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since I last posted. We lost 2 baby goats and almost lost 3 more - and it's my fault. :sigh: and :sob:

There's a parasite that affects goats, cows, and chickens (maybe more, but those are the ones I am aware of). You treat the babies beginning at 15 days old (if using Corid), for 5 days, then do it again 1x/month until they are well grown. Adults are immune to the effects.

Anyway. I have a notebook that I ALWAYS pull out and read before kidding/right after. This year, my notebook had gotten packed up and I figured, no big deal - I've done this before! How wrong I was..

I was able to save the 3, thankfully. I also realized WHY I didn't have any Corid on hand.....a few years ago there was an experiment with a new class of drug - it's a 1 and Done dosage. I tried it, it worked brilliantly, and we switched. Only, again - I keep that drug in the kitchen, on the counter (along with the Wazine we use to worm the chickens). On the counter, I see it All The Time, and it helps me remember what it is, and why I have it. The Baytril bottle was almost empty - I planned to reorder it, but the leak happened, and the bottle was packed up and forgotten. :sigh:

I will use Corid on this batch of kids - I have both the powder and the pre-mixed bottle, now - and I will order more Baytril next month. Just to have it on hand. I am also going to draft up a checklist for the milk room - actually, 3. 1 for the breeding pen, 1 for kid-to-breeding, and 1 for dry goats. Maybe this way I won't forget stuff.

We've also lost a LOT of the chicks this year to...something. I think it's a feral cat - it's coming in the pen under the fence, and it's getting into the coop and attacking the young birds that haven't quite figured out how to roost. Herself and I are tired of cleaning up the remains, so we are going to war tonight. Cages, with death administered when we catch the culprit. It's cost us 25 of the 30 chicks we had earlier this year.......and injured 3. 2 of which are hanging in there, in her Studio. :big sigh:

Such is life on a farm - it's not for sissies!

Oh! In other news, I'm getting into making salves and creams. I've ordered a few herbal books; why is it that some people need to go all woo-woo when discussing herbs? I mean.......really. I just want to know what herb does what, not "the great goddess embodied this herb with mystical powers...." Really? I mean.....Really? Just tell me that comfrey helps bones to knit, and leave it at that - or tell me that comfrey has such-and-such enzymes in it that aids bones. That's all I want! :sigh: (At least I'm getting some laughs out of this.......I mean, "lunar tea"? Lunar rays are similar to solar rays????? REALLY??????? The Moon just reflects the Sun's light.......so.....um........yeah. :giggle:)(And I don't mean this to be insulting. If YOU believe this, then....good! I just find it a bit over-the-top silly, myself, but if it works, it works.)

I think....

Jul. 6th, 2017 02:55 pm
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that we have single-handedly reversed N. Texas' drought. :lol: It has rained So Much since we went solar.....:rofl:

A few things I've been asked about:

1. No, we can't tell any difference between solar and grid power. It switches seamlessly.

2. So far, we've been producing more than we're using - which is what you want (well, actually, the power company says we want to "break even".......I'm more than happy to produce more than we need.) You want to NOT pay for your electric, right? Right.

3. SG went a little overboard - he requested MORE panels than the installer recommended (see #2, above). I'm kinda glad - it was overcast yesterday (when the meter finally got changed), and we were STILL pulling in 20 watts......the co-op employee was impressed. So was I!

Quick lesson:

When you decide you want to go solar, there's a LOT to do. First, find a company. There's a LOT out there - get quotes. LOTS of quotes. Ours ranged from $20K - $65K, with most being in the top tier. Don't go for Names - the highest quote was from Treehouse, who uses Tesla inverters. We have Solar Edge - they work the same, as do the panels.

Expect this to take TIME. Our co-op is shocked at how fast we went from "how do we...." calls from our installer to done; he said it normally takes at least a month. We? Took 1.5 WEEKS. :blink:

Make sure you have South-facing roof. We have panels on 2 sides - the South and East. South is the ideal - any face will work, but it's better on the South.

