Sunday, August 13, 2017
I had a couple of other topics to choose from originally for today's post. My progress on the east pasture fence or a quick look at just how close to next week's total eclipse "The Small-Hold" is going to be. In short less than 2 miles from the dead center line as it travels across America. We have even had LEOs and various government officials dropping by warning us to watch out for campers and trespassers next weekend.
After the events in Charlottesville this weekend however I have decided to go a different route. I typically wait a bit longer before making an opinion post on violent events just to start picking through the facts that come out, usually in comments and not the news articles themselves I might add. I am making an exception this time because one thing seems to be crystal clear to me from eye witness reports I have read, some of them I actually know away from the internet. The Mayor of Charlottesville and the police there set the Alt-Right, White Men up to be attacked. They enforced rules against the Alt-Right Men that they didn't enforce against the violent thug leftist and then herded the Alt-Right Men into positions and places where they could be attacked. Lastly the cops then did absolutely NOTHING to stop the attacks unless the Alt-Right Men fought back and started winning in which case the cops would then step in and stop it.
This my friends is a direct act of violence by a government against White Men. It is an act of war. A couple of the videos showing the "car attack" are also from an angle that clearly show counter protestor leftist with baseball bats surrounding the car before it rams into the crowd. There is a real possibility in my opinion that whoever the man is who was driving may have just been trying to get away from a violent situation that the Charlottesville mayor and police allowed...no .... even caused to happen and promoted.
The media of course is all in with the evil White Man Nazi narrative with regards to the Alt-Right demonstrators and they have all been convicted in the media already. I am not convinced however and if things come to light that the Charlottesville officials did knowingly and willingly set this situation up then the opening salvo of Civil War II has been fired in my humble opinion and unless heads roll over it then hostilities will only continue to grow.
Maybe time to start figuring out which side you are going to be on real soon.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Yes I am still among the living. No I have not given up on the Small-Hold. No I am not out playing PokemonGo. In fact I haven't even so much as opened that app since like Christmas and I only did it then to catch a pikachu if I remember right.
The truth is the monumental task of keeping everything maintained, chores done, etc. kinda just seemed to explode. Not sure how but I had no time whatsoever to make any progress as I was spending almost everything I had just keeping things where they were. I needed to step away from the internet almost entirely to have any time to get even a few small things done. That included the blog because once I would sit down to make a post my time in front of the computer would just keep growing as I found one thing and then another to peak my interest.
Sorry if I worried anyone. I truly did not mean to do that. Stepping away from email was the easiest actually as I absolutely hate routine email maintenance. I had like over 10K emails waiting for me to clean em out.
To top everything else off if you remember the business I work for was bought by a much larger company over a year ago. The corporate types had bigger fish to fry than us until the new year however but the evil eye of Sauron did turn our way in January and few of my co-workers survived the great purge. In fact my department is sitting at 90% turnover in the last 6 months. I happen to be 50% of the employees that survived.....
So guess who got to pick up all the slack while all this chaos went on?
To sum up. I have done little to nothing with bee keeping this year. I have managed to maintain the hives I had that survived Winter but I attempted no splits nor did I place traps out this season.
The entire family revolted against my benevolent hay tyranny and declared that if I wanted to square bale the big hay field I was on my own as far as getting the "idiot cubes" (their phrase not mine) into the loft. Even my pleas about how I had bought them a used hay elevator and repaired it so it worked fell on deaf ears. I did attempt it solo on the first cutting of the small field but I just never could manage to put the bail on the elevator and then beat it to the hay loft...
I am getting old.
So we compromised.... or rather I surrendered to the ungrateful terrorist and hired my neighbor to round bale the big field. The compromise came in that I had him set the bale size down enough to where I could easily handle them with my old Ford diesel tractor. Therefore I collected them off the field, lined em up and tarped em and I can then move them to feed when needed. No need to rely on someone with a tractor the size of our house to move em and no more pushing the things around with a blade with my little tractor because they didn't show up with the big one.
