If you want to live in the country and you are in Texas, there is Texas farming land to be had. You just have to look for it away from the big cities. I think what took us so long to find land is that we kept looking by major freeways and highways, thinking that customers would never come out to see us if we were far from civilization.
If you look out on less traveled roads, the land is much less expensive than if you look for property on interstates and well traveled highways.
Texas farming land is exactly what we were looking for back in July of 2019. I am so glad we were driving along, not really knowing where we were, when we drove by a sign on a fence that said for sale. We pulled over, backed up, called the realtor and discussed the price with him. He came to our house two days later, became our realtor, sold our house, and helped us buy our land. Now we have lived here for a year and we love it. We don't miss the city of San Antonio with all of the traffic, crazy rules and taxes at all.
Matthew has been weeding the hoop houses. Some of them are all weeds and no plants. Just four weeks ago, they were empty. Weeds grow so quickly here on Texas farming land. Interestingly, our property was used to grow peanuts according to the previous owner.
Nahass Construction was here and finished the ceiling in the production building. It looks great.
Around 4pm, my Ring doorbell went off. Someone was ringing the doorbell at my front porch so I went over. A man was there saying he is putting in driveways for some of the ranches by us. I thought he would ask to put in a driveway for us, like several others have. He asked if he could park his bulldozer here for the night. David came out of his building at that moment and he said the guy could park it in the parking lot. The guy said he would pick it up at 8am tomorrow.
We went back to work and the guy parked the bulldozer in the sand next to the fence. Unbelievable! I hope it does not get stuck in the sand.
I had a difficult time getting our large guinea to go to bed. All of the chicks and the small guinea were inside but this silly one just would not go in. Finally, he gave in after Lucy continued to bark at him. The final photo shows the last bits of sunset as the sun sinks behind the trees in the west over Texas farming land.
Good Tuesday morning! Our rooster that was supposed to be one of the hens has finally learned how to crow in the dark. He was out there crowing around 6am. Matthew was out there working and texted me.
When it was light, I went out and took care of the chickens. They are ready for food. The visiting guineas were marching around the chicken coop again this morning. I wonder if they ever go home now except at night.
Nacho, the owner of Top Notch Lawn Care, is here helping us with weeding. Matthew was weeding in the early morning. Now he is planting some of our fall seedlings in the Texas farming land.
I am having the team sign monthly birthday cards this morning for next week's birthday lunch. Our September birthday lunch is next week.
It is now 10:10am and the bulldozer guy still has not picked up his bulldozer from our Texas farming land. However, I noticed that the bulldozer has changed position so evidently someone came and flipped it around and left without it. Not sure what is going on there.
At 11:15am, the guy came for the bulldozer. I hope he doesn't come back again as it bothers me that he did not pick it up at 8am like he said. At least he did not get stuck in the sand!
Nacho came into the store a few minutes ago to ask what kind of stepping stones I would like for the farm. We are getting them placed next week. I am so excited. When it rains here, the mud gets bad and people track it all over the store, the other buildings, and our home. We have a lot of people now, not to mention contractors and customers. I have to pick a color and shape.
David had the guys move his desk, chair and other things to his new office in the new building. Now whenever I talk to him on the cell phone while he is in his office, there is a time delay and a tinny sound when he talks. It is pretty bad. I never experienced that in his old offices here on the farm or anywhere on our Texas farming land until now.
In the afternoon, the plumber came by. He put the sink in the employee break room. It looks great.
Then he started installing sinks in the commercial kitchen area. He put in a tiny handwashing station. In the water heater closet, he installed a mop sink. In the commercial kitchen area, he installed a three compartment commercial kitchen but the compartments are way too small so he needs to come get it and order a normal size compartment sink. This one is so small that we could not even fit big pots into it. We did not look at it until after the plumber left.
The bathrooms have now been fixed up with soap dispensers, toilet paper holders, mirrors, and paper towel holders. The bathrooms are open to the public during business hours.
Happy Wednesday and Happy 20 Week Birthday to our chickens and guineas! They are so cute and so big. Time has flown by for sure!
Let's talk about the rabbits. David has not been feeling well so he did not mate them yet. In fact, we are waiting for some rabbit accessories to come in that David ordered and then he will mate them. David is fine now.
It is hot and humid outside. Matthew is planting more of our fall plants from the greenhouse in raised beds on this Texas farming land. Phil is here doing outdoor work on the mower. A few of our people have off today. The rest are working and enjoying the new break room with a sink. They can get fresh water right out of the tap for coffee instead of having to bring water from home.
This morning started out with an epic sunrise, pictured above. The chickens are fine. I have started giving them oyster shells to eat so when they finally start laying, the egg shells will be good and not too weak.
David and I left around 10:45am for Hermann Sons in Hondo, a steakhouse we have gone to for years. Today is David's father's birthday so we met him along with friends, Clyde and Ruth Anne Cox, to celebrate his 85th birthday. Believe it or not, with the mask requirements to get in, I completely forgot to get photos. I could not believe I had forgotten to take them. None of David's siblings were there. We had a good time.
It got cloudy with rain on and off throughout the day. In the store, we worked on adding new products and updating other products on the website and in our retail store.
Happy Friday! Today there was another gorgeous sunrise. The chickens are doing well. The neighbor's guineas are also fine and spend almost the entire day here every day.
David and I left the farm during business hours but for the life of me, I cannot figure out what we did. I thought I had written for this day last week but I left it blank...If I remember where we went, I will let you know.
I fed and watered my chicks and then found a shocking surprise--two eggs! One was whole and one was cracked with egg white coming out. I think the egg that was cracked did not have a soft landing in the nesting box, which was the one below the box where I found the intact egg. I am beyond delighted to have gotten my first chicken egg.
As far as I can tell, the eggs are from Rhode Island Red chickens as they are a light tan color and they are small. The books I have say that the first eggs are always small but that they get bigger over time.
We went into town and picked up groceries as well as chicken necessities such as chicken feed and grit. These will help our girls on our Texas farming land as they grow.
In the evening, we searched our Texas farming land for ripe produce. There were a lot of melons and tomatoes.
Happy Sunday! No eggs today from the chickens, but then again, the egg laying yesterday was a month early. We went to church and then just sort of chilled at the house, doing a bit of cleanup but not much.
We should have worked some more in the garden of our Texas farming land.
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