The panels are on the roof, or you can have a....stand made for them. Or put them on a carport. If I have roof issues, the panels will have to come down.......that's gonna cost. Fortunately we have a new roof....still. Something to think about.

You will have a largish box on your house, near the master panel. MOST people have the panel in the garage, so it's not a major issue. Our panel is on the OUTside, off of Herself's bedroom. :sigh: SG didn't want an ugly box hanging off the brick (the inverter HAS to be protected from the weather), so he had them put it in the linen closet in the hall off of Herself's room. Upshot - it's "pretty", but I lost 3 shelves of storage. I'll live...but it's something to think about.

Anyway, it's raining again. You're welcome! :snicker:

In other news....

SIL has gone back home. FIL is OK, but.....well, he's really showing his age. He ended up at the ER last Sunday, but came straight home. We went over for Brexit 1776 Day.....he was on O2 the whole time. And looked and acted weak. We're concerned, but there's not a lot we can do. :sigh:

SIL and Herself and I ran to an Antique Mall after we stuffed ourselves. Herself got a vest for a Bonnie cosplay; SIL got a few things. On our way back to the house, SIL got.......not lost, no........disoriented. Yeah. That. :snicker: Anyway, we discovered a yarn store - that was OPEN. :whee!: I came home with 2 new skeins.....and a new place to shop. :lol:

Yesterday we vegged. Sunday, SG wanted the PODS emptied......then went to bed. The kids and I got our stuff out, but didn't know what to do with his stuff. He didn't either. :snicker: Yesterday, the 3 of us started getting Herself's Studio squared away - we are each dealing with 2 boxes/day. Slow, yes, but it's getting done. I spent a few hours yesterday getting my Studio in shape....have a way to go, but it has to get done.....there's a lot of stuff in Herself's Studio that is actually mine. :sigh: I've gone thru a LOT of trash bags in the past 2 days........
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:lol: let's see - they were supposed to come out Friday AM (at 6:30!) to begin, but didn't. Seems that their supplier wasn't going to ship our panels until Friday, to arrive MONDAY. Today. :gulp: The owner said, NO - we install Saturday! Get the stuff HERE. And they did. :rofl:

So. Saturday AM (6:55) they began. And were stopped by rain. They started again...and again, were stopped by rain. They stayed until almost 9 PM, then showed up at 7 AM yesterday.

They finished right around 2:30-ish. We were running strictly on the panels until the sun went down - we opted to NOT do batteries, so we're still tied to the grid. :shrug: We're on the panels right now........:whee!:

The pool is also finally - FINALLY! - open. Good thing, too - we worked on emptying the 2nd pod. SG got a little pissy - he wanted to start early. I said, fine - tell me when! - so he went and took a nap. :bangs head: The kids and I went on out and started; got all of *our* stuff out, but had to stop when we reached the stuff he had put in there from his plant.

He claimed that NONE of the stuff in there was his.....until I pointed at the boxes and boxes and BOXES of stuff branded Plant Name. :snicker: He quit, and decided we needed to have a portable building built....I have nixed that. I do NOT want to spend the $$$$ for a building to store junk in - I'd rather deal with the junk NOW. :sigh:

Herself's Studio is full to the brim. MY plan is for the kids and I to empty 2 boxes each per day until it's done. We either find a home for the stuff, or it gets tossed. The only problem is my stuff - my Studio is FULL. So.....I'll do my 2 boxes, then go work on my Studio to get space made. Or I'll just toss a bunch of stuff. I haven't needed it since November, so......:shrug:

SG's stuff will be tossed in his shop for now - HE can deal with it. Or not. :Shrug:

Anyway. The power co-op is supposed to come out today or Wednesday to put in a new meter - we are supposed to be able to see what we're "giving" the co-op. I just want to either break even or run up a bunch of credits. I'd like to get rid of the power bill, thanks. :lol:

Today is grocery day, so I gotta get hopping! Tomorrow we'll be at the FIL's.......then we're home for the rest of the week. :whew: I prefer to be a home-body.....
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Um, yeah - so this happened.

