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Strange weather this week; this was fog one morning.  It's rained so much that, for the first day in a month, I missed walking.  But we need the rain, got 2 " on Thursday.
We found Floyd Sunday morning with a gash on his leg, literally spurting blood everywhere when he moved a certain way.  The vet could not stitch it, he said that due to the location, the stitches would rip out in a matter of hours.  He put cauterizing medicine on it and bandaged it tightly.  We love our vet, he came back Monday to change Floyds bandage, and castrated Floyd while he was here.
If you have to pay for a farm call, you might as well get your money's worth.
Our friend Steve brought the kids a box of artifacts from a Cooper River dive trip.  This is the same friend who gave the kids megalodon shark teeth.
I canned 2 batches of beans this week, and a batch of squash/zucchini.
I'm still discovering beautiful colors on these birds, they are growing and changing so fast!
The year we moved here, I transplanted these cana lilies.  I don't particularly like them, but moved them from the house to an area where the dirt was washing away, by an old shed.  The do look great now, I'm glad I didn't just throw them away.
Moe was sad this week, his purple ball got torn.  I'll have to order him another one soon.
Other than that, it's just been a "normal" night shift week, which means not much gets done around here.

Busy week on the farm; with DH off 5 days.
He cut hay in 3 pastures, 
raked the hay, 
and baled the hay.
Bought 3 tons ( two of these bags) of organic fertilizer,
spread the fertilizer.
We ate the first of the green beans from the garden. along with squash, zucchini, and kale.
Bought an ice machine from the Habitat store, because we never have enough, and our milk customers often need it.
Pearl thinks she's a goat (they often eat on their knees).
Jennifer got lots of loving.
And I broke my all time favorite (and most expensive) pair of glasses.  Two small chips out of the lense, but because of the style, I'm afraid it may end up cracking.  I'll have to check out my options on Monday.
It's been a rough week here on the farm, for different reasons.
The unconditional love of a donkey always helps=)
I tried for 4 days to catch Toby on film "honking", to send to a friend's son.  After I finally got it, I could't get it to send, said it was file was too large.
David could do it, but he's been on night shift. 
Because of his vacations and other off days, it's been over 3 months since he worked a set of night shifts, so this was rough on all of us.
I've spent way too much time on the computer this week, but did the kids summer school work lined up,so we're good for a few months.
We finally turned the a/c on June 12th.  SO with it set on 79, I sat in the den under a blanket Monday evening---I told you about the body acclimating=)
I DID get the garage pressure washed though, looks great now!
Last year the pressure washer broke as I was finishing the house, and I never got to do the garage.
I have walked 3-4 miles every day this week, and gotten down to a 16 minute mile!  I am very excited to have dropped below another 10 lb increment on the scale.....I'm posting it here to keep myself accountable.
Nothing going on the rest of the week, just Thursday's trip to Bham for the orthodontist and Whole Foods. 
Praying all my bloggy friends have a great week!


It's that time of year---de-wormer.
It's the only form of medication our cows get.
We ran 20 cows through the squeeze shoot in just over 2 hours.
We ear tagged a few, and 5 got blood draws for pregnancy tests.
Look at this silly girl trying to drink water through the gate.
The next day, we weeded around all of the trees in the orchard.
Here's Emmi helping Waid to feel and count pears on a tree.

We are so excited about this year's garden.  We are very thankful that it is doing well, hopefully it will prove to be our best garden to date.
We've already eaten kale and squash from the garden.

DH also installed our security cameras this week. This one is mounted on the "potato house, see the little black box at the top of the corner post?

I'm not sure why he bought this brand, one of our friends really likes his Arlo.
I don't know which ones do what, but this one signals our phones when motion is detected, and sends us a video of what it sees.  DH can monitor it from work when he's on night shift.  If we are away from home, we can see if a milk customer is there, or someone else who shouldn't be.

