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Confusing the Critters

27 Sep

We are finally mostly done with the roof, which takes us to the deck work.

My dad even came out and helped with some of the tearing apart. But my dog and cat were quite confused.

Sky

Bob

I can’t blame them.  It was mostly gone by the weekend.

out the front door

I think we’re all ready to have the construction done.  Then we don’t want any more storms.

Weaning Maisie

22 Jul

While the goats’ hooves are a bit softer from out recent rain, I’ve been trying to get everyone trimmed.

Hera

As an aside, I was trying to figure out who else might be a good candidate for milking, and both Hera and Venus were fine with me messing with their udders.  Hera is even a high percentage of dairy goat. Hmmmm…

Venus

I brought Maisie in to the milk room and got her hooves trimmed.  But she’s struggling with raising triplets during a drought when she’s nine-years-old.  Her coat is coarse, she’s thin, and her eyes are pure white.

Maisie getting her hooves trimmed.

I decided to immediately wean her kids.  As I was hauling Tawny up to the north paddock, I changed my mind.  Instead, I put Maisie up north.

Maisie

She has the already weaned kids for company.

The weaned kids in the north paddock.

Glory

Chunky Boy

She’ll also have access to food–green stuff as well as sweet feed.  It will be a lot less exercise.  She can focus on just resting and recovering up there.

Her kids were not exactly happy with this arrangement, but they will be fine.

Tara wanting her maa

Tippy

I told Moose to take care of his little brother and sisters.

Moose

Hopefully, she’ll make a full recovery and retire.

Around the House

21 Jan

Winter gives me a lot more time in the house.  Usually, my time is divided between reading, knitting, and playing with food. Currently, I’m reading about the 1918 influenza pandemic.  Why wouldn’t I be reading about a pandemic as we’re trying to survive another one?

I last shared my knitting work in progress that I was trying to salvage.  It isn’t quite how it’s supposed to be in the neck, but I’m going to call it a success.

As a bonus, it actually fit the Little Farm Hand!

the Little Farm Hand and his dad

trying out the front pocket (he was tired from sledding)

I still have plenty of help whenever I try to knit.

Bob Cat

I have also managed to finish another infinity scarf.

I also finished a headband for a local lady.  I am in a rare moment of not actually having a knitting project going, but I am thinking of doing Hedwig (from Harry Potter) next.  I’ve ordered the yarn for the wings and the eyes, so I’m preparing for it.  I do have a sweater I started months ago that I could try finishing, but that seems rather tedious now.  We’ll see…

I did get my potato planted.  It was just kind of hanging in there, but I couldn’t figure out why.  Well, I caught Rocky trying to pee in the pot.  Brat.

Rocky–don’t let the innocent look fool you.

I covered the plant with clear plastic, and now it’s doing amazing!

Not only is the cat not in there, but it holds the humidity in too.  I think it likes that.  Hopefully, it continues to do well once it gets too tall for me to have it covered.

I just added another layer of dirt to cover those roots and “hill” it up.

My celery I tried rooting collapsed into a puddle of mush.  I’m trying again.

celery

The stalks look good, but the base is getting mushy, and I don’t see roots forming.  I might just put them in dirt and see what happens. I keep trying new recipes to avoid all the sodium-filled highly processed foods.

homemade seitan pepperoni and a cauliflower crust

I swear I feel like I’ve never cooked in my life.  Hopefully, all my playing pays off and I can eat delicious and healthy vegetarian foods eventually.

I have to say, the burgers turned out amazingly!  I might finally be getting there.