Bottle Feeding Goats (a handy schedule)

When we got our first baby goats last summer, I had no idea how often to bottle feed a kid.  There was nothing in books.  Nothing on internet searches.  I ended up texting my friend, Jill, every week to see what the new ration should be. This year was no different, I couldn’t remember how…

Finding New Cuss Words (on the farm)

When our cute little munchkin (adorably, I might add) dropped something and said, “Oh, sh#t,” all our eyes got big and we started pointing fingers.  Which other grandma has she seen?  It was probably her aunt, her mom, the neighbor…..but of course then we caught ourselves saying it as well.  Hey, we live in the…

No More Allergies (the amazing stinging nettles)

There will be a morning soon that I will wake up and feel like I got socked in the face.  My throat will be scratchy and my eyes swollen.  Bar fight?  Oncoming cold?  Allergies.  Thankfully, years ago, I found a ridiculously simple remedy for allergies and brewed it up myself to make it even more…

Snow Storms and Fruit Blossoms

A winter storm watch has been issued.  I do not recall ever experiencing substantial snowfall in May, when the lilacs have bloomed, at Mother’s Day.  Doug vaguely recalls one time when we were children, frozen trees cracking in mass.  Temperatures in the twenties, hovering in the thirties, blizzard conditions; all rather surreal.  Yet, this Mother’s…

Maple Molasses Whole Wheat Bread

This bread turned out delicious!  It has a touch of sweet and slices well.  I slice one loaf and put it in the freezer to toast or to use for French toast. The other loaf we eat fresh.  I used to avoid kneading bread.  I have mastered the art of bread baking without kneading but…

The Chick That Wanted To Be A Duck

Can you see who is hiding from me here?  As if I will not notice that the chicks on the other side of the tub number one less? At any given time, one can peek in and see five ducks.  I mean four ducks and one wannabe.  Macchiato is pretty constantly damp as she likes…

Out of Space Farming (finding garden space in unusual places)

We need a bigger garden in the next house!  This is always our mantra.  The next house will indeed have a bigger garden and I will inevitably run out of space.  We have already begun saying it again.  This quarter acre garden is the largest we have had and succeeded at but the drive to…

Lunch Creativity (seeking it!)

Ahh, lunch.  My nemesis.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind going out to lunch!  But standing in my kitchen at lunchtime trying to figure out what to prepare always leaves me baffled.  Once farmer’s market season starts (next week!) I have to pack lunches.  Oy, then it really gets fun.  We go out a lot…