I missed the beauty of the rainbow while I waxed the floors. But Katie got to see the rainbow yesterday. And a neighbor posted photos on Facebook, so I saw it there as well. People on the west coast who are anti social misfits should succumb to peer pressure and get on facebook.
The girls found a little earthbound bird after a summer storm. His parents were still wanting to take care of him, but couldn't get him up to the nest. So Dan built a temporary housing project, where his parents could tend to him, and he was safe from our pets. He stayed for a few days, and his parents fed him fruit. But now he's gone. I hope that he was able to fly, and that his disappearance has nthing to do with the resident blacksnake.
I'm getting close to being the perfect homeschool mom. I put up 12 freezer jams yesterday, and will do a bunch of real jam today. I canned a load of tomato sauce the other day. Today, we're going to grind whole Prairie Gold wheat berries into flour, then bake bread. Oh, and I milk the goats. The only thing lacking is the blue jean jumper.
There are actually three chickens getting a free ride in the chicken tractor. Katie's walking alongside of them, talking them down, while they get dragged along by the real tractor. Joe Houndog is bringing up the rear. Now the chickens have a bigger run, and their access to underneath the house has been blocked, so hopefully they'll lay the eggs in the nest boxes.
Katie picked a peach that has a nose. We all had a very uproarious laugh- till she got stung on the cheek by a hornet at the next tree. But the owner of the orchard gave her vanilla extract on a paper towel to put on the sting, and she felt better right away.
I'm offering goat shares, spread the word! Although,thanks to our caring big government, you can't buy milk from me, you may buy a portion of a goat, and get your own milk from me. We're close to Brookneal, Phenix, Red House, Charlotte Court House, Pamplin, Keysville, Farmville, and Lynchburg.
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When I walked out the door around 7:30 to milk, I saw the most amazing clouds on the horizon. The three new moms were bursting at the seams, so I shouted to Big Dan to get photos of the clouds. He did such a good job (with my fancy, $70 camera) that I posted all of them. If you're interested, click on the photos, because the thumbnails don't do them justice. Overnight, we saw and heard a violent storm up toward Appomattox. We didn't get any rain from it though. Yesterday it stormed hard right after Child gave birth. It was wonderful to hear the thunder and feel the pre storm wind while watching beautiful kids get born.
Our goat, Child, delivered her first kids today. Triplets. A boy and two girls. So far, she's the fulfillment of my breeding program. Lots of milk, and easy to get it out. Tuscany and Merope had given a half gallon (together) this morning, so I think it's time to advertise goat shares!
After their big drink of Mom's amazing colostrum, they perked up a little, and now look a whole lot better than they used to. The weaker twin was trying to stand, and was able to hold her head up. We have great hopes for tomorrow as we do one last feeding and head to bed.
I looked out the back window today and thought that there was a stray pig in the woods. It turned out to be Fern, sporting a new brown color. Sadly, Fern goes to see Joe the butcher on Tuesday. I'm going to slow roast all of the roasts from Wilbur, and can the pulled pork. I'm also hoping to can some meat sauce. This way, I'll have more room in the freezer, but more importantly, I'll have food safe from electrical outages this summer.
Here are the tiny doelings of Tuscany's. Laura is sleeping with the stronger of the two. The little weak one is tangled up in her box. I really hope that these girls are just preemies and that they'll grow up to be as awesome as their mamma.
Here are Tuscany (foreground)and Merope, both in labor. Merope went first, delivering a big healthy boy, then a big healthy girl. Tuscany delivered two little girls about an hour later. Both of Tuscany's girls are small and weak, and one is extremely weak. I hope that as they get more milk, they'll be ok. I think they were a little premature. We took the babies to bottle feed them. This will make for easier milking of the mammas and more friendly, appealing babies, who will sell quickly on Craigslist. (I hope.)
Well, I had gotten four kids the first year, four kids the second year, and six kids the third year from Abby girl. Only one was a girl! But I had a lot of this bloodline, and decided to sell Abby and Libby, a.k.a. "The Marshmallow Twins." The new owner sent me this photo of Abby and her twin doelings, Nightfall, and Fawn. Abby's niece, Floppy, had twin boys for her new owners last night as well. So today the girls and I got the barn clean, the bottles ready, and the electric running to the light and milk machine! I thawed some goat milk from last year's freshening and made a banana smoothie. It was better than I imagined it could be. I'm definitely looking forward to rich, luxurious Nigerian milk again!
Here's part of the homeschool group who came out for a showing of Half Blood Prince at the new drive in theater in Keysville. Some more showed up later, but it was dark by then, so they don't get to star in my blog. We had a lot of fun and a lot of Dr. Pepper.
For her rite of passage into teenagerhood, Becky got strep throat, with scarlet fever as a bonus. But Spinster came through with pizza for dinner and a surprise cake. Not to mention expertly prepared amoxiclillin.
Here's the new toy at Providence Farm, a Vita mix. I got it last week and have used it at least three times a day since. It seems a little odd that I recommend a $500 machine when I'm supposed to be teaching frugality, doesn't it? But between the health benefits,which we notice already, and the ability to function as many appliances in one, the vita mix will save in the long run. We usually throw whole fruits and veggies in for smoothies, but two nights ago, I had made peanut butter and some was left in the machine. I woke up, pulled the container out of the fridge, added cocoa powder, sugar, milk, and ice, and we had a Reese's peanut butter cup smoothie! Now that beats healthy food any day. And it still wasn't very unhealthy. Even dessert in the vita mix is health food! I chopped onions, rinsed, then whipped up a fruit smoothie, (with no residual onion flavor ; ) all within five minutes. In one week, I've made: Smoothies and vegetable drinks Sorbet Ice cream Bread dough Hash browns Coleslaw Salsa Peanut butter
This was Lemondrop. She was a victim of violent crime last night. The black snake came in and tried to swallow her, but to no avail. I guess his eyes were bigger than his belly. He got to about her center and had to give up. I had heard many stories describing this exact scenario, but never saw it. I hope I never see it again!
Here are still more different reactions to Becky's second trip up north. Katie is hiding from the camera since she's crying. Becky and Laura are both happy that Jodi will have help. To give Katie credit where credit is due, this time the transition to no Becky went much more smoothly.