Monday, May 15, 2017

Store Bought Hay

Once again, we've got a shed full of moldy hay. This time, I believe, it was moldy when we got it. You have to break into the middle of the bales to see the heaviest damage. The outer flakes have mold but it's very difficult to see in the low lighting of the storage shed. My poor goats and rabbits!  I didn't realize there was a problem until they had refused to eat the hay for a few days in a row. Because goats, as we know, are very picky and I assumed they were just protesting the new hay. And the rabbits were just spreading it all over the cage floors instead of eating it! I'm so glad they were smart enough to skip the moldy buffet and stick to their pellets for food!

While DH is out of town it won't do me any good to even look for another hay source. I can't load or unload it. So my only option is to grab a bale at the local farm store (where a nice store employee will load it for me.) Ugh. I do not like store bought hay. It's from the same company that produces the lovely alfalfa and timothy pellets we get -and love. But the hay? Not so much. This hay claims to be alfalfa but who knows? It's an eerie-almost imitation looking- green color, compressed into crumbly, dusty bits.

The goats want (and I prefer to feed them) grass hay and the rabbits don't need the alfalfa either. So while I will give the goats this as a last resort for long fiber, I will also be trimming trees to toss into their pen. Hopefully that will reduce the amount of alfalfa they will be eating. The rabbits won't be getting any hay. Instead they will get extra yard goodies- plantain, dandelion, clover, violets, etc....

So, while none of us are going to be happy for a while, everyone will be fed. And even though I don't like to use store bought hay, I'm glad that it's there for times like these!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Let's Catch Up

I haven't seen you in forever, what have you been up to? That's a phrase I use or hear many times when I run into someone I haven't seen in a while. I feel that way about blogging right now. There's so much going on I want to write about and share. The garden, critters, weather, life! are all exploding with activity. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond my control are eating into my writing time. Believe me, that hurts me more than it bothers you!

Right now some of my family members are dealing with serious health issues. And while I'm still able to care for the critters, other things are falling behind while I run people to doctor visits. Eggs and milk are piling up in the fridge. Roving is waiting to be spun. The dust bunnies are multiplying like, well, like rabbits. Plus we have been on the receiving end of several large downpours with more on the way. So stuff outside is growing out of control, And even if I had time to mow, it's too wet to even try. You should see my roses, iris's, and peonies, though!

I'm sure things are going to calm down soon. But until then the writing is on the back burner. I'll check in as often as I can. And I'd appreciate your prayers.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rethinking Goats

Once in a while I get these crazy thoughts.... like: "maybe I shouldn't have goats," or, "goats are too much work," and even, "what would I have time to do if I wasn't taking care of these darn goats?" I don't think it's a bad thing to reevaluate your situation from time to time. It's common sense to make sure you are in a happy place and living within your means.

This week the goats have really tested my patience and strength. 
busted buck shed

heavy load

that hay wasn't yummy enough so we threw it on the ground

So I thought about getting out of goats for a while. 

who kicked the bucket?


But then...
hugs?

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!
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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....