Too much to do, too little time …

or so it seems lately.

I wonder how I kept up with everything when I worked full-time.  I guess the answer is that I didn’t do as much for me when I was working full-time as I am now.  So what does that say about me (really us as a society)?  That we spend most of our lives working to make enough money to pay for others to do things for us?  Think of how much processed, fast, take-out, restaurant, etc. food that is consumed in this country.  A whole hell of a lot.  It sickens me to think of where most of this food is coming from.  It makes me happy to be making so much of my food from scratch these days.  But it takes a tremendous amount of time to do this.

I really don’t have enough time to get into this right now, but I will later on today (hopefully).  I need to get out to milk the goats whom I believe are going to be chock full of milk.  Yesterday evening Wally and I went to a local farmer to get two round bales of hay which we installed in our handy-dandy hay feeders (I need to take a picture of them as they are working wonderfully) and as soon as they were able to get into it, the goats and sheep were going to town on it.  The hay is a mixture of fescue and coastal Bermuda grass.

Early on, it was easy to catch Luna and Penny’s babies at night to put them up, but once they figured out what was going to happen to them, they quickly got smart to the routine.  Wally was going out and putting them up, but soon it became a two person job and even then it was difficult.

Time to get the black dog involved.

Last night, while Wally was on the phone, I went out with Gel to see if I could catch the babies and get them up.  Catching Penny’s baby wasn’t so hard (he’s younger than Luna’s baby and a male creature so he’s naturally a bit slower than the female).  Luna’s baby proved much more difficult until Gel figured out the “game.”  I’ve been trying to teach him a “that one” command and I think it clicked last night.  We had that baby caught in no time.  They are both eating hay and grain and they have plenty to eat overnight, they just don’t have access to their mother’s milk.  That great white whale of a goat Luna was holding back on her milk, but she has no choice but to milk well in the morning when she doesn’t have her baby on her.  This may seem cruel, but the mothers see their babies all night long, they just can’t nurse.  This is a better option that taking the babies completely away.  I’ve decided if Dawn has twins, which she might, I’m going to leave both babies on her and raise them up to either sell or for meat.  She’s not easy to milk so I might as well leave the babies on her.

Anyway, after I milk I’ll bring the sheep up to the fenced-in area by Red’s to graze for half the day.  I am going to go to Salisbury to an agility lesson, then I’m coming back and will go down and move the fence.  The sheep are going through the available grass at a rapid pace.  They are all in good shape though.  After all the rain we got, it’s a good thing that we are going to get warmth and sun for the next few days.  Hopefully the grass will get growing soon and I won’t have to move the ElectroNet so often.

I was reading some literature on ElectroNet that ended up in my bucket of receipts (I’m in the process of entering them so I can do my taxes) and it said the fence is so easy, a twelve-year-old could set it up and that it only took six minutes to set a line of fence … in what universe?????  It’s getting easier, I set it up myself last week in pretty close to record time, but it’s still a pain in the butt.  Oh well.

Until later …