Thursday, June 20, 2013

jam and critters

Who needs Insanity when you have a hand cranked cream separator!

  Doc tells me that I need to lower my cholesterol and to loose fifty pounds (as if that is going to happen! more realistically thirty pounds!) I drink cream in my coffee-which is probably enough fat. So. I decided I will drink skim milk. I separate milk for me every other day.

At 6 am this morning, I started making strawberry-rhubarb jam. I managed to get nineteen pint jars made before I had to go milking at 9.

Frank is almost done his project. But for now it is on hold-he finally went back to work today. 

Took a bit, but Frank managed to get Grandpa over to the grainery and blocked. He had to let the calcium out of the right rear tire, to get the tractor to sit more level. Eventually there will be a shed built up and around Grandpa.

We went to a farm auction last Saturday, and we purchased a transfer auger. It is way to heavy for Frank to maneuver-so there is no way I can man-handle it! So. Change of plans. It will be permanently installed. 

Frank just needs to build a hopper around the end of the auger.

This evening Maddie and I were out visiting all of the critters.
Ike's wounds have healed nicely. He is still sporting a few stitches on his shoulder. But eventually they too should dissolve.

Madeline purchased a couple of fly masks for Ike and Brigan. Those tiny flies really chew up the horses. She just needs to purchase three more masks for the mares.



The garden is finally up-that also includes the weeds! Hoed three rows of potatoes today. I still have a variety of hot peppers to transplant in the garden.

The hedge row of common lilacs are blooming. 

Brandy was enjoying the lovins I was giving her.

Wednesday I sold my flock of sheep. I just have my ram left to sell.

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