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When you unpack your cabinets, it helps to already know which new cabinet they will go into. That way you can just set everything into the box without wrapping them, drive to the new house and unload right into the cabinets. This is a good trick to save you work packing. If you have kitchen drawers, just pull out the entire drawer and set it in your vehicle. Drive to the new house, unload the drawer into the hew drawers, and return the old drawer to the old cabinets. No need for boxes for contents of drawers. You can sort and dispose of trash or items to toss when unloading contents into new drawer. Makes everything so much easier and faster.

Waiting for you to be able to load pix of the new place!!!
 

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I suspect that the more you can strengthen the muscles around your knees ahead of time the easier the post surgery recovery will be.
That is what I have been told.... that there are "pre-surgery" exercises that are suggested for all who do knee surgery. I will try to get some more info on that too.... but using this "pedaler" machine that I had put away, has made me realize that they are weaker than I realized. Maybe it will help with the general walking too.

Heading down the hill for the evening. We have a cow that is actually walking across the cattle guard.... owners watched her... her leg went inbetween the metal pipes, then she pulled it up and kept on going... No respect for the cattle guard there so will have to be moved I guess....PITA....they put her back through the gate 3 times today and she keeps doing it....

Farm texted me back for monday afternoon. Have a PT appt @ 9:30 a.m. Hope to tedd out some hay Sun aft late as I won't be able to do it Monday... not enough time inbetween for more than maybe an hour.... I will get all the stuff loaded tomorrow and get the bottles ready in trays too.... Won't hear anything from the other one until late Monday or Tues I don't think as she is away til Monday I think.

Been chilly today, sun but always a little breeze. I wonder why more people don't dry their laundry outside with these kind of breezes. The towels I brought in are softer than some I have taken out of the dryer over the years... and they smell so much better... One BIG plus for living up here. They feel SOO soft. Yes I use softener...but never have had stuff feel so soft and fluffy like this without a good breeze to blow them around. And it might be the water too... not all the lime and all.

Another reason to look into a wind system for here....there is a guy near one of my dairies that has a windmill...the modern 3 blade type not the old fashioned "windmill of the west" type. I need to ask the farmer for his name and see what all he has to say about it. This is a good area for the breeze. It would sure be nice to reduce the electric bill if I could generate my own that way. The old ones had a system that would disengage them if the wind was too strong....so as to not destroy the blades ...I imagine the new ones have something too... The wind blows alot here... more than the sun shines.
 

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I would love to hang clothes out to dry, but the breeze blows the sand around. No point in dusty clothes. LOL LOL I can't use fabric softener or dryer sheets, so I use wool balls in the dryer to reduce static cling and as a softener.
 

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I think there are governors on the windmills but they will still shut down above a certain MPH. And they need a certain MPH to start up as well, maybe 8 or 12 MPH?? When my solar arrays were put in 5 years ago the guy said he used to do wind but they tended to be unreliable so he stopped. I would hope that the reliability is much better now though there is still a maintenance requirement. You either need to climb the tower or have one that can pivot down for maintenance ..... unless things have changed.
 

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Sunday night. Had a decent day. DS texted and we went and got the obnoxious cow.... she was back in the yard this morning.... she is due to calve soon. She is a bought cow so maybe that is why they sold her. We have had her for at least one calf though so not a "newcomer". Brought 5 more home with her since we had the trailer there. Had to call them down the hill, across the driveway, into the catch pen. Had about 6-8 that wouldn't cross the driveway, silly cuz they had crossed it to go from the one side to the other when they were rotated into the "hayfield" part where they are now. One has already calved but the rest are just big as butterball turkeys!!!!:lol:

Then took a couple of the portable panels to another pasture right up the road where there are 5 old cows and 5 calves. They look good and although we hate to, these 5 cows are all going to the stockyards. They are old and have NO TEETH. They went to this pasture so they had no chance to get bred back.... no bull in with them, and no cattle against the fences so no temptations for a bull to come visiting. There are some cattle down the road a bit, but not right up against the fence. Called them down and 4 cows and 2 of the calves came..... will start calling and feeding them in the pen so that the calves get used to it and in a week or 2 they will go. There are 2 heifers in the bunch that will probably be retained as future replacements.


