It will take me weeks to catch up on all of my blog posts that I want to complete from the summer and this fall. Thought I would start with the wonderful hay season we had this summer. I don’t help much with the hay production but I do make sure there’s plenty of refreshment for my two hard workers, my hubby, Eddie and our daughter, Heather.
Eddie decides what fields are cut down first and does the cutting with the haybine and the baling with a round baler. Sometimes, we do square bales but later in the summer as a second cutting of the crop. Our hayfields have orchard grass, red clover and timothy. This summer we had bumper crops and more hay was baled than ever before due to the wonderful spring and summer rains.
Beautiful orchard grass and clover
Haybine hard at work.
We have a large Massey Ferguson tractor and by looking at the back wheels you can tell how high the grass was.
One of the last fields harvested.
The season left us with over 800 bales this year. I just hope we won’t need to use it all because that will mean a “winter monster”!
I did get to drive the big truck when it was time to move it all off the fields and that took quite a few trips in several days.
Moving hay with a 1970 truck.
I love this old girl.
Eddie stacks six bales on the truck and carried two on the tractor each trip to the haylot.
Eddie would have moved all of it by himself if I had not been retired and home to help! I’m starting to feel useful again on the farm.
Our soon-to-be family room has a pretty good grade of linoleum on the floor which we put there when we built the addition in 2007. I love the color and pattern that make it so easy to decorate around. I have one major problem that I need your help with, though! Look at these pictures and then I’ll explain:
Those ugly marks on the floor are scattered throughout the linoleum and it’s as if they seeped through from the sub-floor. Someone told us it may be the glue used to seal the linoleum to the floor but I think it’s something else and need your help in “fixing” the problem if it’s fixable. The glue underneath was brushed on throughout the floor. The sub-floor was a high grade 3/4 inch sheets of plywood which were thoroughly cleaned and dried before the glue was put down. The spots are not raised and are the color of rust, coffee or tea but some are yellow looking. They are smooth to the touch and I’ve used all kinds of cleaners to try to get rid of them but they won’t budge or even fade/lighten.
I’m open to all suggestions and help. We got the lumber and the linoleum at Lowe’s.
Hubby just completed this years batch of fencing and it looks so good. Our daughter got to help one day while she was off and they make a really good team. She’s almost got to the point that she knows what he needs before he does. This batch started at the south entrance of the bull lot and down to the end of the pond. It also included replacing some more locust post that had probably been in the ground for thirty years because they were rotted off at the top of the ground and top of the post was still in good shape. We’ll use the good part for firewood next winter. Here’s the first section he completed:
New fence at the bull lot
This fencing is in front of the bull lot. You have to have good strong fence when you’re dealing with bulls. When this was completed we had four bulls in the lot. He used four strands of high tinsel wire and the posts are about 10-12 feet apart.
The next section was built about two weeks ago. Hubby tore out all of the fence on the backside of the hay lot and our garden. He did most of it by himself but our daughter was able to help one or two days. It looks really good and it helped getting our wild asparagus cleaned off. Here’s that work as it progressed:
Of course, Gyp goes wherever hubby goes and inspects every hole, every fence and was fascinated with the chainsaw. This will be the last fence we replace or repair this spring as there is so much other stuff to complete before hay season starts. And, this all depends on the weather and hopefully no more duratios like we had last June.
Vacation is over and I want to personally thank “Jillee” for making my life so much easier and thrifty!!!THANK YOU JILLEE!!
A few months back I started my blog and about the same time I started my own boards on Pinterest. I love this site and I’ll explain why in another post later. I found Jillee’s site on Pinterest and this lady is the Homemaker Queen in my book. She has posted some wonderful recipes for homemade laundry soap ( liquid and dry), bodywash, glass cleaner, Miracle cleaner, dishwasher detergent and much more.
I hate going to the grocery store because I usually come home mad due to the prices of cleaning products, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. which leaves little room for buying actual food. Granted, we raise most of our food but there are some things that have become a habit or joy to bring home. Well, Jillee saved me so much money this past ten days that I feel like my checking account may not run dry anytime soon.
I made the bodywash first because my bottle of Dove had risen to $6.00+! It was very simple to make, with a coupon for the bar soap the total cost of the body wash was around 20 cents and it made three quarts. It cleans wonderfully and the only difference was it wasn’t as thick but I can remedy that by using less water next time.
Next I made the Miracle Cleaner for the shower and I was totally amazed and I did not have to fight the fumes and listen to hubby fuss about the smell. Then I made the liquid laundry detergent. The 125 oz Tide that I usually buy costs around $11.00. The cost of the ingredients for the homemade was calculated to cost about $1.19 for the same amount. I can scent it with essential oil drops for a few cents more and it smells like I want it to and BEST of all, my clothes are clean and fresh. My first batch made three gallons and my grocery list has shrunk considerably!!
GO JILLEE-I’m your life long friend from this day forward.