So it’s been over a year since I last posted. A lot has gone on so itll take a bit to fully update.
But the biggest change. Was our newest addition to the family.
James J. Was born in April of this year. Making us a family of 4.
We also had kidding season again this year. Giving us 2 new doelings to breed. And 3 bucklings. Sold 2 bucklings they went to a new home together. Kept the 3rd little buckling as a pet for our oldest son. As he fell in love with the little guy.
Then we had our first calving on the farm. Our heifer had a nice size bull calf.
We have fox problems this year which has taken out a lot of my birds. The few remaining I had to put into chicken tractors to keep them safe till we get rid of the fox issue.
We still have our pigs and had a litter of piglets. That I am raising to sell as butcher hogs.
Also have our 2 large gardens.
And have decided to start raising guinea birds. Not only are they beautiful but they are guard birds to help alert when there are predators.
My hubby also started a YouTube channel as well you should check it out.
Watch “Weekend warrior outdoors” on YouTube
It’s about hunting, fishing, metal detecting and anything that’s an adventure. His moto “take a kid on an outdoor adventure”. As every adventure our oldest son is along and enjoying each moment. And once our youngest is able he’ll be going on the adventures also.
So my blog will not only be about my ramblings on the farm, but also posts on our YouTube channel.
My first time tubing.
So on July 2nd I went tubing for the first time. Now I’ve been tubing down a river. Which is very peaceful. I enjoyed that tubing. I’ve also been snow tubing also fun. Can be a bit scary depending on what is at the end of said hill. But still fun.
Now I’m not to keen on getting on things that don’t have brakes! Or a stop button. As there’s times when your wishing you hadn’t inserted that quarter into the ride.
But since J had went tubing a few days back (ans hubby had done his share of tubing years ago) I was the only one left having not been on a tube. Being pulled behind a water mobile. In this case the tube is pulled behind a jet ski.
So friends of ours invited us out to the lake to swim. Ride the jet ski and go tubing. Figured why not you only live once. Just last year I rode a jet ski for the first time.
Thought since that went so well. Bring on the tube. Now at the time I wasn’t quite sure the goal or reason behind tubing. Was it to be like a faster way of tubing down a river but on a lake. Add a little more thrill to said tubing.
Now I’ve seen tubes get flung up in the air sending it’s riders bouncing across the water like a stone being tossed to see how many skips one can get.
So in the back of my mind that was rolling around.
But I climbed onto the tube. My hubby was driving the jet ski. And our friends daughter waa riding on the tube with me. So I didn’t have to go alone. Which was great. No one likes doing something new alone. You want the company so you can be terrified together.
We get going I thought well this isn’t so bad. Then the water smacks you in the face. Not to thrilled with that. Having contacts in they tried to come out which would have left me visually impaired.
More water splashes up. The wind is whipping around you. Your tossed up and down. Side to side. Your holding on for dear life. I bounced off only my arms were holding on a one point. I managed to bounce and move my way back up on the tube. Just in time for hubby to turn the opposite way. Tipping us sideways. The gal riding with fell off. Which stopped the ride.
I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. I was to terrified to let go. But yet it was fun all at the same time. We make it back up to shore. I breath a sigh of relief land ha!
Once the adrenaline wore off I was like that wasn’t to bad. Which led to me going out again. This time with my friend on the tube with me and her husband driving the jet ski.
Now my hubby he is a pro at pulling tubes and sending people sailing. He made the next time I got on the tube seem like nothing. Now I’m happy no proud to say i never fell off. I held tight to said tube.
I was never flung across the lake like a stone.
Now with that said. I’m sure I’ll likely never get on that tube again. I survived and that’s enough for me. I can mark it off of things I’ve never done. The next morning after tubing I felt like I was hit by a Mac truck. I’m to old for that.
However I don’t mind pulling the tube. Im nice though. I don’t fling the riders off. Though i know I know the goal is to send your riders across the water off the tube. See how many skips you can get ha! Ok maybe not quite that exactly.
And the goal of the ones riding or least for me is to hold on and don’t fall off.
But what I do know is it was an adventure. And I enjoyed it I loved getting to share that moment with my hubby.
And watching J play with his friends. J loves going to the lake. It was a great day.
We have been super busy lately. Seems like we haven’t had much down time. Last Saturday I went to an auction with a friend, while the guys went fishing with one of theirs. We all had a great day. I scored some nice stuff. The guys caught some nice fish.
Oh speaking of fish the weekend before last hubby caught a 5lb 2ounce large mouth bass. We are getting it mounted.
Then this Sunday we went out with hubby’s family to chuck e cheese for a blended birthday fun, not sure who had more fun. The adults or J ha!
J went over to visit his grandparents. While hubby and I came home to do chores. J ended up eating an entire box of Swiss cake rolls thanks to his grandma (to say I wasn’t to happy is an understatement). Especially after he threw up in bed in the middle of the night.
