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Too Hot to Fight

20 Sep

We were rather warm Saturday, but I thought I’d try letting Cutie out of the north paddock. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure I mentioned that I had her up there after weaning her girls because she was thin and needed some extra help.

Cutie up north with Perdita

I let her out when I fed the goats, and then I figured they’d head right back out to pasture.

Cutie is feeling better

Instead, I ended up with a brawl.

Cutie, Ava, and Caroline (all Sam babies)

Look at that face.  That is a face with a mission to fight.

I decided to put Cutie back up north because they would not leave her alone.

Ava ready for another round.

This explains why I can’t lead her daughter anywhere.  She apparently learned the drop down and just make her drag you technique from her maa.

Caroline was actually a bit helpful at this point.  She bit Cutie’s butt and pulled some fur out which made her get up…for a minute.

Seriously.  I finally got Cutie back up north, but look at how hot and exhausted she is.

The other two still wanted to come fight.  They stood on the other side of the fence to harass her.

Caroline, Ava, and Cutie

Of course, they were panting the whole time.

Don’t look at me like that. I told you it was too hot to be fighting.

I don’t know why on earth the thought they had to fight in this heat, but it’s just too dang hot for that.

Milk and Tomatoes

12 Aug

My tomatoes seem to be ready a bit earlier than a lot of other people’s this year.  It’s probably because I got mine in just before  a week of rain and cool temperatures. It didn’t work out well for my seeds–many rotted, but it was just fine for the tomatoes.

I’m canning.  I’ve done cold pack tomatoes.  I’ve done a bit of roasted tomatoes.

I’ve done taco sauce.

While I have tomatoes ripening on my desk, I am doing things with my milk.

 

I haven’t had the energy to add Cutie to the lineup, so it’s still just my four girls.  I can barely keep up with what milk I’m getting. And Pretzel cracks me up.  Sometimes, she comes up from pasture with my milking girls because she knows it’s bottle time.  Of course, by the time I get my milk filtered, in the refrigerator, and her bottle made, she’s also gone back out to pasture with them, so I have to deliver it.  But, hey, it’s a good sign when I want to train her for milking.

Astra, Caroline and Pretzel, and Joy  (Ava was following behind)

I have done a lot of mozzarella cheese.

before it even looks like Mozzarella

I have been making soap.

Top to bottom: tea tree, Tahitian vanilla, lightly lavender, cornmeal scrubbing with tea tree, and black amber and lavender

I’m trying to get as much done as possible before I go back to work. All I’m doing is milk and tomatoes.

With a side of zucchini.

I am freezing it as zucchini patties for the winter.  I also did some homemade frozen pizzas that were broccoli and zucchini.

At least I have help with the zucchini if I need it.

Sky

What a good dog.

Just Stuff

3 Jun

Haley in the greenhouse. She continues to improve.  Hopefully, I can move her up north soon.

Haley

I was a bit surprised when Bob and Rocky were willing to share my bed.  Bob does not do well with other cats.

Bob and Rocky

My silly Maybeline.

Maybeline

Aurora is demanding to be given extra feed.  I try.  Any time I can get it to her without the other llamas or goats attacking us, she gets it.  She really isn’t as thin as she looks.  It’s her skin colors and the shadows and textures from being sheared that makes her look that thin.  She does need to pick up a little weight, but she isn’t that bad for this time of year.

Yes, I keep her feed in the milk room.

I am ready for fresh goat milk, but I just can’t seem to get myself motivated to milk in the morning before teaching early morning classes (I have to be to work at 7:30 am).  But, I’ll be done teaching next week.

Astra feeding Perdita

I’m not so sure Perdita will like this.

Perdita sleeping against her maa

I also need to milk Ava, Cutie, and Joy, but I’m pretty sure I need to work into milking that many goats. My hands need to get their strength built back up.

Ava with one of her triplets, Geo

So it might be not quite such a bad thing that those nasty ganders were so mean.  Right now, with the little honkers, they are pretty safe.  As soon as the geese got past her, Zinnia was quick to get away from them.  Those little ones are pretty safe because they have such mean parents.

Geese squawking through the barn.

Dolly might have to be restricted in the milk room.  She’s almost getting fat.

Dolly and Pluto

I’m not sure that’s a bad thing at her age.