Thursday, December 25, 2008

I'll have a blue Christmas...

It seems like this week is going by pretty slow without Amanda around. Yet I have still enjoyed the holiday. We spent quite a bit of time over at my Clark grandparents today, and had a good meal. Amanda is supposed to be back from Ohio Sunday night.

I have decided to break a little news flash. Some of my small blog audience may already know, but Amanda and myself have decided to get into the foster care program. More specifically the foster to adopt program. Supposedly when you are in the foster/adopt program, they try to match you with children that are more likely to stay with you permanently.

We have decided to do this for a few different reasons. First, neither one of us is that set on having our "own" children. I am not sure why that feeling is not really there, but it isn't. We have both been somewhat inclined towards adoption through the years, and since we both agree it was an easy decision really. It has been a little difficult to decide when to start. We have been researching about it for several months, and now it looks like we are ready. It will be pretty intense because you have a class every week for 8 weeks or so. And they really don't like you to miss any. (I think that is to weed out those that aren't really committed) Oh, and the classes are in Amarillo every Tuesday night at 6:30, yuck.

We will have to be CPR and first aid certified, back ground checked, drug tested, and of course all the home studies, with fire and health inspections. We will request children from about 1 year to 4 years old, and right now probably any races. Now the kicker is this, we can't actually start fostering until we have been married 2 years, which will be in April. So, hopefully we will get all set up just in time. Classes start January 8th I think.

I know five couples, all fairly closely that have had pregnancy/birth difficulties of some sort, and that really concerns me, and makes me feel more assured about the direction we are taking. Also Amanda and myself want to do something that we can feel like we are really helping out in our society.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

I waste more time!


I waste more time fixing, and cleaning up messes that the wind makes. Last spring was the windiest nastiest season I can remember as far as wind goes. It looks like we are heading that way again. About a week ago the wind turned over our chicken house. Thankfully no chickens were killed in the incident. And the other day the wind turned over our goat shed again! That is the second time for that. I spent yesterday afternoon anchoring the shed down where maybe it won't happen again. And we have stuff scattered all over the farm that the wind has blown around. I am so sick of it.

Amanda is going to Ohio for Christmas with her family. I am not going because it would be hard for me to be gone a whole week. And it will be a little crowded riding up. We are having a little pre-Christmas get together Monday in Amarillo before they go. Also at the Embry grandparents Sunday night. Amanda has a gift for them. (I think she has blogged about it)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

This Week


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Everybody is probably tired of hearing about trukin'. But I ain't got nothing else to talk about. It has been good busy week. No real disasters, no falling into lagoon water, no unloading at the wrong places.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

And you think your problems are big

I haven't felt much like blogging lately, because it seems like my stuff is pretty small potatoes compared to what others in my family are dealing with. Sometimes it feels pretty narcissistic writing all about yourself on the internet for all the world to see.

Anyhoo, we finished up milo harvest about 2 weeks ago. I am glad to be done with that mess. It sure didn't turn out very good (yield). Thank goodness for high commodity prices. "High commodity prices can cover a multitude of farming sins." 1 Aggie 2:5 After that I hauled some cattle and it has gone pretty well. I think I am going to keep trying the cattle deal. I have done all the things wrong you can do wrong so now I am all ready to be a professional. First I:

Was 5 hours late getting the cattle to the feed yard, result: everybody mad.

Then when we got there, I had mis-counted by 2, result: everybody mad.

I have had a cow get down and not be able to get up in the trailer, result: had to drag her out at the Crum ranch, but she is up and walking so we will probably take her back where she came from. The cow's owner is good natured thank goodness.

I started unloading the cattle at the wrong feedyard last week, result: lots of embarrassment for me. No lasting problems other than in the cattle trucking industry I will be known as 'Wrong Ramp Embry'

I fell into Mr. Crum's trailer washout lagoon. Went completely up to my knees and elbows in green, fragrant water. Filled my rubber boots up with the juice also. Result: a good story to tell, and really smelly feet and hands.

The other night I didn't close the gate when we unloaded, result: got a chewing by the min-wage nightwatch person.

