Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
This is what my kitchen looked like at 5 pm today.
Just a few notes here to catch up.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Ooops. Apparently, I had a big misunderstanding with my next door neighbor. She's the elderly lady with such lovely fruit trees, and early in the spring I left a dozen eggs on her porch with a note asking if I could trade her eggs all season in exchange for "fruit off her trees in season." She called me on the phone and said that sounded like a nice idea. I've been leaving a dozen eggs on her porch every week since, probably up to about twelve dozen eggs by now.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I've been making lots of Queso Fresco lately, and it really is quite delicious. Not right at first; it has a sourness while it is extremely fresh that I don't like. But after a couple of days curing in salt in the fridge, it becomes something really good.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Farmy types will recognize this large white piece of plastic as a calf-hutch. It's eight feet in diameter, has built in feeders and waterers, and calves on commercial dairies are kept chained inside day and night. The feeders are made to fit across the opening, because the calves never come out, so why leave a space? It's appalling, I know.
Took Clove to the vet this morning, and he said he very much doubts the lumps are CL-related. Just not in the right spot, no lymph nodes nearby. However he did aspirate with a very fine needle (another clue it probably isn't CL - the pus inside a CL abscess is usually thick and chalky, not thin enough to aspirate with a fine needle.) and we will have definitive results in 48 hours.
I don't want to jump to any conclusions, but Clove (the buckling we intended for our own personal table this year) has two small, suspicious looking lumps on his shoulders, in the place that would be called his withers if he were a horse. They are hard, non-mobile, and apparently tender.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Four dozen eggs and a half pound of cheese to Veggie Man in exchange for 3 1/2 pounds of Bing cherries, three pounds of snap peas, a bunch of carrots, and three zucchini. Also, the Kale Fairy is loading me down with greens this week, because she's going out of town, so I get all the stuff she would give me anyway, plus all the stuff she would ordinarily take home to eat herself.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This is one of those "it turned out so good I have to get the recipe down" things. The other night, Homero came home with a pound of fresh in the shell pretty-big shrimp (I hate saying "jumbo shrimp," and they weren't prawns). He wanted a coctel de camarones - a mexican shrimp cocktail.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
All adults wormed with Panacur 6/14. Will move to smallest pasture tomorrow - when Homero finishes fixing the fence.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Apparently, I'm a "curd nerd."
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Well I finally girded up my loins and attempted a new kind of cheese.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
1. Raise a pig.
This picture of me and Clove is a couple of weeks old. Don't we look happy? Back then, I didn't know that Clove would be food. I thought we would sell him as a buck. But then Flopsy had her baby, Storm Cloud, a buck who is a thousand times cuter. Storm Cloud will be sold as a buck, and Clove becomes just a surplus male.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I had to leave in the middle of the last post for church. Home now. Okay, as much for my own records (my blog is my farm record, hah!) here is what I'm doing for Xana and how she is responding so far.
I've been quiet here for a few days, because I've been dealing with another goat health crisis. Xanadu, my obnoxious LaMancha and the mother of twins Sandy and Tutu, suddenly became very ill. It was odd. One day I said "hmm, Xana's losing weight. Must be because she's at peak lactation, I'll up her grain a little." The next day, I said to myself, "what's that weird, dark mask on her face? Her whole face has changed color. And she's even thinner. Something odd is going on. I'll have to research that." Next morning, "Oh my God!"
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Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I can't keep Storm Cloud. He is the most beautiful goat on the face of the earth, but I can't. Bucks are just too troublesome. Even if I could use him to service all my does, which I can't, he still wouldn't be worth the trouble.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I really want to keep the adorable new baby goat, who is now named Storm Cloud (Cloudy for short). I am trying six ways from sunday to justify it. If I had my own herd sire, I'd save $50 to $200 per year, depending on how many does I'm breeding. And I've always wanted spotty goats. Iris is from lovely spotty goat lines, but this baby is the first evidence that truly spectacular spots are possible in my herd.