Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
He has found a very attentive life here and has an easy going smiley attitude. So we decided to track his growth and weighed him last Tuesday. This is what we got...
so this is the scale when my lightweight daughter is weighing herself.. 96.5 lbs.
and after she hoists up the big furry baby...
I know its hard to read, but they weighed in at close to 146.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
She writes it wonderfully! It so reflects my thoughts and my passion. Her last post on "write it down" really says it all.
I am passionate about what I do and my own life. I always have someone almost every day make a remark that says, " Why would you want to do all that work?" Well, her post says it all and while I can also state many of her same remarks on witnessing and experiencing life, death and self sufficiency, I too love every minute of it.
Just yesterday a co-irker, actually told me "You have too many animals" Seriously? Not one of my livestock are uncared for and not one is mistreated. I take great care with all of them and they are fed before I am. They are doctored carefully, they have a quality life and they are appreciated. They feed me and they heal me. That very co-irker is one though that has never in his life owned a dog. I simply don't see how I could possibly explain to him how fulfilling it is to care for and harvest your own sustenance. How amazing it is when you see those newborns have survived by your own hand and you are there to witness it and help when needed. I fret over them as much as I did my own small children. I am a good Mother and care dearly for anything that I am responsible for. I do not have too many animals and I know my limits. His remark is more directed at himself I believe, in that he isn't all that happy in his own life. His to me seems very unfulfilled. Each to his own. I don't give his a thought and he should not worry about what I do. I did not respond to his statement and I simply frowned. We don't click!
My enjoyment was just like this morning and every morning....I went outside dressed in layers. It has a windchill of below zero today. I fed an extra bale of hay to my 12 cows. I grained the two bulls and fluffed their hay. I fed the 5 horses and petted and hugged a couple. I greeted my three faithfull dogs and they followed me everywhere. I let out the chickens (70+) and fed and watered and set up some heated waterers for my goat pens. I took one very spoiled wether from the doe pen and put him back in with the bucks/wethers. I grained the Bucks/wethers.
I added two extra bales of straw to the bucks building and reenforced the fence...too soon for breeding just yet...a couple more weeks at least. I repaired a gate and checked on the thermal water tank for the cows/horses. I came inside and thawed out my toes and enjoyed a hot cup of coffee and sat down to read my favorite blog posts. I couldn't want for more actually and it makes me feel very strong in that I handle what I do and keep things (knock on wood) together. I do just fine!!
Seems the two couples , Greg and Kathy and Shar and Mike are still married couples! Not only are they still happily married but true friends to each other.....seems Shar opened a Daycare and babysat all of Kathy and Gregs kids. They bowl every Wednesday night and while Kathy was the maid of honor for Shar at their wedding...they have shared many events over the years.
The two couples have reflected on how long ago that camping trip actually seems and it has refreshed to them just how wonderful a life they have spent together.
They told me about that trip and how it was incredibly hot...now keep in mind they were barely in their 20's...and while Kathy said she had gotten a terrible sunburn, she thought she suffered some heat stroke. Then later in the day...they killed a rattlesnake. Seems her husband lost a fishing pole in the river and hours later Mike snagged that very pole on his line and it was miraculously recovered. The final straw came in the middle of the night when Kathy was quite miserable and demanded they pack up the tents and LEAVE!! She remembers that she was NOT popular!
I also quizzed them about us finding another bottle there and we were trying to make out what it may of held...perhaps wine?? Whisky?? or simply maple syrup? Kathy remarked...while they consumed a fair amount of beer...she couldn't remember pancakes! She said, my thoughts were correct though on a little partying by the fire though.
They have Thanked me many many times on reminding them of how fortunate they have been on their friendship and that we took the time to call them on finding that message in the bottle!
So while these last 30 years that little bottle has been weathering storms and mother nature and survived intact.....so has their friendships and marriages. To me that is the real story!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
We find all sorts of odd things..fishing lures of all kinds...oars..boat docks...and occassional bottles still intact.
Well, this one my son found was pretty interesting, as it had a note.
"On May 24, 1980 we,
Greg, Kathy, Mike & Shar, camped here on this site.
If your ever in Phillip S.D. please Thank Us for leaving you a nice campsite with plenty of wood.
Be careful - we killed a rattlesnake!!
Have fun! "
Now How Cool is that!! and don't you wonder how Greg, Kathy, Mike and Shar are doing these days??
Monday, November 15, 2010
day 11-12-13-14 quite a blur....and getting back on the wagon...so to speak! Plus, I managed to catch a cold. Seems conference air is dicey and while it toggled between 30 degrees in the room and then a heat wave spike to 95 degrees, I wonder how I didn't manage to come back with pneumonia!!
