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Blind Hog and Acorn
Come visit the farm with Blind Hog and Acorn and hear stories about life on the farm, livestock, cooking, gardening and living in the Ozarks. In the middle of freakin' nowhere...
4 days ago
Episode #27~ Shopping for the Long Winter, Yet More Barn Work, Acorn Does Repairs and Makes Corned Beef
Another rainy Saturday, two in a row? Crazy! Just in time too as Blind Hog and Acorn finished off with the new ditch at the old goat barn. Drain laid, gravel dumped and cross drive trench dug/piped/filled. Done! AND, water is officially draining out of the pipe. Blind Hog and Acorn went to the Big City and shopped as if they don't want to go back for a couple months- they might not want to! Staples were purchased; pantry and larder are groaning. All is good, especially in the mincemeat department... Acorn earned an advanced plumbing merit badge with the kitchen faucet- now to see if her skills extend to the clothes washer which is acting up. At this writing, no more water was leaking onto the floor. Fun Fact- you never, ever want a skunk to spray your car. The paint and finish will not recover... Pictures of the Great Corned Beef and Pastrami Experiment are on the website- just go to the Menu Tab for "Episodes"...
Nov 15, 2020
Episode #26~ A Rainy Day and Time for Ice Cream
Blind Hog and Acorn had enough to keep them busy this week but today it is raining, so they get a bit of a break. Blind Hog had a birthday and will be eating cake all week long, hence the need for some vanilla ice cream. Acorn has plans to add lavender flowers to it. "Honey lavender vanilla"... Nothing super exciting this week. Blind Hog is tired of picking up rocks, Acorn's guitar chords are improving (well, she thinks she is getting better...) Oh... The skunk. How could we forget about the skunk??? Guess we did have a bit of excitement last night after all...
Nov 8, 2020
Episode #25~ Barn Work, Dowsing Rods, and Super Nice Weather
Blind Hog and Acorn have not stopped- cleaning out the pig barn, ditching a drainline on the old goat barn. Blind Hog even had to use his dowsing rods to locate buried electric lines. Want to find out more? Take a listen! Sam will protect us from all kinds of intruders, even dried up snake skins...
Nov 1, 2020
Episode #24~ Acorn's Rant and Trying to Find Your Happy Place
Acorn has been busy cleaning the house after RAIN finally fell from the sky. She also goes on a bit of a rant- wondering why folks just won't wear masks. So frustrating. Blind Hog has his work "cut out for him " (pun intended) as a dead tree fell across the driveway, and thus he will get another cord or two added to the winter's stash of firewood. There is a 505/50 chance of podcast next week- depends if we can avoid contracting the Covid as poll workers on election day, plus Blind Hog's birthday will be coming up. Sunset was beautiful this last night of October. House is getting cleaned-0 with or without Sam's help, the bees are fed and the geese are happy. As are we all. See pictures under the EPISODES tab at https://www.blindhogandacorn.com
Oct 25, 2020
Episode #23~ Selling Goats and Cooking Pumpkins
Today was the day to take the buck kids to market, our dairy buck also went to a new home where he will meet new Alpine dairy girls to call his own. "Win-win," Acorn says. Blind Hog pulled out another old post from the old goat barn, he and Acorn will put in the last new post in there- hopefully that will do it for barn repairs for the year. Acorn has been cooking winter squash (aka pumpkin) and it appears on the menu 2-3x a day... Poor Blind Hog, he suffers so... You can see how she prepares it on the website, https://www.blindhogandacorn.com Winter is approaching the farm. Garden to be mulched over, new ginkgo trees to plant. All the excitement!
Oct 18, 2020
Episode #22~ Red Flag Winds, "We are NOT Hoarders," and Calving Magic"
Blind Hog and Acorn have a few minutes on the porch during strong winds. It was a lovely day, just BLUSTERY! Garden is changing over from summer garden to winter garden, the old goat barn gets yet MORE repair work. Pi finally calved, a bit later than the rest. Her heifer's name is Ram. There is a Bible story in there, brought to you by the Badger. Acorn has always wanted a dress form and found one, cheap! Some taping, bracing, padding and voila! Body Double! Blind Hog found a use for hurricane truss ties we have had for upteen years, ditto with the Acorn and her old thermal underwear... "See, we knew they wuold come in handy!"
Oct 11, 2020
Episode #21~ Coffee Chat and Barn Repair Planning
On this dark morning, Acorn begins the podcast and is joined by the Blind Hog, coffee in hand. Has been a busy week doing barn repairs, and so much more to do. Mars makes a nice appearance. Strawberries and raspberries also giving us a lovely red "end of the season" treat. www.blindhogandacorn.com
Oct 4, 2020
Episode #20~ A Week in Review
Blind Hog and Acorn sit on the porch while Sam has his supper and discuss the past week's work. Acorn is not sure how many goat kids are running about, and Blind Hog was reminded to check the almanac before digging- the phases of the moon specifically! Acorn also "virtually attended" a Podcasting Masterclass Workshop and learned some really cool things, some of which will help future Blind Hog and Acorn episodes #haveaplan. Some times you cannot see the forest for the trees, and Acorn does want to stay focused. Don't we all?
