Monday, May 5, 2014

Sunflowers on TV

Farmer Ted and I were watching TV last night and a commercial for KS tourism came on.  The I hear Ted say, "That's my field!"  Sure enough, we made the cut.

Last summer, the KS department of tourism was out at our place and they had a drone with a video camera shooting some film.  We had no idea what they intended to do with the footage until we saw the commercial last night.  This is the long version and we are at 1 minute, 50 seconds in.  (All of the short versions I've seen end with our sunflowers.)  Pretty neat!  And I'm now a fan of this Logan Mize who is singing.  (Ted met him when they were filming last year.)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chicken Aprons

I'm really not crazy..at least I don't think so...but I seem to do a lot of questionable things, like attempt to put aprons on my chickens.  No, I'm not one of those people who dress up their animals.  I don't judge.  If it's your thing, that's fine.  But it's not my thing...and it's clearly not my chickens' desire to don clothing.  

So, let me be more specific.  My chickens (all girls) have taken to (literally) picking on each other.  A few of them are pretty bald on their backsides.  When this happens, unless the chickens get bored of the activity, they tend to keep at it.  A chicken's tender skin is quite red from the irritation and chickens LOVE to peck at red things.  What to do?  I've read that chicken aprons (or saddles) will help.  To show you what I'm talking about, I could go take a bunch of pictures of my own birds, or you could look at this one from another blogger:


Pat, at Corn in My Coffee Pot, does an excellent job of showing you the same issue that I'm having with my birds.  This is one of  Pat's photos of her chicken, Ethel.  "Don't look Ethel..."  (Sorry.  Couldn't help it.)

Anyway, I've tried my hand at three fittings now.  I've failed each time.  At tonight's fitting, I took the girls some bread to lull them into a sense of security before I grabbed one and accosted her with the third revision of my apron.  Too small...after the first two were too big.  Ugh!  (Back to the sewing room, I guess.)  After I let the angry bird go, I noticed that I was pretty well covered in chicken poop.  That's alright.  The inside of my washing machine has seen far nastier things, I assure you.  One last check of the nesting boxes yielded me one final egg for the day, which I quickly tucked into the pocket of my poop covered pink John Deere jacket.  I threw the girls some meal worms as a reward for putting up with me and headed inside.  Not wanting to wear poop covered clothes through the house, as soon as I got inside the door, I took the offensive jacket off and chucked it downstairs because that's where my washing machine is located.  Then I remembered the egg.

*UPDATE*
After my hubby got home last night, he held Bully (yes, that's the name of this bird) and I managed to get the apron on her.  She seems very happy today and maybe the other birds will take the peace signs as a message.  Now to make a few more aprons for the other naked chickens...


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls and Migraines

Back in the day, I used to get migraines.  I still get them, but as I've aged, I've learned a thing or two about controlling them so they don't frequent my brain nearly as often.  But anyway, this post isn't about killer headaches so much as it's about cinnamon rolls.  How these two things link is that when I used to get a lot of migraines, I would wake up in the middle of the night and dose myself with a lot of caffeine...the only thing I've ever found that actually works on my migraines.  Well, when you are up in the middle of the night, completely jacked on caffeine, what is there to do?  Of course...you make cinnamon rolls!  Yes, for years the sweet smell of cinnamon in the morning could only mean one thing to my family:  "Hurray!  Mom had a migraine!  Aren't we lucky!"  I have no idea what first inspired me to make cinnamon rolls, but I did.  And I've made them every time since then.  The cinnamon rolls became a celebration of me surviving yet another headache.  (And if you've ever had a migraine, you know that me calling them "just another headache" is a pretty ridiculous statement.)  

Well, last night I had a migraine.  I went to bed with it and still had it this morning.  Guess what?  Yup! Cinnamon rolls this morning!  I strolled on over to my favorite recipe site and used the recipe for these cinnamon rolls.  All I need to do now is whip up some cream cheese icing, make myself yet another cup of French Press, and I'll be good to go.  (My rolls look a little naked without icing.)
Tip: When my house is a bit chilly, I put my rolls on a heating pad set to low and covered with a towel to raise.  Makes the process go a bit faster.
I feel like I could conquer the world this morning.  (I have no doubt that that's the caffeine talking.)  I wish you all a fantastic, blessed day full of love and cinnamon rolls...but without the migraines!
*UPDATE*
I'm currently eating my 2nd cinnamon roll.  While making the icing, I realized that I wanted it to be "cream cheesier" (is that a word?) so I swapped half of the margarine for cream cheese.  You really can't go wrong with more cream cheese.  Just sayin'...


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Crop Art

Many of the sunflowers are done flowering and are now just filling out the seed heads.  It makes for a fun time to "draw" on them.  It's fun to find the art that others have left behind.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Drooping


The heat is really taking it's toll on the sunflowers.  There is a noticeable difference today in how many of them are starting to hang their heads.  It's 100 degrees at the moment.  All I can say to that is "yuck!"

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Yellow Carpet


This picture from yesterday is as yellow as it's going to get.  From here out, the heat will quickly make the flowers wilt.  Remember,I tend to do more updates on Facebook (because it's faster).  You can check that out at https://www.facebook.com/GrinterFarms.  Plus, it's fun to see pictures that others have taken and share with us.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunflowers!


The field is gorgeous right now.  Enough said!