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Farm Felines, Responsibilities on the Farm

Cats in general have a notorious nature of being nothing but bird killers, yes they will kill birds any size shape and kind to endure the feral life that many have. Ahh, but farm cats or let’s say some farm cats have a much bigger position on the farm, Chief of Rodent Control. Myth # 1, Don’t feed your cats or feed them very little and they will hunt. Myth # 2, Don’t spay or neuter your cats or they’ll get lazy and won’t hunt.  I can argue both theses myths from the farm’s experiences, our farm feline’s are fed twice daily, they are given their annual vaccations and they are spayed and neutered. Our cat’s are healthy, friendly, and love their jobs because they belong to a family.  They don’t have to travel for food to eat so they stay on the farm, their not scared to be around humans so their taking care of rodents at their home, they’re spayed/neutered which keeps them home. They choose rodents over birds, easier prey for them being more abundant.

Little “Amiss”, was suppose to be a male named Amos then discovered as a female, rescued from a feral mother cat living on her own, she let humans touch her kitties but not her.  When she weaned them, she left never to return leaving her litter for the humans to deside their fate. “Amiss has been with us ever since, unfortuantely she has a handy cap for hunting her color stands out so she can’t sneak up on them to much, except when you roll in the dirt, or it’s winter time.

Nickadeums, all black with brillant green eyes that glow in the dark (which is all you can see at night).    He is the master rodent catcher, most every morning he has made it his job to catch a rodent and bring it to show us what a great job he’s doing. He was rescued from the animal shelter as a wee little kitten with lots of spunk. Unfortunaly he was not very adoptable because of his color, unlucky and spooky they say their loss our gain he is a great cat, on occasion he will vist us in the house and snooze for an hour or two and off he goes on his next adventure.

OC ” Orange Cat” is our oldest at 14 years, she has decided her hunting days outside is over, she is now chief in charge of keeping all insects at bay in the house, and opening the kitchen cupboard door when an occasional mouse gets in a trap. Punkin color and shaped like one, she sleep most of the day either in the sun outside on the deck or somewhere else she chooses. She was given to us by a friend a rescue of course, the best kind. When she was younger she would sleep in the weirdest places, she’s to old to jump up very high so a low seat works best.

Many years ago she would sleep in the boy’s bathroom sink, the only one she’d slept in, she liked buckets too, good curl up spots.

Our farm cats are well loved, each with their own personality and job we wouldn’t have it any other way on the farm, our fourth cat “Doc Holiday” has his own earlier post please visit “Farm Tales” I’m your HuckeBerry” If you haven’t already.

 

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Farm Life the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Farm Living moves by the seasons, in spring it’s hurry, rush, rush, hurry to get ready for the crop season.  Lately that’s were we’ve been, exception no irrigation water, which is an ugly.  Winter didn’t produce enough water to go around this year, which means delayed water deliveries, which means even though you pay for your full water allocations, you may not get all the water you paid for.  We are hoping water deliveries will start after the first of June, which is over a month delay, mother nature has been providing us with some pretty good storms to keep the grass growing which is a blessing.

The pigs arrived on the farm late April, it was a cold and rainy day, so they snuggled down in their warm house unil the the sun came out and warmed them up.  We raise pigs each year, as we have for many years, other livestock as well.  It’s a way of living for us, as we care about what we eat and where it comes from and what it is fed.  Living on a farm gives us this opportunity, this a good.

There are times, when something happens on the Farm when you have no control over it, and that’s a bad.  We lost out beloved rescue  bunny “Poka Dot”, I knew when I adopted her she was older, but one day their there and the next not, kinda gives you that sab in the heart.  She enjoyed her freedom from being locked in a cage everyday, I like to think she was happy for the time we had her.  Our Ranger rabbit is very sad he can’t find her, and lays by her hutch as if she’ll come out some day.  So I will go to the Humane Society next week and adopt the bunny that’s been there the longest, to come and live their life out on the Farm just being a bunny.

