Monday, August 13, 2018

Menu Plan Monday -13 August 2018

This weekend was a nice bit of relief.  It was hot, but not oppressively humid.  Saturday Colin and Dad started the wheat harvest.  It’s going well, not great but he’s happy enough with the harvest.
The canning continues this week.  Hopefully it won’t be too hot.

Monday:
sandwich
cracklin’ chicken (didn’t make it yesterday)
Tuesday:
grilled cheese
beef ribs
Wednesday:
pizza
BBQ meatballs in the crockpot
Thursday:
sandwiches
Friday:
pizza
leftover meatballs
Saturday:
hamburgers
Sunday:
leftover souvlaki
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Crafting On/Yarn Along -7 August 2018

Not too much to share for Crafting On and Yarn Along this week.  Still too hot for knitting. I did pull my ‘purse knitting’ out and got the heels turned on Grandma’s socks.  Yesterday even my hands were sweating, so no knitting at all.
I don’t know why I had such a hard time getting a not blurry picture of the socks.  Maybe it’s the pattern of the yarn?  Oh well, this is the best one of the bunch.
One thing with all this heat, it makes for good reading weather.  The latest book on my Kindle is A Fifty-Year Silence.  It was really good.  It’s about a woman’s search to find out what happened to her grandparents.  They survived the war just to break up and never speak for the next fifty years.  I really suggest this one the next time Kindle has it on sale.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Menu Plan Monday -6 August 2018

I guess I shouldn’t have complained about the heat last week because yesterday was miserable and today is even worse.  The house/outside was already 77F/25C when I got up this morning at 7, of course it feels even worse because of the ridiculous humidity.
Happy Simcoe Day (or Civic holiday if you want to be ‘modern’).  As per usual, the Farmer is working on a holiday weekend.  In fact, it’s so hot that Colin got up at 5:30 to do this…
Some days we could really use a cherry picker.
They are trying to finish the outside work before it gets ‘too’ hot.
And of course, after days of stagnant weather, the wind picks today to start to blow (from the wrong direction).  I got roped into holding a corner (get it ‘roped’) while they tied down the sides.
Blah, look at the haze hanging over the fields.
Thank goodness for the pool, too bad you can’t work and sleep in it.
Look what Colin brought in for me last night.  The first tomatoes of the season.  This dry weather has not been good for the garden.
Monday:
sandwiches
Tuesday:
grilled cheese -need to order Ella more cheese from Great Lakes Goat Dairy
honey garlic chicken (freezer) and crockpot mashed potatoes
Wednesday:
sandwiches
leftover souvlaki
Thursday:
sandwiches
crockpot meatloaf (new recipe) and baked potatoes (toaster oven)
Friday:
pizza on BBQ
leftover meatloaf
Saturday:
hamburgers
Sunday:
???
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Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Big Event

Last Thursday we had a ‘microburst’ go through.  If you don’t know what a microburst is, it’s like a tornado but without the actual twister.  It’s a good thing there was no twister because we literally couldn’t see out the window to see if it was coming.
Ella and I don’t like those kind of storms.  Here she is all ready for the run to the basement (we didn’t go).  She’s got her laptop packed up and on as well as her favourite Pokemon stuffy and of course Dasha -her ducky from her first Easter.  She was trying to be brave with her nervous smile and giggle, but if you knew Ella you’d know those weren’t real.  I’m so glad we live in a place where we don’t have to worry too much about tornadoes.
I tried to get a picture of the wind and rain, but it’s so hard through the screen.  We couldn’t get an accurate rain measurement -hard to catch in the rain gauge when it’s raining horizontally!
Tree through the back door and wiped out my clothes line.  Luckily it didn’t destroy my new laundry stoop and table.
These are the trees on the west side of the house (“back side” where the clothesline is).  There’s a lot on the ground too.  These branches are stuck up there until Colin can find a ‘man-lift/cherry picker’ to get up there because they are still attached a bit.  Hopefully he can get them down before we have another big storm.
The garden took a bit of a beating.  The corn stood back up, but it’s not too happy.
Want to know the weird thing about microbursts?
This tote and the 5 gal. pails were empty during the entire storm.  They didn’t move an inch!
The tarp building out back didn’t fair so well…
About 2/3 of the rafters broke.  You can guess what Colin has spent this week fixing?
Luckily the equipment was spared.
Out checking the damage.
It’s too bad the double rainbow didn’t show up in my cool panoramic picture.  The rainbow was so bright and at least the storm left the air feeling so much better.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Last Week, Event Two

Overcast and really humid today.  It’s already 23C in the house at 10 am.  Not the ideal day for Colin to be processing our chickens, but it has to be done today.
Last Wednesday was crop tour day.
Here they are …
Did you notice what they are standing in?  That’s right PUDDLES!!!!!!
We got such a nice amount of rain on Wednesday.  You could hear the corn smiling!  We got a couple of inches that day.  Good thing the Farmer took an umbrella.
Here the soil and crop specialist is talking about the different layers in the soil.
 New type of tillage being demonstrated. Rather then till the entire surface of the field only narrow strips are. This is done in the fall, also mixes in fertilizer. Seeds are planted into these strips in the spring. The object of this tillage is to reduce soil erosion and leave undisturbed soil for microbes and worms to do their thing.
Local seed grower showing his new equipment. It is used to put fungicide or insecticide treatment on seeds. This new equipment will also be able to handle the newest technology, using biological solutions to solve fungus and insect problems.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

"New" Tire

So what happened last week?  I guess I’ll start at the start and work up to the big event.
The combine needs a new tire.  New tires this size cost about $2800.  I’ll let that sink in a moment.  2800 dollars. Per. Tire.  Yeah.
Now, you’re probably saying that there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the old tire.  You are sort of right.  As of right now, it was still holding air and had a ‘decent’ enough tread left.  So why replace it?  Because it has a LOT of vertical checks around the centre that flex and open while driving.  Now consider how much a combine weighs empty, then add the weight of the grain/corn.  On top of that you have to consider the amount of driving we have to do on the Trans Canada Highway to get from field to home.  Not exactly the place you want to be with a blown combine tire.
Colin made a few phone calls around and managed to find a decent used one.  He thinks the tire store didn’t realize the value of the tire because they only wanted $300 (plus installation).
The guy came on Tuesday and it took most of the morning .

Monday, July 30, 2018

Menu Plan Monday -30 July 2018

Wow, last week was crazy. I don't have time to tell you about it today, but I guess you can look for that later in the week.  We continue to melt, though apparently today is the 'coolest' day we're having -blah.  We did get a really good amount of rain and it's saved the corn.  We still need more, but things aren't so desperate.
Monday:
sandwiches
spaghetti
Tuesday:
sandwiches
pizza
Wednesday:
French toast
hamburgers
Thursday:
sandwiches
beef ribs -not sure how yet
Friday:
pizza
Shanghai noodles and cracklin' chicken 
Saturday:
leftover ribs
Sunday:
chicken cacciatore -from freezer
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