Sep 27, 2020
Episode #19~ Work the Hives with the Acorn
Come out to the apiary with the Acorn and go through the four hives. You will be safe, no bee suit required HOWEVER if the incessant buzzing of bees will give you the willies, then you might want to skip this episode! Acorn went through all four hives and found a few interesting things. You will learn a fun fact about what bees do when they are smoked and how the Acorn will feed them sugar. We do have a drought going on, after all... No pictures from this episode- could not record and take pictures at the same time! Acorn tried, will have to work on that for next time.
Sep 20, 2020
Episode #18~ It's All Good...
Acorn thought she would be super tricksie and record an episode with Blind Hog *and *the Badger at lunch, only to later find that the recording was full of buzzes, snaps and feedback. Nope! So, Acorn sat down and did an off-the-cuff episode, best laid plans and all. Maybe next time. Gutters are up on the dairy barn, trenches dug for the drainage lines and so it goes. Don't know why we are putting up gutters- has not rained in 2 weeks! But it will, one day- and we will be ready! Acorn is looking at tenor ukuleles, and after struggling mightily, found a vendor with big heart- TheUkeBug.com is a mom and pop store in Ohio. Acorn called them up on Saturday and had a great chat with Barb.. Wonderful selection, Barb and Greg went over the top to help poor Acorn decide between two ukes- and at this writing, she still is not quite sure which one she'll go for. Find out next week!
Sep 13, 2020
Episode #17~ Final Thoughts About Starting a New Farm
Blind Hog and Acorn finish off their talk from last week about things to think about when you start up a farm, discuss predators that might be lurking about, firewood in the stacks, and ways to use surplus veggies. What did Acorn put in the dehydrator this time?
Sep 6, 2020
Episode #16~ So You Want to Farm?
Blind Hog and Acorn sit on the porch and record "en plein air" with the new shotgun/cardioid mic on the smartphone. Surprise! It worked out quite well. Even recorded in stereo! Bullets from the episode on "helpful hints for starting a farm": * start as debt free as you can * look into apprentice and internship opportunities * read some Joel Salatin, and even the old Scott and Helen Nearing books * fencing will and should always be a number one priority * investigate different animals, breeds, as well as breeders * you do not buy breeding stock at the sale barn/auction house- that is where you take your problems * safety equipment for animal handling is cheaper in the long run than a trip to the emergency room * travel around the area you are thinking about farming, look at places- LOTS of places * consider your (wholesale/retail) market opportunities * building codes or property restrictions? Better fine out now than later!
Aug 30, 2020
Episode #15~ Old Things and New Skills
A storm finally makes it to the farm and rain- you know, water droplets, falling from the sky. It is a beautiful thing. Blind Hog and Acorn drag out and sort through boxes of old books and toys- trying to avoid brown recluse spiders. Of course the Ozarks are in the smack dab middle of brown recluse territory... Acorn has a cheese cave full of cheeses and the dairy goats are set to dry up for the interim. No more morning milkings until kids are bon in February! Ukulele lessons? 50% off? Lessons? Learning? That got Acorn's attention, say no more! Fun fact- ukulele strings are easier on the fingers than the strings of a mandolin, especially for Acorn. Check out www.blindhogandacorn.com for pictures from this week's episode.
Aug 23, 2020
Episode #14~ Blind Hog and Acorn Chat (while snapping beans.)
It has been a most busy week on the farm- bee hive check, cleaning out the chicken coop and mucking out the two goat barns. Blind Hog and Acorn are both two tired pups. Never one to sit with idle hands, Acorn snaps the days' haul of pole beans while she and Blind Hog talk about the week, the farm and past dining habits... Check out the website, www.blindhogandacorn.com for pictures from this latest episode.
Aug 16, 2020
Episode #13~ Fun Facts, Goat-911 and Classical Art Memes...
The heat of summer continues, as does the workings of the pressure canner. Blind Hog and Acorn just keep truckin'. Spices arrive, goats depart- but not without a little drama first. Of course, we must have the drama. Acorn shares fun animal facts, probably more than what you would like to know. Cannot say we didn't warn you. Astrophotography is harder than it looks. Art museums are always more fun with a smart ass, or two. Or three. Check out the website for pictures for the episode! www.blindhogandacorn.com
Aug 9, 2020
Episode #12~ Middle of Summer
Lack of big rain has not hurt the elderberries too much, what has Acorn been doing with them? Blind Hog and Acorn hung the gutter on the porch and started a new project, which brought up memories of "The Nightmares of Livestock Transport." Trailering goats and cattle is never a dull moment. Visit the website, www.blindhogandacorn.com for pictures regarding the episode!
Aug 2, 2020
Episode #11~ Jars, Jars, Jars...
