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12-09-2019 04:41 PM
ECIN Mel - I went back and looked that house over better - Boy I don't know , I did not see any vents in any of the floors for heat , A/C - Seen one gas heater built into the wall - and if you look at the outside - you will see what looks like a 40 gallon LP tank - I seen NO A/C outside either . The I noticed the wires going into the house - I bet that house has only a 100 amp service in it and wonder when there was any updates on wiring . I also bet that house is sitting on rocks = no foundation - notice how low the house sits by the grass = I seen no blocks . Tin roof looks like it was put over the old shingles or what ever - it don't appear to lay right + that tin is old ! They did not use full sheets from top to bottom - they made work with what they had - I guess - Thinking about - for only 219 . 2800 hundred feet + a 3,000 store??? I'm thinking there is some major work that needs to be done - how knows - go look at it - you may get it for 175 - 185 ! But it may cost a 100 grand to fix it like you want it .
12-09-2019 04:29 PM
MeadowCat
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I have a question ! How come most on here had Grandpas or Great Grand parents have a farm and nobody followed in there footsteps ? I could see MC chasing them poor kitties - lol

One of the best things on the farm when we were kids was hunting for baby kittens ! I will say them momma cats were pretty smart at hiding them !

AND MC - when do you get your new kitties ? any names picked out yet ?

Right at a inch and 2 tenths here and still raining
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The kitties are so cute ! And oh so small !

Oh don't quit your farming talk ! enjoyed it You covered lots and lots of bases very well

Now this is a good one for yeah - Down at Shelbyville , there are building a state of the art processing plant on the East side . Guess what they are going to make ??? They are going to make fake hamburgers , the way I get it they are like the new ones like burger king are selling ! Vegie ? Right here in the middle of corn ,bean , Beef + pork ! AND the town of Shelbyville is SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy !

WHAT EVER
I just HATE the myth that it's good for the planet...I don't love huge feedlots and it's not good to plant the same crop over and over and over and over...but real farming, with rotating crops, and with animals fertilizing the ground....argh! There was a great article shared by Protect the Harvest that I can't dig up anymore. (If you're on Facebook, I recommend following them...I think you can also sign up for their newsletter if you aren't on FB - really good info!).

Most people also don't realize how insidious the Animal Rights agenda is...(and animal welfare is NOT the same as animal rights). Groups like PETA are well known, but the Humane Society of the United States are working to do a lot of damage, too, and there are a lot of other groups out there doing a lot of damage to farmers, to pet owners, to hunters.... it makes me furious.
12-09-2019 04:16 PM
ECIN The kitties are so cute ! And oh so small !

Oh don't quit your farming talk ! enjoyed it You covered lots and lots of bases very well

Now this is a good one for yeah - Down at Shelbyville , there are building a state of the art processing plant on the East side . Guess what they are going to make ??? They are going to make fake hamburgers , the way I get it they are like the new ones like burger king are selling ! Vegie ? Right here in the middle of corn ,bean , Beef + pork ! AND the town of Shelbyville is SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy !

WHAT EVER
12-09-2019 04:15 PM
melbrod
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What a cool looking house Mel ! Love it ! You could probably convert one of the bedrooms to a Master with a Master bath - maybe what ? 10 to 15 grand , all depending on which imported tile you use ! Really just a small fix ! And the Store !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You could reopen it - Maybe call it Drucker's ! I think you need to check into this a little more
You know, I almost got to the point where I was thinking that the old store could be set up to be a computer haven/hangout for the son (and me, occasionally).

Oh man, I would so not fit in there. From what my sister said a while ago, the folks there (you know, the ones who have been there since revolutionary times) are still back in that time period and rather.....clannish?? I'm not sure us city folks could quite hack it.

