Happy Texas Farm

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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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Paradise Found, Gardening in Unlikely Places (book)

Paradise Found.  Every time I step outside at the Caradan place, this is what I think.  I also recently discovered a book with this title. Paradise Found, Gardening in Unlikely Places   The author is Rebecca Cole.  I hadn’t heard of her before, but apparently she has appeared on TV and radio regularly and her work […]

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More Hatching.

Lots of progress in the hatching department here at Happy Texas Farm. Chick on the way Our first chick finally made its way out of the shell with a little help from me.  I know there are many sources that say you should never “help” a chick to hatch.  However, after 10 hours the little […]

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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 am allowing myself to be swept up by a certain perspective.  All the work just “is what it […]

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Farm News

Here is the latest goings on at HTF. CHICKENS We experienced a loss- (see this post).  One of our roosters bit the dust. New life is also springing forth.  Huey (the recently deceased) may soon be a father.  We have had a Buff Orpington hen sitting for about 3 weeks.  One of our “wild” girls is […]

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RIP Huey

Huey – 04/2008 thru 05/2009 Our Light Brahma Rooster, Huey passed away on 5/12/09. He literally dropped dead.  Weird, but then having animals often does expose you to these sort of tragedies. Dave was taking some pictures of Huey and he was posturing toward Dave (as he always did) and suddenly he got a funny […]

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Offline For the Weekend

We are back online as of yesterday.  Last Friday a big storm came through our area.  I haven’t seen lightening of that magnitude in some time!  WOW.  I’ve always enjoyed big storms…of course you keep you fingers crossed that mother nature doesn’t body slam you.  Realistically there’s nothing to do but be as prepared as possible for […]

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Wheelbarrow

Today acquisition of a new wheelbarrow is on the “to do list”. We actually already have a wheelbarrow.  No way (in our world) we got by this long without one.  However, little good it does up being located in Wisconsin right now.  When we moved, our faithful wheelbarrow was one item that did not fit……..ANYWHERE.  […]

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The latest: Fence, Critters, Plants, & more

No sign of them yet….potatoes planted in old tires filled with soil I have heard from more than one source that this is a good way to grow potatoes.  Since we inherited some old tires with HTF, I have decided to put it to the test.  I only set up 2 stacks….if it works and […]

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Wildflowers

Wildflower Things are really getting green around Happy Texas Farm.  The land is bursting with color.  These are some pictures I snapped of the wildflowers growing on HTF.  Every day it seems like there are more….. Flowers by the well house.

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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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Recipes

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Ingredients and supplies I made my own laundry detergent today.  We finally got to the bottom of the giant sized thing of detergent we bought about 8 months ago.  Instead of buying another one….I wanted to have a go at this. Here is the recipe I used: 1 bar of Ivory Soap 1/2 cup of […]

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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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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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Before & Progress Pictures

Things left behind.  We had to remove these items from the garage and small storage building in order to clean them and make space for our things. There’s the front of the garage…now holding our tools and equipment….and everything that WAS in it…out on the yard. Dave surveys all the stuff we now have to […]

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Life During Moving

Our new place was vacant for some period of time before we purchased it.  When we had our first look at the property it was clear to see that there was work ahead in the cleaning. There is a large pit that was filled with trash located near the house.  Over time pieces of trash from The Pit had […]

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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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