Actually I must admit I think the terrorist were right on this one. Moving the bales around with the tractor was much easier and faster than square baling it all. I should get enough square bales off the small field to fill our needs and since the large field was mostly Summer grass I rarely got more than one cutting off it anyway.
We now have more chickens than I can count. We had at least one clutch of nuggets born already, another hen is broody right now and I am pretty sure there was a second clutch born right after the first. All I know is I had to put a milk crate over a couple of hens and catch the little nuggets as they ran out the holes so I could move mama's and babies into a safe pen. I am pretty sure both hens were mothers but it was, well, a little confusing at times. I also had no idea there were any broody hens until these two walked up with all these little chicks following them. The barn cats who normally do not even look at the chickens were very interested in getting to know the little nuggets. Eventually things settled down and now we have a buttload of half grown chickens running around and I am betting they are all roosters.
When my neighbor planted his bean field which is about 100 yards away from our barn, he had about 2 dozen chickens following along behind him gobbling up the seeds. I went over and apologized and offered him free eggs for life to make up for it but he just laughed and said they weren't eating any more than the other birds and "He liked watching them in his field". I suspect a fair number of the chickens go visit his place daily.
Recently though we have had our first predator problem. I have dispatched a number of Possums stealing eggs but not two days ago I found one of my favorite hens dead with her head and neck eaten. The craw remained but all the flesh around it was gone. Of course we have so many chickens running around now we have outgrown the coop and several of the birds refuse to go in there anyway but head up to the top rafters of the barn were they know I can't get to them. So looks like it maybe a predator utopia until all the stupid/stubborn birds have been eaten.
I tried counting the chickens the other evening when they started roosting. I lost count at 58 or so and just gave up. I suspect my mother has taken in some old birds that someone she knows wanted to get rid of because the black hen numbers seemed to double one day but she completely denies such activity. Believe it or not we still have some of those old ex-poultry barn Redsexlinks around too. Most of them did not last too long but there is still one who has rebelled against all things chicken and now claims she is a dog. She even sleeps with the dogs under the porch during the day and has her own kennel for night time. During the Winter months she insists her kennel is brought inside at night too. She even started laying eggs again. Only about every three days or so she will lay one but she went months without any eggs that we could tell.
Lastly we had 42 baby lambs this year. We even got a champagne colored ram with white highlights that all the hand spinner women fell in love with. So now guess who is going to build another ram paddock before breeding season? Yep.... Me.
The barberpole worm problem is still here. Been fighting them since June and I thought we had it beat but the temps turned a bit cooler and they came back this week again. As usual only the nursing ewes are getting them but this year I was super prepared for it and haven't lost any ewes at all. A couple of them are not too happy about me catching them every night for the wormer rotation but it has kept them alive.
The lambs are now so numerous that like the chickens I find it impossible to actually do a head count every evening. On paper as I said we have 42 but honestly except for a few that stand out I doubt I would notice if a few went missing. The other night I closed the flock up in the barn lot and there were a couple of stragglers (Ok more like 5) that were hidden on the field edge. I didn't even notice they were missing until morning when they were up at the gate bellowing for their moms..... I didn't feel too bad though because the moms were napping and didn't even seem to care. In fact I think about 75% of the moms have already reached the point they don't care any longer and most of the lambs follow three or four of the ewes that I call super Moms because they try and steal all the lambs for themselves anyway.
Lastly I am still working on fencing. I have made little progress so far to be honest but all the posts are finally in for the third pasture with the supports in place. They should be settled enough to string up the wire this weekend then I can start clearing out the other side and putting the posts in and 99% of the entire fence project will be finished. Once that is done I will have more time to devote to yet more stuff....
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The real enemy of freedom, individual rights and our way of life always has been feminist. It's not socialism or fascism, liberalism or anything else at least not in it's true form. Indeed feminism does use all the other isms it can ally with to help with it's cause but the underlying glue that binds them all together is Western Feminism and no where has this fact been shown in such complete clarity as it did in the protests witnessed in Washington D.C. and around the country yesterday.
