a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Lil Lady's Got Legs!

Less than twenty-four hours old, this girl is leggy.
We were worried at first, thought Mom might need some help.
Every thing worked out and this lady was born.
Mom is not too happy with my picture taking but she didn't get too excited.  That is the nice thing about Gelbviehs, they are pretty calm cattle.  I think this little lady is a keeper.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

You Were Right...

I have downloaded so many pictures with my over eight hundred posts, I have no room. I would not have known to look without your help. Thank you.

I have purchased room for another gazillion photos so watch out! Farm world overload.

I thought about deleting some older posts. I read some and could not for the life of me delete even one. It is a story of my life, my attitude, my accomplishments and my failures. I can go back and read and feel the same way again. Nope, deleting was not an option.

So, for tonight only, maybe, you are stuck again with my words.

Today was a busy day but I think I want to tell you about one of my customers.

I shall talk in his voice and let him tell his story. He is not much older than me but a little differently put together as you will see from his stories.

I am expecting some money and when I get it, I will buy you a car. I am sueing the county(unnamed) because they tased me and set my jacket on fire and burnt it up for no reason. They beat the s--- outta me too. I am leaving town because they are trying to kill me but I will be back for court and then I get my money. I am singing and at five dollars a head I make good money so I am going to hit the road. I can pay the box rent then.

I am going to run for sheriff because I know everyone, spend alot of time down there and I have to be a better one than the one they got.

I haven't got my check. I was supposed to get seven hundred back from the government two weeks ago. Now why does it take the government six weeks to get me a check when I have to send them one right away. They told me it was in the mail, like I haven't heard that before. I am calling Obama and see if he will straighten it out.

I lost my box key, someone stole my truck and I know who it was and they totaled it, pushed the engine right through the radiator, costs me twenty-five dollars to tow it to someone's yard. That engine was good, it only had 130,000 miles on it and I'm putting it in another truck and it might take me awhile. So I need a new box key cause the sob who wrecked my truck stole my keys too. I know where he lives so I may go get my keys, it was two men and a girl that tricked me.

Gail: Are you following this? This is after he crawled under a fence by the po and stayed on the ground long enough that I checked on him. He staggered into the lobby and thank goodness, someone offered to drive him home so he could take his medicine.

Working for the public is a pleasure, very entertaining and I love it...some days.

This N That With No Pictures

Either my computer is crazy or I am.  I try to upload a picture and it says, site had exceeded number of times to retry.  Any computer experts know what is going on?  Is my computer too full or my blog have too many pictures.  I am lost, as usual.

I must show pictures, perphaps I show too many!  My words are never good enough to describe what a picture can say.

The weather has been dream weather.  Things are growing like crazy which means soon our maintenance will not break even with the growing.  In the pastures, this is good.  Not so good in the yard.  Every thing Marcy has planted has come up so we will be blessed with food and flowers.  I even planted some old dry butter beans from a bag to cook and every one has come up!  I don't even like butter beans...hubby does so hope he will enjoy the fresh ones when they come.

The flowers are stunning and I WAS going to share some of those but I will have to wait and see what my computer problem is.  In the meantime, you are stuck with only my words.

After six weeks, my voice is here more than gone.  I still cannot hear well but I think I am getting the best of this unnamed crud that has dominated every moment of my life for so long.  I shall miss it when it is gone.

The horses are shedding their winter coats quite nicely and are getting their summer shine.  I love it!  I spent yesterday evening scratching, brushing, hugging and loving them.  I still think the best smell in the world is the smell of a horse.  I buried my face in their necks and did get my daily hit of that lovely smell. 

For those horse experts, I have a bay Arabian that seems to be dappling...is that possible with a bay horse?

We have a new baby heifer, doing well.

Hubby is donating a bull to the school to raise money for the new PA system for the sports field.  The bull have been trimmed and photographed and chances will be sold to win him.  I hope he raises enough money to pay for the entire system.  Hubby would be so proud.

Work, sadly, beckons me and I must heed the call.  One of these day, it will no longer call and I can spend my entire day At The Farm.

When There's A Job...

Bosses are very important.
We have to direct the worker,
Making sure he does it right.
Making piles to burn and making our work easier.
Then we have to inspect.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Clearing Old Fence Rows

The day looked rainy but it did clear off.
Time for some fence row clearing.
This is the end of Dad's old garden where he had built two fences high to prevent the deer from eating the garden.  Years of growth and wear meant it was time to push it out and open up the view a little.
This is now the orchard with a stream beside it.
The work sure is easy with the right equipment.
Would have taken us months with hand tools.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Things I Leaned In The South


A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.

