Saturday, December 31, 2016

Highlights of 2016

January 2016 brought the Liberty Bowl Razorback game!  WooPIG!
And, we got our first snow at the farm...first snow with chickens and donkeys...and only snow day of 2016. Beautiful!!
February 2016...what do you know?  I turned 29 again!
And, I got a super sweet 4-wheeler for my birthday! (That's my Sunday School teacher, who happens to own a Honda shop and delivered my 4-wheeler!) :)  This was one of our best purchases for the farm!!!
March 2016 was eventful...with one of my favorite library events, Dr. Seuss Day!!
Then, I bought 8 more baby chicks and we went from 8 to 16 chickens! LOL! Earning my title #crazychickenlady
We also went on our first camping trip of the year during Spring Break and it was SO COLD!!  And, the place we originally went was closed and we had to scramble to find a place to camp! :)
And, Big Bear went on a mission trip to the Dominican to build a new church.
April 2016 was when we got the text asking if wanted a free goat...

And, then it just got crazy!  We had to finish the garden area, finish the new bigger chicken run and then start on the goat shed and goat fence!!  It was a month of coming home from work to work until dark!
All for a free goat! LOL!
May 2016 was when we officially went goat crazy!  We got Pop, the free goat, but he would need friends.  So, we got him two fainting goat buddies.  Snap and Crackle! LOL!
They were/are adorable!!
It was also the first horse show (for me...we missed the April ones due to all the goat preparations!)
And, at the end of the month, our nephew got married.  
June 2016 was more horse shows!!  My niece is amazing and beautiful!
We also added two adorable barn cats to the mix.  Oh, the cuteness and just in time for summer break!
And Katniss:
We basically just enjoyed summer days of momma not going to work every day. :)  Big Bear had knee surgery in June too, so we had to stay pretty inactive.
 July 2016
We had a big 4th of July bash at the farm!  The poor animals were exhausted!! LOL! 
Big Bear had a birthday...29th?
We also managed to get in two camping trips with a little fishing!

August 2016
Back to school and I went to my first book signing and met an author! 
September 2016
We tried to escape for a weekend getaway and it turned into worse trip...mark it as the weekend Katniss got sick and we raced home for an emergency vet trip.
October 2016
was the first Arkansas Goat Festival...hilarious!  LOVED it!
And, of course, the Book Fair!!  Arrgh!
November 2016
was the meeting of my second author!!  Margaret Peterson Haddix!! Exciting!
We were able to escape for a mini-vacation to Branson and then on up to the Missouri/Razorback game.  It was good for a half. :(  Ballgame was embarrassing but the trip was much needed and good!
It was also the making of the Benson Christmas card...
December 2016
Christmas card fun!  Followed by Christmas, family, and vacation!
And, Big Bear inherited his dad's tractor!  Big day on the farm!
All in all, not a bad year when you look back!
Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Catching Up!

It's been a whole week!  Where has the week gone?  It has FLOWN by!  
We had Saturday with Big Bear's family for their Christmas.  Then, Christmas morning here.  I love Christmas morning. Just staying in our PJ's and having yummy breakfast tacos and enjoying a low-key morning ... and of course, seeing what Santa left in all our stockings. He even remembered Bubba Bear! :)
Around lunch, we headed out to my parent's farm for Christmas lunch and a little firing range action.  I got to shoot my new 380, but I have to admit, it's not my favorite. Hope I get used to it so I can use it as my concealed. We'll see.
 I wonder how many fish were harmed in the firing range at the big pond! LOL!
We have had some moments of down time and much needed relaxing this week, but have also got a lot done.  Our rent house is turning over and we needed new floors in the kitchen and laundry area, so we've dealt with that and finding new renters.  But it all worked out and God is good!
We managed Day 3 on the donkey shed and got the posts set.  We also moved it up a foot in the back so it's 12x11. Something to do with the overhang.  I just agreed to moving one foot but no more! ha!
And, sadly, we lost a chicken this week.  Our first predator in 2 years!!!  One weak spot in the door of the run and he pulled her through.  Poor Jackie.  I hope it was quick.  We have reinforced the door.  Added a game camera and a trap. I went out last night multiple times to check on them and spotted the predator.  We are dealing with a nasty ole opossum.  He's going down though!  No one messes with my ladies!
That's the quick run down of the week.  Only 3 more days off and I'm back to work.  Then I will be back on a routine.  But I'm NOT READY! :(

Friday, December 23, 2016

Day 2 of Donkey Shed

Not a lot of progress today.  Big Bear is super busy catering right now and our rent house is turning over, so we are a little preoccupied.  But, day 2, we did get the 4x4 posts purchased and dropped off ... baby steps! LOL!
And since we have no running water down on that end of the property, I got the water buckets filled to use to set the quikrete for the posts. This was before I realized we weren't going to make any progress today...but we are set up and ready! LOL!

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

This book wasn't as good as some of the others to me.  It breaks off into too many story lines.  I just am not that into the Lord John and William story line and this book seemed to focus a lot on it.  Give me Claire and Jamie!  Only one book left in the series...then I guess I will start watching the series so I don't have to say goodbye to the characters!

Summary from
The Seventh Outlander novel from #1 National Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon.

Jamie Fraser, erstwhile Jacobite and reluctant rebel, knows three things about the American rebellion: the Americans will win, unlikely as that seems in 1778; being on the winning side is no guarantee of survival; and he’d rather die than face his illegitimate son — a young lieutenant in the British Army — across the barrel of a gun. Fraser’s time-travelling wife, Claire, also knows a couple of things: that the Americans will win, but that the ultimate price of victory is a mystery. What she does believe is that the price won’t include Jamie’s life or happiness — not if she has anything to say.

Claire’s grown daughter Brianna, and her husband, Roger, watch the unfolding of Brianna’s parents’ history — a past that may be sneaking up behind their own family.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Day 1 of Donkey Shed Project

Nothing gets past these two!  They knew something was up and they were ready to supervise!
Since we need to park the tractor where the donkeys currently reside, today was the "ground breaking" on the new donkey shed! 
First, a little bush hogging to clear the area.
We picked the spot yesterday.  It's a little down hill from the wind and will be blocked on both sides.
 We had a little clearing to do, but not much.  Still the chainsaw got to make an appearance today!
 There were too many stumps in our original spot so we backed up a little to a better "ground" area.  
To sum up day 1, we cleared the area, measured it and squared it up for a 12x12 shed and got the holes dug for the 4x4 posts.

Tractor background

The story of how the tractor came to be on our little hobby farm...
Big Bear's dad has had this tractor for the past 21 years and had bought it from his uncle (Big Bear's great uncle) who had bought it off the showroom floor in 1987.  So...this tractor is a piece of family history.  It has always been owned by the family and passed down.  Once Big Bear's dad decided to sell his 20 acres, the tractor needed a new home.  Who better to take care of it and actually USE it!?!
It is an International and was one of the last models sold as International before they merged with Case.  So, no green tractor's for us. :)
It has a bush hog that has always been with it and will come in really handy for us as we begin clearing out some woods.  We are on 10 acres, but only about 4 1/2 are actually cleared.  It's a slow process, but we would like to make better use of our land and start clearing some of the other 5 1/2 acres.  
Big Bear PROMISES to be VERY careful!!  He has also promised to be sure ALL pets are safely inside the house while tractor is in use!
And, in true form...nothing is ever free...where we thought we were going to park it, it won't fit.  So, we are having to build a new donkey shed so the tractor can park where the donkeys are currently.  Construction starts today!