Thursday, July 31, 2014


Killed a large mojave today it looks smaller in the picture but is almost 4 feet long, has 20 rattles on its tail.

This is the start of a dust storm we had saturday evening, the sky turned orange.

This is celery we have grown from seed, First time we have had it grow.

Melon's are just about ripe for picking!!

 Our strawberries have been producing since spring and are still going strong.

This is this year turkey chicks, we have more eggs in the incubator right now, hope they hatch.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Cactus Bloom

One of the cactus Amy planted bloomed today, It looks really nice and adds some color to the homestead.
 Here is a double rainbow from a evening shower
 Laying in the water line from the well to our water tank, The old garden tractor sure saved a lot of digging using the plow.

Saturday was our 18th Wedding Anniversary

We have been together for 19 years total but married for 18, looking forward to our next 18 years :)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Start of Monsoon

A few things have happened since my last post, had a bad wind storm that took down my wind generator and broke the blades. The problem was i wasn't deep enough in the ground and it up rooted it like a tree.

The new blades installed and a deeper hole dug now the gen is flying once more!!
The summer monsoon is finally getting started, we got over a 1/2 inch of rain yesterday
 The wife's new solar powered clothes dryer, the wind destroyed our umbrella style one.
 The garden is growing so good, we have been over run with produce, looking forward to our melons getting ripe!

 Made a new adjustable solar panel mount, works great now our panels are getting sun as soon as it raises.

 Moved everything into this little shed and shortened my wire runs all is working great now.

I am currently building a solar dehydrator and will post it as soon as it is finished. Also we are planning on building a greenhouse at the end of the month. Also in the works is a wood gasifier to run a 7kw onan generator, this unit will be used to run the well pump and be our back up power for the homestead. 

Also we have some Black Jersey Gaint chicken eggs coming for the incubator, we are going to start raising some meat birds, The Jersey's can reach 14 pounds, some people call them the poor man's turkey.

Stay tuned a lot of neat stuff coming soon!!