Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

Livestock Rotation.

Let’s say your garden needs some new layers of compost in preparation for spring and summer crops.  Ideally, this compost comes from the barnyard, where manure has been mellowing for months.   It’s just waiting for someone to haul it to the garden.

In addition to being a great opportunity for  a 4 hour Shoulder, Back, [...]

And again….

I knew it was coming.  It always does.  The kids were excited.  The Other Half got the generator running.  My dad reminded me that if we ran the generator every month like we were supposed it wouldn’t always be broken when we needed it.  Although he is beginning to give this lecture to Big because [...]

Before I Had Children.

(This is a political post.  Feel free to skip if you can’t handle any more politics.  Don’t get triggered )
Before I had children I knew everything.

Dug In.

Speaking of the New Year, I had some catching up to do on my To Do list.  ”Weed the perennial bed” and “Transplant bushes” had been on the list for all of 2016.  That’s because I meant to do it in the winter of 2016 but I missed my window of opportunity.  I find it [...]

2017.

Well that was fun.  Kinda.  Sort of.
The best part of a year that starts off good and then spirals out of control is:
1.  It has to end eventually.
2.  You’re ready for anything by January 1st.
So when I woke after working my New Year’s Eve shift, I wasn’t too surprised to find that I had washed [...]

Do Better.

So this is what happens when you sell your dairy goats.  When you cut that powerful tether to the farm and cast off into the wide weird world where no one milks twice or day.  Or hurries home from the store in case a doe is kidding.  Or rushes off for dewormer after checking eyes [...]

August.

Are you kidding me?  It’s August?  End of August?
I had some suspicion that summer was full on when I went from gleefully eating a tomato sandwich 3 times a day to averting my eyes from the rows of tomatoes slowly starting to rot on the counter.  I should have realized summer was at its peak [...]

Happy Birthday, America. The Home Stretch.

We had only 4 days left and, for the first time, the kids started asking when we were getting home.  Oh, it wasn’t all love and endearments until that time.  Some of them desperately needed some alone time.  And took drastic measures to get it.

Happy Birthday, America. The Wild West

We drove through Grand Teton National Park as we headed through Wyoming.  We didn’t stop as I figured I couldn’t summon any more enthusiasm from the kids for hikes and waterfalls and mountains for a few more days.  It was odd how quickly we developed nature fatigue—-one week we were ooohing and ahhhing over the [...]

Happy Birthday, America. Bear Territory.

We stopped at Mount St Helens visitor center on Spirit Lake Highway on our way out of Washington state.

The video and the interactive displays had lots of information on the eruption. The pictures of the volcano before and after its eruption in 1980 were startling but the damage was easy enough to see with the [...]

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