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I currently am a teacher, cook, taxi driver, manager, acccountant, maid, and many other titles as I manage our home and family farm. I also work part time for a wonderful company ( Smoker Friendly) as a cashier.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Saving Pigs

Many Indianapolis, Indiana firefighters found themselves in an odd predicament last night as they were called to save over 2000 piggy's when the tractor trailer hauling them turned over along a busy interstate. Most of these men and women have never lived on a farm so knowing how to handle pigs is not one of their strong qualities.

The fire departments and others that responded to the call have to be praised though as they successfully managed to get these piglets moved to the state fair grounds until another truck could be found to move them to the right destination. At least one Wayne Township firefighter does have some knowledge of these animals as he once raised pigs and possibly still does as his son shows at a nearby local fair each year.

Can you imagine how surprised both the pigs, the truck driver, and the crews were when there were suddenly that many piglets to be taken care of along the interstate? I am unaware as to whether the animals were ever loose along the interstate or whether they were ever in any danger, but it would make for an interesting day of work for those firefighters.

I have a couple of pigs here, but I would not want to have to track down that many of them at one time. It does seem that it could be a very dangerous job with that many piglets along the interstate. I am thankful that the animals were safely moved to the fairgrounds and I hope that the driver was safe as well.

As you make your way out the door today, please be cautious to the other drivers and farm animals that might be along your way. Also, smile and say a kind word to someone as you never know what it might mean to them.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow and Cold Hit

My Scene Out My Front Window
 
Old Man Winter is seeming to poke his nose out early this year. Normally, our temperatures are around 54 degrees Fahrenheit here at this time of the year, but not this year. We are actually having an extremely cold snap and we are set to have record cold temps as they will reach temperatures that we have not seen in over 130 years. That is crazy!
We already have some snow on the ground and although is not a large amount, it is enough to make travel a little tricky. It seems that people here forger each year how to drive in snow when we get out first one. I find that interesting considering we have quite a bit of snow. The above photo was taken out my front window last year during one of our large snowfalls, but as I look out this morning, it seems to look similar to this. I am thankful for the beauty that the snow here makes. With the house settled in the woods, it makes for a beautiful scene.
 

Not sure but I believe this is another photo out of my front window last year. As I look at these, I realize that I could almost write a story and illustrate it with these. I think I could title the book, The Small House in the Woods. I don't think I could use the Little House due to all of the books that we all know by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but it would still be an interesting story.
 As you can see, my woods are beautiful scenes during the winter. I am thankful that we live where we do. I do not like the winter driving, but I do not mind the scenery that we are offered on a daily basis. I wish I could find a photo of the horses covered in snow as I find that a beautiful sight.
 The record cold that we are seeing could be a look into what is to come for winter. Last winter, we struggled with the polar vortex that brought record cold and snow to our area of the United States and we seem to be having the same thing happening again. Weather patterns can easily be followed with all of the forecasting tools that the meteorologists have these days. I just pray that the weather makes for a much easier winter than last year.
 Whatever weather you are having, enjoy it even if it is miserable. You might not be in a condition where you could see the beauty that the snow brings, you might not be able to walk to worry about slipping and falling, you never know what tomorrow brings.
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Feeling Ill

Today the farm has been rather quiet as I have not felt well. My husband had many places to be today and my daughter worked. My nephew went with my husband and so it has just been me here most of the day. My mom even ventured out today. Of course, my Jazzy (dog) was here with me but she slept most of the day. I have felt ill all day and decided that I would just rest for the majority of the day.
 I have done a little work online but for the most part of the day, it has been a quiet lazy day. I found a couple of new recipes and I was going to look on Pinterest for Halloween decorating ideas but just did not feel up to it. I need to get busy as my daughter wants to plan a party for her friends.
 I have meatloaf in the oven for dinner as my daughter enjoys making it and we are having garlic mashed potatoes and some kind of veggie with it. I usually make cheese biscuits but I just don't feel up to it today.
 Hope the rest of you have had a fun and exciting day!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Morning

Sunday morning is upon us! It is a cool, crisp morning with lots of sunshine here on the farm. There are many things that need to be done and I have some cooking that I would like to do. However, I really want to spend some time with my horse later today.
 We got a nice load of firewood yesterday and I will want to stack some of it today as well. I am thinking I might have a nice bonfire tonight as I can sit out by the fire this evening and enjoy a little of this cool weather. I like autumn and I enjoy wearing my sweatshirts, but I also enjoy the warmer days of autumn.
 The leaves will soon be changing colors and that will bring tourists to our area. We just happen to live near an area where people flock in the fall to see the leaves change colors. We will see many reds, yellows and oranges in our leaves in the next few weeks. As I look out the window, I see that many are currently changing colors now in our yard.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bean Soup and Buffalo

The weather here on the farm has turned a bit cooler and so what makes for a better dinner than a pot of beans? Yes, bean soup and cornbread is dinner for tonight. I am thinking that I might make a pumpkin pie later today as well, but I know that the beans are going to taste delicious!
 My daughter and her friend and I attended a horse show today and visited with another friend of hers. The girl who was showing had several ribbons already from the show. Her horse, Whiskey is a Saddlebred and he is beautiful. He does amazing in show! However, we had to purchase hot chocolate while we there due to the cool morning. I believe the low today was 42 degrees F and the wind chill made it feel even cooler.
 Autumn is upon us it feels like and we will soon be sliding around on the slick icy roads of winter, which I am not fond of. The weather can be very different here in a matter of a few hours and that makes dressing for the day a little harder.

 This photo is of a bison that we seen while we were in Georgia this year. It is at a really nice family friendly wildlife park in Savannah. We enjoyed all of the animals but he was one of my favorites.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Carrie Underwood Announces Pregnancy

Just as football season is beginning and country music superstar, Carrie Underwood will be heard singing the football theme for many of the games she has made a big announcement. Carrie and her husband, NHL Hockey star, Mike Fisher have announced that they are expecting their first child.
 Carrie was first discovered as a star on "American Idol". She was a sweet young girl from Oklahoma that had sold her horse to get to the show to audition. She rose to the top of the show and won it and was instantly a huge star. Many concerts and tours have followed as well as portraying Maria, a nun on a live episode of "The Sound of Music".  This was the first time that a live production of such a show had been done and she faired well in it.
 Carrie and Mike are thrilled with the news and country fans will anxiously await the birth of this child. I am sure like many other country music moms, her career will continue without a large change.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cloudy, Cooler Morning

Today is a much cooler morning on the farm than the past few days have been. It even seems that the humidity is down some from yesterday and the day before. The weather team on the local news station is saying that our high today will be 75 degrees. That is such a welcome relief from the 90's that we have been having recently.
 There are many outdoor chores that need to be finished today and some I have actually been putting off until the temperatures broke. I know the grass needs mowed and that weeds need to be taken care of. However, with fall around the corner, we certainly need to be busy with preparing our wood for the winter. Many predictions of cold temperatures again this year have me concerned about making sure we have plenty of it cut and stacked for the cold and snowy mornings here on the farm.
 I would also like to build a new duck pen before winter arrives and get my cute guys into a different shelter than they currently have. I want a pen large enough that I can get in with them to change water and take care  of the daily needs that they have. Of course, I have to beware of the goose as she has been known to chase other owners.
I would also like to get some work done on the barn before winter hits hard here. The horses are usually good with the weather, but their owner sure does not like to see them with the snow on them. They choose most of the time to stand in it instead of heading to the barn and that makes me wonder about them.
 There are many festivals going on around us today too and I would like to go to a couple of them before I end my day. What are your plans today?