Garden Prep

It has been so nice outside lately. We’ve been working in the yard. I have the beginnings of my garden started. There’s about 4 raised beds out there right now, (the already made kind, you just put them in the ground) and more to come. I fenced off the area where we put it with that green garden fence from Home Depot.
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Then, I made 3 more beds to put out there. They are just 2x4s screwed together, so nothing fancy, but it’s an accomplishment for myself!
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I am still waiting on Annie to have her baby(ies). Holy crap that goat is taking forever, and I feel like she’s decided that she doesn’t want to share with me. That makes me sad. 😦
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The little chicks finally went to the big coop in a cage. The bigger chickens really don’t care. They’ve been there for maybe 3 weeks now.
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Not totally sure how long they’ve been in the coop, I just know that we started letting them free range with the big girls lately. They seem to enjoy being outside, even if everything is 3 times bigger than them. They follow me around while I am outside, and as long as you don’t pick them up, they don’t mind being petted.

I’m looking for ways to make money here. Danny has a good job, and he likes it, but there is one person there who is stressing him out so much it is effecting everything else. It’snot just him that this person makes miserable either. They bully all the employees. As a team lead, it’s Danny’s job to try and run interference, but it’s really weighing on him, especially as it seems the company won’t do anything about this person. I hate seeing him so run down and that he is starting to hate going to work. I need to take some of the stress off of him, somehow.

But, until then, today I am infusing oil with Arnica and Calendula so that I can make a home remedy for stuffy noses. It’s either sinuses or allergies, but whatever it is, it’s gotta go. I have too much to do!
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What are you up to?

Branches

Dad and Dee cut the tree down next to the house this weekend. It was growing into the roofline, so it had to go. The kids and I pulled all the branches over to the side, and more or less out of the way.

We did find a good use for them. We threw them over the fence for the goats.

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It didn’t take them long to start stripping them of the bark.

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It keeps them occupied, and they like the browse better than grass anyway.

The kids found the eggs the chickens started laying. The americaunas lay the green eggs and that kind of stumped them for a few minutes. They had all kinds of questions I now have to look up the answers to. I’m glad though, they use their brains and force me to use mine, too. And we usually write down the questions we don’t have answers for (or if Danny is at work we can ask him later)so we can find them and explain when we get them again. And, everyone learns something. πŸ™‚

Little Ladybug’s baby

I had an MRI yesterday for the migraines. I hate those machines. I’m not to fond of confined spaces at all, so the Dr gave me some anxiety pills to help me out. I’m infinitely grateful for that.

I’ve been watching over our Nigerian Dwarf Ladybug for a couple of weeks now. I knew she was getting closer to having her baby, but not knowing when she was bred makes it really hard to figure out when she’s supposed to be due! I knew it would be sometime this week when I noticed the baby had dropped on Monday. Yesterday, she lost her plug about 6 and I checked on her every hour up until about 9, when I told Danny, “one more time, right before bed. I know she is close.” I had heard her kind of yelling a little when I let the dogs out, so I knew she was busy, but when we went up (about 20 minutes later) the baby still wasn’t out, only the feet and nose. We watched for a bit, but when it was clear she was pushing but the baby wasn’t moving, I had Danny help me pull a little to help her out. He ran and got a towel and we now have a beautiful little baby….boy.

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Ladybug’s baby

It’s been a long time since I have been around to see a baby born, and I am so very glad that we were there last night. I’m not so sure Danny was as impressed as I was. πŸ™‚

I love his coloring. I’ve been wanting a tricolor goat. I am slightly disappointed it’s a boy, but it seems to be going that way for a few breeders I know.

He certainly is adorable.

You should go like our Facebook page! We are getting ready to have a contest!

Chicken lovers unite!

I’ve been down with migraines for about 3 weeks now. They are killing me. Just when I think it’s gone, it comes back even worse than it was before. I’m feeling like I can’t win.

The snow has melted and we’ve had some pretty decent weather for February. The ducks are loving the wet weather we’ve had.

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Man are they noisy, though. I went to let them out (check out the video on our Facebook page) and it sounded like they were cussing me up a storm.

