Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Friday, April 25, 2014

April 2014 Update

I think I have decided to do a once a month update since there simply is not much to write about on a regular basis. The garden is going ok. The cool weather greens have not done very well. With the extreme cool downs and warm ups it seems to have stunted the growth of many of them. Summer crops are going in the ground now, so hopefully they will do better. I am repairing the wattle fence in the garden this year, which makes good use of all those tree limbs and twigs from the fallen trees. We are still working on some small repairs here and there around the farm. Nothing really big or exciting. The rabbits are doing well and babies are hopping around like gangbusters. It is a good thing because it is looking like no goats are pregnant....not good at all. We have a replacement buck, but he has been really young this year. I think, however, that it is time to put Buck in the freezer. I am going to hate that. We have had him for so long and he is such a sweet boy. It will be really hard to do. I need pregnant or milking goats though...not a lot of pets. The house is under control and takes very little time as long as a little is done daily. I still have things I am getting rid of, but no major cleanouts. These are mostly things that I put aside to see if they would actually be used or needed and now that they haven't been it is time for them to go. I have cleaned out some schooling materials that I have hung onto, but didn't really need and we have moved past. We had a major water leak this past week. It took us several days to get it fixed. The leak was difficult to find (under a tree) and then we had to re-route the water line because of the tree. We took showers at my mom's house. All I can say is thank goodness for rain barrels to flush toilets. We managed, but I sure wouldn't want to haul water on a regular basis. There are many things that I enjoy doing the old fashioned way, but I really enjoy washing machines, dishwashers, air condition and a few other modern conveniences. As I said before the chickens are doing well and now two of them are sitting on nests. Hopefully we will have more hens than roosters this year. We got quite a few roosters last year. They make the absolute best broth though. The rains seem to have slowed down to a normal speed. Maybe the ground can dry up just a bit. It would be nice because the horse barn is a disaster. The more it rains the more we have to dig out the mud which makes the barn lower and lower and the more we try to build up the inside the more it rains and the more mud we have. I am glad the weather is nice now and the horses can go outside and be fed outside. The feed is still in the barn though and so are the rabbits. They are on concrete thank goodness otherwise we would have a mess. Well, I suppose that is about it for this month. Like I said things are pretty quiet and routine around here. Hope spring is going well for everyone out there. Blessings, Kat