Projects are always going on here, the Big Red Barn we call it has almost a complete new roof, when the weather calms down they can finish up and she will shine for all to see when the sun hits it! Sunglassess needed. The “guys” (husband and son) finished the horseshoe pit, which turned out really great, enjoyable in the evenings to throw some shoes. I enjoy roasting marshmellows, so the Farm fire pit is a great after dark enjoyment as well, the “Farm Pit” is an old iron cattle feeder on legs, with acts as a scrap wood burning pit as well. Working on an inside remodel which will probably take most of the summer to finish, that’s ok because when I get it completed it will be worth it, My own sewing/craft room! everything in one spot I’m very excited.  The “guys” have the flooring, and walls completed and I’m working on the painting, which I love to do but I have to go to work sometimes too.  Pictures will be provided of the makeover.

I believe I’ve caught you up on most of the happenings here, family and friends if your in the neighborhood or need a break from your neck of the woods, come visit, play some horseshoes with us or sit by the “Farm Fire Pit” and enjoy warmth on a cool evening by roasting a marshmellow or two.

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This old girl is finaly getting a face lift

Everygirl in her life at one point, thinks she has wrinkles, extra pounds, bad hair and just about everything about her just doen’t set right sometimes in her life. When you get that chance to make a change in your apperance you often wonder If this is the right choice, hair color change, cut my hair short, leave it long or do a whole new you! Well I’ll say this old girl is going through some big changes, and it starting right now.

Often we overlook our selves by doing so much for others, honestly most won’t care what you look like so sometimes you just don’t care either. Apperances to some are about everything, apperances to some are nothing, Who cares right?, Well maybe for some they don’t care and we all know this kind, they pretty much only care for themselves.

You ever hear someone say how much better they feel when they change their apperance, well this old girl is starting to feel just that, this face lift will launch a new her with only more changes to come a total make over before long, this may take some time because of the costs, but it’s a start and you’ve got to start somewhere to get anywhere.

How exciting it will be to have a new look, after looking haggard and worn down for years, like being used up and no one caring , just waiting for someone to take notice and care about you again.

Well this old girl is on the road to a new life ahead with someone caring, this face lift will be the start to a boom of excitment for her and she will once again have a little shine from her lift, and maybe one day she again be what she once was in her hay day.

If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m not talking about me getting a face lift, although I probalby could use it but it’s not for me, but it’s certainly for the old girl.

“The old girl” is our beloved historic dairy barn, she’d getting a face lift this week with a new roof! She already is feeling better with all that old rusty metal removed, and breathing a little till the new metal roofing goes up and she will shine so big when the sun hits her roof it will look like she is smiling.

As you can tell I’m very excited for her, she is well deserved a makeover, she has been a loyal grand girl for many years to those that used her for many tasks, including miking cows.  Years have taken there toll on her, she has been overlooked, as well some repairs have not been so timely or fattering to her.

The sweetheart she is from her old lap siding, with her tall rafters, so many memories we will never know, for she keeps them tucked away in her beautiful beams of wood that was built many years go. I stand and look up to the rafters where the little birds like to nest, and she greets them each spring as they return to raise their young in her beautiful presence.

“The old girl” is cherished for her beauty,  for her ability to give us hope of the memories, because we know they are there, her make over starting with her roof will bring back her shine giving her once again the feeling she has a purpose and is cared for.

The home page picture of her will be replaced as each step in her make over is achieved, be sure to check on her status, celebrating her victories along the way.

 

 

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Humor is everywhere just listen

I would even go so far to say that Humor is in your genes, an inheritable factor passed down from generations of others that see the funny side for what it really is the “spice of life”.  Everyone isn’t gifted with it, nor are some even effected by a hilarity of sorts and some of us can’t re-tale a tale that was  comical to most , which becomes quirky to others.

My Mom had a quick wit, my oldest bother had it , two of my sons have it, me every once in while I can come up with something to at least make you smile. What is quick wit? the ability to think fast with a comeback line or to make a single conversation into a hilarious situation that will make you laugh so hard tears run down your face, or If your like me I laugh so hard I feel like I might pee my pants.

When my two boys get together their humor feeds off one another, which usually keeps us all in “stiches” or leaving the room to compose ourselves, but really what does humor have to do with anything in our lives? I’ll tell you lately I’ve been trying to teach my self to find humor in everything that irritates me, especially with others, however some are harder to find.

I was going through some papers the other day and found a letter written to me from my Mom, she wrote in the letter how things were going for her a typical letter from a parent, a small sheet of note pad paper lay inside this letter, again I read it as I had never read it before. Of course it was humorous but it brought such joy to see her hand writing and feel her wit through her writing. I’m sharing it with you today, from a lady that could find humor in just about everything, something I’m hoping I can get better at, because I find it makes you happy and If your having a bad day, then laughter is the key.

