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We're official farmers now!! Made the first batch of sausage gravy
from our farm raised pigs. [Read more on the Pigs Page]
Well... the Stinkin' Pigs are finally off to
Hog Heaven. [Read more on the Pigs Page] Their
Earth Suits will be conveniently left behind, neatly wrapped and arranged
in Eatin' Order in our freezer, as a reminder of the blessings God bestows
upon those who will toil and work (and sink in the muck, and stink for
days, and get their toes nibbled) for their livelihoods. Once I get a
taste of our family farm raised bacon, with our pastured and pampered
eggs, I'll probably have more evenly tempered feelings about raising Stinkin'
Pigs. Still, you'll hear me kickin' and screamin' if we end up doing
this same thing next year. Even a decent ham sandwich won't stop THAT
The Pos'm Wars Continue (ongoing)
I keep telling myself: "All I need is ONE POINT to win this thing.
One.... Stinkin'.... Point...."
Pos'm War Games delayed due to inclement weather. I went out to the
barn on the morning of the 15th, and the thermometer read -14 degrees!!
Needless to say, the trap was empty. It's no warmer in the barn than in
his hidey hole.
Pos'm-8; Faux Farmer-0 (+2 cats)
This is just getting downright stupid. I've
had a can of perfectly good chicken in that trap (which is frozen solid
by now) and so far, NOTHING. I'm thinking I would have better luck, just
walking into the woods and emptying my .22 Critter Killer in a random
pattern into the trees.
Pos'm-7; Faux Farmer-0 (+2 cats)
Well, the war continues. Pos'm now has 7. I'm thinking
now, that this guy has a schedule, and likes his early evening snack
at our cat food feeder just after dusk. That's the only time I've actually
caught him IN the barn, walking around, avoiding the trap altogether.
(which is closed, because we have three thousand cats around, and if
I left the trap open all day, we'd be catching nothing but stupid cats
that can't figure out a trap when they see one. By the way, cats are
still snooty and aloof, even in a trap. They patiently sit in there,
giving me a look like, "I meant to do this. It's YOU that's late
coming out here to release me. Slacker. As I open the trap so the cat
can saunter out, I grumble, "Well you can't be THAT smart. Even
a Country Pos'm knows not to even go in there.
Pos'm-6; Faux Farmer-0 (+2 cats)
Well... we actually met face to face last night. Pos'm
was lookin' at the live trap, and slowly looked up to me as if to say,
"You expect me to go in there? You ARE an idiot!" There was
a standoff there in the barn for about twenty minutes before I encouraged
it to head on out so I could make the fight fair. Needless to say, Pos'ms
are faster than I thought. By the time he had made it around the side
of the barn towards the woods, with me in pursuit... I was wishing that
I had that laser sight.
This thing isn't cute, so don't no one start getting
all mushy on me.
score now stands at Pos'm-5; Faux Farmer-0 (+2 cats)
This morning places me (I believe) firmly in the notable
position of experienced Cat Hunter! I have now captured in our
live trap, the same Feral Tom, twice. All of our millions of welcome
and official barn cats are stuck in the basement, stinkin' up the
place, while Tom the interloper, gets a free meal without having to
risk even ONE of his Nine Lives. Just doesn't seem fair. I reset the
trap for the night after letting Tom out ... AGAIN. I then came back
out to the barn this morning to find it open, bait untouched.
I'm beginning to question the wisdom of Google, since
it was there that I learned Pos'ms like moist cat food. I'm thinkin'
that the people at Friskies would like to have me trying to trap Pos'm
for years to come. I'll bet if Google wanted me to catch cats, he would
have told me to bait the trap with Monkey Chow! Nevertheless; though
Faux Farmer is easily confused, he is often persistent.
Web site is up and finally running. (As you can see 'cause you're lookin'
at it.) Complaints are rolling in! Why are there pictures of chickens
on the "Horses" page? (The image headers rotate every time you
refresh a page. It's not a bug, IT'S A FEATURE!) Why are the kids' pictures
there? Aren't we worried about predators? (Who said they were ours? They
could be rented.) There aren't any cute pictures of the pigs on the pigs
page. (Are pigs ever really cute? Really....) So I've concluded that the
site must really be a hit, since people are so darn excited to see that
it's wonderful-perfect and all.
Putting together the web site [finally] so family and friends can marvel
at how I've managed to go from a Creative Photographer Type Person [Exhibit
A] to something resembling a Farmer Type Person. [Exhibit B]
Happy New Year! We spent the evening of the last day of 2008, watching
videos [The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, Horton Hears a Who and episodes
of The Dick Van Dyke Show] and almost forgetting to check the clock. We
yelled in to sleeping Country Wife sometime around Midnight, heard a grunt,
and that was that.
Marveling still, that we have not received broadcast
or cable TV in the house since we moved in. Over two years now. Time will
tell if we've raised socially warped children. Something tells me that
if we do... it won't necessarily be because we didn't watch TV.
Check out the Recommendations
Page for more books, movies, even cars I recommend.
New information as of Feb. 2009. Even with the TRILLIONS of dollars
going towards the socialization of our country, our government is determined
to make it worse by implementing the NAIS program. This is another nail
in the coffin being prepared for an economy that is being killed by the
virus of Socialism. Click the image above to learn more.
Homeschooling is not a
pedagogy, it's a lifestyle.
The education of our children is as much a part of a parent's responsibility
as food, clothing and shelter. Yet we force children to put in more "school
time" than family time. No wonder there is a disconnect between children
socialized in Public Schools, and children reared by their
more about homeschooling at IHEN.org and on the IndianaHomeschoolers
E-list Community. IHEN as been Helping Hoosiers Homeschool since the
turn of the century.