Acorn has been a canning fool- it it stands still long enough, she will plunk it in a jar and slap a lid on. Blind Hog has been getting a workout the past couple weeks between working the goats and prepping the firewood. Acorn talks about the garden, missing IKEA, why farm vacation travel is best done in December, and a special goaty-friend. Check out the website for pictures regarding this episode: www.blindhogandacorn.com
Jul 26, 2020
Episode #10~ Blind Hog Takes a Break
This has been a killer week on the farm- working the goats (did a headcount and we now have 100 exactly), weeding the garden, planting the Fall veggies, canning, cutting firewood. Blind Hog came in for a break and Acorn set him down at the microphone. "A farmer's work is never done..." If you want to see what a "rolling store" liked like back in the day, visit the website www.blindhogandacorn.com and take a look at the post for Episode #10.
Jul 19, 2020
Episode #9~ Bread and Honey
Acorn wants you to bake your own bread- sourdough bread to be exact! Think of it as a grand science experiment. It is really easy, as she will explain. And if sourdough bread isn't enough to get you cooking, maybe the thought of waffles and fresh-baked cookies will. Acorn will also talk about bees and honey extraction- bee warned- this episode is filled with "fun facts." On the website, www.blindhogandacorn.com, there are loads of pictures for this episode, Blind Hog and Acorn must have had some spare time... Enjoy!
Jul 12, 2020
Episode #8~ Milk Bath
The usual morning routine takes a spill, but Acorn did not cry over it. Find out everything you needed to know about skyr and yogurt, the names of the three Norse Fates, and more! At the website, www.blindhogandacorn.com you can see how the kimchi turned out, as well as a few other pantry projects. Summer's heat is upon the farm and the zucchini is loving every minute.
Jul 5, 2020
Episode #7~ About the Goats
The 21 day-long drought is about to break, Saraha dust and all. Acorn tells about the goats and the particulars of "working the kids." Find out how kids are managed and what happens when livestock misbehave. Acorn will also talk about exotic delights- like elderflower cordial and syrup, and the joy of growing pineapples. Check out www.blindhogandacorn.com for pictures and more!
Jun 28, 2020
Episode #6~ Geology and Gardening
What is the deal with rain this year? From deluge to drought! Visit with Acorn as she gives her version of the geologic formation of the Ozarks, describes what is going on in the garden, and shares her experiment using the tops from the Brussels sprouts (yes- you ARE supposed to prune them!). Check out the website www.blindhogandacorn.com and click on the post for Episode 6. There you will find the links to CoCoRaHS and the kimchee recipe. The Badger also pulls a hat trick, leaving Acorn in stitches. Enjoy!
Jun 21, 2020
Episode #5~ Midsommar and Hay Envy
Neighbor Herman is putting up hay and Blind Hog and Acorn will buy all he will bale. Find out about haying, grass, grazing and everything that can go wrong. Blind Hog and Acorn know first hand. Acorn will also talk about her annual wildflower outing that she does on Midsommar's Day. The following are what she found on the 2.5 mile gravel road between the paved road and the mailbox: American ipecac, black eyed Susan, brown eyed Susan, butterfly bush, cat's claw brier, chickory, common hedge parsley, daisy fleabane, daylily, elderflower, flowering spurge, goat's rue, heartleaf four o'clock, honeysuckle, hop trefoil, narrow-leafed plantain, oxeye daisy, queen Anne's lace, prairie coreopsis, prairie phlox, prairie rose, purple milkweed, red clover, robin's plantain, spiderwort, white clover, white sweetclover, wild blue larkspur and wild hydrangea. And finally, why did Grant Wood of American Gothic fame destroy one of his own paintings?
Jun 17, 2020
Episode #4~ Fred and Ethel, Varmints and Sam (with snakes!)
If you are squeamish about snakes, you may be happy that this is a virtual farm visit! (You can view all the snake pictures at the end of the post about Episode #4 on our website- you are welcome, Kate.) The Acorn got all riled up this morning when she went into the garden and found destruction. Join Blind Hog and Acorn and learn fun facts about some of the Varmints of the Ozarks, find out who Fred and Ethel are, and all about Sam's sordid past. Go to our website to see pictures, and read more information. The more you know!
Jun 14, 2020
Episode #3~ Of Idioms and Euphemisms
Where did the saying "Even a blind hog picks up an acorn every now and then" come from? Inquiring minds want to know. Also, how do euphemisms describe life, and death, on the farm? Finally, Acorn will ask where do you get your food, and just how comfortable or close do you want to get to the source? People have picked out lobsters from tanks at restaurants for years, but could you look your burger in the eye?
Jun 12, 2020
Episode #2~ Part Two of the Great Move to Missouri
Join Blind Hog and Acorn as Acorn picks up the cliffhanger of the previous episode- just like the Beverly Hillbillies, they had everything stacked and packed as they headed West- what could possibly go wrong?
Jun 10, 2020
Episode #1~ Welcome to Blind Hog and Acorn
Welcome to the first podcast from Blind Hog and Acorn- find out what brought the Blind Hog, Acorn and their daughter The Badger from the east coast to the Ozarks of Missouri- literally, in the middle of nowhere.