Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fruits of the harvest

I love this time of year when our plants begin to bear fruit.  I know there will be a lot of work involved with harvesting and preserving, but it is still always amazing to me how God designed each plant to bear so much fruit!  Far more than you would think a plant would need to simple reseed itself - no, it produces fruit in abundance - to make sure of its survival!

These currant bushes near our wash-house are especially heavy with berries this year -- which probably means that the gooseberries are also really loaded right now, down in the lower 40.  We haven't had a chance to go check on them - but I hope to this weekend. See if there are enough berries to make a pie for Steven.

The garden has been very good so far this year, as well, with the wonderful rains we have received this year.  This is some of the varieties of squash/zucchini that is currently ready to pick!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

House Painting

Little by little, we are gradually making our way around the house, painting it (by the time we make it all the way around, it will be time to begin again, I'm sure!)

The issue with painting a house that is 140 years old, is the wood is so dry that it doesn't hold paint well, or for long.  It takes a tremendous amount of prep work to get the surface ready for a layer of paint.  We've had lots of people "offer" to come paint the house (like, spray it).  I tell them, "the painting is the easy part - it is all of the detail work to get the surface ready to paint that takes time."

Steven is a perfectionist, so that means besides a thorough scraping off of old paint,  there is wood filler used for any holes,  bad boards replaced, nails fixed, cracks filled, window sills repaired or replaced, etc.  Then hand-brush on a heavy sealer/primer, in order to really work it into the wood, caulk any seams and apply top coats.  It takes days to get one small area done in that fashion.  But we are trying to help the house last another 100 years as well as it did its first 100.

The photo below is of a small area we applied primer to this week -- such a difference!  It will still need a couple layers of top coat, and then we put up the new storm window.   You can't tell after the paint, but the bottom three siding boards are new - concrete board siding, to prevent the issue of the bottom-most siding always rotting out.
(On the left side, we haven't yet finished prepping that area - although we have finished the window).

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Photo a Day for 365?

Okay, so I'm not doing to well on this "photo a day" challenge thing.

Believe me, I have been taking lots of photos. Just not much time to edit and post them, with it being summer; family members moving; gardening, new baby livestock, etc. etc.  I  don't know what I was thinking!

Maybe I can post all the pics during winter; and it will feel like re-living my summer!  :-)


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Project 365 a photo a day for a year Week 1: May 10 - 17

Theme for this Project 365 is Thankfulness

Thankful for beautiful spring blossoms

Thankful for my wonderful daughter and son-in-law

Thankful for glorious colors throughout God's creation

Thankful for opportunity to own a business and help community

Thankful for the legacy of my grandmother's garden

Thankful for beautiful days and beautiful cars

Thankful for Kansas agriculture

Thankful for the sweet smell of roses

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 In Pictures

Well, I haven't had much time to write on the blog this year.
So to close out 2013, I thought I'd just post a review of our year in photos.  It was a great year, and we are blessed.  May this find all my friends healthy and happy going into 2014!

(review photos bottom to top!)




JULY 2013

JUNE 2013

(family reunion - June 2013)

MAY 2013

APRIL 2013


Friday, May 24, 2013

Spring 2013


Seems like we waited an awful long time through winter to get to warmer weather this year.  Our springtime was very late in coming.. it remained chilly and cold clear through the end of April, with late freezes and even some snow the first week of May!  This was just the opposite of last year, when it got unseasonably warm in March and never looked back... moving right into an unbearably hot summer.

I don't know if that means this summer will be more mild and cool, but I hope it at least includes much more rain that last year.

Because of the late spring, we are just getting around to putting the garden in, during mid-May.  Steven decided this year to cut back on what type of items we grow, just because many were not being used/eaten by us very often.  So plant what actually successfully grows here and that we will use, is the idea.

So we have, so far, peas, onions (lots of onions, we use a lot!), sunflowers, many tomatoes, peanuts, corn, bell peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkin;  as well as our perennials like asparagus, rhubarb, etc. The tomatoes, bell peppers and most of the cucurbits were all started indoors and set in the garden as plants -- good thing, too, with this late start.  The above pic was taken before we put in the melons and pumpkin, so most everything else is planted at the far north end of the garden.  I think Steven told me this year, just for trial, he made a garden plan that puts everything out by height -- with the lowest growing stuff on the south, up to the tall stuff on the north.  Will be interesting to see how that works out.

He has quite a few fruit trees started in pots as well.  Out in the big orchard, we did lose a couple of young fruit trees to the drought next year, so there are already plans to replace those.

We have been blessed with spring rains, and that has made the grass grow quickly.  

Since my push mower was not working correctly and my tractor was taken apart awaiting replacement parts, everything got to be waist high around the place.  Just this week I finally was able to start tackling that issue -- the tractor is fixed and I got the bush hog going for much of it. But it takes quite a bit of time.

We lost our bee colony over the winter and hope to get a replacement hive soon.

But we have lots of new babies right now -- 10 new baby goats; a dozen baby chicks (and two more hens setting on nests yet to hatch).  We have two hen geese also setting -- we are hopeful but not to expectant on the success of that.

I will try to do a better job of keeping with posts this summer to tell you of many big projects we hope to complete this year around the farm.