|Take a break and see what we have been up to on SweetWater this week.|
Nate and I have been combining our strengths lately: shopping and fixing stuff! Farming life can be expensive if you are not willing to do a little discount shopping and get your hands dirty. So we have been slowly adding to our farming tools. Remember that trailer we bought for about $900.00
With the trailer almost ready, Nathan and I have been continuing our quest to find farm equipment we will need in the near future. Sure we can run to Tractor Supply and pick up the newest John Deere, but that would be cheating. Remember the chickens haven't produced any golden eggs just yet, so it is all about the discount shopping. Of course we continue to partake in our daily ritual of searching Craigslist and other internet discount, trade, and online auction sites. So far Craigslist seems to be the best way to find great deals and free items, but we wanted to broaden our resources so to auction we went.
Last Saturday, we hopped in the truck for "date day" and headed to a local farm auction. It might not sound like a glamorous date, but it is fun to get out and explore new parts of the country. Besides being beautiful countryside, there are lots of local attractions you can see on the way.
|The first ever Wal-Mart is about 20 minutes from SweetWater|
Speaking of misfits, SweetWater seems to be a fountain of youth for the critters. Xander continues to follow me everywhere and keep that young pup Simon in line. If you saw how fast he runs these days, you would not know that I thought I was going to have to send him to the great dog farm in the sky a few months ago. He may be 14, but he is living like he is a young pup. Edgar, our resident cat, is happily expanding his reign of power. After 14 years of being an indoor cat, he is now allowed to be a daytime outdoor cat. He is taking advantage of every minute and even trying to trick Nate into letting him out at night too. Of course he has not ventured too far from the house because the "white dragon" (Simon) still thinks it funny to chase him. Let's just say...we are working on that. Simon loves having the menagerie of animals here. For a puppy, playtime is important. If he wants to explore, get Truman. If he wants to play chase, get Xander. If he wants to get me riled up, chase Edgar and the chickens. It is hard to be bored on the farm now.
|Sir Simon with the "Goose of All Seasons" after learning it is not a chew toy. (nom, nom)|
The chickens are getting bigger and fatter. I find myself reminding Nate more frequently of our deal when he stares a little too long at their big fat juicy legs. "These 13 chickens are for eggs only...our next batch...that is a different story." Anyway, they are growing nicely and we still are playing the rooster guessing game. We did have two escape chickens, but they were easy to catch. They don't like to leave the others so they just hang around the gate. The first time it happened, Poe (one of the black ones) walked right up to me, let me pick her up and put her back in the coop. The second time, Brinkley (one of the brown ones) played "Duck, Duck, Goose" with Nathan. Xander tried to help, but I think he was just trying to help it into his mouth...so we suggested he not help. After a few laps around the coop, I heard a squawk and Nathan had sweet Brinkley in hand. Long story short...I have to keep reminding Nathan, these ones are for eggs only.
|But what about Truman?|
As you can see we are all finding our place on the farm...even Truman. Truman and I seem to enjoy the big machines. You can usually find me on the riding mower cutting the walking paths and around the house. Plus "Truman the Tractor Dog" and I like to sneak off in the Case 580 Super E (big tractor) when Nate is not looking and look for logs and sand. As long as I pet his head, Truman is happy as a clam being copilot on our farming adventures.
Well that is it for now. Thanks for stopping by our blog. I hope to get more pictures up soon. I took some pictures of the inside of the house because I know our moms will love to see them. So now that I posted it here...I better get to it. Check back in a day or two on the photo page. Time for dinner now. For some reason, Nathan's famous chicken wings sound so good right now. Don't even think it...I was thinking of the store bought chicken wings...not the ones outside.
|Thanks for visiting, but now it's time to play!|