29
Mar
11

Farm Update…

We are officially lambing!  I was off Friday and Monday, but had to come back to work today. We have a friend stopping by to check on the sheep, but still worry something will happen when we are not there.  We have had such good luck so far we hate not being there to help them if they need it.  We have 23 of our own babies and 9 bottle lambs from dad, so we are keeping pretty busy. We are about 1/4 of the way done lambing, so still a long way to go.  We had 18 of those babies Saturday and were so hoping for the same numbers on Sunday, but they really slowed down Sunday and Monday.

I love fall, but I love spring too.  I can’t wait to get some things planted.  I already have potatoes and rhubarb planted, but the rest is going to have to wait until it warms up.  Our chickens are laying eggs like crazy.  We are getting about 30 eggs a day, but have been fortunate enough to sell most of them.  I just bought some pie shells (I don’t have the time of the energy to make my own right now) to make up quiche and freeze for quick breakfast meals with the extra eggs.  Fun, fun!  I’m also going to try to tackle a from-scratch angel food cake which uses 12 egg whites and an egg yolk cake that uses the remaining 12 yolks.  Maybe I will have time this weekend?  

We also hauled 9 of our 10 cats to the vet to get vaccinated and de-wormed on Saturday.  That was an experience since some of them are a bit on the wild side.  She let me do one of the vaccinations at home to save money, so that was really nice.  Cooter is on a different schedule than the big group so all he needed was de-wormed and his distemper shot when we got home.  We don’t normally do any vaccinations except rabies on our pets, but since we had two raccoons and a skunk turn up with rabies/distemper (not sure which) we decided we really needed to do the distemper if for no other reason than to protect our sheep.

I also made a Mexican Rice Bake for dinner and an extra one to throw in the freezer.  It was really good and so easy to make a double batch and freeze one.  I’m not sure why I haven’t done that more often when I make casseroles.

That is pretty much it for our farm.  We will sit at work and worry about the sheep today and tomorrow and then Randy will be off Thursday and Friday in hopes of burning off our pasture before it is too late and keeping an eye on the girls.  The wind and rain have made it impossible to burn on the weekends, so he is hoping to get it done this week while he’s off work.

Have a great day! 

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I am the wife to my wonderful husband and joint care giver to the many animals we have acquired on our small farm here on the prairie. This is a bit about our life on our farm. We are striving for simplicity and self-sufficiency, determined to become debt-free, trying to live in tune with the natural cycles of this earth, and challenging ourselves to transition to a diet based on traditional foods. It isn't always easy, and we don't always succeed, but it is a fun learning process. Join us as we stumble through learning how to provide for ourselves, get off the treadmill, and work toward a simpler way of life.

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