Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Home Again, Home Again

 My planner looks like a intarsia sweater full of color work. Each person has a color assigned to them because of the mass amount of writing on each day's space. It keeps me from being utterly confused of who's going where, when, and what event I promised to attend. The amount of field trips in May for just two of our four grand daughters staying with us is insane. The oldest has nary a one poor girl. 
I had to take out my spinning wheel for a while today to restore some sanity after being at the school for our fourth grader's rendezvous. They panned for gold, churned butter, guessed animal tracks and much more making it a full days events. I only attended for a few hours with our four year old. She was the only one that figured out the frog tracks. Now how did she do that? There were 90 some students participating.
The crowning event was the trading time where the students brought at least ten home-made rendezvous period type items that they had made. I giggled when our 9 year old grand daughter brought home banana bread. How many mountain men do you think had bananas to make bread with? That was a stretch but I'm sure the little girl enjoyed making it and our grand daughter enjoyed eating it. They learned a little and laughed a lot and what could be better?
(Our 7 year old bringing the gang home.)
All this crafting and running around has us going a bit crazy. At this same time we are having a bit of a fencing problem. The goats went through the lay-down fence of our neighbors. We need to tighten it but they still will probably go through. Most of our land remains unfenced and the pasture is getting eaten down. Not to the damaged stage but to the less desirable than the neighbor's stage.  We'd never heard of a lay down fence before we moved here. The fence literally lays down. There are a few wood posts down the fence line to which the fence that lays down attaches in the summer standing it upright. We have deep snow most winters and it will literally pound a metal t-post all the way into the ground. It does a number on the wood ones too. With the fence laying down it minimizes mending fence.
The gulley next to the fence gets a good 10 to 15 feet of snow in an average winter. The north side of our property has a permanent 3 to 4 foot drift all winter.
To solve the problem we put the goats up higher nearer the house to and they began going through the fence on the north side. We put cow panels up along the pen area with the five strands of existing wire and told the does STAY!!! The bucks go out with the steer in the day time as they won't go far from the does. At night we put them inside a shed locked tight. Wolves were roaming by a few weeks ago and killed a calf nearby so I'm sure they would just love goat meat too. Oh the joys of living in the country where bears, wolves, mountain lion, coyotes, and fox roam.
We had hoped to get the garden fencing done because I tried trenching a few pathways and marking 3 permanent raised bed but the chickens came in immediately and smoothed everything out. So frustrating and so much for planting as I now know for sure they will just dig it up or eat the seeds. We lost most of our last years garden to them.The chickens flew over the previous owners fencing and helped themselves. We found out that 12 chickens are one thing in a BIG garden but 22 are something quite destructive.
We badly need that garden with the increase of mouths to feed. My onions have arrived and with the warmer weather I could be planting BUT.... This weekend I hope we can get the garden fence done and I get started planting.
So many projects and so little time.

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