Monday, February 16th, 2009


Just a little share today.  Kate of Katydid Creations made these for the girls and we love them so much.  She is just incredibly talented.  Her blog definitely shows off her best work.

The girls

The girls

 

And dollies

And dollies

By the way, these are not American Girl dolls as I have a serious thing against Mattel and their little agenda.  Do check out Vision Forum for lovely little girl dolls.

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Clueless.  That’s me.  Absolutely clueless.  As I gleefully milked my goats last week in 50-60 degree weather, who would have ever thought it was going to get cold?  Now, rationally, we live in Iowa.  But, I’m telling you, I really just didn’t see it coming.  It’s three degrees this morning!  THREE.  That’s it.  Why, after twenty below weather, does anything above zero feel nice, but after 50 degree weather, three degrees feels insanely cold?  I’m SO chilled from chores!

Legend, however, didn’t mind the cold this morning.  As a matter of fact, he seemed to love it, jumping around in the snow!

Legend investigates.

Legend investigates.

I’m a lot of things.  The thing I am not is an enthusiastic hobby farmer when it’s cold.  I will say that goats come with certain perks.  I am no longer tempted to sleep in as I have no choice.  But I haven’t yet decided what is better – the fact that I am forced to wake up and stay up at the crack of dawn (okay, before) and get moving, OR the fact that by the time I’m done with our various chores it’s 8:00, all the kids are awake, and I’m full of the knowledge that now I get no shower ’til naptime and will have to smell like goat butt until then.  Sigh.  I still like them though!

Gypsy modeling my new milk stand

Gypsy modeling my new milk stand

This is what my favorite man built me this weekend!  I told you he was handy.  There are a lot of things I like about my husband.  But, my favorite one is how he’ll willingly throw himself under the bus for any new little hobby I pick up.  I can say that he has, with great relish, thrown himself into these goats.   We found the plans courtesy of Fias Co Farm and you can visit their site by clicking on the picture above.  He had it cut and together in no time flat, but that may well be due to talent. 🙂

Above is the PROPER way to use a milkstand.  Below is not so proper.  Is this how you train a doeling to milk?????

Naughty Babies

Naughty Babies

 Please note Lilac, the ringleader, is in the middle.  Lilac is our troublemaker.  She cleared a 3.5′ fence this morning with frighteningly little effort.  I’m worried.  Beside her are her cohorts, Lola and Latte.  Lola is getting the grain out of the bucket.  Latte is just a willing follower to Lilac.  Where one (Lilac) goes, the other two are right behind.  The three stooges – goat style.

As promised, here is a quick picture of our seedling starter.  It has adjustable shelves and then has a multi-cord plug in attached to the side.  The grower lights attach to the bottom of each shelf to shine on the shelf below it.  It would be incredibly simple to build, but wow, how wonderful it will be for our seeds!  We can’t wait.  We have almost no limit to the size of garden here, so this is pretty thrilling.  Heirloom plants would be nearly impossible to find locally, so starting them from seed is our best option.

Seed Starter Shelving

Seed Starter Shelving

 

And, leaving you with a final picture of Mark’s $4 recliner.  I’ll be spending time down there this morning in front of the woodburner, trying to get rid of this chill from chores this morning!  Would it be wrong to have the kids do school in the old cellar?

CJ getting cozy on Dad's recliner

CJ getting cozy on Dad's recliner

DH and I went to a farm auction down the road today.  We were pretty excited with our purchases.

We’d been looking for a large pressure cooker/canner for putting food up this fall and we found one in superb condition for less than half the price of new!

Presto

Presto

Obviously not *our* picture, but this is it… a 23 Quart Presto canner.  Truly a great find.

We also found a dehydrator, though not the Excalibur we’ve been planning on.   But at $6 we really couldn’t pass it up and it will make fantastic liver treats for Legend and Kelly.  The man (it was an estate sale) must have loved botany as we also ended up with some great naturalist posters of native species of plants and animals and two really big and lovely flower presses! 

But, the very best find of all today was Mark’s.  This man had obviously loved plants.  He built a fully adjustable monster of a plant stand.  It has four huge shelves and has attachments for growing lights on each shelf.  We also got the growing lights!  He had intended on filling my kitchen shelves to the brim with seedlings, but now, blessedly, we will happily watch them grow on these shelves!  I’ll post pictures in the AM.  We are expecting heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds this week.  Just a wonderful find!