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Ok I've had about enough

Started Mar 25 0 Replies

I love winter but ya know enough is enough already Mother Nature can get over her hissy fit anytime now here it is the end of March and I'm still below freezing with not much sign of any long term…Continue

If the wild Mallards are anything to go by

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Paro Jan 4. 2 Replies

3 years ago we had a really cold snowy winter (last winter & the winter before we had a lot of snow but not as cold) and the wild duck population seemed to explode in our back yard with all of…Continue

My garden season has come to an end for the most part

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Paro Oct 19, 2013. 1 Reply

It's been so mild with a little later than normal Indian Summer that we just stripped the tomato plants 2 days ago, and the beans a couple days before that.I have a huge batch of spaghetti sauce on…Continue

I just have to say

Started Dec 14, 2012 0 Replies

That in the wake of the tragedy today in CT. my thoughts & prayers are with those 20 families that have suffered the unimaginable and all those children that had to witness that horror. My prayer…Continue

 

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Ok I've had about enough

I love winter but ya know enough is enough already Mother Nature can get over her hissy fit anytime now here it is the end of March and I'm still below freezing with not much sign of any long term let up any time soon - my high today was 34* . I'm ready for spring (we can even by pass mud season too thank you) and getting out and digging in the dirt and getting my garden started for the season - I know I can't plant until the very end of May beginning of June but I could at least get some good…See More
Mar 25
Karen Paro commented on Oak Grove Valley Farm's blog post Update on Oak Grove Valley Farm
"So glad to hear you are finally so close to move in day !!!!! Those little set backs and the high cost of needed utilities can be such a downer been dealing with some of that here to along with the added stress of DGS deciding to move out and move…"
Mar 18
Karen Paro replied to Karen Paro's discussion If the wild Mallards are anything to go by
"We've had a total of 5 storms so far 2 plowable before the first day of winter as well the next 2 were minor one was 3 inches the other mostly freezing rain but inland and further north got hit harder with that than we did, this last one we got…"
Jan 4
Oak Grove Valley Farm replied to Karen Paro's discussion If the wild Mallards are anything to go by
"Crazy cold in Missouri - have had 2 snows already all before the 1st day of winter.  Yesterday we had a 50 degree drop from the previous day.  We have had alot of hickory nuts and acorns so if that is a sign, I would definitely agree with…"
Dec 30, 2013
Karen Paro posted a discussion

If the wild Mallards are anything to go by

3 years ago we had a really cold snowy winter (last winter & the winter before we had a lot of snow but not as cold) and the wild duck population seemed to explode in our back yard with all of our birds, the next 2 years we didn't have any and it was snowy but not as cold. This year it's been bitter cold and we've already had 3 snowstorms (only 2 plowable) and a 4th on the way tonight and again this year the wild duck population is exploding. We're going thru a bag of grain every 2 days…See More
Dec 29, 2013
Karen Paro commented on Acre and a Half's blog post New Year
"So sorry to hear that the does never turned up Can't wait to see pictures of all the new little ones as they come along though"
Dec 29, 2013
Karen Paro commented on Oak Grove Valley Farm's blog post Missed the 1 year mark! Oh well, life happens...
"Our Thanksgiving was wonderful, had dinner next door with my mom, sister & brother-in-law, nephew & his girl and their 10 month old (he loves his Auntie to pieces and I get to have an Auntie day once a week). If it helps make you feel any…"
Dec 4, 2013
Karen Paro commented on Oak Grove Valley Farm's blog post Missed the 1 year mark! Oh well, life happens...
"Glad to hear you are finally getting close to mudding & taping when hubby & I built this place almost 20 years ago I didn't think we were ever going to finish enough to move in but we did and it's still a work in progress, right…"
Dec 4, 2013
Karen Paro commented on Oak Grove Valley Farm's blog post Lost 2 chickens.....
"That's GREAT to know!!!! Thanks for sharing that"
Nov 25, 2013
Karen Paro commented on Oak Grove Valley Farm's blog post Lost 2 chickens.....
"So sorry that happened   That second hen definitely sounds like egg bound that home remedy doesn't always work. We've lost a few to egg bound and one to prolapsed uterus, we tried the "first aid" too and like you ended up…"
Nov 24, 2013
Karen Paro commented on Oak Grove Valley Farm's blog post update for Oak Grove Valley Farm
"We're doing very well,- thank you. My garden was very good except my squashes I got a very late start this year because we had so much rain this spring so they struggled and by the time they were finally starting to take off we were getting…"
Nov 10, 2013
Karen Paro commented on Oak Grove Valley Farm's blog post update for Oak Grove Valley Farm
"Sounds like things are really starting to come together "
Nov 1, 2013
Karen Paro replied to Karen Paro's discussion My garden season has come to an end for the most part
"Just put up 15 qts of spaghetti sauce now on to the green tomato relish. While I was at the Reuse Room someone dropped of some utensils and there was a vintage ladle in the batch that made filling jars ssssssooooooooooo much easier and less messy…"
Oct 19, 2013
Karen Paro posted a discussion