Here is our enemy..... The real one's, not the poor allies that were brought over to pad the vote and act like patsies and a target for our anger. But the actual perpetrators of our hoped for downfall.
In fact these women are the most dangerous enemy men have ever faced because we cannot see them as the enemy. We can never make ourselves harm them as a group. Collectively they are the Achilles heel that Western Man has absolutely no defense against and no way to directly counter....
And they know it. They even welcome the degenerate Beta Males into their groups.
Their banners and signs claim to protest things that were never said or never threatened to be done. They claim the government has no right to deny them abortion but that has not been threatened by Trump so what they are really screaming about is the possible cutting of funds.
It ain't about their rights it's about their privileged government sanctioned looting of White Men and taxpayer funded, ever growing government debt.
They claim there is no equality. Yet even the local school district I live within has not had a Male Super or Principal in either of the schools for over 20 years. As a group they totally dominate many types of jobs, government employment and bidding processes and get special status while doing so.
What these women are protesting against is the possible end of their gravy train. The bloated government positions, over paid female dominated departments, Billions of tax payer dollars sunk into programs and projects for women, ran by women. They are frightened and like a cornered animal they are lashing out because they know the possible end or shrinking of the daddy state may in fact make them accountable for their own actions and choices in life.
They know that no matter how obvious and hateful they become that most Men will still treat them like a princess and refuse to tell them NO or stand their ground against them and they will continue to run us into the ground until we are so beaten that some other culture can waltz in and take over. Then claim we weren't real men to defend them.
So go ahead continue to place the blame on your mythical "Liberals" or "socialist" and turn a blind eye to the activist Women Feminist. Fall for the feminist trick of dangling a patsy in front of your face while they steal everything in your wallet.
Some of us at least know the truth....
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Of course since my last post I haven't made much progress at all on anything. The holiday season means everyone and their mother wants vacation or days off and I been filling in left and right at work. Then my supervisor decides he has had it and resigns which now opens up the question what my job will look like come the new year. Truth is I may not even have one depending on how the new manager views things. The old one tended to over staff and it's entirely possible the new one could decide having an extra fill in/floater like me is overkill.
This weekend of course it was time to dust off the old Alberta Clipper gear. It's been almost two years since this stuff has been needed. Last Winter was mild enough I never put on my Carhart overalls that I can remember, never needed the remote thermometers operating and barely required water tank heaters. I also did not hear Mrs. PP whining about being cold much but this weekend our old friend came a calling like 90% of American's know and brought with it ice and snow as well.
It got cold enough last night and this morning that even the sheep were not too happy about it. When the sheep get a little on the uncomfortably cool side you know it is cold. Each group, of which I have three now, one for each ram being bred and the invalid/slaughter lamb/bachelor-ette group pretty much huddled in their enclosures out of the wind and would only come out for grain.
I did manage to keep the wood furnace blower going even with the cutting North wind but it was all I could do to keep the house temps in the 60's range. Usually when these clippers arrive the wind causes the internal furnace thermometer to stop kicking the blower on but this time that hasn't been the problem it's solidly a lack of sub-zero rated insulation in this old house now. On the plus side the room closest to the furnace is staying relatively warm however so I can banish the wife into that room when her complaining gets to be too much.
As I said other than dealing with extra hours at work and preparing for this latest frigid blast nothign else has been accomplished around here. All the tractors got put away but I never did get the final barn scrapping and manure spreading done nor have a touched the old rotting fence line that remains inside the control paddock.
The control paddock, even still totally uncleared as it is, continues to be to date the most useful bit of new fencing I have done. My mother uses it to feed the useless old nags their geriatric feed mixture of beet pulp and grain because you have to separate the grumpy nags from each other when feeding them. She used to have to catch two of them and lead em into the barn to keep them apart but now she only has to open two gates and they have already learned which one goes where.
