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ImageCajuninKy
Mar 19, 2011 10:00 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Water is a very powerful substance. It is absolutely imperative for our survival. It can be devastatingly destructive as we have so recently seen with the tsunami in Japan. I was born and raised in south La. where hurricanes are a way of life and flooding is a constant threat. Yet, when harnessed, water can be very useful. It can be used for irrigation to water crops that feed us and our animals. It can be used to fill ponds to raise fish, crawfish and shrimp. It can be purified to use for drinking. And who has not enjoyed a cool dip in the pool or swimming hole on a hot summer day?

One of the most beneficial uses of water is to create power. Huge turbines can be kept in action producing electricity to run large areas of whole states. Large dams must be constructed to hold back enough water to run the turbines. But much smaller sized and simpler equipment can be put to use in small streams to make enough electricity to power a house and outbuildings if done correctly and with common sense. I am speaking of the lowly waterwheel. When placed in a small creek and connected to a generator and bank of batteries, electricity can be created and stored to be used when needed. A friend of mine is doing just that at his cabin in the hills of Alabama. He is totally off the grid. That must be a real feeling of accomplishment and freedom. I have the luxury of a small, picturesque creek running through my front yard. Each time the power bill comes due I dream of a water wheel in my creek. And for some strange reason, a caliope is always playing in the background. :)

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Imagestormyla
Jul 8, 2011 8:32 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Water is indeed a very precious resource and I'm always looking for ways to conserve it at home and to repurpose the water that I do use.
ImageCajuninKy
Jul 9, 2011 8:39 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
We got a really good rain the last 2 days and sure needed it. My creek was running low. If this place belonged to me I'd be doing something more permanent in the creek.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 9, 2011 8:46 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Cheryl, How long do you think you'll be staying there?
ImageCajuninKy
Jul 9, 2011 9:09 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
We never know. We are in the ministry and God might move us at any time. Makes life a bit harder but it has it;s rewards.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 9, 2011 9:12 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That is tough, but then there is also something so nice about being "portable". Smiling
ImageCajuninKy
Jul 10, 2011 7:17 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Moving the farm is hard. But the animals mean so much to us.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 10, 2011 9:06 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I think that it's wonderful that they do. Some farmers seem to view them just as objects.
ImageCajuninKy
Jul 10, 2011 6:45 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
We don't have so many that they are just numbers. They all have names. But I am faced with downsizing right now. It's a hard decision but has to be made. Grain is too high to keep the extra numbers.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 10, 2011 10:21 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That is so sad Cheryl. Couldn't you sell shares in their future milk?
ImageCajuninKy
Jul 11, 2011 8:59 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I only have 2 adult goats. Goats are actually very economical animals to keep. It's the dogs, chickens and horses who are eating us out of house and home. We sold one horse and lost one to a freak accident. We still have 7 horses and are looking to sell 2 or 3 more. The chicken feed is outrageously expensive. Wish I had more egg customers. I have the hens for sale and if they don't start moving I am going to start eating them.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 12, 2011 7:55 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Wow, I didn't realize that you were speaking of that many animals. Yes, animal food and care are very expensive.
ImageCajuninKy
Jul 12, 2011 10:28 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
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If everybody who saved cartons for me would buy their eggs from me my problems would be over.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 12, 2011 1:47 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Cheryl, did you ever think of putting a notice up on Craigslist?
ImageCajuninKy
Jul 12, 2011 6:32 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
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There isn't one close. I did put it on a local website for our county and I have signs up locally but no takers or very few. Live and learn I guess. This is not good egg selling country. My Momma's chickens can't lay enough to fill all her orders. She lives in southeast La. That's good egg selling country.
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ImageElena
Sep 26, 2011 6:46 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Are you getting the chickens down to a good amount to keep for the winter? I figure by now several have been boiled, baked or fried for supper.
Imagestormyla
Sep 27, 2011 1:00 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Gosh Cheryl, after all those months of drought, we now have been besieged with water. It sure would be nice to find some ways to harness all of that water for power or whatever. Blinking
ImageCajuninKy
Oct 5, 2011 7:30 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
The rain here comes and goes. It has been enough but not too much so we are very blessed.

We lost another horse to sudden death. It was so mysterious and heart breaking. It was Glory, the TWH mare that lost an eye to a freak accident nearly 2 years ago. She had dome well with the eye injury and was back to her old self. Then we lost her barn mate and she was depressed. She was just coming around, eating well and playing in the lot. A friend watched her running around like a young filly while he cut the grass and that night I found her braodside in the lot dead. No signs of any struggle at all. She was the only "high dollar" horse we had. Her breeding was impeccable.

We are down to 6 horses now and have them all in good quarters for winter. That is such a relief. A friend built me a chicken house by his barn where I have a mare and it is great. I have my keeper chickens in there. Going to get the others in the freezer before winter so i won't be climbing the hill in the snow and ice.
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ImageDonkeyJay
Oct 5, 2011 7:58 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Sorry to hear about your loss, Cajun. You've certainly had a tough go of it w/the horses & goatlings this year.

We had a nice long, gentle rain for several hours yesterday & I think there's some snow up in the high country. We've only gotten about half our usual annual 18"; the creek has been pretty much dried up for a couple of months now. So listening to the rain was glorious. Big Grin

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ImageCajuninKy
Oct 5, 2011 8:03 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
We have had it rough but things look better for winter. Tug tried to colic on me but 5cc of banamine set him right. He had a kidney infection too. I imagine it was because he wasn't drinking enough after i moved him back to the other barn. They have a different water source. The cold came overnight too and I think it all worked together to stress him out. He is fine now.

Glad you got a good rain. I know you all don't get much moisture up there.

We got a few days of steady rain and it was hard at times. It caused a bit of flooding in our creek and moved some big rocks around. It also filled in pools with small gravel so the creek has a bit of a different look to it now but nothing than can't be worked with.
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