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Nice surprise, a tilled garden! 😊. I'm hoping to do test row or two with this tiller in a couple hours. Want to hit it early in morn, while it's coolish. 94 out there right now!

They're baling across the street. I see squares and rounds...they're going at it!! Two baling. One moving rounds. Not sure if a 4th doing accumulator/stacker or #3 switching off. Let's just say, it's busy! I expect they'll cut other side tonight, we have two more days of 90s, then 80s. This stuff is heading!
 

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Nice surprise, a tilled garden! 😊. I'm hoping to do test row or two with this tiller in a couple hours. Want to hit it early in morn, while it's coolish. 94 out there right now!

They're baling across the street. I see squares and rounds...they're going at it!! Two baling. One moving rounds. Not sure if a 4th doing accumulator/stacker or #3 switching off. Let's just say, it's busy! I expect they'll cut other side tonight, we have two more days of 90s, then 80s. This stuff is heading!
Glad it looks like the weather is cooperating
 

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Friday eve.... it is real warm and much more humidity... Still 79 @ 9:30 p.m.... and the humidity will stick around. But it will cool off a little. Tomorrow supposed to be more chance of some scattered showers.... and hot... mid 90's? It only hit 88 here at the house but the humidity made it feel hotter.
I went up to do the cow and took a cooler with some ground meat, a pkg of stew meat, a small chuck roast and 2 chickens... 1 big one and one small one... plus left $60 for them as they weren't home. After I put the cow in and grained her, I went around trying to match calves with cows, so I know who is who. They aren't getting moved so not as important to match cow calf pairs... but I want to know. Got a couple that need tagging... the nice thing is most are going in the barn during the day and eating a little grain and just hanging out... so ought to be able to catch the couple that aren't tagged and get them done one day. There is a small head catch there that works for calves... so we could get them done. Have to try to get the bull calves banded too.
One heifer was acting like maybe she was getting ready to calve, but then she got up and was grazing, so I may or may not see a calf in the morning...

Then I went back and Sam and Doris were back, and eating some dinner so I stayed and visited for a little bit...wanted to make sure that they found the cooler I left on the porch so the meat wouldn't thaw out.... Told them how very much I appreciated the tilling job... and they thanked me for the meat and chickens.
Then I just came home a little bit ago. Tomorrow I will go up early and do the nurse cow, and then let her out... it will be later when I get home. at least the calves know what to do so not a problem if it is getting dark to put her in and do her.
Gotta get the bottles in the trays for testing... and add a couple of hoses to the ones on the truck for testing... I will be leaving at noon to go and set up to milk by 1:30 or so.
DS wants me to start spraying the thistles at a couple of places... so I guess I will start . He did show me how to start the 4 wheeler... NO I have never driven it... he has the tank mounted on the back with a hand sprayer on it.
I am going to try to get some of the plants in the garden in the next day or 2. I have a cattle panel to put up for the tomatoes... and will have to get the netting around it or the chickens will tear things up.

Have decided to let DS cut the hay off the property before I put up too much netting for the calves... It will only make a round bale or 2 but it is too tall for the calves to want to eat anyway... Then I can put up the netting for them... and the chickens will be kept out of the garden at least. I am going to have to bite the bullet and get a piece of the stuff I used on the carport, that is somewhat water proof... to fix the little coop since I can't get DS to help do any of it. I really hate doing carpentry work... just not my thing. They are digging in the flowers in front of the porch... not in the planters at least... but in the ground... I can't put the wood chips around them as they will just scratch them out...
Oh well, one thing at a time I guess. At least if I get the garden fenced... it ought to keep the chickens AND the DEER out... they will demolish the green beans and such....
The rhododendrum next to the steps on the porch is in full bloom. It is soooo pretty. And my camera won't come on... maybe it needs a new battery??? GRRRR:somad :barnie:barnie:hit
 

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That is super fantastic that Sam tilled the garden! Ready to plant! Giving them the meat in addition to the money was very thoughtful on your part.
 

