Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday #14

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Every week I hope to share something I am thankful for.

This week I'm thankful for safety features! I've been on the interstate a lot the last few days and thanks to the car's early warning, I was able to stay safe.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Whirlwind of a Week

I think my head is still spinning! Last week was one of those where several projects got marked off the to-do list. DH was home for most of the week and we worked from sunrise to well past sunset every darned day!

 He replaced the shingle roof on the shed that was damaged in the storm with an all new metal one. That project took the better part of two days. Part of the time we spent searching for the missing nail gun that had mysteriously found a resting spot under an installed sheet of metal. We'll just keep that little bit of the story between us, though.

I had been unable to mow yet this year thanks to the mowers needing repaired. The yard was so tall! Thankfully DH got all the mowers running in good shape. It took us both working at it to knock the jungle down!

Then he replaced a rotten wall and floor in our old camper. I was super excited about that! We had been holding on to that camper for a couple years after it got too bad to use, waiting for "someday" to fix it. As with most of those types of projects, I was beginning to think "someday" was never going to actually get here. But a whole day and a half of solid work appeared out of nowhere- SURPRISE, Hoosier Girl!

 We also got the garden spot prepared and some plants in the dirt. That was a relief to me! I can add more plants and seeds as I get them but the initial work is always a little overwhelming. DH got it done like a pro in an afternoon!

So, now do you think we can sit back and relax? Well, no. DH has returned to the paying job. I imagine he's probably glad to get a break, There's critters to be taken care of and the grass keeps growing here. Each day brings a new challenge of some sort. But it's nice to look back and see the progress we made!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday #13

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Every week I hope to share something I am thankful for.

This week I'm thankful for the promises that come with Spring...

....and that joy comes in the morning!

Happy Easter!

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Pace Picks Up

Well, it's time to get busy. I don't know why I get shocked at how fast the pace picks up in the springtime. Every little corner of our little place has something going on- and the middle is bustling with activity!

The yard has done it's annual growth spurt and it has, once again, timed it to overgrow at exactly the time we realize the mower needs a new battery. Hopefully DH gets that taken care of this week because I do not like watching for snakes every time I take a step!
One of the apple trees is blooming nicely while the other one is just kinda meh. It was kinda meh last year, too. It needs a good pruning.

The blueberries seemed to have survived the late frosts! I am very surprised because they were totally bloomed out when it got so cold.

Goat kids are bouncing everywhere now. I'm surprised the neighbors haven't complained about the racket. I'm working on getting them to trust me and hopefully lead training soon.

Two baby bunnies arrived this past week. The other doe also kindled but had no survivors. This was supposed to be her third strike but I am giving her one more chance because there has been such a long gap in her breeding schedule. The sex change fairy visited my replacement doe so I now have an extra buck and an old doe that needs to be retired!

Seedlings are overflowing my basement shelves! I want so desperately to take them outside. But the garden isn't ready and we have a couple more weeks before we're safe from the occasional frost.

The chicken coop is lively with peeps chirping. Sometime this week will be spring cleaning in there. I dread it but always love it when it's finished!

My house could use a good spring cleaning also. But right now I'm swimming in milk, training goat kids, and dodging snakes. Maybe next week....

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thankful Thursday #12

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Every week I hope to share something I am thankful for.

This week I'm thankful for peeps! (Not the sugary, marshmallowy ones that are overflowing the Easter aisles right now.)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Stormy Spring Days

What do you do when it's dark-ish and dreary-ish in the middle of the day? When it's too windy to open the windows and too muggy to keep them closed? When there's a threat of rain and lightning outside and you don't want to start anything inside that will require electricity to finish?

I think I have mastered the window "crack" method. It's almost exactly at the 2 6/7 inch mark. There is just enough cool air coming in without blowing the junk mail off the coffee table and swirling out my lit candle. But if it was another fraction of an inch higher or lower, there would be chaos. 

I got my storm prep out of the way this morning while I was doing the critter chores. But when I came inside from milking, I realized there was too much milk stockpiled in the fridge. I really wanted to try making a new kind of cheese but that's not something I would attempt with the possibility of the lights going out. So I started a batch of yogurt instead. Hopefully it will be finished incubating and into the fridge before I need to worry about keeping the door shut!

Right now all my electronic devices are on their chargers. So if that bad storm develops you can find me in the basement with my trusty fm radio- switching between weather updates and whatever music station will come in. Until then, I'm catching up on housework. Who wants to be caught in a thunderstorm with dusty floors? That would be worse than needing an ambulance when you haven't got on "good" underwear!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ricotta Cheese

This morning I've been busy learning a new-to-me way to make ricotta cheese. Traditionally it's made with whey left over from making another type of cheese. This way uses whole goats milk. It was easy, quick, and turned out quite yummy. And my chickens, along with a few sneaky cats, got to dine on fresh whey for breakfast. That's one of their favorite treats!

Last week I started fasting from breakfast but I did sneak a small taste to make sure it turned out ok. Now I'm on the countdown to lunch so I can have a nice portion! I'm going to mix it into scrambled eggs with mushrooms and a mini sweet pepper. How do you like to use ricotta?