Tonight at milking time, I was expecting a customer.  I got a message before they even made it down the driveway to where I was.  I like that no one can sneak up on me now when I'm milking cows or doing other farm chores!

We had our last T-bones earlier this week, booo hooooo.
Another cow will be butchered in August.
Some friends of ours have a pet rescue deer.  
They are trying to find a petting zoo to take it.

Mr. S gave all the kids pieces of banana and peel to feed the deer.
She also likes mulberry leaves from their tree.
Emmi is making kale chips to go with the kids lunches several days a week now.  They are wonderful, but she wont tell us her secret spice mix.
I'm so thankful that she enjoys cooking and being of service to others.

We had low carb Chicken Cordon Bleu tonight with Kale Waldorf salad.
DH posted it on our facebook farm page (Happy Hollow Farm), and has already had a request for the recipe.  And for my friend Jen, here it is....
As with everything I cook, the recipe below is doubled from the original.
Kale Waldorf Salad by Elise Bauer of SimplyRecipes.com
Dressing:
2/3 cup of mayo
1 T dijon mustard
1 T apple cider vinegar
pinch of salt, and freshly ground pepper
Salad:
3-4 large red apples, cored and chopped
1 cup chopped celery
4 cups ( I didn't measure it) chopped kale, stems removed
Optional:
1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped (I didn't have any)
1 cup dried cranberries ( I just sprinkled them on the kids servings, because they are too high in carbs for me and DH)
Whisk dressing ingredients together, toss in everything else.

Wes's  Black Copper Marans are looking great.  This one has rust, burgandy, and teal spots, but wouldn't stand still for me to get a good picture.   I get amazed everyday on this farm, observing God's wonderful creations.  
This set of birds should begin laying their "chocolate" colored eggs sometime this summer.  
This is definitely our latest "1st swim" ever!  We have never waited until June before, but there's been so much rain that the water has not warmed up as much as usual.
I got to use my new silicone butter molds today.  Emmi got them for me for Mother's Day.  I'm sure my customers will be thrilled to get real sticks now instead of globs of butter shaped by hand.
 We got a lot of baking done today.  
Avery makes a breakfast bar for 2 days a week, they have yogurt with granola 2 days a week, cereal once, kefir once, and something from the freezer once a week.  Except the freezer items haven't been re-stocked in a while.

So today, I made 24 chocolate zucchini muffins, 
16 servings of Blueberry-Lemon Streusel Coffee cake (waiting to be baked),
8 Banana Breakfast bars, 
and 24 Oatmeal Spice muffins with raisins.
The oatmeal gets soaked in buttermilk for an hour before baking; good stuff!
That should carry us through a few months!
We have a new dairy customer from Egypt.
God never ceases to amaze me with the people he has put us in contact with here on the farm!

DH was off W-F this week, and there's always so much to do when he's off.
I try to put much of my stuff on hold and be outside helping him when he's off work.

Here are part of the new gutters on the back of the main sheds.  We will be able to catch rainwater from 3,000 square foot of rooftop.

 AMRV (AL Mountains, Rivers and Waterways Resource Conservation and Development Council) previously had a federal government grant to help farmers with rain catchment systems.  When DH found out about it, the program was over, but they had 1 tank left.  They offered to sell it to us at a cut rate, and come install everything for a very low price.
 This tank will hold 1,550 gallons, and make a huge impact on our water bill.  Not only that, but we do not want to water the garden with city water because the chemicals in it kill the good bacteria in our organic fertilizers.

Emmi has been creative in the kitchen again.
Jake left Monday night for his vacation in DC.  He will soon move into our garage and start his new job at ***** Tours, one of the largest tour bus companies in the US.  The man that hired him was very glad to hear that Jake had already driven a bus in DC, because some of their drivers don't like to go there. *****As I am writing, Jake just texted me to say the company just called him.  They cannot hire him because he is under 25.*********


Avery has been at it again, and never disappoints with her creative artwork, although this one does look kind of cruel =0

We are so thankful that our garden is looking great this year!