Tomorrow he is finally getting those heifers off the cows, as they guy is wanting them....I cancelled my PT appt and I will go with him. Gonna take my truck to the farm where I am going to test, leave it, go with him further north to the farm, and then he will drop me off and I will test that herd. There are 3 or 5 heifers that we are probably bringing back that were raised up. We have 1st refusal and there were a couple ds said he wanted back. We will pay whatever he got for the ones he sold. Instead of paying him to feed them, what we do is sell them to him, with first choice back..... then if we don't want any or don't need them, or whatever reason, we don't have to take any and he can just sell them. If we take any back, it is like just buying them, but they are out of our cows so know the background. I have never been to his place, so wanted to go.

So, after getting the cows this morning, ds went to mow some more. I went to the new house, got all the stuff ready for taking to the farm tomorrow, finished packing the samples from Fri's herd and got that all set to go out. Got all the meters in the truck, and the hoses for tomorrow's herd, plus all the sample bottles on the seat. Then took the 4x4 and went by the cardboard dumpster by Wendy's to see if there were any boxes. SCORED..... got a dozen or so, broken down so all I need to do is retape them; they are clean and decent. Took them down to the other house.

Went by the regular dumpster with a bunch of stuff from both houses to get rid of. Then I got on the tractor with the tedder and spent 45 min tedding out the first piece he cut of the good orchard grass hay. I wasn't watching my time earlier, and didn't get any more done.... will have to get right on it Tuesday morning.... and the orchard grass will be ready to rake too. I see he finished the field of mixed grass next door - he had done 6 rounds around the outside when he did the og....and got the rest done (total about 6 acres there) and took the tractor up to the hill to the long 4 acre field and then will do the adjoining 10+ acres on top of the hill. We used to only cut these 2, first cutting then let them grow for the cows for winter grazing when we moved the cattle in this place for the winter.... but we no longer run cattle there, because owner needs to "encourage the deer" OMG... but it isn't our land. Thing is, they aren't keeping it mowed, we used to bush hog once a year to keep down the multiflora roses and blackberries and briars and weeds... and in another year or 2 it will be getting all grown up. They do have 4 cows and raise a few for beef now....but he is lazy and you can see the crap growing up already. And we are moving all our hay out because he gets a few for his cows, in the agreement... but last year took about twice what he is supposed to get. So we are moving it out as we come up the hill. We pay rent so trade off some of the hay for rent.... but.... there is a limit. He also got over 50 sq bales which was agreed on... but he doesn't need to get 15 or 20 rolls when he is supposed to get 5 or 10....Not my agreement, but it irks me to no end....DS allows people to take advantage of him all the time.... and then he wonders why I have the attitude I have about things getting done and paid for and not all this "trade off" that gets dragged out.

So, I am going to get going down the hill, maybe get a few boxes "made" and ready for when I get in the mood to pack.
@Ridgetop , I get the idea of knowing where things will go in the new cabinets....except that I have no cabinets in the stone house.... all the storage is the 3 cupboards that I put in that house. The one that was made for my spices/baking supplies is going into the new kitchen here.....the other 2 are nice cupboards so don't know what I am going to do with them yet. So there is no real method to where I want stuff here yet. I am going to just box it... and then after I get it up here, kinda make a decision where I want stuff. Wanting to see what sorta "flows" as far as like putting dishes away etc..... The thing I don't like is that the top shelves in all the top cabinets are so high I will need a ladder so it is almost useless space.... will have to put stuff up there that I don't use much because it's useless for food storage. I do have counter space here that I didn't have there so that is a plus.
With taking out the tall pullout pantry thing, with the current smaller fridge, I gained a 9 inch wide space there. I have been tossing around a narrow waste receptacle for recyclables for now.....Eventually it will accommodate a wider fridge. I have a recycle cabinet that is a pull out rather than separate doors, and holds 3 cat food bags of 30 lb size that I use now. Don't know if that will fit anywhere or not.... I had that and the spice/baking cupboard made to match years ago. I really like them.
 

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@Bruce, I think someone told me that the 3 bladed kind have a govenor or some sort. The old type used to have something that would disengage the tail so that the windmill part could still spin,but that the tail being disengaged, it wouldn't want to face into the wind so would not really spin properly... Kinda the idea of a tail on a kite as to it needs it to fly.... well the tail part keeps it headed into the wind stream. I believe they also had a manual brake of some sort. I would like to talk to the guy who has the one near the dairy I test..... just to get some info. Don't know if anyone here in the area installs them. Would be interesting to see if it would be a practical addition.... perhaps along with solar that the elec company is promoting.
Food for thought for down the road....
 
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