Self-imposed Restrictions

“I discovered these common, self-imposed restrictions are rather insidious, though they start out simple enough. We begin by worrying that we aren’t good enough, that we’re not smart enough or talented enough to get what we want. And then we voluntarily live in this paralyzing mental framework, rather than confront our own role in this […]

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Approval

“What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. You shouldn’t worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world. Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, […]

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I am a livestock farmer

I keep trying to get up to speed on raising crops, but something always gets in the way.  I hope that Wally and I can get a dent in getting ready to put crops in this weekend.  He does not have to work so we have two full days to do things around the farm. […]

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Full Circle

Yesterday morning I was able to milk three (and a little bit of the fourth) goat without a foot ending up in the bucket.  The fourth goat is hard to milk due to short teats and since she’s still got twins on her, I do not worry about milking her out. I got almost a […]

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Volume

Earl Lauer Butz (July 3, 1909 – February 2, 2008) was a United States government official who served as Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. His policies favored large-scale corporate farming and an end to New Deal programs, but he is best remembered for a series of verbal gaffes that eventually […]

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Milking Goats

I’ve had two mornings now of milking all four goats.  One,  Kaianna (a/k/a Chili Pepper) is really hard to milk.  She’s got a high, tight udder with small teats.  She gives a lot of milk.  She’s a bit hateful too. The other three, Willow, Sushi and Siddalee are all pretty easy to milk, but they can be […]

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Cows

It has not been a banner four days.  Wednesday evening at around 9:30 Penny had her calf: a heifer!  That was very exciting.  They both seemed fine so we elected to leave them together overnight.  Around 5 AM Wally went down with me to pick up the calf and bring her up to put her […]

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