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December 29, 2008

Even though it is snowing AGAIN tonight, things feel almost back to normal.  We received 10 days worth of mail, and our local newspaper, whose news is always old when it comes anyway.  It was fun to get Christmas cards after Christmas.  Thank you all! 

Sunday was a strange day.  We were eating breakfast, and my daughter was staring out the window speechless, which really doesn’t happen too often.  There was a herd of about 15 – 20 elk in our yard.  Very strange indeed.  With the dogs, that just doesn’t happen.  I think something was in the air, because right after that, when I went to milk, Della wouldn’t go through the snow drift and she lit out for the other barn.  Mind you we are down to a foot of snow that now has ice on top.  The cow breaks through, but you don’t.  A very good way to end up on your backside – quick.  Meanwhile, HD decided to take all the snow chains off and he got stuck, so while helping him, I got stuck and sent Ruth Less to go catch Della.  When RL got up to the other barn, the other cows were so excited to see Della, they jumped the fence!  Crazy.  By the time I got there, she had put all the cows back in, (calmly I might add) and had caught Della.  I just love milking a goofy cow!  After that, every thing was fine, I wish we hadn’t been so non-plussed to see the elk.  I would have liked to have some pictures of that.

Anyway, I finally added “food preserved” this year as a page called, The Fruit Room.  I can add to it and it won’t be buried as a post somewhere in the archives. 

What we don’t keep track of is all the food we harvest as we eat it, all throughout the year.  So this page seems like just a portion of our food growing efforts.  I still haven’t frozen my Anaheim peppers, since they are keeping pretty well.  So peppers and sauerkraut (if I decide to make any) would be my official last preserving of the 2008 harvest.

Here are some more recent pics of the greenhouses.

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If this holds water, I might have a swimming pool 😉

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I haven’t went inside yet, but everything looks ok, although there is a lot of kale under the belly.

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Old Faithful – January King, these look great.  The gray patches are actually the chicken wire I’m looking through.  This is my view from outside.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 30, 2008 5:54 am

    I so love your life, wish I could spend time with you and I’d learn so much. Wish you’d gotten a photo of the elk.

  2. December 30, 2008 7:06 am

    I feel so bad for you, to loose buildings is such a bad thing. But at least the animals, the produce and you guys are okay. That is a good foundation for beginning again. Extremely hard on the pocketbook, but doable.


  3. December 30, 2008 7:22 am

    I agree with Joanna, but seriously doubt if I could even keep up with you and all the work you do. So, I live vicariously through you and your wonderful life.

    Your photos are fantastic! What kind of camera do you have? I am looking for a new camera.

    So what scared della? the elk or something else?

  4. December 30, 2008 8:25 am

    Glad to read that you are taking the loss of the greenhouses so well, and concentrating on the good fortune of veggies still doing well under the mess.

  5. December 30, 2008 9:46 am

    Seeing all those elk in your yard must have been a wonderful sight. No wonder everthing and everyone was in a little pucker 🙂

    I hope you can save the veggies in your greenhouses. Losing the houses is sad enough – I’m still in awe of those beautiful fresh greens in January!

    Hope the snow quits for you – it’s headed our way but I don’t mind 🙂

  6. December 30, 2008 10:37 am

    Let me put it this way–There are some things that happened this winter that y’all might want to forget but NEVER will, pictures or no pictures. YOU GO RUTH-LESS…or is it Speech-less now 😉

  7. December 30, 2008 10:48 am

    Wow! I’m so happy for you that the greenhouse bounty was not a total loss. Disappointed that the building structure failed, for sure, but I can imagine your relief at seeing some viable edibles under the “swimming pool” liner. Have you had elk on your property before? Perhaps they came searching for you from your relatives property? Can you just imagine a herd making their way down Hwy 26, across the river, and out through the gorge? Our city snow is almost gone. It rained really hard yesterday, but never dipped below 36 degrees. I wondered if it turned to snow up by you and now I know it did!

  8. December 30, 2008 1:05 pm

    That happened to my green house about 3 years ago but the plastic ripped and the tubing which was plastic, snapped. I have started reconstruction, but ended up doing more and more to it, with raised beds, adding and underground watering system and a way to put evestrough on the outside to do the watering. I had a tough time finding the tubing to replace what broke, but now found some. I have been using it for plants the last couple years, but still need to cover it again and finish it up. Maybe this year.

  9. December 30, 2008 8:21 pm

    urgh! All that work to maintain your winter garden and then here comes the snow to fudge it all up. I’m hoping once the snow melts, the supports will be able to bend back to where they’re supposed to? Or is that wishful thinking? We don’t get lots and lots of snow here like that, but it certainly makes me rethink a hoop style greenhouse.

    Stay warm out there!

  10. December 30, 2008 10:11 pm

    Joanna, thank you, I wish we had got more than a blur of photo too. They were nearby today, bugling, but just out of view in the timber.

    Linda, It could have been so much worse, so we can’t really complain.

    Pam, thanks, the camera is a Kodak easyshare, very inexpensive, but it does OK.

    I think a cougar was scaring the elk, so because they were frightened the cattle were too.

    EJ, like my mom used to say, “No use crying over spilled milk.”
    We can’t stand them back up again, so the only path is forward. 🙂

    Debi, I have mixed emotions about the elk in the yard, they were frightened, so I’m hoping it doesn’t become a habit. They do not respect fences at all, preferring to go through instead of jumping like deer. But, they are pretty!

    We still have quite a bit of snow, but I will send the next batch your way for sure! 🙂

    Linda, Speechless didn’t last for long!

    Paula, the elk are always here, but not usually so close to the house. Today they were bugling in the woods nearby, but never did show their faces!

    We’ve been getting rain and snow mixed, but it is still white everywhere except where we plowed. I was glad to see the greens doing so well too. Yummm. 🙂

    Dawn, I wish our plastic had torn, but it didn’t. We had a eavetrough watering setup for a chickens in the greenhouse for a while, but we couldn’t keep it on with the ice and snow so we gave up. I’ve been looking at different tubing online, but it is so expensive, it looks like we will have less greenhouse space, but a stronger structure. I hope.

    Jenny, arrgh is right, but the gardening seems like nothing compared to the cleanup and time set back this will be. The pipes are permanently bent now, so it will be a tear down at this point.

  11. December 31, 2008 7:10 am

    Oh to see an elk in my yard! I think they’re one of the most beautiful of all creatures… Hey, I’ll trade you an elk for one of my neighbor’s plastic pink flamingos?? 😀

  12. December 31, 2008 8:23 am

    I like the new Fruit Room page. Scrolling down I kept thinking “that’s a lot of bottles!” lol

  13. December 31, 2008 3:02 pm

    We just had our herd of elk come through…it scared my poor 18 month old to death. He had never such big creatures (well except for our camel) and so many of them. I miss our dog, she kept them at least out of the blueberries!

    This is my first time visiting and I’m anxious to explore what you have to offer here…LOVE the greenhouse!

    BTW, you are right and the first to guess…yes it is two of our handy mole traps. I don’t mind them in the pasture so much but when they get in my garden I declare war, lol!

    Thanks for visiting! Kim

  14. December 31, 2008 6:26 pm

    I have SO much to learn about the greenhouse end of things! We just got ours built late this summer…will be checking out your earlier posts in the spring for the ‘how to’ with the greenhouse entries! Those kale look fantastic, I’m envious. What are your plans for them???


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