Why am I cold?

I am cold this morning.  It is 54F/12C. This is downright chilly for high summer out here. 

You know how you are fast asleep in bed but woken by being cold but not THAT cold, just cold enough to WANT to get up and get another cover for the bed, but NOT cold enough to wake up and GET another cover for the bed.  So you just lie there feeling cold. Well, that is me. The lazy shiverer. 

We are in for beautiful days though. In the 70’s this week. Great for loading hay.

I bought another hundred bales of grass hay. Hay is not cheap this year either – these were four dollars a bale. With no rain in the forecast (I hope) Alissa and I can take our time loading it into the barn. Grass hay bales  are not as heavy. 

The mini capsicums are beginning to colour and they are fantastic. They have another name but I have forgotton what it is. They are not the shape of  a bell pepper – they are squatter and have a flat botttom – perfect for stuffing. 

Really small. Smaller than a tiny ramikin. You can pop a whole one in your mouth.  Anyway we had them last night stuffed with pork and herbs and blue cheese.  Along with a fresh beans. And a parsley cream sauce.

Very good dinner.

I need to go back through my book and see what they are called – i think they will sell well. Yesterday I took a car full of eggplant, and bell peppers and eggs and cherry tomatoes and herbs over to load into Jakes truck for the farmers market. It was a bright and cheerful delivery.  We made the rosemary and thyme up into little bouquets. I hope they will sell better that way.

On Thurday we officially change the last of the feed over to GMO free. I have found a very good supplier at a resonable cost if I buy in bulk.  And if everything my pigs eat is GMO free then I have a good shot at the Chicago chefs market for my pork.  The pork is raised on milk and eggs too so both the cow and the chickens need to be on clean feed as well.  Easy enough for the cow.

The feed is very competitive in price if I buy from growers who are not yet  certified organic. It takes three years of them growing on clean fields before they can be officially organic. In the interim their grain is way lower than the cost of organic.  But they are certainly Non GMO. I can never be organic – surrounded by GM fields as I am.

I have been doing this in small increments but now I will  be buying this feed by the ton on a regular basis. This gave me a discount too.

So I am pleased.

I have told Alissa that we can go to Fall hours now – starting at 7.30am. I am just so tired at night and without the meat chickens we can start a little later and still  be ok I think.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

Weather: 75 degrees in AUGUST!

Wednesday 08/23 0% / 0 inSunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High near 75F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night 08/23 10% / 0 inClear skies. Low 52F. Winds light and variable.

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  1. You’d think a bale would weigh the same whatever it was, but as I recall, straw is the lightest, then grass hay, then lucerne/alfalfa. I reckon I could still sling bales of straw, but hay’s beyond my strength these days. I like the idea of clean food all the way up and down the food chain, from the soil up…

  2. Lovely and cool here this morning too, with a perfectly clear blue blue sky. 17c right now at 8am, with an expected high of 23. Perfect weather. Hope you have a lovely day too. ~ Mame 🙂

  3. Are they peppadew peppers? Little bit of heat but sweet also?

    It is raining again here in Texas? What’s up with all this rain? Not complaining – but just amazed by it.

    So explain grass hay, vs your field hay? I think I know, but it will be a good ‘lesson’ for all of us I think. Carole over at Red Dirt explain straw vs hay one day and I had never really ‘thought’ about that difference. Happy Wednesday!

    • They are not hot at all – just really sweet. Grass hay is made from cut grass in the field and the alfalfa hay is made from cut alfalfa. You can also have a field of both then it is mixed grass and alfalfa hay.

      • Not sure if it’s the same there, but most often first cut is composed of mixed grasses (Timothy being the best?) and second cut is alfalfa?

  4. Good Morning! So agree– the typical midwest August is so hot and, normally, dry. An anomaly year for certain 🙂 We always feed grass hay rather than 100% alfalfa. Not enough local straw here in the bluffs, so grass hay is both good food and good bedding for the outside cats & dogs. Those lovely little peppers! I buy them pickled from the deli olive bar at our KC area HenHouse markets… will have to look for the name next time. Enjoy that good clean hay-summertime scent — in your spare time! (ps – really liked the initial newsletter!)

  5. So happy you are getting your hay laid away for the winter! Worrying about whether you will have enough is absolutely no fun!!! We were lucky to find non-sprayed hay for $3.00 a square bale this summer! Super fortunate! Some years we have to pay up to $5.00 per bale!

      • Can’t comment on hay fields, but GMO/ “roundup ready” grain crops are sprayed just before harvest – they call it “dessication” – to ensure the entire field “ripens” at the same time: so any straw is suspect unless you know the source is non-GMO… ):):

      • They spray the hay with both roundup, and grazon. The grazon stays on the grasses, even when ingested by our goats, and still takes forever, years even, to break down in the manure. If still active in the manure and put into the compost, and then into the garden, it can stunt vegetable growth and cause other plant damage in the garden. So we have to search out those who don’t spray…., and sadly there are not many that don’t.

  6. Basically you lie still in bed not moving, because if you move you are somehow more cold. Those peppers look delicious!

