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Milking

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.

The New Yogurt Maker

29 Dec

Well, after I cracked my crock pot making yogurt, I decided I shouldn’t do that again, so I had to decide what to do.  I used to have a little yogurt maker, but it died after fifteen years or so.  I decided to step into the 21st century.  I got an Instant Pot with a yogurt setting.

I was really pleased to find out it also has a setting to pasteurize the milk, so I don’t have to do that on the stove top in a double boiler.

It made the process super easy and way less cleanup. It’s big enough to hold the entire gallon. I think this was a good option.  It can also be used as a slow cooker (to replace the one I broke). And I won’t break it by plunging the stainless steel pot into a sink of cold water!

Now I’m back to making yogurt to force on my family.

Our First Real Snow of the Year

11 Dec

Friday morning dawned beautiful with a pink sunrise.  (This is the view out of my classroom window–the gym is called the “Round House”)

By the time I got home, the rain had arrived.  The goats were trying for a last little bit of eating, but there was a drizzle and fog setting in.

Overnight it changed into snow.

Sky

Why, yes, it is still pitch black out when I go out to milk right now.

Zinnia headed back to the barn after getting milked.

By the time daylight broke, the clouds were gone and the sun was shining.

Coral in the Love Shack

There was a quick bit of ice as it changed from rain to snow.

It’s hard to see the sparkle of the ice in the tree tops.

The llamas were first to venture out to pasture.

Maybeline, Aurora, and Odie

It didn’t take long for the goats to come out too.

Xerxes coming out

The herd

I am so grateful the storm we had was just a mild snow.  My heart goes out to those who suffered such devastation from this system.