Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tinka Canseco

Remember Tinka, our Komondor livestock guardian dog? Every year she bulks up on hair in the attempt to hit home runs and collect every burr in the river bottom. Every year we attempt to put the record books straight and keep burrs off the back.

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Tinka usually looks like a 300 lbs pumped up home run hitter.

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Now she looks like a little league runt.

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I’m not sure if it will make her popular with the fella’s but the kids aren’t as afraid of her since she’s 200 lbs lighter.

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She’s back to being a plain old white dog that can’t jump or hit a ball. We’ll put her back on the juice and I’m sure she’ll be ready for the big leagues (winter) in a month or so.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Yarrow Galore

Time for salve making. One of the main ingredients in our handy dandy heal everything concoction is Yarrow. I used to think this was a weed and by all definitions maybe it is. But it is good for healing and all sorts of ailments.

This is what it looks like when it’s in bloom.

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The chicken pasture is filled with it. IMG_3401

Same with the cow pasture. IMG_3402

Must be thousands of plants all blooming right now. IMG_3403

Anyone need some super duper healing weeds?IMG_3404

We usually just cut the leaves off and soak them in olive oil for 3 weeks or so. Other things we infuse in the oil is comfrey, chickweed, plantain, St. Johns wart, calendula, and anything else we can find. IMG_3405 

Mix it with Balm of Gilead and some bees wax and we could heal leprosy, gout, sniffleous, or hemorrhoids.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

You know it’s been a good day when…

Your hands look like this.

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And the garden looks like this.


Instead of this.


**********Small detour*******

Note to self. Remember to get proper rain gear instead of some cheap survival kit poncho that mostly just held in water instead of keeping it out.


We had a mild flood a couple of weeks back and I had to trench out the north side of the garden to get rid of all the extra water. It rained eight inches in two days and our garden was going to be flooded out if I didn’t dawn that cheap yellow poncho.


Eight inches of rain causes this.


And this.


I’m glad we built on high ground instead of succumbing to the wonderment of the river bottom.IMG_3341

*******Back to how you know its been a good day********

It’s been a godd day when you get to start putting together a Whizbang Wheel Hoe. I tried to use a bicycle tire as the wheel but this contraption needs a 1/2 inch axle and the bicycle tire I scrounged from the dump is smaller that that.


I ordered a wheel from Northern Tools as Herrick Kimball suggested (and Millie wanted to do from the beginning but I thought I was smarter than her so didn’t) so will need to wait a few days to put all the parts together.

You know it’s been a good day when there is a gallon of homemade ice cream waiting to freeze and it’s been 29 C out. IMG_3292

It’s been a good day when the sun is still shining at 9:45 pm and the grass is green and the trees are growing.IMG_3391

It’s been a great day when all the kids look like this.


Poor Polly’s stomach was hurting she said so I let her lay on the couch instead of in her bed. I’m guessing she had heat exhaustion and was tired out from a great full day of fun.