The chickens are laying somewhere other than the coop. Damn chickens. I have no idea where they go. I’ve tried following them, but no one can say chickens are dumb! They look at me like I’m crazy, and I know I’ve heard Wattles tell them I am losing my mind.

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She’s the boss, you see. She’s a little older than the other girls, so she’s queen bee around here. Or at least tries. πŸ™‚

You can tell who has the higher pecking order around here. Roo is higher than Bub. They came from the same hatch, but Bub was a little shy. Roo was attacking us from the get go, even though he’s stopped that now. He’d be dinner if he hadn’t. Bub, on the other hand slept with the cows in the pasture and hardly ever came down. I worried about him for a while, since he became a favorite. He actually slept with the bull at night though, so that took some of the worry off.

So Roo is the main guy and Wattles is my girl.

Most of the time, being low man on the totem pole means that Bub can’t mate with the girls. I don’t know if my chickens are just weird or if Bub catches them when Roo is otherwise occupied, but he gets some every once in a while. πŸ˜‰

I love my chickens. They give me plenty of reasons to hang around outside. I sometimes feel like the pied piper as I walk from the feed storage area to the coop!

Do you have chickens?  If so, do you have a dominate rooster? What is your favorite part of owning chickens?

Spring fever

I really don’t have a problem with winter…Mother Nature, however…. I want my warm weather back. It’s cold and rainy and just, blech.

I’m ready to plant my garden! I love seeing all those tiny little seeds grow into something that will sustain my family. And taste really good, too!

So, today, since I have some extra time on my hands, this is what I’m doing.

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It’s a little hard to read. It’s the beginning of my garden list. There’s tomatoes and peppers, zucchini and of course, peas.

I can taste it now. Fresh produce, grown right here. Yum!

I also have a plan for drawing more wildlife. Mom and I put some bird feeders up a couple of weeks ago, and we have way more birds than we did! I want to bring in some bird houses, and some plants that will draw songbirds, butterflies and hummingbirds up around the house.

Since mom is in a wheelchair, we like to put things closer to the windows so she can see and enjoy them too.

Are you getting ready for spring planting? What’s going in your garden?

Happy new year!

I hate resolutions. I always seem to think I’m going to do all these awesome things, like go on a vacation for the first time in years, or go to an out of state concert. Hell, just spending more time on one project, instead of jumping from one thing to another.

It doesn’t ever work out that way. I’m always just as unorganized, in a time crunch, and no money to go anywhere as always.

This year, I’m not making resolutions. I’m just going to work harder on a few things that I already do. Like, going out more. I haven’t seen my core group of friends in almost 2 months! That’s just going to work and coming home. That’s pretty much what we do.

Drink more water. I already drink a lot of water, but I think I could drink a little more.

Play more. I’ve been so serious lately trying to get the soap business up and running, trying to start up the farm….I need a little down time.

Spend more couple time with Danny. We need less time on our phones and other electronics and more time with each other.

Do you do resolutions? If so, what are some of yours?

“Yay. I’m a llama again!”

I’ve been working on my soap lately since I completely sold out for Christmas. Well, except for the couple I held back for us and the stuff I am taking to the women’s domestic violence shelter. I made 2 loaves of Japanese cherry blossom using new molds that I got for Christmas. They both turned out really pretty! And it’s nice to have such an awesome recipe, as well. All that lovely lather.

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We have a couple of new additions to the farm. More like four of them! I now have 2 pygmy goats, a 33 year old horse, and a llama. What am I going to do with them you ask? Weeelll, I’m kind of asking myself the same thing!

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I also picked up a roll of fencing. Maybe, if it ever warms up, I can get that put up. We got a snow and ice storm this week, so it makes it a little hard to walk around outside!

I hope you had a great Christmas day with your family! We did 2 different sides of the family on Christmas day. That’s enough to wear me out, and I really didn’t do anything!

I’ve got a few library books to read, and I’m working on a post about goat feeding. I also need to look up stuff on llamas.

Off to research, but one more thing…I’m back on facebook. We had an issue with a few things, but got it straightened out and started a whole new page. Not much on it right now, but it will get there! Ypu can find us Here.

