The possibility of some open doors …

I did interview yesterday for that position I mentioned last week.  It ended up being a last minute deal at a local library.  The interview went well, I interview well, but I don’t know that the job is going to be any better than MM.  I shouldn’t say that, it would be better because it would be recession proof and I’d be guaranteed hours instead of loosing them like I did at MM, but the hours are not going to be good and it’s a shame that someone with my intelligence, creativity and talents is going to be wasted in such a job.  There is some possibility of movement in this job, much more so than there was at MM, but we’ll see.  Heck, I have to be offered the job before I think any more about it.  I’ve been to plenty of interviews that I thought went well and then never heard anything or didn’t get the job.

Another, very exciting opportunity presented itself later in the day: the possibility of helping a local farm market itself better through newsletters, Facebook, its web site and farmers markets.  I’ve been talking to the owner of this farm off and on for quite a while.  When I was working at MM, I wasn’t willing to spend weekends at farmers markets, but now that I am not working, I’m open to it.  It was my newsletter that returned his interest in me.  For some reason, I thought that newsletter might open doors.  I’m so glad I did it.

One of the rabbits is not doing well: the New Zealand doe that had 15 babies.  I noticed Tuesday night that she was sitting in the nest box quite a bit.  Yesterday, I noticed that she had not been eating or seemingly, drinking.  Yesterday afternoon, I put her out in the poultry pasture to move around, hoping that she’d find something to eat that might make her feel better.  An animal’s inherent ability to heal itself is not to be ignored.  I went out and checked on her early this morning, fully expecting her to be dead, but she was not.  She’s still in the nest box, but it appears that she’s in a nursing position rather than hunched in there.  I’ll look at her closer when it’s light and check the babies to see if they’ve been feeding.  I am not looking forward to the possibility of having to hand feed ten baby rabbits.  If so, I hope they like Jersey milk.  I plan to put her back out into the poultry pasture for the day and see what happens.

Just heard on the news that gas prices in North Carolina are going to go up by eight cents a gallon this week, thanks in part, to raised taxes.

It’s really cold this morning: 28 degrees, feels like 24.  Several of the cats that normally do not come in the house came in when I put the dogs out.  It’s going to be quite warm until the end of the week, then the beginning of next week is going to get really cold, but only for a few days.  I’m so glad this winter has been warmer than normal.  It would be awful, in addition to everything else that is going on, if we had to deal with another really cold winter.

On his way home from work yesterday, Wally stopped at a local lumber yard and picked up what is referred to as “hog fuel.”  “Hog fuel” is an unprocessed mix of coarse chips of wood and bark that is very instrumental in stopping erosion and controlling mud.  A truckload only cost $10!  We put it down around the milk parlor and in front of the gate going into the goat pasture.  Hopefully it will help because it is a muddy mess up there.  He’ll need to pick up several more loads to add more depth to what’s there and to put some in front of the goat shelter, which is even worst than around the milk parlor.  We’ll need to put a little bit in the goat pasture at first to see if they are going to eat it or not.  It probably won’t hurt them unless they eat a lot of it.

Seed catalogs are starting to come in the mail.  I have a number of things to get into the ground around February 1.  I’m still trying to decide whether I can use the seeds that I still have or if I need to order new ones.  I have a month to a month and a half window to get them in the ground so if I can get them in on February 1 or perhaps a little bit earlier and use row cover, I’ll know if they are going to germinate or not.  If they don’t germinate, I’ll order new ones.  Once I use up the seeds that I have on hand, I’ll order them seasonably and use up what I have and not try to save them or if I do save them, figure out how to store them better.

I saw on Facebook that Audible.com was offering a free download and I took advantage of it yesterday and ordered Buck Brannaman’s Believe audiobook.  Once it downloaded, I went to cancel my membership and when the web site asked why and I chose the to save expenses option.  Then they offered me the opportunity to pay $7.50/month for the next three months which I accepted.  A monthly membership gives you one credit (one book) per month which is pretty neat.  I have been using the library quite a bit to get books, both on tape and actual books, but they don’t have a lot of the books I’d like to read, like Buck’s books and Joel Salatin’s books.  With my credit, I got his newest book, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.  I can load these books on my iPod and listen to them that way.

I am so not looking forward to going out.  The frost makes it look like it snowed.

A few months ago, I almost sold two or three of my goats and I’m really glad I didn’t sell them.  I’m thinking that we are going to have a need for all of the milk these goats will produce in the coming year.  Gwen’s production has gone down some, likely due to her not getting that high-soy-based calf food I was feeding her.  I upped the alfalfa pellets in the mixture to see if that brings her production back up.  If she’ll hold on for another couple of months, I’ll be happy.  Given how long she’s been lactating, I might dry her off earlier than I normally would.  There is the option of putting her out to pasture with a calf to raise for three months or so; I could do this once the goats freshen.  We are going to raise another bull calf or two to have on hand when it’s time to breed her again.  We’ll see how the goats do with kidding.  Several of them look really pregnant, some not so.  I’m almost positive they are all bred, but a couple of them have me wondering.  Normally I’d say I was not going to carry a dry goat through a season, but they really don’t cost much to feed when they are dry.

I guess I can’t put off going outside any longer.

Until later …