Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"kids" ~N~ Spring

Yes Spring has Sprung... 

"The Kitten and the Kid"
Hey best I could do... no lion, no lamb... Just my Treasure and Webster... :)

"Play time!"
L-R Lavonne, Treasure, White Fang, Schuster 

Aren't those the CUTEST ears! She's our only full-blooded Nubian doeling...

Babies... :)

The one in front is Rosebud... Just known as Bud around here... Her and Treasure are best of friends...

Lavonne, Simon and White Fang...
Oh the beauty of Spring...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Wishing for 5th gear...

It all started when I was coming home the other day. I just wanted to get home... and of course I got behind one ton flat bed, with a driver that would NOT get near the speed limit. You

You could tell he was shifting from low, to one, so forth and so on... but I don't think the guy ever got to 5th. sigh... I just kept thinking of a neighbor/friend we have (who is no longer farming)... he was well into his 70's at the time... God bless him... and he decided he needed a new flatbed truck. So him and his wife went out and bought one... note... it had been a cloudy Spring... well one day the sun shone through the windshield just right and he noticed that he had 5 GEARS not 4... so he thought he might as well try it out... well... :) he went in the ditch I believe. He wasn't paying attention to the road... just the thrill of 5th.

So that got me wish (on the straight parts of the road) that this gentleman in front of me would find 5th and get the lead out! Not that I wanted him in the ditch... just to move faster than a turtle. Oh well... I got home and that's all that matters. 

Now if thing would get back to normal... if there is anything like that. :)

Friday, March 26, 2010


So life gets in the way... what's new. Life always seems to be getting in the way some how, someway. Just when you think your stress level can't get anymore, it does.

For those of you who are praying, THANK YOU. Right now we can use all we can get and maybe more. I'm so very tired and chores need to be started. Thankfully some hay is coming...

Sorry for rambling... it's been a rough past few days.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's a two Coke day...

So far I have one can of Coke sitting by me... one can in the milk barn (neither one is finished by the way). It's been a day and a half already and the day isn't even half over yet.

Kids have been fed twice, goats milked once, moo's milked, preg checked, goats fed and moo's fed... barn sprayed down at least until the next milking. I sorta had some breakfast, as in, I picked up a couple of sausage links, and a a few bites of hashed potatoes out of the skillet on my way back out to the barn for the vet check. Some where in there I did answer the phone... I think it was today... pretty sure.

The IBA guy was here today, and my wish finally came true... IBA has a website... I was all excited and everything until I went... what a let down. Oh well... at least there is a comment form... I feel multiple comments being sent. *big grin* They need feed back... at least I think they need MY feedback...

Well I best be off, it's a beautiful day here and I should try and get something done... sounds good doesn't it? We'll see what happens... if anything.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Gone, gone, gone, gone...

Like a freight train, gone like yesterday, gone like a soldier in the civil war bang bang... :) the siggies have left the building, well this building which is a house. They now reside with the US Postal Service...

It's a weight off my mind I can tell ya. There were a few that escaped to who knows where, so there was some last minute sewing... OH and never try to sign your name on fabric with baby goats under your feet... just so not a good thing...

Well babies are crying, calling, lost, hungry... such is life right? :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A giveaway...

Hey found this nifty blog and she is have a giveaway! Three different prizes to choose from. SO why not head on over and enter. Who know's you might win! :) OH go HERE....

Thought for today...

A person who wholly follows the Lord is one who believes that the promises of God are trustworthy, that He is with His people, and that they are well able to overcome. -- Watchman Nee 
This quote was shamelessly taken from another blog...

Friday, March 19, 2010

I've got to move...

I've got to get up, get dressed, and get moving... and all I wanna do is go back to bed, cover up my head, and sleep... just sleep and sleep and SLEEP. Like that's going to happen.

So how's the weather in all parts of the country? Spring like? It's going to be almost 70 here today... *smiling but with the horrible knowledge of what's to come* I'm not going to tell you what is going to happen tomorrow... I'll just give you some clues... It's white, frozen moisture, a blizzard can happen with it, it's pretty on Christmas Eve, and should not be happening on March 20th. *sitting pursed of lip... like Sitting Bull*

You know... I really shouldn't read the weather forecast in the mornings... Nope... reminder to self... DO NOT read weather forecast before going out for chores, after chores, during chores, or pretty much any time during daylight hours... :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Of siggies, CD's, and a Treasure...