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Sat and things aren't going along so great. Farm called and canceled because we did not get the rain so they are going to be planting corn and soybeans... yeah I get it... but it is getting hot so it would have been just as good for me to be in the parlor as here in the heat.

801 was being a bit cranky this morning... she is not taking the calves as well as she did last time... but I think she had her calf for over 24 hours before I got them in so she doesn't think she needs to have more than hers.... :( :idunno. Not that she is being mean, but just not the same all accepting cow she has been in the past. She does not mother them like the last ones. Not looking like they will be able to be turned out loose with her... so twice a day trip across the road....maybe when they get some more size on them and she just gets more tired of fighting them and they continue to get more aggressive.

Got another heifer I think is going to calve, found her down off by herself this morning, but not in any distress... just walked off down along the edge of the trees... nothing but a little discharge... don't want her to go down in the real thick stuff so didn't bother her... nothing to do really except keep an eye on her.

It has gone from 67 at dawn to 85 already at noon and the humidity is up. I did drag the 2 16ft cow panels down to the garden and now have to find some t-posts... DS has some at the barn I am sure.... and a sledge to get them in the garden. Maybe later when it cools off a bit. I need to get a couple of sticks and a string to lay out some rows too. I do really want to get these falling over tomato plants in... they will get buried in trenches some to take advantage of the long stems at this point.

Going to take the mower, cut the grass again around it so I can put up the electric netting to keep the chickens out at this point. And the deer.... going to mow along the 3 peach trees on the other side of the house and the well casing so DS can mow what he wants/can for the hay.
Was looking at the fence line along the side of the christmas tree lot. I want to put a gate in it somewhere... got to measure off the 330 ft and see where it comes to. That would be as good a place as any to have a gate. This fall/winter have got to trim back the huge white pine tree branches so I can get a straight shot from the road down the line... it is straight.
I have been looking at the fencing and thinking I should just go on and get some now... @Mini Horses mentioned that TSC had it, on sale, for about 90 less a roll than somewhere else but I cannot find the sale here... Have to talk to her about it... With my TSC card I can get 12 months no finance charge... won't get the 5% off... but sometimes the trade off is worth it.. have to do some figuring.
It would make it easier on the payment end... at least until I get the title straightened out on the explorer and sell it. Got 2 people interested and one of my farmers says he knows someone looking for one... I may just put it up for "auction".... see how much anyone is willing to pay for it. I had decided that I was going to put a 20,000 asking price on it... the JD Power paper the guy gave me at the ford place says 19,750 for private sale... in good condition... so asking 20,000 doesn't seem out of line. Especially if they will give me 17,000 at the lot for it... Yes, I will make money on it... but really, I don't want to make payments for 4 years and pay the huge personal prop taxes, on top of not getting 20 mpg..... If I liked it alot I would keep it but I don't. Why not make something on it and get out from under. Not my style vehicle.
That profit would buy A LOT of fencing.....

I took the allergy pill this morning and have had a dull headache all day so far. I do hate the way they make me feel some days. But the alternative of rubbing my eyes and watering and sneezing and blowing my nose every 3 minutes ......:hito_O:th.NOPE...

I'm bummed to not get this testing done today.
I also arranged to pick up feed from the feed store, that I like to feed my milking cows, and now will have to make a special trip into town to get it since they left it out for me as they are closed on weekends. I was going to swing by and pick it up on the way to test...:he :he:somad:rant:th:hit:hit Think I will make the trip now while I am not in the mood to do anything else. Got to go find some string to make my row markers too... Think there is some baling twine off some of the BIG sq bales...get it from one of my dairies to use for various things... they throw it out once cut off a bale... it is heavy plastic twine....it will make a good marker string to plant by... maybe get into some of that this afternoon since I can't test.
 
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Got the baling twine, made a row marker and cut up the potatoes that I had in the house that were sprouting. It ought to give me a row. I ordered some others but they were all sold out so won't be growing too many other kinds. Oh well, that's not the end of the world. NEXT year I will be able to do more and different.
Got to go to the farm and get some t-posts so I can put up the one cow panel I have and see if I can find a pair of cutters to cut off part of another one that got mangled... I think I can save about half of it. I would like to get the tomatoes in before we get the rain. I will get on the mower in awhile and get the grass cut down real low so I can get the netting around the garden to keep the chickens out. I want to get green beans in too.