With luck I can finish up the last two major fence runs by Spring and be ready to get back to gardening and bee keeping this coming Summer. The last two runs are pretty straight forward affairs that require no gate hanging or any real brush clearing so all it really requires in warm enough temps and unfrozen ground.
Got to get through the coldest part of Winter though yet.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!
Sunday, December 4, 2016
I think the time has come. We got our first measurable snow of the new Winter this morning which has actually made the day a little less hectic than I had planned it to be. Doesn't mean I don't still have plenty to do around here, just means I don't want to do it in the snow. Especially as it is falling.
When I started this blog, some 8 or 9 years ago I think, it was just my son, a stray cat named Sasha and I moving onto an old property that had been badly neglected for probably 20 years or more. Barely a fence line was serviceable. The barn and out buildings had no paint even clinging to their wooden sides anymore. Brush grew rampantly everywhere and the house was barely livable and only if you had very low standards to begin with.
No heat, barely had running water and a very sub par septic system. Junk piles scattered through out the place made up of broken tractor parts like baler or rake teeth, belts, one door that had once been on the barn, a hay wagon frame that had trees growing through it.
You get the idea....
We brought with us an old 8N tractor with it's only implement a simple grading blade, some hand tools and a couple of sheep. Along with a determination to make this place our own and actually know we could produce for ourselves when the need arose.
The Adventure is by no means complete although we have made so much progress most people would not know the place if they were just revisiting it for the first time in 10 years.
The flock of sheep has grown from 6 ewes and a ram to 30 ewes and 2 rams. In Spring and Summer we end up having 60+ running around with all the lambs born. The old 8N and blade have been joined by and 861 Diesel, baler, rake, tiller, scoops, wagons, post Hole digger, boom lift etc. etc. etc.
We also added a wife in the process too. The Small - Hold started off as a complete bachelor pad project. I kinda think that's why the stray cat was so attracted to the place as we were pretty much estrogen free at the time and that cat prefers men over women hands down. She won't hardly let a Woman pet her either but grudgingly accepted the new Mrs. PP.
Our one stray cat who wouldn't take no for an answer and demanded to be allowed to move in has now become 6 or 8 depending on who decides to stay over. Thanks to heartless idiots who like to drop off unwanted cats into the country we seem to have a never ending supply of them and have raised at least three unwanted litters.
We have managed to find homes for all of them too I think. I must say though there is nothing more amusing than a litter of happy kittens that know they are safe and have a mom that is well fed and able to spend plenty of time with them and who are also comfortable around humans. They just seem to develop much more outgoing personalities and are a constant source of entertainment.
Along with the stray cats came a dog or two. Once one figured out we weren't going to shoot him on site he begged to join the pack. A year later he brought home a friend. I can't complain about them though they are good watch dogs and earn their keep sort of. Only one of the two will come in during bad weather though as the other would rather sleep in the barn.
We added Bees and had many good harvest of not only honey but fruits and vegetables we planted as well....
We added chickens to the growing project and that brought on a whole new level of fun. Chicken drama is a world in and of itself as many of you know first hand. They don't cost much to feed and keep but when circumstances take a turn for the worst they can become very time consuming.
They also like to dig holes. I just spent the last four nights hunting an unwanted visitor to the barn and coop. A possum who took up residence in the hay bales and began eating the eggs and finally moved up to a midnight chicken snack. A couple of the birds refuse to go into the coop/stall at night and try and roost in the barn rafters and he got one. Finally I managed to catch the possum in the act just as he was moving in on one of the roosting hens and dispatched him quickly but it took a lot of time being there for the right opportunity.
So as I said the journey is nowhere near complete but the circumstances have changed. Slowly, like a frog in a pot of heating water this Homestead has went from 90% labor on projects with about 10% maintenance and chores to the other way around. I now spend most of my time completing mundane tasks that while enjoyable in their own way and necessary also add nothing to the world of blogging or any interesting tidbits to the genre of homesteading and prepping either to be honest.
