weekly recap

Winter on the farm is a time to prepare for Spring and Summer.  These last couple of weeks I have lined out goals and tasks.  Ordering of animals and seeds need planning now.  Discussing what to expand and what to change is happening.  Our goals entered the realm of wanting to make money, and not wanting to go into debt while doing it.  There are exciting new things coming.  We give our plans to God and ask His direction and provision.

IMG_1145 IMG_1124Schooling the children is going great.  We have all adjusted to the new system of workboxes.  We all LOVE them too.  I really can’t believe how well they work.  It’s like a tiny piece of the plan that was missing before.  Everything is much smoother.
IMG_1131 IMG_1132 IMG_1135 IMG_1136Our mama goats are pregnant too.  I am so excited to see the new kids in April.  This is Poke A Dot, looking like a blob.  Last year she was three times bigger than Agnes and had less kids.  She also seemed the most miserable of the two.  Animals are just as different as people are in regards to pregnancy.  It’s pretty funny to see the differences.
IMG_1142 I made breakfast that took time.  This is one more step for me in getting my booty back into the kitchen more.  We are finally settling into the old ways.  These are pancakes smeared with apple butter and topped with real whipped cream.  Yummy.IMG_1148What has your week looked like?  Have a great weekend!

autumn, finally

IMG_1013 IMG_1014 IMG_1015 IMG_1017 IMG_1019 IMG_1020 I know some of you may have already experienced the first blanket of snow, or a night around the fire.  We haven’t.  The first storm is rolling in today, so we have officially started the season.  Autumn is my most favorite season.  I love the colored and the changes in the wind.  I love how it brings everyone in.  Cozy blankets, hot drinks, plenty of reading and movies.  It’s the only season I really get into baking.  Soup is very common.  I just love Autumn.  Don’t you? Autumn is when our goats get bred.  I can’t wait for fresh milk again.  Our turkeys will soon be processed and frozen.  Last year’s turkey is in the frig defrosting. The garden is cleared and needing tending for the fall planting.  The jackets and coats are coming out.  The dresses and shorts are set aside.  The nights are longer, the days shorter.  The hens aren’t laying so much.  Things are getting quiet around the farm.

more baby goats

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Poke A Dot had her babies yesterday AM. I stayed home from church because she was acting panicky. Isabel stayed too. She helped dry off these little boys while I helped mama. These were big boys, and mama had a rough time with the first one.

Things are pretty cute and exciting around here.

A few more weeks and we’ll be enjoying some goats milk. For now those little guys need all they can get.

Oh my. Our herd went from two to seven in two days!