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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: 17 acres to mow...
« Last post by John Van Gelder on Today at 07:41:56 AM »
If you have a place of any size a good tractor is a necessity, followed by a front end loader, not sure how I got along for so many years before I got one, and then a brush hog.  I have eighteen acres of pasture, with lots of trees and stumps and contour, mowing off my pastures can be a bit of a challenge.

Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Project Oasis, New pond???
« Last post by John Van Gelder on Today at 07:11:34 AM »
I have a couple of ponds, one is only seasonal, and dries up during the hot summer months, the other is spring fed, it currently has a big gap in the dam, repairing that is almost an annual project.  Ponds are neat they attract all sorts of wild life.
Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: How about a mule?
« Last post by John Van Gelder on Today at 07:06:34 AM »

A mule is a good idea, and they come in quite a few different sizes, depending on the size of their parents.  They are sterile, kind of a one way trip. There has been some genetics research in the last decade and there is a possibility that there some day will be a viable mule.

A draw back to mules is that if you get a trained animal you are looking at between 2500 and $5000.00, as with all things a lot of shopping before you buy is a advisable.  Mules are not subject to as many of the equine diseases that horses are.  They tend to be a bit stronger, have harder feet.  They can be a bit of a hand full if the mood takes them, but they with a little bit of attention can be as loyal as dogs, and every bit as protective of "their people"...!

Riding mules are a good choice if you are going into really rough terrain, the tours down into the Grand Canyon are done with mules, they are sure footed and tend to be a little less excitable than horses.

They have a sense of smell that would put a blood hound to shame, their hearing is incredible, just look at the ears.

An acquaintance of mine had a number of mules, one in particular was a bit of a character.  On pack trips he never tied the mule up so it had free run of the camp, he was everyone's buddy, but you had to watch him at meal times he was not a bit bashful about eating off of peoples plates.

Another option, if you are willing to spend the time in training, is to adopt a mustang.  Everything I said about mules in part applies to the mustang.  The caveat here is that there is no such thing as a free horse, or a dog or cat.. Everything requires some upkeep, the trade off is that we get way more back than we put in,  The sense of well being you get for big animal "friends" is priceless.  "The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man", there is some debate over who first said that some believe it was Winston Churchill, other credit Will Rogers.  My guess would be Zenaphon a Greek general who lived some 2500 years ago, he wrote extensively about the horse.

Check the horse rescue places sometimes they have mules and they charge a pretty minimal adoption fee.  I have gotten some very nice horses from that source, back when I was in the horse rescue/adoption business.

Food and Cooking / Re: Old style German/Dutch pancakes, Delish.
« Last post by Moe M. on Today at 06:59:10 AM »
Taste like french toast. It got dark brown on the peaks so I took it out and cut it in half to try. Then popped skillet back in oven for about 3 minutes. I preferred the well done portion as did my wife. As I said to me it has the eggy flavor of French toast. Which is fine. Left to my own designs, I guess I'd just scramble the eggs and go about the day. Thanks Moe. What's for lunch?

 LOL,  home made chicken and rice soup and ham & cheese sandwiches on thick sliced sour dough bread. 

 I always have a pot of my chicken soup in the fridge in the cold months,  usually make two pots a week,  the kids and grand kids make it disappear pretty quickly.   

 Sorry you didn't like it,  I was born into a French Canadian household,  so I know from French Toast,  there's enough difference between the two not to get them confused,  all I know is I followed directions according to the recipe and it turned out great,  but then again, there's nothing wrong with French Toast,  or scrambled eggs for that matter. 
This trick really helps me, no withstanding how long it has been
General Discussion / Re: THE VIKINGS
« Last post by wolfy on Yesterday at 11:41:55 PM »
I don't think we've heard or seen the last of Rollo, just yet.8)  He was discussed briefly in the last episode and the final episode of the year is upcoming.  Ivar the Boneless NEEDS to meet an end fitting his despicable nature, unless there's another season in the works.  Floki's gone off the deep end and become the Viking version of a flower-child, so there's no telling what his fate is.:shrug: :popcorn:
General Discussion / Re: THE VIKINGS
« Last post by PetrifiedWood on Yesterday at 10:49:05 PM »
I used to have a hardcover book of Norse mythology and it had all the classic tales. I got it for $0.25 at an old book fair at the middle school library years ago as a kid. I lost it in a move and haven't had it for years, and for the life of me I can't remember the title or the author. I think the author was a woman but I can't remember her name. Anyhow it had illustrations every 10 or 15 pages or so. It was a really nice book. I don't know what protocol the library used to decide which books to keep and which to sell but this one was a real gem of a find for a quarter.

I searched around online and there are some many books on the topic it would be impossible to guess which one to get. And it might be out of print now anyway.

As for the TV series, my wife has lost interest. I'm kind of at the same place. They just dropped the Rollo character altogether and we never find out what happened with him and his wife.

Ragnar is gone. Things in Kattegat have developed to a point where suspension of disbelief is much more difficult now. I haven't watched the most recent episode. Maybe this weekend.
Food and Cooking / Re: Anyone drink kefir regularly?
« Last post by PetrifiedWood on Yesterday at 10:32:33 PM »
I don't think it is an acquired taste as much as getting used to a fermented milk product. It can be kinda become carbonated. It is a texture thing.  I like most flavors, strawberry, peach, and vanilla go fast at our house. I find it good with granola instead of using milk. It is like liquid yogurt.

Yeah it is something different. To me, it tastes a lot like yogurt without much sweetener. It's like the tangy element of yogurt elevated above the sweetness. It's thinner than yogurt and thicker than milk, and slightly effervescent from the fermentation. My favorite flavors are the blueberry and strawberry. I have a 6 ounce glass once a day. It's a real treat to me.

The first time I tried it I was unsure about it, but there is something about the taste that had me going back to it. I think it's the creaminess combined with the effervescence. It must be gaining popularity if the little grocery store in my town of 3000 stocks it.
Food and Cooking / Re: Anyone drink kefir regularly?
« Last post by wolfy on Yesterday at 06:36:45 PM »
Well, I'm curious.....I just have to figure out HOW curious. :shrug: :lol:
Food and Cooking / Re: Anyone drink kefir regularly?
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 06:06:54 PM »
Getting used to is an acquired taste.      ;D
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