Spring Weather

20 Jan

We seem to have ridden the weather hill back to the top of the temperatures.  We are 50*F (10*C), sunny and no wind today.  It’s a perfect March day in January.  I took advantage to get some stuff done outside.  I set out a new salt/mineral block, and I cleaned all my water tanks and got to use the hose to fill them up.

Moose, Casey, and Myson (aka the Three Stooges)

Considering the hydrant was frozen again this week, I was really happy to be able to use it.  I’ve never seen anything like it before.  The handle was frozen so that I couldn’t lift it.  Usually when it freezes, it’s down in the pipe below ground.  This time was crazy.

The geese are enjoying a bath for the first time in quite a while.

I also unplugged their heated bucket in the building because I’m not a fan of an electric cord sitting in water.  Notice the ring on the bucket to see how deep the puddle is.

How do I end up with such a big ice cube around their bucket?  Indoor bath.

obviously before a full bath in the pool

I trimmed Clover’s hooves.  She has the worst feet on the farm (it’s genetic), and I just can’t keep up with them no matter how hard I try.

Clover

I’m excited to say that I kicked a bunch of goats out of my garage.  Vixen was not happy, but I really need fewer critters in the garage.

Vixen

I have just Stormy, Aurora and Harley’s girls in there.

Aurora

Stormy is going a bit stir crazy, but she needs to stay in there and recover.  She’s making it difficult though because she’s learned how to just push her way out of my panel fence and into the rest of the garage.  Smarty pants.

Stormy

I’m not sure I mentioned I put the twins in there.  I went out one morning in the last cold spell and Toffee was just standing in front of the hay.  When I picked her up, she didn’t fight and I could feel the cold from her body.  I put both girls in the garage.  I figure it won’t hurt them to stay in and get a bit of extra food for a couple of days.

Toffee

The long range forecast doesn’t look quite so cold.  It’s still up and down, but now it’s more between warm and average temperatures.  I’ve already taken enough pictures today to blog for the next week about everything else that’s been going on when I didn’t have time to take pictures.

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Greek Salad and Dressing

19 Jan

I’m still looking for great recipes to try using my feta.  When my family was coming for Christmas eve, I decided to try another salad.  The salad itself is quite simple–just chop some cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and feta.  I left it mixed and chilling in the refrigerator until just before serving.

Greek Dressing

Mix together:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 clove garlic (pressed/minced)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. brown mustard

The dressing has an olive oil base.  I confess I’m not a fan of oily dressings, so I used my extra light olive oil and added the spices.

Then I added the rest of the ingredients.

I shook it in my jar, and it was ready.

Right before serving, I drizzled some of the dressing on and mixed it up.

I think it turned out quite delicious!

I even like the dressing on just a lettuce salad too.

A Magnificent Specimen

18 Jan

My Snickers.  I do adore him.

Snickers Doodle McWhiner

I’m not sure how much longer he’ll be around.  The cancer is really starting to impact his health.  He’s still a magnificent specimen though.