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February 27,2011 Another winter storm

Another morning finds me sitting  in this computer chair staring out the window at yet another storm. I find no humor in this at all. Friday-Saturdays storm dropped another 13 inches of fresh white unwanted snow on us. I am very Blessed to have a friend plow me out all the time. he is surly going to be missed when he isnt logging up here any more. He has been a great blessing every snow storm, rescued me from being stranded and Rob from having to really plow at all this winter. Thank you Steve Rizza.
 
This morning the air must be just right the cook stove is burning beautifully. i do believe this summer one of the chores will be adding several more blocks to the chimney. Sometimes there just isnt enough draft. I think while it is going so well a baking day is in order. Wish i could open up the farm stand but everything will freeze. Have some remodeling to do to the farm stand this  spring, I would like to add shelves to the back wall and  maybe a few in the front also. A new roof is in order and doors on the sides to be able to shut it up in the rain. Everything in time.
 
Rob is spending the day at Newfound lake with the Alexandria Fire Department as today is the last day of the fishing derby. Gives him a break and he gets to hang out with the other fire fighters doing fun stuff. A really great bunch of people.
 
Was contacted by a guy who has a ram I can have, now just have to find a way to Cannan and get him. Kind of over kill to use the big livestock trailer for one ram.
 
Been rethinking the animal and livestock, poultry situation over. I am considering raising extra of everything if possible. The cost of meat and products from the store are going up and up weekly sometimes it seems daily. So figuring the more I can raise the better off we will be next winter. You never know  from one week to the next how much things are going to cost. The more I can raise at home and can,dehydrate and preserve I will feel better. i am still hoping for a root cellar this year. I know we have alot to do, but I think a root cellar is something that should be on top of the list, right up there with my new chicken coop and a pole barn, and a goat and sheep enclosure. i would like to extent the  shelter for the horses and cows to  go the entire 40 feet of the barn and separate into 2 pens for them. praying both cows are bred, would be nice to get a heifer and a bull. Adds to next years freezer camp and the milking herd. Hoping to expand the goat herd to 6 milkers. Need to find some one to teach me cheese and soap with the milk. I love goats milk soap and so do my hands. Not sure the laws about selling cheeses and things but i will find out before hand. Have my order in for 6 dozen more laying hens.1 dozen turkeys and 6 guinea hens. I think I am going to increase the chickens to get 4 dozen chicks so next year I will have fresh chickens laying. Need to get me a few roosters also, mine finally died of old age and I miss the morning wake up calls.also thinking about adding a few ducks to the farm for duck eggs. For those who cant eat chicken eggs can eat duck eggs. Alot of work. But we will know what we are eating and know where it comes from. Trying to be less Dependant on the stores and more on ourselves and what we can raise.
 
Other than my ACO job this will be my full time job this summer, I am devoting all my time to the farm, the animals, making and selling,bartering what we need and making everything else.
 
Things I want to learn to do, spin my own wool as I have 2 Icelandicsheep,I want to learn the ole fashions ways of preserving meats with brines and salts. Would love our own smoke house to do our bacons and hams. I read a post from some one else and they had lamb bacon, never give it a thought. I dont want to have to buy any meats for this family next year. May take a little getting use to  and a lot of hard work and learning but I know we can do it. The more we  change our way of thinking and living the less we depend on electricity and the world to deliver what we need. This year instead of freezing my berries and waiting to fall to make my jams I am going to use them right away.since last fall one of the freezer became  unplugged and I lost almost 100 qts of berries.
 
By simplify our lives we should  have less stress, not less work, simple doesnt  mean less work usually the opposite, but thats ok with me.
 
Going to start making my summer skirts and do away with these jeans, only keep them for the ACO job, I really do hate pants. Told Rob yesterday I wanted to find some of the green wool pants and make Anthony some pants for next year just like they wore int he ole days. I know I can make all his clothes also. need to remember how to turn a heel on socks and i can make everyones socks for the year also. Knew once and for some reason its  one thing I cant remember after having my stroke.
Free cycle has been a blessing as far as new sheets and towels, old towels have been cut down into wash cloths and dish rags or cleaning rags. Sheets have been made into home made cloth napkins, no more buying any more paper product than I have to. Now if  I could make toilet paper I would be happy. LOL
 
I have been able to buy cloth diaper on sale and my new grand daughter coming in June will wear cloth diaper when I have her.  I cant seem to find the ole fashion baby diaper rubber pants any more, so need to figure out how to keep her dry and not soaking her clothes between changings..Cant wait to have Lilly Grace around, theres nothing more enjoyable than having a baby cooing and giggles. I have Anthony who is now 2  to keep me busy and this summer  I  am sure more grandchildren will come see me.
 
Alot of thinking  going on this morning, cant go out right now Anthony needs to settle down for a nap,then I can go do morning chores. Wont be long he has been up since 4am. Time to get busy and dishes, laundry started.
 
Hoping you have a wonderful Sunday
 
God Bless
 
Donna
simplefarmgirl
 
 

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