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The End of Summer

19 Aug

I’ve said it before:  the end of summer–from the first of August until the true start of fall– is my least favorite time of year.  It’s when the grass is getting eaten down and the risk of worms in the goats increase.

Margarita

There’s still green everywhere, and I still have to try to keep the yard mowed, and it’s also the busiest time for trying to put up the produce.

plums

This past week, I canned my first batch of roasted tomato sauce.  I still have several batches of sauce to do and some cold packed tomatoes also.

I’ve begun milking in earnest now, and I’m getting about six quarts of milk each day, so I’m working hard to make sure it all gets processed into yummy foods.

draining feta cheese

I’m also working on getting enough frozen for next year’s kids.

Anubus

It’s very easily the busiest time of year for me on the farm (with the exception of the crazy week of spring break babies), and I enjoy so many of the things going on (except the worms).  Then, in the middle of it all, I have to go back to teaching.

I’m not ready.  I’m never ready to leave everyone and go back to a full-time off-farm job, but after twenty-five years of teaching, it gets harder and harder.  As the herd grows older, it seems like I’m constantly evaluating who I can’t leave home all day, and do I need to have someone euthanized because of their risk of falling and getting stuck down.  I don’t have anyone at that point this year (thankful for that).

Vixen

I’m trying to figure out how I will get everyone their supplemental feeding when I’m going to be gone all day because I’m still building Aurora up and giving extra care to some of the goats struggling with the lack of copper.

Aurora

There’s so much to be done, and it’s hard enough to get it accomplished when I’m here all day.

And my dog and I are going to have a hard time being separated from each other for the whole day.  He’s been glued to my side (or sitting by the gate) the entire summer.

Sky

If my posts become shorter, you’ll know it’s because I’m frantically trying to get everything done and I’m back to work too, wishing I were home.

Friday’s Hunt v4.15

13 Oct

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt. I want to thank everyone who joined in last week. I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

We are working on round four! It’s hard to believe. I did make a slight change. It will still go through the alphabet for the first prompt, but there are two other prompts that will change each week. As always, you can choose to do one or all. If you enjoy the week’s favorite, by all means continue to add that. If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week the topics will be: Starts with P, surprise, and looking up. I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top. I am crazy busy with work off the farm and everything on the farm right now, but I will try to make sure to visit all participants.  I have to say, the change to my teaching assignment this year is really killing me.  Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with O:  I am still waiting on Odie (and Maybeline) to have her offspring.

City/Town:  Just when I need sunshine and dry weather, the drought has disappeared, and I’m gone at work all day with rain at home.  We’re also about ten degrees cooler than usual for this time of year.  That is not the weather I ordered for Odie to have her baby.

Outside my classroom window today.

Purple:  I think Margarita has earned a purple heart with her battle against the coyote.  She’s holding her own at the hospital.  They are going to keep her through the weekend to make sure she stays hydrated.

Tequilla, Maggie, and Margarita

Now it’s your turn!

No Rest for the Weary

20 Aug

The last few days have been crazy.  I seem to say that a lot, but it’s true.  I started back to work on Thursday on the second floor of an un-airconditioned brick building when we had a 100*F (37.78*C) heat index.  Just to make it more fun, I got to work an extra two hours too.  In good news, a co-worker did give me some tomatoes.  That’s good since my weeder geese mistook my tomatoes for weeds.

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Between what I’ve bought at the farmer’s market and what people have gifted me, I’ve been able to start some canning.  I would like to do one more batch of roasted tomato sauce.  Then I need to start on just cold-packed tomatoes.

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Friday was a busy day at home (non-mandatory work day.  Too hot to go to that building).  We are still painting and varnishing and doing all kinds of stuff in the garage.  I’m hoping to get a lot of this stuff finished on Sunday before I am back to work full time on Monday.

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In addition, I’m still making things like hand pies to sell at the pumpkin patch.  I did finish the last of my jams and jellies right before going back to work.

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I had the farmer’s market Friday night.

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It was a race to get home before the storms arrived.  You’ll notice the hay did get baled!  I got to get Gomez’s head unstuck from the fence.  Then, I managed to finish milking just before the rain got here.  Now that I’m only milking once a day, my girls aren’t giving me as much milk, but it’s still quite a lot.

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Today, I made mozzarella cheese since I have so much extra milk.  My mom has been making some too.  In between everything else, I keep making phone calls for the pumpkin patch to try and get food vendors, advertising, and I bought a big popcorn popper!