Sunday, October 25, 2009


On the way home last night from picking up Brian's daughter Kacie, my cell phone rang.

"Where are you?" my husband asked. Not pausing for an answer he added, "All the cows are out!"

We were over 15 minutes from home. He hung up. I drove faster.

Meanwhile with the help of my two brothers, a bucket of feed and a large piece of white spunbonded row cover my husband somehow convinced the cows to head back through the gate. By the time we pulled in the driveway the cows were back where they belong. The horses were not.

A quick switch to barn boots and I was off to find something handy for a lead rope. Dog leash- yep- that would work. It's a good thing we have light colored horses. I don't see very well in the dark. It's also a good thing that Bonnie will follow Clyde anywhere- even in the dark.

It didn't take long to get them back in the pasture.

You should have heard all the mooing and bellering going on. Those cows did not want to be penned up they wanted out to room around looking for tasty tidbits we might have missed in the garden.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Well it was bound to happen and last night it did. The temp dipped down to 27 and brought our CSA to a screaching halt. When I came home at 5 am everything was a covered with icy diamonds. And this afternoon all the tender green things were black and wilted.

I really enjoyed all the folks who took part in our CSA this year, but I do have to admit I am glad it is over for another year.

Now my efforts will be focused on cleaning out the greenhouse and high tunnel, building a barn, applying compost to the garden area for next year, playing midwife to Red Wattle hogs, planning for next year and cooking on my woodburning cookstove. :)

Ahhh the "slow" season.

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Blog: Piglet's Progress

We have a bottle baby pig right now.

She has her own blog!

You can follow her progress @