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While I Was Sick

12 Mar

I really didn’t do anything last week while I was sick.  I tried to be good. Salem enjoyed me being home.  I think he was permanently attached to my lap/shoulder.

Salem and me from a couple of weeks ago

However, when Salem wasn’t on my shoulder, he suddenly noticed the ice cream buckets of little potatoes I didn’t use from last year’s garden.  They have become his new favorite toy.  At the rate he’s going, I won’t have any left to plant in this year’s garden.

I spent most of my time sleeping or doing data entry at the dining room table.  I am pleased to say that after way too many years, I finally have all of my family tree on Ancestry.com.  I never want to type this out again because this is the third time I’ve had to type the information in all four of those binders.

Another thing that happened while I was sick was I quit milking.  Zinnia was drying up after our disruption to the schedule, so I decided it was time to quit.  The girls were not so happy about it, and I felt guilty not going out to let them in to eat, but I just wasn’t getting enough milk and I just didn’t feel like it.

Joy and Zinnia (Tansy to the right)

My nephew was kind enough to come help with chores a couple of days.  It was so easy to put that hay out when they were petrified of him and they ran away.  At one time, all the goats were on the other side of the barnyard except Popcorn.  He was happily munching with nobody pushing him out of the way.

Popcorn and Flora in pasture last weekend (because I haven’t touched my camera while sick)

I guess that’s the benefit of being a bottle baby who isn’t afraid of anyone.  I really am feeling better, but I just can’t seem to clear the last of it out of my lungs.  I’m afraid there’s going to be another call to the doctor for something stronger.  Sigh…

Lemuel, Glover, and a Plan

28 Sep

Lemuel is still up north where he can’t get stuck; he’s also doing quite well after being wormed and getting some copper.

Lemuel Goodberry

Glover has always been good, and looking at how bulky he is, it’s easy to see why I didn’t think I was ever going to get him out of Joani.

Glover Osboer right before he left the farm.

I don’t think I’ve ever shared where these two names come from.  They are family names.  In fact, I just had a cousin give me some old family photos, and it included this one of my second great-grandparents.  His dad was Lemuel, and his dad was Glover.  That Glover was named after his step-father.  Seriously.

Glover Perin (1839 – 1914) and Jane Barbee Perin (1838 – 1922)

Anyhow, with the boys having family names and receiving these pictures, and driving past the farm where my grandpa grew up with the detour to the sale barn,

and a blogging friend who stopped in to visit moving to a town where my mother’s family came from, mom and I really became nostalgic for the good old days of taking genealogy trips.

John and Patty (Books, Cooks, and Looks) with Myson

That means, we are planning a road trip for next summer.  I have to rethink my kidding and milking plans to accommodate the trip and con people into helping take care of the animals, but I really hope we can make it happen.  I’ve been back to doing research on the Internet, and I found a cemetery that I’m related to most of the residents going back to 1658.  I’m excited!

Another Random Day

8 Nov

Even though Nancy at A Rural Journal isn’t officially doing a linky for Random 5 Friday, she’s invited us to continue playing along. I look forward to these Friday posts, so I guess I’ll continue.

leaves in pasture

1.  With the early dark, I have more time in the house. Instead of cleaning, one of the projects I’m currently working on is transferring the 20,000+ names and dates in my genealogy program from my very first computer, a Macintosh LCII (upgraded to an LC III), which I bought way back in 1993 to the Internet at Ancestry.com.


2.  We’ve had a couple of days of rain this week.  Finally, there’s water in the Back Forty again.  It’s not much, but it’s enough to say there’s water.

water in pasture

3.  Another winter project I’ve been thinking about is making candles.  I used to make them for the farmer’s market years ago, and it’s something I’d like to do again.  It’s been way too long.



4.  I got what I hope is my final order of soap-making supplies for the year.  Well, I guess if I place another order because I sell out of my soaps, that would be okay.  It’s just the ones I plan to make this weekend, are about the last ones that will be ready for the Christmas sales.


5.  I don’t think I’ve mentioned here, but I’m planning on selling Boeris.  I bought him to bring new blood in and hope to end having a fatal birth defect.  I’m very grateful that both he and Fionn seem to be free from the defect.  Sadly, they both throw kids with entropion eyes.  I only have a couple of girls that Fionn can’t breed, so after we’re done breeding this year, I’ll sell him.  We’ll see if I get another before next year or maybe keep a young buck to breed those couple of girls.

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