Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.


Well, the first of the spring babies have been sold and are gone. Someone paid a deposit on Abby and will be picking her up after the holiday weekend. Which means Andy is the only remaining kid that is old enough to be weaned and sold.

For The Birds.

So through some freak event like El Nino, global warning, or monotonous weather forecasting, we are now living in a Pacific Northwest bubble.  With constant rain and cool temperatures, luscious green leaf cover, and the grass growing a foot each week, it feels like a temperate rainforest around here.  Which is fine as the spring […]

Now That’s A Cupcake.

Yeah, I used to be one of those moms. I was home all day with my kids.  Every day.  All week.  All year. So holidays and birthdays were big events to me.  Actually, anything that broke the monotony and menial labor of full time child care and housecleaning was a big event worth celebrating.  But […]

Multi-Purpose Tool.

I have several of those things.  You know, the ones that have fingernail clippers and bottle openers, scissors and knives, seat belt cutters and tweezers.  I keep one in my car. One in the barn. And one in my pocket at work.

Happy Mother’s Week(s)

I started a little early. With some friends and gelato martinis last week.  Because alcohol and ice cream is a win-win. Then on Friday a friend came over and we spent hours and hours and hours sitting on the deck discussing goats and gardens and gossip.  While The Other Half got home from work and […]


There’s no better classroom than real life.  My kids started learning genetics in middle school.  But they really already knew the basics.  They figured out as young as 4 or 5 years old that Snowman the Delaware rooster was a docile, nonthreatening guardian of our mixed breed flock. And any roosters that the hens hatched that shared his solid white plummage and upright red […]

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