Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

A Christmas Gift.

Well, it’s all over except for the tree burning ceremony. Since no one has watered the tree since we put it up (just like last year)(and the year before)(and, yeah,…you guessed it), I’m expecting the fire to be even brighter than the Christmas lights. This year The Other Half managed all the Christmas shopping.  Including […]

Keepin’ It Real.

I took the truck to get hay. So The Other Half and Middle took the ’85 Sprint and headed into the woods. Which meant that when I heard them honking in the driveway, I came out to see this: Yep.  Carried that buck all the way home strapped to the front of the Sprint.


I know some of you went for the “one and done” philosophy of parenting.  Which is smart, if somewhat obsessive.  After all, what is the point of worrying endlessly over 1 child when you could be trying to ignore 4 children equally instead? Since we have 4 children that had to pass through the same […]

The Calm Before The Storm.

Brianna was one of our very first goats. She and Carmen arrived together.

The Good Thing About Pigs….

….is that even 11 days after Thanksgiving. Long after Timmy, our Elf on the Shelf, has appeared…. and the onset of December’s freezing rain has forced me to pull out the winter clothes and put away the summer outfits. When we can’t avoid getting out this stuff any more….

Role Playing.

We all have a role to play.  No one’s contribution can be underestimated. Last weekend, someone around here forgot their role and I refuse to be held responsible for it. After all, everyone knows I am the animal hoarder manager and it is my job to snatch up the adorable… and the ridiculously ugly.

Score! Part II.

So I was minding my own business, driving a kid to town for basketball practice, when I saw it.  Right there.  Out in the open.  For anyone to see. 15 bags of leaves.  Huge brown paper bags.  Filled to the brim with leaves.  Stacked neatly at the curb for pick up. I drove by slowly.  […]

Raising The Roof.

The coldest days of the season aren’t here yet.  But now that we’ve had the first few freezes and some winter rains, we discovered where the faults were in our farming set up.  The floating row covers were doing a great job protecting the fall ground crops.  Too bad row covers wouldn’t work for the […]

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