Fame’s Consequences

So a blogger gets all famous one day and then he stops writing.  How horrible is that!?!?  I mean, all those people depending on me for occasional entertainment and there I go just getting all famous and dumping what could be some folks only source of country fun.  I tell you, I feel terrible about that.  At least a little.  Really!  It, it, just got to be too much for me… The dinners, the parades, the honorary degrees, and don’t even get me going about all the speaking engagements!  Woah!  I hope y’all got some boots on ;)  I really did eat dinner purt’ near every day since the last post though…

Alright, alright, fame really only consisted of a couple of people at church saying “Hey, saw you in the paper!”  That was kinda neat.  I guess I really can’t identify with Brad Pitt or George Clooney just yet though.  There has been a lot of doins out here at the Double Portion in the last few months though.  Some big and some small.

On the big order, the wife got a job out here in Seguin.  A good job!  This has helped us tremendously.  She’s working for the local Head Start program.  Of course, what’s good news without some accompanying angst.  The job is a Federally funded government contract gig.  Sometimes the company you are working for loses the contract.  Probably not 6 weeks into the new job, that happened.  Usually you just change management and everyone keeps their jobs, but, you never know.  We’re right in the middle of that now and should find out more pretty quick since the new company has to be in place by July 1st.   C’est la vie.  It’s all good.  We got a God that’s way bigger than a job.

Also on the big order (to us anyway), Sammie had puppies!  TWELVE OF ‘EM!!!  We didn’t find out she was pregnant until 2 days before she delivered.  She just happened to rollover for a belly rub and there was about twice as much belly as usual!  Great Pyrenees would make awesome shop lifters.  You could hide entire towns in their coats.  So we got these 12 cute as can be ‘not yet Great Pyrenees’ and raised them up to about 8 weeks old.  Sold the lot of them in 2 weeks flat.  Balto was who we figured was the Dad.  Sammie had been around Spike for over 2 years by then and nothing had happened.  Could be wrong on that but we’re not doing a DNA test to find out.  She was an awesome Mom.  All the pups did great.  Now, as much as I hate to, I need to get her spayed so we don’t do that again.  As good as those pups were I’d love to breed her again, in like a few years.  But I don’t want to deal with doggie pup control.

We survived lambing season but still haven’t gotten rid of Rambo so we’re likely to do another.  We need to get the sheep wormed bad.  It was planned for this weekend but it rained.  Lot of glorious rain!  We got at least 3 inches but it was still raining this morning when I left so who knows what the final amount will be.  That’s got to be a priority though.  I’d really like to sell of most of  the herd and let the forage grow back so they can survive off the land more.  We have sold a couple of the new lambs.  I guess that’s a start.

I bought another cattle prod to keep in the truck.  Rambo got me again.  Sneaky little bugger he is.  It just doesn’t pay to go around unarmed though.

We got some extra ducks.  They grow fast!  Those guys must have been almost fully grown in 2 months.  Noisy critters and they sure enjoy their water.

Attempted and pretty much failed to get a garden going.  Bought a bunch of seeds and other supplies but didn’t do anything with them.  Just no time.  We got starter tomatoes and peppers that are doing pretty good in the pots.  I figure they can stay in the pots this year.  At least we may get a little stuff out of them.  Perhaps next year we can do more.

As always, there’s more I just can’t recall at the moment with more stuff happening every day.  I plan to keep on blogging.  This recent hiatus was due to time overload.  There’s always plenty to chat about here at the Double Portion Ranch!  See ya next time.

 


Country Wisdom Post #20

In an effort to revive the blog, I’d like to start it back up with a bit 0′ wisdom.

Once you’ve arrived, there’s always somewhere else to go.

- Greg


FAME!

Hey, the blog is famous now!  We made the Seguin paper on the front page!

http://seguingazette.com/news/article_995a51aa-9c07-11e3-b382-0019bb2963f4.html?referer_url=/news/article_995a51aa-9c07-11e3-b382-0019bb2963f4.html

The article is behind a pay wall so it may not show you much.  Our part wasn’t real big but we did get our pictures in the paper as well as a couple of our sheep!  Here’s a sample:

  Greg and Mary Miller bought 10 acres on Auxiliary Airfield Road with hopes of being more self-sufficient. They wanted to get away from the city and experience the quiet of  country living.

  They grow a garden for three reasons — to eat healthier, to prepare for possible shortages or economic downturns by producing their own food, and as a means of blessing the lives of others.

They call their home the “Double Portion Ranch” and hope to grow enough to have some to share.

There was a little more on us and then it went on to another gardening subject.  We did in fact buy a bunch of gardening supplies just this weekend.  I hope we’re not to far behind the power curve getting started this year.  Now all I have to do is get the tractor started and break up that ground.  I have a nice chisel attachment I can run in there and do that with.  I haven’t had any spare time of late for the blog but I intend to keep it going.  Especially now that we’re all famous and stuff!


More News

The MIA emu turned up.  We suspect a well hidden nest but haven’t dug around out there to try and really find it.  Glad it’s back though.