We've been looking into solar power for, well, years - I had checked into it in 2003 when the house was being built, but it was priced way out of my league. We've looked over the years- the latest was last month; Treehouse quoted $60K. :gulp!:

On my trip to pick up Herself's birthday cake, we saw a billboard for a "local" solar company. SG called, they came out Tuesday....and we got the quote Thursday. $20K. They came out yesterday and we signed the contract......they'll do the install Friday and Saturday.

37 panels, 1700KwH. Own, not leased. Tied into the grid (WAY too much to go completely off-grid!); our co-op doesn't pay for power, but they credit us for the overage (so....they DO pay, but not cash. Whatever....if I never have to pay another electric bill I'll be happy as a clam!)

They also do wind.....we're discussing it for my Studio, SG's shop, and the soon-to-be-NEW goat barn. Might just do solar there, too - we're still in the discussion stage. We will go solar, at least, on those down the road.

I'm pretty stoked. Since our electric bills top $400/month in Summer....and the payments on the solar system is $350/month for 37 months........AND SG will be paying it off sooner......we're coming out ahead. If I did the math right, the system will pay for itself in less than 5 years. :happy:

Making Manchego today. Fun stuff!
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apparently not. There's a store here, called Beall's (Ball's. Whatever.) I had seen the ad, but figured we wouldn't do anything; this weekend (for Father's Day) they had a HUGE sale. Mens and Boys were buy 1, get 2 free, and everything else was 50% off - including Clearance. Normally, we don't do sales...but our next door neighbor mentioned it to SG, so off we went.

And we spent.

Both he and Himself made out like bandits - Polo and Ralph Lauren and Izod shirts, at 3 for $50. Swim trunks - Polo! - for $25....only somehow we got Himself's free. Herself and I got a ton of blouses and shorts. We basically got new wardrobes - for a lot less than I anticipated. (We basically saved over 70%, if my math is right. The sales clerk couldn't believe the size of the receipt, or the number of coupons we got on Sunday!)

And we hit another one the next day....and he bought MORE. And.....they have a thing that when you have a Beall's card, you get so much cash back, AND $10 off purchases of $10/more coupons...and I currently have over $100 in coupons to use. :blink: (He opened an account, charged the stuff, then turned around and paid it off. It's still open, but *I* am not on it (didn't want to be!), and he won't use it. So....we get the perks but don't have to pay the interest.)

Herself and I hit yet another one yesterday and used some of the coupons...we got about $200 worth of stuff for - wait for it! - $40. I ended up with 1 shirt; she walked out with a hat, 4 blouses, a jacket, and some more shorts. It's.....insane. I don't know how they stay in business!

We're going back Thursday - I have some "50% off all clearance" coupons I need to use, plus some more $10 off $10+. Both she and Himself can use a few more clothes.......:lol: These are a LOT nicer than what Wally-world carries, and with the coupons the prices are pretty comparable. Especially if we hit the clearance racks again!

The 3 batches of Whey Cool soaps look good. I made a test batch of GM soap (new scent - Cherry Blossom!) today - so far it's looking good. I think this one will be called "Sakura Goat", unless Herself objects. She's my Japan "expert"; I don't want to offend anyone with my silly names. I also made her a jar of body butter in Cherry Blossom - she LOVES it. :heh: I think I have a new hobby. Maybe. :snicker:

My SIL made it in from KY. We'll be going over to FIL's a lot, I think, to help her get him straightened out. I hope she can get him to go back up with her to visit - he NEEDS it.
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Got up yesterday AM, went out to milk, and SG came out all torn up. Kenzie died sometime Friday evening/early Sat. morning. :sigh: No sign of distress; she was normal when we went to bed. :sigh:

Needless to say, it's pretty grim here right now.

I busied myself with soaping - 3 batches of Whey Cool. Sea Dog, Hippie Dippy, and an as-yet-unnamed batch scented with Plumeria. I prefer to experiment with Whey Cool instead of the Goat's Milk, because whey is a "waste" product and it doesn't bother me if the experiment doesn't work. :grin: This one did, but the scent accelerates - I had soap on a stick! We'll see what it looks like when I cut it later today.....