I can’t say for sure where Mom got this or If she wrote it, although it wouldn’t suprise me she was always writing things down, either way I hope you enjoy it from a grand lady that was a hoot!

“With time, women gain weight because we accumulate so much information & wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distrubutes out to the rest of our bodies.  So we aren’t heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.  Begining today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I think good grief look how smart I am!  Must be where the expression “Smart Ass” came from?

 

 

 

 

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Everyday gets a little lighter on the Farm

Which means I ‘m ready for day light savings to change, going to work in the dark and getting home in the dark isn’t something I really enjoy.  I don’t get to see the farm in daylight, can’t see the horses, just feel like I’m away for 4 or 5 days at a time depending on my schedule.  When the weekend comes around, it’s all good and it’s like I’m back where I belong again. Then it starts all over again come Monday morning.

Except for yesterday and today, I was met with frosty mornings, cool temperatures, icy water buckets and cloudy skies, along with snow in the forecast.  I really didn’t let any of that bother me I was just glad to be home on the farm, enjoying the sites in the daylight doing farm things  like feeding the animals.

Somehow I just enjoy cleaning out the horse’s run-ins, refilling them with shavings,  and just love their company to the alternative of going to work, well yes it is work here on the farm but I don’t see it as that, housework that’s work I don’t like doing it, like my house clean but hate doing it.  Being out side, doesn’t matter the wheather it’s were I want to be.

I like the feeling when the horses are so happy, they let me know by their calls , nickering when they see me coming or how excited they were today when they all got new selenium blocks and salt on a rope to hang in their sheds.  Ever see a 29 years old horse get so excited he jumps up down when he sees his grain bucket coming and knows there’s cut up carrots and apples because mom’s coming, that a priceles site and a heart renching feeling,  makes you smile no matter what else is going on in your life.

Being home on the farm means, I get to gather the chicken eggs and watch those silly hens do crazy stuff like trying to catch something blowing in the wind because to them it might be edible , I can hand feed the rabbits their papaya tablet on saturday mornings, the barn cats can get their ears scratched,  the four dogs can supervisor the morning and evening chores and take me on a guided trip to the end of the property and back to make sure everything is up to their standards.

Everyone has their favorite things in life, for me it’s just being with the animals, everyday, anyday.   I never tire of it, I can hardly wait for it to get light enough on the weekend mornings so I can go outside and do chores and just be with the animals.  Everyday is a new adventure on the farm and for me the farm is my adventure, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So hurry and come day light savings, so I  can spend longer days into the early evening with some of the things I love most in my life here on the farm, the animals.

 

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New Year New Items- Just Farm Girl Designer Bags and More

New Designer Farm Bags by Just Farm Girl It are here along with two new products we are introducing in 2018:

Two of our “New” designs ” the little red hen” and the senior horse.

These bags are made from poly feed sacks and decorative duck tape, no sew. Durable bags with a solid bottom making them ultra strong, waterproof, fold-able, easy to clean with a wet wipe. Each bag is hand made, each is unique with an inside pocket, no two are alike. These are an up cycled product, cleaned before put into production. $1o.00 per bag plus $3.00 shipping for each bag. They make great gifts and excellent all purpose bags, grocery bags, beach bags.

 

New Items for 2018

Designer Farm Tote for  gift giving, will hold a bottle of wine or use for a gift bag. Made from the poly feed sacks with solid bottoms making them strong and waterproof. $6.00 per tote plus $3.00 shipping.

Designer Farm Pillows, we made these pillows for the gardner in you to keep your knees cozy when your in the garden.  However others have discovered they make great patio chair and bench seat pillows, they are water proof and hand washable.  We lined them up on the chase lounge and how cute they look with one each of a different bag. $10.00 per bag plus $5.00 to ship.

We’ve been busy making custom orders for Designer Farm Bags, from the sack up we call it, you pick the feed sack, we make the bag for you, we have a variety of sacks available to choose from:

Rabbit, Cow, Chicken, Horse, Pig, multi animal sack, cat,dog, farm scenes, lamb, send us an email inquiry about the type of sacks we have and we’ll send you a picture of what we have that you are interested in and you choose the sack easy as that.

