Friday, March 25, 2016
Incubator #1 - 28 live chicks 16 no-hatch
Incubator #2 - 36 live chicks 8 no-hatch
Conclusion: We now have a bazillion cheeping chickies! Good grief, whose idea was this?
Oh. That's right.
AND THEN THE SUN COMES OUT!!!! And I must go outside and do MORE THINGS!!!!!
And so it goes!
Actually, I don't mind milking at all. It hurts the hands (arthritis), but honestly, the milk is worth the effort. No chemicals, it's fresh every single day and it NEVER tastes like goats. Honest.
My daughter bumped a vat of oil off the shelf in my pantry and so I cleaned my pantry, too. Do you know how hard it is to clean up (cooking) oil when it has splattered/pooled/soaked into many items in your pantry? It's very clean in there now.
I do a lot of craft work and sewing nowadays, but I haven't actually tried any drawing in years. It's on my list of things to do before I die....but the list is long and I don't have time yet.
My husband and I are dreaming of a solarium off of our dining room onto the porch. We can't afford it, but that doesn't actually mean that we won't figure out a way to do it anyhow! He's a builder, so the labor is free ;-) We do have a greenhouse, but it would be so much more fun to have a warmer, heated solarium attached right to the house..right? Probably we wet Washingtonians think of these things more than other people.
This guy is a keeper. We've been married for over 36 years and I still like him. He's down the hill at his bee house right now. He had a dentist appointment earlier, sold some honey in town, came home and got right on the tractor and headed down the hill to work on expanding the bee house. There are six hives full of a gazillion stinging insects down there. I personally could not be convinced for any reason under the sun to BUILD SOMETHING NEXT TO THOSE BEES!!!!! But he is a braver man than I. Especially since I am not a man!
That's a bit of what's going on at the farm. We're keeping close to home most of the time. When my mom was so sick, we spent many hours in doctor offices and cancer clinics and passing the time of her treatments in town. We're catching up on things we let go around here and just trying to get our bearings & strength back. This is the first Spring without her and I miss her with every bloom and every ray of sunshine. We used to play this little game every Spring to see who could spot the first trillium (wild flower in our woods). Dave & I went for a walk in the woods the other day and I spotted that first trillium of the season and it makes me cry every time I think about it. She was my biggest fan and I miss her so very much.
Ok, now that I've cried all over my keyboard, I'll buck up and think about something else!
A friend came over today to talk about Lyme Disease. We shared, we laughed, we even cried a bit. I think we encouraged each other on this difficult road of life and agreed that it draws us closer to the Lord and more fit for His Kingdom!
May each of us be drawn ever closer to Him as we travel this road with its joys and sorrows! Off to live more life on the farm until I sit down to blog again!
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The farm is still hopping. We've got another calf, but this one is struggling for life. He's got scours and probably pneumonia, but we're giving him everything I've got in the barn medicine chest and we've got him tucked in a cozy, hay-filled stall with a heat lamp to protect him from the wind & rain. It's a big job to take care of animals. Normally we feed calves a bottle (goat milk) twice a day after we milk. While this little guy is sick, he gets his normal bottle (with many added meds) and then a bottle of Re-Sorb (gatorade for calves) midday and just before WE go to bed. We give him Penicillin shots, too. We're hoping and praying he turns the corner and gets over it.
My new chickies came in the mail today, too. I've got 6 baby pullets (girls) and two baby roosters - an old English breed called Speckled Sussex. I've made more trips to the barns and up and down the driveway in the last couple of days than I can count! Did I mention it's raining? Can you say....drowned rat? That's what I've spent most of my time looking like, lol!
Well, time to call it a day. There'll be more chores tomorrow and I think I need to make bread again, too. Pleasant dreams until next time!