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we still have so much to learn

This is not something that I really want to write about.  I like to write about happy things in our life.  But, maybe this would help someone in the same situation one day or maybe someone reading this would have answers to my concerns.

We have dairy goats.  If you’ve never been around dairy goats before, you may feel like I did before we got ours.  Don’t they butt you?  And climb on your car and eat tin cans?  Happy to say, none of those things are true!  Our goats are very gentle and super sweet!!  We love our goats!!

Neither Randy or I had ever milked a goat, or any other animal, before.  It really wasn’t that hard to learn and I milked them every morning for about 6 months before I went back to work and then Randy took over that chore.  I actually missed it!  You really get to know them when you’re that close to them.  They each have their own little personality and demeanor.  At the time, we had two nannies, Nannette and Georgette and their babies, Maisy, Polly, and Louis.

Nannette got really sick this past fall.  We didn’t know what was wrong.   She was laying down and wouldn’t get up.  She was very stiff legged and her jaw was very tight.  We took her to a vet.  He thought she had lockjaw and gave her medication for it.

She did not improve with the medication.  I was hand feeding her and giving her water through a syringe to keep her hydrated.  She was so pitiful.  It was hard to just let her lay there and not help her more!

To make a long story short, she did not have lockjaw.  She had something called Listeriosis.  She passed away about 5 days later.  I was so upset with that vet! He should really know about this disease, it’s fairly common.  And with the correct medicine, she could’ve improved and possibly lived!

Fast forward to this week, Georgette is showing signs of having listeriosis now.  This breaks my heart!!  We are giving her medication but it doesn’t seem to be working.  It makes me so sad!  We don’t really know what to do at this point.  We are going to continue to watch her and give her love and medicine and just pray she pulls through.

I read on the internet that sometimes one goat can be a carrier of listeriosis but never show signs of the disease.   We were trying to remember when we bought Napolean, our buck.  And realized it was right before Nannette got sick.  We are looking into having some tests run on him to see if he is a carrier.  We definitely don’t want any other goats getting sick!

If you know anything more about this disease please let me know!! As you can tell, we are very upset about this! -amy

down by the creekbank

It has been incredibly hot here this week-100,101!!  So, we’ve found one way to do something fun and stay cool at the same time.

Creekin.  Never heard of this term?  Yeah, me neither until a couple of weeks ago when my friend, Cheryl asked me to go muling and creekin’.  I thought that sounded like fun but, I wasn’t sure about putting lil’ Ollie on a donkey!  But, hey, we were gonna give it a try!!  Silly Amy, it turns out muling is riding an ATV that is called a mule down to the creek-that sounds better than riding a mule!!  It was kinda funny!

Anyway, we’ve been hanging out at our creek on the farm.  Looking at all the rocks, throwing sticks for Lacey, enjoying the shade and cool water that the creek has to offer on such hot days!!

How are you staying cool these days? Would love to hear how you’re spending  your hot summer days! -amy

we grew all these veggies, now what?

When people find out that we have a garden, usually the next question is, “how do you cook ________(insert name of  any garden vegetable here)?”.  It can be a little overwhelming at first but, can be fun too!  If you think of cooking as another creative outlet instead of a chore, it becomes fun!  Especially if the outcome tastes really good!!   And  with the help of the internet and Rachael Ray this isn’t too hard!

On a side note, I got a little obsessed with Rachael Ray last year after having Ollie.  I had two of her cookbooks at the time (it was before we got internet-crazy, I know).  The Express Lane Meals and Just In Time cookbooks.  I cooked about thirty different recipes from these two books.  All good.  Sometimes I look at a recipe and think, this is not going to be good-the combination is too strange!  But, they always end up being really good!! And the flavors are awesome-seriously, the woman knows what she’s doing!!

Back to vegetables and recipes…I just made these eggplant rollups last night and they were delicious and super easy!  Even Ollie liked the eggplant!!  And it’s budget friendly, too!!

