4 July 2017 – Sunny and highs in the upper 80’s
Today is my favorite holiday. I love reading about the Founding Fathers and the enormous risk they took to throw down that Declaration and say, “We don’t want a king, we want to be free from your rule and here’s why.” And the list is honest, eloquent, and timeless. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. This is what it means to be American and this is what we celebrate today. If you really want to refresh your patriotism and appreciate your freedom, here’s a link to the Declaration of Independence. Read it out loud and you cannot help but be moved. God Bless America!
Out here in the free, wide opened spaces of the great state of South Dakota, we are celebrating today by going to the Veterans’ Parade in Custer. It is a small town Fourth of July parade and will likely be full of locally built floats, fire trucks, horses, and the high school marching band. Oh yeah, and we get a B-1 Bomber low pass to start things off. Cool!
We are cooking out this afternoon for some friends, likely drinking some Keystones and eating some burgers and dogs and watching the cows and chickens from the south porch. What’s everyone else doing out there?
Now for the Holler update. We finished bailing Shari’s property with 171 more hay bales. Now all we have left is the oats once they get tall enough. That is unless we get some incredible moisture and we hay again in August? Here’s hoping for that…sort of!
The bees have been extremely busy. There are so many wildflowers that I had to add another “super” or house on top of their main hive body. Then, 7 days later, that box had 6 frames full of honey so I put another super on top of that! I hope they can make enough honey to sustain themselves throughout the winter. I read they need 70-90lbs; that is about one full deep box. Anything they make beyond that I plan on keeping. If they are successful and survive the winter I will probably get another hive next year. Two hives won’t be much more work than one.
The garden is going gangbusters. Dave and I have been eating spinach every day and giving some away as well. Pretty soon we are going to have Pop-eye arms!
We are also harvesting lettuce for the burgers we will serve later today.
We pulled this turnip out of the garden yesterday. This morning the breakfast menu consists of “Hashtag-Hash” which is a diced turnip, spinach, onion, and bacon with a fried egg on top.
The corn is not quite knee high at the 4th of July, unless you have really short legs!
The chickens are free ranging (under supervision) most of the day. We like to sit out and watch them in the evening. Chicken TV is better than anything on cable. They truly are bird-brains and they have a lot of self-induced drama. They are getting big and FAT, or we could say fluffy if we don’t want to hurt their feelings.
Yesterday was branding day. We took 7 calves to the Vet and they got their vaccinations and their brands. Cowboy Dave did the branding and Pilot Dave worked the calving table while the new Vet in town (an ISU grad!) administered the meds. I got to work the gates and take pictures.
Well, that’s all from the Holler for now. We are wishing everyone out there a Happy Independence Day! Freedom, baby! It’s what it’s all about!