So as you can see there isn't much left I can do wrong other than turning the trailer over. Right now Dawson took the trailer and hauled one load with Mr. C. and they are going to take it to Amarillo tomorrow to have the slick floor worked on. So I have a few days off. I could call the milk company but I just don't feel like hauling milk.

You see with the milk hauling, you get paid the same per mile no matter how many miles you run. About $2.60 per loaded mile. A 100 mile load will pay about $260. 200 miles = $520, etc. Where as a cow load like I did last week from Nara Visa, NM to Clayton, NM which is about 65 miles paid $490! With cattle hauling you get paid for the time it takes to do the work, not just miles. The shorter the haul the more per mile. At about 200 miles it will change to a straight per mile rate, which is about $3 right now or a little less.

For Thanksgiving day we are probably going to have a meal at my folks with Amanda's family also. Mr. and Mrs., Jonathan and Samantha and Conner, and maybe Ty. I suppose Rachel and maybe Dawson, but I am not sure if Dawson wants T-giving dinner with his boss.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Imagine this:

65, 8 year old girls are having a sleepover at your house. They have been drinking coffee, redbull, and straight high fructose corn syrup all evening. Also they are locked in a small aluminum walled room with lots of heavy and breakable things like bowling balls, piles of dishes, accordions, and banjos. Now imagine the inside of this room is covered in a super slippery grease, and the room moves down the road. They all hate each other, so they start a contest to see who can slip and slide and kick the walls the most. They never seem to tire of this game. When it finally gets late, you decide to catch a few winks. Lucky you, you get to bed down 6 ft. from the wall they have all decided is the most fun to kick! That was last night coming home with a load of cattle.
I am not going to haul cattle for a week or two or three, I am thinking, for the simple fact I think next week we may start on milo harvest.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hotshot, check. Rubber boots, check. Scent in a can, check.

Phil and his young girlfriend watching the sun come up.

Looks like I am all ready to haul cattle. Ok, so the milk hauling has been frustratingly slow lately. And the company we haul for has not been really helpful with the situation, so I have decided to take a different direction with the trucking. I am borrowing a trailer from my father-in-law and will haul cattle when I can. Of course there is still corn and milo harvest, with wheat re-sowing sprinkled in so I don't know when I will really get into it. I did haul one load of cattle Monday, but that is all so far. It went really well for a greenhorn like me. Part of the job description is you show up real early, wait around till it is your turn, then load your own truck. Then when you get to the feedyard you stomp around in the trailer in all the, um, fertilizer and unload your truck. BUT it does pay more than milk. About 30% more. We will see how it will go.

We had about 4 inches of rain last week, then another 1/4 " or so last night. It is really wet right now.

Amanda's grandma has been in and out of the hospital, and they have decided to put in a pacemaker tomorrow. We are hoping it will perk her up where she will have more energy. Also they are giving her marijuana to give her the munchies. You thought California was progressive, just come to Amarillo. Well, really they are pills derived from marijuana that increase your appitite. They do seem to help.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Done with the Sewing Shack




I finished up on the shed today. Except for a couple of little things that may or may not get done right away. Whew, I am tired of working on it. Since it rained 4", and all the cows have gone on strike, I didn't have any excuses to not finish it. I will build a work bench sometime, but for now I think Amanda can use the same table she is using already. I would have built it this afternoon but all my wood is pretty wet from the rain so I will let it dry and see how much it will warp. (thanks to my eternal pessimism I left the wood sitting out thinking it wouldn't rain that much)

Aaron asked about the milo crop. It varies like always. Some isn't hardly going to be worth cutting and some of it will be pretty good. It is not going to mature enough, so the grain will be light. (<50 lbs. per bushel compared to 58-60 lbs.) My average is about 2000 lbs per acre, or 35 bu. per acre. Some will probably be more like 3000 lbs., I hope. And some will be more like 500 lbs. And the elevator will give a pretty sharp discount depending on how light the grain is.

I heard some guys say they had frost on their cars this morning. And Clovis reported a low of 34.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

This, that, and his brother the Other.

Inside of La Casita de Coser


Mud puddles



This is really nothing more than a typical boring update on our goings on.

