Caradan

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June in Texas

The weather is shifting to blazing, summer hot.  The nights aren’t cooling down enough to offer much relief.  In summer it’s often high 90s (Fahrenheit) from dusk till dawn.  This is my least favorite season in Texas.  In the daytime, I’m not bothered so much.  But hot nights make me restless.  It isn’t fun to […]

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Helicopter, Wild Hog, Beautiful Days

Dave and I went to town yesterday morning.  There’s a community rummage sale being held at the courthouse square.  For $20 anyone was allowed to set up and sell whatever.  I wasn’t impressed with the turn-out for sellers.  Not many and a poor variety of stuff.  I’m betting the poor participation has a lot do […]

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November Day

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” – Henry David Thoreau Mornings and evenings are brisk.  I enjoy this weather.  The straw bale house is cozy and there’s a lot of contrast to when I outside where it’s cold enough to see my breath.  The […]

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Eating off the Land

  SQUIRREL. First squirrel into the stew pot. I liked it.  The Other Half liked it.  Worth repeating?  Definitely. How I cooked it: Chopped the body into four pieces. Browned these pieces in pre-heated coconut oil. Added water.  Simmered for 2 hrs. After 2 hrs in went carrots. When the carrots were almost done I […]

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Cleaning Up Caradan

The temperatures have been 20s-30s at night and early morning.  Fifties during the day.  Perfectly wonderful in my book. I’ve been working outdoors every day.  General clean-up and organization.  When we became the new owners of this property it had many things I’d rather not have acquired.  We’re still dealing with this stuff. There was […]

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Minimizing, Living Simple = Ahhhhhhhhhh

Last week and over the weekend we gave away and sold some things that we did not use or need.  This lightening of the load is part of a continuing process that started slowly about 2 years ago when we moved from Wisconsin to Texas. When I look around my environment and take inventory of […]

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Happy We Survived This Storm

Yesterday evening was an adventure. Around 6 pm our area began being hit by a large storm.  Wednesday we experienced a huge storm as well that had us worried, but it paled in comparison to Thursday’s event. When the worst of the weather reached HTF we were in the older wood frame portion of the […]

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Lizzards and Chicken Tractors

Today while Dave was taking Shorty for one of her mandatory walks around HTF, they spotted a rather large lizard. I was going to try to catch a photo of him….but he evacuated the area when I moved in for a closer look.  FAST! He was hanging out (literally) on a big stalk of some type […]

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In Pictures

I’ve been finding lots of bits of broken glass in the garden and certain areas on HTF.  I am considering using some of the pieces in a mosaic of some sort.  Perhaps some artwork object for the garden. Pictures of the new chicks are on the way!

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More Chicks

The chick count is now up to 25.  Unfortunately, this number may soon be down by one.  The reality of having animals is not always happy or fun.  Life has many components that we may not perceive as good, but it is what it is. One of the chicks hatched out in the incubator has […]

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Hatching

FINALLY.  It appears that one of the eggs in the incubator has started to hatch. I noticed it this afternoon when I was turning some of the “younger” eggs.  I heard peeping.  I stopped and listened;  I thought it might have been a bird singing outside, but no….it was in the incubator.  So I looked […]

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Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Texas Farm is located in an area that used to be a small settlement.  Like so many of its kind, the little community has faded and the businesses are long gone.  Not far down the road in either direction are some old structures covered in vegetation on their way to being swallowed up by time.  Grey wood farmhouses and buildings that were once the […]

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Fence Up!

This is cause for celebrating on HTF!  The fence is finally up. Hooray- Hooray! I still need to paint everything- including the artwork on the gate (which I am looking forward to)- but the wire stringing is done and no more t-post driving. How did we do it? I’ve assisted on fencing projects and so I had knowledge to […]

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Overwhelming? Maybe it just “Is what it is”

Often when I look around HTF I see ALL the work I want to do and I am inspired!  Other times I feel overwhelmed.  Aaaahg!  How can we ever hope to get it all done?!!! Then I realize I’m allowing myself to be swept up by a certain perspective.  All the work just “is what it is”.  […]

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Garden Gate Pictures

Garden Gate Latch This is the latch Dave made for the gate.  We’d been thinking it over for a few days.  I still didn’t have any ideas.  I was hung up on using the old gear that Dave found half-buried in the dirt near the old gin foundation.  It just wanted to be a door/handle […]

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Building a Sturdy Garden Gate

Dave has been designing and building the gate for our garden fence project. HE is happy to report that this endeavor is nearing its conclusion. Dave doing some maintenance on the welder cord so we don’t get zapped! The gate is going to be large.  We wanted plenty of room for the wheel barrows of garden […]

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Stop and Smell the Roses

Roses The rose bush in the “front” yard is blooming.  This is the first flower….but it shows promise of many more.  I will have to get an updated picture when it is covered with more flowers. Stopping to smell the roses….a good thing to remember to do.  Dave and I have been exploring our new […]

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A Day In the Life (pictures)

A common sight in Texas. This one is in our neighborhood. This old truck is also near HTF. Squash- ready to soon go in the garden! On the day’s list- get chicken food

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Treasure Hunt

We have begun our hunt for materials.  In building our house we are hoping to use salvaged material as much as possible. The internet is being utilized to help in our search.  We’ll see what results that yields.  I am optimistic.  I will be reporting on this as things progress. We are planning a 900 square foot house. In addition there will […]

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Future Farm Projects

Completion of the Fence is the priority right now.  We might have been much farther along on that project, but mother nature has been an intervention.  Too much wind….now rain. But- only a bit more welding to do.  Dave has a gate to make and I have four more 2′ holes to dig.  Not a big deal…won’t […]

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Rain

In the early morning hours we were awakened by thunder shaking the house.  Texas thunderstorms can do that. Because the house has almost zero insulation in between the roof and our ceiling, we get wonderful rainstorm accoustics.  At about 5am we got some musical hail.  It wasn’t large enough to do any damage. The intensity […]

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Late Start Garden

Some seedlings on the porch. Due to the recent move, we are getting a late start on garden projects.  Even so….I’m just going to try to deal.  We shall see what happens.  Planted these about 2 weeks ago. Tomato cold frame Those plants got their start in this swing-set frame that came with the property.  We wrapped […]

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Fencing: Farm Sport

We are putting a fence around our garden spot. It was never a question of whether we’d need the fence.  Only when and how.  Not only do we have free-ranging chickens, but the deer out number the people around here by a great deal.  While some of our new neighbors claim no issues with deer […]

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Moving…Are we THERE Yet?

When I went to college I moved a few times.  My load was a bit lighter then.  When I met Dave, I made my biggest move to that date.  He flew down to Texas to attend a friend’s wedding with me and then we drove to Wisconsin with all my meager belongings crammed into my […]

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End of a Search, Start of a Farm

On the last day of February 2009 Dave and rose early.  I filled a green metal thermos with coffee, gathered the dog gear, and my backpack.  All the necessities of a journey. Then we loaded ourselves and two Jack Russells (Shorty and Tuff) into the Toyota and hit the road.  We cut through the back way from […]

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