Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Monday, January 2, 2012

Quick Homestead Diary Update

Hey Beautiful Blogger Women-

I managed to get some time on a friends computer (Thank you bunches and heaps!), so I'm able to do a quick update on what's going on here.

WIND sums it up pretty well. MUCH wind, and cold. The thermometer says 3 degrees, but it feels like -30 to me. Last night was crazy windy as well. In fact, I had a nightmare about a tornado. Even the cat and dog were restless all night. Why is it that if you have children who are afraid of the dark, as soon as the power goes out they wake up freaked out? Oh, yeah, the power went out too. That part was actually pretty fun for me. :) I like it dark.

The goats are back! :) I'm loving having them back, and wondering if all of them were bred. I dropped them off to be bred on December 1, and Cupcake was in standing heat the day before. Starlight and Japanzy were supposed to be in heat about a week into their time with the bucks. I picked them all up on the 23rd, and found that Cupcake was at the end of her heat. Maybe I should have left them longer, but I hope the 23 days were enough, because I couldn't bear to have them gone longer. That really makes me sound like a crazy goat lady, but I can't help it. It's the real truth. I like my goats. A lot. ;)

They're doing great since coming home, even Starlight seems to be feeling better than she did before and during her stint with the buck. I'm thinking it's going to be a long 4+ months of waiting to see those kids.

The chickens are really picking up in their egg production. They're happy and friendly, crowding around me when I come in to care for them in the morning. Even when they have water that isn't frozen, they all crowd around to peck snow off of my boots. not sure why that is, but they seem to love it. Yesterday we got 10 eggs (out of 16 hens). Not bad for the end of December. I can now sell some eggs, which seriously helps when they're eating so much feed. In fact, I need to put scratch and laying mash on my list. They're going through it pretty fast now.

Well, it's late and I have to force myself outside to drive 20 miles to get home. It's way too cold and windy to be driving. I wasn't prepared for the weather to take this turn. It was 11 degrees, still and sunny when I headed for town this afternoon. Can't wait to curl up in my bed and put my cold feet on my hubby. :)



  1. OK ,goat lady ,good to have you back if only for the moment and tell us the trills and loves of your life,I love hearing about it. its takes me so far away like ,reading a good book and I don't have to think about real things. hope you and the children [ and hubby too] all had a wonderful Christmas. you are rather like momma pea and taking care of your chickens so well too. you guys must have the best tasting eggs around-do you sell them too-or just hoard them to yourselves--lol

  2. Nice to hear from you & glad your girls are back home. Sorry to hear about winter.....ick. But get home and warm up with a nice cup o' tea or cocoa and enjoy this "down time" (ha) of winter!

  3. Glad your goats are home! That is really cool how your chickens are actually picking up in production while the cold and wind is howling outside, hope you get to enjoy that for a bit this winter!

  4. I'm happy for you that your goats are home again. Now we'll all keep our fingers crossed that their time away from home did what it was intended to do!

    Good to hear from you . . . I know it's a pain not to have a working computer at home.

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