This last week:
I have been helping my neighbor haul corn with my truck. We are working on a trade. He uses my truck and I will use his grain hauling trailer during my milo harvest in a few weeks.

Yesterday:
We had our first coat giving out day at the church building. It went pretty well. We didn't have as big a turn out as we were hoping, but we estimate we gave out about 90 coats and jackets. We will have another give out day next Saturday. Maybe the word will get out.

Yesterday and today:
Very rainy and wet. 1.5" so far. It rained off and on all day yesterday and last night and today. Yay! Some of my wheat did not come up very good. I think it was because of low quality seed, too much hot dry wind, and GRASSHOPPERS! So now I will have to replant some when the weather clears out. About 150 acres or so.

Amanda's sewing shack is kinda on hold right now, but with the rain and slow milk hauling, maybe I can finish up on it the next few days.

Amanda is going to go up to Texline this week to stay at her folk's house and stay with her grandma. No we are not having marriage problems. They are trying to figure out the best thing for grandma right now.

The picture of Phil is to just show how much he enjoys rainy days. He likes getting really muddy and wet.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

No picture, what's up with that?

I wanted to mention we went to a movie this afternoon and it was pretty good. Called "Fireproof". It was one of the better movies I had seen lately. It was written and made from a 'Christian' perspective so it does get a little preachy in a few places. The first 15 minutes or so kind of made me go, "eehh, I don't know about this....." but it redeemed itself as it went along. For what it is, it is very well made. If you want to see it you better hurry because it probably won't be out long.

I AM NOT going to Clovis again until they get Prince street fixed. They have blocked lots of intersections and it is down to one lane, it is a MESS! It made us late to our movie because I couldn't figure out how to get there from where we were.

There is a great place in Clovis that refills printer cartridges. A new cartridge for our laser printer is about $100 I think, but they can refill and refurbish it for $40. Cool.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

This Old Sewing Shack (Phase 2)


*** Nothing new, I just added a picture of my sewing shack project. Wall and door install***



I don't know how I manage to get so many irons in the fire. We have decided to remodel our garden shack and turn it into Amanda's sewing shack. That will get all her oodles of sewing stuff out of our spare bedroom and she can have a little private place to do her creative stuff. We had to move all the junk out of that shed to the grain bin/storage shed and clean it out. Now I can sympathize with B and E with their move. Except this probably wasn't 1% of that job. It took us about 2 hours I guess.

Basically the job will entail ripping out the end wall and putting in a different door, insulating and drywalling, and some electrical work. Redo the floor. Not too much really. Nothing will be really fancy, just snug as a bug in a rug.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sowing chickens, and hiking up milk mountains




I'm pretty busy now, but wanted to report in on our little trip up to Ruidoso. It was very enjoyable, the campground was really nice. Saw a bear while hiking, and the elk kept us awake at night calling back and forth. Amanda did some shopping in town Wednesday before we came home. We would like to take her folk's horses up sometime and pack into the wilderness area they have up there. Ahhh, that will be plans for next year.

Dawson is hauling milk for my father in law now. Supposed to be more full time. We will see how well he likes it after a few weeks. They have a nicer newer truck and I think that will help the over all appeal to the job. He went down to a place near New Orleans yesterday and will come back tomorrow. I think it went pretty good. I imagine he will be shot when he gets back though.

I am sowing wheat this week. It should take most of the week to get it all done. I will plant 415 acres of wheat. It will make 50 bu. per acre and I will get $11 per bu. for it. That comes out to $228,250. Of course my land lords get 25% of that so my share will only be $171,187.

Our chicks are all grown up now. We gave a few roosters to Amanda's mom, gave a few hens to my Dad, and we still have about 12 left. (I think) No eggs yet. We got the "leftovers" mix so we have lots of weird chickens. Some have naked necks, and some have tufts on their heads. Some are pretty normal looking though.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ahhh, Sunday afternoon


Our cat, Spud, has been sleeping on this same step all afternoon. We have been coming in and out and he just watches us step over him and doesn't hardly move a muscle. Lazy bum.

