oh where oh where can he be???? LOL Yep, I'm still alive! I know, shame on me for being gone for so long. So, where have I been? Right here on the farm, trying to keep it all together with the miserable paycheck and constant equipment breakdowns. Part of it I guess. Doesn't make it any more comfortable tho. Small blessings counted, like for instance, the extremely mild summer we've had. It's only been unbearable hot in the dump I call home a half dozen times so far this summer. The no air conditioning thing was hardly noticed so far. Still not comfortable enough to get a net connection on the farm again. Just too expensive for the budget. Maybe next year.
The daily struggle goes on, as usual. A set of twin girls were born to Delta goat last week and they are keeping me entertained with their silly goat kid antics. These 2 are tiny little carbon copies of their Momma, hints of color under their snow white coats. I'm sure they will change color as they grow, like the last batch of kids did.
Looks like I might finally have pregnant cows! The holstein that was slated for the dinner plate got a pass and is now a nice little bull that did the job. I think anyway, LOL The girls look preggers, fat in all the right places so keeping those fingers crossed!
All the hay equipment is broken, as usual.
The commercial kitchen finally passed inspection for baked goods. Now all I need is to build up a clientele since all my old regular customers moved on to other outlets while I was building. No worries, word of mouth is good around here and when I'm ready to fly, they'll come back. Come next seasons markets, I'll be in full swing. Still more work to be done on the cheese caves and smokers.
Lack of rain around here has the grass not growing and the garden dying. The irrigation system needs major improvements and a couple new catch basins need installed to increase the amount of water I can catch. Lack of rain allows me to run out long before relief comes from fresh rains. Something to be addressed over the winter months.
Lost a bit of weight due to the rough living this year. Had to hit the thrift store a couple of times for hand me down clothes. Hard to get much work done when ya have to keep pulling yer britches up! LOL
Other than that, it's still business as usual around the farm. Finally got the past due mortgage payments caught up. It was touch and go there for a while and the bank threatening foreclosure was unpleasant. Hope I don't have to revisit that feeling again anytime soon. Other than that, it's just the poor life here, holding on and plugging along, the best one can while just rolling with whatever gets thrown up on me.......