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w_r_ranch

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Splash the possum, Dieter got her last night.

Pulled the buckboard bacon out of the curing brine, rinsed it off & vacuum pack them for freezing... I'll smoke them when it warms up.

Start the 'begining-of-the-month' chores.

Received 0.35" of rain starting at 1400 hrs.
 
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w_r_ranch

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Made bread.

Did the weekly shopping.

Replaced the wiper blades on both Jeeps.

Ready 5 more pots for the small porch outside of Mrs. Ranch's sewing room.

Tomatoes are starting to sprout in the greenhouse!!!
 
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Seasoned up a nice sirloin steak that will be smoked for supper tonight. Then I made stuffed jalapenos. Mrs. Ranch is going to make her twice baked potatoes to complete our meal.

Fed the cattle.

Did the monthly maintenance of our computers.
 
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w_r_ranch

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Took yesterday off & spent time with the family.

Today I made bread, refilled the birdfeeders, watered the flats in the greenhouse, fed the cattle & put hay out for them. Also got 6 molasses tubs ready to cut for down at the party barn (landscape rings).
 
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Cut the molasses tubs down with a jig saw.

Vacuum both Jeeps. Mrs. Ranch laundered Dieter's 'mud room' because my jeep was smelling doggy, LOL!!!

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Fed the cattle a day early.
 
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w_r_ranch

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Made a pot of pinto beans.

Seasoned up chicken fajitas that I'll grill for supper. I'll also make our ranch rice to go with it. Made enough to last through the 4 days of bad weather...

Cut the grass ahead of the cold front & the rain.
 
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Just ugly out around here.
  • 74 deg F swing from the Thursday low (-30 F) to the Saturday high (44 F).
  • Rain on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • Last night was an ice storm and we got about an inch of sleet which froze together.
  • Last night's ice storm also had thunder snow in it - thunder storm while snowing.
 

w_r_ranch

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Cold front & the rain arrived at 1000 hrs. this morning. At 0600 hrs it was 71 degrees & now it's down to 58. The next 2 days are forecasted to be in the mid-40s for the highs & 39 for the lows.

Since I can't do anything outside, I detailed the interior of Mrs. Ranch's Jeep to stay busy.

Received the leeks today. Also received a case of Bifen insecticide so I'm ready to give the fire ants hell as soon as the temperature goes back up.
 
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The ice on the patio is about 1" thick. Those are not drips on the tree branches but icicles.

We were swinging from 33 F to 3 F. Wind was steady around 20 mph and gusting much higher. Windchill when I took this photo was about -20 according to accuweather.
 

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38 degrees with drizzle. Made a pear bundt cake for something to do. Then watched DVDs with the family.

Ordered 4 more faucets for the bathroom sinks.
 
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w_r_ranch

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59 degrees this morning... with more drizzle. The drizzle over the last 5 days has added up to 0.45".

Watered everything in the greenhouse.

Ordered a custom-made 'Aluminet' cover for the greenhouse (complete w/nylon edging & grommets).

Detailed garden tractor.
 
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Mr_Yan

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Snow starting - forecast calls for 3"-5" or 5"-8" depending on who you check. But all of them have freezing drizzle over the snow late tonight - calling for 0.1" of ice.
 

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Pulled cauliflower and threw them away as the weather has played havoc on them this year.Thinned out the spinach and mustard greens.I'm getting close to planting potatoes if my beds dry [too wet].
 

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Pulled cauliflower and threw them away as the weather has played havoc on them this year.Thinned out the spinach and mustard greens.I'm getting close to planting potatoes if my beds dry [too wet].
Mustard greens and some smoked bacon sounds good right about now.
 

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Got 3 or 4 inches of really heavy wet snow and the east facing sides of things were covered in ice. Had to kick the gate a few times to break it free of the ice this morning. This was the type of snow that causes out of shape people to have heart attacks when shoveling.

Kids had the day off school and the drive to work took 45 minutes instead of the typical 30.

School parent / teacher conferences have now been rescheduled for the second time.

Harvested a bowl full of hydroponic lettuce for the salad with dinner.
 

w_r_ranch

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Made bread.

Fed the cattle & put out hay.

Spray/drench the fire ant mounds in the yard.

Started dissolving copper crystals with 15 gallons of water to treat the algae bloom in the front stock tank. I'll apply if when it's fully dissolved.
 
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MR. G. L.

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have garden spot cleaned up to wet to till . wanting to try something new ( to me ) molasses comes liquid or dry have to find a person that is the know RCW Nursery site has a good article on the use an benefits
anyone on site have knowledge about Molasses application an results
also do or don't use roundup to help with clean up small garden weeds . health concerns !! advise appreciated
 
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