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Adirondack chairs go bold!

I'm not a bold person. I don't like to attract attention. I wear simple clothes and little jewelry. I know what you are thinking, "But you have a RED house!" Yes, it was just the right color when we tried out different ones on the front of the house.

So this last project with all those paint colors I showed you was a stretch for me. I kept thinking, "I hope I like this." "It's awfully bold!" But I have to tell you...

I LOVE the Adirondack chairs painted! How could you not?
We purchased these oak chairs last year from a local woodworker that we found on Craigslist.  So comfortable but they needed some refinishing this spring.

We figured we would do two colors, maybe three.  Then seeing a picture in Country Gardens Magazine inspired us.  Why not all different?  Really, SEVEN different colors!
The purple is my personal favorite!
I used Benjamin Moore oil based outdoor paint.  And did you know you can have custom paint colors put in spray cans?  Amazing!  Any …

Goat shed done

This weekend we finished the outside of the goat shed with metal roofing.  It's was a job considering we haven't tackled metal roofing before.  It matches both houses and the chicken coop.  I love it! And I'm so glad it's done.  We will finish the inside later.  There's no hurry since the goats aren't in a hurry to breed.
Around the farm,
all the animals seem to be enjoying the green, green grass.

except for the pigs and they are happier in their mud hole. Yuk!

Just look at that house!  I should have painted it the color of dirt!

I wouldn't want to leave you with that image in your mind so here are my favorite flowers in the garden right now.
Gaillardia with Verbena on a Stick and Purple Salvia.

4,2,1,2 Biscuits

A new biscuit recipe.  I like it so much better!  They are lighter and fluffier than my other recipe.  I'll still use that one for pancakes though.  They are the best homemade pancakes I've ever had.

And why 4,2,1,2?  To make it easy to remember.

4 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder (yes I said tablespoons not teaspoons)
1 stick of butter (a little more if you want)
2 cups of milk
add a dash of salt and your ready to roll ~ roll them out that is.

Cut softened butter into flour, baking powder and salt.
Stir in milk adding just enough to make dough stick together.  You may not use all the milk or you may need a little more.  The less you handle the dough the lighter the biscuits will be.  I don't know why but it works.
Get rolling until the dough is about 1/2 inch thick. Yes, my rolling pin doesn't have handles.  I like it that way.  I know, it's weird!
Cut out.
Put in greased pan.  I turn my oven on and let them rise for 30 minutes over the vent.
Bake for 12 minutes at …

Picking up pieces

Yesterday I went to help with tornado clean up at our friend's home.  Their street was one of the ones hardest hit with most homes now piles of rubble on top of a concrete slabs.  Theirs was still standing but without a roof.  Can you ever prepare yourself to see something like that?  Imagine everything in your house large and small, including some furniture picked up and whirling around.  Then suddenly it stops and everything falls where it is.  That is how their home looked.  Coins, clothes, insulation, toys, and tons of glass covered the floors.  Window shades banged against the walls from the wind sweeping in the broken windows.  Furniture picked up and moved to different rooms.  Household items downstairs that were previously upstairs.  Items upstairs now downstairs.  Items that were not theirs in the first place that blew in from someone else's home.  And then there was a picture hanging on the wall perfectly straight, a bowl of oatmeal on the dining table with the spoon…

Tornado within a few miles and more all over Oklahoma

Just spent one and one-half hours in the storm cellar.  Tornado may have wiped out the town nearest us.  We have a lot of friends over there.  We know of one death north of us about 4 miles.

No pics, however, we're watching on the news right now as Goldsby Oklahoma is being destroyed by a tornado.  It looks like it's going to miss my Mom's house by a few miles.

Pray for Oklahoma, it's really bad here.  God protected our farm and all our animals and family are safe!

UPDATE:  Blogger won't let us comment so here goes...

3 children missing in Piedmont near our home, 3 children heliflighted out of El Reno in critical condition.  El Reno is about 15 miles west of us.  Where we buy our feed.  Police cars keeping zooming down the road in front of our house.

Hadn't heard anything more about missing children.  4 confirmed deaths in our county with 4 possibly more.  The 3 children mediflighted were actually in Piedmont (the town closest to us).  We know that…


Take a look at what rolled in last night.  That's golf ball to tennis ball sized hail!  It was larger but had melted some before we were able to go out and gather a few.  You might also notice that three of those have rough edges.  That's because they were jagged when they flew from the sky.

You should have heard it crashing onto our metal roof.  Thankfully there was no damage.  I still don't understand why in the world the horses didn't get in their shelters.  They just stood out in it!  They seem to ride out the storm fine although I'm sure they have some bruises.

This hail was extreme but here in Oklahoma, we have weather extremes of all kinds.  However we are blessed with some of the best meteorology centers in the nation and the news stations here do an amazing job.  When severe storms or tornadoes roll in, they have storm chasers and helicopters out monitoring.  They can tell everyone where it is, what direction and speed it is going, and where it will hit ev…

Our boys are ranchin'

Last week was our first week of summer break from school.  You would have thought that would be relaxing ~ sleeping late, lazy afternoons.  But our boys had different plans. 

