Quintessential (Quinta) - Josh
On November 1st, Grandma and Papa brought us Quinta, a 3/4 Brown-Swiss x 1/4 Jersey four year old cow, from the Zach's in Vale Oregon. She is due to calve in early January. She is a very calm, sweet cow, with perfect conformation, almost identical in size to Feliz, with a shorter head. Besides needing a hoof trimming, she was perfect! We are excited to introduce her as our fifth addition to our small dairy herd.
Water system phase 1 - Josh
Thank you Eugene! He put in several long days helping Josh get the water system installed while the sheet-rockers were working. Abel helped weld valve-wrench-capable stainless valve handles on the 2" mainline valves. The 1.5" meter feeds the manifold, then immediately the 1.5" hydrant, followed by the house with a 1.25" line and two 2" lines for facility/barn/greenhouse spot/sprinkler system/north property.
Sheetrockin' Jose - Josh
Yes we love Jose. He has been beyond generous. We look forward to giving him a family discount on farm goods. Thank you Jose!
With a target around 1000 pounds, we were surprised to exceed our goal! This hint at things to come touched hearts and lower backs.
First frost 2021 - Josh
Bucket truck from Grandpa - Josh
This entry could be an award winning short story, but for brevity, it is a mediocre blog entry.
Some miracles are subtle, this one not so much. Josh' grandpa was a forester and in retirement, a "Hightree Trimmer". His bucket truck in Salmon, ID, was nearly 7 hours away and had not been driven since approximately 2014, so Able and Josh's mission for the weekend was to 1) drive to Salmon, 2) determine if the truck could be brought into a freeway worthy condition, 3) do needed maintenance, 4) drive the truck back to Garfield, and if possible 5) do a tree trimming job for Danielle.
All of this they accomplished with Divine help. Yes Abel is awesome. Yes Josh's dad is ultra generous, adding to the "cash advance" on the truck purchase a roundtrip from Payette to Salmon to sign papers, two Stihl chainsaws, extra bars and chains, harnesses, rigging, and over 50 gallons of bar oil, motor oil, fuel additives, etc. and a wood stove (loaded in the dark as the first time using the boom). This sort of blessing opens so many doors that it boggles the mind, and that the effort succeeded was testament to God's goodness.
Crazy (smart) cow - Josh
A dump-load (pint) of dill - Josh
How many wheelbarrows full of dill does it take to make one pint of dried dill? Apparently one.... But what a beautiful day and beautiful bouquet in the hands of a beautiful woman.
Sprayfoam in the facility - Josh
Chicks to the lawn - Josh
Josh: Founder, father