Now that's a story QNSue ... that we should get all caught up in the remaining time!!! You're too funny today!\
*Gulp* for your husband's new brew ... you'd better watch him!!!
For fruit flies ... I toss a few bananas slices in a custard dish. Top with plastic stretch wrap. Pierce it with a needle for little holes. Flies go in ... and don't come out! :) I figure if I use the vinegar route, I'd end up spilling it all over the counter top, then there'd be a real mess!
Do the turkeys know their destiny?
Yeaaaaaaa for the FIRST egg!!!!!
I was visiting a friend in PEI a few years ago when she got her first egg from the pullets the morning I departed. So before I headed to the airport, here were the two of us eating that one tiny egg .... together. And laughing the whole time! :)
QuiltE, Happy Thanksgiving in Canada, hope you have a wonderful holiday.
QNS your story has me sitting here chuckling away to myself, I can just picture your DH and his blender, it is probably something my DH would do:o
Dh has always been the 'absent minded' professor...will leave the burners on the stove on after he cooks, etc., loses everything and cannot find it again....like his glasses or keys. At least, he removes his pans from the stove now. He has been know to burn up several tea kettles by ignoring them on the stove. Finally got one that has a loud whistle on it. Because of his neck and back problems, all the driving falls on my shoulders, as all the book work, financial dealings, etc, I guess I use the quilt room as an escape to relax.
Tomatoes are calling my name as we picked them up yesterday from BIL; must wash up the stack of dirty dishes and do some housework too. Neighbor Ladies are selling their beautiful new LA Grimmell worth the money...hard times there, and they need the cash. Too bad I don't have any. Such is life.
My quilt room is also my place to escape. My DH is retired but he follows the stock market so CNBC is on all day in the main living area. My sewing room is just off the dining room and doesn't have a door to close so I can still hear most of it and be close by but DH seldom comes in so the creativity doesn't have to be packed away. I just cover my machine, unplug the iron and leave it ready to pick up right where I left off.
QuiltE...have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your adopted family. It's so nice to be with people that choose to love you! I'm waiting to hear how your entries did at the fair. Will you hang your ribbons on your display wall just to remind you that it's really worth the trouble to get the points pointy and the corners square?
I'm so sorry to hear your neighbors have to sell their LA. It must have given them a lot of pleasure and you will not have someone so handy to quilt for you.
I always think this is our PC Round Robin letter. :-) Years ago my Mom and her siblings had a round robin letter chain. Can't remember who started it, but an envelope with five letters would arrive about every 4-6 weeks. Mom would take out her "old" letter and write a new one and send it on to the next sibling. As family was spread from California to Washington, DC this was a great way to keep abreast of family happenings without making long distance telephone calls. Amazing that we can do this so quickly over the QB!
I too escape to the sewing room. It's the part of me that is not "defined by the man in my life". Being farming partners has been a great ride, but I still have my own personality (as he has his) to foster.
Yesterday I dug some corn stalk ground to get ready for planting of winter rye so we have some fresh greens for the cows early next spring as hay supplies are very tight thus expensive this year. We need rain so that the rye will germinate after DH gets it seeded. Then I drove pickup with small trailer behind while DH loaded it with big square (3 x 3 x 6 feet) hay bales to be put in the hay shed for winter. 80 bales--6 at a time.
Today custom chopper here to chop earlage--aka snaplage. This machine takes the whole ear off the corn stalk and grinds it up kernels, cob and some husk and blows it into a large self unloading box. DH and DS are hauling the loads to the bag. Here's a pic of a bag and bagger. Our bag will be about 150' long--not as long as this one. Corn is unloaded into the side elevator (the inclined plane looking object) to get pressed into the bag.Attachment 367538
And you wonder why I'm behind on PC!!!!
QNS, what a good wife you are to warn DH of the little extra protein he might have ingested!!
Happy Thanksgiving, QE. Grand time to spend with friends and family, isn't it?
Carrie, another retreat? You'll be the first one done with your blocks!
GGal--the leaves are falling fast and furious here. Today has cooled down considerably. Think it was cooler at 1:00 pm than it was at 9:00 am.
Looks like a long day here on the farm--will likely get called in for nighttime milking--so will get the rest of my groceries put away and maybe sneak in a few sewing minutes.
Ok, how or where do you store a bag that long??? do you have machines to get the earlage out of the bag??? I'm amazed at the size of the equipment a farmer needs to his work...
Happy Thanksgiving QuiltE....
I always wondered what those long tubes were in the fields--thanks, OK for the info. It's amazing how much work goes into farming. How do you find time to quilt?
I love your stories QNS & Ggal--someone asked me what DH stands for. I said most of the time it stands for Dear Hubby but other times......well, you can substitute another D.
Had a great shopping trip today. We go to a small LQS out in the country; the trees are just gorgeous right now. Bright red, yellows, and oranges. Weather perfect today. At this LQS, the owner has a program that whatever you buy during your birthday month is 1/2 your age off. So I got 32% off everything I bought. I guess it pays to get old LOL.
