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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Were they; Separated at birth?

This past summer during the drought we were forced to sell off many of our young heifers due to the fact that we just couldn't afford to poke so much hay down their gullets.  Hay that was supposed to be for winter months, not summer months.

Now we are in the process of replacing these heifers.  Hubby wants to get springers (heifers soon expecting their first calves) and dry cows (cows that aren't milking and are expecting a calf in a few weeks). 
A couple weeks ago we went down to a small dairy by Rogersville and took a look at this guy's springer heifers.  Hubby liked what he saw so we bought two of them.  In the picture above is one of them; the one in the foreground, looking off to my left.  What struck me was the strange similarities of their facial markings.  It is difficult to see the markings clearly of the heifer in the background, but the main difference is that on the one in the foreground; the top white part extends all the way across the top of the head.  Also, the nose blotch on the background heifer is more pronounced.  

I thought it was just weird that they were so similar.   

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Green Beans, the Arora Borealis and the Taste of Christmas


Or...what I did for most the the morning of Sept 11, 2012.

This past spring in my garden I planted my first half of a garden bed of green beans on May 29, 2012, the second half I planted about 2-3 weeks later.  I watered them all the rest of the spring.  No blooms.  Hubby watered them for 2 weeks while Ellen and I were in California.  No blooms.  We came back home and I kept them watered through an interminably hot, hot summer; daytime temps 90 degrees and over for at least 2 months...sometimes over 100 degrees for a week or two at a time.  No blooms.  I watered them when they looked so wilted and decrepit I thought I ought to stop watering them.  No blooms.

But I persevered.

Hubby said nothing, but had severe doubts, I believe.

But finally a few weeks ago, when the temps dipped below the 90s at last; LO! to my everlasting relief my green beans started to bloom!  THREE MONTHS after planting!  About 2 weeks ago I canned about 6 pints.  Today I canned 7 quarts, and have enough for another 2-3 quarts.  I think if we don't have an early frost we might get more!

Hubby was off on a well job today.  So I carted all of these green beans inside to clean and snap them.  To help pass the time this job is best done as a community affair; having someone to talk to helps pass the time.

I was alone.  So I plugged in a DVD of the second season of what used to be my favorite TV show (back in the day).  Can you guess what it is, from my title up there?

While I was watching and snapping I broke down and indulged in TWO cups of cinnamon-flavored Starbucks coffee.  Yes, I fell off the wagon and started drinking coffee again.  This happened because I found this bag of STARBUCKS coffee at the cheap store for just $3.  It was only 3 months out of date; still good.  Cinnamon makes me think of Christmas, and it was a good thing that I had green beans and Joel's adventures to distract me, else I might have become distraught at the thought of Christmas shopping.

But, after 2 and a half episodes I had the beans snapped and was buzzing from the coffee.  Three hours later, I am still buzzing and the theme song keeps replaying in my head!

These must be the reasons I feel the urge to wax philosophical like my friend "Chris in the Morning." HJe quoted Jung all the time, but I shall paraphrase a Bible quote: "But let patience have its perfect work..."  James 1:4 

Hey, or even Galatians 6:9  "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not..."

In other words; keep watering your green bean vines, no matter how hot the summer, they will bear fruit eventually.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Run, Bob, run!!



I went out to our 'west' garden this morning.  The only thing the deer have left us are the tomatoes.  Not that the vines are actually producing any tomatoes, but there are LOTS of vines.  And on closer inspection, there are-or were-also lots of visitors chomping on said vines.

You can't see them very clearly in the picture; but I found SEVEN of these nasty buggars on my tomato vines.  They are Bob the Tomato's worst nightmare; tomato horn worms.

Bob, stop smiling like an idiot; RUN, BOB, RUN!!!