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All Good Things Must Come To An End!

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But why???  Because it must!  I must return to my children, husband and family before they send out a search party.

I had so much fun here in the DC area with cousins and my niece Leslie.

Last Wednesday I flew up to DC and had literally had my head in the clouds, the day was absolutely beautiful looking at the clouds.

Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds

Last Thursday, I went to the DAR headquarters and did research, and found out I have a total of eight American Patriots.

DAR Headquarters

DAR Headquarters

On Dad’s side of the family, I have Thomas Bullard.

On Mom’s side of the family I have Isaac Ball, Jacob Dennard, John Smith Jr., Abraham Neighbours, William Hooks, John Roberts and Godfrey Shelton.

So amazing!  And the good thing was I was able to copy things out of their files like on Lt. Jacob Dennard for instance, I now have a copy of the original pay stubs from the American Revolution.  Top that!  :)  Of course I also collected wills, bible records, and general information about the family.  I think the DAR headquarters is one of the best sources around for genealogical information.

Then on Friday I went to the National Archives and pulled and actually held in my hand a copy of the muster rolls for Sanford Higginbotham from the Indian Creek Wars in 1836.

Sanford Higginbotham Muster Roll

Sanford Higginbotham Muster Roll

I also held in my hand a copy of the muster rolls from the war of 1812 for my great-grandfather Ben Martin.

Benjamin Martin Muster Roll

Benjamin Martin Muster Roll

Then on Saturday, Leslie and I hung around her apartment and watched Six Feet Under all day while working on genealogy and cleaning and organizing some things in her apartment.  Well, mostly she did that but I did assist a bit.  It was a good day at any rate.

Then, on Sunday, we went and got pedicures and drove to Fredericksburg, VA to meet our Hooker cousin.  Ok, close your mouth, not a real Hooker, a cousin with the surname Hooker.  As a family with “Hooker” as a surname of my Ancestors, I’d truly like to thank Gen. Joseph Hooker for ruining the good name and making it feel dirty to say.  Doucher.  I mean, the whole time we were there talking, it was just awkward to talk about Hookers in front of Jamie’s children.  I wish I would have gotten a picture of all of us together, but I forgot!  How stupid!  Anyway, we figured out we are 3rd cousins 2x removed and we all had a great time visiting and getting to know each other.  I really look forward to getting to know Jamie and her husband a lot better.

Then, on Monday, I met up with my 3rd cousin Jim Marsh and we headed over to 3rd cousin John Dawson’s house in McLean, VA where we spent the day scanning photos and other family documents from the Ball side of my family.  It was totally awesome and John surprised me with a video he had taken interviewing his grandmother, Gladys Ball Gregg back in 1985.  To hear her talk about family and my ancestors, was truly a treat.  With John’s permission I will be sharing some of that soon!  This is John and his lovely wife Ann.

John and Ann Dawson

John and Ann Dawson

This was a favorite find of mine, a picture of my great Aunt Dorothy with Jim’s mother Bonnie Harkness Marsh.  I love both of these women.

Bonnie Marsh and Dorothy Johnson

Aunt Dorothy Johnson and Bonnie Marsh

Then on Tuesday, Jim and I met back up and we back to the DAR for a bit, and then Jim left and went to visit some other cousins, and I went to the Smithsonian American History Museum and back to the National Archives for a while and just killed time until Leslie got off work.  Then we had a nice dinner, and went to a movie.  A rocking movie theater with recliners.  How fun and relaxing!

At the movies reclining!

At the movies reclining!

Now, today I’m packing up and will spend the day traveling by planes, trains and automobiles.  Let’s just hope I have an easier time than John Candy did.

Around the Compound – Busy Busy Days

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Ok, this isn’t The Hubs, it’s just me.  I’m sure you are disappointed and you were waiting for the next farm report, but we have been so busy, he hasn’t really had time to sit here long enough to do a blog post.

So, I thought I would just share some fun pictures of the compound, and give you a hint of something exciting to come, that we have been working on.

First, we have had over 50 baby chicks born this month, and we still have another incubator full waiting to hatch.

Chickies

Chickies

Chickies

Chicks

Here they are in their little home.

Chickies

Chickies

And here is one of my favorites, a little Bannie chick. She is the tiniest thing ever.