We are going to make a quick trip up to Ruidoso for a couple of days tomorrow. Camping for a couple of nights then stay in town somewhere maybe one night. We haven't really had a "vacation" this summer. We have been everywhere though. Dallas, Denver, Shreveport. The gremlins came back in the truck and I put it back in the shop Saturday. They think there are some bad wires that need to be changed. That is what has been causing some problems off and on. So we have a couple of days to goof off. Really, we have a lot going on right now, but if we don't go to the mountains soon it will be too cold.

Our church is doing a used coat collection this month. We are collecting good used coats to give out in October. Amanda and myself are the ones kinda heading it up so we have a lot to do now with that. I have been whipping out the electric cattle prod to get folks in the congregation to "volunteer" for this project. The only problem I can see is I hope we can get plenty to show up on the distribution days. Oct 11th and 18th. I am not sure if the word will get out well enough. If we do have lots of coats left they will still be given to other charities.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Red, red, and more red.


I finally got around to painting our shutters. Now our roofing/repairing job is all done! Well, except I still have a bunch of scrap and leftover roof material I need to get rid of. Or put away somewhere. Oh, and I still need to use some of it to fix our chicken house roof. No rest for the weary. (hmm, that reminds me I need to post a current picture of Amanda's chickens....)

This afternoon I thought I would try to spray the field here behind the house with my handy-dandy pickup sprayer. I knew it was a little iffy on being too wet, but I thought I would try it. Got it stuck right off. All I will do now is wait for it to dry and maybe I can try it again tomorrow.

Changing topics, Firefox browser is the greatest! I have been using it for a year or so now and it is really cool. What I like the best is the ad blocker. I have been so disgusted with Yahoo's trashy singles ads, I finally found a "plug in" thingy that will block all the banner ads on there! NO MORE ADS!!!! BuuuuHAhahahaaaa!!! Take that Yahoo! Also it was getting pretty creepy because I was getting ads that were advertising Pioneer seed. I think it might have been because in my account I had that I was a farmer. Changed that to where all they know about me is my name.

Hope Brian and Estelle get the house. I am really tickled about that. It will feel good after all these years. Even though ours is a cheapy it is nice knowing it is all ours.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Off, ON, off, ON

That is how our rain works around here. We haven't had a rain since back when I took those pictures two blogs back. And now in a couple of days we have had 3" plus. And looks like more to come. I don't know what to expect on the milo, because so much of it literally died and won't come back now. What is still green will probably shoot some more little heads out and make a little. It will be interesting to see what it comes to.

Ever since I spent the big bucks on the truck repair, they did not have some things fixed completely. So I fussed at them and they fixed it Monday afternoon last week. (no charge) Now on the last trip to Kansas it started something new. Sorta missing and cutting out at certain speeds. AURGH!!! When this truck hit 1,000,000 miles it decided to be lots of trouble. Anyway we are really busy running up to KS every day it seems, and going to the Cheese plant in Clovis. I like SW Cheese much better than the place in Portales because they are much faster. 2 hrs max there. 2-3+ hrs at portales.

Amanda is going with her mom to visit some family tomorrow. She is going to interview one of her great uncles that was in WWII for the "Veterans History Project". It is a project where they are trying to interview as many vets as they can because we are losing something like 1000 per day. We will probably try to interview my g-dad sometime also. They want it on audio tapes to store.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Last of this year's sweet corn


I don't have much to write about so I am blogging about my sweet corn. (Yawn) I decided to go out today and see what was left and pick it. And since it was getting pretty hard, I cut it off the ears and will freeze it. My grandmother and mom also picked a lot out of that small patch, so we have all had lots of good corn lately.

I would post some pictures of the crops, but I don't want to start anybody to crying and feeling sorry for me. It is a totally different picture from last month about this time. The great dryland corn experiment is dead. Literally. And the milo is in pretty sad shape. 3 weeks of 95 degree temps and wind has really zapped things.

The milk hauling is picking up a little, and Dawson is driving some this weekend. So I will get a couple of days off I hope.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Amazing what rain can do




We got a good rain about 2 weeks ago, then another one last week while we were gone to Black Mesa Bible Camp, and wow how things grow!!!! (third pic. is the Great Dryland Corn Experiment, and the others are my milo)

The morning we were leaving for BMBC it started raining about 3 am. I had my granddad's RV camper and his pickup at the house because I was going to take it to stay in. So I got up right then and drove it to the highway and went to bed in the camper until 6:30 or so. Anyway it was a good thing I got it to the highway because it was pretty muddy that morning. I was a teacher and Amanda was a counselor. That week they had 9-13 year old kids. Lots of good singing and surprisingly good food.

