April 30, 2009
April 27, 2009
I call this buckling "WhatWhat" because he is already chasing all the other kids around, clucking at them and acting like a little buck. When he does this it sounds like he is saying "whatwhat".
April 23, 2009
April 22, 2009
These two Boer kids are having a good time playing on the tree limbs. The two larger goats behind them are the yearlings "Cherry" and "Blackberry". (You have to look close to see Blackberry after the sun goes down like this.)
For this tag I'm supposed to post the 6th picture in the 6th photo folder in my photos.
This is a picture of one of the two ponds on the farm. On the other side of the pond, standing at the edge of the water is one of our livestock guardian dogs. This picture was taken the end of March, so the grass was finally starting to green up but there wasn't any leaves on the trees yet.
I also recently got tagged by Alix at Casa Hice to post the meme of 8. I don't think my answers will be as interesting as hers but here it goes anyway.
8 Things I’m Looking Forward To
1. Getting the vegetable garden really going.
2. Getting out of debt.
3. Being an aunt in July!
4. Moving out of the mobile home and into the farm house.
6. The economy turning around.
7. The last spring due does kidding.
8. A better job than I have had in the past.
8 Things I Did Yesterday
1. Tried to take some pictures of the goat kids.
2. Planted some gourds.
3. Planted some flower seeds.
4. A lot of laundry.
5. Called ABGA to get a couple questions answered.
7. Cleaned up backyard.
8. Talked to my mom.
8 Things I Wish I Could Do
1. Win the lottery!
2. Build a really nice milking parlor to milk the goats in.
3. Make everyone happy.
4. Fix the lawnmower.
5. Always know the right thing to say.
6. Speak a second language.
7. Train all the goats to wait patiently then line up politely for their grain with no fuss.
8. Be able to know the outcome of all decisions ahead of time.
8 Shows I Watch (I do not watch a lot of TV and we no longer have cable so this was difficult.)
1. Hell's Kitchen (online)Now I'm supposed to tag 8 other people, but I just couldn't narrow it down so if you are reading this and you think it is fun, do it in your blog, too!
2. Rescue Me (when we had t.v)
3. Trading Spouses (when we had t.v.)
4. Almost anything on the Discovery Channel.
I know this isn't 8 but I just couldn't think of that many.
April 19, 2009
Almost as good as the "Goats in the pasture" song.
April 18, 2009
April 17, 2009
I knew that the last time a snake found it's way into the house that Lily the cat looked guilty, but the evidence was circumstantial so she didn't even get a slap on the paw. Some time had passed but I knew she couldn't stay on the straight and narrow for long. Lily is getting more brazen and the snakes are getting bigger, but this time she was caught in the act. She was spotted carrying this harmless but rather annoyed racer snake in the house from her secret cat door under the bathroom cabinet she doesn't think I know about. I let her have her secret because she stopped leaving any stinky little treasures in the litter box for me to scoop up and dispose of. Litter box duty is at the top of my least favorite chore list. Horse poop, cow poop, goat poop, none of it bothers me a bit. I rather enjoy that type of work, but cat poop just stinks. Give me a barn to clean out over a litter box any day.
She dropped the snake on the living room floor and then had the nerve to act like I was the criminal when I took it away from her. I can understand, she probably worked hard for that scaly souvenir but I have to draw the line somewhere and a snake murder on my living room floor is a pretty good place to draw a line. Actually Lily is no killer but she is a habitual kidnapper. She catches them and brings them home to smack around and torture, but usually lets them go alive in my house, both snakes and mice alike. I would respect her more if she just killed them quickly, especially the mice! The last snake escaped Lily without injury, but this one wasn't as lucky. He had a couple small puncture wounds but they were down pretty far on his body so hopefully he will be OK. No wonder he looked so ticked off.
I asked my snake wrangling partner Jamey to hold him so I could take some pictures then we let him go. I regret that I didn't think to put some tamed iodine or something on the puncture wounds before we released him, but it didn't occur to me until afterward. This snake was taken further from the house and released at the woods across the road, so hopefully Lily won't find him again. That poor snake has been traumatized enough. There is no need for a trial, Lily is as guilty as they come. The punishment...her secret cat door is getting patched over. Now she will have to beg to be let in and out again and it looks like I will be back to cleaning out the litter box. Just beautiful. So I guess it is really a punishment for both of us.
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April 13, 2009
The doeling came very quickly, in fact Dym was just checked and before I got back out there with the kidding box she had already had her. Notice the dot of color on her back? I guess that is going to be Joker's mark, because not only does he have a spot on his back like that but so far he has passed it on to almost all of his kids. The buckling took a little bit longer and was presented incorrectly with one front leg back. All I saw was one big head and one leg coming out but with a little bit of help Dym's buckling was born too. It is possible she may have been able to have him herself anyway like that but it certainly made things a lot easier on her and increased the kid's chance of survival that I was there.
