A Much Needed Update

15 Dec

There has been a lot of things that have happened since the last post. Harvest would be one of the biggest of them. All of the corn and soy are down now and it looks really weird. I guess the cold is on its way. Steve got to help out a lot with harvest, which was great.

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We have also acquired five new barn cats. The girls bus driver had a new liter of barn kitten and we were able to pick three of them out. Then our neighbor decided to give us two more. At first we were not sure how everyone was going to get a long but they are all good friends now. They are all really funny. When ever they see a person they go strait for them and want to be pet and picked up. Everyone loves them even the other animals.

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Along with the new kittens we have a new goat. Or at least we have a new goat for a few months. He is hear only to breed with our females. His name is Jack and he is really good at escaping and causing trouble. I think everyone will be happy when the day comes he gets to leave. Hopefully by that point all three of them will be pregnant.

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Does anyone remember that huge junk pile we had on our property? Well because the crop is down now we were able to burn the whole thing! It looks so much better now.

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For Penny’s birthday last year we promised to get her a ATV. So as promised with the help of our awesome neighbor Penny now has her present. The rest of the family is also enjoying getting to use it.

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We made a new pasture for the horses and they love it! Cowboy is such a goofy guy.

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Unfortunately we have had to say good buy to Alymoe. We had come a long way with her but she was starting to get dangerous and we were not able to put in enough time to make her into a good horse. We gave her to a person that is taking her to Kentucky to use her in a breading farm. This is going to be the best thing for her. Now she gets to eat all day and get papered. Good luck Aly!

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With the snow on its way we need a plow to plow our own drive way. This is the one that we eventually got. Its old but works well.

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Paige finaly got to come back home for Thanksgiving break!

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It was nice to have her home. While she was back we got more hay for cowboy and the goats. There was also plenty of time to have fun with the animals and each other.

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While everyone was home we decorated for christmas! Being the first christmas here it was hard to figure out where we wanted to put anything. I think everything ended up in a great place.

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Poor Rooster the other night got sprayed by a skunk. It smelled so bad and he was so unhappy. Luckily after manny washes he is starting to smell and feel better.

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I’m sure there will be many more crazy stories to come.

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Welcome Alymoe, Sombrita, Elsa, and Bambi

20 Aug

Over the past few weeks a lot of things have changed on the farm. School is starting and we are loosing some of our help for the summer but have gained some new friends. 

Meet Alymoe (Aka Aly) a 10 year old Overo Paint mare. We bought her from a neighbor about 7 miles away. She has never been broke or left her pasture. She is super sweet and smart though, she wants to be doing the right thing but is also very stubborn. Abby wants to eventually breed her and have a baby to work with. 

Getting her back to our farm was kinda crazy. Paige and Sami (who was helping out for the summer) had to ride their horses down to the neighbors house because we could not get her loaded in the trailer. She had never seen one of those before so none of us were surprised. By the time the girls got there Aly had already kicked Abby and run away a few times. They had taken her out of the pasture way too early and she was getting antsy. When the other horses finally got there we had to pony her back. Aly was never halter broke so at first this was a little bit of a challenge but when we finally started walking she caught on very fast. By the time we got home she was leading like a pro. 

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We have been working with Aly on many things getting her ready to be ridden. One of the biggest was putting a fly mask on and fly spray because they really seem to bother her. She has done great with letting us do all of this to her. Her and Cowboy are also getting along which is great!

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Other then getting Alymoe there was still plenty of other chores to do on the farm. We got 3 buckets full of gravel for our drive way. Thank goodness for our neighbor or it would have taken us forever to spread it all out. He came over with his skid loader and was done in about an hour. Its really nice now because when it rains we don’t get stuck in our driveway!

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The Next big project was to get the pen ready for Penny’s goats. Our neighbor had some fencing just sitting around that he let us use for the outside portion. Then we found some wood just laying around that we used for the gate inside.

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On Sunday we went down to the sale barn with our neighbor to buy some goats. Long story short it was very confusing and we ended buying 3 goats and paying a lot for them. They are all very sweet and Penny is excited to start milking them. The one with the pink collar is Sombrita, the one with the purple collar is Elsa, and the one with the red collar is Bambi. 

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Our neighbor does so much to help us that we try and help him with anything he needs. This week he needed the girls to go to his place and help him pick apples off his tree. This in tailed putting them in the skid loader and rising them up into the tree. We ended up picking 2 five gallon buckets full of apples which we got to take back home with us. We have made a lot of apple sauce and apple butter over the last week. 

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Some old friends have already come to visit us at the farm. Thank you Noanie and Doug for coming it was good to see you!

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We have found many animal around the farm but I think the favorite is always the toads and frogs. 

 

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We want to thank everyone that came out to help at the farm this summer! Good luck with school and hope to see you out here again next summer. 

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Moving Cowboy

5 Aug

A lot has happened since we packed up and moved our life to Cambridge Iowa. The biggest would be the move from Colorado to Iowa with a horse. There were many things that had to happen first before we would be ready for cowboy to move in. 

