Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Welcome back to Windmill Farm.
Our Wellness/Health/Fitness workshop turned out so much better than I had anticipated, even more fabulous!  People today are very informed about foods and vitamins but our group took it to the next level!!!  Even though a few of the presenters sold products to use, the idea is that they improve your well being and health.  I recently was at the doctor and she mentioned that my tests showed I really needed more B12 and D.  I had just purchased some over the counter at the grocery store and was using them for a few months.  When I went back to my doctor, we took another blood panel and it still showed low levels.  She asked the amounts I was taking and they were so low, they were doing nothing.  Know what you body needs!!!  Two of the presenters, with different products each sold vitamins, talked about vitamins and were very, very knowledgeable about what is needed and the what is actually in the products they are selling, all natural.  They had the amount of B and D that I needed. Wonderful class, I love the constant learning that life makes available to you.
Our next class in March will be on beekeeping and I am still firming up the date and time with my Gridley Professional Beekeeper, will keep you posted.
Our gardens are disked and ready for planting.  I drew out how I wanted to place all my vegetable and flower crops for Frank to review so he can lay out the irrigation systems.  As most avid gardeners know, you need to rotate your crops and try and plant companion plantings with them.  We had our tomatoes planted for 3 years in the same location because we had our permanent trellis/support system in place.  It was time to move them so the structures were pulled up and I now have a location to re-position them.

The dirt has been still fairly wet, but I hope to get some seeds into the ground before Friday when we heard it will rain.
Frank has noticed gopher mounds so he has his traps out on a few and he checks around almost every day.  This is the time they are out and we want to curb their activity early so our planting costs are not wasted.
A few days were windy and cold so I stayed inside and cleaned out some cabinets and cupboards.  My friend is moving and planning a yard sale so we are going to have it together at her house.  I have a nice stash of items in the garage now to make a few extra dollars to use to purchase seeds.
We had our family here from Wednesday to Sunday, a nice surprise.  They were camping but the area was infested with ticks so they brought their trailer here to clean out to make sure none were inside brought in with the kids and dogs.  Frank and I just love having some moments of time with the grand kids while they are still young and enjoy being here with their grandparents.  It is always sad to see them go and the house becomes so quiet.  I had forgotten how much kids eat, they seem to be hungry all the time!!! They taught us how to send an audio message instead of texting.  We do not have Apple products, we use Androids so can not Facetime.  But now we are sending audio messages.  Last night our grand daughter sent us a good night voice message includes good night kisses.  Love, love these memory moments and I hope they will remember the times they had here at our Windmill Farm, 
collecting eggs, reaching under a chicken who is nesting to see if an egg has hatched; riding in the Gator at night in the field to listen to an owl hoot and see the big moon; looking for frogs near the water faucets; riding their scooters in between the fruit trees.
This picture is of the kids a few years ago,but they still use this gator and drive all around picking up rocks or put their dog in the back.
Good time for family now with our little lull before the true spring begins where we will need to be working in the fields every day.
Come back soon and hear more about what is happening at our Windmill Farm; learn about my DIY projects; the remodel of our 1930s farmhouse; the farm animals or just fun friendships via blogging.

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