Category Archives: On The Farm

It’s COLD Out

A quick powerful winter storm moved thru yesterday. Started out with freezing drizzle then changed to snow along with 40 mph winds. Made for some pretty good drifts.

Please use the back door, I haven’t shoveled the front walk.

 

A great day to stay inside and bake some bread. This is a starter that my mother had used years ago. She gave it to a friend of hers and he has been making bread for years. After she passed away, I called him, he was still using her starter and he gave me some. I bake bread weekly and also make a wonderful chocolate cake. Makes the best pancakes too! I love the end of a loaf for French toast and also make Panzanella salad.

Stay warm

Oh my gosh, I am still learning how to post on my laptop, I think it is easier on the phone (Jessica!).

Happy Birthday Wylie

Wylie is 2,556 days old.  He turned 7 today.  Happy Birthday Wylie!!!

I made his 2 layer “cake” out of elk, peas, carrots, spinach and brown rice, “frosted” with mashed potatoes.  I served it on a cherished cake stand that was my mother’s.

I love you Wylie, Happy Birthday

 

August and Flowers

What a beautiful morning.  We are having a break from our days record highs of 110 and 111. The cooler temperatures are certainly making it so enjoyable to be outside.

According to folklore, for every fog in August, there will be snowfall.  We are starting August 1 with fog.  Old wives tales tell of moisture 90 days after the first fog, which would make for a wet All Hallows’ Eve this year.  Hopefully I can remember all of this in 90 days to see if it holds true.

So many different colors of Echinacea, coneflowers

 

Wylie waiting patiently for his “reptile”, a little salamander that lives in the butterfly garden.

Swamp milkweed

Assorted annuals

Rudbeckia, black-eyed-Susan

Crepe Myrtle

 

Burning Wheat Stubble

Farmers burn the wheat ground after they harvest, to rid the field of straw, stubble and to control weeds.

 

 

 

Before they set the field on fire, they disc around the perimeter of the field to form a firebreak.

New Flock

I started my flock all over again this spring, with 6 Red and 2 Ameraucana chicks.  The Reds were sexed so I knew they would all be hens.  The Ameraucan were straight run.  I picked out my Ameraucanas with the hopes that they would be hens and give us colorful light blue Easter eggs.  Of course my girls have names…..the 2 Ameraucana are Lucille and Ethel.

Meet Ricky, formerly known as Lucille

And Fred, but sometimes I still call him Ethel

Ricky and Fred with Reba and Midge

I enjoy sitting out surrounded by the zinnias watching the chickens (hard to see them thru all the honeysuckle).

Last year when I clean up the hollyhock bed, I scattered the seeds along the fence by the hen house.

We are still waiting for our first harvest of eggs.  Hurry up girls, we are ready for Farmer fresh eggs!

 

 

Harvest – Then and Now

Binding wheat at the Central Kansas Flywheel Yesteryear Museum,  Salina, KS

The binder cuts the wheat and ties it into bundles also called sheaves.  It is placed into shocks to dry out before thrashing.

Cutting wheat in the field across the road from us.  Pretty dusty, but the combine operators are blessed to have a clean, air-conditioned cab.

Cleaned and ready for the next field.

 

No more harvests for this old Gleaner combine