March 3, 2005 – On the Bubble

It’s the time of year that the NCAA basketball tournament brings talk of “bubble” teams – endless speculation about which teams might or might not make the tournament. Enough of bubble teams, what about bubble items for high hopes gardens? But first, what’s in this year:

More flowers
Tree planting in the pasture
Whizbang chicken plucker

The following are on the bubble for this year:
Establish breeding flock of chickens
Scrape and paint one side of house
Heirloom turkeys
Beginning sauna construction
Reroofing house

The following are out for this year:
Belted Galloway (cattle in general)
Vacation in Sedona (Daughter is traveling instead)
Vegetable gardening for fun and profit

I’m sure all of our venerable readers will chime in with their bubble ideas as well.

As a postscript to the corn cob comments to yesterday’s post, I posted a question to the Whizbang Chicken Pluckers Yahoo! group about the best use for ground corn cobs. High absorbancy was a landmark trait reported by all respondents, so the use of the ground cobs as a helper for “eliminational hygiene” may indeed be good for certain textures of “elimination” whereas the whole cob may be good for other more firm “eliminations.”

March 2, 2005 – Corn Cobs

I suffer from a disease I seldom see reference to. It’s called “superman disease” in that I see a task and drastically underestimate the time to allot. Today for example. The previous owners of the farm left one horse stall in the barn full of corn cobs. The pile is approximately 6x6x4. Just Monday, I stopped by a rental center to inquire on the rental charges for a wood chipper to chop up the cobs. There are the 2, 4 and all-day charges. Somehow I thought it would take less than a day. Well, I started today, and by the time the cobs are pitchforked out, ground up and containerized, let’s say my back is sore and I didn’t even do 10%. Thankfully, I am using a borrowed chipper from a friend whose goat we are watching (Ringo). Paullina and Ringo don’t seem to be bothering each other, which is good.

I’m here to report that blog-reading can be grounds for dismissal from jury duty! A friend said the day after the Mr.Ed posting, he appeared for jury selection and was asked what his favorite TV show was. He responded that it was Mr. Ed and was summarily dismissed from consideration. He’s not sure if it was in direct response to that question, or whether it was just the back that broke the camel’s back after a long line of interesting answers. File Mr. Ed away. If nothing else it can be a great conversation-ender.

March 1, 2005 – In like a Lion

March dawns crisp and cold – it has been for a few days. It has been a good time for the corn stove. It hasn’t been so cold that the propane furnace has needed to come on (in fact, it hasn’t been on for a few weeks), nor has it been so warm, that I’ve needed to turn the corn stove off. I found the conversion rate – one bushel of corn provides the same amount of heat as 5 gallons of propane. It’s still a bit of a mystery that the corn actually burns.