They start with flag raising, before breakfast, then right to a bible class about 9 am. Then 10 am worship service, and another class from 11 am to noon. Lunch, rest period, testing over the morning's lessons at 2 pm, then team games and other activities at 3 pm. Supper at 6, another worship at 7:30, then snacks at 9 and bed at 10. So a pretty busy day all the way around.

The truck repairs ended up being pretty envolved and expensive. But I think it is fixed, and several related problems are fixed now. Now I need to get busy and get back on the road.

The roof on the house is done, need to do the garden shed now.

My Granddad Clark is doing very well after his surgery. He will go in for a check up Wednesday and they are hoping he will get the go-ahead to do more strenuous work. (He is supposed to do lots of resting but can't make himself do it.)

Saturday, July 5, 2008

High as an elephant's eye by the 4th of July



That is how big corn is supposed to be by this time of the year. My sweet corn is about chest high and tasseled all ready. Should have some fresh corn in a couple of weeks. I still can't remember at the right time to take a picture of the milo. It is looking really awesome with the showers we had the last couple of weeks. AND the price for fall contracted milo is $13 per 100 lbs. WOW!! That is 3 times what it was about 2 years ago. I am not sure the showers we had were enough to help my dryland corn experiment or not. We shall see. I am glad I only have 5 acres of that.

Amanda's Dad and Mom and Sister and Husband and Conner came down for a visit on the 4th. In the usual Lewis Crum tradition we cooked over an open fire. The food was good and we had a good time with all. We went and watched the Clovis fireworks display and it was really spectacular for a "mid size" town display. The Crum clan all commented that they thought it was better than the Amarillo show they watched last year.

Um, trucking, not much is going on except Dawson got a job at a cabinet shop, and the truck is going in the shop for a day or so for some repair work. Hope they get it fixed quick. In a nut shell it is getting fuel in the water. = injector leaking

Roof, been so busy with trucking and farming haven't worked on it in about a week. But it is half done. The second side will go a little quicker I think.

We are going to Black Mesa Bible camp the 14th - 19th.

My granddad Clark had heart surgery the 3rd to fix his irregular heartbeat problem. He is doing better but it is a slow recovery for the first few days.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Red Roof Inn?


We started on our roof this morning. Before it got too hot. We actually got more done than is shown in the picture. I may work on some trim this afternoon. We are planning on painting our shutters to compliment the roof in some way. It is sort of a weird combination of colors right now.

Dawson came down to get the truck as he his going to pick up a load of cream in Amarillo and take it to Stepenville, TX. That is something new, and he will get to be the guinea pig on it. I made a hectic run from Dumas to Little Rock, then to Brownfield to Portales and home in two days the other day. Shhhh, but I was way over on my log book allowable hours of service. I don't plan on doing that again. I had some trouble with paperwork and trouble with the truck, so that made me get behind.

Nothing much happening on the farm right now. Still hot and dry.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Tough times, we sold the kids.


I thought I ought to blog about something since it had been a couple weeks. It has been so dry and hot we didn't have enough pasture for all our goats. So we sold the kids a little early and of course the next morning it rained. Now we are still very grateful for the rain, and I don't suppose it hurt anything to get rid of the little goats anyway. We would have sold them in a couple of months.

Nothing new to report with the leche hauling. Except Dawson has been looking for something else to do. HA! I finally burned him out. He is still sorta on call, but might be getting a new job this week. I told him if he wanted to do something else, he didn't have to feel like he had to stay with the trucking. (I need to work on my sentence structure a little) I think the trip across Oklahoma without the a/c a couple of weeks ago turned him off a little. I have been running all short Hereford-Portales or Brownfield-Portales or Roswell-Portales loads this week. That is good in that I can be home at night most of the time. But not enough miles to suit me really. And I am really tired of hanging around at that plant in Portales. Portales isn't as bad as hanging out 14 hours at the plant in Winnsboro, TX!! That was the pits.

