It has been too long hasn't it? Ok, I have a few moments to quickly type as I am waiting for the wood cook stove to heat up to 350 to make a special dessert for some friends coming by later this evening. Currently the Gentle Giant is out and about picking up 40 laying Golden Comet Pullets with the kitty cats and possibly purchasing our very own family dairy cow! YEAH! We will see what he decides. I sent the children along with him to see if she is a good milker or not. It is pretty neat to know I can give my children this task and they will know if the cow is worth it or not. I really wanted to go (I am one of the main milkers) but did not think it is wise at 30 weeks along (in a barn with a lantern) almost and did I mention how large I am growing! EEEK! It's going to be another big one folks J. BTW, 2 of our goats should be due to kid around the beginning of May so there will be LOTS of new life here on the farm J with some great photo ops
We are getting a brochure together of what we are selling off the farm. Let me know if you are interested in receiving one. Grass finished beef, pork, eggs, bread and local wheat berries pesticide free and more.
Spring is coming although it seems to be arriving rather slowly but one sign is all the mud. This is always the yucky time of year in the Midwest as things need to move towards beautiful spring. It is wonderful when we get there but getting there is another story J
Maple sugaring season started today. Our son went with the Amish friends to tap over 300 trees for sap. We all will help next week to make syrup. HOW FUN! We are learning and enjoying so much of everything here. Tomorrow we will go to our neighbors for a sewing day of sorts when our lessons are finished up in the morning. I am bringing bbq, a huge dessert and chips, and they will add to the community meal.
As of late I have received many wonderful and encouraging emails from all of you that are admiring our journey. Thank you so much! It really is encouraging to be hearing from you. 147% of all our criticism has come from our "friends" and distant family members. I should clarify that our immediate family has been supportive. I truly believe they criticize because they cannot grasp why we are doing this because they cannot fathom doing it themselves. That is fine, the world would be very boring if we all were alike wouldn't it?. These encouraging emails are so uplifting! Thanks and keep 'em coming! J
We are right on track to finish our lessons by the end of April. The hard work is paying off. We gave up quite a bit this year so we could finish early and strong. It will be challenging to stay focused now with the weather warming up J
Our next goals are in the works. One, instead of purchasing a tractor we have also decided to go the "off-grid" way in this area as well. We are seriously looking for a team of Belgian horses for our farm work. We have been studying up on this for a while and it seems like a good fit for our family. Our blue van (7-passenger minivan) is on the fritz big time… Who knows, when that goes you just might see us driving a buggy… J
Well, I better go. I can actually hear that the stove has reached 350 degrees in the silence... What's up in your neck of the woods?