So, is Dubai just like Missouri?! We joke in Missouri that if you don’t like the weather, just hang around a few hours and it will change – and it’s true quite a lot. One morning you’ll be running the furnace because the temps are in the teens (fahrenheit) and by afternoon, the air conditioner is coming on because it’s in the 80s!.
In Dubai this week two days ago was sunny, hot, and 98 degrees, next day was sand storm and 96 all day, and early this morning, i woke to the gentle ping of rain on the window. Not much accumulated, but the streets are flooded!
Dubai’s annual rainfall is 3.71 inches per year, with March being the second highest rainfall month of a whopping .87 of an inch (March has the most days of rain at 5) However, the past couple years, the annual has risen to nearly 5.91 inches a year. Apparently, UAE is seeding the clouds to hopefully increase the rainfall. Whether or not that is working or if this is just a natural increase we’ll never be know, though i suspect the cloud seeding enthusiasts will be claiming success!
My new rubber boots arrived today and none too soon. Nearly every time i wore them this past year, my feet got wet. (which was a lot because it has rain incessantly except for Sept and October so we had absolutely NO fall regrowth for winter stockpile pastures). We are getting some Scottish weather albeit a bit colder.
The old ones are probably at least 12 years old and basically leak because they have cracked and dry rotted at the ankles where they bend. LaCrosse brand has been my go-to for 30 plus years. Hopefully, these new ones will last as long, but they do seem to be slightly less quality and a bit differently shaped in the foot. Made in China – too bad. But they fit nicely, so I am encouraged that they will live up to their historical quality.
Note how much taller the new ones are – that’s only because the heel on the old ones are just worn down! They also appear wider in the leg, but that’s just because my old ones are trained to stay open to receive my foot. Cheers! tauna
Thankfully, we are still enjoying balmy weather with even right now at 11pm, it’s 63F! That’s at least 20 degrees above normal. And that is to continue the next couple of days, but then drop to normal. However, we are under a flood warning as considerable thunderstorms with lots of rain are expected. Gonna get muddy….
Interesting! check this out. We are the same temp in Laclede, MO as in Dubai UAE. Bet that doesn’t happen very often – especially in December.
We have been truly blessed to have splendid weather so far into the autumn season. This has allowed a considerable amount of extra outdoor work to be accomplished – making up for the lack of such earlier in the year due to constant rain.
However, signs of winter are moving across the country, so it’s time to get serious about it. We’ve been feeding some hay since it was nice and dry, but that seems to be past for a while, so back to grazing. Too bad for deer hunters at all the rain this firearm season.
At all places, we’ll have set up two polywires across an ungrazed paddock ready for winter stockpile grazing. With the warm weather, we’ve been able to keep the stock on paddocks with only a little regrowth, but that will soon change once the nighttime temperatures drop below freezing. It’s important, too, to not graze too short this time of year unless you are purposefully doing so to ‘set back’ the existing grass and root system.
At my south Missouri farm, Dallas, Christian, and I worked nearly all daylight hours to set out hay bales for bale grazing, clearing brush, and building hi-tensile perimeter fence.
Friday morning, however, we finished up and took some leisure time. We don’t often do that. Ziplining in the southwest Missouri Ozarks. Branson Zipline is an awesome place to go with great guides. Fun time. And, yes, even I stepped off the platform into a 100 foot freefall!
With cold weather coming, it’s time to address the livestock water tanks. Allen sat down this morning to make a list of his tanks, which he’ll either shut off and drain or some he’ll turn on the leak valve and allow the water to run through the overflow pipe. The moving water won’t freeze up. He has 74 tanks to attend to while i only have 10!
That forecasted rain hit about 9:30 pm and just poured for about 5 minutes – storm over. The Mizzou game in Columbia, MO, however, looked like miseryfor a LONG time – it didn’t help that the hometown team lost badly.
Today dawned clear and bright and i managed to clean the frig, wash a load of laundry, feed the calves, wash windows, and start the oven cleaning before the day got started.
Paperwork has been gathered for my trip to Chillicothe in the afternoon to the license bureau. Allen and I had planned to purchase the pickup through bartering, however, i found out at the license bureau that that can only be done throught a dealership! No private transactions. That doesn’t sound fair. So, of course, i had to pay sales tax after all. The inspection for the pickup resulted in a $600 repair bill!!
Stopped in Meadville at my friend’s house and we had a serious heart to heart visit. I cannot imagine going through life without a close friend with whom each can share our joys, concerns, and heartaches.
Slow late afternoon since i’d allowed plenty of time for the license bureau, yet i was in and out in less than half an hour! Fed the calves, worked on my chicken tractor (this is my 9th design and build of chicken tractors and eggmobiles). I’ve been at the chicken tractor for months, but it’s the lowest item on my priority list, so I seldom have time to piddle around with it. Had hoped to have it done before i butcher our last 14 hens so as to see if it works, but that may not happen. Might get chicks next spring, but might not. I may just enjoy not having extra chores, but it’s fun building stuff – it just won’t get used.
One of the negative aspects (and i’m NOT complaining) is that with this unexpected warm weather, vacuuming or sweeping dead face flies and Japanese beetles off the floor around windows and sills etc is a daily event.
Each morning and evening, I have 5 orphaned peewee calves to feed along with two orphaned bottle calves. A nuisance to be sure. Once they are started good and I have time, I’ll take them to the auction before winter. Someone else will like the chores more than we do.
Last night, after dark, Dallas, Allen, and I mustered 12 calves from the TT place across the road to their mums who Allen had moved earlier in the day. He should have checked them before dark! We were able to move all but one blind calf. She’ll be up waiting today.
