Halloween

To celebrate Halloween here are a couple of spooky pictures from the ranch, well as spooky as it gets around here anyway. A cloudy sunset.

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Harry the cat with glowing eyes on the fence. 

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And there you have it friends, our entire Halloween celebration.  No costumes, Trick-or-Treaters or Jack ‘O Lanterns in our neck of the woods and that suits us just fine.  

Fence Posts

Fence posts, more fence posts. You didn’t think we were finished building fences did you? Our current project is to ready our new “bull pen” for winter.  

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The utility trench is dug, the water line and electrical conduit is in and it has been backfilled with non-rock dirt. Now the existing soil and rocks can be used to fill up the ditch. 

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The guys are working on the feeding trough and fencing for the new bull pen as well. The framework for the feeding trough is up and the posts just need to be cemented in. Here in the rain forest, if you don’t cover your feed trough you will soon have wet hay – not good. So we build a cover. 

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By the way talking about our bullpen, I’ve always heard of a “bullpen” in baseball where the pitchers warm up, and wondered why it was called that.

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In honor of the baseball playoffs, here are a few theories in case you wondered too:

  • The name may be a reference to rodeo bulls being held in a pen before being released into the main arena.

  • Latecomers to ball games in the late 19th century were cordoned off into standing-room areas in foul territory. Because the fans were herded like cattle, this area became known as the “bullpen” a designation which was later transferred over to the relief pitchers who warmed up there.

  • At the turn of the century, outfield fences were often adorned with advertisements for the Bull Durham brand of tobacco. Since relievers warmed up in a nearby pen, the term “bullpen” came about. 

  • Manager Casey Stengel suggested the term might have been derived from  managers getting tired of their relief pitchers “shooting the bull” in the dugout and were therefore sent elsewhere, where they would not be a bother to the rest of the team – the bullpen. How serious he was when he made this claim is not clear.

  • Another theory is that the term is derived from the late 19th century. The New York Giants first played at the Polo Grounds which opened around 1880. The relief pitchers warmed up beyond the left-field fence, and in the same area was a stockyard or pen that had bulls in it.

  • Rick (who played baseball in high school) thought it was due to the amount of um, shall we say “BS” being spread around by a bunch of guys with nothing much to do except spit and tell lies during the game.

Anyway, we don’t have that kind of bullpen. Ours will actually be home to our two bulls who are currently out on assignment but will both be home in a month or so. Which brings us back to the posts. See these T posts laying beneath the corner bracing?

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In our family we draw names for a Christmas Gift Exchange. Last year, Rick got a very generous gift from our brother-in-law Daryl – a gift card to Home Depot. Rick bought T posts with his gift card and has just one question. Does that gift of T posts come installed? Because they go down the far left side of the road in the picture below between the wood posts that are already set.  So Daryl the fence needs to be done before the bulls come home, and before we can pull the wire the T posts have to be in place. The bulls will be back in two to three weeks – but no pressure.

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Anytime you are available would be good and we have the post driver so you won’t have to bring your own 😉

And finally, the autumn weather has been beautiful! Chilly in the morning, warm and sunny during the day and cool evenings. Colorful leaves, clean, crisp air – I love fall. ?????????????????????? Just makes me want to put some soup in the crockpot. 

Piggies and Pastures

The three pigs we had in the spring / summer are in the freezer now and that meat is delicious!

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The three pigs have been replaced by two little weaner pigs we got a couple of weeks ago.

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These two, named Bacon and Spot (I’m guessing you can tell which is which) are cute little things in comparison to the big pigs we had. Why is it little animals are always cuter? The other two sets of pigs we got when they were much larger and their cute factor was about zero.

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These two scamper around and play and are fun to watch. The others had grown so large they stuck out of the hog hut. Good for eating, not so fun to watch.

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The two little pigs have lots of room, so far. Pigs grow very quickly so they will be filling up their hut by the end of winter I bet. We need to add a couple of boards to the hut opening to give them more shelter this winter. 

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In other news, the guys have been working hard all summer to get another pasture ready for cattle. They cleaned up and hauled off a huge amount of rocks and sticks and debris left from logging in this field.

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Then they dragged it, added lime and planted seed. God watered it and now we have lush, green grass in that pasture.

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The cattle shed and water trough are already finished and the mineral feeder is in place, so this field will be ready for the bovines when we bring them home from the summer pastures in a couple of weeks.

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Slowly but surely we are getting ready for winter.