Sunday, June 29, 2008

I was going to post about how I have no time to type any type of useful post, but... I have no time. Funny thing about this life and the chores - you have all the time in the world to write posts in your head, but no time to actually write them on the computer. I'm the walking dead right now - soooo tired.

Today we got a bigger pen made for the chickens, last of the tomatoes transplanted, pigs picked up to take to the butcher, and all the regular chores done. And laundry. Always, always laundry.

And now a baby's awake and I must go.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It's been a busy two days.

One of my goats got mastitis while I was gone. I think it's because she was confined to the feedlot instead of being out on grass as she is when I'm home to manage them every day. Even with two kids nursing her, she got mastitis in one of her sections. So I've been massaging it and milking it out ever hour or two during the day and since she has twins, they're milking it out also. It appears to be receding now, thank goodness. It's been painful for her.

I got another bed made in the garden - I'll plant it tomorrow. Planting is so far behind this year because of the weather. I talked to an older lady that was at the Farmer's Market with me last year and she said that they've just planted their bean seeds for the third time. I can't afford that, so I've held off and am just planting them now. I hope I get to harvest something.

I weeded one of my beds - flax, cabbages, onions (that I thought had died during transplanting but didn't - yay!), turnips, carrots and greens. I can't believe I have some carrots coming.

Because of our pasture situation here, I've been putting our goats along the canal during the day and along our fences at night, making use of all the free feed I can. I should elaborate on our pasture situation sometime. It truly sucketh.

I got everything set up for my turkey poults that arrive tomorrow morning. When I left to go get something for the set-up, Ains started transferring chickens over to the turkey pen. She had fifteen transferred by the time I got back.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Friends in the country.

My husband and I have learned this:

When we lived in the city, good friends were nice to have.

Now that we live in the country, with animals that depend on us for survival, good, dependable friends are a necessity.

The day we moved here, an Elder in the local branch of my husband's church came by to welcome us to the neighborhood. He lived just down the road and when he found out that I was not a member of the church, all church talk stopped and he became just a good friend. In the two years that we've lived here, we've become very good friends with his family - his teenage daughter is much loved by my girls and his wife is without a doubt one of the sweetest people I've ever met.

Our son had a cyst burst under his tongue last Sunday night, causing massive swelling and pushing his tongue back so that he couldn't breathe. We rushed to the local (and I now feel justified calling it 'podunk') hospital where he had to be life flighted to a bigger hospital an hour's drive away since our local hospital couldn't intubate him safely.

After the helicopter took off, we drove home, I pulled all my goats in, fed and watered the pigs and chickens while my husband packed our clothes and my pump, and we drove to the hospital an hour away.

The next morning, when we found out that he'd need care at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, we didn't have to worry about our animals for a minute. We knew without a doubt that we could call our friends and they'd take care of them. They live on an organic dairy, have beef cows, goats, and sheep, and have raised horses, pigs and chickens. Even with the barest of instructions, their knowledge and common sense could keep our animals going until we got home. Over the next four days until Grayson was released, that knowledge, that we didn't have to worry about the animals at all, was priceless.

Two life-flights: $20,000

Emergency care in three different hospitals: $Good golly, who knows, but insurance better not try to stiff us or so help me...

Good, dependable friends in the country and a healthy baby: Priceless


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Since my last post...

-I got my first batch of chicks. Half of them died. (Humidity in incubator error at the hatchery.)
-Got my second batch of chicks. All of them lived.
-Planted a lot.
-Hilled over my potatoes.
-Built a bean teepee and planted around it.
-Lots of weeding.
-Started putting my goats out to graze along the ditch to make use of free feed.
-Made my first three batches of cheese (my fourth gets hung up today).
-Got two piglets for the girls to help raise.
-Had two different visits from family.
-Lots of unschooling fun that I'll be updating on my unschooling blog.
-Got my herb garden in thanks to a cool cousin who built it for me.
-Lots of weeding.

I'll get pictures up when, and if, I have the time.