There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in the South.

There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in the South, plus a couple no one’s seen before.

If it grows, it’ll stick ya. If it crawls, it'll bite cha.

Onced and Twiced are words.

It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy!

“Jaw-P?” means “Did y’all go to the bathroom?”

People actually grow and eat okra.

Fixinto is one word. It means I’m fixing to do that.

There is no such thing as lunch. There is only dinner and then there is supper.

Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two. We do like a little tea with our sugar.

Backwards and forwards means I know everything about you.

The word “jeet?” is actually a phrase meaning “Did you eat?”

You don’t have to wear a watch, because it doesn't matter what time it is, you work until you’re done or it’s too dark to see.

You don’t PUSH buttons, you MASH em.

“No, Jew?” is a common response to the question, “Did you bring any beer?”

You measure distance in minutes.

You switch from heat to A/C in the same day.

All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect, or animal.

You know what a DAWG is.

You carry jumper cables in your car - for your OWN car.

You only own five spices: salt, pepper, Tony’s, Tabasco and ketchup.

The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local high school sports, motor sports, and gossip.

You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.

You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit a bit warm.

You know all four seasons: Almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas.

Going to Wal-Mart is a favorite pastime known as “goin’ Wal-Martin’” or “off to Wally World”.

You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good chicken stew weather.

Fried catfish is the other white meat.

We don't need no dang Driver's Ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive dag-nabbit.

You understand these jokes and forward them to your Southern friends and those who just wish they were from the SOUTH.

I Love The Hidden Places

that no one seems to find easily.
Interesting rocks with mossy caves,
 a hidden stream in the underbrush,
and cystal clear water begging to quench your thrist.
These are the places I love to find.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Work Continues...

When I should be hearing the birds singing
and the chickens going to roost,
I am hearing backup alarms
and noisy equipment.
The double poles will be replaced with the single taller poles
They have pullies which the electric wires are threaded though.
When ice builds up on the wire the spring on the pulley will stretch.
Hopefully, this will prevent the outages we have during severe weather.
Maybe one pole will be better than two but I sure hope they get them straight and they are through soon.
I am tired of the scenery!

Saturday Evening Skies

The sky cleared the middle of the day.
Almost dark, the storm moved in again.
There was beauty in the darkness.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Walk With Dogs

The creeks were up after the rain.
The rock bridge was covered but Seymour still crossed.
Maggie never passes up a chance to cool off,
and Lil is right behind her.
The pond is full.

Friday, April 23, 2010


is what this sky says to me.

I have been talking to my computer for days if you are wondering why I haven't been by to visit.  It decided to go loopy on me.  It decided to freeze,  would not move no matter what I promised.  I would ask it to do one small task and then would lay down in the floor, hoping that it would complete that task when I was not looking.

Three evenings I have laid in this floor, trying to convince my computer to cooperate.  I guess I finally  stroked enough keys to make it happy.  My desktop is active, my picture is back, my email is working, and I can post without waiting for hours.  If my answers to mail seem clipped, they were.  I would type one  l-e-t-t-e- r at a time as I waited for the words to appear.   It was very difficult to not rip this thing out by all its cords and jump up and down on it repeatedly.

I have discovered I have more patience than I realized.  Thank God for that, I really could not afford another computer.

Now the storms are moving in and I shall unplug to avoid the lightening strikes and pray you are all safe tonight.

Just Flowers

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Temptation, Thy Name Is Horse!

Sam and Levi...wranglers,
 brought the gray brothers to my work.
Levi will not part with this four year old
but this three-year-old gray stud is for sale.
I want them both but Levi is not budging.
Give a hundred for both, Levi.

Touring Is Part Of The Job

This is the New Ground.  It was the New Ground forty years ago when Dad first cleared it and made pasture.  It will always be the New Ground.  This is the highest point on the farm and you can see forever.
The fertilizer is showing by making more green.

And we tour, counting green grass as if it were gold.
It is gold for the farmer with stock to feed.
We find equipment in odd places, waiting for the next crew.
We have ten foot holes, three feet around, covered.
They will set the single poles and pour in concrete.
The idea is to withstand any natural disaster.
There is also beauty in the woods.
The dogwoods are in full bloom.
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