We finally got our insurance check for our roof. After much over the phone chewing by me. It will pay about 2/3 of the cost of the new metal roof. (Not including installation, sweat equity) We are planning to pick up the materials this week, and hopefully get it put on soon. Looking forward to everybody coming to visit later this week!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Heat, wind, and bills.


My dad had a little bit of wheat that he wanted me to cut. We jumped right in there and knocked it out right quick. It made right around 20 bushels per acre or a little less. About 2/3 of his average yield. And that was 20 times better than my wheat. HA

When we went down to visit Aaron and Holly I went with them to their small group Sunday night, and the topic was how to take a day and make it a "sabbath day" once a week. Since most folks have Sunday off from work, it is a good time for us to rest. And we should. We talked about the things that distract us on those days and I said paper work and bills keep me from resting. Well, right now I am planning on spending all afternoon doing that very thing. Looks like I need to work on this resting thing a little more.

Things I need to work on:

Pay bills.

Except the ones that are messed up, and will have to be straightened out this week.

Do mileage reports for the trucking. And get them ready to send in this week. ( we have to keep track of every mile we drive and what roads we use.)

Pay payroll taxes.

Fax a request for more coverage to my truck insurance company. (the milk company added about $20,000 to the level of coverage they require us to have.)

Put the last 3 loads we hauled in my computer.

Write down my chemical application records for this last round of spraying.

And we still haven't gotten paid on our roof damage yet. That sorry insurance company is going to be turned into the Texas Department of Insurance tomorrow.

AAAAckkkkk!!!!! I need a secretary!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Sniff! They grow up so fast...


I didn't really have much to write about, and I took a picture of our kid crop this morning. They all looked nice and clean. It is hard to believe how fast they grow. Just a couple of months ago they were little wriggly things that couldn't stand up. We were vaccinating them Friday when we brought them back from my folks, and wow they are chunky boogers.

Nothing new on the milk hauling to speak of. It is still kinda slow right now. Dawson is off duty for a few days and we will likely switch out by the end of the week. It looks like we are planning on going part of the way to Denver Friday afternoon, and also coming part of the way back Saturday night. "Part way" has yet to be determined but will probably be Trinidad. We are planning on going to church and having lunch in Texline because it is Amanda and her Mom's birthday. (both June 1) I don't know what Dawson's plans are.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Started mowing the lawn today


Well, it isn't much of a lawn, mostly weeds right now. I staked our big herd out on short leads and put them to good use around here. It is really a pretty good pasture for them because it is a mixture of different grasses and weeds. Yum! The smaller goat is the bottle baby that is off the bottle now. The other is our billy goat. The rest of them are still over at my folks house. I think we will load up a few that we are wanting to sell and take them to the auction Friday. (weather and trucking and farming permitting)

I finished planting all my milo, and it all looks pretty good so far. Expect photos throughout the summer. I also planted about 24 rows (3 acres) of dryland corn. Yes, dryland corn! I have heard of some guys trying it around and having decent results. The theory is on a good year it will make quite a bit more grain than milo, and the price is about 15% greater than milo, so that is a double bonus. The only downside is on a really dry year it is apt to not make anything, where milo will make a little most years. Also we cannot get insurance on dryland corn for obvious reasons. I wanted to experiment a little with it.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Vintage Amanda


I thought Amanda looked sorta retro "50s" or something with her apron fixing dinner today. So I snapped a picture.

We can't seem to decide what we want to do about coming up for Cindy's wedding. We would like to maybe come part of the way on Friday, then come the rest of the way on Saturday morning. We might all (Folks and me and A.) stop in Texline Friday night, and come from there, as that would save 3 hours, and save a hotel bill. But I am thinking right now I don't know if 3 hours would be worth saving or not. It is still something like 7 hours from Texline to Denver. Oh well, we will do it somehow.

I had a good run planting and did about 500 acres, and we got another .5 inch of rain. It was a real nice gentle rain. It will help moisten up the dry spots you always have when you plant. I have about 80 acres left and I will be done planting. (I hope)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

One of those days

Yesterday was one of those days where at the end you just say, "whew, I am glad today is done." It wasn't really all that bad but it sure could have been better.

