Saturday, December 30, 2017

:: Chores Are No Fun In Below Freezing Temps ::

The last of the Christmas decorations has been cleaned up and packed away.
More snow fell all day yesterday and left us completely covered in a beautiful white blanket.
Well, beautiful as in if you are looking at it from the warmth of the house windows.
Chores at these temps are seriously no fun.
It's negative 19 with the wind chills right now and is supposed to be colder over the next few days. 
While I'm so thankful for water heaters, they just aren't keeping up which means we have to break ice and water all the critters twice a day. 
All of the livestock have plenty of warm straw to snuggle down in.
So, So thankful the hydrants haven't frozen up.
Here's to all the real farmers out there who do this day in and day out at a much larger scale. My little hobby goat farm is some hard work, so kudos to you all!
The yard and the unkept landscaping doesn't look quite as bad all covered in snow.
Wishing you all a warm & safe Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

:: First Snow ::

I was awoke this morning by a very excited little girl, who was jumping up and down exclaiming that it had "snowed last night"! It didn't take her long and she was bundled up and outside with the dogs to play.

The boys were off with Aaron checking their trap line, so Ella and I did the morning chores and captured the beauty of the first snow.

When there's not enough snow to find a big hill, you improvise ...

This is Macy's first snow and she was loving it! The goats, were not too sure & stayed inside where it's warm.
Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

:: Baby Goats | Farm Therapy ::

Man, has a lot of things changed around here since my last post!

I've been recently struggling with some stuff and have been trying to find something that I've been missing or that I need to help me emotionally. I realized; I miss taking pictures of our farm and blogging about it. I want need to document more of US & more of what I love. I long to get back to documenting our everyday. I miss how my scrapbooking blog used to push me to document those things more often. I need that therapy.

Today, I start with an update of our newest little goat babies.
One of our does Thelma, surprised us with Quadruplets on December 4th, (which apparently is pretty rare).
She had three girls & one boy (NOEL, JOY, HOLLY, & YULE).

She is a good mama, but unfortunately, one of the littlest ones (JOY) didn't make it & another we are bottle feeding (HOLLY). The other two remained with Thelma and have been doing great! HOLLY has been spoiled and nursed back to health in our living room as well as our heated barn. She has been pretty well spoiled.
Over the last few days, the December weather has been amazing & has allowed HOLLY to spend her days outside with her mama & brother & sister. She is loving it!

Her brother & sister are enjoying the company & surprisingly Thelma has been tolerate about "kid-sitting".
Meet NOEL & YULE ...

YULE was born with a slight case of what's called parrot mouth (an over-bite), but has no problems with eating or nursing. Isn't he so cute!?!?

I'm in love with brown little NOEL & her white sock markings. She's energetic and loves to bounce & play.

Well, that's the "tail-end" of today's post, but I'm hoping you'll join us here again in the near future!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

:: This muddy, muddy time of year | Farm Therapy ::

I'm pretty sure the pigs are the only ones around here that truly enjoy early Spring and all the rain that comes with it. 

On the bright side, it's Spring and that means new beginnings, new growth, and babies!
... The rhubarb is just beginning to pop up.

The apple trees ...

and peach trees are starting to bloom.

The strawberry beds still need cleaned out, but fresh new plants are making their way to the top.

Soon, the peonies & ditch lilies will be taking over.

Lilacs, I can't wait to smell them!

Lilies ...

and autumn sedum ... yes, please.
The coop is hopping & full of new chickens...
Meet Lacey. Isn't she beautiful?
 The escape...
 The bounty ..
 The newbies ...
 The king of the coop ... RJ ...
Coe's ducks are now living in the flight pen until we can get more netting for their area. Thanks to a hawk or some other sort of predator, this is now necessary. Sadly, he's had a few victims.
  However, they are going to love it in here! A home with a view ( and a nosey cow neighbor).
In the pasture, the tom turkey is strutting and following the hen around like some teenaged crazed boy.
 The cows are in the main pasture until we get a new strip of fencing built; then they will be moving onto greener pastures (see what I did there.) ;)
 We currently have 4 female goats. All of which we are hoping are bred. Two are for sure, based on the size of their bellies, but the other two are still maybes. Here's hoping we will start having little ones in a couple of weeks. Below is Pistal. This will be her second breeding year. I'm so hoping for another set of great twins out of her. She's such a good mama.
 Clarabelle (our oldest heifer) is such a nosey rosey ...
 These are two of our newest little calves. Stella & Chester...
 We've moved the old pull together sheds up and are starting our planning process on how they will best fit our needs. They will be recovered with new tin (sad face), which I'm reluctant about because I just love the old look. I do however understand keeping out the weather is important.
One side will be set up as a brooder house for chicks & pheasants when needed, and the other half will be stalls for the goats during kidding season. We are also hoping to some how situate the milking stand in there so I'll have an easy place to milk the goats. Lots of work, planning, & dreaming. Isn't that the definition of a "hobby farmer" anyways?
The view from our back deck is my favorite any time of year, but right now it sure shows all the work that needs to be done once the weather starts to dry up and warm up. 
The garden, Good Friday & potato planting is just around the corner. 
 The reminence of last years sunflowers need to be removed ...
The garden fence still needs a coat of white paint ...
The pool looks more like a pond right now, but I can't wait for warm summer days!
 The chicken coop needs cleaned out and rebedded down.
 Sadly, there's nothing in my greenhouse this year. Not being home for much of the winter meant not starting our tomatoes and peppers from seed. But, we have agreed to downsize the main garden to make life a bit simpler and easier this year. The garden boxes need to be cleaned up and ready for planting.
 The one and only flower bed I have had a chance to get cleaned up and the darn dog keeps digging holes in it.
Darn, guilty dog & his accomplice...
Although these photos show how much work is ahead of us, it also shows what I call my "farm-therapy". There's nothing better than taking a walk around the yard and getting down close to what's continually changing and making life shine; even on the rainy days.