Happy Thanksgiving, QE. Do Canucks do turkey?
Taday was much cooler at a high o' 75*F. It felt so good after the 90* & higher days o' the last month.
Sue - It's story about your DH was so funny. (A crunchy drink. LOL) :D Oh how I hope I can plant tomatoes next spring.
QE Happy Thanksgiving. I'm with Jan, Do ya'll do Turkey too.
OK - How neat!! I learn so much from you about farmin'.
Jan - It sounds like ya had a great time taday. Kool that ya can do that for a full month. :)
Dubib...my son raises tomatoes, lots of them for farmers market, and he lives in Round Rock and his farm is at Taylor. His seedlings are started in late December, he plants them under white plastic, and makes sure they get watered regularly. When it gets hot, it's about one inch of water every day. He has tomatoes by end of May. He plants about every 2-3 weeks so he has tomatoes for market all summer. He does stake them up off the ground so the soil doesn't cook them when it gets hot. It can be done but it takes a lot of attention.
Jan, I like your LQS's program! I hope you adequately used your discount.
OkSewGlad...what busy days in harvest. Do you have your forages tested so you can balance your feed? We've gotten good rain the past couple of weeks and I'm finally getting some ripe tomatoes. With the heat this summer my beefsteak never set any fruit.
How nice of all of you to send Thanksgiving Greetings to me! I really do appreciate it!
Yes, Canucks do Turkey!!! .... as is the common popular meal at Christmas and Easter too!
I did a turkey breast with crockpot stuffing (homemade), mashed potatoes, veggies, homemade cranberries and apple pie last night for a friend. Good deal for me, as now I have leftovers for the next few days. Saturday night I'll be with my "adopted" family for a full out meal again! My offering will be Creamed Onions, which was ALWAYS a family MUST have and I was entrusted with the recipe a few years ago. They are indeed delicious.
A word about my "adopted" family ... no, none of us are adopted. They are a family of three siblings, my age ... their spouses, each with two kids, all partnered up. And now we have two more in the next generation .... so my "adopted" Great Niece and Nephew! The nice part about it is that the siblings were raised in the same community, so we have a lot of crossover connections and have known each other for years. Additionally, the sister is a couple years younger than me, and in high school we were often asked if we were sisters! And apparently my one sister has been asked the same in recent years. The family are amazing and so close, friendly and genuine. and at times I get totally Being that my family have all pretty much gone their ways, and when we do get together it's not the best of times ... at times I get totally ovewhelmed when I am with my new family, as to how they all interact and what a wonderful time we all have together!
Moving on to farming .... being that we know that OK has collapsed from her busy day!
You asked where does one put one of these "sausages"? .... you'll often see them running along a fencerow. Sometimes we used to put sand down in a field, and run three or four of them side by side. They don't have to be 150 ft long ... often that is determined by what feed you have and how much ... and the space you have available. It can be ended at whatever point works for you!
Those "sausage" tubes can also hold "wet" hay known as haylage, or corn known as silage. Does the same purpose as the tower silos that you see on farms. Some differences ... lower machinery cost as you do not have to have silo unloaders, nor the cost of the silo itself. And those tower silos do need to be climbed by the farmer ... and some fear heights, to say the least about the legs giving out!
Another sausage would be "wet" hay bales inside the tube. This way you can just drive into the hay bale with a fork on the front of a tractor and take the bale away. You sometimes see the large square bales inside tubes too.
GGal asked about the forages being tested ... on our farm, yes we tested all the feeds we grew on our farm. Then working with a dairy nutritionist we balanced the feed rations to ensure the cattle were getting the right nutrients for good production and the health of the animal in the most cost effective manner. Many farmers do a better job at feeding their livestock .... than feeding themselves and their families! Just think of it ... we have the nutrition labels for all our cattle feed, and then follow the dietary plan set up by the cow-dietitian! :)
Quilting on a Farm? ... I admire OKSGlad for finding and making the time to do so. I just never had time for it. Did a little years ago, then things just geared up too much between keeping things going in the barn, the fields ... and of course, then had all my farm office duties while keeping meals on the table. So the sewing efforts got set aside and the most I did was mending .... which always became a mountain before I got at it! :) So kudos to you OKSGlad for finding your "me-time"
QNSue .. Oh so sorry you are losing the Moss Sisters LAQ. Is there someone in the area that will purchase it, and will mean that you;ll still have a local person available. BTW any word on your FWS at the other LAQ?
OKSGlad ... love the RR Letter concept! I remember one Aunt who used to do one letter for all, and then photocopy it and send it off to each family. Though this idea is better ... each can answer questions and it's more like a running commentary. Just think of the fun of the letters going around the circuit of the siblings! How life and communications have changed with internet and email!
GGal .. thanks for the wishes, and only time will tell. Yes my ribbons have been kept on my design wall, near my light switch ... just for the reason you mentioned!! Helps keep me on notice to stick with things, and pay attention to detail.
'Tis getting late, and I need to be off to the Fair early in the morning to get those entries in!
Better get some sleep!! Good Night! :D