We ate out too much and too often and now..I must get back in the act and pay attention, cuz T-Day is only 10 days away!!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Meanwhile at the homefront, it's getting that notorious chill in the air and it seems I will come home to possible snow on the ground.
Well, I guess it was going to happen sooner or later...just have to be thankful it's been a little later this year!!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Understanding why going to bed without being overly full from supper (since I was in a bad habit of eating too late) is such a benefit!
My dreams now, are colorful, exciting and positive. One other benefit is my feeling of lightness, (even though the scale doesn't show anything) I feel BETTER!!
I have been eating by 7 and if I need a snack, I stick to sugar free pudding or jello. Now for heading into the weekend...and how to control my urge to be baking!
So far this week I have made 3 different batches of soaps. Every nite I try a new scent and color swirl. It allows me to be in the kitchen AND keeping busy...So now to find that dealer to sell all this soap too!!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
He was my boy who about died when the weather got cold last year. This year is a different story...he stands on his own! ...but so does his hair
I always laugh when I see him, he makes my day!
Sidenote: Day 4...it's getting easier!! :)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
In the morning on Saturday, I treated myself to a delicious omellete. Which included my own eggs, a little roasted chicken(home raised), tomatoes(my own), onion(farmers market produce) and some wonderful Wisconsin Aged Swiss.
I played in town browsing my favorite places and found a wonderful set of Fire King Gay Fad Peach Blossom tall Collins glasses. I was excited...and that reminded me I needed a really good quality Vodka! I had ordered some Madagascar vanilla beans from Penzeys and wanted to try out homemade vanilla. I also found some fun foods and interesting ingredients for some other recipes I wanted to try later this winter...
I made the vanilla and put it in the pantry with the rest of my winter stash!!
then for supper..I roasted some winter squash and tried out a recipe for curry squash soup...it was...EXCELLENT!!!
and since the entire day was devoted to "Momma's Day Out"....I finished my day with a wonderful toddy in a (now favorite) glass!!
Some days you just have to treat yourself!!
See now...I'm not totally about goats, dogs, cattle and soap making...I take care of me too! (This post is a reminder to me that I really can do this more often...treat myself)
Sunday, October 17, 2010
We drove a long and amazing road... and came to a mystical place with Giant Guardians and fluffy sheep. While we grabbed half wild pups from under the outbuilding...we learned many facts on the amazing Livestock Guardian Dog, the Great Pyrenees. While we told him we had our own LGD at home, I admitted that mine had good qualities in keeping the coyotes out of the yard...but she was also a Greeter at the gate (the Lassie dog in her), without being very menacing. We love our Tess and thats that!
We had several pups in a horse trailer to choose from and while deciding, the mother of the pups came around the corner of the barn. She was carrying something of a fresh kill to her pups. It was a prairie dog......one thing we did notice was while there was dog food for the pups there were all sorts of LARGE bones, the kind with hooves still attached. These Mommas take care of their own it looked. We were pretty shocked at how like a Mother lion these dogs were, but after watching for sometime, it was understood that these dogs were Stock Guard dogs who were nearly totally self sufficient. Pretty tough dogs. Now understand these dogs don't kill the livestock, this was all from the dead animal pile that these types of places have....he ran around 1500 head of cattle also.
I understood from the rancher's viewpoint, that the key to keeping them protectors was to not interact very much with them (his opinion and I appreciate that)....Well......that's just not going to happen, but I kept it to myself and just simply smiled at my daughter. To each his own, but I did note how well those sheep stayed close to the 7 dogs out in the field he showed us. He was quite proud of his Guard dogs...and it was quite understandable. The largest male dog looked like a lion out in the field...ENORMOUS!!
While we were grabbing puppies, we put them in a horse trailer so I could actually make my decision. I picked up the second largest pup first, and he demonstrated very soft eyes.....I like that.
I picked up the LARGEST pup and thought, I want "big" though..and put him down to see him walk. He had a slow sort of skulking look and not those big soft eyes. Then back again to the second largest....and while he looked with those big gentle eyes...he wagged his tail. Done deal and home "Atticus" came!
He slept the entire way. When we got home, I milked the goats while he sat by and watched and had his first dish of warm fresh goats milk. He ate his puppy chow with gusto and I put him in a pen with adjoining fence that he can go in and out to visit with the goats for now. He sniffed the goats and seemed very at ease with them. It was the goats who gave him the official snort and every single one of them stood and stared without blinking in his direction. He was unaffected and snuggled in a corner right at home. I think we chose Good!