Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
A couple of weekends ago, J. headed out to go to an auction in Lawrence, which is about 35 miles from where we live. He never made it. Right as he turned on the road to go the auction, the brakes went out on the Dodge. If that wasn't bad enough, he was in a spot where he could barely get intermittent cell coverage. After many dropped calls, I was finally able to get him the number for the local dealer and he had it towed over there.
Fast forward to this morning where he gets a phone call from them. The guy asks "Ummm...by chance, did you come pick up your truck over the weekend?" You can imagine J.'s reaction to that one.
"Well, we can't find it."
Yep, it was stolen from the dealer's lot. Why they didn't have it locked up over the weekend is beyond me. So the cops were called to do a report and the guy that last worked on it admitted in front of the officer that he couldn't remember if he followed dealer policy and dropped the keys in the box or not. The keys are missing so my guess is that he left them in the truck. If that wasn't bad enough, they admitted that there had been scrap thefts recently right next to the dealership and "maybe they stole the truck to haul off the scrap?". Um, wouldn't that be another good reason to lock it up?
And then they had the audacity to tell J. to turn it in on his homeowners policy and they would reimburse him for the deductible. Um, no. That won't be happening.
I am so mad right now I could spit nails.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Today was all about our poor neglected garden. Full of weeds and tomatoes that think it's Spring again because of all this nice weather. The bees have been visiting the tomato flowers and they're heavy with green tomatoes. In late October! I couldn't bring myself to rip them out just yet. Maybe this weather will hold and they'll ripen. We did manage to find 2 that were ready.
|Our baby Yukons in May|
But the real star of the show was the Yukon Gold potatoes. Time to dig those bad boys up and see if we have redeemed ourselves as potato farmers. It seemed like a great year for potatoes. The plants were tall and green. I didn't see even one potato bug this year, but the grasshoppers were thick as thieves in late summer after the potatoes were pretty much done flowering. The leaves looked like swiss cheese when they were done.
So then I hurt my back and we were busy with the solar project and the garden went on the back burner. In fact, we only planted tomatoes and potatoes this year because we were so busy.
Now the question was how to dig potatoes with a bad back? The answer is sitting in a chair. Actually, it was team effort with J. popping them up with a potato fork and me raking them out and throwing them in a bucket. Since I can't bend over and pick them up, I was using one of those reach-y tools to grab them. Hahahaha...yes, it was quite a sight.
When all was said and done, we ended up with a 5-gallon bucket full from two 10' rows. Not bad, I guess. The pic below may be missing a few of them as they ended up as mashed potatoes.
If you've never had Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, you haven't had mashed potatoes. They're so smooth and buttery all by themselves that you don't have to add anything to them. Absolutely delish!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
But I was pleasantly surprised to see it finally start turning. The walnut trees are almost completely bare, having heralded the coming weather change early.
The bees are flying around like crazy gathering up what little pollen remains and getting ready for winter. The weather couldn't be better for this...70s and sunny. It feels like winter is far off today and for now...
Fall is here!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
We already have one of these tanks and we used it to water the trees that we planted on the farm. Now I just need to rig up some guttering on the panels and tie all three of them together. But that project will have to wait until Spring.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
So I'm spending this stormy first night of October filling in the gaps for you on what we've been up to for the last 30 days. That's right...I broke the cardinal rule of blogging and am backdating a bunch of posts all the way to September 1st because I'm also using this blog as a kind of historical record of "the farm". The posts are full of mayhem, misadventure and even a mystery, so have fun reading (at least I hope you're still here!)