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October doings
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Randy    Posted 10-07-2002 at 21:49:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Folks: What's everyone doing this fall in preparation for winter? To my fellow Canadians, happy Thanksgiving this coming weekend.

valerie    Posted 10-08-2002 at 12:19:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We're getting ready to host an organic fruit workshop on our farm. We'll have a local guy whose more expert than we are come on out and lots of folks will show up and listen to him teach about care of all these different things we've got growing here.

Other than that I am looking forward to hot buttered cider and leaves crunching underfoot. I can't wait for chilly nights and early nightfall so we can get dinnner done and reading time together.

One of my favorite Autumn and Winter things is the whole family listening to soft music while reading books in front of the fire. I sure miss my fireplace. When we first moved here it was so strange to not have a center place to stand. We all just sort of milled about aimlessly.

WallSal55    Posted 10-08-2002 at 08:38:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fill the propane tank, get new gutters, soffits, and eaves on the house in time for the Cold November Rains, we ususally have here in IL. Patiently waiting for fall colors, scattering morning glory and rudbeckia seeds.
Will gather Marigold and Tickseed (cosmos)for flowers next year. Maybe plant tulips, but haven't outsmarted voles and moles, yet.
Will stock up on canned goods, and buy a little bit of meat for the freezer (as our Midwest economy will allow, they say ours is the worst right now).

Gary    Posted 10-08-2002 at 06:54:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
October, good month in La. humidity starts to go down, mosquito activity begins to slow down. Firewood's been stacked since late August. Deer season's commin' up shortly, Rye grass has got a pretty good start, looks like I'll have a real good winter pasture. I'm gathering used materials for my November project, 6 X 6 smokehouse. Any body got any suggestions 'bout what I should or shouldn't do with this smokehouse project?

DeadCarp - Mn    Posted 10-08-2002 at 06:49:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's been getting cooler so i'm thinking about antifreeze, working under the van, roof patching, winter hobbies and things that are better done without jackets/gloves. Been piddling with firewood for a few weeks - enjoying the leaves, geese etc.

tomatolord    Posted 10-08-2002 at 06:29:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Fall starts late here in the south - it was 92 here on saturday - but that last cold front cooled things down

Get a used (new to me) 5hp leaf vacuum for the tractor to hook up- no more raking leaves for me!

Neighbor has a tree service so he drops off small diameter trees for the fireplace to cut and stack - most are usually dead trees so they have already been aged.

Got the state fair coming up in another week

Garden still alive - will be until late november

got grass to seed

oh and a new company to start up!!

Hendo    Posted 10-08-2002 at 06:02:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Whal, I got the chimney rebuilt on the house and some new windows put in. I put a recycled tin roof on the wood shed & we got 5 cord of wood in the, 3 years seasoned. I ordered a 10,000 BTU propane heater to suppliment the wood cook stove heat and we sprung for a new propane refrigerator earlier this summer.
The outhouse needs a new roof, some more used tin for that ought to take care of things.
I bought a 30 year old Wards 16 HP garden tractor last month, it has hydraulics and a 4' sickle-bar mower, I had to replace the throttle cable wire and put a plung in itnow it runs like new but it is light in the rear end so I guess I will load the tires with water.
I bought a Jap truck Saturday but it has a American name, Ford Courier, it's a 1972 and a good runner, I got it to replace my 1975 F-100 4X4 which is killing me on gas. I also bought a new German truck that was made in Mexico but has an American name, "Dodge" Ram 1500 4X4, I traded my 1997 American truck that was also made in Mexico, Ford F-350 HD 4X4, talk about a gas hog.
Whatever happened to the good old Ford trucks that were made in Canada?
So the sun is getting lower in the sky and we get more shadows from the mountains so are daylight is even shorter but we have had only one frost and most days are still in the 70-80 range.
We have canned about all we can eat for a season and now I'm just waiting for a nice Elk to wander into the meadow for our winter meat supply.

DeadCarp - Mercury?    Posted 10-08-2002 at 06:54:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember seeing a Ford pickup years ago - the tailgate had Mercury stamped on it! I assumed it was Canadian. Do they still do that? :)

ger    Posted 10-08-2002 at 09:31:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
those old trucks were a beauty to behold , my wifes best friend ,s dad has one never been restored drives it all the time looks brand new, beautiful shape , but you won,t find many like that any more,if it doesn,t snow for the next six months i might be almost ready for winter, the more i do the farther behind i get , had a hi- ab here a moved a building the other day went to get the old chevy to go get some materials to put a new roof over it gas tank was leaking bad took it of to fix it needed new straps ordered them , putting it on yesterday found, another leak other tank is even worse, gotta buy two new tanks now , no roof lol for a few days now haven,t even got the tractor ready for snowremoval yet, didn,t even know thanksgiving was here till randy mentioned it last night , thanks for the head up randy, so as you can im ORGANIZED just like normal, i,ll be cussing when im out in the snow an cold doing things an planning on doin things early next year . yea right lol ,later ger

Grove r    Posted 10-08-2002 at 06:02:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Randy, still have to haul my hay home, and want to get some more logs up to saw, before it gets too cold and too much snow.....want to get the five hundred gallon propane tank on blocks and plumbed into the unit on the mill too, [MM GVI,factory propane,I made into a unit], co-workers buddy switched to natural gas heating, and had this tank for sale for four hundred dollars, fourty five per cent full! didn't have the cash to spend, but couldn't let a deal like that escape.... will have to eat a lot of peanut butter sandwhiches for a quite awhile, now..... other than that.....will do just what I usualy do......what don't get done this year will have to wait 'till next far, figure I'm about a hundred and fifty years behind!! will have dinner for a few of the family this weekend, so, have a gooder, R.E.L.

Rachel in MO    Posted 10-08-2002 at 04:42:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mornin' all. Been busy doing all that October stuff, had one of those deader oaks knocked down by a friend with a bigggg machine and he knocked the old shed down for us, too. Now we are cutting up that huge oak for firewood. Hadda get a tooth pulled, letting them go one tooth at a time. I'm kinda attached to the old rotten things. Still harvesting the last maters and beans. Got the freezer full for those snowed in days acoming. Done turned into a lurker!!! But still not a yuppie! All our cars and trucks are old and rusty and American. Yard art work is all autions left-overs, too. See ya all, Rachel

Fawteen    Posted 10-08-2002 at 04:20:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Actually, for a change, I'm pretty well caught up. The garden is put to bed for the winter, all the lawn equipment is serviced and stored, the place is cleaned up in general (only took three trips to the dump with the ton truck...).

Only major tasks left are to reshingle the roof over the mudroom (a days work, day and a half at the most) and maybe start on the firewood pile. That's not critical, I've got plenty for this winter, but I like to have next winter's fitted up and ready, just in case.

Tom A    Posted 10-08-2002 at 02:23:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Randy, hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

I've got to harvest honey in the next couple of weeks, and then get the hives settled for winter. Still have to buy some straw for bedding, and maybe a little hay since I didn't get much on the second cutting this year. The roof on the house started leaking last week (first significant rain in months...figures) so I guess I'd better fix that, too. Oh, and I wanted to do some barn repair work while the weather isn't too hot or cold. Implements need servicing, and paint, and put away for winter. Do one last really good chicken coop and barn cleaning for the season. Rearrange the pasture fences so some poacher doesn't shoot my goats 'cuz he doesn't take a good look before he pulls the trigger. Guess I'd better go get started because I'm way behind, as usual!

Y'all take care,

ger    Posted 10-07-2002 at 21:52:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
same to you mate

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