rural life

Recipes

Soap Making – Basic Recipe

I’ve been making soap for years now.  I’m not too fancy about it.  I usually make this basic recipe with the addition of essential oils and/or oatmeal.  I do not claim to be a soap making expert, but I’ve made this recipe many times and it’s never failed to produce good quality soap. This recipe […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Old Building, Goldthwaite, Texas

I’m interested in architecture.  Structures can be works of art.   A lot of old buildings in small Texas towns are cool in this way.  Here are some pictures of buildings in Goldthwaite, TX. Same Building Lines

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Goldthwaite, Texas BBQ & Goat Cook-off

I believe this year marked the 12th Annual BBQ & Goat Cook-off in Goldthwaite, Texas.  Dave & I went and checked it out. Small town festival atmosphere.  Held in the city park shaded by huge trees beside a small stream.  Lots of families out and about.  Things for kids, crafts and other vendors, food, and […]

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