My garden season has come to an end for the most part

It's been so mild with a little later than normal Indian Summer that we just stripped the tomato plants 2 days ago, and the beans a couple days before that.I have a huge batch of spaghetti sauce on the stove just waiting for my jars and lids to sterilize and the beginning of the week I'm going to be making a huge kettle of green tomato relish. I froze green & wax beans and have hopes in the next couple weeks of getting a batch of apple sauce cooked up.Our son built a frame for a raised bed…See More
Oct 18, 2013
Karen Paro commented on Acre and a Half's blog post Stolen Goats
"Any updates on the goats?????"
Oct 18, 2013
Karen Paro commented on Acre and a Half's blog post Stolen Goats
"That is just terrible I'm so sorry to hear this!!! I too am hoping for a miracle and you find them all alive and well."
Sep 23, 2013

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Finally starting to get some decient weather

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 11:02pm 0 Comments

First it rained for so many days that I couldn't get my veggie seedlings in then when the rains finally stopped and I started getting things in the ground the oppressive heat & humidity started and I just DON'T tolerate the heat very well so that put a halt to finishing getting the seedlings in. The heat and humidity have finally broken so I'm hoping to be able to finish tomorrow getting the last few things in the ground. Then it's on to deciding where the best location for my son's herb…

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Making extra money from home

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 10:41pm 4 Comments

This past spring & summer our grandson needed extensive dental work and the only dentist that I could find that would take our insurance wouldn't take his secondary insurance and because ours was the primary the secondary wouldn't reimberse for the co-pays so I was using part of my bill money to pay the dentist because they wouldn't make payment arrangements for the co-pays, so now with the holidays upon us I'm struggling to play catch up on bills and not enough money coming in to do…

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Bargain hunting

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 6:20pm 4 Comments

I'm always on the look out for a good deal and so far over the years I've scored a number of them for things we need/want but can't afford new. Most but not all have been free and a lot of those were side of the road finds.

Some of the things I've found on the side of the road free have been a 60's era Hamilton Beach electric meat grinder that works fantastic, 3 fans for times like this when it's hot but not hot enough for A/C, trash bags full of enough like new & new bedding for…

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Some days you just have to laugh until you cry

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 5:49pm 0 Comments

Around here you never know what surprises are going to be waiting for you, like the morning I woke up to an egg that had hatched a week sooner than I expected, because I was putting eggs in the incubators at different times I was writing the dates on them so I could mark the calendar with the approximate hatch dates so when I put the duck egg in I marked the calendar well guess what Aracuna eggs are the same color as some duck eggs Then you have the ducklings that just have to…

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At 10:55pm on January 14, 2012, Debra Benes said…

Karen, Thanks for adding me. I'm actually from Pa. Small town called Green Lane. Not far from Lancaster. I grew up on a farm, but when my Grandfather got really sick we moved to Fla. so my Dad could help care for him and my Grandmother. The country never left my blood or heart. I've been here about 16 yrs.. Where I'm at reminds me of Pa. I love your sign and I need to get one! I've been having similar problems here almost 2 yrs now. I think it's finally getting to the neighbors that they can't get rid of me and I am not breaking any laws here. I look forward to chatting with you and making new friends

Debra

At 9:05am on May 23, 2012, Tina said…

Thank you for the info on Maine! My husband and I traveled there during the fall and of course fell in love with it. I know it would be an excellent idea to travel in the winter and summer to see if we still love it. We have been doing some research on the area with regards to farming, jobs et.al. and will continue to do so. We hope to rent something just to see if we want to stay forever. We have many ideas as to what we want to do but haven't really put a finger on it. We still have our 23 year old at home, just graduated from college and has a job. Next, she's getting an apartment. Once she is settled we are going to really start looking for something that fits what we are looking for. $4K in taxes on a half and acre? That's insane! That's what we pay on our property in California and our house in CO. We will most certainly be checking all that nonsense. Our property in CA was a gift from a family member. We may move there, but it is high desert and I have been living in the desert that is CO for 12 years now. I want something different. We are blessed to have options. 

I love the fact that your family takes care of each other! That is a blessing in and of itself. I somewhat envy that. I think it's wonderful~

Blessings to you and your family on continuing to fight for what's yours and to continue doing what you do! You are an inspiration to many~

Tina

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