Things as they are now

So, let me start at the beginning. If you have been following the weather page here, you may have noticed  some odd readings in the wind direction graphic. For a couple of months now the wind apparently only comes out of the south.

I am running an Ambient Weather WH1080  station that my children bought me for my birthday 5 years ago. Over the past five years various parts of the outdoor instrument cluster have failed and now it was time for the wind direction indicator to seize up and it just happened to do so while pointing south. I need to order a replacement unit, but in the meantime……

I also run Ubuntu Linux on the laptop that reads the weather station console data and then pushes it up to this website. I was doing just fine running  Ubuntu 12.something long term support until the last update when my web browser of choice “informed” me that there would be no further updates to the chrome browser as this version of Ubuntu Linux is no longer supported. Boogers!

I thought that I would be smart to avoid cascading application failures by upgrading to the latest Long Term Support version (Ubuntu 14.04 trusty). In doing so I broke the weather station software. Well, that’s not quite accurate, the linux upgrade does not touch third party software. I run quite a bit of that, and the weather station software is one of those. the only problem is that I was running the wview software which has not been updated for  Ubuntu 14.04.    Boogers!!

Also during the upgrade the Apache webserver I have been running locally (on my computer) was updated and re-configured. That means it no longer can “find” the weather web page data.  Double boogers!!!

At this point I have found and installed a different weather software and have it running on my laptop. Fortunately it recognizes my weather station hardware and it is accurately  reporting what the console shows me. I still need to re-configure the web server, tweak the layout of the web page, and set up the FTP  session to  update that information on this site.

NOW…. to all you young punks that will say ” Oh, I could have that done in an hour or two.” It has been several years since I was employed as an IT worker and I think I am doing well to remember any of this at all!

In other happenings…

I did get last years egg and milk production totals figured. I don’t have them in front of me right now, but the quick figures are as follows:

chickens – somewhere abouts 1800 eggs
ducks – somewhere abouts 2100 eggs
Goats – somewhere abouts 300 gallons of milk

On a more personal report, I had a nuclear stress test last year, recommended due to my brothers death and my older sisters heart attack. I was cleared for normal life activities and exercise. then about the first of December I started having an odd double vision that is still bothering me today. I have been to 2 eye doctors and back to my doctor and they all say the same thing, it can resolve itself.

I am waiting for a change to my glasses that will help in the short term, but it seems to be taking forever to get that in place. In the meantime, closing one eye or wearing an eyepatch helps.

Well, that is all for now. I will try to have the new weather page up by the end of the week. I will also try to do at least a weekly post here. Try being the word.

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It has been a challenging year

So let me begin with a summary:
At the first of the year I had 18 chickens (2 roosters, 16 hens), 22 ducks (not sure how many drakes…maybe 9 or so) and 10 does, 1 buck (Hank Jr.) and 2 wethers (Fathead and Rusty). Continue reading

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Only a day late for 2014

I know, I know! Its 1/1/15 and I was going to post last night, but got sidetracked with the wild and crazy NYE celebration here at StoneFace Farm! Continue reading

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the almost final post of 2014

I have been both very busy and very distracted for the past month. though it does not seem as though a month has past, I cannot deny what  the calendar is telling me. Time to close out the year, tally the up the good, the bad, and the egg-ly. So, here we go Continue reading

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Week of 11/16/2014 thru 11/22/2014

Having completed the new buck pen with shelter and all the next wind that came along reminded me that I still needed to secure the roof of said shelter. Rascal and FatHead seem to remember that they are friends, but the new buck has developed the scours and I think it is related to the change in his feed, but I’m not sure how to heal him.

I am trying to be patient, let the last thing I tried have a chance to work, but it is difficult to watch as he mopes around the pen and poops water. I finally found an electrolyte that he seems to like. Hopefully that will help keep him from dehydrating.

If he is not better by the end of the day tomorrow I will try probiotics to get his rumen functioning again.

I was finally able to start and move both the rototiller and the lawn mower into the shop on Saturday the weather was JUST warm enough to spin the starter. Of course I had to charge the mower battery after leaving the key on for a week, but the equipment is under cover at last.

Egg count for the week of 11/16/2014 thru 11/22/2014:

  • Collected – chickens 45, ducks 12
  • Sold – chickens 6 dozen
  • Cartons filled – chickens 4, ducks 1

And that should bring everything up to date until next week.

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week of 11/09/2014 thru 11/15/2014

Stayed home to start digging post holes for the new buck pen (for Rascal). Actually had to straighten some existing posts that were solid but leaning. The ground in this spot is about 3 inches of good dirt followed by a foot of clay hardpan then gravel and rock. even with the powered auger, getting through the clay took some hand digging with the pry bar. once we were through that layer the rocks were too large for the auger to bring up and we had to dig those by hand as well.

We did get most of the posts in the ground, but the delivery of the new buck goat interrupted that project and I had to move this years babies and put the new boy in with next years mamas.  I’ll post a picture when I figure out where I downloaded it.

Monday Adam came out to help dig the rest of the posts and then he and Angela built the corner braces. the weather turned bitter cold, I finally got the water buckets plugged in and turned off the water to the far hydrant. We stretched fence in the rain and snow and sub zero cold. Once the fence was finished I re-built a gate that I liberated from the old pasture fence and once that was done, Rascal came off the tie out, and FatHead moved in with him to give the new buck some room to woo the ladies.

Egg count for the week of 11/09/2014 thru 11/15/2014:

  • Collected – chickens 46, ducks 25
  • Sold – 0
  • Cartons filled – chickens 2, ducks 1
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Week of 11/02/2014 thru 11/08/2014

We took all of the cabbage to church and gave it away. Came back home with only 4 heads, not sure what we took in to start with. The small ones and the leaves/trimmings went to the goats for a treat.

Continued moving compost, had the pile completely moved by Saturday. Started working on a rudimentary shelter for Rascal. The weather is still nice enough, but threatening to turn wintery.

Egg count for the week of  11/02/2014 thru 11/08/2014:

  • Collected – chickens 45, ducks 28
  • Sold – chickens 3 dozen, ducks 7 dozen
  • Cartons filled – chickens 4, ducks 2
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Week of 10/26/2014 thru 11/01/2014

Yeah, it’s been a busy month. So to keep things reasonably short, there will now be 4 weekly event and egg count summaries. Here we go –

I don’t remember much about this week, probably thinking I need to get working on the fencing for rascal’s pen so I can get him off of the tie out before winter arrives. I don’t think I got started. I did manage to start moving the old compost pile so I can get the goat pen cleaned out.

Put an extra layer of mulch on the bamboo, harvested all of the cabbage. It was the last thing that survived the previous weeks cold snap.

Egg count for the week of 10/26/2014 thru 11/01/2014:

  • Collected – chickens 44, ducks 24
  • Sold – chickens 2 dozen
  • Cartons filled – chickens 2, ducks 2

 

 

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Breaking habits

They say it only takes 2 weeks to break a habit. That is true for good habits as well as bad. I have to get back to the schedule of updating this blog every week. There is not that much time left in the year and I have to see it through. Continue reading

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Part 2 There and back again

The trip seen through the splattered bug guts on the windshield. Continue reading

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