The first thing we did was build a fence and get the barn ready. Then we needed to get food for him to eat for the year. This was a crazy experience. We picked up 104 bales of alfalfa/grass hay.This all happened the night before some of us had to come back to Colorado to pick up cowboy. 

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When we got back to Colorado we had to pick up the new horse trailer. Then we had to go back to our old house and pack up some more things that we had to leave behind in the last move. Even with this there is still a decent amount of things that we had to leave behind. Next time we come back we will have to pick up more things or maybe by that time living without it for a while we won’t need/want it anymore. 

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The next morning we left the house at 3:30 to go get cowboy and start the long drive ahead. Cowboy is not the worlds best traveler so all of us were a little worried as to how the day was going to go. He proved us all wrong though and was great throughout the whole trip! The last 3 hours of the trip you could tell that he was done but he was a good sport and did well for the rest of the trip. By the time we got home he was very happy to get out and eat some of the large amount of grass we have. 

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Its a lot of fun to have him in our backyard. We can go out when ever we want and ride him. He seems to be settling in well and enjoying his new home. Hopefully soon we will be able to find another horse so he can have a friend. 

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We finally have light in the barn! This makes it so much easier to go out and feed at night, we can actually see what were doing. 

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 There is a place on our property where they used to use it for pasture grass. Our neighbor has a friend who the other day came over and baled it for us. The tractor and baler that he used were both super old and a little sketchy. We ended up getting about 38 bales of grass hay out of it. I think we’ll use it to feed the goats when we get them. 

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Along with everything that we are doing outside we have still found time to make pickles and some jam and jelly. We have great neighbors that are always dropping off fresh vegetables. So far we have gotten corn, zucchinis, rhubarb, and cucumbers. We have gotten the most corn out of everything. 

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We have also put up a new pot rack. This has been a big help, and it has gotten rid of one more box! 

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The other night we heard about a rodeo that was happening in the town over. Our neighbors daughter was actually running in the barrel race so it was fun to go out and see her. I think that all of us were happy to get out and find a rodeo arena so close to our house. This will be a new favorite spot I think.

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We have also started painting some of the buildings that looked a little run down. The shed we are using for storage got a new coat of red paint. The storm doors on the house and the shed used to store the lawn mower also got painted. 

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Now onto more projects, building a hen house and a goat inclosure.  

Finally Here!

16 Jul

After months and months of packing we are finally moved to our new house in Iowa. There has been lots to do, between getting the house moved into and cleaning the out buildings. Along with having family come and visit.

It took us 14 long hours to pack the moving truck, which was packed as tight as we could get it. We ended up having to leave some things behind to come back and get at a later date. Thankfully we had some friends that came to help or we would have had to leave even more behind, it always took the new person to see where we could put things.  The next day we drove for 12 hours before we reached the house. Lets just say the drive was a little crazy. We were travailing with 2 dogs, a cat, a tortuous, and 7 people between the moving van, truck, and mini van. Everyone was a little squished. The moving van was also fun to travel in because if you went over a certain speed it would turn the alarm on and lights would flash until you turned it completely off. We drove for about 7 hours that way. Luckily by the end we figured out what was wrong and were able to drive in silence for the rest of the trip.

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The next few days were crazy trying to get everything unpacked and start cleaning out the outside buildings. It took us a while to get through everything but with all of the people we had to help it went by faster then any of us thought it would.

Before and after of where we are going to keep the hay for the horses and goats…

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Before and after of the hay loft in the barn…

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Before and after of the main floor of the barn…

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(With the cleaning of the hay loft we made hay mountain below it which then had to be cleaned after).

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(While cleaning out the feed bunks in the barn we found one fossilized cat and probably five cat sculls. There were also many other strange things found in the large amount of old hay. The hay hooks and pitch forks were a nice find).

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After cleaning out the barn we started on an outside pasture for the horses. This was the first priority since Cowboy comes up in two weeks.

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With the new amount of grass we need a more powerful lawn mower. It still takes about 3 1/2 hours to get through all of it and could be mowed every 3 days because its growing so fast.

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We have also put a garden in. The plants we got were at the end of the season so we will see how they do, at least we have a little one. Next year we are going to take more grass out and make an even bigger garden.

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Along with all the work we have done there has still been time to do some fun things. There are many different animal here then there are in Colorado. The first night there we encountered many different bugs, including lightning bugs, and a frog. We have also put the trampoline back up, which got a lot of use when all the cousins were here for 4th of July. Along with all of that we have a new toy to play with, a tire swing.

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There are many more things to do and I’m sure there will be many more crazy adventures along the way.

Baby Chickens!

28 May

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We have 6 new baby chickens with 3 different breeds!

Sun!

14 May

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The plants are getting bigger and bigger everyday, almost ready for pick-up in the next few weeks!

Getting bigger!

21 Mar

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