For Our Troops......

For Our Troops......

Welcome!

Either you're searching for some information and stumbled across here, or already know me and are interested in what I/we do. :)

The dairy cow doesn’t ask for much, but she asks every day.
People who are creating wealth with a cow either are hardworking and reliable or get that way in a hurry. This is the way it has been for a very long time.
--Joann Grohman (Author of Keeping a Family Cow)


There are three kinds of people in this world:
Those who watch things happen,
Those who Make things happen,
or you can wonder what the hell happened.
--Captain Phil Harris (RIP)



A few of words of wisdom I have come across:


Choose not to just live within your means, but live within your needs.


If you don't want to be responsible for or defend yourself, please don't expect others to do it for you.

(My translation: Buck up and learn some skills!)


Prepare for the worst, hope for the best!

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the AmericanGovernment take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian."--Henry Ford

**~*~**Spread the word!**~*~**

Small Family Farms need our help when ludicrous charges have come up against them. Maybe someday it could be one of us on this "make an example out of you" chopping block.

Pushing back (via donations, interviews, getting the word out, etc) and standing up for what we believe in will send a clear message that we refuse to just roll over and give up!

When we know what we're fighting for, we fight harder--Sgt . Gary Stein (USMC)

THANK YOU!!!



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Monday, March 28, 2011

Rant about Milk/Food for Thought

Milk--it's a real honest-to-goodness food. It never ceases to amaze me how freaked out people get about raw (real) milk. ITS NOT SCARY when you KNOW where your milk comes from and who 'harvested' it!!!
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
http://healthimpactnews.com/2011/the-15-things-that-pasteurization-kills-in-milk/

Happy reading and I'll post 'home news' later this week!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Its Officially Spring Woooo hoooooo

This is Elizabeth, one of my Great-nieces who lives in Texas. She is enjoying (eating) their spring flowers! :)


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

Warmer weather!!

Dolly doesn't normally lay like this, but she obliged me....I cleaned and trimmed up her hooves Saturday. She is shedding so looks funny!




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!)




On another note, Jared called early last week, his phone isn't getting reception (he used a buddy's phone) at Ft. Polk. :(


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

Jared's Twenty-two pounds of a very scary gun......its his M-249 SAW.


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!) ;-)