For Our Troops......

For Our Troops......


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)


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Monday, December 9, 2013

Snow--to put us in the Holiday Spirit!

The parking lot at work around 6 am Sunday morning, giving me a very quiet and peaceful break from the normal hustle and bustle.  We got a total of almost 6 inches; this was about 4 inches at the time.
The snow was light and fluffy, which made it "Christmas Card Pretty" and oh so nice and easy to shovel!  No wind came with it, so it made life much easier for travelers and all the outside critters!
Nessa is getting closer to calving, and has settled down, which is *nice*!  I just hope she waits to calve after the bitter cold snap passes through, it just makes things harder on everything.  Friday it was so cold, one of my garden hoses broke off in my hand (I was trying to be extra careful!).  It's early in the season for the Arctic air, I hope it's not a pre-courser of what the rest of winter will be like (uuuugggghhhhhh!)  This was our forecast, minus the wind chills!
My truck heater blower went out.  I muddled through the past couple of weeks without it, but I'm not driving it in the bitter cold.  I'd just rather be safe than sorry, as not a lot of people are on the road at 4:30 in the morning in case I'd have troubles on the way to work.  Pat worked on it Saturday, but the new part isn't exactly like the old one, so he has to do some finagling to get it to work.  I really didn't want him working on it in the bitter cold, because he can't wear gloves while working on it. 
Just doing chores and taking my gloves on and off to open gates, hang things, deal with waterers, etc. makes my hands cold.  Wet gloves sticks nicely to metal gates.....just glad its not my fingers!
Our Thanksgiving was a good gathering of the Russells' and great food!  Pat was given a turkey, so we cooked it, and one that we raised this summer.  I'm glad we did both, as we didn't come home with too much leftovers!  Taste-wise, ours had more flavor (albeit a bit drier as we overcooked it a bit), and you could taste the difference.  :)  Pat made sage dressing, and the pumpkin pies as well.   Everyone brought their special goodies (aka what is our favorites!) and of course, we all ate too much!  It was awesome to see everyone and be extra Blessed with a bounty of foods.
Nessa's udder is getting tight, but not quite full.  Her pins need to loosen some, but then again, she's "extra padded" compared to a full Jersey, so she could be fooling me!  Baby isn't rolling around like it was, so I'm figuring it's going to move into birthing position.  Soon I will be doing night checks as well, whose bright idea was it to get her bred and calve in December??  (HA)

As I look at the clock, I see it's about chore time, but am putting it off for it to 'warm up' with the sunshine.  Wind chill this morning is -15, not something I'm looking forward to again.  But alas I don't think it will really get 'warm' today, so will trudge out through the pretty snow and make all the outside critters happy with water, food and some scratches/scritches and pets.