Paring down

After telling a good friend of mine that we sold all of the goats this week, he asked what we had left as far as animals.  I told him cows, rabbits and ducks.  Then he asked if we were getting out of farming.  I told him no, of course not.  He said good because he’d […]

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Growing Pains

Growing Pains: the difficulties experienced in the early stages of an enterprise. I think growing pains are a good thing.  All things change and often it is more painful to fight change.  A resilient person, a sustainable person, rolls with change.  I hope that’s what I am doing with the recent changes. If I thought […]

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Another door closes …

If all goes as planned today, by the end of the day, we will be out of goats.  This decision has been coming.  Several months ago, I sold half the herd to a Christian community in South Carolina.  I felt good about where the goats went: they are being relied upon to feed 60 individuals.  […]

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Mud and puddles and soon ice

It’s been a trying week weather-wise.  It has rained and rained and rained and rained.  Yesterday was the worst.  It simply poured all day long.  Not fun when you have to work outside taking care of animals.  We minimized chores yesterday by stocking up on livestock food Wednesday night.  It rained so hard most of […]

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First week of school under my belt.

It was an exhausting week between the first week of school and we picked up a new milk cow Wednesday evening.  The new milk cow, Cocoa, is doing okay, but she’s five and has lived at the dairy her whole life and things here are like, well, poor Cocoa probably thinks she landed on another […]

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Regrets …

Got my first day of school under my belt and it went well.  The Business course is going to be very, very good for me.  The math, well, math is math.  Remember, math is a four letter word.  Hopefully I’ll get through it.  I have to get through it, no choice in the matter. As […]

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Rest in Peace Sweet Guinevere

Yesterday afternoon when we got home from the Farmer’s Market, I took the goats down to the lower pasture.  As I went through the cow paddock, Gwen was lying on the hill and Penny decided she was going to go down below with the goats.  I figured she’d go into the pasture and turn around […]

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