Our goats are getting lots of love, as it has finally turned spring!
I washed and packed up all the heavy insulated winter farm wear today.
This little goatie has realized that Pearl is getting milk in that bottle, and he wants some too!
We sell raw milk (legally!), and enjoy getting to know our customers.
One is a diver, and brought the kids megalodon teeth from the Cooper River in SC. He also traced one, to show the kids the size of his biggest one. He gave the kids a whole science lesson on these creatures.
Another customer brought us pottery pieces from Israel. His family takes trips to Israel to help with the grape harvests and pruning. These pieces are from Shiloh (Joshua 18:1) where the temple was set up. The men were to travel there three times a year (Exodus 23:17) and make sacrifices, which were brought in the pots. The used pots, were then broken outside the temple, and the remains of them can still be found today. I'm sure my explanation doesn't do it justice, I'm just writing what I recall him telling the kids.
We frequently get a kick out of the variety of people who travel to visit our farm! Our little map-dot town has 1 caution light, doesn't even have a grocery store, and is 98% white (our Chinese kids being the other 2%--just kidding).
Our customers drive as much as 90 minutes, one way, weekly. We are the only farm in north AL selling raw milk legally, that we know of. We have customers that were born in France, Romania, Guiana, Pakistan, and American Indian descendants. Our Jersey's have produced milk for doctors, lawyers, an aerospace engineer, preachers, and and the list goes on.
People of many skin colors come to our farm, and it just cracks me up, because you would never imagine seeing such a diverse group of people in a tiny farm community. Our kids have learned more about other cultures and religions from our customers, here- in our map-dot town, than they ever would have in the suburbs. We are truly blessed to have been put in contact with many wonderful people through our farm.
Here's where we are on the mudroom---out of cedar, ordering more tomorrow.
The inside is wired, insulated, and the plywood ceiling is up. Tomorrow, we begin the pretty ceiling, which is going to take a while----so I am going to keep you in suspense =).
At first we were not going to tear the ceiling down, just put our new ceiling over it. Good thing we changed our minds, because there was rotting wood behind the crown molding, as you can see below. Not only that, but the ceiling was not plywood, it was thin luan.
There were all kinds of surprises, like one wall had aluminum siding behind the paneling, although the same wall is covered with vinyl on the exterior.
When I pulled up the indoor/outdoor type carpet, this layer of dirt was underneath.
The next day, DH finished the demo job, and replaced the door below with a full glass door.
There was a support beam next to this window, which meant the whole wall had to come down to incorporate the french door.
I am blessed with a hubby that, not only has the skills to do my projects, but is willing to do them for me.
Because this got a bit involved. As you can see below, the main house was connected to the garage (now our den), by this. We think the mudroom started off as a breezeway, and was later closed in, because some of the framing just didn't makes sense.
By the end of the day we were able to set the french door in place and have the wall where no animals or critters could come in overnight.
Toby is such a good sport.
"Please, mama, don't leave me with all these kids!"
"All the days of the afflicted are evil, but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast." Prov 15:15
Pearl has her little tongue out most of the time; so cute.
"No, I'm not your mama."
The two newest kids, Heidi and Hilda.
"Emmi thinks this is sooo funny, I DO NOT!"
Beautiful girl, cleaning the silver handles.
We have been catching up on school work this week.
Wes made this model of the farm.
There is no end to Emmi and Avery's creativeness.
I don't know what made them think to put "BoJangles" on the cup,
we have only eaten there twice.
I'm so glad we stopped watching TV a few years ago.
Using your imagination is much more fun!
Yes, my calling them babies gives away the fact that I did not always live on a farm. =)
Jennifer had two kids, Thomas Jefferson and June. They were not born in the barn, as all of our other goats have been. But after Emmi discovered them, she moved them and Jennifer to a warm, clean stall.
Coralee started showing signs of calving a week ago.
It was a mystery; our rented bull went home a month before this calving date.
Then we bought a bull, but if Coralee was bred on his 1st day here, she still wouldn't be due until April 1st.
The calf looks really bad here, which makes me think she is early.
Looking better, but would not stand up.
It should be standing within an hour, and nursing.
DH was at work, I put her in Emmi's lap on the cart, and took her to the barn.
Then Wes helped get Coralee to the milk barn for milking. A calf needs colostrum soon, or it can die. They do not receive antibodies from the mom, and must get them in the form of colostrum.
We milked Coralee and forced the colostrum down the
baby's throat with a turkey baster. The kids held the calf up, using a sheet for a sling, while I fed her, but she still would not stand.
At that point, we could do nothing else.
We were thrilled to find this baby, named Pearl, standing a few hours later.
At evening milking time, I carried her to the milking parlor when it was time to milk Coralee. We poured up more colostrum, and fed her again while Coralee was eating.
I carried her back to the barn. I probably carried Pearl over 1/4 mile altogether. The fact that she was small enough for me to do that,
also leads me to think that she is early.
Here I am feeding Pearl her bottle the next morning. She is doing well, and will stay in a stall for several days. After that, she will be living in the "friends" pasture, with Moe, Toby, and the goats.
Even after the carpet was found, no one passed that info on to our particular installer. He showed up at his normal warehouse in Huntsville, then had to drive to Bham to get the carpet.
I'm soooooo glad it's over with!
So here's the den, starting with the piano area, moving left.
I'm going to have to get some chalk paint after that black table!
The carpet still has some "lines" where it was rolled up, and the fibers haven't fluffed back up. It has sort of a waffle pattern to it.
The pictures on the floor (that I took in China) will go above the sofa.
Pretend that the side chair has a slip cover made of that cream fabric,....it will be made soon.
The tv is still in the garage. We do not watch "real" tv" at all.
The kids do some school work using the tv as a computer screen and we watch live streaming preaching, so I guess we will always have a tv.
I'm so happy to see some of my China favorites back on the walls!
I bet you're thinking I'm crazy to have white carpet on a farm, with 6 kids in the home! We've had white twice before, and really liked it. Of course it is a no shoe zone.
DH still has to swag the chandelier more over the small table.
He is working 7 twelve hour shifts this week (plus 2 hours commuting).
I was just happy he felt like getting the sofas and piano back in place,
so I could get the rest done.
I stole the picture of Kristen and Jake, and the table,
from the dining room.
Another table and the watercolor of the farmhouse will replace them.
After being without the den since January 1st, and waiting on the carpet for 16 extra days, I am SO HAPPY to have the room completed!
And next, we tackle the mud room.
The LAST room, hallelujah! We actually had the two 8' sofas and the piano in here since January, so it's a mess.
I'll be ripping it apart in the next few days.
The new walls will be galvanized metal, with barn wood trim, NOT pink and blue flowered paneling.