Geez....I really am intrigued. I wonder....
12-09-2019 04:08 PM
melbrod
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You know, Ken, I don't know why that family farm didn't get passed down...by the time I was old enough to know anything, the "kids" that it would have been passed down to were my grandparents and their siblings, and then my dad...and they were long grown up. And now, of course, I see all the stories about how hard it is to make any kind of living as a farmer on the kinds of farm my great-grandparents had....it makes me sad that it's no longer possible to live that kind of life, or at least to do it easily. I have a few friends that farm (more Dobe people!) and it's so hard to hear how difficult it is - a dairy farmer, a cattle farmer - it's just really rough, with the increasing (false) messaging out there that somehow it's "healthier" to be vegetarian, that farming is bad for the environment...all of that. I have nothing against vegetarians, but there is a lot of misleading information out there that simply is not correct. We need farms, badly. We especially need farms that rotate crops, and we need animals that help fertilize the soil. But don't get me started - I get myself really worked up!

Anyway, on the kitty topic...yes! They have names Matilda and Augustus (he'll be known as Gus Gus ). They come home the weekend of Jan 25, so we have a ways to go. We're pretty excited, though - been buying some kitty stuff!

If you're interested - this is their baby picture from a while back. Gus Gus on the left, Matilda in the middle. https://www.instagram.com/p/B3X0y1lH8Ov/

More recent pic of Matilda: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4X5vweH5TG/
Cute, cute. Now you've almost got me wishing for kittens in addition to puppies. But Trip finds it tough to share our time with HDD alone, so adding other critters...probably not good.
12-09-2019 03:58 PM
MeadowCat
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Originally Posted by ECIN View Post
I have a question ! How come most on here had Grandpas or Great Grand parents have a farm and nobody followed in there footsteps ? I could see MC chasing them poor kitties - lol

One of the best things on the farm when we were kids was hunting for baby kittens ! I will say them momma cats were pretty smart at hiding them !

AND MC - when do you get your new kitties ? any names picked out yet ?

Right at a inch and 2 tenths here and still raining
You know, Ken, I don't know why that family farm didn't get passed down...by the time I was old enough to know anything, the "kids" that it would have been passed down to were my grandparents and their siblings, and then my dad...and they were long grown up. And now, of course, I see all the stories about how hard it is to make any kind of living as a farmer on the kinds of farm my great-grandparents had....it makes me sad that it's no longer possible to live that kind of life, or at least to do it easily. I have a few friends that farm (more Dobe people!) and it's so hard to hear how difficult it is - a dairy farmer, a cattle farmer - it's just really rough, with the increasing (false) messaging out there that somehow it's "healthier" to be vegetarian, that farming is bad for the environment...all of that. I have nothing against vegetarians, but there is a lot of misleading information out there that simply is not correct. We need farms, badly. We especially need farms that rotate crops, and we need animals that help fertilize the soil. But don't get me started - I get myself really worked up!

Anyway, on the kitty topic...yes! They have names Matilda and Augustus (he'll be known as Gus Gus ). They come home the weekend of Jan 25, so we have a ways to go. We're pretty excited, though - been buying some kitty stuff!

If you're interested - this is their baby picture from a while back. Gus Gus on the left, Matilda in the middle. https://www.instagram.com/p/B3X0y1lH8Ov/

More recent pic of Matilda: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4X5vweH5TG/
12-09-2019 03:56 PM
ECIN
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Originally Posted by melbrod View Post
You guys got me thinking, so I looked up my dad's home town--Doe Hill, VA.

The house he was born in is for sale! As well as the old country store next door that my grandfather co-owned!!

I haven't been back to that area since I was about 10, and we haven't really kept up with the folks there (family story); also this house is not where my dad actually grew up. His mom was very ill the whole time he was growing up (sleepy sickness) so he was farmed out to relatives a lot of the time. I was never actually in the old house. The country store was another matter. We used to walk down to it for our candy and soda needs when we were visiting.

And there's no farmland attached to this sale--the land my uncle got was from the other branch of the family, I think, and the old home had gone through other hands many years ago.