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!
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1. The cold cream I made is actually a slightly expensive, very luscious wood wax. :lol: When I was looking for beeswax substitutes, every site I found said that candelilla wax was the best. Only.....they didn't think to mention that it wasn't a 1:1 sub. Candelilla wax is 2x as stiff as beeswax, so it should be used at 0.5:1. The 2nd batch I made is WONDERFUL. It's pulling out all sorts of blemishes, without breaking me out. And my countertops LOVE the 1st batch, so....win/win!

2. Herself is now *20*. Not sure HOW that happened.......her party was Sunday, and it was good.

3. The milking machine is da bomb! I got the husband to order a 2nd set of inflations, so I can milk 2 goats at a time (:sigh: He wanted to "save money". I want to save my wrists and time. HE doesn't milk - he "helps", 3x/week - so it's not important to him. I told him Sunday evening that if he could spend $$$$ on things we DO NOT NEED (drones/home security/video games/etc) then, by golly, he could spend $$ for ME to be in less pain. We should have ordered a 2 goat set-up to begin with, but...oh, well. We have one Now - the stuff came in today; I placed the order early Monday morning.)

3a. Yes, we have another machine - a reconditioned Surge belly milker (cow) that had been retro-fitted for goats. We needed to replace the clusters and hoses anyway (you do that every year), and the vacuum pump was DOA. I have HATED the Surge bucket from day 1; I requested we just replace the whole shebang this year, since we had the funds to do so. The new lid actually fits on my large tote; I've been milking directly into it and using the "real" pail for clean-up.

Anyway, the Surge bucket is heavy (25+ pounds), and it's awkward for people with.....busts. It's hard to move it around, it's hard to pour the milk out of.......and that lid doesn't fit anything else. The new bucket is......well. It's only 10 pounds, and it holds 7.8 gallons. I don't NEED 7.8 gallons, but this bucket is a lot easier to move around.

I am very grateful to have this new setup. I went from hand milking 7 goats, at 1.25 hours/2x day, to machine milking 7 goats, 1 at a time, at 20 minutes/2x day. I'm thinking the 2nd set-up will get me done in 10 or so minutes.......this is good. My wrists thank me already. :lol:

3b. I spent some time in the Studio sewing up some covers for the inflations and lid and bucket. I need to make 1 for the pump, but that will wait a few days. We're waiting on the surveyors to come out so we can (finally!) purchase our neighbor's back 8 acres; we'll be buying a new doe barn and dropping it over there. I can't wait - no more leaks! And more room! The baby goats are looking forward to that! :lol: (And...I need to get photos of them. :sigh:)

4. The house is almost put back together! Himself emptied out the Music/Game room on Monday; there are 7 boxes left (not counting the boxes the husband has to go thru.) The first pod has only furniture in it; the 2nd pod is mostly......well, junk. I will try to go thru those next week, so we can get rid of them. :happy:

5. Husband's job seems to be going well. I'm glad - he's out of the house! :lol:

Think that brings us up to date.....
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FIL went into the hospital Friday, and came home late yesterday. Good thing - Herself was chomping at the bit to go baby-sit him. :sigh: She'll be home Saturday, and her B-day party is Sunday. (She'll be *20*! How on Earth did That Happen??????)

Today was cheese-making day. I currently have Manchego in the press - it's the first homemade goat-milk cheese I ever tried, so it's usually the one I make first. Friday will be a batch of Queso Fresco - it's Herself's favorite. Then I have to knock out a batch of Swiss for Himself.....good thing my new milking machine arrived today! It's.....well. I have an old Surge belly-milker. It's big, it's bulky, and hard for me to pour out of. This? Is....um. 5.8 gallon bucket, but it's shaped like a, well, milk jar. Only HUGE. Weighs 10 pounds empty. :gulp: I was able to get it all assembled, but have to wait to use it - I don't know where the husband put the vacuum pump. :sigh: AND he didn't buy a pressure valve or hose to go from the pump to the balance tank. :sigh:

Still - new milking machine! My wrist will be able to heal soon!