Deb is supposed to come by this morning, she has about 6 or so asparagus roots that someone gave her and she doesn't have a dedicated garden space at her house because of all the trees. She is trying to decide where she wants a garden and then take down a few of the scaty eight million walnut trees she has... of course then the soil will have to get "weathered" out because walnuts put out a "toxin" for other plants and nothing grows within a certain area around them. Only sunny places are the hayfields. So I said we could plant them here, in the L part where I am planning to have mine next year, that I had partly tilled... I want to take out the 2 rose o sharon bushes/trees and another bush and put the permanent bed for the asparagus and strawberries on the "house side" of the dogwood tree. Don't think I will disturb it at this point. It is not too big and since it has been there for 20 + years, think it must be a dwarf type? Not real big or tall. The sun comes in on the other side so it won't be shading much of the garden area anyway. The way the sun comes around, it might put a little shade on either side for a couple hours at most on either side. so I will leave it. "Not hurtin' anything"....
 

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Deb got busy and didn't call me back right away. I went and did cow with calves, left her in eating and went to barn and got some t-posts... DS was there and gave me the post driver and a pair of bolt cutters to salvage the fence. Then I came back and let cow out and came home. Left Deb a message.
She finally called me back, she got side tracked doing stuff. so said she would come by with the asparagus roots... and did I want to go to lunch? So she came and we went to the place down the road.
The asparagus roots are the kind you get on the racks in Lowes or Walmart... I thought they were growing ones from a friend of hers. No big deal. I am soaking them in water as they look a little dried out... hope they will sprout. 3 purple and 3 mary washington. I plan to put in like 25 or 50 next year.... but this is fine. I will stick them in the L part along the outside edge there, and see if they come up. I will watch for some of the sales to start after memorial day... sometimes you can get them for next to nothing... so could add that way too.

Loaded the box of 2 rolls of electric netting on the truck, a v hoe and the cut up potatoes on the truck plus some cardboard that was just hanging around. Plus the t-posts and all. It is getting hot out there so it will wait for later this afternoon to go out and do much of anything. I am going to go through the box of seeds here, and see what there is... and hope to get some stuff planted this evening.

Of course now, the tractor just cranks and won't start...:he
:barnie:somad:rantmaybe I flooded it... I did just refill the nearly empty tank. I will go out and try it in a little bit. I am just not a mechanic and really don't want to be either... but at times it would be nice to at least have an idea of what else to try....

Also when I went to town yesterday and got the feed, I took the explorer by 2 places... the one place was nice but they wouldn't even give me 11,000 for it and had no "suggestions" on what it would be worth on the open market... not very helpful to say the least. The other place....Chevy dealer actually.... talked to a pretty nice guy... he took it out for a quick drive... looked it up... and gave me some options. He said that they could offer me about 14,000 if the title was clear... I had explained the mileage thing... and the air conditioner is not working so if that was fixed 15,00., maybe... He said that the red flag is that it came from up north where they use alot of salt and chemicals on the roads, and there are little signs of rust underneath. He said that he would suggest that I advertise it privately, that 17 to 20,000 would be a good price for someone looking for a low mileage vehicle in very nice interior shape... and were not overly concerned about any little bit of rust. So, that is close to what the guy at the ford place said. I had decided to put 20,000 on it... but think I will do 19,000... once the title is fixed... and I stopped at the mechanic's and he said to come by one afternoon this week, and they will check out to see if the AC just needs recharging... and tell DS's GF's friend, and her sister... and they can let the 2 decide amongst themselves who wants it worst... tell them both that if they want to look at it and put in a bid, over th 19, then I will consider it...
Now if they will just do the title in a TIMELY manner....

It is getting hotter out...nearly 90..... have to water the plants on the porch table... hope to be able to get them planted later today. Really need to get the mower started and mow the grass down so I can get the fence up....
 