Anyway, gosh it's almost tempting. But with all of our computer needs, and it appears, only one old bathroom and an old kitchen, I don't know......

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7...94473802_zpid/
What a cool looking house Mel ! Love it ! You could probably convert one of the bedrooms to a Master with a Master bath - maybe what ? 10 to 15 grand , all depending on which imported tile you use ! Really just a small fix ! And the Store !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You could reopen it - Maybe call it Drucker's ! I think you need to check into this a little more
12-09-2019 03:38 PM
melbrod You guys got me thinking, so I looked up my dad's home town--Doe Hill, VA.

The house he was born in is for sale! As well as the old country store next door that my grandfather co-owned!!

I haven't been back to that area since I was about 10, and we haven't really kept up with the folks there (family story); also this house is not where my dad actually grew up. His mom was very ill the whole time he was growing up (sleepy sickness) so he was farmed out to relatives a lot of the time. I was never actually in the old house. The country store was another matter. We used to walk down to it for our candy and soda needs when we were visiting.

And there's no farmland attached to this sale--the land my uncle got was from the other branch of the family, I think, and the old home had gone through other hands many years ago.

Anyway, gosh it's almost tempting. But with all of our computer needs, and it appears, only one old bathroom and an old kitchen, I don't know......

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7...94473802_zpid/

The house built in 1905, I see. The bathroom was likely added on a bit later because I know my dad pretty much grew up with an outhouse.
12-09-2019 03:16 PM
melbrod Oh, and MC---we drank the unpasteurized milk, but my grandfather, when he died at 84, had evidence of old infections of tuberculosis in his lungs (that's not what killed him), which could come from unpasteurized milk back in the days when they didn't check their cows for it. We all had to be tested, I remember. (Again, I was young and just vaguely remember the testing--a pinpricky thing on my arm which was supposed to swell if I'd picked up the germ). We were all clear, but....I guess it's just as well you didn't get to drink the fresh milk.
12-09-2019 03:12 PM
melbrod Papa (grandfather) had a farm in the mountains of VA--Highland County. I think we're related to everyone in that county, because the area was settled in the 1750's, more or less, and the same folks have been there ever since. But my dad's brother's kids got the farmland. Dad went off to school, got a master's in Chemistry and worked for EXXON as a chemical engineer, which meant we grew up in Louisiana.

Fond memories though--farming a bit primitive, maybe a generation behind, but running around it was so interesting for me, a suburban kid. My dad grew up there in the 30's, and between that childhood and the old farm, I could see where my father's ability to make everything from practically nothing--a handsaw, hammer, a few bits of wood and some wire--came from.
12-09-2019 02:22 PM
ECIN I have a question ! How come most on here had Grandpas or Great Grand parents have a farm and nobody followed in there footsteps ? I could see MC chasing them poor kitties - lol

One of the best things on the farm when we were kids was hunting for baby kittens ! I will say them momma cats were pretty smart at hiding them !

AND MC - when do you get your new kitties ? any names picked out yet ?

Right at a inch and 2 tenths here and still raining
12-09-2019 02:13 PM
ECIN I remember distinctly thinking that the milk tasted like a cow's breath smells. Comments?


You are what you eat
12-09-2019 01:44 PM
MeadowCat
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Question:
"Butter is 100% fat"? I wonder if some store bought brands have added water somehow? Because I know that some brands I've gotten before sure pop and splatter when they're melting.

Poor me grew up on store-bought milk. When I was quite small and we visited my grandfather's farm, I remember distinctly thinking that the milk tasted like a cow's breath smells. Comments?


It's funny....my great-grandparents had a farm, and we visited pretty often. They kept store-bought milk for us for visits, but they drank "straight from the cow" milk. My great-grandma was VERY clear that we were NEVER allowed to drink the unpasteurized milk. She was really worried we'd get sick because we weren't used to it...we got SO many warnings...DON'T DRINK THE MILK IN THE GLASS JAR!!! It brings back so many good memories of visiting up on the farm, chasing the barn cats, watching cows being milked...I loved it up there. That way of life is really disappearing.