Oh - and I NEED a machine. We're currently getting a little over *3* gallons/day. I used most of yesterday's haul for today's cheese...and I still had enough milk for 15 bottles AND a half-gallon for our use. :blink: Yeah...we have plenty of milk at the moment....:lol:

Today is a lazy day. Tomorrow I need to get at least one of the pods empty, and I want to make some shea or cocoa body butter (moisturizer). I am also going to try my hand at making some old-fashioned cold cream.....yeah, I fell on that wagon pretty hard. I've been using Albolene, but it's...kinda nasty-feeling to me. All petroleum-based and....icky. I have a recipe for the "original" Pond's, so that's what I'm going to try. Why not? :lol:

OH! The husband has a job! It's contract-labor, as an electrician's assistant. We'll see how long he lasts......hopefully a good long time.

:whew!:

Jun. 1st, 2017 09:15 am
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Yesterday was Shavout - Pentecost! Hope you had a happy one!

We were fairly busy. Tuesday we ran to Ikea to pick up a few more Billy bookcases for the Family room. They were completely OUT of the tall, fat Billy's (I'm not sure what they are actually called; they have both tall and short in skinny - 15.5" - and fat - 31.5". :lol:) They had very, very few tall skinny ones - they did have 4 of the color I wanted, though. And 4 of the short panel doors (I wanted the tall, half glass/half panel doors, but alas! They were out of those in every color, too!) So, 4 tall skinny bookcases came home with me and were assembled post-haste.

Then I emptied about 20 boxes. The Family Room is *almost* done, now! Still needs baseboards, but hey! I only have 2 boxes of "my" stuff in there (and...6 of SG's, but *I* am not touching those. HE can do something with them.)

The Music Room has been excavated, but a few boxes have been shuffled back in there. I have 3 that need to go to the Women's Shelter. :whew:

The plan is to finish the house proper by tomorrow, and start on Herself's garage Studio Saturday. Next week she'll be with Papaw, and I can make sure the house is ready for her birthday bash on the 11th. And for my SIL to come in at the end of June. (It's going to be busy around here for a bit!)

Also - I think I mentioned that I had ordered a new milking machine, from a seller called Slavic Beauty. Um... I paid for it on 5/15. The listing said the units were in stock in the US warehouse, ready to ship. As of yesterday, it had NOT shipped, and the seller said she was waiting on parts.

Needless to say, that order has been cancelled. I called Parts Dept to order their set up. They were out of stock on the bucket handles, but they were due in "any minute now". As of this AM, the lid has been shipped, and the rest will go out tomorrow or Monday (she implied heavily that tomorrow was it, but yesterday she said it might be Monday.) Whatever - I should have everything by next Friday!

IF you want a milking machine, I suggest you suck it up and purchase directly from Parts Dept, Hoegger, or Hamby Dairy. They are all US companies, and they are reputable. It'll cost you a bit more than from Slavic Beauty, but you'll get your stuff in a timely manner. (Plus.....all 3 use Interpuls pulsators. Slavic Beauty uses generic ones that they sell for $24. The DAIRY companies? Sell pulsators for $100+. Just....yeah. Shoulda gone with my gut the first time, is what I'm saying.)

I think my wrist will hold out until next week - hope so, anyway. It's all swollen and sore.......I think I can last another week or so.
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everbody has them - perhaps you hide a stash of "special" chocolate, to be eaten by you, in private. Or perhaps you enjoy reading "trash" novels......mine? Has recently become reading - and collecting - vintage Good Housekeeping magazines (from the mid-1940's - mid 1950's).

I think it's because I think it's the last time we as a society got things *right*. Moms were supposed to be home for the kids and husband, husband was supposed to support the family.....we've drifted a LONG way from that, to our detriment.

I never lived those days - I was born in 1968! - but......I can't recall any of my friends having a stay-at-home Mom. Some of them came from broken homes (do they even call them that, anymore?). NONE of us came home to anyone at home - we were "latch-key" kids before that term was coined. And.....we're seeing a lot of the fall-out from that, now.

