There are several pieces of equipment we use to put in the crop. For planting corn, we use a 9-shank John Deere chisel plow (1996), a 28-foot John Deere soil finisher (1988) and a John Deere 4-row planter (1985). We use three different tractors; a John Deere 4755 (1992), a John Deere 4040 (1980) and a John Deere 4440 (1979).
March is a good time to figure out the garden. It’s too cold and windy to do much else. There are several garden catalogs that arrive in the mail every winter. So much to choose from!
There are those who believe in leveraging. You know, using debt to asset ratio, leaning heavily on the debt more than the assets. There are others who believe in using a pencil to figure out if you can pay for things with the income you have.
Back in the day, if you wanted to say something unkind about the cooking skills of someone, you would say scornfully, “Why he/she doesn’t even know how to boil an egg!”
Snow in the winter. It’s a given in Iowa. It can start as early as October and can last until April. Snow days are built into the school calendar and four-wheel drive in your car or truck is a good thing to have.
Ever watched Mad Men? Lila observed this type of behavior in 1985.
It’s dark when you get up in the morning. It’s dark when you come home from work. Winter darkness. It creeps up on you.
Hey, it’s January. If I have a hankering (who in the heck says that?) for fresh produce that I have to buy at a store, I use a homemade produce cleaner. It’s super easy and lots cheaper than a store-bought version.
I have to profess my love. I love our chickens. We started raising chickens when my oldest daughter, now thirty-one, was in the fourth grade. She brought home her class project and we didn’t have a place to put it. So we built a small chicken house. A one thousand dollar chicken house for a $1.50 chicken. That turned out to be a rooster.
I’m not kidding.