For a while, we had this really great little co-op in town, and they carried grass-fed milk from a local dairy. I'm not a big milk drinker (though I LOVE other dairy products!), but my husband LOVES milk. We'd get that milk in glass jugs, and there was this great cream seal on the top that you shook into the milk. He said you could always taste a difference in the different seasons, because the cows were eating different things. He loved that milk so much. The co-op closed, though and we can't get it anymore
12-09-2019 01:38 PM
Beaumont67
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Originally Posted by melbrod View Post
Question:
"Butter is 100% fat"? I wonder if some store bought brands have added water somehow? Because I know that some brands I've gotten before sure pop and splatter when they're melting.

Poor me grew up on store-bought milk. When I was quite small and we visited my grandfather's farm, I remember distinctly thinking that the milk tasted like a cow's breath smells. Comments?


And even is SP gets a talking equidae, I doubt what he tells the judge would be considered acceptable evidence.
Growing up MEL - we had beef heifers and raised pigs...and I only drank white milk on cereal.
- loved chocolate milk though

As soon as spring comes, cows that stayed in the barn all winter...got to feed on fresh grass.
- over the cold months, it was all bailed hay, and grain & corn mix

So the 100% change in cow spring diet, overnight...within a week, the store milk tasted & smelled a bit like "rancid milk, fresh grass and weeds thrown in".
- could literally smell what the cows started to eat, and resembled the grossness of a cow pie
- few weeks later, the milk odor started to decrease / as cows diet, normalized

No SD & 10 others here - Beau don't know what COW ASS, smells or taste like !!
- I needed to say that, to defuse the later beatings LOL
12-09-2019 12:00 PM
ECIN TN - Know you wipe that dang smile off your face - Your a bad boy for laughing !

Story time ! When Kadin was a pup - the first fall here - it was getting into fall and woolly worms were everywhere - he had that puppy curiosity going on and would be smelling them - taking hid paw and moving them around . One day I had let him out under supervision and watched him go after one - I told him to leave it alone ! And walked over to him , which was a bad idea as you all know - they will grab there new prize and take off ! Well he did and ate it ! Then in seconds he was gaging and drooling very heavily . Wife was hitting the panic button - to tell the truth - I was a little worried too , So made a call to the vets office and told the gal what had happened - she was laughing and said Kadin will be fine , The things that make a wooly worm wooly stuck to Kadin's tongue and the insides of his mouth - that was what was making him drool , said it might take hours before he quits ! He finally got over his encounter with the wooly , lol BTW The vet gal said they had got boats loads of call the same day about other dogs and woolies

Today - he will still check one out walking across the patio , but that's it - he hasn't forgot
12-09-2019 11:53 AM
melbrod Question:
"Butter is 100% fat"? I wonder if some store bought brands have added water somehow? Because I know that some brands I've gotten before sure pop and splatter when they're melting.

Poor me grew up on store-bought milk. When I was quite small and we visited my grandfather's farm, I remember distinctly thinking that the milk tasted like a cow's breath smells. Comments?




And even if SP gets a talking equidae, I doubt what he tells the judge would be considered acceptable evidence.
12-09-2019 11:31 AM
TNfisher
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The last time Missy got skunked, she was apparently trying to bite the skunk as it was waddling away, because she got it full in the mouth. O. M. G. She was SO sick! Drooling for days, literally, and the drool stank of skunk, as did her breath. I deskunked the outside of her, but there was nothing I could do for the inside, and she was miserable for at least a week. I was miserable, too, because she sleeps on the bed, and she kept exhaling skunk smell and drooling skunky puddles on the blankets. I was kinda hoping THAT would teach her not to chase skunks, but I have no doubt she'll eventually forget and need to chase another one. I just hope she keeps her mouth closed!
I know you probably didn't think it was, but this was hilarious and had me chuckling (and praying Mocha never gets close to a skunk)
12-09-2019 11:31 AM
alan j. Lannie , i have not much of a eye for horses , but yours is very Pretty!

