Monday, May 18, 2009

ran outta paint

This longhorn thing is starting to get out of hand...20+ around the house overnight and over 50 in for breakfast....somethings gotta give.

Finished off the half gallon I had left to cut in container parts yet to be painted. Still have 3 long sides, 3 tops, 2 ends, and 1 door to finish. Chuck made an Alpine run for the grampa discount at Alco....and to pick up more paint for me. Decided to offer up my container painting expertise to help him finish painting his one container before I finish off all 4 of mine. Aunt Kathy and I are gonna git'er'done tomorrow morning.


Half day off chasing longhorns and checking on some homes of absentee friends of mine...Ben - check. Trevor - check (the markers are at his driveway entrance). BM -check. This is his place made from recycled metal roofing. No undies on the clothesline this time...

11 comments:

rj said...

Hope the herd doesn't stampede when you run out of food :)

Don't eat the mushrooms that turn purple growing out of the cow patties...

tortuga said...

John: You have a great eye. Love the clothespins!

Mr_Brown said...

JW,

Great to see some of the other homesteads around your area. It's interesting to see other peoples idea of what's going to work in Terlingua.

4 Borders Pundit said...

Well, if those Longhorns are owned, could you come up with an arrangement with the owner to drop some chow near your place?

They remind me of neighborhood cats: making the rounds to see what grub might be on hand.

roberttull said...

I was wondering how long it was going to take for you to realize that regular feeding and watering of range cows is not a good idea. These cows live a hard life on the open range and when they find a reliable food source, they will travel for many miles to get to it. The hotter and dryer it gets the bigger your herd will get. Prety soon they will start fighting over who gets the food and believe it or not they could tear up your house or one of your water tanks or anything that gets in their way and not even realize or care about it. I know it's nice to occasionally have them around in small groups, but with no fences to stop them, the only way you are going to get rid of them is to stop feeding and watering completely and eventually they will go away, eventually, some of them may hang around for a week or longer. Don't think about driving off some distance from your place to feed them, they will associate your truck or whatever you are driving and follow it back home.

bigfoot567 said...

Hey JW...I sincerely appreciate your checking up on my place. Sorry I was not able to leave any tightie whities on the line from the last trip ...but I packed everything EXCEPT more fresh drawers,,,,and had to wash the only pair while the life-mate, gal-pal went to the store for some supplies. And a trip into Terlingua is at least an hour, so time to scrub clothes, hang on line, and while I sit around semi-nude, soon the undies are dry and back on before she gets returns.

But seriously, the "look-see" is much appreciated....I owe you a 30 pack of Keystone Light.

Thanks Pard...!

Allen Hare said...

John,
I agree with what Robert Tull said about the longhorns. As more of them associate your place with free munchies, more will show up, and it's bound to get out of hand. Good luck with weaning them off the range feed you've been giving them.
That house of recycled corrugated roofing looks pretty good. I really like his front porch, which I assume is facing south or southwest. The porch roof will shade that wall from the afternoon sun and heat, as you can see in the photo, and the high windows on the opposite wall will let in light without heat. Good green design. Those clothes pins look lonely without some undies dryin' nearby! And those driveway markers are some freaky cool abstract art!

Wretha said...

"Don't eat the mushrooms that turn purple growing out of the cow patties..."

Why not? That's pure entertainment, just don't eat too many of them... :)

Mr_Brown said...

Bigfoot567: Is that your place with the recycled roof tin? I like it.

Ben in Texas said...

I have to agree with the comments about feeding the longhorns. They are the most hardy cattle in Texas, they will survive when all others fail. here is a link that pretty much breaks it down.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_longhorn_(cattle)

I never have figered out how to make it clicky.

trevor.reichman said...

that's my security system, but they obviously didn't scare you.

thanks for keeping an eye on things.