Monday, August 31, 2015

King Of The Hill

Walking up from the pastures the other day, I noticed this adventurous chicken exploring new heights.
On TOP of the chicken coop! 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Put Out To (the) Pasture

Just like an old horse that's seen better days,
I was "put out to the pasture" all day today (off and on anyway).
I finally got all the YARD grasses cut, so now was the day to get started on the horse pasture... not that I have horses.  But it was a mess since it was the FIRST time in 2015 I've cut it!   UGH!!  See... weeds 6 - 8 feet tall... over the tractor in places!
And as I closed out my last trip around for today, I paused for this picture looking back from the barn....even got a little of the waning sunshine on the treetops... nice.  I think I might just finish this one up on Saturday!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Double Your Pleasure

To borrow from an old commercial....
"Double your pleasure, double your fun,"
When you crack open your morning eggs and there's
This is the 3rd time in a week.... thought I would share this mornings excitement.  And they tasted great too!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Delight In Joyful Happenings

Today was a busy day... cutting grass most all day!
Sometimes with the push mower, sometimes with the riding mower, and sometimes on the tractor.
But when the little one comes wanting a ride, well... it is a wonderful DELIGHT to have him climb up there with me!
And then.... on my way back to the barn, I walked under the gazebo.  (Yesterday there was "tall" grass growing around the posts, and one of the hens had layed an egg there twice.)  I cut the grass yesterday afternoon, so today,  as I walked through, this is what I found.....  DELIGHTFUL .... (LOL)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Our Version of "Fried Okra"

First, you have to get enough okra to completely cover a large frying pan.  If working with FRESH okra, cut it into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch pieces.  Frozen works just fine as well.

Next, mix about a 1/2 cup corn meal, and a 1/2 cup of flour in a bowl.  Add to the mix about 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.  

Place the frying pan on the heat, adding in enough cooking oil to cover the bottom all over.  THIS IS NOT DEEP FRYING, so do not put any more oil than that.   Bring up to temperature for frying.

Place the okra pieces in the bowl of meal/flour mix, and stir around to ensure all pieces are coated.  Once that is done, take out the okra and place it into the hot oil.  Go ahead and continue adding okra until the entire bottom is covered.  Let cook slowly, turning the pieces over so all sides get fried.  Once most are golden brown (some may even seemed blackened and "overdone", but that's ok) then they should be done and ready to serve. A large frying pan serves about six.

Here was our finished okra tonight:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Today's Random-ness


1.  Spent a good hour taking down the protective "fence" I had put up around the garden just to keep the chickens out.  Got it all rolled up and put away!
2. Now that this year's garden is all but done, the chickens quickly took the hint with the fence being down, and they headed out in single file to peck at the old tomatoes, and scratch in the debris beneath the plants.
3.  With two days of rain--and me not doing anything but sitting at my computer--the grass in the garden was a pain to try and cut.  It didn't help that it was still WET from last night's rain, but I'm glad I got started on getting it cleaned up.
4.  My SECOND selfie of all time.  Here I am resting under the maple tree in the shade after two hours of sweat and exertion.  What you see is what you get... sorry! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Family Story

If you've paid any attention to my sidebar, you have noticed one of my "interests" is Genealogy--researching my families of the past.  And occasionally I'll run across some little known stories that are just precious jewels in this old man's heart.  Here's one.

(The young lady that is the subject of this story is my Grandfather's SECOND cousin....)

Sunday, May 22, 1927   Augusta’s Aviatrix
            “Just as the news reached Augusta yesterday afternoon that ‘Lucky Charles’ Lindbergh had safely reached Paris on his epochal and history making flight, Mrs. Agnes Holliman, 19 years old, was completing her aerial performance, which to her, and to many Augustans, was as daring and difficult as the New York to Paris trip of the ‘Flying Fool.’  When Sig Smith advertised in The Chronicle some days ago for an Augusta girl to show her nerve by performing this stunt, most Augustans laughed at the advertisement and the idea of an Augustan doing it…. He heard from 15 applicants who wanted to swing from the plane and selected one of the lightest in the group since, it is stated, Mrs. Holliman weighs less than 100 pounds.
            As the afternoon drew on yesterday, and the plane was late in appearing many thought that the Augusta girl had ‘backed out.’  But, she had not.  And when she was seen swinging from the light but speedy airplane piloted by Mac Johnson, staking her life on a pair of sheer silk stockings, many thought that her death was only a matter of minutes.  But the feat was successful and Mrs. Holliman will never forget that thrill of speeding through space at 100 miles an hour, riding outside the airplane.”

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Payoff !

It's been 4 months now... me and the eight chickens. 
Water and food everyday.  
And that's at a cost of $15 per month for the feed. 
So today, I found two.. count 'em...TWO eggs. 
Let's do the math... $15 / month X 4 = $60. 
And I've got TWO eggs, so $60 divided by 2 = $30 per egg!! 
Wooo hoooo.... them GOLDEN EGGS!!!
(And these were kinda weird shaped too ... or maybe just specials)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Some Tractor Time

Today I got on my old (1957) tractor and cut my tall, thick grass that lies out away from the house. 
A lot of thinking takes place on that old tractor.  
And a lot of dreaming. 
And a lot of planning.
And a lot of reflecting.
Oh, to have a "do-over" every once in a while.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Drawing To A Close

One more bed of veggies has completed its work.  This morning, in the cool of the early morning breezes, I pulled up and picked the last of the LIMA BEANS. The spent plants now lie in wait of mulching and tilling back into the dirt that has been their "bed" since early May.  You did good, my little beans.  You did good!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Morning Chores

I finally woke up to a beautiful morning, lower temps, lower humidity, and a slight breeze.  It made the morning chore of picking OKRA all the more pleasant.  And that was after I fed the chickens, of course...they think they have to come first!

Monday, August 3, 2015

On Being The Mechanic

I enjoy tinkering around with tools and stuff.  It's when I absolutely HAVE to repair something that is totally and completely dead that I have a real irritation.  And this riding lawn mower has been a real big source of irritation for about 2 or 3 years now!!  UGH!!!  And I've worked on it from right after lunch until 8:30... think it cranked?   NOPE!!!  Now what??  LOL...yeah, I know it would have been a better picture with me lying underneath it like I was all day long!