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May 23,2011--- Another Rainy Monday

As another weeks start I can see the puddles are dancing about. My puddles in the driveway at this point will never dry up. It rained hard all night. When  the sun comes out the grass is shoot right up if we can get several days of dry sunny days.
 
I forgot what the feeling of warm dry soil feels like.. I crave garden dirt under my fingernails, I cant wait for the dirt stains on my knees from weeding and  planting. The smells of fresh cut grass and hay. The warmth of the sun is greatly missed.
 
We worked hard yesterday. Rob really did a great job helping clean up the pile of manure and  pulling fences up that arent needed right now. The front yard is also my driveway and barnyard since you have to past the barn to get to the house. Anthony and I cleaned the chicken coop to get ready for our new baby chicks. A wonderful friend hatches all kinds of poultry. Does an awesome job. We want to add more chickens to the barn yard, I would like to raise 18 turkeys, two for each month during the fall and  winter months. Trying to plan for winters harvest and meat supply. As I feel food will be so expensive and in short supply with all the destruction, floods and tornadoes in the west and southern states.
I plan on redesigning my pantry to hold more canning jars.  I also am thinking of meat birds to can. If I  plan on 4 a month to go into canning jars that 36 jars. Going to can as much as possible to save on the freezer. Would like to cut down to 1 freezer this year. Jacob will go to freezer camp this fall and some of him will be canned also.
 
Trying to think of a crop to grow for the animals to eat also to help out during the winter.
Lighten my chore load this weekend. Sold alot of the bucks and wethers I had. Plus 3 of the sheep. Time was becoming an issue to get all things done. Felt overwhelmed and needed my animals to be a joy again not a burden. When things arent enjoyed it was like going to a job every morning an dreading it. Summer is busy here, with the gardens and haying and the farm stand, things I need to concentrate on.
 Also I will be having a new granddaughter in a few weeks and will have her to care for once her mother goes back to work. I still have does to have babies and am excited about that. The wethers and bucks just got out of control and its my own fault and had 4 I  just couldnt keep behind fences and they were jumping on others cars when coming in driveway and going to the neighbors house, which he didnt mind until time to plant his flowers and then it becomes a problem. So now I still have cows to milk, goats to milk, chickens to raise and  feel so much better.
Have found my happy place again and have that peaceful feeling back.
 
Have a friend coming over shortly to get some donuts, so I must get busy and make a fresh batch. Might as well do some other baking at the same time. Maybe some fresh cinnamon rolls today also. Going to get the fire going, its 60 in here but its a damp 60 and Anthony doesnt need to catch a chill.
 
Need to go to the barn and check on the new calf also.
Better get to it. Lots to do
 
Have a great day
 
God Bless
 
Donna
 
simplefarmgirl
 

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