Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

I just remembered.

My last post might have left the impression that I have gotten lazy.  In honor of the many hard working farmers and parents in my community I figured I should correct that idea.  So I sat in the window seat, watching the birds at the birdfeeder, soaking in some warm sunlight, sipping a hot chocolate, [...]

River Rising

Right after the state officially declared us in a drought, we received a whopping 3 inches of rain overnight.  The thunder rolled, the lightning flashed, and all that beautiful rain rushed into the creeks and rivers, carrying 1/3 of our raised vegetable beds with it.  Leaving primarily only the unweeded parts of the rows behind.  [...]

Small packages.

The other day the owner of the feed mill gave Pretty an egg from one of his bantam hens.
Isn’t it cute?

I mean, how adorable!

I need some bantam hens!  Why don’t I have bantam hens to produce these sweet little eggs?!
Oh.

I have a feeling they don’t sell very well.
Although Little suggested they were the perfect size [...]

Internet Safety

Apparently there are signs that your kids are spending too much time on the computer.  There are ways to know if they are too involved in social networking sites.  Methods of stopping them from sexting.  Means of protecting them from cyberbullying.  I don’t know about any of those things.
I do know that there are signs [...]

I wish I was cleaning the chicken coop.

That’s what I planned to do today.  But I’m not going to get to it.  Because it’s raining.  And it’s only 49 degrees outside.  And when the kids left for school they were shivering and their pants were 4 inches above their ankles.  Which can mean only one thing.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

It was too quiet.  Way too quiet for 4 kids that were home from school early and went upstairs over an hour ago.  Does anyone else find it odd that the term for a half day of public school is called an “early release” day?  Isn’t “early release” the same term the Department of Corrections [...]

Living with Lawyers

It’s tough being a Food Quality Inspector and Nutrition Enforcement Agent on a farm.  I honestly cannot imagine how the general public has the time or energy to engage in the controversy over raw milk and the safety of animal manure compost in organic farming.  After all, around here just getting through lunch, after school [...]

Me and the Little Red Hen

Apparently Mother Nature doesn’t know that the summer solstice is on June 21st.  Like everyone else, she assumed that summer started on Memorial Day.  So she sent us a week of heat, humidity and thunderstorms.  Which is fine with me since I had just planted some seeds and didn’t have to worry about keeping the [...]

Never Work with Dogs or Children

I’ll leave out the part about getting everyone into the car.  Honestly, I cannot even remember that part.  I must have blacked out.  But I do remember crossing the parking lot.  Fear has lodged it into my memory.  I am not sure if it was the terrifying sight of Little being dragged in front of [...]

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