Feeding on a Budget: Goats

Feeding goats can be so very expensive. This year we have come into some hard times and had to find other ways to feed the goats. Hay has gotten so expensive here we almost can’t afford it, but we can’t afford enough to get through the entire month so we have supplementing with other ways of feeding them to keep them healthy.

Feeding on a budget

Aarron has gotten a hold of our local feed store and has been able to clean up their hay storage area. So yes this is hay that has been on the ground, but it’s still good hay. There is no mold in what we keep from cleaning the hay area. We are picky on what we keep to make sure that we won’t make our goats sick, but there is still a lot of good usable hay. We get this for free because Aarron is providing a service for them by keeping their hay area clean.

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Another thing that we do, is let the goats out into the main yard so they can clean up brush. I know they can be picky eaters and mine usually are. You will have to watch them because they will go after everything you don’t want them to eat first. If you have any fruit trees or bushes, make sure they are blocked off. If you have a garden, make sure the goats can’t get into it because if they can, they will.

Finally we supplement with fruits and veggies from the house and the garden. Of course you want to make sure that where ever you get these from don’t use pesticides and other chemicals because these can affect your goats. You want to make sure you have clean organic foods when you give it to your goats.

Of course we still buy them hay every chance we can but this has helped us to make sure they were fed at all times. If you have any other ideas on how to feed goats on a budget I would love to hear them.

Have a great day!

Renee

Battlefield Earth


Battlefield Earth

I’m giving Battlefield Earth a shout-out. If you liked Dune, Lord of the Rings, Enders Game or the Foundation series, you’ll love it. Brandon Sanderson calls it “a masterpiece,” Neil Gaiman said it’s “un-put-downable,” and it’s a Hugh Howey favorite. amazon.com/dp/1592129579/

Author: L. Ron Hubbard

Title: Battlefield Earth

Genre: Science Fiction

 

Have you read the epic alien invasion novel Battlefield Earth?

This is one of the sci-fi classics like Dune, The Foundation Trilogy, and Ender’s Game. It could even be compared with Star Wars and Star Trek in terms of epic space opera adventure.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary, I want to give it a shout-out.

It is also a major motion picture. You may have heard of it. It is one of John Travolta’s favorite sci-fi books, so he made the movie with Forrest Whittaker and it was directed by Roger Christian. Movies are never as good as the book, but this one has an average of over 3.8 stars on Amazon (not bad!).

The unabridged audio has thousands of 5-star reviews on Audible.

Here is the Amazon description:

Sadistic Aliens…

 

…Man is an endangered species.

 

Is it the end of the world or the rebirth of a new one?

 

In the year A.D. 3000, Earth is a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The great cities stand crumbling as a brutal reminder of what we once were. When the aliens invaded, all the world’s armies mustered little resistance against their advanced weapons.

 

Now, all that stands between mankind and total extinction is Jonnie Goodboy Tyler—the courageous young warrior determined to rally the scattered tribes of humanity in an all-out battle for freedom.

 

The fate of the Galaxy lies on the Battlefield of Earth.

 

Get it now.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B41I4NI

 

This book is LOVED by other great authors. Here is what a few of them have to say:

 

“Pulse-pounding mile-a-minute sci-fi action-adventure that does not stop. It is a masterpiece of popular adventure science fiction.” —Brandon Sanderson (Way of Kings)

 

“Over 1,000 pages of thrills, spills, vicious aliens and noble humans. Un-put-downable.” —Neil Gaiman (Good Omens)

“A character-driven epic that grabs you from the start and never lets go. A compulsively-readable science-fiction tour de force, complete with breathtaking action, non-stop adventure.” —Douglas E. Richards (Unidentified)

 

“Battlefield Earth is one of my favorite works of science fiction ever. I’ve probably read it eight times or so. It’s always in my top five. It’s really brilliant.” —Hugh Howey (author of Wool)

“Battlefield Earth is a terrific story! A masterpiece.” —Robert A. Heinlein (Starship Troopers)

“Non-stop and fast-paced. Every chapter has a big bang-up adventure.” —Kevin J. Anderson (co-author of the Dune Sagas)

“With great heroes, battles, wonders, and interstellar intrigue, this is a book that you won’t put down.” —David Farland (Star Wars novels)

So read it (or listen to it)!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B41I4NI

 

Here are some cool resources:

Battlefield Earth Universe: https://battlefieldearth.com/battlefield-earth/

13 chapter download (eBook): https://dl.bookfunnel.com/y2zuqaj7yi

1 hour download (audio): https://dl.bookfunnel.com/243bnk6m09

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29532708-battlefield-earth

Bloghttps://battlefieldearth.com/blog

Book Club Discussion Guide: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/y84enq7cje

Lesson Plan for Teachers and homeschoolers: https://battlefieldearth.com/educators-guide/

Videos: https://battlefieldearth.com/videos/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BattlefieldEarth

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/be_the_book

Twitter: https://twitter.com/be_the_book

Other books by L. Ron Hubbard: https://galaxypress.com/l-ron-hubbard-books/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B41I4NI/

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/B01D274C5Q

First Edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0312069782/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/battlefield-earth-l-ron-hubbard/1123973217?ean=9781619865099

Kid Update

So the kids are still growing. It seems now that they are slowing down on that though. I haven’t noticed them bigger lately. Just fatter and fluffier. They are getting their winter coats in. It’s been cold here (for us). We’ve been getting down in the 30’s and 40’s at night. Again, for us in Southern Arizona, that is cold. We usually only get a couple weeks this cold so this whole month so far has been cold. It’s got me looking forward to warmer weather. Anyhow, the girls are getting their winter coats in so they look fluffy which I adore. It just makes them more cute.

Honeysuckle Kid Update

Their personalities are getting stronger. Honeysuckle is still the more reserved of the two. Diamond does not want to stay where she is put. She is always getting in with the older ones. It’s not too much of an issue right now, but in a few more months it will be because my buck is in the pen she gets into. I really don’t her getting bred too soon. I wait until they are around 2 before putting them through that for the first time.

Diamond Kid Update

So over the next few months we will be working on the fence to try to ensure she can’t get in the other pen by the time she starts going into heat. She is such a trouble maker though so I’m not sure how that is going to go. We shall see.

I’ll be back next month with another update.

Have a great day!

Renee

Writers of the Future


I received a copy of this for free or at a discount for my honest review. If you would like to see my full disclosure please click here.

andWriters of the Future

 

I haven’t quite finished this yet but I have loved every story within these pages. This is Volume 38 or Writers of the Future. These stories are from new writers that I can’t wait to hear more from. It contains 25 authors and illustrators. The illustrations that I have seen thus far have been outstanding. The illustrations fit the story and are so well do they will be professional illustrators in no time.

These are science fiction and fantasy stories which I have always been a fan of. There are titles like The Squid is My Brother and Agatha’s Monster. Both of these stories are amazing. The Squid is My Brother is about a child that comes to earth and has a Symbiote attached to his back which helps him to deal with Earth’s atmosphere. The other children think it is a squid.

Agatha’s Monster is about a girl who lives with her family that hunts monsters. Agatha’s secret is that she is keeping a monster in her room. The monster appeared when her twin brother died and she feels it’s the only thing she has left of him.

So far, these stories have been really good and I haven’t wanted to put it down. I am looking forward to finishing it and seeing what else is in store. You can get a copy of this also from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Ron-Hubbard-Presents-Writers-Future-ebook/dp/B09VXXCP5T

I would love to hear if you love it as much as I have. Leave me a comment below if you plan on getting it or if you have already  read this I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Have a great day!

Renee

Tucson Water Company – Update

You may remember our issue with Tucson Water from a couple weeks ago.  Well we finally got it resolved and our water is back on. However, it was a hard won fight. I talked to so many people at the water company and couldn’t get anywhere. The way it finally ended was my daughter going into the office to talk to someone.

At first they told her that they couldn’t do anything because we had to call their tampering line. My daughter explained that we had been doing that every day for the last 2 weeks and no one ever called back so she finally decided to try to help.

Even though on the voicemail I left my number, the number the lady said they called was not the number I left. Mind you, I even left my husbands number and my daughter’s number telling them the number on the account was not active any longer in the message. But they never tried calling any of the numbers left in the voicemail.

So the lady at the office was finally able to get the fine paid and the water started again. It took 2 weeks of trying to do it the way they wanted it done to come to the conclusion that they didn’t want it to work that way because they wouldn’t call back. The only way we were able to get it taken care of was by physically going to the office and making a fuss about it there.

Have a great day!

Renee

Kid Update

So the girls are 3 months old now and still going strong. We’ve had our ups and downs but they are great. Their personalities are coming out so well now. Diamond is the outgoing one while Honeysuckle seems to hang back to make sure all is good before she’ll come interact with others. Honeysuckle likes to weight the situation before making a move. It’s the cutest thing because you can tell she is trying to decide if she wants in on the action or not.

Diamond

Diamond is the more outgoing one and loves to get into trouble. Just today she got out of her pen and got into a fenced area where we are growing their food. She was having a ball eating all that she could. Thankfully she is still small so she couldn’t eat the whole field but she sure gave it a go today.

Honeysuckle stays in her pen like she is supposed to. That or she just hasn’t figured out how to get out of it yet. I’m not sure which. But they are both growing like weeds and living their best life. Or as best as we can give them any how. I think it’s been decided (by my daughter Kira) that we will be keeping them. She doesn’t want to give up Honeysuckle because she bottle fed her from birth and has been there since the very day they started life.

Diamond

 

So we will continue to watch them grow and thrive. We will continue to give them the best care that we can. We will continue to play with them and feed them their snacks that they so love. We will continue to watch over them until they are adults and can run with their momma and the other does.

Have a great day!

Renee