Tuesday, November 29, 2016

RAIN!

Last night November 29 we  finally got rain.  Not enough to heal the drought but 2 - 8/10s is a good start. We live in a mobile home and we love hearing the rain on the roof. It usually puts me to sleep but last night I was so excited that it was raining I couldn't sleep.
We got the water drums filled back up.
 Darcy uses water from the drums for her flowers and whatever other little projects she has. It helps with the water bill.  All of these small things add up to being a huge part of a frugal  homestead. Last night with all the rain we sprang some leaks around some windows. I think it was dry so long that the chalk had maybe dried and shrank. We took the leaf blower and cleaned the little mobile home gutters out.
It is supposed to storm again tonight and tomorrow night so I don’t think I'll get it fixed before then. Hopefully ,by Friday I can get it done.

I guess my biggest worries are these two old pines.  The wind blew so hard it made the roof rumble last night. I was a little worried about them snapping off. I have seen several trees around here do that.


 They both are close enough to the house and shop area to do some real damage.  I guess I need to get serious about cutting them.

 I have a pile of old boxes I need to burn. I have not been able to  because of the drought. They have piled up out there all summer. I couldn't burn them because it kept getting dryer and dryer. Well, maybe the forestry department  will sound the all clear now that is started to rain again.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Stringing Barbed Wire


Not many photos this week. But we had a good Thanksgiving. Got to see a lot of family and too much food!
We are still in a severe drought, but we have rain in the weather forecast. Channel 3340 in Birmingham Alabama has forecast thunderstorms for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. That should help a lot. I just hope they don’t get too bad.  That is why you have to be careful what you pray for.

Darcy and I started stringing barbed wire last Tuesday . We both got a good lesson on the sharpness of the barbs. Anyway here's a look at what we got done:




By the time we got that little bit done we were give out. After 2 strokes and open heart surgery I have to keep stopping for air, and maybe the fact  that I am getting older might not be helping . I never liked to hear someone poor mouth themselves so we will move on to something else.
  
 I can hardly wait till we get some animals to put in our little pasture, I am sure Darcy feels the same. Not to long ago we had a couple of pygmy goats and several chickens. But we really weren't set up to take care of them so we sold them. There is a goat auction close by that sells goats and chickens. It won't be hard to find more. I also have a close friend that lives close by that raises chickens and a few hogs. In fact, he has given Darcy and me a pig. I really feel bad about taking it. This has been a hard summer for us and I haven't helped with the feed the way I should have. He does a super job with his animals. They are healthy and robust looking he says I got him started with the chickens but the fact is I never took as good a care of ours the way he does his.
We have a critter problem . Darcy and I love all animals, but we have what I call devil squirrels,  these squirrels will get in the tree above and through pinecones at you. Last year they ate a hole in almost every peach on our trees and the little suckers love figs too. I wouldn't mind them getting one or two but they take a bite out of everyone on the tree, a bit much. And now it seems that we have a rabbit that likes to wonder around in the back yard and triggers the security lights. We really have no wish to kill the squirrels or the rabbit so we have set live traps. Now I can relocate them. But first I must catch them.       
 



These are some traps I got at Tractor Supply a couple years ago.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Every Day Homesteading


We have begun fencing in our property. It is pretty square so the property lines were easy to follow. I haven't strung wire yet but I have gotten  the corner post in and built the H braces.

 
 I actually started this a couple years a go. When I started putting fence post up the lady that owned the land before us and still owns the adjacent lot,  accused me of moving corner marker when they moved the mobile home in. Of course we didn't, but we had words. And that's a story for another day.
The purpose of all this is for us to start raising animals again. I think Ms Darcy misses it, and I do to. It's kind of nice to here rosters crowing and goats crying.

 I guess I missed out on catching the bees next spring. Back in the summer I spotted a bee-tree across the dirt road from the house. It was full of bees as you can see in this photo that was taken July 30th.





I first found them in early June and they were still there last week.
 But when I went to check on them today I got a big let down! This is what I found, they were gone!!


This my be the results of the severe drought we are currently in. Last count I had it's been 62 days straight with no rain. I went down to the creek this morning and took these photos. We have lived here going on 5 years and this is the first time I have seen the water not flowing in Wedowee Creek. It is just some pools of stagnant water.



 
This was Wedowee creek back in April.


The guy that owns the pasture across the dirt road  is probably getting worried about watering his cows