We may not be done yet. In fact we will never be done but we have come far enough down the road that I believe we can call this experiment a success. We have gotten completely out of debt. The land is now entirely our own as long as we pay the yearly government rent anyway. We will be starting on our new house come Spring and nearly all my time is now devoted to maintaining what we have built.
I am not planning on taking the blog down. I may in fact make a post here and there from time to time yet but as for daily posts and such I think it is time to officially stop.
Currently we are looking at a time when we may be able to pull ourselves back from the abyss we were staring at. I think things will still get much rougher than anyone can imagine but as a whole we now stand a better chance than we did under the Femocrat/Liberal Progressive rule with a much higher likelihood of keeping many necessary rights along the way. Perhaps on a wide scale things will change and I may come back to blogging but politically I feel my message has gotten out as successfully as the homestead project has as well. There is still a need to prep but we now have some breathing room.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!
Sunday, November 27, 2016
I know I have been really behind on getting things squared away for Winter and getting the fence done. Frazier, our terminal ram has about worn out his welcome spot on the Small-Hold the last week and is within one more broken thing of being taken to market when this breeding season is over.
He has busted his fence down twice now and the last time I had to drop all Winter prep work and spend an entire day reworking one entire section of fence that required putting in two new wooden posts and weaving a couple of cattle panels around them while doubling up the steel t-posts and then putting the wire fence back. Basically I now have a double row of fencing with posts set four feet apart instead of the standard eight.
What he is doing is chewing on the wire believe it or not. He gets a hold of the wire and works it back and forth until he finally breaks a strand then begins working on the next strand.
You can see him in these two pics working on a section now. Eventually he manages to bust the wire ties that hold a strand to the t-posts and then either pushes the section out or chews/wiggles another wire tie off.
By using the double panel/fence wire section I managed to get him to pretty much stop chewing one part because when he begins to work a strand free I wire wrap it to the panel and he can't get his nose in far enough to get a hold of the panel and break the weld. Breaking the welds on cattle panels was a trick he learned years ago he is just adapting to the new thinner wire now.
After I fixed the one section that borders on the "single ewe's" pen (which is the barn lot really) he got so upset he destroyed the wooden hay manger I built for him last year.
literally broke it into pieces and then looked at me like "What ya gonna do about it?"
When I went in to get the pieces and broken parts he actually mock charged me although he did stop short of actually connecting and then just sidled up to me and wanted me to scratch his back. He will stand there for hours wagging his stub of a tail if you scratch his back along the spine or his neck but he is getting much more demanding and grouchy in his old age......
And destructive too apparently.
So for the time being I have him sort of contained and I have been forced to keep the ewe's separated from him by leaving them in the West pasture. The temptation of the other ewes being in season and right up against his fence is just too much for him.
The other problem I been having all week is some how Google had me signed in on the wrong account using the one that goes with my phone and wouldn't allow me to sign out. All week I been unable to post on this blog because I couldn't sign out and then into the proper account that owns the blog. I couldn't even comment on other blogs as PioneerPreppy either.
The plus side is I have all the hay and tractor implements put away for Winter along with the riding mowers and the hay that was occupying their storage space moved into the loft.
I got all the fencing materials stacked out of the way in one place except for the big corner posts as well.
The only thing left to do now is put the blade on the 8N for Winter and use it to clean out the barn one last time then haul the sheep manure and old hay into the pasture one last time. Then I can put the manure spreader up as well. After equipment is stored I need to go wrap the hives in insulation and bring in the deadout hives that are still in the yards. Cleaning all the yucky waxworm goo out of them can wait until the dead of Winter I guess.
This year's Winter project is cleaning out the dilapidated old remains of the wooden fence that once ran alongside the barn but is now in the middle of the control paddock.
You can see what someone once did was pour a concrete slab and set the wooden posts into it which worked great for probably 50 years or so until the posts rotted at ground level and broke off. As the thing started to fail it was ethnically engineered up with old cattle panels and wire until we got the mess you see here.
