Nick, Boone, and I spent most of the day at the farm where we raked and burned piles and piles and piles of leaves. We managed to clear a wide swath around the house, but the other nine acres are still covered in dead leaves. I did get a brush pile started, a ready refuge for wild bunnies, and got a nice tree stump squared away for future duty as a stand for bird feeders. I also decided where to put the garden.
The deer come right up to the house, so having a garden may be tricky. Boone told me that scattering lion or bear poop around the edge of the garden will keep the deer out - and it probably would, but I doubt that Wal-Mart stocks lion or bear poop - yet. Nick said that he has heard that breaking up pieces of bar soap and placing them around the garden is also effective at keeping the deer at bay.
There is a pear tree near the rear of the property, but the previous owners told me that I would never get any pears because the deer butt the tree trunk with their heads to shake the pears loose - and then eat them!
Nick encountered an angry hawk today. He figures that the majestic bird got irritated with the heat and smoke from one of our fires. We didn't see the hawk's nest, but did find two abandoned hornet's nests hanging on the bare tree branches - along with several bird and squirrel nests.
Life on the farm is going to be such a hoot!
One of Nick's friends, a nice young man named John, came by with his chainsaw and trimmed out a few broken tree limbs, and a neighbor walked over and introduced himself. Very friendly area. Very Ozarks!
Tomorrow I hope to get some carpet selected and purchased.
Tonight my oldest son and his son are watching the Kansas City and Denver football game on television - while my youngest son and his wife are actually at the game. So far we haven't spotted them! And while the game goes on, Nick has ribs smoking on the grill.
Life doesn't get much better than this!