The tiniest of the tiniest chickie

The tiniest of the tiniest chickie

There’s been lots of playing around the chicken yard.

Chicken Yard

The Chicken Yard

Knucklehead plays with Amanda II quite a bit. Don’t ask what happened to Amanda the original. You could ask the neighbor’s dog though.

Amanda II and Knucklehead

Amanda II and Knucklehead

Knucklehead and Chicken Wing wished every one a happy Easter.

Knucklehead and Chicken Wing

Knucklehead and Chicken Wing

I tried to get Tori and Knucklehead to pose with Chicken Wing, but neither were excited about it. It’s still a good picture though.

Tori, Knucklehead, and Chicken Wing

Tori, Knucklehead, and Chicken Wing

And you know what has to be done when you have chickens around, the coop has to be cleaned out, which JT and The Hubs took care of.

Coop Cleaning

Coop Cleaning

The Hubs has done a lot of planting.

Planting

Planting

We ride around on the mule checking out our animals and gardens and almost run into fence posts just so I can get a selfie of us. LOL

Me and The Hubs

Me and The Hubs

Knucklehead plays a lot of basketball.

Knucklehead plays basketball

Knucklehead plays basketball

When he gets tired of that, he jumps on his pogo stick.

Knucklehead jumping on a Pogo Stick

Knucklehead jumping on a Pogo Stick

And for real fun, he rides his motorcycle.

Knucklehead rides his motorcycle

Knucklehead rides his motorcycle

The first clean up of the year, Knucklehead and I picked up about three loads of sticks just like this.

Picking Up Sticks

Picking Up Sticks

As a family, we took time to go for ice cream!

Ice Cream Parlor

Ice Cream Parlor

One of the best things to happen this month, was my great-nephew Skylar got to come for a visit, and he actually opened up his Christmas presents on Easter.

Skylar opens Christmas Gifts

Skylar opens Christmas Gifts

He had a lot of fun playing with chickies and looking at the hogs, and I took this shot of him with his Dad, Jonathan. Two peas in a pod.

Skylar and Jonathan

Skylar and Jonathan

He loves to be outside. And if you notice the ring around his mouth, he likes Hershey Kisses too!

Skylar on the swing

Skylar on the swing

He likes to pose for pictures too! Isn’t he handsome?

Skylar

Skylar

His favorite inside activity is playing with trains. JT helped him get his train track set up.

JT and Skylar

JT and Skylar

Speaking of nephews, my nephew Ben and his wife, Esbeida are expecting a baby boy, Benaiah, any day now! We are so excited for baby Benaiah to make his entrance into the world. Ben and Esbeida got this picture made and I just love it!

Ben and Esbeida Higginbotham

Ben and Esbeida Higginbotham

We went to Esbeida’s baby shower and I have to say she racked up the gifts. I think it will be a while before Benaiah needs anything.

Esbeida at baby shower

Esbeida at baby shower

After the last storm, we had a beautiful rainbow!

Compound Rainbow

Compound Rainbow

Oh, and my sunflowers are coming up!

Here come the Sunflowers

Here come the Sunflowers

The newest editions to the compound are Billy and Nanny, and we are in love with them already.

Billy and Nanny

Billy and Nanny

And last but not least, a little tease of something to come. We spent a whole day filming “Around The Compound” with gopro cameras and drones and I plan to make a video soon. Here is a still shot from one of the drone flights.

Planting - the making of a video

Planting – the making of a video

How cool is that?!?!?!

The next Around the Compound report will be from The Hubs. See you soon!

Around The Compound (Taters-N-Onions)

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Hi everyone it’s John again, here to bore y’all with some horticulture.  A while back I shared some pictures from Feb. 23, 2014 and talked a bit about adding organic material to the garden soil.  The next day, Feb. 24th, we planted our potatoes for the year. Once again I took lots of pictures and would like to share.

Opening rows using a middle buster.

Opening rows using a middle buster.

I started potato planting by opening rows using a middle buster plow attached to the center of my cultivator implement bar behind our tractor.  As shown above, I started out by plowing one straight row and placing each additional row by simply running the wheels of my tractor  in the track left behind when I made the previous row (above left). This makes the row spacing just right for future cultivation and weeding between the rows.  To cultivate I remove the middle buster from the implement bar and attach smaller plows at the attach points shown in the picture (above right and center).   These smaller plows will contact the soil right behind my tractor tires as I cultivate.  This method of laying out my rows allows me to drive the tractor back through the same tire tracks left behind when I opened the rows to accomplish weeding without damaging my plants.

