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13 Jan

Because the goats are in their breeding groups, I’ve had to abandon my milk room for milking. Zinnia and Joy are both in with Xerxes.

Xerxes wondering what’s going on in the garage. (Sorry for the bad cell phone pictures in this post.)

I have it set up in the garage.

Joy and Zinnia waiting to get milked.

It’s certainly not my milk room, but it’s better than when I was milking in the chicken coop.

Zinnia

Zinnia has done this before, so it was no big deal to her.

Joy, on the other hand, made me chase her around and drag her in there.  Then she went back to her old tricks of squatting so low that I could barely get my pitcher and hands under her to milk.

Joy

She’s doing much better now.

They are both still giving me quite a bit of milk, so I figure I’ll just keep freezing it since I’m not sure how milking will go next year.

Saturday in the Soap Room

5 Dec

It was nice to be in the soap room Saturday.

I’ve missed being open and seeing people.

Of course, where I’m at in the middle of nowhere, any day you have one person stop in is a good day.

I have “Dolly” playing cards!

Goose egg Santas

Saturday was a good day!

I think I’m going to keep opening up on Saturdays through Christmas.

After that, I’ll probably try to be open one weekend per month.

I will admit that it did make it a bit challenging to try to make yogurt Saturday evening.

Dishes too.

I’m also going to whine about breaking my crock pot.

It was a stupid thing (not letting it cool enough before setting it in the water) and I’m annoyed with myself.

The Kidding Quandary

18 Nov

Of all the years for only half the girls to settle for spring break, this was not the year for that to be okay.

Chiffon is open.

One reason is because I don’t want to have a lot of little kids when I’m on vacation.  They tend to have a hard time keeping up in pasture, and I don’t want them spending the night out there.

Pretzel and Rosie–this year’s June babies

The other part of it is the large number of my milking girls who did not get bred.  Joy is the only one who will be kidding in March.

Onyx, Joy and 2TC; Flower and Bambi in back

I might have to enlist Cupid as a milking doe.  She was pretty good about it when I tried milking her this year.

Cupid

Although, I’m still trying to figure out the milking when I go on vacation, so it might be better for them to have babies before I leave and then I can wean when I get back.

Astra and Perdita (who is still not fully weaned)

With all this uncertainty, it makes me even more happy that my freezer is full.  And if you think I’m kidding, I don’t think I can fit any more in there.

I just made another double batch of mozzarella to turn into mozzarella sticks for my family’s Christmas Eve gathering.

I’m also making a lot of yogurt.

heating to make yogurt

I like the problem of so much milk I don’t know what to do with it all.