It started about 11:00 when the tractor I was using sprung a hydraulic leak. Of course that kind of thing always happens at 11:00am on Saturday. Most farm supply places close at noon. So I had to rush to Friona to get them to fix me up with a part. "Cha-ching" $100 right there.

Got that fire put out.....

Well, I have been planting milo and in the field I was on, I was struggling all day to get the planter to work right in the conditions I had. Plus a wheel fell of the planter. Not a major wheel, just one on one row.

Keep going without it. Tractor is almost out of fuel, not going to make it to the end of the day.

So I have to go run over to my granddad's to get some fuel. Oh, and before I do that I have to wrestle the tank up into the trailer.

"Grunt" strain "mumble, mumble, stinking price of fuel......"

Go get fuel, and while I am doing that I get a spare wheel to fix that problem. Tractor fueled up, wheel back on, all systems go. Put more seed in.

"Ring-ring" Dawson: "Hey! I am in Texico sitting in the road trying to get turned on the Amarillo high way and the clutch isn't working on the truck!!!! What do I do? I can't get it in gear! Can I start it in gear to get it off the road?"
Me: "Yes!"
Dawson: "It won't start! I need somebody to come and pull me out off the highway!"
Me: "Well, turn your flashers on and I will head that way. It'll be 20 minutes."

Man I hope he gets it out of the road before I get there....

Long story short, he calls saying he got it started and can make it out to the house. Turns out a bolt fell out of the clutch linkage and we fixed it in about 2 minutes. Whew! That was about how my day went Saturday. And besides all that Amanda went to Texline to visit her folks and aunts so it has been a really weird weekend all around.


Monday, May 5, 2008

Who wants to help put a roof on?

The insurance adjuster said we would get a new roof, and turned it in to the company. Now we are anxiously waiting on the check. We are looking pretty seriously at metal. The main reason being durability and we can install it ourselves. I am thinking it would be a good project to do when everybody comes out to visit the next time. (hint, wink, wink, hint) I will need lots of help cutting and trimming. I faxed some measurements and drawings to Mueller to get a quote this afternoon. Any suggestions on colors? We are thinking a red roof and maybe painting the shutters a complimentary color of some kind.

I like the acrylic stuff my folks and grandparents have, but I don't think I want to put that on myself. And there are some insurance issues with it. They don't want to insure it, whereas if you do metal you get an insurance discount. Weird.

Dawson is going to deliver some milk to Little Rock, AR tomorrow. Wow, our little brothers are growing up fast huh? I would be worried about him, except I have been there myself and it is an easy plant to get to. It is all interstate all the way. I expect he will leave early tomorrow and come back on Wednesday.

We don't have enough baby animals around here I guess. We are getting some chickens later this month. Expect more pictures. OK, everybody chime in: "Old Mac Brandon had a farm......"

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Finally! Rain! And how!




We had a pretty terrific thunderstorm this afternoon. Lots of marble to quarter size hail. Busted a hole in our one and only sky-light. I think for now I will depend on the good old fashioned redneck rescue tool, duck-tape to patch it. Looks like it will be a pain to fix it. Cheapo plastic. Rrrrrrrr.

The hard rain let me see how the terraces will work out. Looks pretty good except on the one that looks the most full. The near end may be a little low and will let it run out there. I thought building those terraces I had jinxed the rain for years and years. ;-)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

We're through having kids

I thought I would try to post a couple of videos of the baby goats. It is mostly for Holly because she said baby goats were so cute. The video of the black goat was the last of the nannies to have kids. Those two were just about 30 minutes old when I took that video. Yes, she has just one horn. We think somebody tried to dehorn her and it didn't take on one side. She is a fun goat to have around.
(wow, it is a lot of trouble to put a video on here...)



Tuesday, April 15, 2008

From one "Big D" to another "Big D"



Big Dirtstorm that is. Last Thursday was about the worst windy dirtstorm I can ever remember. There were some reported gusts of 70mph in the area. And I believe it. It was horrible. It lifted our goat shed on end and flipped it over. This shed is 32 ft. long and it picked up one end and flipped it over on it's top. And tragically killed one of our baby goats. :-( I spent most of the middle of the day plowing to stop the dirt from blowing and missed lunch, just had enough time to come home and set the goat shed up, take a shower and leave for Dallas.

