Yet another Monday …

They keep coming!  I suppose I should be glad of that, especially since today is my birthday!  One more year to be in my 40s and then I suppose it’s all downhill from there.  I have to work today, I wish I had it off.  I’d love to stay in bed and sleep all day.

Wally and I spent a good part of the day yesterday putting a second ShelterLogic building together.  I got this one at a huge discount.  It will be used to store hay.  While we were buying grain on Saturday, we checked with the owner of the feed mill to see when he’d be cutting his alfalfa and he told us this week so we figured we had better get the shelter up.

How the seasons change.  When we were putting up the first shelter, we were doing it in a cold rain and when it came time to put the cover on it, we had to battle wind.  This time it was in blazing heat and I feel sure when it comes time to put up the cover, we won’t be battling wind.  I think I preferred the cool rain, but I can do without the wind.

I shaved the dogs’ bellies and britches last week and they look pretty odd, but they are cooler.  Why the britches?  Kessie was very matted and I tried to rake out the mats, but she was being very uncooperative and given how she swims in the pond and then rolls in the dirt, I knew in short order, she’d have herself matted up again so I figured what the heck, shave them off too.  Now they all have baboon butts.  What I do to those poor dogs.

I haven’t gone out to see how many chicks hatched.  When I checked last night, there were two.  The first hen still has her five babies and there are two ducks sitting in a brush pile.  I hope they manage to hatch our their eggs without getting killed or their eggs stolen.

The rabbits continue to do well.

We harvested summer squash from the garden last night and I fried it up southern style.  I can’t say I cared for it too much and I really didn’t care for standing over the hot stove frying it.  The next time I serve it, I’ll make it Yankee style and see how Wally likes it.  If nothing else, it will be healthier.  In addition to the squash, we had lamb chops and roasted potatoes and onions.  It was a very tasty meal, however, we both decided that with the next lamb we butcher, we won’t have chops made, just steaks and ground meat.  Some of the tomato plants have little tomatoes on them.  It is perfect weather for growing tomatoes.  I’ll have to take the time to water the garden this morning.  No rain in the forecast for the next week.  At least the humidity will be down.

You know, the best way to loose weight is to avoid processed food and do farm work.   All of my clothes are falling off me these days.  When I have time, I go to Goodwill and buy some that fit better, but shopping at Goodwill takes more time than I’m usually willing to give up.  Wally’s lost a lot of weight as well.  He was having knee and back pain, but that’s all but gone with the weight loss.  I feel sad for all the people in the US who are carrying 50, 100 or even more extra pounds.  I don’t know how they get around.  Some of the women at WalMart are extremely overweight.  I don’t know how they stand on their feet for eight or more hours.  They have to be in excruciating pain by the time they are through.  I also think it’s rather disgusting that they are advertising several new reality shows focusing on overweight people.  One is a show similar to Bachelor and the other one a dance show called Dance your Ass Off (or something like that).  It’s as if they are endorsing obesity.  There is nothing healthy about being overweight, eating processed food or living a sedentary life.  If more people went back to their roots and had to work for their food, there would be less chronic obesity in this world.

It’s all very sad.

I had better get the show on the road and get my chores done and then figure out what I’m going to eat for breakfast.  I have no more yogurt in the refrigerator.  My last two batches didn’t come out.  I believe that’s because I had the oven temperature too high.  On Saturday, I bought a used Salton yogurt maker off e-Bay.  We’ll see how I like that.  Tomorrow I’ll go and get some more cow milk to make more yogurt, being more careful about the oven temperature this time.  I don’t like to eat hot breakfasts in the summer.

My last batch of cheese came out perfectly!!  I switched udder washes.  I was using iodine in water, but I switched to a splash of bleach and a few drops of Dawn dish detergent (this recipe came from Fiasco Farm, which is a wonderful resource for natural goat husbandry and cheese making).  The cheese making supplier thought the problems I was having were due to bacteria in my milk.  That may have been true.  Darned sensitive dairy goats: the first day I used the new udder wash, Luna was snorting and carrying on.  I think she was objecting to the “new” smell of the bleach.  She really didn’t like having her teats dipped.  I’d love to use some of the cow milk and make mozzarella, but right now, it’s too hot to stand over the stove.  I should get my sourdough starter out and play with that.  It’s perfect weather for sourdough, well, except for turning the oven on.

Until later …

4 Replies to “Yet another Monday …”

  1. I just started reading your blog. I am enjoying reading about your dogs and farm. One of my favorite ways to cook summer squash is to chunk it up toss it with olive oil and herbs and bake at aprox 400 until tender It usually take about 15 to 20 min and I turn them about half way though.
    ~Alison

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