Monday, March 28, 2011
C'mon folks, try your hardest to know where your food comes from! Support yourself first--grow/harvest/preserve what you can. Support Local Growers of meat, milk, eggs, produce, fruit, etc. That is why they are there--the support goes away, they go away. Pretty simple, really.
OK, onto what I was going to talk about. I ran across these photos today--amazing. I will warn you--not for the squeamish. They are real photos of bovine innards. It's a comparison of one calf fed raw (real) milk and one raised on store-bought (pasteurized and homogenized) milk. I don't care how 'unscientific' the test was--the proof is in the photos of the calves. The old adage of "you are what you eat" comes ever so true here!
A tale of two calves http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/the-tale-of-two-calves-one-calf-got-raw-milk-the-other-pasteurized/#more-16769
And more for your reading pleasure--Mark McAfee once again 'hits home' (very hard--right between the eyes) about his thoughts on raw milk. A thought-provoking but true article. I like Mark because he pulls no punches, writes truthfully AND has his own dairy. (The state of CA has tried to shut him down more than once, this man knows his stuff, and he lives and does what he talks about.)
The 15 Things that Pasteurization Kills in Milk
Happy reading and I'll post 'home news' later this week!
Monday, March 21, 2011
It is Spring--I'm excited! I thought I heard frogs Friday and Saturday after dark, Pat thought I was crazy. (Won't be the first time, nor last I'm afraid--HA!) As he was working on a lawnmower starter as it got dark, I told him to listen--yep he heard them too! I can also hear them this morning.
Sunday I put up my electric fence--Anna got zapped twice while investigating it and has left it alone since. Dolly just looks at it like "Oh not again!" :)
I got 5 eggs yesterday, the chickens are laying well. They are eating grass that is coming up in the pasture and are finding bugs already.
I mowed the Asparagus area earlier in the week and put some Epsom salts on the bed. I have grass that is taking it over---grrrr.
Pat got to 'talk' to Jared via FB the other day--he says Ft. Polk doesn't have alot to offer. He is playing one of the injured guys and likes to spit up fake blood to gross out the ones doing first aid. Due to his fake injury he is getting carried places from what I gather.
Kyle is still adamant about taking Basics this summer, even after talking to one of my co-workers who did that. (Bad idea he says for numerous reasons.) Jared is also discouraging him from doing it. Sigh....I guess he could be thinking about doing something else....good or bad! ;)
He played several times in the Copacabana Saturday nite. (Its a fundraiser for the school--they have Copa every year.) Here he is with his Trombone solo:
His solo was "Spanish Dance".
Monday, March 14, 2011
Her 'worst' hoof--a back one that was causing her to limp. I wish I would of took a 'before' picture if you think it looks bad now!
I had fun pestering her--(she's such a good sport!) Though she didn't much care for the "let me see your front teeth AND get a photo of them" part!
Oh leave me alone--I'm tuckered out and just want some rest! :)
Anna says: Get away from me with that scary hoof knife!! HA (It might eat her, ya know!)
Kyle has been on the go and I haven't seen much of him this past week. :( He's talking about taking Basics (Army) this summer....I'm trying to talk him out of it and wait until he graduates.
Patrick and I have been comparing Electric Fencers--we need a new one. I'm wanting a solar one, he's liking the battery powered ones. So I'm sure we'll make some kind of compromise--I'm putting up fence this weekend and will have to get *something*!! :)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Guns....Military or not, guns are just a part of life here. Used for good (hunting) and the bad and ugly (protection). I am so very thankful we have not had to use the "protection" on humans--only pesky critters!
I am reminded of this as scopes and modification/parts for various guns have been trickling in via UPS, Fed-Ex and USPS the past couple of weeks. Jared places orders, things ship and arrive here for him. Good thing Patrick knows what is what, and what goes where....I'd be lost! I'll stick to my gardening, canning and critters--thank you very much! ;-)
Today I get a phone call from the Army--an updated automated call (I don't remember getting one before) checking their family contact phone numbers. It ended with: "Thank You from White Devil Six!" I guess its for an emergency situations/updates....kind of weird it came today, as Jared leaves NC this evening for Ft. Polk LA for a few weeks of training. (Josh he's close to you!!) :) Jared keeps telling me "they are going to Play Haji" (sp). Anyone know what it is?? (Clueless mom here!) All I understand is: Some newer dudes need training, and Jareds' Platoon/Battalion are the bad guys. (I forgot to ask how many are going). Not sure if they are "playing" out in the woods, or what. If Jared knows, he really isn't saying much.....phone calls/contact will be spotty over the next few weeks. Argh-from a Mom's point of view!!
Kyle's golf stint (I think) is expensive; his Mom and Dad IOU is getting larger! ;-) But I'd rather him being doing that then nothing and/or getting into trouble, so I'm not really complaining. He's a good kid and isn't afraid of work, which I am grateful for. He and a few others go for their ASVAB (military) re-test next Monday. I don't think they took it very seriously last time--low scores--hence the re-test!
Patrick has been working on one of bathrooms (we only have two--not like we live in a mansion with several!), finally we are getting it done. What we thought leaked, well, we were wrong when Pat took the toilet off, it was the toilet seal/seat that had a small leak. I'm not being picky on anything, I just want it done. We have some leftover linoleum that is off-white, what is in there is dark brown. (Let the cringing begin! HA HA HA) I'd rather get it fixed and worry about the 'color scheme' later. Did I ever mention I'm function over form? :) (It'll give guests something to talk about--a multi colored floor!)
We've gotten some rain the past two days...the weather was holding decently nice. Not sure how much snow/ice we will get, they keep changing the prediction. Time will tell when we wake up in the morning to see what damage is done (or none). I got another gal to work for me today, partly due to the weather, partly due to the bathroom project that keeps hitting snags. (It is cold under the house!!) Jared would be perfect for this project--his wiry small frame could fit better in places than any of the rest of us! (Maybe I ought to go round up one of the great-nephews next door....heh heh-tee hee!) ;-)