Oh and a fabric give away... who doesn't love free???  I recently came across one of the most refreshing quilting blogs in a long time. It makes me want to sew seams of fabric... alas there is no time. OK so there is time... I'm just to zorked out to concentrate on a machine and fabric and doing it right. SO anyway she is having a giveaway and you can go here and enter to win! And if you win you could just give me the stash and then we would all be happy. *big grin*

OK so you might remember that I had signed up for a modern siggie swap. WELL I got more done than expect and thought I might still have a shot at getting them sent. But the email ides of February and March weren't with me I guess. Never did hear back on where to send them. After multiple emails sent and none replied to I have just given up... Now what to do with them? That's the ever lovin' question??? :)

One more thing quilty related and then I'll get to farm stuff... OK so I was going to start on The Farmers Wife sampler quilt... It came with a niffy CD that you could print off the patterns with, woo hoo!!!! The only problem is... it's cracked in two! Thankfully the publisher is going to send me a new one, as they've had trouble with a lot of them cracking and breaking. Score one for me! and everyone else who had broken CD's. Now the waiting begins... I wonder if by the time it gets here I'll still be in the mood to start it.

And so we end this post with an update on my little Treasure... she is still alive, taking milk from a bottle!!!!, and doing a lot of sleeping (which of course is healing). We have to have Treasure time several times a day... meaning I need to be held, I need to nibble your hair, and I need to finally fall asleep and don't move me or I'll wake up. She's a sweetie pie and I love her dearly. Will post pictures later on today... sigh...

Sunday, March 14, 2010


If I were a gemstone, I would be a Mystic Fire Topaz.

If I were a scent, I would be rain in spring time.

If I were a pair of shoes, I would be Green Northern boots.

If I were the weather, I would be a spring day... hot, cold, windy, rainy, sunny.

If I were a facial expression, I would be puppy dog eyes.

If I were a car, I would be a 1 ton, dually, crew cap, diesel, in midnight blue.

If I were a time of day, I would be the afternoon.

If were a month, I would be June.

If I were a place, I would be home.

If I were a liquid, I would be Mountain Dew.

If I were a taste, I would be salty/sweet/sour.

If I were a sea animal, I would be a jelly fish.

If I were a food, I would be pizza.

If I were a color, I would be green.

If I were a musical instrument, I would be a piano.

If I were a flower, I would be a David Austin Rose.

If I were a song, I would be Breakfast... love that song.

If I were a planet, I would be planet Pluto .

If I were an object, I would be a hoof trimmers.

If I were a fruit, I would be a Blackberries.

If I were a sound, I would be the thunder storm or silence.

If I were a day of the week, I would be Friday.

If I were a pattern, I would be everything at sometime or another...

Care to join in?

Where does it go?

In the whole scheme of things... what is the point of time change? I say split a half hour and leave things alone for pity sakes! ARGH!!!!! Yes I woke up on the wrong side of the time change this blessed AM.

I was rather pleased with myself at waking up before 7 (or so I thought) after not getting to bed until almost midnight. I've never been a morning person, and some how I don't think I ever will be. Anyway... I was happy in this fact for a few minutes thinking ... hmm *smiling to self* I'll just let myself have a few minutes to check email, FB, a blog or 4. Just a little me time before heading out to Goatcatraz and Thank Heavens I Only Have 3 Baby Calves on the Bottle... yes... it was a blissful 5 minutes... then I look at the laptops clock... 7:56?! what the dickens?! grab my cell... 7:56... (it updates without being turned off... grrr... even it's against me). So with a sigh, I trudge off to mix milk, get dressed, and face the screaming masses.

Maybe a chocolate sheet cake with whipped cream will make things all better??? Maybe a little ice cream also, Carmel sauce... mmm sounds good to me... or maybe just the cake... who knows! :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

I have Decided

Eating Brisket for 3 days in a row is making me ill... lets hear it for PORK, CHICKEN, heck... FISH!

Babies goats can get rude, obnoxious, and in need of character lessons at 7:30 AM... :-) LOL this is an inside joke... funny the same thing was said about me many moons ago... shocking I know!

March came in like a Lion... so let it be written (by me) so let it be done!

Calves when they are getting close to weaning get like the baby goats... see #2

Feed companies cover them selves well... Short a person 8 days worth of feed and it's the farmers fault. Yup this just happened to us...

Today is a good day to crawl back under the covers with a good book, popcorn, and something good to drink.

Lawyers (majority) and contractors are in the same class... both promise things they can not and will never do and blame you for it if it doesn't work out or your not happy with the work.

Today can be a good day... notice I didn't say it will be... that is a sure sign things will go wrong.


I've also decided that cutting ones bangs at almost 11 at night is not the smartest thing a person can do...  I'm admitting NOTHING! I'm just going to stay home a lot for the next few weeks. :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Illinois Farmer Tribute...

Isn't this the truth. It's in my blood... how can people idly say "Can't you get a job in town? It's just a farm, or bad stuff happens to good people (this said by the first contractor who has put us in the postition we are in)".

Spring, Spring, Spring...

