Episode #27~ Shopping for the Long Winter, Yet More Barn Work, Acorn Does Repairs and Makes Corned Beef

Another rainy Saturday, two in a row?  Crazy!  Just in time too as Blind Hog and Acorn finished off with the new ditch at the old goat barn.  Drain laid, gravel dumped and cross drive trench dug/piped/filled.  Done!  AND, water is officially draining out of the pipe. Episode #27 releases 11/22/2020…

Blind Hog and Acorn went to the Big City and shopped as if they don’t want to go back for a couple months- they might not want to!  Staples were purchased; pantry and larder are groaning.  All is good, especially in the mincemeat department… Corned beef turned out super good, and pastrami even better…

Acorn earned an advanced plumbing merit badge with the kitchen faucet- now to see if her skills extend to the clothes washer which is acting up.  At this writing, no more water was leaking onto the floor.

kitchen faucet surgery

Fun Fact- you never, ever want a skunk to spray your car.  The paint and finish will not recover..

Skunk spray, etched into the plastic bumper… Acorn did get a few spots off the trunk and other metal parts, but not the back end…

Episode #26~ A Rainy Day and Time for Ice Cream

Blind Hog and Acorn had enough to keep them busy this week but today it is raining, so they get a bit of a break. Episode #26 goes live Sunday morning, 11/15/2020.

lavender flowers from a couple seasons ago…

Blind Hog had a birthday and will be eating cake all week long, hence the need for some vanilla ice cream.  Acorn has plans to add lavender flowers to it.  “Honey lavender vanilla”...

Nothing super exciting this week.  Blind Hog is tired of picking up rocks, Acorn’s guitar chords are improving (well, she thinks she is getting better…)

Oh… The skunk.  How could we forget about the skunk???  Guess we did have a bit of excitement last night after all…

Episode #25~Barn Work, Dowsing Rods, and Super Nice Weather

Blind Hog and Acorn have not stopped- cleaning out the pig barn, ditching a drain line on the old goat barn. Blind Hog even had to use his dowsing rods to locate buried electric lines.

Want to find out more? Take a listen! Sam will protect us from all kinds of intruders, even dried up snake skins…

Episode #24~ Acorn’s Rant and Trying to Find Your Happy Place

Acorn has been busy cleaning the house after RAIN finally fell from the sky.  She also goes on a bit of a rant- wondering why folks just won’t wear masks. So frustrating.

Blind Hog has his work “cut out for him ” (pun intended) as a dead tree fell across the driveway, and thus he will get another cord or two added to the winter’s stash of firewood.

There is a 50/50 chance of podcast next week- depends if we can avoid contracting the Covid as poll workers on election day, plus Blind Hog’s birthday will be coming up.

Sunset was beautiful this last night of October.  House is getting cleaned- with or without Sam’s help, the bees are fed and the geese are happy.  As are we all. 

Episode #23~ Selling Goats and Cooking Pumpkins

Autumn morning on the farm

Today was the day to take the buck kids to market and the dairy buck also went to a new home where he will meet new Alpine dairy queens to call his own.  “Win-win,”  Acorn says.

Blind Hog pulled out another rotted post from the old goat barn, he and Acorn will put in the last new post in there- hopefully that will do it for barn repairs for the year.

Acorn has been cooking winter squash (aka pumpkin) and it appears on the menu 2-3x a day… Poor Blind Hog, he suffers so…  

Winter is approaching the farm.  Garden to be mulched over, new ginkgo trees to plant.  All the excitement!

Episode #22~ Red Flag Winds, “We are NOT Hoarders,” and Calving Magic”

Blind Hog and Acorn have a few minutes on the porch during strong winds.  It was a lovely day, just BLUSTERY! Episode #22 goes live October 18th.

Garden is changing over from summer garden to winter garden, the old goat barn gets yet MORE repair work.

Pi finally calved, a bit later than the rest.  Her heifer’s name is Ram. There is a Bible story in there, brought to you by the Badger.

Acorn has always wanted a dress form and found one, cheap!  Some taping, bracing, padding and voila!  Body Double! Blind Hog found a use for hurricane truss ties we have had for upteen years, ditto with the Acorn and her old thermal underwear…  “See, we knew they would come in handy!”

Episode #21~ Coffee Chat and Barn Repair Planning

On this dark morning, Acorn begins the podcast and is joined by the Blind Hog, coffee in hand. Has been a busy week doing barn repairs, and so much more to do.

Mars makes a nice appearance. Strawberries and raspberries also giving us a lovely red “end of the season” treat.

Episode #20~ A Week in Review

Blind Hog and Acorn sit on the porch while Sam has his supper and discuss the past week’s work. Acorn is not sure how many goat kids are running about, and Blind Hog was reminded to check the almanac before digging- taking note of the phases of the moon specifically!

Acorn also “virtually attended” a Podcasting Masterclass Workshop and learned some really cool things, some of which will help future Blind Hog and Acorn episodes; #haveaplan. Some times you cannot see the forest for the trees, and Acorn does want to stay focused. Don’t we all?

Black walnuts are up out of the yard and on their way to the huller. How much income will the duo make??? Good question. $16/cwt after hulling…

Mars was lovely so see, looked quite impressive. Jupiter and Saturn too were out and nicely visible. Will be cloudy the next few nights, not sure we will be able to take the telescope out.

Episode #19~ Work the Bees with the Acorn

Come out to the apiary with the Acorn and go through the four hives. You will be safe, no bee suit required HOWEVER if the incessant buzzing of bees will give you the willies, then you might want to skip this episode!

Acorn went through all four hives and found a few interesting things. You will learn a fun fact about what bees do when they are smoked and how the Acorn will feed them sugar. We do have a drought going on, after all…

No new pictures from this episode- could not record and take pictures at the same time! Acorn tried, will have to work on that for next time. These are pictures from earlier in July.

EDIT- I gave the wrong recipe for winter syrup. Is 2 lbs of sugar to 1 lb of water… 1:1 is “spring” syrup… Winter syrup is 2:1…

Episode #18~ It’s All Good…

Acorn thought she would be super tricksie and record an episode with Blind Hog and the Badger at lunch, only to later find that the recording was full of buzzes, snaps and feedback.  Nope!  So, Acorn sat down and did an off-the-cuff episode, best laid plans and all. Maybe next time.

Gutters are up on the dairy barn, trenches dug for the drainage lines and so it goes.  Don’t know why we are putting up gutters- has not rained in 2 weeks!  But it will, one day- and we will be ready!

Acorn is looking at tenor ukuleles, and after struggling mightily, found a vendor with big heart- TheUkeBug.com is a mom and pop store in Ohio.  Acorn called them up on Saturday and had a great chat with Barb.. Wonderful stock selection, Barb and Greg went over the top to help poor Acorn decide between two ukes- and at this writing, she still is not quite sure which one she’ll go for.  Find out next week!