as bred, and 4 to keep for milking and sell the babies. Trying to keep our herd under control.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Farming and other GEMS!

We were out checking a few garage sales a couple of weeks ago, and came across a huge bargain. We've been looking for an open hauling trailer, for hauling trash to the dump, getting hay, transporting tractors, etc. So now we have one that will hold 50 bales. We are going to try and get through the winter with 150 bales.
We also took a trip over to Tim's last weekend to take him a baby gate for Rei-Rei. Quiet weekend.
More news! We added a new kitten to the menagerie. This new kitty is the only inside kitty, the rest of the boys are all outside. Meet Phoebe! She is the sweetest little girl, who needed a new home. She lived with another kitty who was mean to her and made her hide under the couch.

She is fitting in well and seems to like everyone. She gets along great with Toby and loves to play.

Also some great news to share. Andy has a new job. He is now working for Office Depot in the Tech Department. Here is what he looks like on his first day on the job.

Today we went to the Winston-Salem Air Show. We will be going back again tomorrow, so more pictures to follow, but we thought this plane was so cool. The wing tips are also floats for water landings.

There were a lot of really cool planes and an awesome rocket car.

Tim and Rei had a great time, and Rei was got a lot of attention.

Of course John found a tractor!

We also stopped at Petsmart, so Tim could get crickets for Zim and a Car safety harness for Rei. He also got a walking harness for her, which was a big help during the Air Show. Less flopping fish and more walking dog! Here is a picture of her in her car harness ready to head back to North Wilkesboro!