In Florida it is so hot that they never develop much of a coat. I have seen pics of ones that were local and moved far North to better pastures and were really unrecognizable with the thicker coats.
12-09-2019 11:29 AM
MeadowCat It's snowing!
12-09-2019 10:22 AM
ECIN Lannie - I have had to adjust my camera settings - I can't remember which one I have it set on , But on mine you change pix settings as how big or little to make it - Most sites have a pix limit , Might be a place to look at first .

BTW - I didn't forget Elenore ! I just couldn't remember her name when I posted that post up - lol

Had a meeting this morning when I left it was pouring and on the way home - it's raining harder !
12-09-2019 08:35 AM
Lannie Hmmm... still tiny. I don't know what to do about that. I used to post bigger pictures on this forum. I wonder if it's my computer.

Back to the drawing board.
12-09-2019 08:34 AM
Lannie Now let's try the test picture, the one that Rich made bigger than normal.
12-09-2019 08:32 AM
Lannie K, let's see if we can get a picture of Horus up here...

Sorry it's tiny, SP. I took this a couple days before the blizzard. Horus and his friends Helen and Little John had all conspired to knock down the pasture gate and they were roaming the property for a couple days until we got the gate fixed. The picture is him standing in front of our garage, keeping out of the wind.

I have some nice action pictures of him on my other computer if I can gather the courage to go down there (it's freezing in the basement) to post them for you one of these days.
12-09-2019 08:27 AM
Lannie
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Lannie, a few posting tips:

When you compose an extremely long post, like many of yours are, before hitting "Preview Post" or "Submit Reply" buttons, Copy all the post text to your clipboard. That way, if server is acting up and doesn't post reply properly, you haven't lost your text. You can then recompose reply by simply pasting your saved text back in text box! You can also paste this into a draft word doc as backup.

Another thing that works when posting gets bogged down or returns an error is to use Browser Back Arrow, which will take you back to the compose page. Then I would definitely copy and paste into word or text doc to save until issue resolved.

It's happened to me many times on Customer Service email pages where one has to type in long messages. Now, I always copy to clipboard before submitting, just in case.
I do all that, but I was still in the "composing" page when it went all wacko on me. Now I've just swiped and copied all the posts I intend to reply to, so at least I won't forget what I was going to say. And then I'll swipe and copy again after each reply, and again before posting. It's this laptop. It's weird and unfriendly to computer dufuses like me. Oh, and I don't have Word on this thing yet. I have to call my brother to use his Team Viewer thing so he can install it (and some other stuff) for me. I'm on wi-fi in the kitchen, but for that kind of download, he told me I have to take this to the basement and actually plug it directly into the modem, and I haven't done that yet because it's very cold down there and I'd rather be up here where the heaters are (and it's warm). I'll get around to it eventually.

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Good morning Peeps!

You all are already getting wound up?

Lannie.

Try again with pics of Horus. I'm really interested in seeing what he looks like. Pics of Oliver too!
I'll post his tiny little portrait as soon as I post this, K? Then I'll put the test pic up and see how it does.

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Yes - I think there is a difference in butter - Even store bought ones. European etc...

I would bet Lannie makes some terrific butter!
My butter is excellent, but it's because I have good cream to work with. Cricket is 3/4 Jersey (VERY thick cream), so her cream makes really excellent (and very yellow) butter. Storebought regular butter is made from Holstein cream, and no offense to Holsteins (they're very sweet, too), they've been bred over the years to produce more and more milk, and the quality is not as good as a more heritage-type breed. Actually, beef breeds make the best milk in my opinion. It's more "homogenized" without being actually homogenized. The cream is a bit thinner than a Jersey or Brown Swiss, for instance, but their skimmed milk is rich and creamy and very enjoyable to drink. It's like store-bought full-fat milk, except without the plastic, flat, cooked taste.

