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Goodbye 2016

Well it’s New Years Eve and 2016 is about to come to a close.  We made it through the our third Christmas on the old homestead and are ready to push boldly into the new year. 

The goats are still in the celebration spirit, so I think I will leave the lights up in the goat house a while longer.

We sold the soap we made from our goats milk at the pharmacy, and sold over 120 bars in just the month of December.

Snuggly Duckling Farm Etsy shop has some available too.
As for me I have been dealing with cluster headaches for 3 weeks now.  I was first diagnosed with these pain-in-the-arse headaches in 1996, and each fall I usually suffer with them for a few days.  This year though, I have been having 3-4 headaches a day since December 8, and as of this writing they are still going.  I haven’t had an episode like this since 2011, an episode that also lasted several weeks during a Christmas trip to Disney world.  I’ve been trying various alternative therapies because the conventional one, verapamil, a calcium channel blocker, makes me feel so bad between headaches.  The headaches come on and leave quickly usually lasting for 30 minutes to 2 hours (not a long time) but the pain behind my right eye makes me sure that it will pop out sooner or later.   The ones during the day I can usually catch early and take imitrex before they get rolling; it’s the ones that happen in the middle of the night that are the biggest issue.  Not only do they hurt, they have been disrupting my sleep, and sleep deprivation is not a good look for me.  I’ve been trying a vitamin cocktail with oxygen which seems to put a dent in them, but hopefully the new year will bring relief.

A cold wind of winter has been blowing all night here and keeping the pond in a frozen state.

Headaches be damned, I spent the morning doing my best Paul Bunyan impression and got my firewood pile back to a nice level.

With the light of the day shining through our window, I will say goodbye to 2016 and wait for 2017 to show me how great it is going to be.


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Happy New Year, a little late.

A very happy new year to everybody out there. As we get started in 2016, I want this to be a year of looking forward.  A year of getting stuff done.  Of course I do have to remember that 2015 was a year that began with a dinning room table full of Snuggly ducklings.


  But now onto 2016 and the beautiful Sunday before me today.  

  Since our move out to the homestead, “Sunday grocery day” has taken on a new meaning, a shopping list that is more fit for the truck bed.

  And preparing for the week ahead starts with making sure that the wood stack is ready for dropping temperatures.

Some of the biggest plans for 2016 will be getting ready for a Christmas present that we received.  My in-laws let us know that they were going to buy us goats, we just needed to pick them out.  I have been talking about wanting a goat since we made the move out here, and my wife had wanted to get dairy goats to help us be more self-sufficient.  As of now we seem to have decided on getting a pair of Nubian female dairy goats, but would love to hear other people’s opinions and experiences. 

Here’s to a great new year. And away we go.