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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Sunday, December 23, 2012

The boys are home for Christmas!


Jared and Chandra left Fayetteville around 7 am last Sunday morning.  They rolled in the driveway here about 5:30 am Monday morning. (Didn't listen to the "Parental Advice" of not driving straight through!) 

Patrick, Jared and Kyle's girlfriend went and picked Kyle up in Missouri Wednesday and got home just as the snow storm was getting bad. 

I'm just happy all are safe, sound and home!  :)
So we have a week or so with a stuffed home, good foods and good company.
Presents are under the (little!) Christmas tree and more family visitin' is in order for all of us.

Have a Blessed Holiday everyone!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jared's Birthday!

     
 
 
Another nice day--I'd say because it's Jared's 21st Birthday!  I sent him a text earlier, haven't heard from him, probably because he's at work.  I'll give him a call later and pester him!
 
Got a call from Kyle on the second, but not the 9th.  They must of gotten into trouble....if one messes up, everyone gets punished.  I know that much.  I'm sure he'll call before we are to pick him up next week.
 
It's a warmer day....but we have rain/cold/maybe snow coming.  We need to moisture something terrible, so will take it however we get it. 
I have people nervous about hay (already) and are asking me almost daily of where to get some.  I made some phone calls:  no one has extra now that they are letting go of. 
So I direct the hay seekers to the people online in the area that I've found that have some to sell.  Except, its high priced already, making the nervous even more nervous. 
 I'm not sweating it too much right now because 1) I have a **wonderfully awesome** hay supplier (an understatement!) and 2) I've been through this before when we lived in Texas.  It's no fun!
 
I'm not opposed to the higher hay prices, but freaking out and hoarding it only drives the prices up.  When you need hay, not alot one can do about the prices, or going to great lengths to find it.  I've been there.  I know there is only so much you can 'save back' until THAT runs out as well.  Cows/critters eat hay which means it goes in one end, and out the other.....(and onto the compost pile!)  :)
 
 I've warned plenty that what hay they've got they had better keep an eye on/locked up because it's "gold" sitting there for those who want it.  Unfortunetely, not everyone is honest and prefer to just take what they want rather than pay for it.  >:-(  (that is supposed to be an angry face!)  People are surprised when I mention this:  it is easy to become complacent and assume everyone is an honest fellow.  I wish it were that way!  Sigh
 
Another problem is, cattle prices could go drastically down, feed and hay are up, it makes it really hard to justify keeping too many critters around just for the sake of having them.
Cull, cull cull or eat them is my best advice.  It also helps lighten the workload in the winter, the feed/food bill and makes your existing supply last that much longer.  Having animals sometimes forces us to make extremely hard decisions that we don't want to....due to (a lack of) supply of food for them, and/or a lack of funds for the more scarce food/feed.
 
On another brighter note:  we are making slow progress on the shed addition.    The vet check/health certificate should be done for Daisy today, so we can get her when we get down there.  I'm totally excited to have milk again!
 
 


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Turning colder

A NASA photo at night of all the lights of the USA.  Note it is the lights that are illuminating the coasts and Great Lakes--amazing!)
 
 
We've had a cold front come through--we didn't get any of the snow forecasted--just the c-o-l-d north wind.  It stayed north--I'd like some moisture, but really don't want to deal snow.  But I'll take whatever we get (like I have a choice!) HA
 
Kyle called for about 5 minutes last Sunday, and we got a letter from him this week.  (Is one paragraph *really* a letter?) HA  But he is doing good, and we get to see photos posted online of various stages of training posted by the Base. 
Jared and Chandra are doing fine.....haven't heard much from them.  (No news is good news!)
Talked to my mom the other day, guess they are planning on heading to Texas next week.  I imagine dad is chomping to go since it's gotten cold!  (Can't blame him!)
 
Patrick and I got a good start on the cow shed/chicken coop addition.  Work come to a stop when we needed more wood.   So more wood and a bit better weather is needed to get more work done.  (And a day off!) 
 
I have been working alot, so haven't been getting much done around here other than the 'normal' stuff.  I am looking forward to getting some time off to get some things done around here that need done or I've been putting off.   :-)