One advantage of not having a project finished....
when the power is out overnight, the power cords to the generator can be run through the hole where the deadbolt lock has not been installed.
We had an F1 tornado Saturday evening, just about milking time.
The edges at the peak of the barn roof are curled up, and there is some damage where the metal panels join vertically.
Part of out hay barn wall is gone--hay barns are not exactly sturdy structures.
Our damage is very minor, not so for the chicken houses 2 properties down the road.  I'm thankful that it was chickens though, and not people.
This door frame was pulled off the milking parlor
 the two white sides should meet in the middle.

We had to milk by generator, I'm thankful that DH has set up the lights and machine so that we can do that by just flipping a switch.
As seen above, we did have to bring the other generator to the house and run cords inside.  I am thankful we have that option, as many do not.
                                 Water tank blown over, and gutter falling off.
Other than that, pool parts were blown away.
Flooding and limbs down.
Gutter downspouts littered the yard, (the horizontal brown piece to the right of the tree).
Thankfully, in almost 30 years, we have only had the minor damage shown above, and wind damage to a roof in Montgomery, that was from a hurricane.  I'm hoping we can just make these repairs ourselves and not file a claim with insurance.


Ugly and dark.
WHo puts dark brown vinyl on a porch ceiling?
Even worse, who covers up 80+ year old bead board with brown vinyl????
The brown vinyl and the brown carpet are now gone,
breathe a sigh of relief.
Even gray concrete is better.
WOw, pulling the ceiling down made a huge difference!
Next week I'll be painting it.  Then the real fun begins, I'll will lime wash all of the brick, and the gable gets cedar.  A bit more landscaping would be great too!
I want to replace the columns, and build cedar shutters, but that may have to wait a while, as it is now hay cutting and gardening season.
The mudroom is DONE!!!!!, pictures coming soon.
Poor Moe is looking scraggly.
 He sheds like this twice a year.  This is how much hair was brushed off today.
 Earlier today, my landscaping crew was hard at work cutting the grass.
 It's a good thing, because DH has not been able to mow the grass yet.
He joked that he would just let it grow and cut it with the bush hog when he does hay in a few weeks----um, no.

This is the year we finally bought a tiller.
DH has done most of the work so far.
Three rows of rattlesnake beans, 
and 3 rows of blue lake bush beans so far.
That only covers about 1/6 of our gardening space.
I'm getting out the rest of the seeds today, to figure out what all to plant.
Meanwhile, back at the barn, feeding time is getting very crowded.
Anybody need a goat????

In the kitchen

DH giving Waid and Jenna shrimp peeling lessons.
We are trying to find more things that they can do in the kitchen.
(They are blind, in case you are new here and didn't know.)
More strawberries and cream this week!
Emmi gets Waid to help her measure and stir when she makes granola, 
she is very patient with him.
Teaching him to crack an egg.
We've been making a lot of cream cheese lately,
 and that is kefir on the counter.

Here's our weekly batch of Mozzarella,
 used mostly for pizza on Fridays.
Of course, making moz and cream cheese produces whey......
which can be used to ferment apples and other fruits and vegi's.
One of the tastiest ways to get probiotics!
And here is a delicious new recipe we found for roasted brussels sprouts and apples.  The recipe below is the amount I actually made for 8 people, and there were leftovers to go in DH's lunch a couple of day.
2 lb. fresh brussels sprouts
3 gala apples
2 sticks of butter, melted seperately
1 large onion
1 T maple syrup
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut brussels sprouts in half and remove ends; core and cut apples into bite sized pieces. In large mixing bowl,  coat with 1 stick of the melted butter. Spread on parchment paper covered cookie sheet pan.  Roast 20 minutes, give it a stir after 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut onion in thin slices, and put in skillet with 1 stick of butter until it begins to brown.  Turn down to low, and simmer while brussels sprouts roast.  When onions have caramelized, add the maple syrup.  I return all cooked ingredients to the large mixing bowl. Mix it all up and enjoy!

Everybody loves Toby

He's our friend, and guard donkey.

The face he makes before he "honks" is hilarious;
so I've been trying to capture it.
Getting ready......
Nope, that's a yawn--somebody get this boy a toothbrush!
He knows I'm up to something, he is very smart.
Moe loves Toby.
No, that was another yawn.
Here we go.....
now we're in business.
He's "honking" because it's feeding time.
If we're late, he reminds us.
Donkeys get a bad rap for being stubborn, because they may not "go" when told to.
The typical horse will proceed at his owners lead, even in dangerous situations, and end up with a broken leg, snake bite, etc.  A donkey is smart enough to not proceed in danger, and go slow and cautious if he has a concern about the situation.  Our Toby may be mini, but he can round up 18 goats and a lamb like nobody's business when he thinks something is amiss.

Avery has been sewing.
I'm glad I don't have to milk on a little stool like that guy!
See the flies embroidered on the dishtowel?
They've started already here at the farm.  DH despises them.  
Along with buying fly predators this year, and having the poop in the pastures raked daily as a farm chore, DH got out the shop vac.

If nothing else, it gets the flies off at milking time, 
so hopefully we will have less kicking.

Emmi made a new dishtowel too.  And Waid invented a fishing pole out of tinker toys, with real string that actually winds up on a spool.
One problem with raising grass fed beef:  When a cow escapes, you can stick a bucket of food right in their face, to bribe them back to their pasture, and they will just ignore you.