I was talking with a friend this morning and I reviewed the list of things that I would be doing today, it goes something like this:
Breakfast, coffee, devotional, animal chores, plant crop of corn, cook breakfast for this kids, start them on their school work, process 30 pounds of strawberries, laundry, mop and wipe down kitchen after making jam, cook lunch, help kids with more school, clean up, work in garden till 6, cook dinner, eat dinner, clean up dinner, help with evening chores, bath children, shower, and pass out!
As I look at that list, a few things change from day to day, like I might weed instead of plant corn, or process beets instead of strawberries, but this is my day. No wonder I do not have time to keep my blog up to date! The difficult thing with never leaving work is you never leave work. I never get to say “Ok, Im done for the day”. The minute you do that a chicken gets out or someone throws up. I do however, need to find a way to write more. So here I am relaxing, thank you for listening.
The pigs have arrived! They are doing great, we were able to move them out of their baby pen and into the field this week. They are loving the grass and the open space. Their names are Ketchup, Mustard and Relish. We keep saying that we are going to have a race, like they do at the baseball game but it has not happened yet. These pigs are just as sweet and lovable as our last ones and we are just head over heals in love with this breed. It is looking more and more like pigs will become a forever animal on our farm. Within the next year or two we will get a breeding pair to guarantee we always have this breed around.
We are almost down with our spring meat birds. One batched has already gone to butcher and the second batch will go in about 2 weeks. This is the first year we have really been able to put them out on pasture and we are, as always, learning new things. The major learning curve this year has been predators. We have lost many birds, to raccoons and fox this year. The fox is continuing to be a problem, we have trapped some, but electric fencing around the outside of everything seems to be our only solution. We have added many small fence chargers for the moveable bird pens and for the pigs and goats. This seems to be working but we still live in fear.
Lastly, we are happy to announce that we received our cost share grant from Soil Conservation. It has been a long, very long process and we are not done yet, but they did tell us we have been approved. We are excited to start the next step which is planning, estimates, building and yet more paperwork. It is worth it! I can not wait to be able to open up those fields and let the animals run.
Alright, enough relaxing for me, time to start chores. I hope you have a great day!