Sunday, October 15, 2017

2017.10.15

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - OCTOBER 15, 2017 - SONDAY - BUD'S BIRTHDAY
Early church and Bible class this morning with lunch at Perkin's with friends. I tried the Mediterranean Omelet and thought it was delicious! We saw Charlie and Sharon and Warren and Eloise there. Warren has been planting a huge garden and they had stuff in the back of their car to give away. We came home with 2 Hubbard squash and a bag of nice onions.

We took it easy this afternoon, but took walks towards evening. I walked towards the old cemetery, but took the south trail around Lake Alice. I was surprised to see that all the downed trees had been cut up and moved off the road. They were still there a couple of weeks ago. I figured part of the trail would be under water but had hoped that I could walk the ridge between the tire ruts. I was halfway through the low spot, when the ridge ran out so I turned around. Then I walked past the cemetery to the sloughs on the south end of Lake Alice to see what I could see.

 It was a beautiful fall day, even tho' the west wind was chilly.


 Just about sunset, the egrets and herons return.

 Incoming heron.
Terry came to pick me up since he'd been out and about with the pickup.

At one time a lot of asparagus would grow around this tree.

Acts 3:2 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call."

Yhtak, Yrret, Idnad


Saturday, October 14, 2017

2017.10.14

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - OCTOBER 14, 2017 - SATURDAY
Greetings! Terry got busy unloading the hay wagons and finished just as it started to rain.   According to what Terry heard, we were only supposed to get 1/4 inch, but we have gotten more than .7". We had some lightning and thunder and sometimes the rain poured down.

Sandy C. drove out this morning to get some bittersweet vine. There was more over at Lone Tree than I thought there was. Sandy got some nice vines for decoration. I want to go back to get more of it., but I'll have to wait until the dirt trail dries out. Maybe I will try my hand at making a wreath.

I baked chocolate chip cookies since Bev delivered eggs and I cleaned the house. : ) Next week I must wash windows- it is that time of year!

Jonah butted Terry tonight when he was being fed his corn ration. I wonder why he had to do that? He didn't try anything like that yesterday when I was in the pen with him.

Since Terry was beginning to look like a mountain man, I lowered his ears this evening. I suppose his head will get cold, but he's got a nice warm cap to wear.

We started watching a dopey movie on Amazon Prime tonight, but something went haywire and we had to quit. Oh, well. That's how it goes.

Proverbs 30:15b-16 "There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, "Enough!: the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'

Sleep well.      KT&D




Friday, October 13, 2017

2017.10.13

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - OCTOBER 13, 2017 - FRIDAY - MATT AND LEAH'S ANNIVERSARY

 Sunrise glow.


Temps were in the 50's today. It was still enough to rake, so Terry raked most of the Teff grass (I raked a little of it), baled it, and loaded the bales up.

I didn't do anything exciting. I washed a load of clothes, washed dishes, finished cleaning off the garden, took a short walk and rode bike.

I was surprised to see Jonah eating grass in the yard this evening. I put him back in the pen, turned around to leave, and once again, he was right beside me! A wire had come off a panel and he could squeeze through. I tied it down. We don't want the coyote to get in with him.

This cat needs to see an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist. His tongue hangs out all the time.

Now I am off to read a chapter in my Luther book. Goodnight.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

2017.10.12

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - OCTOBER 12, 2017 - THURSDAY
A warmer, but windy day. The winds blew from the southeast at a good clip, gradually switching to the southwest before abating this evening.

Since every single old beet seed that I planted in the spring grew, I made a couple more batches of beet pickles.

This afternoon Terry took down the garden fence and we started cleaning it off.

Terry set a trap for a pocket gopher yesterday and caught a fat female.  Hopefully he'll catch more of them. When it's nice and warm, digging in the dirt can be kind of fun. It is no fun poisoning or trapping gophers when it is cold and the ground is cold and wet.

I walked over to Lone Tree this evening, but got a late start, so it was rather dark when I made it to the tar road north of here. I called Terry and told him I could make it home, but it would be really nice of him to have pity on me. He did.

 The pictures show the weeds that are growing on the GF&P land just across the cornfield from here. They used Round-up to kill the native pasture, seeded it down to grasses and this is the result. (I am quite sure that land had never been plowed.) So now it is wormwood sage, thistles, pigeon grass, -just weeds of all kinds. Such an improvement. NOT!


