Country livin’…

What a weekend!  Just one adventure after another. ❀ Love it, most of it… well, after the fear goes away.

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This long weekend has been full of new adventures.  I’m not going to lie… the city girl came out in me this weekend.  First, Missouri has A LOT of flies. We dealt with this last summer and I did a few experiments to see what would work.  Flies do not like cucumbers… laying slices out helped last year but I couldn’t do that this year because it would attract my chickens to the porch and I sure don’t want to have to dodge chicken crap in the mornings to have my coffee at sunrise before work. This year I have found something that works amazingly.  3d fly tape.  Yep, works like a charm.

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The other aspect of Missouri is the crazy weather.  Yesterday it was sunny, windy, sprinkling, sunny, downpour, hailing, sunny, hailing, and finished the day with yucky heat after all the rain. One thing I can say is that seeing chickens run to their coop through the hail doing a bob-and-weeve  move was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. I so wish I had that on video to share.
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Next came the scary part of my weekend…. I was cleaning the chicken coop like a good country girl would do for her favorite feathered working girls.  When I turned around to rake behind me there was a 4 foot black snake slithering through the door.  Now I could not go out the door because I would have had to leap over the thing (I would have tripped and fallen on the snake leading to a really bad day) so I had to stand there and wait for it to slither fully in before I could leave… hoping not to leave a puddle at my feet while waiting.
 
Guess I should have prefaced this with the statement: I HATE SNAKES…. HATE ALL SNAKES! I didn’t know I could run to the house as fast as I did.  Batman and the Hulk chuckled at me and then went out to the coop to find it… it wasn’t there.  One thing was for certain, I wasn’t going back in the coop till that snake was found so Batman went to work on the chicken coop. When we returned from dumping the wheelbarrow, the disgusting thing revealed itself to Batman.  I laughed hearing him talk to that creature as if he was Steve Erwin. πŸ˜† “well, aren’t you a beaut.”

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I told Batman and Hulk to drive it 20 miles away and release it (they drove 3 miles… they never listen!).  I’m not comfortable in the coop yet,  but I have gone back in. 🐀🐦🐀

As I was sitting on my porch typing this, another reason I love the OMHF went strolling by…

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I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend. Much love to the families of fallen American Soldiers. Freedom is not free.  β€πŸ’™β€πŸ’™β€πŸ’™  Be sure you thank a veteran or a veterans family each day.

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Farm chores… learning to love them

So much to do, so little time.  It’s really crazy how things happen in life. I’ve been away a lot during the last month due to my grandmother being very very ill which has left my Batman to deal with the chores. Well, between, my traveling, his recovery from surgery, the delay in getting the belt for the mower, and the rain… things have been slow on the farm.  It’s all good because we were able to get A LOT accomplished today. 

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First,  the porch is clean. It’s so important for us to have a place to relax and enjoy the farm.  Coffee in the morning and drinks after work… this is the place that we find is available to us to regenerate.

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Movement of the rabbit coops… well, that was a doosy of chore today.  Cleaning the coops and moving them was challenging.  We’ll have the wheels on the coops prior to the next move which will make things much easier.  We have one girl that better be expecting otherwise she may just become dinner in the next month.

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The research and creation of a compost pile was in the mix this weekend.  After a dozen YouTube videos we were able to choose what would be easiest for us.   Layers of dark and green materials (poop and grass) will give us a good compost to use in our garden.  The fun part will be when we have to mix it each week as instructed in the YouTube video.  I really hope it doesn’t smell too bad….  we did put it far from the house just in case.

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Movement of the boat was necessary as we needed to mow.  Also Sammie had dug a huge hole under the boat.  It was so funny to see the look on Sammie’s face when we moved it (he stayed under it during the move).  Seems everything is good with the boat.  We must have winterize it well. Thank goodness.

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It’s been a beautiful weekend here in Missouri.  Max was able to run off some pounds he gained while being a comfort dog. It was great to share some time at a graduation party for a friend’s daughter. We are all set with a grill station for our next gathering, awesomesauce!  Plus, we are ready with a new freezer for our 1/2 cow delivery tomorrow.  It’s all about counting blessings.  I have many of them to count… in love with my farm chores. πŸ’™πŸŒ»

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Coming home…

You know you have found paradise in your home when you hate to leave it. I use to love to travel and now I just want to hibernate at home. πŸ’š  What does home mean to you?

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Within the last month I have made a couple of trips from Missouri to Ohio.  I love my family and I love getting to visit with them. We are such a supportive family that in times of sorrow we band together tighter than ever.  You see, one of my favorite ladies in the family is on her way to getting a set of beautiful angel wings.  While these trips to my childhood home are full of joy to see some very cool people (they are after all my relatives), it’s also full of so many other emotions at this time.

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Traveling back home to my Old Mooney Hamm Farm makes my heart happy.  I sure wish I could pick up my family and move them here with me.  I can just imagine the cookouts we could have in my neck of the woods.  The music that would be played and song sung.

Eventually my mom will have the joys of farm life (now that will be funny to see… she’s much more of a city girl than I am).  The first time she helps me with the animals I’ll make sure to video the experience. πŸ˜‰

I love my house on the big hill.  I love the smells (yep, even the evening in barnyard smells), the peacefulness, and the sounds of nature (except for the obnoxious whippoorwill bird that loves to continue their song over and over and over).  Last night I listened to the crickets as I fell asleep with the windows open. This morning I woke to birds chirping.  This evening I had the pleasure of being greeted by hummingbirds on my porch saying thank you for the lovely treats hanging in the trees.  At this very moment I can hear the rain coming in and the wind blowing through the trees while they dance.

What does home mean to me?  It’s a place of comfort and stability. Home is a place you want to be, not settling for.  Home is a place to relax and find peace.  Home is a personal paradise.

I hope everyone finds their own paradise.  I never thought mine would be here (thought mine would be on a beach somewhere) but I’m so glad I found it.

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This gardening thing is hard work…

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Last weekend I was away from the OMHF (Old Mooney Hamm Farm). Luckily my Batman and his buddy (ha, I could call him Robin) put up the posts and fence for me.  I love that I have help at home; even when I am needed states away and not even here to assist.  Are you wondering why I need a fence?  Few reasons… my dogs (they live to dig and lay in a hole), the deer and bunnies (will eat all the leaves and leave nothing behind), and then all the other things that love my house (opossums, racoons).

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This weekend I was able to get plants in the ground.  Unfortunately, the plants we started from seeds didn’t quite make it… next year we plan to have a greenhouse so that will not happen again.  Make a note:  never try to grow plants from seeds inside the house when you own 4 cats.

So, what are we growing?  Well, it’s mainly a salsa garden.  Everything I need to make salsa from scratch.  Tomatoes, onions, lots of different peppers, and all kinds of herbs/spices.  Then we also have eggplant, squash, cucumber, zucchini, and lots of leafy veggies.  I’ll be able to share the goodies with the chickens and rabbits instead of buying from the grocery.  The only fruit plants I purchased this year are strawberries and we decided those would be best in pots. 

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It’s really about being self sustained as much as possible. While I thought the garden was going to be too big this year as a starter garden, it seems that it fit everything I wanted just perfectly.  Next year we will expand to include sunflowers, corn, and potatoes.  I found some very interesting potato boxes to build next year.

Time now to sit back and watch the garden grow… that’s what Mary did right? (Mary Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow….)  she said nothing about stringing up the vining plants, keeping the bugs away, or weeding (oh my, lots of weeding!)

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