Fencing

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Posted by kat | Posted in Farm Projects, Our Goats | Posted on 30-04-2011

So I finally got a fence put up, took me about three days or so to do it.  I am sure your asking, why after all these months and even years, I finally got the fence up.  Well! Two reason,  One, I finally had enough saved up to buy wire and two, the baby goats were playing King/Queen of the mountain on my car.  They bent one of my windshield wipers and my husband and I, had finally had enough of seeing them on my car.  It is not up perfectly, as I don’t currently have $600.00 to buy all the fence post I need to fence  in the whole property, even at 8ft apart.  I was planning on using landscape timbers, they are $1.97 each.   So how did I put it up???  I wired and or zip-tied it to trees, it’s not exactally where I want it, but it’s close enough for now, I still need to find a good way to tighten the fencing up, but at best the goat’s won’t get out.

Baby Ducks

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 21-04-2011

It took me what seemed like forever, but I finally found replacement’s for the four baby mallard’s that I had hatched and sold.  I made $12.00 on them, which almost paid for the bag of feed, that I had to buy.  I am hoping that I can eventually get my lone male to join them in the coop I am going to build and then I can hatch out and sell the ducklings.   I wish I could do the same for chick’s, but not real likely, since I would then have to figure out a way to vaccinate them for all the disease they can get.

Atlanta Temple Open House April 9th-23rd

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Posted by kat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 13-04-2011

Monday, we as a family went to the LDS Atlanta Temple Open House.  I have been there several times before, but was usually a little harried to really take the time to enjoy the peace that can be felt.  There was an 11 minute video, followed by a tour of the temple.  It was nice to be able to go and at least for a little while, forget the cares of the world.   As members of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I think that sometimes we take for granted the connection that we feel to God and that he really is our constant companion.  They have redone a lot at the temple, new artwork, they took out the rentals unless your doing baptisms, they have new lighting and everything.  The chandler’s look like they belong in some castle or fancy theater.   They were absolutely the most awesome thing I have seen.  For those of you who might not know, for members of the church, a temple is the most sacred place on earth.   We believe that when we are in the temple, that we can be closer to God and in turn be better able to understand what the Lord wants us to do for him.  It’s also where when we are found worthy, can be sealed to our families for time and all eternity, not just until death do us part.   While the Atlanta Temple is not my favorite temple or even the temple, I wanted to get married in,  IT IS a temple that is SPECIAL to me, because in May my husband and I will celebrate 13 years of marriage that started the day we got married in the Atlanta Temple.

Four little Ducky’s, went out to play!!!!

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 11-04-2011

OK! Well only sort of have they gone out to play.  I posted a few weeks ago, about the mommy duck that was sitting on a nest of 11 eggs, we went out one morning and the duck was gone.  There was a few feathers and seven eggs were left in the nest.  I immediately, brought the eggs in and set them up in the incubator and put the incubator in the back bathroom.  It usually reccomends that you let the incubator settle by running for a day or two, before adding eggs.  I didn’t have the time to do that, so I was really worried that they wouldn’t hatch.   I tried candeling the eggs, but I couldn’t tell if any were bad or good.   I had several issues of getting the temp right, they are supposed to be incubated at 99.5 degrees.   The incubator was as low as 85 and as high as 105, we still seemed to have 4 of the 7 eggs be viable, I am not sure about the last three eggs.   We had to be gone part of today, so I checked them right before I left and they were still only cracked.   We got back and checked, two had hatched.  One was all dry, the other was still wet and a third you could see the feather’s on.  My youngest, who still doesn’t understand leaving them alone, helped the third one hatch.  It seems to be doing fine, ducks are a bit sturdier then chickens, so we will have to see how long it continues to survive.

UPDATE:  As of 6:30am of April 12th, the last egg had hatched.  Came home after dropping kids off and it was all dry, so it is now in with the other three ducklings.

A shed finally

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Posted by kat | Posted in House Projects | Posted on 03-04-2011

Currently all our tools and food storage are in the house, this wouldn’t normally be a bad thing.  The only problem is that, while we have a fairly good sized house, a lot of the space is not utilized very well.   I have lot’s of cupboards in my kitchen, but only three of them actually had shelfs, and a few of them only had a partial shelf.  I added a few shelf’s where and when I could, but it still hasn’t given us enough space.   So I have been saving up to build one, we didn’t want anything smaller than a 12×24 and we figured that it would take us about $3,000-$4,000 for us to build one.   A friend recently bought a shed, and found a good deal on one, so I looked into the place and was able to find one that would work.  The place deals in new and used sheds, the used ones are still in decent shape and since we didn’t care if it had been owned before or not, as long as it fit with what we were willing to spend.  They happened to have an 12×32 shed that is all wood construction and it had a rolling garage door as well as a regular door, it only has one window, but we didn’t really care about how many window’s it has.  So we talked it over and decided to go ahead and take it, we would still be with out a shed if we tried to build it ourselves, it’s not that we don’t know how to do it, it’s just that it never seems to get done, when we try and do things ourself.  My fence around our property is a perfect example, it’s still not done and we have been here for 11, year’s next month.  It’s not that we procrastinate or anything, it’s just that with kids, my husband’s health issues and life in general, something always comes up that causes delays.

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