Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Recent developments -
- The turkeys are processed and ready for pickup. In light of the way they were getting picked off (Predator Problems (Facebook Farmers)), I decided they would be safer in the freezer than in the barnyard. Last year, there was a local guy who processed them for $10 a bird, but he has gone out of business and nobody has replaced him. Luckily, a neighbor of mine belongs to a co-op that rents out the equipment, and she was kind enough to host a processing party. Homero and Rowan went (I was in Seattle with the girls at a gymnastics meet) and the turkeys look great. We haven't weighed them yet but my arm says about 15-18 pounds each. They are all sold already at $4/lb, so that makes back our expenses even without thew two the coyotes ate. A success.
- All animals are in the sacrifice area. A little late in the year, but finally all the hooves are off the big pasture. I was worried about whether or not the ponies would share their shelter with the heifer, but it looks like they have grudgingly decided to do so. The goats - only 4 of them right now - sleep in the calf hutch.
- Breeding season is in full swing. I think my ladies are all pregnant - probably including Ba,bi, the bevy - but I'm not sure. Haboob the buck has been in with them for the last six weeks and I've seen him doing his duty - or trying to. The does don't seem to like him much (probably because he is so small) and he spends a lot of time chasing them and taking flying leaps. But I definitely saw him close the deal with Iris. Last week we sent him off to a neighbor's farm in exchange for a lovely basket of farm produce. Here's hoping her does like him better than mine do.
- The work in the crawlspace (It Never Rains But it Pours (When is Enough Enough?)) is just about done. Homero, with Rowan's help, did about half the actual work, saving us lots of money. However, in the course of events, about half the ductwork got removed and needed to be replaced and we had spent literally our last dollar paying the workmen. We had to wait for payday to buy new ducts, not to mention propane, and in the meantime the weather took a turn for the seriously cold. For about 10 days we had to huddle in one room at night with the space heater. But all's well that ends well - now I can be relatively certain that my house isn't going to sink into the ground or go sliding down the hill anytime soon.
More later - getting dinner on the table.
Posted by Aimee at 4:54 PM
Friday, November 7, 2014
Mr. Joosten > > this letter is inform you that we have filed a complaint with the > Whatcom Sheriff regarding the threats you made to my husband on the > phone yesterday. You are on record. Frankly we are both shocked by > your bigoted, offensive, and bullying behavior. The idea that you > would "sic immigration" on a client whom you believe to be > vulnerable and without recourse rather than address that person's > complaints speaks volumes both to your business integrity and to > your personal character. I invite you to reflect on your actions. > > I still willing to talk with you about how we can come to an > agreement regarding the damage done by your poor work. Please feel > free to call me directly at 206-xxx-xxxx (I doubt my husband is > interested in speaking with you). However, don't call if you want to > shout at me or insult me or otherwise harass me: only to calmly > discuss resolving the professional issue. > > If you do not choose to resolve this privately in a very short time > frame, we will relunctantly be forced to contact our attorney. Be > aware that if we do so, your racially charged language will become > part of a racial discrimination suit. If that is the case, we will > also be contacting all relevant offices that regulate fair business > practices in Washington, such as the department of licensing and the > Attorney General's office. > > Sincerely, > > E.D.
Posted by Aimee at 1:49 PM