Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

End of Times.

Posted on | July 30, 2013 | 3 Comments

Well, it has been a summer of rain and cool temperatures.  I finally took notice when I was mowing the yard, in the middle of July, on an overcast 70 degree afternoon, and barely breaking a sweat.  That isn’t normal.  Normally, just thinking about mowing the lawn in North Carolina on July 12th at 2pm is enough to make you fall over with dehydration and leg cramps.  And since I didn’t have to take a water break every 15 minutes, I started thinking of all the weirdness this summer.

We’ve had so much rain that I have only watered the vegetable garden twice.  Twice.  Usually we have to decide by the end of June if we want to risk losing the garden or running the well dry.  Yet despite all the rain, the vegetables have failed to flourish.

The cherry tomato plants are bushy, but they lack the overflowing redness of a full crop.

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In Over Your Fleece.

Posted on | July 20, 2013 | 5 Comments

I had it all under control.  Kind of.

I had 2 sheep.

And 2 fleeces.

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1/2 Start.

Posted on | July 18, 2013 | 5 Comments

Happy New Year!

also known as

Happy First Day of School!

That’s right.  After six weeks of swimming and bowling and fishing and sleepovers and beach trips and baseball and tiger tours and fireworks and even a 70th birthday party….

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High On The Hog.

Posted on | June 9, 2013 | 1 Comment

It’s the little things that you appreciate about heritage breeds.

Like a piglet with enough hair to keep herself warm in the winter with just a doghouse and a pile of straw.

Instead of a piglet that needs a heat lamp and some coddling.

A pig that makes use of the food available.

Versus a pig that keeps the feed store in business.

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Double Down.

Posted on | June 7, 2013 | 3 Comments

If you haven’t heard already, it’s National Doughnut Day.  Which coincided with the arrival of Tropical Storm Andrea and hours and hours of hard rain.  Also simultaneous with the last day of school.  The perfect storm.

So what’s a mom to do when it’s pouring rain, the kids are out of school, and it’s National Doughnut Day? Read more

Wait for it….wait for it….

Posted on | June 5, 2013 | 4 Comments

It started at the end of April.  With just a few shrimp from the store I managed to make an almost home grown meal.  With lettuce, spring onions, cilantro, and celery from the garden, I put a luscious grilled shrimp salad on the table.

Speckled romaine is my new favorite salad green.

Because the kids think they are just eating a speckle, instead of a snail, when I fail to wash it well.  And let’s face it, feeding my kids that extra bit of protein makes me the special parent that I am.

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Posted on | May 22, 2013 | 3 Comments

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. Read more

For The Birds.

Posted on | May 20, 2013 | 6 Comments

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 vegetables have been fooled into thinking it is still April and they are still growing instead of bolting, like they usually do in May.

4′ tall spring onions, anyone?

Brussels sprouts that seeded themselves from the fall crop.

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Now That’s A Cupcake.

Posted on | May 16, 2013 | 8 Comments

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 not everyone appreciates a gala in honor of a child making it to the toilet to vomit instead of leaning over your bed in the middle of the night and saying, “Mom, I feel………blechhh.”

But everyone’s up for a birthday party and I spent weeks and weeks preparing for my kids’ parties when they were younger.  I even dedicated hours and hours to baking and decorating cupcakes to take to school for them and their little friends.

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Multi-Purpose Tool.

Posted on | May 16, 2013 | No Comments

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.

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