I always think of the song at this time of year. Oh Spring, spring, spring... :)

Marketing Report Card

marketingreportcard.pdf (application/pdf Object)

This is rather interesting. How is your favorite food company doing?

goaty nibbles

so here i am, it's a little past the midnight hour and i'm holding a little treasure. who by the way has just drifted to sleep by the buzz of the laptop fan, mom burning the ole midnight oil baking bread, and hymns on cd. and i'm typing one handed.

please excuse the lack of capitalization... :) what a day. the hour long nap i had has left me wide awake and more tired and irritable than was before. oh well... hmm treasure seems to have a little congestion. am glad i went a head with the antibiotic.

sweet spring dreams all....

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Longing to be Inspired

By something, someone, any thing... I long for something totally awesome to happen... something good. I'm tired of tears, heartache and heartbreak, frustration, complaining (my own), longing, and I'm just tired in general.

I don't want anyone to think that I don't count my blessings, I know them all to well. There is just this feeling, a knowing in my inner self that there is something better, something more... I just don't know how long one is supposed to hold on before they can't anymore. Maybe your not supposed to hold on forever. Maybe your supposed to fall so you can be truly held and find the peace that passed all understanding. I don't know... It's hard to let go, it's even scary... really scary.

Yes you could say I'm having a hard day... days, weeks, months, years... *smiling a wobbly smile*

Monday, March 8, 2010

Cow Names

Found this article to be rather interesting. Amazing the things that good money is being spent on in "research". Ah science. :) I do believe it however.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


And so here I sit. Knowing the bottles are ready, kids are hungry, chores need to be done. *SIGH* Really all I want to do is go back to bed for some much need sleep. And so the world keeps spinning and going... and for once I'm rather glad it might rain today. Why you may ask, since I am the supreme complainer of rain, mositure, ice, snow... blah blah blah... if it rains I won't feel the need to soak of the sun. We have been with out the sun so much the past winter, I just want to sit in a nice non-drafty place and sun myself. And that's what I've been doing.

Not much else is going on farm wise.

We still seem to be in limbo with the whole bankruptcy thing, it's all such a stress. And part of me is glad it's dragging on, and the other part of me just wishes it would be over and done with. So we would know one way or the other. Oh well... God knows. And even if I don't, he's still in control. I just wish it was easier to let go. :)

OK I'm off now... I have GOT to get those babies fed.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Two Sets of Jones

I had forgotten this song! Was one of my favorites growing up. Gotta love youtube.

Keepin' it real...

My motto for the evening is... "If it's clean, I'm wearing it."

We have some sick little kids around here... When baby calves have scours you don't normally get it on you from head to toe. Goat kids on the other hand are a different subject. For the better part of the day I've been battling babies who don't want to eat, want to eat, are screaming, playing, not playing, getting out...etc.

I called the vets office 3 times in an effort to talk with someone on what to do. Finally talked with someone after hours  as they were still working at 6. And since that was prime chore time I had to go over later and get the meds. So after chores I came in and decided that I really didn't want to head over to the office in dirty, caked on mud, crud, dried scours, dried milk jeans and hoody.

And what I ended up with was: pink Tweety bird PJ bottoms (hey, I've not worn them in years and it was the only thing handy), maroon "Farm Girl" hoody that has a picture of a tractor and says "Give me the keys I'm driving.", and sheep skin slippers. Mom said "Your going like that?" Yup... It's clean and are you coming with me? So we head over and pick up the stuff and go to DQ for a cone. On the way home I asked if she wanted to go to Walgreens. Answer " NO why would I?" I don't know...I could go in. ~laughing~ Like that she says... Yeah, why not? I'd just look like everyone else. For once I could have been NORMAL... and to think... I've lost the chance. Blast...

This has been the longest I've been off the farm and away from these kids in DAYS, I think. I don't know... maybe not... the days are a blur.

So many kids, so little time. Only 3 more hours and I'll be able to go to sleep. Sleep... it's what's for dinner!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Out Behind the Barn...

My pappy used to tan my hide

Out behind the barn

He taught me to be dignified

Out behind the barn

But when he took that strap to me,

and turned me down across his knee

He sure did hurt my dignity

Out behind the barn

I got my education

Out behind the barn

And i'm not foolin' no siree

Passed each examination

Out behind the barn

But it almost made a wreck out of me

I smoked my first cigarette

Out behind the barn

And that's one day I won't forget

Out behind the barn

I got so sick, you should've seen

How that tobacco turned me green

I almost died from nicotine

Out behind the barn

I met a pretty girl one day

Out behind the barn

She wanted me to stay and play

Out behind the barn

She taught me how to kiss and pet

And that's a game I won't forget

Cause we still play the same game yet

Out behind the barn

I wish I could go again

Out behind the barn

And do some things I did then

Out behind the barn

Now you think it ain't no fun

To be a poor old farmers son

You just don't know what all I've done

Out behind the barn

[Thanks to Georg for lyrics]