Almost a year ago, our boys were given three calves to raise by their Papaw (who lives in next door in the blue house).  A few weeks ago, the heifers were sold "on the hoof" at a very good price.  Having a fistful of money and seeing future $ signs, our guys decided they should reinvest that money in more calves.  The only problem ~ we didn't have enough land to support more animals.

However, the boys made an agreement with the owner of the property behind us to run cattle there.  It's 17 acres with a 4 acre pond.  First, it needs some clean up and the fence needs fixing.  Off to work they go...

Up at 6 and out the door at 7.  Working 10 hours a day.  Covered in poison ivy from clearing brush.  Sinking posts and stretching barbed wire.  Not complaining.  Well, a little complaining from our younge…


we just need to stop and smell the flowers.

White paint

Finally, everything intended to be white on this farm is white ~  the milking shed, the hitching post, the buck house, the chicken coop, the pig house {wait, it was white for only 30 minutes when they smeared it with mud, but let's not talk about that.  It upsets me.}  the mile of fence, and now the horse shelters.

Monday, I spent spraying 17 gallons of white paint on the horse shelters.  At least a gallon of that paint was on me.  This morning I had a little itch in my ear.  The next thing I knew my finger was covered with little specks of paint ~ lots of them.  Horrified, I remembered I went to the doctor yesterday and he looked in my ears! Oh, my.
On the bright side, the shelters are practically glowing in the sun this morning.  I like them so much better now.  We are ready for metal roofing on all the new animal houses.
But I'm not finished painting yet.  I have another project and it won't be white!

Just look at those...
country redwood philipsburg blue fairmont green stuart g…

Flowers in feed buckets

You may have seen my galvanized feed bucket flower pots before.  They are scattered around the farmhouse outside.  I love picking just the right flowers for each bucket.

A few weeks ago, I hung one of our red feed buckets on the goat fence and left it there.  Later I looked out the window and realized that those would look really cute filled with flowers. 

 Since we have some new animal feeders on the farm (thanks to my hubby), I decided to repurpose these.  I had to by a few more though. 

11 in all and all in red.  Hanging on the fences filled with pink and white zinnias and sweet smelling alyssum. 

I think they will be lovely when they fill out and cascade over the sides. 

We drilled small holes in the bottom for drainage and picked flowers that were non toxic to the farm animals just to be safe.

I didn't bother to take the stickers off.  They just add to the farm theme, I think. 

This year, I got rid of the regular flower pots.  All of our flowers are in feed buckets and why shoul…

Saturday Evening Post

A glimpse into the lives of the people who live in the Little Red Farmhouse. Sort of like eves dropping. It will be a quote or conversation. It may be funny. It may be sweet. Maybe a little sad. But it will always be true. We'll see if it resonates with you.

Me to my hubby: "Just look at my fingernails.  I can't get them to grow any longer than this!"
Me (comparing my nails to his): "They're shorter than yours!"
Hubby: (shrugs)
Me: "I'm working too hard!"

Yes, this was a one sided conversation.  It happens frequently when you live in a house with all males.  Guess that's why I like to blog.  At least then I get comments.

Garden goat

I got another goat. This one's for the garden. He's black and white and a tad bit rusty.  I think it's safe to say he won't eat any of the flowers.
My youngest and I were at the garden center when this little guy caught the eye of my little guy.
I'm not much for garden statues.  I like to keep things simple and uncluttered.  But we both thought he would be a perfect addition to the farm flower garden.  He's living happily among the new orange zinnias now. 

He's almost as cute as the real ones.
And while we are talking goats, check out these new hay racks my sweet husband made for me my goats.  They are amazing!  That man can make anything, I tell you.  Joe is enjoying the small one built to hold one flake of hay.  The girls have a double one.  Hopefully, the dropped hay will collect in the tray below.  Picky things won't eat it off the ground!  Now my dear hubby is slaving away on aluminum feed troughs.  He must love my goats me a lot.


Yesterday was the first "Jam session" of the year.  That means strawberries!

But not from these sad looking plants.  I think I put too much hay on top of them over the winter.  And come to think of it, I probably shouldn't have used hay at all.  Just look at all that grass!

I just bought strawberries ~ 2 lbs.  added 4 lbs. of sugar and a box of Sure-Jell. and there you go ~ 9 wonderful half pints of jam.

I always hope there is a little too much to put in a jar so I can eat it warm right out of a bowl. 
I love jammin'.

Jumpin' jimminy

that's the biggest frog I've ever seen! He doesn't look big here?
What about this pic? This giant jumper was spotted in the pig pen last night. He was happily hanging out in the muck until the pigs spotted him. Then the chase was on.  Yes, I know that pig pen is, well, a pig pen!  Why any creature would go in there I have no idea!
We finally rescued the big guy, gave him bath, and took him to the pond but not until we measured him.  Take a look at that! 14 inches!  That's a big frog!