Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Poor Mabel! I hope she gets that calf on the ground soon. She looks HUGE!

Introducing Gladys

Well it seems when you are least expecting it things all fall in to place. I went to a farm auction a few weeks ago to bid on a old family milk cow to keep Mable company and to insure a constant milk supply. The cow at the farm was a very old cow that was crossed with a beef cow... not the best for what we wanted but would do. I checked the sale barn prices for similar cows and had a good idea of what she was worth. I got my number and waited most of the day till they finally came to this cow. The bidding began and it got higher and higher until finally I backed down. That silly cow went for double what it should have! After the sale, a older Amish man came to me asking if I wanted to look at a cow. It was a 6-year-old Jersey! Wahoo! I went right over and was greeted by a lovely petite gem. I am so impressed by this cow. She is as gentle as a huge dog, comes when I call her to milk, and when we milk we just tether her to the fence and she stands there like it's the thing to do. She is such a sweetheart! I am so thrilled.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Running out of room.

The greenhouse is getting cramped. It is hard to make sure everything is getting watered. The tomatoes are happy and we have tiny baby tomatoes! The plant area is a bit cramped. Today we are setting some of the plants in the garden, so it will help in the greenhouse. The weather has been odd... unseasonably cold and wet. Usually we can get things planted before now. The local farmers are worried that any corn that has been planted has rotted in the fields. Now they are trying to re-plant. I guess corn prices will continue to rise.