December 19, 2012
July 17, 2012
I was chatting on Facebook about my 4-Hers getting ready for the Sedgwick County Fair, which included E. washing her chickens.
“How do you wash a chicken?” they asked. “Very carefully,” I answered. Sorry…couldn’t resist. Here’s the real scoop on how E. washes her chickens. In this case, Speedy.
1. Catch Speedy by moving very quickly, cornering him in the chicken house and grabbing him.
2. Slowly submerge Speedy — but not his head — into warm soapy water. (We use Dawn dish soap.) Hold tight with one hand. Use other hand to rinse off feathers and scrub feet.
3. Remove Speedy from water. Let him drip just a little. (Don’t know why. That’s just her technique.)
4. Make sure Cesar doesn’t sneak in or a dirty chicken will be the least of our worries.
5. Submerge Speedy again, this time just in warm water. Give him time to enjoy. (He just bobs about in the bucket, like he’s on a floatie on the lake.)
6. Give him to your brother to hold, so Speedy can drip dry. Must ask nicely because brother doesn’t really want to hold a wet chicken. Then, place carefully in pet carrier to transport directly to the fair.
Finally, enjoy spending time with Speedy and his friends in the poultry barn.
May 9, 2012
April 22, 2012
I’ve been a farm wife for more than 20 years. Not once has a farm animal made its way into the house. That is, until a couple of weeks ago when a ewe (female sheep) died after giving birth. What to do but start bottle feeding her lamb? Since the little male, who came to be known as Willie, needed to eat about every four hours, he came inside.
My farmer-in-law brought out a baby bottle and diapers from the grocery store and we were set. Since Willie had only sucked on his mother for a short time — and because he was hungry — he quickly took to the bottle. We started him on canned goat milk until we were able to buy powdered milk replacer for sheep.
He was just so darn cute — always eager to eat, snuggle and play. The kids took turns falling asleep with him each night. I would gather him up before I went to bed, so he could have his last bottle of the day and then settled him in to his blanket in our mud room. I didn’t even mind those 2 a.m. feedings.
But, lambs grow up and need to be sheep. So, today Willie is back outside in his pen. We brought home a three-week-old Alpine dairy goat buck yesterday, so he has a pen mate. We just finished feeding both for the night. When we left, they were busy practicing butting heads. Their pen is full of fresh straw, so I’m sure they’ll tuck themselves in soon. Or, not. Who knows what happens in the farmyard when the farmer goes in the house?
March 28, 2012
December 4, 2011
An article I read recently mentioned population density — people per square mile. The term left my brain until the other day when I was driving into town. Our farm is on the northeast corner of a section, which is 640 acres or one square mile. Population density for that square mile: 4. Us.
Head a mile north. Population density: 0. Head a mile south: 0. East: 0. West: 0.
We do have neighbors, who live just outside the sections around us. But, “aloneness” is one of the reasons we love our rural life. And, it quiets the soul to look at land free of electric poles.
November 25, 2011
On a cold, gray, windy, post-Thanksgiving day, D., E., Cesar and I headed to the woods.
September 22, 2011
May 3, 2011
This was tucked in with my mail. Sad news regarding our country post office that I wrote about in February: http://lynnwoolf.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/whats-so-special-about-milton-kansas-67106/
My V. says, “That little ol’ post office never hurt anyone.”
Maybe this was the last resort of a desperate person in need. I bet the good people of Milton would have helped this person, if they only had asked.
April 14, 2011
I first came upon this scene about a year and a half ago. Perhaps the historical society is raising funds to continue with its restoration? If so, I hope a donor comes forward soon. I also hope one day to step in the home and step back in time.
For now, here are some outside views I found especially interesting.
Side view, with washhouse (or summer kitchen)
Shed with antique farm implements
Stone barn and lean-to
Date, face carving and leaf carving in the limestone rock