This is the reason I do like to be there when they kid, it is rare that one is not positioned right but it can happen. The one I never want to see is a kid with it's head folded back, as that is one of the hardest types of births to straighten out because their head often tends to keep folding back over whenever you let go to pull and obviously it can not be born like that. This is one of the few cases when a lamb puller can come in handy. Just a note, if you ever have to "go in" to reposition a kid the doe will need antibiotics to prevent infection.
Speaking of chickens, I bet GAFarmWoman's chickens would have loved to been at my house last night! After a heavy, steady rain all evening I tromped through standing water and walked up to the back porch to see this.
Earthworms! Lots of earthworms climbing up the side of our mobile home to escape the mighty flood of ankle deep proportions no doubt. "Get to the roof!" they were probably yelling to each other..if in fact earthworms could yell. Then I looked at the flooded backyard through the still falling rain and wondered if they knew something I didn't.
The sun is peeking through the clouds today. I hope the earthworms can crawl down as well as they crawled up, otherwise there is no doubt several dozen baking earthworms on my roof right now. If my ladder was taller maybe I could save them but alas, I am too vertically challenged to reach; as ineffective as FEMA. Afraid you are on your own earthworms, watch out for the birds.
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April 12, 2009
Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans. According to the National Confectioner's Association, Americans consumed seven billion pounds of candy on Easter in 2001. Only Halloween sees Americans eating more candy!
Each Easter season, Americans buy more than 600 million Marshmallow Peeps. Yellow peeps is the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue and white.
- In the early 1950's it took 27 hours to make one Peeps chick, today it takes 6 minutes.
In all, 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter every year. Of those chocolate bunny chomping Americans, 76% eat the ears first, 5% start at the feet, while 4% favored the tail first. So what part of the chocolate Easter bunny do you eat first and what does that say about you? Have you taken the chocolate bunny test?
2. I have decorated a lot of Easter eggs, but I have never had a tie-dyed one! Allfreecrafts.com tells you how to make them.
3. This would be a fun craft to do with children, a fluffy lamb pencil holder. Hey that is pretty cute, I wonder if I can make one that looks like a goat? (You didn't think I could get through one whole post without talking about goats did you?)
Speaking of goats, Dym the Nubian still has almost 7 hours to have her kids on Easter this year. Today is her 150 day due date. The farm has never had a goat have kids on a holiday before, come on Dym! Don't you want your kids to have cute Easter names this year?
Sources for candy facts:
April 11, 2009
1/2 lb. pork sausage
1 pkg Jiffy cornbread mix
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup cream style corn
5 tamed jalapeno rings chopped
3 green onions, chopped
8 oz pkg shredded cheddar cheese
Brown and drain sausage. In a large bowl blend next four ingredients. Add the sausage, jalapeno and green onions. Blend well. Fold in cheese. Spoon mixture into a greased 9x9 baking dish. Bake @ 350 for 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Top with Velveeta cheese dip.
Velveeta Cheese Dip
1 lb Velveeta.
1 small can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles.
Cube Velveeta, put in microwaveable bowl and add Rotel. Heat in microwave until melted, stirring every 3 minutes.
April 09, 2009
The goat kids are growing up fast. They look good this year and unlike the tomatoes... no love / hate relationship here! The pregnant does were due in two waves this year. The first half is over and the rest of the herd is due from now until the last week of April. The kids bounce around so much it is difficult to get decent pictures of them sometimes. I got this one at night when I caught a few of them sleeping on the overturned ramp to the milk stand.
In other news I have decided to try and get with the times and see what all this fuss about Twitter is. So if anyone would like to follow me on Twitter you can check out the sidebar of this blog and my user name is "ShilohPrairie" there. I am new to it and still figuring things out. Gosh I sound 72, not 32...shoot I mean...33, yea I tried to forget that birthday!
Edited to add: I am starting to realize today that my life might be entirely way too boring for twitter. LOL I also have a facebook page under the name Jennifer Fulton.
April 07, 2009
April 06, 2009
Trouble is not the only doe that has kidded the last week or so. There is now 15 new baby goats on the farm. So far it has definitely been a doe year here. The count right now is 12 doelings to only 3 bucklings. We are going to have to paint the barn pink!
April 01, 2009
I did get a bit of a late start though. There is some good, dark compost on the farm just waiting to be scooped up to start seeds in but this year because I was
And here are those same seeds today! The 4 types of tomatoes and birdhouse gourds are sprouting. Still no sign of the eggplants or peppers though, but hopefully they will be along shortly. I hope they grow fast because I can't wait to get them out in the garden!