To their credit, every once in a while I spotted some sunflowers, faded purple aster types, and black-eyed susans.
 A 3-pronged ear of corn in the neighbor's cornfield.

Das is alle. Guten nacht.   KT&D


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017.10.11

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - OCTOBER 11, 2017 - WEDNESDAY - DAVE AND ROSIE'S 48TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

We were in town by 7:30 for a dental app't. For awhile I had been accidentally biting my lower lip. It was so weird- it seemed my lip would just pop in between my upper and lower front teeth- and it hurt- a lot! A couple of weeks ago a lump formed and I was concerned, so I made the appointment. Anyway, it was just a salivary duct that had gotten plugged (mucocele) and filled with saliva. The dentist poked it and squeezed out spit.

Besides seeing the dentist, both Terry and I went to chiropractors, and I got my hair cut.

I bought some of Jack's Grapes at Hy-vee and they are really good. I think the grapes have been very good this year.

I uncovered the mums and other flowers and suddenly remembered that I had not covered the poinsettia plant. I have kept it alive since last Christmas, so it would be a shame if it kicked over now.  But it was just fine. The ivy planted in the old cowboy boots was OK, too.

I was out in the trees this evening and came back with burdock in my hair and sticktights on my overalls and sweatshirt. No fun.

We checked the game camera again. Sure enough, the coyote made his rounds about midnight,  AND this morning when we were leaving for town, we could hear a coyote howling. Terry thought it sounded like he was in the ditch across the road from here. It's hard to tell where there yips come from. I thought he was probably on the hill to the southeast in Kevin's pasture.

This evening I thought maybe it was time for me to be shipped to the nut house. We'd had pizza for dinner (Buy 3 Tomstone pizzas for $10.00 and get a bag of Nestle' Fun Bars free.), and there were 2 pieces left over. I put them in a plastic container. I told Terry he could have the pizza and I would have yesterday's leftover veg. beef soup for supper. I could NOT find that pizza. I checked and rechecked the refrigerator,  all the cupboards, the oven, the microwave, the freezer, the pantry, other rooms, etc. Finally, Terry and I both spotted it at the same time - in the fridge!

And that's my story.  KT&D

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017.10.10

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - OCTOBER 10, 2017 - TUESDAY


We finally got a picture of the animal depositing poo on the road and in the yard. It is a coyote. It is good Terry locks the chickens in at night and Jonah sleeps in the barn.

We definitely had frost overnight. Our thermometer showed a low of 27 degrees. It was sunny today, but not real warm. It is going to freeze again tonight.

I put some get-well cards in the mail. That can be such a process sometimes.
Terry tried to spray thistles and dandelions in the yard, but had trouble with the sprayer. After he got it working, he said I should spray and he'd finish haybining the GF&P weeds.

When cobwebs in the air do fly, it means the weather will be dry. I don't know if that old saying holds, but we have lots of cobwebs around here.

Think I'll go watch TV with Terry. Goodnight!

Monday, October 9, 2017

2017.10.9

 TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - OCTOBER 9, 2017 - MONDAY - COLUMBUS DAY

I think these pictures should have been used for the "rattlin' bog" song. This lovely body of green is in the little pasture.

We checked out the game camera again this morning. At last-- wildlife! Cats going this way, cats going that way. Cats coming and going.  At least we know the camera works. Terry said the other creature left his deposit again, so tonight we moved the camera to the fence between the chicken coop and Jonah's abode for another try.

The temperature ranged from 42 degrees this morning to 44 degrees at 2. It's been dropping since then and we are supposed to get frost. So, I spent most of the afternoon outside working in the garden picking what needed to be picked. I brought some zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, beans, beets, and winter squash to the garage. I made a stir fry for supper.
 Most of this year's potatoes have been small, but some really large ones are shown here. I have no idea what kind they are. The vines were still green last week and their skins are still thin. 
 Maple leaves

 Euonymus (burning bush) leaves with tiny berries.

 I covered the flowers by the house. The small tarp I had didn't cover this mum all the way.

Terry finished puttin the Teff grass down and started haybining  weeds on the GF&P land. Suppposedly it's going to stay dry for several days, but it's going to take a while for the hay to cure with the cooler temperatures.

I have pickled beets boiling in the canner.        Goodnight!