Good news, good news and more good news!

I went to an interview yesterday at a local Walgreens for a part-time job in the photo department.  I got hired on the spot!!!!  Whoo hooo!  Sure, it’s a low-paying job, but it ought to be more challenging and rewarding than working at Wal-Mart.  I’d go and live under a rock before I took another job at Wal-Mart.  I like the manager and got on well with her so maybe this will turn into something.  Apparently it takes a good amount of computer skill to do this job so maybe if I liked it, it would work into more of a department manager or supervisory role, especially with a new Walgreens opening up here in Lincolnton.  It’s only 20 hours a week, which is great because it will enable me to get back into the habit of working on a smaller scale.

The fencing job on the ten acre pasture in the back is almost done!!!  That wonderful, fabulous man of mine took both Thursday and Friday off to get it done.  If all goes well (meaning if we can tolerate the heat long enough) it will be done today.

In addition to the fencing being almost complete, finally, the pasture is going to be mowed and baled later today which will mean we’ll be able to set the cross fence so I can put the goats and calf down there during the day.

Bad news: it’s bloody, freaking hot here, as it is in a lot of places.  As I write this, Wally is down back pulling the fence.  I am still in the house because I put turkey breast in the oven to roast.  I’ll use the meat for salads, etc.  Around lunch time, we need to drive to Hickory so I can get a drug test done, deliver milk and eggs and maybe get another load of sawdust.  When we get back from Hickory, we’ll hole up in the house for the rest of the day.  It’s too hot outside to do anything else.  I put the goats and calf out in the front pasture yesterday and I expect they were miserable the whole day.  I’ll probably relent and leave them up today.  You know it’s hot when the air conditioning is already on at 7:45 AM.

Next year, or maybe as early as late summer and fall, I’d like to expand out my milk and cheese offerings to include organic, heirloom vegetables. I was thinking about doing an e-mail with link to an on-line form with the offerings I have available. A local farm is doing a similar form which is where I got the idea. Along with the e-mail, I thought I’d add links and photos to recipes using the ingredients I had available. Wally said that would take a lot of time, and I agree, but if I did some of the leg work now, when I have the time, it would be all set and ready to go for next year. I know what vegetables I’m going to plant next year so I can start to accumulate recipes and get it all set up so I can send it out. Heck, I could start it on a small scale now with what I have available now (tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes) and what I plan to plant for the fall.

I ordered more heirloom seeds for the fall.  I so excited about trellising vegetable plants, I thought I’d try to start a couple of heirloom zucchini plants so I ordered Cocozella Di Napoli and Zucchino Rampicante, both Italian heirloom varieties.  I know the Zucchino Rampicante will trellis well and can be used as a winter squash as it’s more cold tolerant than other types of summer squash.  I love, love, love Cocozella Di Napoli squash.  Formerly, I was not a fan of zucchini, but the Cocozella Di Napoli changed my mind.

Lots of things to think about; lots of good things going on.

Until later …