Then Monday J’s friend came over to play. So two boys who are both 6 and a half years old. All day. Where do they get all their energy from. They never stopped moving. While they played. I cleaned out our 3 season porch. Cleaned the goat pasture. Once his friend left we headed straight for tball practice.
Tuesday I tilled the 4th garden. J and I went for a bike ride. Then the buyers for the 7 piglets came and picked them up. We were also invited for a friends birthday party. But I was to tired to go.
Wednesday I shampooed all carpets and rugs. Swept and mopped floors. Cleaned the kitchen and bathroom. Then had tball game to go to.
Today has been a bit slower. Just the basic farm chores. Gonna rearrange a few things so we can move the hutch I bought at the auction into the house.
Oh and now we have the lawn mower saga 2.0. As j and I were mowing last Thursday we got half the lawn mowed. As I was mowing up the driveway the mower stopped working. The blades wouldn’t spin. I look and find a pulleye broke.
It’s not one of the easy ones to fix. You have to take the motor of and even then we don’t know if we can fix it .
So I figured I’d try and get the black mower going. Get the battery put in it then had to look for a belt to put on it.
That proved harder then expected. Every belt we had on the farm wasn’t the right size. Went to town the next day drop off the fish to be mounted. Then get a belt. Well that didn’t pan out to say the least.
No belt for the black mower and red mower is completely broke. This all leads to us mower shopping. We are just looming at which one we want. Then to order.
Then the fun of mowing the yard. Which needs to be mowed! Just batting a thousand this year with the mower. Winter I had a plow truck that was constantly breaking down. Talk about frustrating.
Tomorrow. We may go into town to go garage saleing. Then it’ll be the weekend. Which sounds like we will be fishing. Shocker right ha!
Here’s a pic of the 4th garden tilled up. The radishes are done. We can freely pick and eat them.
More adventures on the farm.
So yesterday we managed to get the grainery/strawbale barn cleaned out. Found way to many mouse nests. With mice still in some. No I’m not afraid of mice. Just not thrilled with them eating holes in things. And going potty on everything.
Cocoa our dog loves to chase them. She’s managed to get a few.
Then later that day we had tball practice. That went well. J got to play catcher and first base. He’s gotten so much better this year.
After that was done we had to head and get our newest farm addition. The drive was nice. I did use Google maps. Cuz well me and directions don’t see eye to eye. Honestly maps and I don’t mesh well either. Ask hubby how it’s gone for him when asking me to be in control of the map/directions. Ha!
I must say that field road was pretty fun. It wasn’t to over grown with weeds. And we still managed to get to our destination. I think that’s what counts.
But anyways. We arrived at the gals house a tad early. So we decided to back track to town and grab a snack.
We got back to her place to sit and wait and wait and wait. She was suppose to be there at 8 then it was 8:30ish. Then I don’t know. She didn’t arrive till 9:15pm.
Not great for us being that i still needed to milk. J needed to get to bed. I’d still need to get Remington our newest member settled in at our place. Not to mention the drive home.
Such is life. After getting Remington in our crate. Her showing me her goats. She’s also into the minimanchas. So if she ends up with some registered ones I may purchase some. So that I can get the herd I want.
We didn’t get home till 10:30. I drug my kidding pen into the garage for the night. So that way if Remington got out he’d still be in the safety of the garage.
And low and behold. Remington jumps clear outta the pen. Thankfully he’s super tame so he was easy to catch. I put him back in his pen. Turn around and he jumps right back out. He gives you this look like what I’m just gonna follow you around. No problem.
I had to give J the job of watching Remington in his pen. So to keep him from jumping out. That way I could milk.
Milking done. I then grabbed my little doeling that will be Remingtons pen mate for now. I thought he’d stay in the pen now that he had a buddy. Nope I was wrong. He stuck his nose up at her. And jumped right out.
Seriously. I’ve owned goats for 3 years now. I’ve never had such an issue. I’m grateful he’s tame so I could get him back in. I had to put a top on the pen to stop the jumping out.
Once the top was in place the kids settled down for the night. The little doeling wasn’t to pleased this was the first time away from her mom. But she’s fine now. She calls for her mom from time to time.
This was a great thing for my doeling (sadly she’s not named yet.) But she has tamed up. She doesn’t run from us now.
This morning both kids are good. I think I’ll keep them in their pen till Thursday. Since the weather isn’t very good today. And I have to be gone tomorrow.
Not gonna lie though I’m exhausted. I didn’t get to bed till midnight. Then was up at 5 switching laundry around. And getting hubby off to work.
Now J has his friend over for the day. So hoping it goes well.
But I’m must run and keep an eye on them both. To make sure boredom doesn’t strike. Ha!
This is Remington. I’ll get better pictures of him later today once I’m not tending to two 6 and a half year olds.
This is my little doeling. As you can see they haven’t quite warmed up to each other yet. Sleeping on opposites sides of their pen.
These two will be a breeding pair. I’m curious to see what their kids will look like. I truly hope they get their dad’s blue eyes.