Probably better to say ‘we hope the winter of our discontent is behind us’. I know it’s still winter, in fact we had our first snow yesterday, and they say more is on it’s way, and frankly I have a lot of hope for this winter (or what’s left of if) and for the rest of 2012. That’s not to say 2012 has gotten off to an auspicious start. I am cautiously optimistic that the five plus days of influenza that completely leveled the oldest and youngest members of the family are behind us. The past week has not been without excitement, a 105 fever in our youngest was her first chance to go to a hospital as the patient (my girls do love to go to the hospital!). Her stay was brief (less than two hours on site), and I was grateful to see them home, as I had my own 103 fever. The only one to emerge unscathed was Mommy (Mom’s never get a break do they?)
We are as always hopeful about what the future may hold. Our goat Pollyanna is back from her boyfriends, and although she doesn’t look pregnant, our little weather is about as disinterested in her as he could be. She brought a friend with her as well. Eloise has come to live with us. And heavy with child is probably an understatement. I’ll get some photos for her own post, but she is now the largest goat in out herd, and Polly looks small next to her… We are looking forward to late spring, and fresh milk from our own goats again!
We have also made some feed changes at the farm. Although we will not be getting ‘Organic Certified’ (probably worth it’s own post) we will be feeding an all organic diet to the food animals on the farm. The chickens went Organic around Christmas, and the goats are down to the last 8-12# of 100% natural but non-organic feed. My goal is to source as much raw organic feed locally as we can (grains and such) for all the animals. A hoop house and more gardening are also in the plans, along with cutting out some things that we have deemed ‘time sucks’ for us. More on that later as well…
For now, it’s a warm fire, food and waiting till things start growing outside again.