 

Some goings on

My sister’s boyfriendΒ had to put a cow down last week. The Holstein that we were milking. I’m not even sure what was wrong with her, she just laid down and wouldn’t get back up.
My sisters boyfriend dug a hole to bury her. Like, hand dug it.Β  That’s moving a lot of earth.
I’m thinking that Zoe is pregnant. She’s starting to develop a little udder. As far as I’m aware that’s how goats do. πŸ™‚ hopefully anyway.
Pan has more or less became a house bunny. He just can’t keep himself cool, even with the ear misting and frozen bottles. Not sure that Danny is too happy about it, but I told him it could be baby goats and he said true.
Not much has gone on though, doing hay, picking some black berries. That’s about it, its too hot to do much outside.
What are you up too?

Hay time

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Yesterday, my dad and Dee cut, raked and baled a field of hay. I think there were 19 big bales of hay out there. It’s been so warm, they were able to do it all in one day, whereas normally we have to let it dry for at least a day.

It’s supposedly back to the wet weather this week, so it’s good we got some done. Still have about 25 acres left with all the extra fields we get from the neighborhood.

We took a couple of the kids fishing yesterday. It was the first time in a long time for me to go….I used to fish all the time. Luckily, all my poles still work, though a couple need new reels. πŸ™‚

I have a couple of new soap recipes to try and some massage and beard oil to make. But first, I have to clean the kitchen from the weekend festivities.

There’s a new store open in Lawrence, it’s Sprouts. We went on Saturday and had fun looking at all the neat stuff they have. Bulk prices there are pretty good. I bought some citric acid to make bath balms. My cousin bought some ground kangaroo. We tried that for dinner. It wasn’t bad at all. I will try and get the recipe up today, so if you are feeling adventurous, you can try it too!

I hope you had a safe and happy fourth of July. What kind of food did you eat?

Some goings on….

I’m tired. This heat is just plain wrong. Yesterday I got in the car and the temp gauge said 108*. That is terrible! I’m not happy about that at all. Blech. Of course, when it’s about 50, I’ll be bitching about that, too.

We brought one of Chaos’ babies in for Jericho as a pet. Bucks make great pets, and so he named this one Mojo. I’m so happy with him. He’s loving living inside, and I think he’s adjusting well to being a pet. πŸ™‚ He didn’t enjoy being picked up, but when he’s up there, he loves it.

Our bottle baby Harley had to be put down, her leg ended up being shattered and the surgery was over $4000 and we just don’t have that kind of money to be using on something like that.

I have a total of 12 chickens left, out of 22 and 3 ducks out of 6. Luckily, I still have one female duck. I still have 2 roosters and one is already trying to do his job….Wattles (she’s our favorite buff) is not impressed at all. She chases him around the coop.

This weekend, we are going to move the goats. Not too far, it’s just the area attached to their pen, where Princess (the cow) was while we were milking her. I’ve gotta run an extra wire to keep the buttheads in, and fence off Donna’s old truck so they cant climb on it. But, they will have a little more brush to eat, and some trees as well. They really aren’t liking the grass and I have to mow it once in a while. Of course, they’ll eat it after it’s mowed. But, it also lets me open up the area in front of the chicken coop and rabbit barn, so I don’t have to keep going in and out of the gate. Plus, it will give us a little more back yard.

I’ve also got to get the barn and coop cleaned out. The goats keep getting in to the coop and knocking things over. Drives me crazy!

I’ve made quite a bit of soap lately. I made one with a sister in mind, we call it butterfly kisses, and it’s gorgeous and smells so good. It’s a blend of apple blossoms, lilly of the valley (one of my favs!) and roses. I thought it was going to be too flowery, but it’s actually not. I’m pretty impressed. πŸ™‚

Pretty soon, all the soap I’ve been making is going to be ready for sale! Plus, I have some new ones getting ready to be made. I’ve got a couple of basic recipes, but there is one I want to try, it’s a more luxury bar. I can’t wait to get it made! πŸ™‚

What is your favorite soap scent?