Part Five–The Final Backdate

We have finally come full circle and with this post, are finally completely up to date on the going ons at Deer Heart Farm.

 

These last few days have been mostly spent clearing out small trees and brush to improve the fence line as well as exploring the small details of this beautiful new land.

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Before

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After

 

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I found this dead tree standing and carefully pulled it down safely so it does not injure someone or cause damage in the future.

 

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It was lousy with bull ants which came rushing out of the rotted bottom and roots (they are impossible to photograph sometimes).

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I discovered several patches of this ground lichen. I’m not sure what it’s called exactly but it’s the stuff used to make tiny model trees and bushes. Thankfully the dogs leave it completely alone whenever they see it as I’d like for this stuff to still be around years from now. They look like small grey-green rocks at a distance.

 

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I then found this little critter hanging out on a tree. Don’t worry, I wasn’t stupid enough to touch it. I believe this is the caterpillar of the Southern flannel moth, they are also known as puss caterpillars and they are venomous and sting like heck! If you see these in your garden, do not touch! I simply watched this one go about its business in peace for a while before moving on. Click here for more information on the puss caterpillar and its moth counterpart.

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Part Four

Double post! Because I felt like it.

We continued our focus on the house. First, wiring in a new thermostat as we soon discovered in the sweltering heat that the old one was shot and not telling the A/C to turn on. Instructions were pretty straight forward after the man who insisted on not reading them finally got frustrated enough to leave. Funny how well it goes when you stop trying to just guess from looking at pictures.

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“R” means “Red” – “Are you sure?” “Yes” “Did you label these right?” “Yes, I followed the instructions.”

We wired it correctly for our system (but this picture may be from the process and therefor not the right wiring), he just kept skipping the page on programming the thermostat.

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Once that was done, we now had A/C for carpet and upholstery cleaning and eesh! Boy did it need it! After these pictures, I started using a strainer so it wouldn’t clog the bathtub with the nastiness this machine got up.

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Once the nice clean carpet was bone dry, I went to Ikea for the bed of my dreams (this is it just before I finished the second row of supports, I *love* these drawers). I’m also so glad to be rid of box springs for the first time in my life.

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Last but not least, the rabbits now had the beginnings of their own home!

There is just one last backlogged post after this one, after that – everything is all caught up to everyday on goings.

Part Three

As promised, we resume the backlog of information. Sorry, this still isn’t the last of it!

Once we had a fence, then we needed to get the house itself a lot more functional. First, we built a small deck with an enclosure for laundry (there was no room in the house). The deck is built on 6 2x4s sunk in concrete. The plumber/electrician installed everything for the washer and dryer for us, better safe than sorry when both of those things are involved.

 

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Farrah got to be the first to enjoy the deck experience.

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Getting close…

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Finished!

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Then we got a great deal buying all of our used appliances together; Washer, Dryer, and…

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….Oven! I was so tired of microwaving and toasting all of my meals.

I had a roll of cookie dough just waiting for this moment, along with a couple swordfish steaks.

Speaking of preparing all meals in a microwave, while I was without an oven I did quite a bit of experimenting with my microwave.

I will share with y’all my favorite “recipe” I discovered during this time – remember though, microwave oven times DO vary!

It is very cheap, tasty, and filling. I find 2 eggs creates the best balance and serves two quite effectively but you can use 1-3 eggs for this and the instructions would be the same.

 

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You will Need:

  • A Microwave
  • A medium to large sized microwave-safe  bowl (* a covered dish works best)
  • Something to cover your bowl*
  • 1 Packet Ramen (any flavor you prefer)
  • 1-3 eggs (Optional)
  • Water

 

Break apart your ramen brick in your bowl or place it in your bowl whole if you prefer long noodles, fill your bowl with just enough water to float all of your noodles (about 1” deep).

Cover your bowl and place it in the microwave. Microwave for 3 minutes.

Remove bowl from microwave, stir noodles to break them apart. Add flavoring packet to your tastes. (Be careful not to burn your tongue if testing the broth)

Crack your preferred amount of eggs on top making sure not to break your yolks.

Cover your bowl again, make sure the cover is very secure this time or the eggs will not cook correctly. Microwave an additional 2 minutes.

Leave in microwave 1 min for the eggs to set. If eggs still appear slightly runny or undercooked for your preference, cook an additional 30 seconds until they are properly poached.

Enjoy! It may not look the best or photograph all that well but I can’t get enough of the stuff, especially when using very fresh eggs. It is like a noodle soup, egg drop soup, and poached eggs all in one meal.

Merry Christmas!!

I spent my holiday sawing trees and playing with the animals. In other words, I couldn’t be happier with how I spent the day. The dogs got bones, the cats treats, and the birds all got mealworms – their favorite.

I’m planning to resume backlogged posts tomorrow. The farm is always busier around the holidays it seems.