Just some of the sacks we have available, many more!  We always have some bags already made up availble too.

Payments through paypal only, invoice will be sent to your provided email, once we receive payment your bag(s) will be shipped. If you have additional questions about the bags please feel free to contact us we would love to hear from you.

Contact us through the website: justfarmgirlit.com

email: justfarmgirlit@gmail.com

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Thanks for looking, watch for more items to come.  Have a blessed 2018

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Family Gatherings, Traditions, making Memories

This a farm post no doubt, everyone’s shoes, boots and everything else at the door ready to go outside for another cold crisp morning. The farm was blessed this year with our three sons, along with grand kids and grand dogs for the Christmas Festivities. It’s been a while that we all could get together, seems it gets harder and harder to match everyone’s schedules, but when we do we make up for all the time we spend away from each other. Activities for the grandkids was a highlight for them, coming to the farm gives them a chance to partake in a few events that they don’t normally do.  Feeding animals every morning and evening soon became “chores”for some, and others wanted to do more. Evening chores included bringing in the wood, so a fire could be started to keep the house cozy warm from the cold nights, stoking the fire with adult supervision seemed to have interest.  Day activities included, riding in the sled and being pulled by the UTV, the grand boys enjoyed hot roding in the UTV with the uncles, but the granddaughter would rather feed horses! (That’s my horse girl).  Roasting marsh mellows after a snow fight with all the brothers to warm everyone up after they declared they were wet in places they hadn’t know snow could get to! We even squeezed in making ginger bread man cookies and decorating for Santa. (that could be come a tradition) The whole family pizza party at the local pizza pub, video games, pool, and beer, except next time they can order their own because they didn’t like the kind I thought I was ordering! Late night card and board games became an highlight for the adults, while the grandkids watched movies, played and certainly fell asleep after playing hard on the farm.

With all we had going on, we still have traditions that doesn’t change for us, even when family doesn’t come it’s something we’ve been doing many years and will continue as long as we are able. My husbands grandmother was Scandinavian, we celebrate Christmas Eve with a traditional seafood dinner that has been carried on for many generations. As our family has grown, not everyone enjoys seafood so we’ve added a few other goodies for everyone to enjoy.  The one recipe that has been passed on to me buy Grandma Randrup along with her pan to bake it in is, Carrot Ring. This is a dish that her family made, and now we make it once a year at Christmas Eve, with shrimp, oven baked oysters, shrimp salad, oven baked rolls, veggie and cold cut tray and of course desert, cheese cake. The ingredients  is pretty simple as is the recipe, and to describe the taste would be hard other than to say I’ve enjoyed it for over 35 plus years.

Making memories is priceless, I’d have to say as I get older I find it becomes more important to me to spend time with family and do the things you really want to do in life. I enjoy spending time with my grandkids, watching how quick they grow up, remembering when my kids where that young and how fast they grew to be parents of their own. We seem to think we have so much time to do this and that and pretty soon that time is neither this or that, it just not. What I enjoy the most with them is watching my grandsons rodeo, and playing foot ball. I love to watch my granddaughter get excited about feeding the horses their grain, cleaning the horse sheds out or scooping poop as we call it on the farm.  I enjoy that because that is part of their heritage, of who they are.  Yes they have other things in life to do that doesn’t pertain to their heritage, but it gives them a map to always circle back to where their roots are.

I share this family recipe with you, it’s a tradition we make memories with,

Carrot Ring

2 cups finely grated carrots , 1 cup saltine cracker crumbs, 1 Tablespoon flour, 4 eggs beaten seperately

1 cup cream beaten stiff, salt to taste:

Mix flour with cracker crumbs add to carrots with beaten egg yolks.  Add whipped cream, Add beaten egg whites last. Pour into greased ring pan/mold (metal one used for generations). Set ring mold in pan of hot water for baking.

Bake at 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. Invert pan on plate for serving.

White Sauce for Carrot Ring:

3 TBSP Butter, 3 TBSP Flour, 1 1/2 cup milk, salt to taste, cook over stove until thick.

Add salad shrimp, about two cups to sauce, pour over inverted carrot ring .

 

Enjoy, and make those traditions even If it’s popcorn and movies night.