I made this pasta using some fresh cabbage that a neighbor gave us-very strange combo of potatoes, cabbage, and pasta-but, oh my goodness! So yummy!  This would also be great in the winter-can you say, comfort food!

"Cabbage and Hay" Spaghetti

If you have fresh basil or fresh peas, this peasto recipe is something I make at least once a week! It uses whole wheat pasta which adds to the nutty flavor!!  It’s wonderful and Randy really loves it!

Spring Pea-sto with Whole Wheat Penne

So, there you have it, 3 great recipes that use your fresh veggies from your garden! Now, go have fun and cook something yummy!!  Your stomach and your family will thank you for it!-amy

*third and fourth photos courtesy of Rachael

our very own farmer’s market

Gardens are crazy!! One day you might not harvest anything while on another day you get 8 yellow squash!! That’s a lot of squash, folks!  We’ve been enjoying fresh lettuce, eggplant, cucumbers, basil, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, and zucchini also.  Still waiting on our tomatoes to turn red and cantaloupe to get a little bigger.

Gardening with a one year old is interesting.  There’s a lot of  “don’t put that rock in your mouth” and “did he just eat a squash bug?” type conversation.  Not exactly relaxing but, definitely entertaining.  He does love helping though and it does wear him out!!

Yeah, that’s me! One sweaty mama with a baby on my hip and a basket full of goodies!!  Ahhh, life in the country is good! How about you? Any gardening this year? Would love about it! -amy

all the pretty horses

Hey there! C’mon, let’s go meet the horses. The girl pictured above is named Tsungani (sounds like the word tsunami).  It is an american indian name that means ‘perfect one’.  I think she has the prettiest, exotic looking eyes plus she is super sweet.  She has a red coat and long red mane.

Next up, is Lakota who is a buckskin.  Funny story, he is actually the baby of Donna, the last horse you will meet.  Randy actually sold him to a couple about 4 years ago and they trained him and rode him quite a bit.  Unfortunately, they could no longer keep him, they called Randy and asked if he wanted Lakota back.  Of course, he said yes!! He is a beautiful horse and is actually bigger than the two girls! He is a sweetheart and loves affection!

Tsungani and Lakota having a little snack.

They get plenty of exercise everyday going up and down our big steep hill.  I mean, look how muscular they are!

So, apparently, Donna didn’t want her picture taken. But, she is the second one going up the hill.  She is Lakota’s mom.  She looks a lot like Tsungani but has a longer body and black mane and tail.  Just so you know, she is the queen! She gets to eat first and the others follow her lead!  She is the top horse and she lets the others know it! It’s funny how one animal becomes the dominant one.  We see it in our goats and chickens too.  Horses are amazing animals!  They are strong, graceful, and beautiful.  Thanks so much for stopping by the farm today and meeting some of our extended family! -amy

eggs coming out of our ears

We have chickens. They are crazy ladies that lay an enormous amount of eggs.  We are thankful for that! But, sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to consume 4-6 dozen eggs at a time! This is what Randy brought home the other night from the farm.

Wow!! That’s a lot of eggs!! And we already had 3 dozen in the fridge! Funny little side story…Randy came in with that basket, which I had never seen before.  I said, “honey, where’d you get that cute basket?”  He said, “oh, it was in the garbage pile at the job site and I took it to the farm and washed it with some bleach water and now it’s my egg basket!”  Ok, maybe you have to know Randy to think this is funny but, only Randy would save a little basket from the garbage pile, then take the time to wash it with bleach to use for collecting his eggs!!  It cracked me up! What other man would do that?

Anyway, needless to say, we’ve been eating a lot of eggs! Boiled eggs on salad, egg salad, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, quiche(we had that last night-YUM!).  I’m running out of ideas.  Do you have any suggestions for other egg recipes?  Leave me a comment, c’mon help a girl out…6 dozen eggs, people!! -amy

{this moment}

Adopted from the Soulemama blog,

{this moment} – A Friday ritual.  A single photo-no words-capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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