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July 8, 2009

Week of 7/06/08

Monday 07/06/09
I milked two gallons from Hattie and then was off to the Houston office. I work with the best folks, love them!
Dave grilled rib eye steaks on the grill; they were so big the three of us could only eat 2 steaks. Delicious!
Dave worked on farm chores like fixing gates and watering. The drought continues.

Tuesday 07/07/09
It rained in the night! It was not a dream!! It rained a little more in the mid-morning, all in all 1.8 inches. A wonderful reprieve!
Hattie gave 2 gallons this morning. The hens are affected by the heat and are only laying 2-3 eggs a day. That is ok, I am not baking right now and we are not going through them very fast.
We had leftovers for dinner, not exciting for foodies but good stuff just the same.

Wednesday 07/08/09
No milking this morning, I had early conference calls and then a dentist appointment.
I awoke to the smell of coffee, fresh flowers in the kitchen, a cake on the counter and the Beatles singing “Today’s Your Birthday” (na na na na na)!
It is a tradition around here. J
Dave boiled 15 pounds of shrimp for dinner, a very special treat!
Thursday 07/09/09
No milking today.
Traveled to Beaumont, it was murderous to have to turn the car off knowing how hot it would be inside when I returned to it! The heat index was 109 today.
Dave made silage with the corn stalks today. This evening we made a bit more with a few more corn stalks and sunflower stems. The part that did not fit in the cooler (stand in for a silo) we fed to the girls, they loved it!
I thought I thawed hamburger this morning, not so. It was actually pork sausage so I made pork sausage helper for dinner. Need to put the glasses on and drink coffee before I take things out of the freezer!

Friday 07/10/09

Hattie gave 2.5 gallons this morning; thank you Hattie!
I over watered the garden today (i.e.: forgot the hose was on). I don’t think any of the plants will mind!
Today was the day to treat everything for worms (prophylaxis only); I chose cayenne pepper this time. Other weeks I rotate DE (diatomaceous earth), garlic, Basic H; and twice a year we use Cydectin. The cows got their cayenne powder sprinkled on cucumber and mixed with molasses, the sheep got it mixed in with their yeast and alfalfa pellets and the chickens got cayenne seeds on top of milk. They all gobbled it up.
Josh fixed queso dip for a snack today, he and I ended up having it for dinner.
Saturday 07/11/09
We skipped milking this morning.
Josh and I went to The Woodlands to look at a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Gym. I was pleasantly surprised with the gym and the professionalism of the coaches. He will start next week. On the way home we stopped by a local farm stand and picked up corn, beans, peas, plums and two of the biggest tomatoes I have ever seen. Somebody’s garden is doing well!
I made corn chowder for dinner with some of our fresh corn and some from the farm stand, delicious.
Later this evening I went for a 5 mile bike ride. Max inspired me with the report of his 35 mile bike trip to visit Joann, eat lunch and bike back home.
The ride was interrupted twice by packs of loose dogs, not strays, just dogs that live at two houses along the route that like to chase, and are not suitably fenced. After making it to the turnaround point I loaded my pockets with rocks for the trip home. I am a bad shot with rocks, but pretty good with a chunk of asphalt. I got bit on the foot by a heeler mix (he just got my shoe thank goodness). The rocks and asphalt chunks did help, but I think I will need to get some mace before I make another ride through the gauntlet. The idea of hurting someone’s dog is upsetting, but not near so upsetting as the idea of having to get rabies treatment or be seen in the ER for a dog bite. Their owners obviously do not care much for the dogs to allow them to run free. No telling if they have been vaccinated. Grrr!
Sunday 07/12/09
Hattie gave us 2.5 gallons this morning.
Later when all the cows were out back and I was in the garden, Vera spotted me throw one little cucumber over the fence and made a beeline for it. I could see Hattie in the back pond, laying down in it. I was not surprised that she did not get out of the cool bath to come for a few garden treats.
I watered and pulled weeds until I was a few minutes from heat exhaustion, and then worked on changing the milking inflations and cleaning up (in the shade).
I spent most of the rest of the day indoors making cookies for the boys and doing homework.


  1. Happy Birthday, what a lovely way to wake up!

  2. Happy Day! Cake for breakfast -- that's my kind of tradition!

  3. Hey-you're in GREAT birthday company!!Jeff's dad's b/d is on the 8th, too! He turned 79 today! And I'll agree with Jo-cake for breakfast-yummy!! Hope you had a wonderful day-Shrimp for dinner is ALWAYS a plus!! :)