Sunday, February 18, 2018

Farm Updates

What's been going on here?  We are all still recovering from the stray dog attack a week and half ago.  The dogs have been outside to guard the fence line regardless of weather.  Bubba Bear has turned into our best guard dog.
We did have a neighbor's puppy get in this week and realized we have a whole section of fence that needs to be just replaced.  The vines growing on it have really hurt the integrity of the fence.  Luckily, Bubba played with the puppy instead of hurting it.
And, the donkeys semi-redeemed themselves. They at least chased it and kicked at it....
All of our surviving 18 chickens are still clucking ... although, egg production is slightly down.

In other news, my niece had a surprise visit this week.  She flew in to be with her grandpa for a surgery (on her mom's side of the family).  We were just super happy to get to see her for a little bit. :)
And, of course I grabbed some hay while at the Beebe farm! LOL!
Then, today, my parents brought me a round bale to try.  Technically this is the donkeys shed but the goats had to come check out and test it out! LOL!
We are getting ready to hunker down for 7 to 10 days straight of rain.  YUCK!!

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

8
BEST book I have read in a LONG time!!!  I have not gotten emotionally involved in a book like that in a very long time.  I LOVED THIS BOOK!  I loved the setting. I loved the depth of the story.  I recommend everyone put it on your "to read" list.  SO good!  Warning:  It does include domestic abuse, so if this is a topic you might have a hard time with, then consider that before reading.

Summary from goodreads.com:
Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bad Farm Week!!

I know a lot of people who live on land have battles with stray dogs and their livestock.  We have been very fortunate where we are...until this week. :(  Best we can tell, the two stray dogs were chasing our barn cat and followed her into our fence through a small hole that they worked through after seeing her run in.  She hid in the barn and they turned their attention to our free range chickens. :(
Luckily, my husband decided to come home and change clothes before a doctor appointment, he pulled up to the gate and saw a dead chicken and then the dogs.  It was then a nightmare!!  He was trying to run them out, and they couldn't remember how they got in so they were trapped.  Meanwhile, he had called me and I was racing home with my mom on phone trying to keep me from hyperventilating ... all I could think about were my defenseless goats...and chickens...and cat!!  
The survivers:
In the end, it could have been WAY worse.  I lost two chickens.  One of my blue copper marans :( and one of my Easter Eggers.
RIP Regal ... she was so beautiful!
RIP Blue...gorgeous bird and gorgeous eggs!  I sure hated to lose two of my youngest. :(
Five of my other girls were "gotten a hold of" but somehow got away.  Fergie is missing a ton of feathers from her back, but she is eating and drinking and otherwise seems fine.  Esther has feathers around her neck missing.  No idea how she managed to get away without a broken neck!!  And, all 3 of my barred rocks have missing feathers.  Everyone seems to have recovered from the shock of it except Tina Turner.  I still question if she will pull through.
And poor Prim was traumatized!!  It took her almost 2 hours to come down from the tree she was in and then she was so freaked out, she stayed puffed out twice her size!!  I managed to catch her and put her in the house.  She holed up for about 24 hours.
I think we have all semi-recovered from the drama  of it all.  The goats were freaked out for the rest of the night.  The donkeys DID NOTHING and were NO HELP so they were FINE! (insert eye roll!)

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

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I know I love a book when as it gets towards the end, I start slowing down because I don't want it to end.  This is my second book to read by this author, and she has a way of making you feel a part of the character's lives.  This is a sad story though...not in a way that I sat in cried, but it is story that brings your emotions down.  A lot of that has to do with the time frame - Spanish flu and WWI.  This is my first book for this time period. I did give it 5 stars.  I was completely invested and recommend it as worth your time to read! :)

Summary from amazon.com:
From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love.

In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters--Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa--a chance at a better life.

But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without--and what they are willing to do about it.

As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Coming soon...

Operation Find Kix a Buddy turned into me getting this little fella from Big Bear for my birthday!! Adorable!!  He was born on the 19th and can't come to the farm until 12 weeks old, but we've got our name on him and paid our deposit.  Happy Birthday to me!! 
This is the farm that we got Snap and Crackle from, so he is a fainting goat.  
Then, this morning the farm messaged me that this other little boy was going to be wethered because he wasn't up to registry standard (split scrotum), and did I want him too?  I mean, LOOK at him!  Gorgeous!!  So, Kix is getting two buddies! LOL!
Bring on SPRING!
Baby chicks arrive in March, baby goats in April and bees in May!  Woohoo!


Friday, February 2, 2018

In Goat News...

I had a brainstorm to build another goat platform that the goats love to lay on only this time make a shelter underneath for cold night and rainy days.  So, I took some supplies I had laying around.  A pallet covered with a solid piece to start off.  A few 4x4 scraps and...
Of course, I had plenty of help! LOL!
The first day of work, this is as far as I got.  They had their platform...and immediately jumped up on it!
Now, Tuesday was Snap and Crackle's birthday, so I was determined to finish.  Because, you know, goats know when it's their birthday! LOL!
I'm just super grateful that my dad is a handyman and taught us how to do things!!  I built this all by myself!  It's not perfect, but I'm still proud of it!
Happy Birthday Snap and Crackle!  
(2 years old)
 Even the boer goats can fit!  You know Pop wasn't going to be left out! ha!

The Wife Between Us by Hendricks & Pekkanen

#6
Ok, I liked this book, but I didn't love it.  I would waver been "this is good" to "what in the world" to "this is reminding me of another book".  Honestly, my issue with it is that I felt it just tried too hard to be like Gone Girl or Girl on a Train.  It just didn't feel to me like it's own story.  If that makes sense...

Summary from amazon.com:
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.
Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
Read between the lies.