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What’s Going On Right Now

These last few months have been pretty rough and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon. Our dryer quit so I am back to drying outside, which I don’t mind, but everyone else in the house does. They want the dryer so my first paycheck may be getting a new dryer. Personally I think this is a waste of money, except for right now. We are in our monsoon season and we are actually getting one this year. The yard is a mess and flooding all over the place. I feel so bad for the animals because they are all covered with mud right now.

Aarron is working on trying to divert the water to other areas that are unused and put in a catchment system so that we can use the water in the garden. We are not sure how well this will work, but he is going to try anyway.

Yes, that is my back yard where all the animals are at. It is a muddy mess and has quite a bit of standing water right now. We still have another month for our monsoon season and if it continues like this we won’t be able to even get out of here. We normally have four different ways out and right now we only have one. If that road floods we won’t be able to get out at all.

Kira is finally getting her car fixed. She is excited about this because she is starting work soon too. Next week to be exact. So for her to have her car going would be a blessing.

I hope things are going well for all of you and hopefully they will get better here soon too.

Have a great day!

Renee

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New Work Space

I’m really excited about my new space! I started working this week and I will be working from home. However, I needed somewhere to do the farm paperwork as well. The desk in the main house was ok, but everyone else we always putting everything there because it is a flat surface. I needed somewhere quite for working from home with no distractions, and let me tell you, the main house is nothing but distractions. So we moved me into our little house with a nice desk and chair to have my own little work haven.

 

I went to pick up my computer for work last week and over the weekend, hubby got everything set up for me and ready to go.

I really like this desk because it’s pretty basic. A couple spots for my folders. I place for my laptop and the work computer. So, it’s all set up now and I have started work this week. I am so looking forward to having a little extra money coming in now that I’m working again. This will also allow hubby, Aarron to focus on the house and yard as well and not have to worry about taking side jobs that take him away from the property.

I still have to bring out my folders for my animal and farm paperwork, but this is basically what it looks like now with the addition of my laptop in the blank space there. I have to say that it is really nice to have somewhere to go when I need to work that is quite and clean. I don’t have move all kinds of stuff out of the way to be able to get to what I need.

Have a great day!

Renee

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Aarron is Making a Fan

So, neither of us have been working for a while now and the fan motor on the AC went out. This is the worst possible time for this to happen as we are in the middle of summer and hitting 100 or more most days. So, Aarron went into creative mode. First he took the swamp cooler off the barn and put that on top of the AC to keep the air moving well and cooling the house. Then he started building.

He put this fan together in a few days. The hardest part was finding a cooler motor that would work to spin the fan. He used parts and metal that we have had here on the farm for a while so this cost us nothing to build. He did all from stuff we had around the house and in the yard. My barn will get it’s cooler back!

Once he got it on the AC though, it only worked for about 5 minutes. It does not like to be facing down. So while the idea was great and it does work, it just doesn’t work for what he made it for. He ended up using the ventilation fan that was on the barn and it works perfectly for now until we can get the motor here and get it on the AC.

So while this doesn’t work for what he originally wanted it to, it does work great as a fan. You just plug it in where ever you happen to need it at and it works great. I love how this man can just make things out of what we have here already. You have no idea how much money he has saved us in being able to do this.

Have a great day!

Renee

 

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New Kids on the Homestead

The kids have finally come! Desi was actually due on June 27th by my calculations, but true to doe form, she held them hostage for another 2 weeks. They were actually born on July 13th. Desi gave no clue to us that she would be kidding soon.

Of course she always seems to do things different from what is normal of does. She has no tells that she is in heat. She loves the milk stand, and she is a wonderful momma. The kids were born in the early afternoon and it was about 110 degrees outside. When I heard them, they were both in distress because of the heat.

I thought for sure we were going to lose snow ball (the all white one). She was not good. Just laying on the ground breathing hard. The other was breathing hard but was at least standing near momma. I did not think Snow Ball was going to make it. We took them in the  house to cool them off and try to get some colostrum into them. Desi was outside screaming like we were killing her. I’ve not had a doe be so dramatic about taking her kids away.

After it cooled down, we took them back to her. I thought sure she would do like my other and not take them back, but she took them without a thought. She immediately starting licking them and tending to them. I am so thankful that she took them back. Now they are doing amazing but she can’t feed them completely as one side of her udder has a double teat and the kids can’t get it into their mouths. So I think I will have to supplement with a couple bottles a day but so far they are doing amazing. I can’t wait to watch them grow.

Have a great day!

Renee