We had a nice stay in Dallas with everybody. We went to Rachel's school Friday, then stayed over at Aaron's and Holly's. And stayed with Rachel one night. We also went to the arboretum, Aaron's place of work, and the flight museum among several other things. Oh, and we played Rachel's Nintendo Wii a lot too. That thing is really cool. I don't think I will buy one though.

Dallas is a fun place to visit, but there is NO WAY I would ever live there. I thought the group picture turned out really cool, considering my arm was the tripod.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

No place like home.




I suppose everybody is getting tired of hearing about goats and trucking, but since it is NEVER GOING TO RAIN AGAIN, that is all I have to talk about. Maybe after we visit the Dallas relatives, I will have some stories to tell. Brian was wondering what we had in the truck so I took a couple of pictures while it was at the house. Try to ignore the huge stash of snacks in the second picture. Amanda does keep me from getting too much junk food. I have cereal and crackers and juice and apples. The plug in cooler is really nice, except it freezes your stuff sometimes at night when it gets cool.

I am not sure what we are going to do about an a/c for the sleeper this summer. We have an inverter that will run stuff like the tv, but I don't know if it has enough juice, and if the batteries will last long enough with an a/c. It does have an a/c that runs when the motor is running, but we can't afford to let the truck idle all night burning $4 diesel. We will figure something out. Luckily we don't stay in the truck more than one or two nights a week.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Nothing really new



I just wanted to put up a couple of pictures. Wow those are pretty small. I don't know if we could ever get all the kids together for one picture or not, without penning them all up. And I finally got my #s and stuff for the truck. Maybe you can kinda make out what is on the door. Oh, well I am still figuring out this new site.

All the babies so far are doing ok. I hope we can get all the kinks worked out before next weekend. 12 kids. And we still have 2 mamas to go!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Goats coming out our ears.

I never expected to have so many twins born. Every nanny goat (except one) has had twins, with one having triplets. So we are up to 12 kids so far, with two mommas left. Now we are having some problems with the kids. One old nanny was in pretty poor shape, and we are not sure if she is giving any milk yet. We took one of her twins and hopefully "grafted" it onto the nanny that had one kid. She is a good strong one and should be able to handle the extra if she will accept it. Also one of the triplets is still a little slow learning how to nurse, but I think he will get it in another day or so. I will be glad when they are all nursing somewhere and they won't require so much attention. I will get some pictures up sometime when the wind isn't blowing so much and they all are looking good and clean.

Dawson is finishing his two loads for the week today, so I better write him another paycheck! He is doing a good job. It is working really well for us to trade out. The only problem is he has to stay down here once in a while and you know how it is trying to sleep in a different place every day.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Here I am!

OK, as soon as I said I didn't have enough time to mess with blogging, I had some time this afternoon to set up a new blog site. And say, I am liking blogger so far. I think I have a way to link to other blogs where it will update when they add to their blog. Here is the convoluted way I found to do it. First everybody has to allow blog feeds on their own blog for this to work. You can do that through Settings, Site Feed, Allow Blog Feeds. That is the default setting unless you have turned it off.

Go to the blog you want to link to, and scroll all the way to the bottom. And RIGHT click the "subscribe to:" link. Click "copy link location"

Then in your own blog layout screen, click "add page element" and find "feed" add to blog. Do a "paste" and save your settings. Ta-Da! It will show a link to that blog that will update whenever they update. Not quite as good as 360 but maybe it will work.

Oh, I don't know how to link to other blogs besides blogger yet, but I will work on it.

Edit:
OK it is very similar, on a yahoo 360 blog, go to the bottom of the blog you want to link to and right click the orange "RSS" button and click "Copy Link Location" and paste it like I mentioned before. BUT, if the yahoo account doesn't allow this feature the orange button at the bottom will not be there. Ahem, Holly I can't link to your 360 account because of this. Also you may have to do it twice because of yahoo's glitchyness.