I don't know about everyone else out there but my life sure has a way of being very full. The morning starts and everything gets rolling and then daddy's walking in the door and the day is over. In the blink of an eye you are literally in the future. Amazing. I am watching my infant grow so quickly. I haven't been documenting with photographs like I did my older child. Am I going to remember it all? What else have I been doing? I think back to when he was 1, 2 or 3 months old and it feels like an eternity ago...
One of these days I will post pictures. I have decided that I am just not great at taking/posting pictures. I'm sure it would make these ramblings much more interesting to read. Honestly, I am lucky I get to write at all!
In the spirit of "Waste Not, Want Not" Wednesday, which I was going to start as a blog roll myself if someone didn't already have it running (which someone does so I'm just going to add my thoughts to that list instead), lets talk animal fat!
In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure. ~Malcolm X
Mini successes. I cleaned my house yesterday just by putting one foot in front of the other and sticking to one room at a time! Usually I am whizzing all over the place and picking things up left right and sideways and never seem to make it anywhere. Yesterday, I just did what I could do and it didn't take nearly as long. Perhaps this was a lesson learned? I have other tasks I am still working on catching up on but we have done quite a lot in the past week.
It's been a beautiful morning. I sat down to write earlier and little man decided it was time to get up. So after a sentence I was interrupted. But at 6:20 it was already nearly 70 degrees. Unbelievable weather for this time of the year. The guy working on our bathroom said Mother Nature made a fibber of him. He said we don't usually get grass until June but we've got grass! Oh do we have grass. I will have to mow the lawn here shortly.
Sometimes I feel like time isn't on my side. I know I have just as much time as the most brilliant minds of our (and past) centuries but man, where does it go! Since the last time I wrote here, we have had 6 lambs, canned up 4 gallons of syrup using our home made cinder block arch and an open fire, brought a mama sheep back from the brink, milked one of our sheep very successfully (they are not supposed to be milk sheep but she has wonderful production and a BIG baby), built a make shift pallet fence for part of our field, finally got our hoop house to withstand wind, and probably some stuff I'm forgetting.
Well luckily it's not actually the house. Our water jet pump decided to die yesterday (or at least we think it died). So we have been out of water since yesterday around this time. Fun stuff... Thank goodness for lots of snow and our Berkey. I can't sing the praises of our Berkey enough! I actually took a truck in my snowshoes with a toddler on my back in the Ergo down to the brook with a couple pails. Well, the combination of snow shoes, a toddler, pregnancy and water wasn't the best mix and I think I brought a total of 5 gallons of water back to the house in about a half hour or so... So anyway, hopefully hubby will have the water pump situated tonight. then we just have the problem of cisterns that are absolutely foul... And I mean FOUL! Disgusting. Not covered. Bug and dust and possibly mouse poo in them. So gross...Again, thank goodness for the Berkey! So needless to say, we have pails of water sitting by our toilets and I have a pot sitting on top of the wood stove with snow melting in it.
Other then that it's been another research day. I just found out that Vermont is still pushing to get GMO's labeled even after Monsanto threatened to sue the entire state (but they don't care if they are labeled...they supported labeling in Europe). My guess is the memory of the rBGH in milk and the fiasco that followed is still fresh in their minds... ie, they will loose a lot of money and lots of it. But, based on my seed catalog from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (a company that has been testing for GM and refusing to sell it for the past 8 years - big kudos!) they were only able to find 8 strains of sweet corn (and popcorn corn) not contaminated. My feed company has had similar luck with a feed corn source but I can't remember the name now.
On another note, if anyone has either a copy of "Seeds of Deception" or "Genetic Roulette" by Jeffry M. Smith I would love to borrow it from you. I probably will want to add it to my resource library but it's not in the budget right now. SO, if I could borrow, that would be awesome!
Hi there, Wysteria here. I will be writing as regularly as possible on behalf of my family and regarding our adventures in farming, food, health and things of the like. My interest range widely and my brain wanders far. Namaste.