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Well, am in for the night. It is still 70 but has cooled down some.
I watered the plants then decided to put them on the truck also so that I could get started planting. Hopefully the chickens will leave them alone. I got the one full 16 ft panel up, and planted tomatoes all along it. Cut the other one so all the bent up stuff is off... but I need another 16 ft panel more tomatoes... I have too many plants... hope that they do good and I can sell some here. Anyway, I was getting them organized so I could plant certain varieties together.. and making a garden plan on paper; got the pepper plants all ready to go in and went to go to the other end of the garden to pull the twine tight and the phone dings.... DS sent a text and said he got a bunch of the cows in so could I come help get them sorted and worked and he could take more out to pasture.
That ended my gardening for the evening. I went down to doug's barn, and we got in a whole bunch of the calves and some cows... sorted them and gave blackleg shots to the heifer calves and got the bull calves in, banded, and gave blackleg shots to them too.
Then got a few more down into the alley over there so he brought them in and we got a few more worked. Wound up with 7 cow/calf pairs with heifer calves that are going to one place, and 11 pair with bull calves. Plus there is one cow that he is sure has a heifer calf but she was screaming for the bull calves and he has seen her feeding at least 2 calves... so she is going to the pasture with "her heifer calf" with the rest of the bull calves because we want to make sure they are all getting fed okay. None of them look thin...and I wonder if he got the calves mixed up when they tagged them as babies in the field... but sometimes a cow will just want to take care of more... At least this way, they all stopped hollering when we put her and her heifer in with the bull calf group. There is only room for 3-4 more cows and heifer calves at the one place, so not a big deal. The place we are putting primarily bull calves, will just have a mixed group there. We will put all the ones with bull calves there, and then any others with heifer calves that are left over will go there too.
There are some nice muscular chunky calves we worked so I have to look up and see what bulls they are out of.
We also had a cow to calve out at a pasture later last year, she was checked open but was obviously bred... Her calf is pretty good sized and before putting her out to pasture with that bigger calf, we decided I ought to check and see if she had gotten bred back with that surprise calf on her... which would be okay... and she is pregnant... I felt legs/bones moving so she did not go out with the ones to get bred. The vet will have to check her and say how far along but I said she ought to be at least 5+ months. So she will be a fall calving cow this year if I am right. Just glad she didn't get put out and then have a new baby with the older one still nursing her.
Of course I got a whole stream of nice green grass cow manure all over my shirt and old jeans. They are now in the wash soaking with the other dirty jeans I had put in there last night.

The lady that "had to have the fields hayed off" by the first weekend in june, :rolleyes: for the dog & sheep field trials, now says she is going to do the field trials in the pastures they are currently grazing on BECAUSE the hay is short and not very thick so it wouldn't be good to push cutting it yet.... GEE WIZ... we don't know what we are talking about...:idunno:hu:barnie:he:he:idunno when we tried to tell her that there wouldn't be that much growth there... she seems to think that there is going to be tons and tons of hay.... oh it made XYZ last year blah,blah, blah....

So any way that was my day. I have that conference call thing tomorrow for work... I will have to go up and do the nurse cow and calves early and be home to get on the computer around 9 or so... I think it starts at 9:30 and runs til 1....
I really wanted to get in the garden... especially if there are going to be some rain/showers tomorrow... :somad:duc:he:barnie. Work is getting in the way of my life.....I have garden to plant and things to do....
 
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really wanted to get in the garden... especially if there are going to be some rain/showers tomorrow... :somad:duc:he:barnie. Work is getting in the way of my life.....I have garden to plant and things to do....
Oh, I'm so, so, so on this one with you!!! If you got a plant out. Further than me. Work?? Not today for me, moving the work to do tomorrow while it rains all day!

Late day and night rains didn't happen. So hitting it again today....planting something! It's cool and overcast, that's good for transplant. Rains tonight.

We both need to quit and emotionally can't. :lol: maybe "next" yr. :lol: or next one..
 
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