Live Through Us at The Burrow


June 2010

Barn and Cows

Well, Arlis just couldn’t control himself.  We now have a Dexter cow and a mini Dexter heifer.  The cow’s on the left, about 4 years old, the heifer’s on the right, her calf.  We’re looking for a bull now.  Funny story.  Arlis asked his brother-in-law to get the cows because we don’t have the delivery abilities.  (Don’t worry Joel, we’ve advertised that we need delivery when purchasing the bull.)  The first time they go, the heifer runs off and they gave up after a few hours and brought the cow.  The next day they got the heifer and broke down on the way.  I felt so awful…I still do.  They finally got her here.  What made it worse is Joel and his friend were looking forward to roping the heifer and when they got there, she just shot in without a problem.  sigh…


They’re still very skittish, but very nice.  The cow got Mya one day-gently, it was hilarious.  No harm done at all.  We bought a halter and will try to halter train them as soon as the barn is finished.  The barn is almost done, just the back and roof left.

I’ve gotten quite the tan, and one day it started hurting (I’m assuming a burn there).  I’ll probably wear the bikini top again soon, but between times, I wore a long sleeve shirt and Marcus’s hat for sun.  I tried sunscreen and it was worse than without.  So, after getting soaked feet every day, and dirt stained socks from the garden, I bought some boots to go with the hat I bought to stop using Marcus’s.  I bought everyone Wal-mart rubber boots months ago, and regret it.  They’re horrible.  Arlis’s are unusable, and mine are ripping.  Dad wanted a picture, and so I attached it here so everyone can laugh at it.  And yes, I posed, but I am impressed with the photo.  Arlis caught the sun well.

It’s difficult to change cultures.  There is still stigma attached to people who dress certain ways, and act certain ways, but I’m getting there.  I will say I look forward to the day higher waists are here and my gut can fall into my pants instead of my shirt.  You can turn your head in disgust with the man who hangs out of his clothes, but women don’t take to that too kindly.


We got rid of the ducks this morning.  Arlis was sick of the nasty mess and the water everywhere from the chicken waterer.  We couldn’t bear to eat them b/c we went into it as pets, not like the chickens.  We gave them to our neighbor with the ponds.  They appear thrilled and his wife went nuts-in a good way.  We also had coon trouble.  We stayed up one night to shoot it.  I shot several times and missed the little bugger.  We bought shells and decided to target shoot b4 trying again.  We haven’t had the opportunity to yet.  On my behalf, I had never shot Arlis’s little 22 pistol.  If I had had my 9mm, it would be dead.  The hens laid some eggs outside the coop.  They’re eaten and just shells now.  They don’t lay there anymore, but we still need to get it before it finds a way in the coop.  It had been eating the feed we kept outside.  We had it in a can, and that little booger opened it up!  We also have a skunk problem, but I don’t think it’s a danger, just an annoyance.


Well,  it’s hot and I’m tired.  We have to work on the barn tomorrow and get beetle traps.

KY Trip

I decided to spend my allowance on the family going to a ren fest.  We found one online and got there to see tickets costing more than advertised, none of the acts we saw online that we wanted to see were actually there, and the only food was pineapple on a stick for $3.  So we drove back the whole 5 stupid hours upset and disappointed after 20 minutes and several less dollars there.  They actually made me open my bag to check for bringing in food or drink.  We ate at Cracker Barrel, so not all was lost.


Everyone donated a portion of their allowances and bought a pool…I don’t think the ground’s level, do you?


OH, and I have driven through KY but never actually gotten out and done something there….don’t.  It was not pleasant.  Here are some pics of the trip.



The water seems really low!

Various Lessons

I’ll try to get all this in here.  I’ll try to remember all the pictures.  We are harvesting our own beets and potatoes as necessary for meals.  We have fried potatoes with sandwiches for lunch and we even had a beet salad.


The really cool beets, chiggoria, have alternating colored rings


and their greens can be eaten raw in a salad and are quite tasty.  I tried cooking the others and was not impressed.  The blueberries are annoying as they tease us daily by dropping an unripe berry and looking ripe even though they aren’t.  I don’t know when they are, I just know it’s not now.  I ate one that was half ripe and it tasted good where it was blue inside.  They look good on the outside, but are green inside.

We have finally caught up with the weeding to where I can keep it under control.  I transplanted what was left of the corn so that I only weeded 4 rows instead of 13 for only a few plants.  We were going to order more seed only to find everyone backordered, and then I decided to just let it go as it’s our first year and we’re still trying to figure it all out.  The beans are doing well but were infested with the Mexican bean beetle.  They look like an armored lady bug and are in the same family as the lady bug (lady beetle).


The tomatoes are strong and I must say every plant (the EXACT same as what I planted from transplants) is MUCH thicker and stronger than what grew in the soil from transplants.  Arlis wants to transplant next year.  We’ll see.  The chickens are ecstatic with their addition.  We cleaned out the back area of poo and fixed the fence to be run worthy and let them go.  We got a bantam off Arlis’s aunt who gives them away to people b/c she sits alot and has raised a few broods.  We hoped that she would brood for us.  No, she just stands next to the red trying to lay an egg and squawks like an angry jungle fowl.  I didn’t think it was a chicken at first until I saw it myself.  Then she gets in the nest, moves the red’s eggs to the side, and proceeds to lay her own.  I think she would brood if she were separated out.  We’ll look into that later.  For now, we eat quiche about twice a week and the fish quiche was actually my favorite.  I made a pepperoni (turkey pep) pizza quiche and it was loved by all, I still like the fish one better.


I have learned many lessons:


1. Don’t poke your husband who’s deathly afraid of snakes with a stick in the leg when you’re wiring a fence in a pile of leaves.

2. Carry a gun with you at all times when you’re in the field. (many critters)

3.  Herons like the neighbor’s pond.

4.  It’s hard to break the suburb out of the suburbanite (our neighbor from W Knox mows EVERY DAY!!)

5.  Children are much better when working and not talking to each other or trying to play a game as there’s much less fighting.

6.  Ducks can laugh at you and sound just like Donald.

7.  Know what your plants are going to look like before you weed so that you don’t let the weeds get too big. (next year will be much easier)

8.  Work is never done, take advantage of the rain days and clean up inside while you can still tell where the sink is.

9.  Spiders get big round here



10.  Blow out your zapper with an air hose daily (many were blown away, but the pic shows what I blew out after less than a week-we wondered why it quit working)


11.  Dogs are stupid.


That last one has to do with Mya.  She came home, not once, not twice, but THREE times with what we believe to be porcupine quills.  All the web pics show porcupine quills as different, so if you know what these are, let us know.


Oh, and what is this?

My asiatic lilies that were a gift from Starks are doing well:

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