The electric company guys came yesterday whilst I was gone and cut down these two dead trees from near the power lines. I had only called them about a week ago and here they are so quickly. I was glad they were willing to do this dangerous job for us.
Need to get back to these birdhouses I cut out from an old barn gate using a pattern for bluebird house from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Boy, repurposing lumber is a challenging undertaking, but it is rewarding to keep this lumber from just burning. Still need to screw on the tops and cut out the hole. I’ll leave the decorating to Dallas – he’s more creative than I am. We have a lot of small antique farm junk to use. Not sure what we’ll do with so many birdhouses – maybe Dallas and I can hone our skills enough to make something worth selling. I lined these up today – does that count for doing something?! 😉
Rolled up about 875 feet of polywire and picked up the posts, giving my ET cows and some late calving heifers of Allen’s another break of fresh grass.
Lunch was such a hit yesterday with beef fillets and broccoli, that I made the same today. Which was quick and easy since I had sliced the whole loin yesterday morning when it was still somewhat frozen. Being partially frozen, meat is much easier to slice. These fillets I sliced about 1 1/2 inches thick. Pan broiled in butter from grass fed cows is our favourite way of preparing beef fillets and lamb noisettes.
Since it may rain tomorrow and i need to go to Chillicothe, I headed to my farm to shift the cows. That sure made them happy. I opened another paddock as well since I can’t get back up there until Tuesday. Took out mineral and drove the perimeter to make sure the fence was all cattle tight. Finished my fencing project at my farm this afternoon with driving another 10 or so fiberglass posts and attaching the two hi-tensile wires with cotter pins. I’ll be feeling that tonight – I can see some Tylenol in my future – the ground is really hard right now. Tightened it all up – done.
The guys are nearly done with building my perimeter fence. They finished today’s plans in the rain. It was not a full day of working since Allen took his dad to the doctor this afternoon. If the weather holds, probably tomorrow will see it done.
Upon my return home, i found the peewee calves in the yard waiting for me! Guess i accidentally left a gate open. So glad the bulls hadn’t wandered up to the barn and out as well! Got some feed and they followed me back to the barn easily. One of the bottle calves is not feeling well – i noticed her not being up to par this morning and she is worse this evening, so i pushed her into a corner and shot her with Red mix and a vitamin B complex. Hopefully, that will knock whatever rattles out of her. She has a good appetite, though, so that is a good sign. She and the other calf sucked down their bottles in good fashion.
Enough chatter for today!!
Nearly dark, Allen and Dallas pulled in. Dallas collected eggs and we all sauntered back to the house, enjoying the lovely evening.
Now, a long evening before bedtime – maybe i can talk these two into playing a few games of UNO. We are all tired, but it just gets dark so early.
Some time ago, a fellow blogger at Life As I Interpret It, nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you very much. I would encourage visiting her blog since she is bold in sharing real life struggles and challenges in cutting back in a realistic manner without sacrificing small pleasures.
However, not really knowing how to go about responding, I kept putting off responding to the nomination, so here goes.
Here are the instructions:
The rules for this award are below (copied and pasted from the nominator’s site):
Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.
Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
Notify the bloggers you have nominated
My questions to the nominees are as follows:
What is the most interesting blogging experience you have had? Hmm – really haven’t had any interesting experiences blogging, but when my son posted a dual credit course paper about his great aunt and uncle’s Charolais business, it busted way off the charts! that was exciting. Lonely Statues
If you were to be given an extraordinary amount of cash, what would be the first thing that appear in your mind? How much income tax am i going to have to pay!!!???
What do you think about frugality and what are your best advice to achieve it? I‘m all for frugality! It goes along with thankfulness in my mind. But unless you are driven to live frugally or must because of finances, go ahead and live it up! Somebody’s gotta buy a $1000 pair of shoes, don’t they? How to achieve it?
For us, it is buying second hand clothing for the most part, buying organic food in bulk (not prepared foods – but flour, sugar, cases of frozen veggies, etc and hold out for when it’s on sale). If we want to read a new book, we get it through inter-library loan rather than purchasing. And, in general, just really consider whether or not we need to make a purchase.
Have you ever had a pet? What is your most cherished memory about it? Yes, many since i was very young. They are treasured memories. My most memorable that is gone now is my Quarter horse, See Sum Hum.
My grandparents bought him for me (when i was 16) at auction as a burnt out barrel racing horse – i loved him to pieces. We raced barrels, pole bending, flag racing and whatever else i put in front of him -he was game. Didn’t have a lick of cow sense, but he would always do what i asked, so we were a great team. He was four when he came home with me, but died a few years back at the ripe old age of 29 – we were mates. (i’m gonna cry now.)
Currently, we have an old farm cat we call Thunder. He is 15 years old and still going strong. Still quite the hunter and frequently brings his prey to the door for our approval. Pretty much an outdoor cat, except he likes to come in when it’s cold now.A beautiful stray kitten showed up at the seed plant last fall and we were able to save him. My son named him ‘Ashes.’
What else do you think can be done to reduce the burden of cancer in our communities/countries/world? By and large, many cancers can be avoided with proper diet and environment. Not all, but a good many. So if that is the case, individuals have to be accountable – i can’t change anyone or anything.
Which is more annoying? rain or snow? a bone chilling rain is worse than a dry snow, but a gentle warm spring rain is better than any snow.
Now, for the questions I pass on to bloggers I nominate.
What country or city do you want to visit the most? What makes it so appealing?
Your favourite vacation would be adventure? history? relaxation? other? or all of these?
Do you buy organic or locally grown food when you can? or do you grow your own?
What magazine or newspaper do you read the most?
Do you drive a car, pickup, motorcycle, or something else as your regular vehicle?