Saturday, June 2, 2012

Rambling...just rambling

It is an absolutely beautiful day today. Had I know such a cool day was coming I would have planned to kill the chickens or pigs today. I could have actually done some of the chickens this morning after we went shopping but I was not feeling well this morning. All is not lost, however, I will do the chickens tomorrow morning. Maybe not all 10 of them but I hope to get at least half of them done.
Shopping was short today as our money was a bit short but we really didn't need that much anyway. I did get a good deal on some marked down pasta and picked up 7 of those for $ .64 each. But no thrift store shopping or flea market shopping. We went to the feed store and the grocery store and that was it. 
Phil finally got a good look at the pigs this morning when he carried feed out and he realized how huge they are. He says we will have to definitely do one of them next weekend. I think it bothers him that they are now large enough to jump the pallet barrier and EAT me....well, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but not by much, they could jump the barrier now, I am sure if they wanted to.
The tropical storm or whatever it was by the time it reached us, came through and left things a bit of a mess. Lots of heavy rain. I think the pigs can swim in their pen now. So I had a bit of work to do spreading hay and getting everyone a dry place. I also have quail hatching, although so far only 3 have hatched so looks like a poor hatch again. We had to take the air conditioner out of that room (to put in our bedroom because our was not cooling so well) and that messed up the temperature in that room. Consistent temperature is very important for hatching. I am thinking about moving the incubator back into my walk in closet but the closet does not have a light and has lots of stuff in it and ...ok.. I just don't like going in there!
In the garden the rain made a mess as well. It broke one of the pepper plants right off. I am not sure if it will come back from the part that is left or not. I did rescue two of those peppers in the picture from that plant. I guess it was a bit top heavy. The rain also washed away a lot of my pine straw mulch that I had in between the beds. No wonder I could never have a decent garden before the raised beds...all the good soil kept washing away.
As you can also see from the picture, the little hanging basket tomatoes are still ripening like crazy but all of the tomatoes in the garden are still green.Phil is eating up my little tomatoes as fast as they turn ripe. I do have a crookneck yellow squash that will be ready to pick in the next few days as well but the squash may have over run the cucumbers so I will have to replant them somewhere else or just give up on cukes for this summer. No cucumbers behind the squash next time because what will fit in April behind the squash will not fit in June.
So that is your ramble for this morning. Tomorrow there will be chicken butchering photos (if I remember this time) so if you don't want to see them...don't look.


  1. Hi Becky! I love reading about your life and all of the interesting things ya'll do. How neat that you can slaughter your own animals to supply your family with meat! Sometimes I think I'd like to do that. Then, there are days when I don't think I could add another thing to my plate! It takes a lot of man(woman) power to do what you do! Blessings from Bama!

    1. Thanks! I am glad someone enjoyed reading about what I was doing. Been a long time since I didn't have comments to a post :(

  2. Always interesting to read what you are up to! Are you and Phil doing the deed on the pigs or are you getting help?

    1. We'll be doing it. Might have some help from someone though, we'll see.