30
Jan
08

A warm and windy weekend…

In Kansas you learn fast you have to take the good with the bad.  If you have a 72 degree in January with gusts up to 30 mph, you still think it is a nice day.  We took advantage of the nice weather over the weekend and got quite a bit done.

Friday, Randy was off work because he had worked really late the night before.  So, we went to a town 30 minutes away to get our passport pictures taken and saw a girl I went to high school with and had a nice chat.  Randy and I went out for a nice lunch and spent the remainder of the afternoon hanging out together and stopped to visit our neighbors on our way home.  Saturday, we picked up limbs around our house from the ice storm.  We are MAYBE a quarter of the way done.  It is really a mess.  Sunday, we spent the better part of the day building our shute. 

Halfway There

The finished product.

Here are the girls and Hank just relaxing and doing some cud chewing while we worked and slaved on their shute.  Randy tried to lure them down the shute with a bucket of corn at feeding time.  Our registered Texel ewe, June, was the only one who followed and got hand fed a bite of corn.

Here are the Banties roaming.  We have chicken wire between the dogs and where the chickens roam.  The little black dog in the background doesn’t look like much, but he is a cold-blooded killer.  Notice the ice we have been scooping out of our stock tank.  The sad looking cedar trees have been converted to back scratchers for the girls, notice all the wool.

Sunday, we were invited to Mom and Dad’s for dinner so after we finished up our evening chores we headed down there the hang out with them and eat.  I also took a few pictures of his baby lambs to send to my cousins in North Carolina. 

Spooky and I had a little photo shoot two weeks ago, so I thought I would share.

Gotta love camera strings.

and of course a self portrait

This is what our older, wiser cat, Cooter, thought of the photo shoot.  He high tailed it out of my reach.

I have also started using some of the things I got in my Mountain Rose Herbs order.  Their coconut oil is wonderful and less expensive than I could find it anywhere else (even including shipping).  I used my citric acid to make mozzarella over the weekend.  And hope to get in my lip balm tubes I ordered on eBay so I can make lip balm this weekend.

We have started using Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar on our dog’s food to try to combat some skin allergies Koal is having.  We use one teaspoon morning and evening.  We didn’t know if they would eat their food with the ACV on it, but it hasn’t affected their eating at all, and Koal is a very picky eater.  Hopefully it will help neutralize their little systems. 

Monday was house cleaning day since it didn’t get done Friday.  I also made homemade corn tortillas (I’ll post this a little bit later), enchilada sauce, and crockpot enchilladas.  I also made mozzarella, cream cheese, yogurt, and kefir, so I had a pretty productive day. 

Now it’s back to the office to work!

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