Good morning world. Just sitting here on Friday morning, sipping coffee, and waiting for hurricane Florence to bring the rain and wind. My storm prep is as done as it can be. My generator got a new fuel filter and although it is many years old, is running like butter. The chain saw has fresh gas and most importantly starts readily. A rear gutter downspout on the House has been….well let’s just call it fixed (sometimes you just have to make it work whatever it is).
Since I last wrote I finished the back stoop rebuild.
I also took Noodles to work with me last Saturday and found he has grown quite a bit. Here he is a several weeks ago.
And now last Saturday.
I hate to break it to him, but I think he may not fit the next time he comes to work.
I went grocery shopping for everyone before the storm arrives.
I leave you today with a photo I took this morning of our bitter melon vine which in this hot, humid weather looks great.
Stay safe to all of you in the path of Flo.
I know. It has been way too long since I last posted. I would say I am going to make a commitment to regular posts, but I know where that leads.
Summer is coming to an end and the homestead needs continuous work. Yesterday I started a project that I’ve been putting off for four years. Replacing the rotting back porch.
And like many project I found if I just start it it goes much more quickly than anticipate. I’ve only done the demolition so far and will have to go get the wood in a few days.
The cats are doing their best to do nothing.
And Noodles went to his first groomers appointment Friday. This is him on the at ride there.
He has up to 30 pounds and the vet thinks he has another 30-40 to go. When not being a pest (really just being a puppy) he is taking the cats lead most of the time.
He made one trip to work at the pharmacy and found his “spot,” not that he will be small enough to fit there for very little long.
Well time to go do some yard work. Exciting new to come though. Stay tuned.
Well over 3 years was long enough for us and our house is now the home to a new puppy.
It was 2015 that our 13 year old shi-tzu Gizmo passed away. We made the decision to wait a while to get a new dog so we wouldn’t constantly compare them to our old pooch, who was a great dog.
We had been on a waiting list for almost 6 months waiting on our new pup, as we wanted one of several poodle cross breeds that wouldn’t cause allergy problems in our house.
So after a 6 hour trip to South Carolina let me introduce our new Newfypoo, Noodles.
He slept for almost 5 of the 6 hour trip home, instantly winning our hearts as we had somewhat dreaded the long car ride with a whining pup.
The goats and cats thus far are not fans, but I have found my new sports watching partner.
Compared to years ago with gizmo.
Have a great day world.
P had to get out of bed at 5:30am, a time that torments her soul, to go with the volunteer rescue squad to a burning building training for the fire department.
It was a very hot long day for her, so I decided to make her one of her favorite meals, mussels.
Served with sourdough bread, it was a big hit.
Have a great day world.
I realized that I hadn’t posted any photos of the house I built for Sherlock in his new area.
The frame was made from more of the wood I got from my father-in-laws old deck. The outside is salvaged pallet wood. The only thing I had to buy was the metal roofing and some screws. So far he seems to like it.
Well spring is here and it came in with another round of snow.
Thankfully it was beautiful to look at and gone within a day. Hopefully we can start to get night temperatures above forty so we can leave the seedlings out in each night instead of taking them in and out each day.
Yesterday my morning routine was disrupted by a great surprise, Caro, finally gave birth. I opened the door to the goat house and it almost seemed peculiar to see a baby goat laying next to her. My brain took a few seconds to actually comprehend what I was seeing. But there it was. She had done it all on her own. So meet Lulu.
She looks just like here momma don’t you think?
Well off to the yarden to gsd. Have a good one world.
Another blog from my morning view of the world. The chickens and goats are all feed, watered, and ready for the day. Breakfast, spiced ground beef topped by the always present egg, eaten and cleaned up. Now sitting with a cup of coffee waiting for my piece of the world to get a little brighter and warmer.
Yesterday day was new turkey day. Well actually second new turkey day. A couple weeks ago we inherited a female turkey from a neighbor.
She seemed little lonely, so yesterday we drove about an hour up the road and got her a friend.
It’s amazing how big he can make himself look when he wants to.
On today’s agenda is more garden work. The structures we have two hardy kiwis growing on have started to fall apart, so I’m going to use some of the timber I took out of Sherlock’s area to redo a climbing trellis. Then I need to redo the bean teepee. We had tried to have the beans climb garden string in past years with only marginal success. I’m going to put it wood supports with wire mesh between and see if we can’t get a better crop.
Well the sun is now brightened the yard, so I will leave you with a picture of Sidda enjoying yesterday’s sun with her babies.
I know it has been a long time since I last blogged, but I want to make more time to do it and commit to more regular posts.
This morning I am writing on my phone while sitting on a milking stand in my goat barn. I am watching a pair of baby doe Nubian goats who have made their way outside for the second time since their birth on Wednesday. In another stale a pile of three bucklings, born yesterday, sleep quietly with a rhythmic breathing. A rooster crows in the distance and I take another sip of coffee. The morning chores have already been done, my own breakfast consumed and now a little reflection time before starting once again on the list of projects to eventually get to.
“How did you end up here?” I find myself asking very often in the past few weeks. A lot has gone on in a very short period and that seems to be the tempo of life at home now. Frantic effort and change followed by periods of peace. I feel so good about where we are, and am looking forward to so much more.
Yesterday Sidda gave birth to three boys. We knew that was a possibility but hadn’t expected it since she only gave birth to one last year.
Vivi too surprised us Wednesday with a pair of little girls.
And while each mother had one baby that wasn’t quite as strong as the others at birth, this morning everyone seems to be doing just fine.
With one more mother, Caro, still to give birth, we are going to have quite the growing herd.
Last weekend we had just come through a wind storm that knocked down at least 8 trees, including 2 across the drive way and one on top of the goat house.
The tree on the goat house was a particular issue as it was also about to take down the two fences that separate our pen holding our buck from the girls. It also broke a rafter and put several holes in the roof. Needless to say we got the problems repaired quickly as we were sure baby goats were on their way.
We for now I have to get back to work. I leave you with a short video of a happy goat.
Woke up this morning to a snow covered world.
Thankfully I don’t have to be a work this morning, but I do have to think about tomorrow.
Life has been good around the homestead, unless you are a duck that is. With the pond being completely frozen by some nights of single digit temperatures, our ducks have been literally sitting ducks. In past years over the winter we have lost a duck, but this year our flock has gone from 13 to 3. I built a house do them but have never been able to get them to use it. The remaining 3 have started using the house do I can close them up at night.
I think I have found the right combination of heaters to keep our pipes from freezing. That has been a relief, but I don’t want to see my next electric bill.
Well I’m headed back to bed after my morning chores to enjoy the snow day. Stay safe world.
Well Christmas morning has arrived, which for those of us in retail seems like a long time coming. We will shortly make the trek into town to spend Christmas morning with my wife’s family as we do every year. My dad and one of my brothers also live in the area but we have always had flexible celebration time with them. This year we got together Christmas Eve Eve. P made an amazing cake for dessert.
One of our neighbors brought a present for the goats, their first round bale of hay. It’s has been a big hit.
I’m off work for the next week, so it will be back to work on Mr boy goats new shelter.
I’m trying to save as much money as possible and reuse more wood from the deck my father-in-law took down a few months ago.
Well time to go celebrate. Merry Christmas everybody.