Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
This is the look I get when I say things like: "Honey, now that you have an evening off, I have a list of about a thousand things I want you to get done before tomorrow morning when you go back to work...okay?"
Just in case you are wondering, during planting season, Ted sets the alarm for 4 am, may or may not hit "snooze" until 4:30, work all day and get home between 9:30 and 10 pm. That's why an evening off is such a BIG DEAL!!!
Tomorrow, when the rest of the USA will be laying flowers on graves or maybe grilling a hot dog or a burger with family and friends, Ted will be working. As much as all of that spring rain got him so far behind in the field, I could really use for him to have a rain day right now!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Next, she needs to measure out the lye. Lye is an alkali and very caustic. She also will measure out a certain amount of water into a pitcher that will soon be combined with the lye.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This is the field Ted is planting today. It is not normally this GREEN before he plants. Since we are so far behind this year (due to all of the rain) we have all of these weeds (in this case, "volunteer" wheat) that got much larger than would be normal. The weeds have been sprayed so that we can no-till the land. This saves the soil from erosion.
This particular field was full of these:
Friday, May 15, 2009
I've been a "birder" since I was a young child. My mom got me started, as she always used to take us kids, field guide in hand, to drive around a wildlife refuge called Squaw creek in Mound City, MO. We would look at all kinds of ducks, geese, eagles, etc., and try to identify them. I loved seeing the rare birds that you just didn't see every day: a Belted Kingfisher perhaps. It was an outing that we always enjoyed.
The Indigo Bunting has been a regular at the feeder this year.
The Northern Orioles (Baltimore variety) have returned and are feeding like crazy. This one found my feeder before I had a chance to fill it.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Speaking of hens, this is what they look like when they grow up. We like them because they lay lots of pretty brown eggs, and because they are pretty gentle...as far as chickens go. We can actually lift them up when they are sitting on a nest, collect the eggs, and lay them back in the nesting box without getting pecked.