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2019 in Review

31 Dec

It seems like 2019 has been a rough year, and I got to thinking about the old days when I actually used to link to blog hops and visit lots of blogs.  One of my favorite posts was always the year in review post, so I thought I’d go back and find the list and do one for this year.  Here is 2019 in review.

1. Me. This one comes from last March.  I try to avoid the front side of a camera, but I can’t help but take a picture of Aurora checking out the kids.  She does adore the babies, and I’m glad she’s willing to be close to me.  We’ve come a long way in the area of trust.

2.  I love you.  It was scary to have Leo go through surgery this fall.  He’s been my snuggle buddy for a long time.  I do love him.

Leo

3.  Still Laughing.  These girls crack me up.  I really did laugh at them following the hay wagon to eat while we were baling.  It’s not like they didn’t have a whole pasture of fresh grass.  Silly girls.

4. Winter Wonderland. Last winter was one of those years that saw record numbers of snow/cold days off school.  I definitely got in practice shoveling with all the paths I had to make for the goats. But it was beautiful.  I don’t actually mind winter horribly bad as long as I have electricity for water and can manage to get my chores done.  Although, I did get a bit tired of climbing over the bottom of the dutch doors and taking alternate routes to be able to feed everyone.

5.  Birthday.  We have so many birthdays around here, but we don’t do much in the way of celebrating.  I will say, one birthday I wasn’t sure we’d make in 2019 was actually a hatch anniversary. Mama Phoenix turned five in May.  We’ll see if she makes it to six-years-old.  She has certainly had quite the unusual year.

Mama Phoenix

6.  Friends.  These two make the strangest friends.  But they seem happy with each other’s company.

Sky and Bob

7. I Was Inspired.  This past year was certainly one that inspired me to try new things with knitting–hats, scarves, rugs, dishcloths, and all kinds of things.  It has been a lot of fun.  I do think my round rug that I knit with cored yarn from Maybeline is my favorite so far.

8. Spring Fever.  For me spring fever means spring break kidding.  Although, this last year, I was horribly sick while we were kidding, and it didn’t work out well.  Here’s to a better kidding for 2020.  Although, I am also celebrating having healthy kids.  The copper has made all the difference in the world.

Joani’s triplets: Peter Pan, Wendy, Tink

9. Travel or Vacation.  This one is hard.  I don’t travel or take vacation really.  My whole life on the farm is one giant staycation. Maybe I should try to leave the farm at least once next year.

10. Summer Days.  This year, my summer days seemed to be dominated by gardening and scooping manure.  That was a job that I was quite happy to have done.

Dahlia (with Aphrodite below)

11. A Day in My Life. The perfect day in my life is a day in pasture with the animals.

Penelope front (Pepe behind)

12. All Smiles.  I love when the goats smile.  It makes me smile too.

Zinnia

13.  Autumn Harvest.  Farming has been rough the last few years, but I am lucky with how my beans turned out this fall.  But it is the tomatoes that gave me a record harvest. I filled my pantry and gave away a ton of tomatoes and canned goods.

14.  Family or Home.  I did a lot of work on my home this year, but there’s still a lot more to come.  I have to say, I am enjoying the new windows this winter.

15. Celebrate.  One thing I got to celebrate late this month was paying off my garage!  It is all mine.  However, I refuse to call it a barn no matter what.  Even if there is a llama and a goat in it right now.

Haley, Wanda, Cinnamon, Bonnie, Blaze and Tony peeking over

16. Let’s Do It Again!  I had so much fun taking classes at C&M Acres that I plan to do more of them.

17. I Miss You.  Obviously, Snickers is at the top of my list for those I miss this year.  This image is from April.

Snickers Doodle McWhiner

18.  Beautiful.  I need to spend more time wandering with my camera this next year.  I enjoy all the natural beauty out there.

19.  Dress Up.  I am pretty pleased with how my llama coat turned out.  It’s probably not what dress up is supposed to be, but we haven’t played dress up for quite some time around here.  We might have to do that again this coming summer.

Tony

20.  Macro.  I didn’t actually do a lot of fun photography this year.  It was just too busy, but I was really thrilled to do the newborn shoot for my great-nephew, Grady.  I love the way this macro collage turned out.  I actually have it hanging on my wall.

21.  Holidays.  I’ve pretty much already decided this will be the image of my calendar next December (2021).

Penelope

22. My Favorite.  My favorite pasture birds are the bobolinks.  It really makes me happy that they nest back there, especially since our songbirds are in decline.

23.  Don’t Ever Change.  Well, everything changes, but if I could truly pick something not to change, it would be my beautiful farm.  I love the life I have here.

24.  Just Because…So There!  I can’t help it. Pluto is cute and sweet, and I do adore him.

Pluto

25. Hopes and Dreams.  I really do want to keep making soap and expand my artistic endeavors.  I think getting my soaps and a few other items in the store was a good start.

I guess we’ll see what happens in 2020.

Moms and Kids

16 Dec

I talk a lot about the amazing bonds the goats have with their family members.  When the kids grow up, they stay close to their moms and siblings.

Maggie and Margarita

Even when I have to separate them for a while to wean them, they get back together with their family groups quickly.

Mary and Bubbles

Marge and Cookie

That’s why it amazes me that Astra will have nothing to do with Moira.

Astra

I figured when Moira came back out with the herd, it might take a little bit, but they would form that family bond again.

Moira

Moira wants to be with her maa, but Astra has nothing to do with her.  I don’t know why she won’t.  It makes me sad.

Vintage or Everyday Use

16 Sep

The garden has been quite productive.  Last weekend (the 6th and 7th) I worked hard to can the tomatoes I picked on Labor Day.  I’ve been canning so much that I had to clean my pantry to make more room.

I’ve been canning tomatoes for a long time.  My mom canned before me, and her mom canned before her.  I have in my possession a lovely vintage food mill.  It is a Foley food mill.  I’m not sure how old it is for sure.  They began making them in 1926, and I’m guessing this one is from the 1940’s or 50’s.

I did find one at an antique store that I bought for myself, but the hooked leg was bent.  I went back to using the one from my mom, and eventually used the spring from the one I bought to replace the hand-me-down.

salsa and roasted tomato sauce in progress

Now that spring is starting to wear out, so I decided to try for a new one, even though I’ve finished most of my canning for the year.

Well, this one doesn’t work.  I couldn’t use it.  At all.

working on tomato juice after the sauce and salsa

I had to go back to the vintage one.  Sigh… If it really dies, I don’t know what I’ll do.  But that might be a problem for next year.  Last weekend I picked about eight five-gallon buckets.

I gave them away! So far this year I’ve canned 64 pints and 3 half-pints of tomato sauce; 17 1/2 pints of salsa; 8 quarts and 5 pints of tomato juice (with 2 1/2 gallon bags in the freezer to still can); and 5 quarts and 34 pints of cold-pack tomatoes.  I do still want to do a batch of relish and maybe more tomatoes if I get caught up with everything else.  We’ll see…

And someone asked me about a butter dish behind Sky in one photo (I didn’t forget–just busy).

Sky

Well, this is also passed down from my mother’s mother.  It was her favorite butter dish, and I remember her using it when I was little.

I do not use this one.  I’m pretty sure I’d break it because it’s glass.  It just gets to look pretty.