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, February 24, 2013

Snow and Spring Itch

With snow on the ground, I'm getting the 'spring itch' to get out in the garden!  I ran across this photo awhile back.....wishing it were my garden I'd just harvested from! ;-)

I got seed 'taters in the mail (Thanks Tammy!) and have more than enough, I can share!  Woo hoo!  I've noticed the stores are putting out their seed already for this year.  Ooooh I can't wait!

We got at least 6" of snow this past week, and more coming tonight.  Lord knows we need the moisture, but I'm tired of the cold temps!

It has been an interesting couple of weeks here....people out sick with the flu at work made for some very long days at work....everyday for almost a week my schedule changed.  I was grateful for an extra day off this week to re-coup and rest, so hopefully *I* don't get sick as well!

Jared and Chandra's checks came, so we priority mailed them.  The tracking number says they were delivered, but they don't have them.  After some phone calls, and a visit from the mail carrier, it's been deemed someone stole them.  Sigh.  If criminals took the time and effort at actually doing some honest work, they might get somewhere.  Grrrr...it's a pet peeve of mine!

Kyle has decided to switch from summer classes to fall classes. Ok, I make phone calls for him to see what is needed to get that done.   Now he's thinking of switching schools; AND his major.  I want him to do what he would like, but it's hard for me to help with him having limited phone time(s) trying to keep up with his ever-changing mind! ;)

I was watching something the other day and heard a new term:  Freegan (I think I spelled it right).  Basically people dumpster dive or get stuff for free, and they are quite happy to live that way.  I'm scratching my head, wondering why can't they simply grow some of their own food instead of  totally depending on the throwaway stuff?
They wash and soak the fruits and veggies in a *bleach* solution so it's "safe" to eat.  Ummmmm, yeah.  I am wondering how many have gut issues due to the bleach, and no milk and little cheese in a daily diet for years can not be good.
I guess to each their own, but anytime I see people who have house plants growing, but no food it makes me want to educate them on getting some lettuce or spinach or onions in a pot and grow even a little bit of their food.  Food is security.....for me more so than money.  I can't eat money, but I can grow and eat food!

Someone asked me the other day what I grow.  In a nutshell:  milk, meat, eggs, fruit, and loads of veggies.  I had a job interview and the lady asked me:  "what do you do with all that milk?!"  People forget what milk makes.....take a gander in the dairy section, ALL that can be made, and many items aren't that hard to make. 
Some things take longer to make (slower foods that take aging, like some cheeses) and some can be ready in an afternoon with some work (cottage cheese, Queso Blanco cheese, Mozzarella, whipped cream and butter for example) and some within 24 hours (sour cream, cream cheese). 
I didn't say it was easy, it's all hard work and takes some planning and time.  But the rewards are pretty tasty!!  :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Snow then Mud


We got over 4 inches of snow about a week ago.  This is what one of my electric fence gate handles looked like!  Then it warmed up to melt much of it, which was nice. 
But that also creates one hazard:  Boot-Sucking-Mud.  Mud that is thick, gooey and can purt-near pull your boots right off your feet.  It makes one choose their steps carefully! :)

We got a bit of rain last night, and it's super-windy today making it feel alot colder than it really is.  There is a big snowstorm north of us; I'm just glad we didn't get it (nor the one that hit the east coast)!

Daisy had some opaque "goo" yesterday.  It's a pregnancy thing--nothing alarming.  I know it's just a matter of time before she starts to create more and more as she gets closer to calving. 
Today (again) I felt the baby moving around in her tummy.  I think it was either trying to swim laps or thought it was on a trampoline--it was boing-boing-ing off my hand! :)

Jared was in the field this past week, and it was rainy/crappy/cold and they wouldn't let them use their rain gear.  So of course now he is sick.  Chandra has a cold as well.  But both are feeling better, which is good!

Kyle called a week ago Sunday for a bit, they didn't have much phone time.  Today he called and got to talk much longer. 
He's making all sorts of plans for after Graduation, some made me giggle.  ("More civilian clothes"--he already has enough shirts to clothe 4+ people!) HA 
I mailed him his Vida (PS3) per his request--but lets see if he actually gets it, or how long it takes them to give it to him.  (I know it was delivered there.....I love tracking numbers on packages!)  :)