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ImageKathleen
Apr 1, 2011 6:55 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Well, here we go with new births and seedlings starting, spring work on it's way.
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ImageAnnaZ
Apr 1, 2011 7:30 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
I'm here..........just got back from "the hike".........SU said last night that as long as I was going that way anyhow, I might as well walk around the pasture and check the electric fence and see if it needs anything. Just some minor things.............a few insulators and he needs to take the post driver down and pound in a couple of the steel posts straight instead of the Leaning Tower of Pisa thing they are doing now. Big Grin Started to sprinkle when I was about halfway around the "40", but never escalated to anything more than that. I cannot wait for the spring peepers to come out of their hibernating mudholes and start their evening serenade.
ImageKathleen
Apr 1, 2011 8:02 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
I'm with you there on the peepers. Usually we hear them in March, but it's snowing again so there you go.

Saving to a stick is really easy. Go to File, click on Save as and choose the port where the stick is or the stick itself, depending on the program. At least that's how I've been doing it.

My adventure into more memory seems funny. I'll be upping my RAM to 2 GB. I have sticks with twice and four times the memory. When I bought this machine, we added extra memory for the photos - it has a whopping 256MB!

I need to get out and walk, but with the weather and my left knee it hasn't happened. I twisted it slightly awhile ago and it is taking its time coming back. Between it and my right hip, there hasn't been a lot of adventurous hiking off into the wilds.
ImageAnnaZ
Apr 1, 2011 8:09 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
And when you go out, they will all make room and say, "make way for Kathleen, the Gimp". LOL Just funnin' ya............
ImageAnnaZ
Apr 1, 2011 8:10 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Forgot to add.............but at least you will be out and moving.............I imagine that would help keep you somewhat limber...........or does alot of walking just aggrivate things?
ImageKathleen
Apr 4, 2011 7:29 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Actually, not so much a gimp anymore. I walk like a normal 5'2'' woman married to a 6' 4'' man - very long strides. Could not do that a year ago.

I walked down through the old orchard, now calf pasture, on Saturday and a ways back toward the woods through a rough meadow. The cows and heifers punched it up a good bit last fall and made for rougher walking than I like. Stan spread the pile out on the meadow I like to walk back, so I avoided that...

We're getting some of the rain from the big storm that's charging through the mid section of the country. A bit of lightning, but not too bad so far. I hope their forecast for the snow on the backside is right -" very limited" - but this time of year even the snow will green up the grass.

Stan had to juice up the fence around the paddock below the barn. The outside heifers did some minor rambling into the next paddock over yesterday. Such fun girls.
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 5, 2011 2:26 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I worked on fence all morning yesterday. Got the goats back up on the hill. They were so happy. They like to lay down on top of the hill and slide down on their sides. LOL Silly girls. It's funny to watch.

Though I worked all day cleaning up connections, eliminating useless strands, ect, it still does not show that there is power to the fence. Power to the box but I can't find my tester to see if there is power in the fence and I am not about to touch it to see. They haven't challenged it so I'm thinking the bulb on the box may be burned out. I'll keep looking for the tester.
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porkpal
Apr 5, 2011 4:09 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
You can test it by creating an arc with a screwdriver or something: touch the blade to a T post or other grounded metal first then let the blade come very close to the wire. If it is hot a spark will jump across.
Porkpal
ImageKathleen
Apr 6, 2011 7:07 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Hey, guess what, IT'S SNOWING ! No surprise there, it often snows on Stan's birthday, and this is it. He's jumped into a new decade. What fun.
ImageAnnaZ
Apr 6, 2011 7:34 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Oh, a number with a ZERO on the end, eh???? Entering geezerhood............ Big Grin Oh, it's not so bad...........much better than the alternative.

Cardiohiked a partially different route this morning...........took a little longer. Walked down to the timber at the farm we used to rent.......just needed a lookabout to see if I'd go there when it's SUNNY (what is sunny? Unknown concept lately......) there would be some photo-ops. Gotta be thinking ahead.
porkpal
Apr 6, 2011 8:50 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Happy Birthday to Stan!
Porkpal
ImageNEILMUIR1
Apr 7, 2011 1:55 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
I put these on for Cheryl on her new cubit which I hope cheered her up! It was the hottest day of the year yesterday at 88F in Hyde Park in Central London. I do not like going into London but for my cubit I had to go to a Royal Park.
So I thought you may like them as well.
Regards.
Neil.
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ImageAnnaZ
Apr 8, 2011 8:27 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Had almost a half of inch of rain during the night. Did my cardiohike on the road instead of the squishy field. LOL Got my garlics planted yesterday too. I ordered onions, they'll be shipped on the 18th. I am really looking forward to my "farming" this summer. I have not had a garden for probably 35 years. Just too much to deal with and having to do everything else I HAD to do.

