Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 97

Everyday Ruralty
Summer is in full swing, the family is busy, and life is anything but boring. Welcome to the farmhouse. I think it would be a wonderful day to visit under the crab apple tree like we did two weeks ago.
We had an interesting sheep situation. Two ewes gave birth at the same time. The weaker ewe gave birth to a big, healthy baby. The stronger ewe gave birth to a tiny lamb. The stronger one preferred the big lamb, so she stole it. She wouldn't let the other ewe take the tiny lamb, but she wasn't being the best mom to it. The weaker ewe is still wondering what happened. We have taken the smaller lamb to bottle feed. We could see that it wasn't doing as well as it should with her. The other lamb would not have it.The big strong lamb was named Solomon, after the Bible story where King Solomon had two women both claiming the same baby. In his wisdom, he threatened to cut the baby with a knife. The real mother spoke up to stop him by saying that the baby could be given to the other woman. She loved her baby so much that she wanted to protect it. King Solomon knew that she was the real mother by her act of love and unselfishness. Her gave the baby back (unharmed) to its real mother. The woman falsely claiming the baby was really Baaaaaaaaaaad! Oh, Patrice! That was a pathetic attempt at humor!

Wendell won't be at our chat today. He is staying with his friend, Cocoa. They are living in one of our barns for the time being. Cocoa is our Houdini horse. He ran away the fist day we returned him to the horse pasture, after his sickness last month. Wendell had been back out with the draft horses, but we had a super hot day (96 degrees) two weeks ago and he refused to come up for water. He managed to get pretty dehydrated, so we brought him up to the barn for some TLC. You might ask why a horse would not come up for water on a hot day. Good question. I think the Lyme disease two years ago left him- hmm, how do I say this- it left him so he is no longer the sharpest pencil in the box. Thankfully, C.S.Farmer and D3 figured out he was in trouble very quickly. He's okay. He and Cocoa want cable so they can watch Mr. Ed, The Black Stallion, Flicka, Sea Biscuit, and old westerns. Send Popcorn and carrot juice!

  1. How many times a week do you have a green or veggie salad?
  2. Do you pray? (You may skip this if you do not wish to answer.)
  3. What season is your birthday? You do not need to give us the date.
  4. Do you have dinner guests often, every now and then or not at all? Wendell says he can be there for dinner as quick as a wink!
  5. Could you describe yourself as a DIY- Do It Yourselfer?
My answers:
  1. This time of year, maybe five or six times a week. I would like to have them year round, but I usually only have spinach growing in the greenhouse. I love spinach!. By the way, I have started making salad dressing each week. I used to buy certain brands (organic, gluten and soy free). They were really adding to the grocery bill, so I dabbled with salad dressing recipes until I found one everybody liked. It is so cheap compared to buying them. With the family and the employees, we were emptying a bottle in one to two days. Now I just throw more in the blender. It takes less than ten minutes, start to finish and costs a little more than a dollar a recipe.
  2. Yes! I'd be lost without it.
  3. I was a spring baby.
  4. I have folks visit for dinner every now and then, but I have farm employees and volunteers for a big mid-day meal each of the week days. It is often just our farm manager, but it can be as many as five extra people.
  5. I am definitely a DIY type of person. Partially because I hate wasting money. Partially because I get a kick out of being able to do things myself. I have a re-upholstering project that I have been procrastinating. It intimidates me, but I will be a big girl and tackle it one of these days. There are so many tutorials online, that it is really easy to find out how to do things.


  1. Poor Wendell! Happy that he's getting some special attention during these hot days. :)

  2. I also love spinach, and we often have spinach salad.

  3. Spinach salads are the best - and the spinach in my garden is almost ready!

  4. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm spinach, one of our favorites.

  5. glad you are keeping a close eye on your favorite boy...

  6. Very nice and you are so busy all of the time.

  7. Oh, poor Wendell. I'm thinking he and I would get along just fine 'cause I'm not always the brightest bulb on the tree myself!! ;-) HOPE the rest of your week is great.

  8. We have greens everyday but not in salad form. Though we will have more since it's summer.
    Prayer? Yes, though not as much as I should.
    I'm a winter baby.
    We have DoodleBug everyday now that she's moved back in...does that count? LOL I don't have as many extras as I did when the lovelies were coming along.
    I'm a DIY type gal. To the point of being anal. It's a control thing. :)

    Hope the family is well!

  9. What a deal about the sheep! I'm glad everything is getting worked out though. Poor Wendell, he makes up for his lack of sharpness with cuteness though. :)

  10. I can't wait for the spinach in the garden to be ready. But I love salads even when the veggies aren't in season. My favorite is the fresh tomatoes right from the garden though! Yum!

  11. I love spinach, too. Growing up, Popeye and me were buds, only he had bigger muscles and the cool sailor suit. haha

    I left some carrots for Wendell on my blog. Hope he likes them. :)

    I enjoyed the chat. Have a great week!

  12. I love spinach, and don't like lettuce at all!

  13. Funny how things work out with lambs sometimes!

  14. I'm waiting for the tomatoes.


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