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Re: Re: 'Diggin In'

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Posted by Willy-N and Digging out too! on February 09, 2003 at 19:46:52 from (

In Reply to: Re: 'Diggin In' posted by it's not that tough......the pink panther on February 09, 2003 at 15:49:20:

Pink Panther; You seem to be doing it right. Enought meat being raised to pay for more, along with the way you think on your garden. Since it is better to raise more to sell some to pay for what you eat. What drives most off in doing this is the romance of it is gone when the real work begins and the dreaming stops. You can prepare all you want, but doing it will tell wether you figured right or cut out for the type of life you must live. We go out to restraunts a couple of times a year. Do not take vacations because of the animals (haven't in 19 years) allways have work needing done. No waste in what you raise feed it to the animals and eat them later. It all takes time and you have to learn by trial and error no free ride sitting on the porch either! Animals get sick and you have to stand out in the cold wet rain and help them or lose them. Don't cut enought wood for the year and winter gets cold fast or you buy the extra you need because it is all under snow now. The well quits Do-Do hits the fan fast when the troughts dry up and the tolets quit working. I had to fix my well today just stopped. Everyone was closed for the day and I needed a Capasitor to fix it. Found one at another pump re-pairmans house. Had the pump quit in a snow storm once was no fun pulling 350 ft+ of pipe up to fix a broken wire in 15 deg weather blowing snow on a Sunday tring to get it all back together befor it froze up in the pipe pulled out of the well casing. Fire burning all the pastures for your animals and allmost burning them up too along with your place. Snowed in for a week plus and running out of cigs, coffie (now I keep plenty of them during the winter) and tolet paper too! Having the whole Garden lost in a few hours because af a off year frost and not enought time to plant another and have it grow something you can eat. Building a tarp over a Down Cow and rebuilding it every few hours to keep it out of the sun when it moved a little. Keeping this up for several day feeding it by hand along with water not to mention the new born calf that was hungrey you now had to feed by bottle. After all this you shoot the Cow because it won't get up! Having Calves bloat and sticking them with neadles to let the air out to save them, feeding them by hand 4 times a day and washing the bottles and steralizing them each time. Yes I love the country and been tested many times and it is not for everbody but I stay and try to make it easier every year learning from the last one! These are the things people don't mention buring the dead during the winter and taking care of the rest. They don't wait for you to feel good for feeding time, you do it sick or not. This is a great life and you make it work for you rain or shine. Those shinny days make up for the wet cold ones that went wrong. I realy think more people should talk about some of the work and not so much of the fun stuff so more will have a real idea what they are getting into. Poor Cindy was having so much fun with the new litter of pigs and the next miniute she could lose all of them including the sow. This is all part of living in the country too! Done Ranting for a while you seem to have a good handle on what you are doing. Enjoy the life I sure do!! Mark H.

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