Friday, April 19, 2019

Birthday traditon...not to be broken.

I started this tradition just a few years ago...and I liked doing this so much...that I insist on continuing this every year now.

Celebration of my birthday with a morning campfire!!  yes please!

And of course to prove that this tradition is still alive and well, here's this years photo. 

MY April 2019 BIRTHDAY Campfire!  just turned 25. :-)

Happy birthday to me!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


A large part of hobby farming is the innate need to celebrate successes!!  (because it seems there are an equal amount of failures)

So here's today's success!!  My rhubarb came back up this year!!  Hip HIP HURRAY!

If you didn't already know...I LOVE rhubarb pie (which is MY whole point of growing rhubarb) and this is last years plants...having survived the winter...and here we are on year two of these plants.

Supposedly I will be able to harvest from these next year.  Maybe...just maybe with some "luck" or "accidental success" (as I've learned to call it) I could harvest this year....but will have to wait and see.

Meanwhile...worth rhubarb came back!

Chickens are the damndest things!

So here's the thing about chickens...or shall I say...ONE of the MANY things about chickens.  They are some of THE most curious beasts known to man!!

I have to laugh...because ANY time I get involved in some sort of project in the chicken they all come to see what's new.  Gotta be all up in my business.  It makes me laugh every time and yesterday was no exception!

I've talked here in my blog about the previous mouse problem I had in the chicken barns....just so happens one of the results from this was a settling of the little chicken coop.  The ground underneath had been tunneled in such a way that the whole coop was leaning to one side.

I hatched a plan to dig up underneath one side and use a jack to lift it back up and then put concrete supports under it to keep this from happening again in the future.  Which after a little bit of a struggle and the usual tool failure and creative problem solving as these sort of projects can see from the above photo that ALL the "kings horses and ALL the kings men" had to come see what was going on.  (ie...all the chickens had to investigate as to if this was something they could benefit from)

It made me laugh when I realized that they were getting in the way of my project.  The rooster is standing in front of the hole with my jack down in it, so you can't really see that well in this photo...but you get the idea of how invasive they can be.

I just had to stop and take a picture of this.  Yes...a picture is worth a thousand words!

Just another reason why it's fun to have chickens around.  Never know what they're gonna get into.

One man's junk is another's killer workout!!

Tractor tire flipping 101!

I was first introduced to the idea while watching a crossfit competition on t.v. one day.  Flipping a tractor tire must be hard because those uber-fit-folks looked worn out after flipping those things across a field in a relay.

I've been looking into adding some umph to my workout and I came across the idea of "junk yard gym" workouts on my very favorite site Pinterest!

So hmmmm, where might I find a tractor tire? After all...I live smack in the middle of farm country.  There's bound to be an old, dead, unwanted tractor tire laying around somewhere?

And then I remembered...I've seen piles of these things along the railroad track just outside of Delta, OH.  Off I ask if I could purchase one said tractor tire.

BEHOLD!!!  Turns out....these piles of tires were behind a truck tire place along Airport Hwy...and they were MORE than happy to donate to my workout cause.  (I guess the proper term amongst tire folks for these old, dead tires are "flippers" or "flip tires" because that's all there good for I suppose).

Cheapest workout equipment ever! FREE. 

Turns out there a many MANY different sizes AND weights of these ole things.  The first one I walked up to and tried to lift...I couldn't even budge it.  The next one about half the size...was the one that road home with me.  (The two tires at the bottom of the photo above are what came home with me.)

Wheweeeee!  I'm in for some strengthening for sure!!

Here we for wusses workout!