Cutting seed potatoes.

Cutting seed potatoes.

After opening the rows for planting we cut our seed potatoes.  The part of the potato that grows into a potato plant is the eye.  Each seed potato may have several eyes so this allows us to cut the seed potato, usually into several pieces, for planting.  We planted about sixty pounds of seed potatoes this year.

Placing seed potatoes in the row.

Placing seed potatoes in the row.

We placed the seed potatoes in the open row approximately six inches apart along the length of each row and at the bottom of the furrows. We use chicken manure for fertilizer but commercial fertilizer may be used at this point in the process.  Something like 13-13-13 works well, however, a soil test can tell you exactly what you need to use. Keep in mind that if your soil test says to use lime, never use lime on potatoes.  A calcium supplement can be sprayed on the plants later instead.

Covering the seed potatoes.

Covering the seed potatoes.

Here’s Justin Cole, my step son, covering my seed potatoes.  Pretty nice of him to help me out with all this huh?  He spent a good part of his day out in the cold helping me with this potato project.  Notice he is using his feet to close the dirt in over the seed potatoes.  If we would have had a large field of rows to close, we could have placed hilling disks or closing plows on our cultivator and closed the rows with the tractor.

Hay!

Hay!

Hay to protect our seeds from a hard freeze.

Hay to protect our seeds from a hard freeze.

I hauled a truck load of hay to spread directly over the rows to protect them in case of a hard freeze.  Its a good thing I did too!  Not long after we planted this potato crop we had about three inches of solid ice and freezing weather.  The hay cover provided enough insulation to keep my potatoes safe from the freeze.

Oh Boy!

Oh Boy!

The above picture was taken Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Looks like our potatoes are doing well!  I have already had to spray for potato bugs though.  A small brown bug that looks kind of like a ladybug will eat the potato plants and bring the crop to spoil if not kept in check.  When I see these bugs begin to appear I spray the plants with insecticide or treat them with 5% seven dust.

A pretty potato crop so far.

A pretty potato crop so far.

The next thing we planted was onions.  About two weeks after we planted potatoes and right after the last hard freeze, my brother-in-law John and I planted a couple of rows of onions.  We started out by opening some rows just like I did for the potatoes.

Onion sets.

Onion sets.

There are a couple of ways to start onions.  One way (shown above) is to plant onion bulbs.  Bulbs can be saved over the winter just like many flower bulbs or they can be purchased from a feed store or farm supply in late winter. Onion plants can also be used.  I have also heard of people starting them from seeds but I’ve never tried it, maybe a future project.

Placing onion bulbs.

Placing onion bulbs.

I place the onion bulbs in the row differently than I do potatoes.  I don’t put the onions all the way in the bottom of the furrow.  I put them about half way down the side  and alternate them from side to side as shown above. This makes one row almost like two close rows side by side.

John H. working!

John H. working!

Covering the onion bulbs.

Covering the onion bulbs.

Above is my brother-in-law John covering the onion bulbs.  He just covered them loosely with a couple of inches of soil.

Onions coming up!

Onions coming up!

The onions did come up and are growing well. We also have planted strawberries, lettuce, turnips, radishes, kale, and about a third of an acre of sunflowers.  I will keep you updated on our progress in the vegetable garden in future posts.

Look forward to Pigs-n-chickens in just a few days!

John

Throw Back Thursday – Sam Garrett and John Reynolds

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This is a photo of myself, John Reynolds and my grandfather, Sam Garrett, ca. 1975.

Sam Garrett and John Reynolds

Sam Garrett and John Reynolds

Wordless Wednesday – Bill and John Reynolds

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I probably could have used this photo for Throwback Thursday but I wanted to share it today even though I can’t go wordless. I love this old picture of my hubs, who is on the right, and his brother Bill, on the left.

Bill and John Reynolds

Bill and John Reynolds ca 1973

The Hubs still gets that look on his face sometimes!

Teasing.

Ok, not really but it’s usually after I say something dumb, followed up by him with a “Huh?”

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