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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…

Odds and Ends

23 Feb

Well, there isn’t much blog worthy going on.  It’s just the same old same old…  I am still hauling water because the hydrant hasn’t thawed.

Myson getting a drink

I’m still picking up trash and filling the dumpster.  I swear I’ve thrown out twenty years of my teaching career, which has been hard.

Cutie. Apparently, I still have more twine to pick up.

There’s milking.  I’m not sure how much longer that will last because of the schedule they  are making me follow during parent-teacher conferences.

Joy

Zinnia

I’m still working hard to get Aurora her extra food.  We are so close to the end of winter, but I’m still afraid to be optimistic about everyone making it through.

Aurora

I need Daylight Savings Time and spring break and warm weather and green grass and most of all, I need summer break from the off-farm job.

Slowing the Flow

6 Feb

My freezer is full.  I have no time to keep making gallons of yogurt.  I certainly don’t need to drink kahlua and goat milk every evening (but it’s sooooo good).

Zinnia

That means, I’ve switched to just once a day milking.

She still thinks she should be getting breakfast.

I hasn’t seemed to slow Zinnia down too much yet.  It’s taking four milkings instead of three to get half a gallon.

Joy is still getting milked too.

Joy

But I really don’t want to be milking twice a day when I am doing around the clock kidding checks.  Milking once will be a big enough challenge.

So I need to slow things down and I’m probably going to take a break for a while by the end of the month.