January 6, 2013
This is my friend, Russell Showalter, putting up paneling for me. We already got it completely insulated, and already, there is a huge difference. This is very inexpensive paneling that I bought, and it is something of a pain to put up. Yes, I learned a lesson there. You do get what you pay for. But we are going to make it work.
The electrician came by on Friday and is working up an estimate for powering my studio with something other than the extension cord from the house that I am currently using. (Hah, get it… current!).
I can’t wait for it to be finished. Then I can try to organize everything. I’m very happy that this little building has two lofts, because it can store a lot of stuff!!
January 3, 2013
Stewart visited a friend’s farm for the month of December. They do not have an angora goat buck, but have several does, so they borrowed him to use him as a stud goat!
Stewart returned home on New Year’s Eve and has pretty much completely reintegrated himself into the herd. He’s still a friendly little guy, so I don’t think it has gone to his head.
January 2, 2013
It’s the beginning of a new year. Many of us tend to want to make changes in our lives – to make our lives ‘new’ when January 1 comes around. And I’m no different. I try not to make any resolutions, but deep inside, I tend to try to set some new goals.
Today, I accomplished one of my new goals – I finished 3 skeins of handspun yarn that are hanging to dry right now. I also kept the house mostly clean. However, I kind of failed at one goal – there is snow and ice on the ground, and I did not walk nearly as much as I normally do. And honestly, our house is too small to walk around in!
For my Christmas and our anniversary gift, John is giving me a greenhouse. Wow. I had no idea there were so many to choose from. Different materials, different glazing – all kinds of things to try to figure out.
All I know is that I want us to be more self sufficient in the future. I have a feeling that inflation is going to rear its ugly head very soon, and that food prices are going to really go up, up, up. I want to start growing what I can.
The reelection of Obama was a huge downer for me. He really wants to make us like the Western European countries – socialist in many respects. I’m sick about Obamacare – Sarah Palin was right – there are death panels, and any of us over 50 years of age should beware what Obamacare brings – oh, and any under the age of 15.
Our country continues to tear apart babies in the womb via abortion – a vile, vile act of total depravity.
I pray every day for those children and their ignorant parents. Those babies are not tumors, you know!
Anyway, my plans for this year are to teach more fiber-related classes, get all my stuff uploaded on my artfire store and to produce at least one thing a day that I can sell. I think I can do that. At least with some hard work and prayer to the Good Lord Jesus.
December 28, 2012
My friend, Russell, is helping me put up beadboard in my studio. He already got it all insulated for me, and now, when he has time and it’s not too cold, he comes over and puts up more panels.
Having it insulated makes a huge difference in being able to heat it. I got one of those infrared heaters, and it works pretty well!
Once the paneling is up, I’ll be able to add shelving and possibly a wall mounted drop down working surface that I can use when needed without having to have it in the way all the time.
I’ll get some photos up soon. It’s going to be great!
December 23, 2012
We had an unexpectedly early crop of kids here on the farm. Apparently, there was a lot of mating going on in May and June instead of the normal time, September through November.
As a result, we have 10 kids born in the past 6 weeks. There are two does who I believe bred at a more normal time.
It’s been a great bunch of kids. Got some great color, and of the 10 kids, 8 of them are doelings!!! We had 3 sets of twins and four single births.
I do have one bottle baby – her name is Cinnamon – and she is standing on the left side of the Castle Argghhh Rock. She is the cinnamon colored one.
I do hope that all of you have the best Christmas ever.
November 9, 2012
The UPS guy just came with a delivery. I was outside with the goats and fowl. The guy brings me the package, and when his back was turned, Stewart jumped into the UPS truck.
Now, this was not our normal UPS delivery man, he is filling in for our regular guy who is on vacation, and he was really surprised and a little worried about this goat in his truck!
Stewart was being nosy. I had to grab him gently and tell him it is time to get out of the truck.
October 30, 2012
October 29, 2012
October 26, 2012
I am learning to use a speech to text program called Dragon NaturallySpeaking. My hope is that this will make it easier for me to blog because I’m basically a pretty lazy person. However, once I get the hang of this, I hope to post more often.