School

Well, it looks like it’s going to all fall into place.  The only thing I’m waiting on is notice of what credit I can transfer from previous schools.  Hopefully, most of it will transfer.

Now, the problem is going to be budgeting my time between the farm and school.  I know I waste a lot of time on both Facebook and Craigslist, both are addicting and it would be a good thing to stop prowling both.  I find it difficult to think of anything I bought off Craigslist that ended being a good thing, well, maybe a few things like the lap top I’m typing on, but as far as animals go, nope, most ended up being problems.  Let’s face it, in general, people do not sell their good animals.

I almost sold the last nine goats we have and I’m glad I didn’t sell them because they are good goats!  And this year, hopefully, I’ll only have to milk them minimally.  The plan is to just leave the babies on them 24/7 until the buck kids are old enough to be slaughtered for meat and then I’ll have to milk them.  Hopefully all the babies will survive and all of the senior does will have twins.  All but one look big enough to have twins.  If all goes well, I’ll have least one cow, hopefully two, in milk and won’t need the goat milk.  I’d much rather milk cows than goats and I much prefer cow milk over goat milk.  The only problem with milking cows comes in the summer with the flies.

We got some rain over the past couple of days, but not even an inch which is disappointing.  More rain is forecast for Thursday and towards the end of the week, it’s going to get cold again so I’ll need to cover the raised beds.  Covering the beds helps keep the moisture in.

This quote came up on Facebook this morning:

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”

― David Orr, Ecological Literacy

I like this quote.  I don’t consider myself a successful person, in fact, often Wally and I ask each other which turnip truck we fell off; but I do consider myself a healer, restorer and storyteller.  I have joined the fight to make the world habitable and humane.  I know that’s not successful in the minds of many people, but it is something that is important to me.

I really need to get going and get out before the chickens get up to clean out the cow shed.  If I wait until it gets light, the chickens swarm in there and start raking the manure around.  Normally, that is a good idea, but it’s easier to clean out if the manure is left in place.

Both cows are doing reasonably well.  Penny in particular.  She’s been quite chipper and whenever she sees me, looks for more food.  Maybe she’ll have more longevity than I expected.  Time will tell.  Soon I’ll need to get her dried off which won’t make her happy because I’ll have to take away her high protein food and put her on just grass and hay.  Gwen, well, she’s still all crooked, but she’s interested in eating so for now, I’ll keep her going.  The dairy has another cow for me, one I saw and liked before she was available, but they are having trouble getting her to settle (get pregnant) via AI.  Of course, our bull is now in the freezer.  Hopefully he’ll be able to get her bred this time around.

Speaking of breeding: rabbits … PITA getting them bred sometimes.  You hear the “breed like rabbits” analogy, but that’s only if you don’t want them to breed.  I bought some rabbits off a family way back in June and I finally got one of them to breed.  They are nine months old now.  I have a tractor of senior does in with a buck and I don’t think any of them are bred.  Most irritating.  I guess it’s not the time of year for rabbits to breed.  They should pick up in January once the days start to get longer.

Got an e-mail yesterday from the Charlotte Area Know Your Farm Tour asking if we wanted to be a part of the tour again this year.  I filled out the paperwork and sent it on.  It was a good time last September.

Okay, I guess I had better get my butt in gear and get my milking supplies ready to go.

Until later …

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