So, what's everyone else doing?
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 8, 2011 9:09 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Neil, I love those Gypsy Vanner horses. I have a spotted draft cross mare who's name is Gypsy. LOL Thank you so much for posting them for me.

I actually feel like I am gardening now. I transplanted 6 purple sprouting broccoli plants from my winter sow jug into 2 hay bales. I also got 6 potato bags planted, 3 red pontiacs and 3 kenibecs. Going to plant more. A friend gave me the kenibecs today.

I got the strawberry bed made for my 50 plants another friend gave me. Just have to fill it with compost tomorrow and get the plants in. There was a small Japanese Wine Berry bush where I wanted to put the bed. I found it in the grasses when I was laying out the bed. I didn't want to waste it so I dug it up and planted it at the end of my golden raspberry row. Nine out of the ten raspberries I planted are leafing out and looking great! Yet another friend gave those to me. God has sure blessed me with wonderful, generous friends.

It sure was a nice day today. Not too cool or too hot. Just right with no wind or rain. But it's raining now. Hope it stops by morning. We have to fix fence at one of the barns tomorrow. It's also opening day at the local park so there will be a celebration with free food and live blue grass music.
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At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

ImageMaryE
Apr 8, 2011 9:44 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Cajun, I wish I had your weather. Ours started out in the low 20's, but with sun and strong wind all day. I worked in the greenhouse. We had salad from my newest lettuce plants tonight. The old ones are hitting the compost pile and I'm transplanting the younger plants as I empty their 1/2 gallon milk carton pots. Recycling the recycled! No rain or snow today, hopefully we can rototill the garden tomorrow.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 9, 2011 8:16 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
You are the recycle queen! I love to be able to recycle things and keep them out of the landfill. We generate so much trash in this country.

I planted some lettuce in my 2 hay bales but it wasn't doing anything so I put the broccoli in them. They are standing up nice this morning.

I so wish i had a green house. i am going to try and make a hoop house over my SFG at the end of the season this year.
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

ImageNEILMUIR1
Apr 9, 2011 9:29 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
I was just watching a Documentary on the Isle of Lewis off Scotland as I have been there. The standing stones are 2000 years older than Stonehenge and the worlds first ever chess set was found here. For years scientists have argued what these three sets of stones were in fact for, then someone suggested they were used as a farmers almanac. This was laughed off by scientists until now.
For the stones although put there by man some 5000 years ago can read the time the seasons, and the moon settings! This was proved by the Documentary team led by a noted and skeptical scientist who was amazed, that the spring and winter solstice could be read and the exact time and moon settings. Not bad after 5000 years.
See the stones. http://www.isle-of-lewis.com/history/standing-stones.htm
Regards.
Neil.
ImageKathyJo
Apr 10, 2011 3:18 PM CST
Name: Kathy Jo Brady
Fayette, Missouri
It has been a few days since I have checked in..

My Youngest daughter's father in Law passed away unexpectedly .. My son in law's family is in Bulgaria..so my son in law is in Bulgaria, and since my youngest daughter is expecting we have been spending lots of our "down time" with her.

I did get to spend some time her on the farm this weekend though.. Yesterday was spent planting baby trees.. over 40 of them.. They will need to grow some and then I will graft onto them.

and then today, I worked on fence.. The cows were really tired of their winter pasture.. and they certainly didn't want to continue eating hay with all the green grass coming up on the other side of the fence.. They pushed down some old rotten posts.. so I had my work cut out for me.. but the weather was beautiful this morning..

Now watching the sky.. It looks like it might rain.. and I really don't want to water all the baby trees if it is..

Kathy Jo
ImageAnnaZ
Apr 10, 2011 4:17 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
What kind of trees?
ImageMaryE
Apr 10, 2011 10:14 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
The surest way to get it to rain is to water those trees!

One of our neighbors has very bad fences. I don't know what keeps most of his cattle in, but some of the smaller ones (fall calves) were on the road yesterday and today. Good thing there is very little traffic, and what there is know to look for Johnny's cows.

We got the garden rototilled yesterday, and the grapevines pruned. Progress!

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php

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