I need to pull all that old wood and mixed mash of wire and stuff out of there and get rid of it and then decide what is to be done with the long thin concrete pad. Once that is done I can finish up the last touch to the control paddock which will consist of a 16 foot gate hung from the corner of the barn that will allow me to divide the paddock into two sections or make a very small section for sorting sheep more easily. When not in use the gate will swing against the barn up out of the way. Once the entire thing is finished I will take more pics of it in operation. I already used the control paddock as it was designed but with moveable gate/panels instead of the permanent swinging gate. The installation of the swinging gate will eliminate the need for the moveable panels and even allow me to make one section smaller as sheep are moved from it.
My hope is to have this fence project finished by mid-Spring and perhaps actually get back to bee keeping and small scale organic farming next year. The bees especially have suffered a major set back due to so much of my time being devoted to this fence project. It's been a HUGE job let me tell you but I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!
Sunday, November 20, 2016
I am happy to report the hay elevator is mounted and works beautifully. We put about a third of the 300+ bales up into the loft today and would have done more except my slave labor, otherwise known as my son, rebelled against my tyrannical rule and basically left me in the loft alone with an empty elevator spinning away.
I did miss-judge the play on the elevator chain and the teeth sometimes hit the support chain I put on to hold it in place. So a minor adjustment is needed there.
While loading the bales that where stacked on the ground floor of the barn I uncovered a large number of egg shells that had holes in them with the insides gone. After a couple of bales I found the culprit in the form of a medium sized Possum.... It's day's are numbered now. I took the .22 pistol down hoping to get another glimpse of it but never did. Might be time for a live trap I guess.
Judging by the egg shells I saw it has been living quite comfortably for a week or more at least. I did notice a big drop in egg production about 2 weeks ago but thought maybe it was just the less daylight and dropping temps effecting the hens.
To add to my Fall-Time troubles deer season is in full swing and of course that means the stray dog that moved in and never left is managing to find deer remains from the Lord only knows where and bringing them home. However this year the chickens have been running the dog off from his grisly snack and attack these remains like a pack of scavenging dinosaurs. Quite effectively picking them clean before I even notice them. I guess it's free food and won't hurt em.
So many deer hunters around here simply gut and partially slaughter their kill in the field then simply toss the remains along the side of the road we always end up disposing of more than one deer worth of legs each Fall. One year that damned dog drug an entire severed head up from somewhere too.
So at least I can scratch one more "Need" off the old list while getting rid of deer remains and playing great white Possum hunter. We now have a working hay elevator!!!!
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!
Thursday, November 17, 2016
I been slowly getting the hay equipment and other implements put away for Winter. The baler is up, I did the last turn with the brush hog and took down the remains of the Buckwheat patch. I also managed to over heat the 850 tractor when the radiator filled up with dead plant debris. The over heating thing is a common problem with these early Ford tractors unless you put a screen behind the grill bars. They took care of it with the 01 series and it's small holed grill plate.
I have now turned my attention to the hay elevator. I needed to get a motor for it and a belt and get it adjusted to work properly.
After three trips to the auto parts store and two into the hardware store the motor was finally installed with the proper length belt. Then I had to wire the thing. I did not know these motors come with loose wires you have to configure for the use you are putting the motor too. The directions appear to be in some sort of code but after one very impressive fireworks show and a blown fuse in the barn I got it figured out.
Who knew L1 stands for ground and L2 for hot? Certainly not me :)
Today then I had to take another trip back to the hardware store and get the stuff I need to mount this elevator in the barn full time. I think I have a satisfactory plan in the works that will allow me to hang the thing up when not in use but I won't know for sure until tomorrow because it was feeding time by the time I got back.
We are suppose to get our first real taste of Winter this weekend and I am hoping to get all the baled hay up into the loft and start getting the smaller equipment into the barn.
After everything else is put away the final job of Fall will be to blade out the barn and use the manure spreader to fertilize the hay field.
I usually aim for the horses when pulling the spreader around as I think it's funny to watch them run away.....
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!