  7. Where will you store a ton of feed? Across the way? Selling to Chicago chefs sounds like wonderful!

  8. It’s fall here also…the trees and weeds…and fall blooming plants are very Fall feeling. We sell out pure alfalfa hay for $4 a bale…the grass people here are charging $8 so you did well.

  9. I have exactly the same cold/lazy problem. I had a night like that 2 nights ago. Miserable. I love your steady march forward toward reaching your goals. I am very happy for you!

  10. The cool took me by surprise too. Yesterday morning it was about 30 degrees and humid and stayed about the same when I went to a meeting last night. Came out at seven thirty pm and the temp had dropped significantly and was actually cold. I too like being a lazy shiverer.

  11. It is changing, the summer is gathering up it’s skirts to slip away. Nice blog today. I feel a part of the flow. I hope your plans run smoothly.

  12. Our horrible August winds of last week seem to have brought a change with them…same mild winter temps but even though we desperately need rain it smells like summer, and the days feel like summer. I enjoy the mild weather -except for the dry- but it worries me.
    So good you can go no GMO. Must double check our chook feed…

    • They tell me that california is also dry though both cali and areas of Aus are normally pretty dry anyway – I can’t remember exactly wherre you are? More droughts more floods they say – we need to build houses on stilts to keep out of the water and up into the breeze! c

      • We’re on the mid north coast of NSW, normally subtropical. Wet summers, drier -but not this dry- winters. The BOM is advising to expect more frequent extremes. Our property, thankfully, is above the river and naturally energy efficient. But our water only comes from the sky!

  13. We are balancing out your somewhat cooler temps with somewhat warmer than normal August temps here in OZ–averaging about 8 C above normal here in the Centre! All kinds of trees and plants are throwing their spring shoots and leaves. Best to you. xx

  14. I love those little capsicums and the idea of being able to eat each in one bite. I’ll look out for them when I do my early summer planting.

    • I wish I knew what they were – they are shorter and stouter – looking more like a mini NZ squash than anything. But yellow and a capsicum!! Well you know what I mean. I am going to save some seeds for sure.. c

  15. The description of “cold” was perfect. I know EXACTLY that feeling of cold in bed but not doing anything about it. The sleep keeps us just warm enough but yet no so.

  16. Well, all my fruit trees have blossoms opening and tho’ we are supposedly still fully in winter the daytime temps are well over 20 degrees – and that in the Highlands south of Sydney! The city is covered with a pall of smoke from all the back burning at the perimeters. The Bush Fire Services are warning of a summer far worse than the one about which I wrote on your blog three years ago: wild bushfires expected including all up-and-down the Coast! God bless!! Oh, love the stuffing for your mini-peppers: a nice dinner indeed . . .

  17. Miss C, I wish I could have been there to help you with Wai! I have a bad case of biting black flies that occasionally (once every couple of years) try to consume my rabbits while they are still very much alive. I have learned a secret. Aloe gel with lidocaine is a savior. The lidocaine causes the maggots to become paralyzed so if they are burrowing deep or moving rapidly you can remove them with tweezers. The lidocaine also helps numb the wound so that you can work more effectively and is safe in almost every animal (though not suggested for fowl). You can even get a 2% concentration burn spray to use. It’s all over-the-counter drug store stuff. This makes maggot removal a breeze. You can remove them with a lot less distress to both you and the animal.
    It’s also chilly here. But the cold will help with keeping the bugs away. Good luck!

  18. Mmmmm, dinner sounds like it was grand. At a local specialty deli, we buy jars of those lovely little things, stuffed with sauerkraut and pickled. Oh so delicious – especially with really good sausage and maybe some potato salad. You could probably pickle them yourself if you had a mind to. Not a sweet brine, but not a dill brine either, somewhere in between. Oh dear, it’s nearly midnight and I’m hungry!

    Yes I know that kind of cold, getting up to get another cover would involved getting even colder, so we lie very still and try to keep all the heat in. I have found it helps if I can slip a pair of socks on, I try to remember to keep a pair tucked under my pillow in the spring and fall, the most likely times for being a lazy shiverer. Or, I just snuggle up to The Big Guy, who is basically a furnace. He doesn’t seem to mind me soaking up the heat.

    Glad you’ve gone to fall hours, you’ve been so busy I’m sure you’re long past ready.
    Chris S in Canada

  19. The orange hue on the first few photos is enough to give a promising glow. Change is afoot in the UK too. The sock knitting has begun here and that’s a involuntary psychological behaviour change right there. Instinctual being that we are and that’s why I think being a lazy shiverer is a survival instinct right there… I mean, should you feel a teeny tiny bit more cold then is it worth the risk? 😀

  20. You are one of the hardest working women I know, I am in awe! It’s despicable that the farms around you dictate how you run your own farm, the GMO situation in the US is out of control. I cannot imagine what it will do to us in the long run.
    We have the same weather in TO and I’m loving it. Our dear friends from Wisconsin are arriving tomorrow and it’ll be perfect weather for noodling around Toronto for a few days, then we head to Montreal to celebrate their 375th birthday!

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