Sunday, March 22, 2009

Live Each Day to the Fullest

Live each day to the fullest
Get the most from each hour, each day and each age of your life
Then you can look forward with confidence and back without regret

Be yourself, but be your best self
Dare to be different and to follow your own star
And don't be afraid to be happy

Enjoy what is beautiful
Love with all your heart and soul
Believe that those you love, love you

Forget what you have done for your friends
and remember what they have done for you
Disregard what the world owes you and
concentrate on what you owe the world

When you are faced with a decision, make the decision
as wisely as possible - then forget it
The moment of absolute certainty never arrives

Blessed is the generation in which the old listen to the young
And double - blessed is the generation in which the young listen to the old.

- The Talmud

Friday, March 20, 2009

Meet Ellie

Spring is bringing all sorts of newness to our farm! This is our new Jersey heifer, Ellie.

She will be 1 year old in April. She will be our family milk cow eventually, but it will be a couple years.

So with adding 27 chicks, a goat and a cow in the past month, things are pretty busy around here. Not to mention the problems with our dogs roaming too far and bothering neighbors. I keep forgetting to build time into my schedule for re-securing escaped animals...

And then there's one of my favorite pastimes- gardening! It has been a bit neglected with everything else going on, but we aren't too far behind yet!
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring Countdown

"In the Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
-Margaret Atwood

"Time is Nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once."
-Old Farmer's Almanac

"Most gardens are beautiful, whatever their state of repair."
-Anne Swithinbank

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Meet Wally

Our new people-loving, fence-escaping, heart-stealing, 9-month-old wethered Alpine goat.


The kids, that is, the children, are having a great time with him.


This little guy has been making life particularly interesting this week. We brought him home on Wednesday and have spent the past two days trying to keep him in the electric fence. One of his redeeming qualities is that he loves being around people, so when he does get out, he comes right up to the house- usually onto the front porch!

Except, of course, for the time we weren't home and he went to someone else's front porch- down the hill and across the road. When we got home we searched and searched, lamented not having a bell on him yet, and then decided to check out the happy screams and shouts of children down the hill who sounded like they just might have found a friendly goat...

We're still working out the fence issues and also hoping that he isn't quite as eager to get out once he has a companion in there with him. Ellie the Cow should be arriving in the next week, we're just waiting on good weather and some free time in the schedule of the woman who is transporting her for us.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Carving Out Time

I have so much to blog about! Unfortunately, having so much to tell about means, well, that we have a lot going on- so, I'm having a hard time finding computer time to document it all.

The weather is cold and rainy here this weekend, though, so I hope to make some time to write a couple of entries...

I haven't forgotten my loyal readers and I'm working on setting aside time to keep up...