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I have found the best butter you can buy at the super market is Kerry's Gold.
I use the cheap stuff for cooking but for steamed vegetables and the likes i use the Irish butter.
I haven't had that kind, but I'm assuming it's butter made from Dexter cow cream. They're a smaller milk/beef breed from Ireland, sometimes called Kerry cattle. I'm guessing that's why it's called Kerry's Gold. And it would be gold if it was from pastured cows. All that wonderful beta-carotene!

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I use the Kerry Gold as well - unsalted. Sometimes Plugara (sp) - Believe they have more fat content - softer, melt easier, and more yellow in color.....
All butter (real, actual, pure butter) is 100% fat. If there's any variation in fat content, it would be lower, and it would be because they've added something to it. Some "butter" has oil in it to facilitate spreading when it's cold out of the fridge, but oil is also 100% fat. There's a lot of fancy advertising out there (like "plant butter" WTH? it's just margarine!), but it's just to make you get a nice picture in your mind of something, so you'll be more likely to buy that thing instead of the other thing.

You guys know what "cage free" means for chicken and eggs? It COULD mean someone has a nice open place they let their chickens roam around in (like our 15 acre plot), but what it PROBABLY means is that the chickens are all milling around loose in a closed building with only one or two square feet of floor space per bird.

And "pasture raised" doesn't mean happy chickens running around free in a pretty green pasture, although technically it could. What it does mean is that the chickens have to have at least 10 minutes of access to the outside in each 24 hour period. TEN minutes. They open the door for 10 minutes, but most of those chickens, being confined in the building the rest of their 23 hours and 50 minutes a day, would be afraid to go out, so they don't. But when you buy chicken that says it was pasture raised, you get a warm fuzzy feeling about pretty chickens playing in the sun in a green meadow. Don't you?

To be honest, a truly pasture raised chicken is tough as rubber, because they run around a LOT. When we butcher some of our extra roosters, I LOVE the meat because it actually has a nice intense chicken flavor, but I can't just roast it or fry it. It has to be stewed, slow cooked for 24 hours or boiled to death. I usually throw the pieces in a pot with onions, celery, and some seasonings and boil it all day, then pull the meat off the bones, and use that along with the strained stock (VOODOO SOUP) to make Annoying Rooster Pot Pie. It's one of our favorites. But if we want a chicken for roasting or frying, we buy a confinement bird at the store, just because you can actually chew the meat on them.

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Posts like this one is exactly the reason there are NO young gun posters on the CT ! They don't have a clue who Francis is or what - lol

Same goes for Jed , Ellie , Granny , Mr. Douglas , Ebb , Andy , Barnie , The dancing Bear , and the List goes on and on
I know all those! But you forgot Eleanor the cow! LOL!

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I was reading backwards and I already knew this. It's on the Kansas State Website somewhere.

It works very well!

Axel got skunked not once but twice. Dumb dog for going back for seconds.

The expression on his face after the second hit was pathetic. Like I am supposed to help you? Hows about helping me by not playing with skunks?
The last time Missy got skunked, she was apparently trying to bite the skunk as it was waddling away, because she got it full in the mouth. O. M. G. She was SO sick! Drooling for days, literally, and the drool stank of skunk, as did her breath. I deskunked the outside of her, but there was nothing I could do for the inside, and she was miserable for at least a week. I was miserable, too, because she sleeps on the bed, and she kept exhaling skunk smell and drooling skunky puddles on the blankets. I was kinda hoping THAT would teach her not to chase skunks, but I have no doubt she'll eventually forget and need to chase another one. I just hope she keeps her mouth closed!
12-09-2019 08:09 AM
ECIN
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And, if properly trained in donkey IPO, we might see Francis, the new A$$, kicking some bad neighbor A$$ !!
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