We got iced in today!  It was pretty much gone by about 1PM.  I was going to try to go to work but the truck wouldn’t start.  I need new batteries in it but really can’t afford that just yet.  It doesn’t jump start right off the bat.  You got to let it charge for 20 minutes or so.  By then it would have been a waste of fuel to go to work so I just took the rest of the day off.

Lambs, lambs, and more lambs!!!  All but one ewe has delivered.  We literally JUST had another set of twins born to one of the black bellies.  That puts us up to 5 sets of twins and 14 total lambs for the season so far.  That ought to buy us back some feed by September or October.  I’d love to get a ridiculously large herd built up but I just don’t have the forage to feed them.  Some day, some day…


News

Goodness time flies!  Due to business related time commitments I have not had a chance to post in a while.  Lost of stuff has been and is happening too.  I have no time for much of an update but here’s what I got.

Lambing season is going crazy!  10 new lambs so far.  Lots of boys.  Three ewes have yet to deliver.  If they all go, then every mama we have will have had something.

Rambo is a killer.  He and his son Spot where fighting.  We think Rambo hit Spot on the side and broke a rib, puncturing a lung.  All oldest daughter saw from the house was Spot flying 3-4 feed up in the air.  We were out of town of course.  Stuff like that always happens at the most convenient times.

Had to move a rooster to the small mobile coop.  He was being picked on and not doing well.  Had him inside a few days.  Crowing at 1 AM last night ensured his move today!

MIA Emu.  We’ve misplaced one of the three emus.  Haven’t seen her in three days or so now.  Searched the property twice so far but no sign.  Dead or alive.

First vet visit for one of the Pyrenees today.  Sammy had an ingrown dew claw so we had to have a vet look at it.  She’s a master at being dead weight as she becomes one with the floor.  85 lbs of dead weight…  She’s good now though.

Another lamb being raised inside.  Mocha was unwanted by mom.  She’s the happiest lamb in the world too.  Much easier to raise than Pistol was.  She got an infected hoof somehow and also had to go to the vet a few days ago.  She was apparently the cutest animal the staff had ever seen.

I got, and recovered from, pneumonia over the holidays.  Still recovering really.   Takes a bit out of you that one does.

I’m probably missing something.  Tons has gone on lately.  I’ll catch up later but that’s the news for now.


Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

One of our family traditions is to go out and get our own live Christmas tree whenever life permits.  There have been some Christmases in recent years where we have done little to nothing for Christmas.  Life just gets in the way sometimes.  This year we were fortunate.  Any year we can, we go to Seiler’s Christmas Tree Farm.  Now that the cat out of the bag they’ll probably be famous because of my blog post.  Really, both of you try not to go at once!  If you do though, here’s the address: 4100 Jakes Colony Rd, Seguin, TX 78155.  I even found a video somebody took of the place.

Now that my youngest daughter is testing her wings, it’s a treat for the family to be together.  She came home from college over the Thanksgiving holiday and we went to Seilers that Saturday and got our tree for the year.  Picking the family tree is part fun and part chore.  It has to be the perfect tree.  Some years, most years, it takes quite a while for us to locate it.  This year we found two almost right off the bat.  Here’s the one we picked.

The Christmas Tree for 2013

The Christmas Tree for 2013

Finding the tree fast was not the only strange thing about our visit this year.  The tree farm is way closer to our house now that we live in Seguin.  What used to be an all day affair only took us a couple of hours this time.  Still, it worked out very well and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  We gathered ’round the tree for some pictures before cutting.

Mary and I

Mary and I

Mary and the kids

Mary and the kids

And now for the traditional moment.

Where does it say "cut here"?

Where does it say “cut here”?

Looks like we should cut it here.

I have no idea...

I have no idea…

Just a little more…

TIMBER!

TIMBER!

TIIIIIIIIMMMMMMMMMMBBBBBEEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!!

Hauling off the bounty

Hauling off the bounty

Bagged one!

It’s times like these that it’s very handy to own a pickup truck.  As you can see in the video, they shake out all the dead needles and whatever else isn’t well attached to the tree.  Then they net it and you take it from there.  It’s a neat place and if you live around the San Antonio area, I highly recommend making it a Christmas tradition with your family.

The tree all dressed up!

The tree all dressed up!

Here’s the tree all dressed up in it’s Christmas finery.  Unfortunately, we have to make the bottom few feet dog tail resistant.  We lose a few ornaments every year to destructo tails.  This year has been no exception!  We still think it’s a darn fine tree though!


Name the Twins!

This post has a poll for you to pick your favorite lamb twin names of all the suggestions we’ve gotten.  If you see this on Facebook you may have to click through to get to the poll.  Let the contest begin!

P.S. There were a lot of suggestions of varying quality.  Some, while humorous, stood no chance with the family. Take Dinner and Supper for instance :)  Cute, but a no go.  So, we whittled down the list to stuff we knew we could live with.  Thank you all for your various suggestions.


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