:sigh:

And - today's magazines? Are NOTHING like the vintage ones! The GH in my collections are full of realistic fiction, appliance reviews, decorating/organizing tips - even floor plans of new, modern houses! The decorating/organinzing wasn't like today's, either - they were actually budget-minded, with ease of care and efficiency built in. (1 kitchen, 4 ways! Decorating your first house for less than $500! How to choose wallpaper!) And the reviews - were actually Reviews, not just paid advertising masquerading as a review.

I've heard most of my life how women were....demeaned, or reduced in some way back in the '50's, but I don't see that. Women - and men! - knew their place (and I don't mean that in a derogatory way, I mean....you knew what you were supposed to do and everyone was happy, because people ARE happy when they know where they are supposed to be. If that makes sense...) and there seems to be less stress. I mean.....when you know that your job is to take care of the house, and fix meals, then you don't stress over how the bills will be paid. And when you know your job is to go out to a job, work 40 hours/week, then you can come home and relax, because the dishes are done, your clothes are clean, and you have a tidy house - YOU don't stress. It's relaxing, because things tick along like a well-oiled machine.

Look, you CAN'T have it all. You can have a good family life, or you can have a high-powered career that requires 60+ hours/week, but you honestly can NOT HAVE BOTH. Something has to give - and as we've seen - and are seeing! - it's usually the family. It's...sad. And not the way things are supposed to be, I think. Children need 2 parents, and they need full-time care for years. WHY do we (and I am guilty of this, so don't think I'm pointing fingers, here) PAY a stranger to care for our kids, instead of reworking our lives so 1 parent can stay home? Honestly - 1DH and I had already decided it was stupid for me to work - my paycheck paid the daycare. Period. :boggle: We would have been living the exact same lifestyle if I stayed home, and the kids would have been happier (so would I. :grin:) (Daycare was $250/week for 2 kids at the downtown church; we moved the kids closer to home - and further from *me* - and it was STILL $180/week. More in the Summer.)

I don't have all the answers, but I'm thinking women should take a good, hard look at things. (Men typically make more money. Fact of life.) I'm not suggesting homeschooling, but I AM suggesting Mom should stay home. Maybe get a part-time job during school hours, if necessary, but be HOME for the kids and husband. (If there is no husband, well - God Bless you, and see if you can find some way to work from home so you can be there with your kids. It won't be easy - BTDT - but.....hopefully it'll be possible.)

Sexist? No. Just trying to "fix" society....even though I'm pretty sure it's too far gone.

/rant. :lol:
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So far, my kitchen is clean and almost finished! The backsplash behind the sink is tiled, and the wood base is done. There's just the small area to do, next to the sink, but he has to do the edge first. :sigh: But! The range hood has been re-installed, and that wall patched - we just need to tile behind the microwave (because the new cabinets are about 8" longer than the old, so we need to extend the backsplash.)

The bathroom...is almost done. The patch near the tub has been painted, and the towel rack re-installed. I painted all the messed up areas; there's a hole behind one of the sinks that needs patching/painting, and we need to finish the install of the 2nd medicine cabinet and the baseboards and the trim around the tub.

The kids' bath needs 2 small pieces of tile installed, and 1 baseboard.

The family room needs baseboards, and bookshelves.

The breakfast area needs baseboards.

The entry hall needs baseboards.

The dining room needs baseboards.

And, finally, the Music/Game room needs excavating, and Herself's garage studio needs reorganizing.

:whew:

I have emptied a LOT of boxes, and done a LOT of reorganizing and throwing away. There's still a lot that needs doing.....I am trying to get it DONE by 6/11. That's Herself's birthday party. I want this DONE - I am tired of living in a maze of boxes. :sigh:

Not much else going on - between milking, bottle-feeding, dishes, and cleaning I'm pretty well pooped most of the time. I wish the stupid eBayer would send me my milking machine already (no, it hasn't shipped yet. YES, we've called - NSDH said "Oh, you need hoses? Well...OK....yeah, send us an extra pulsator for our trouble when you send it!" :bangs head: I don't NEED another cheap pulsator - I need the blasted machine. Hoses can be purchased locally........:sigh: I can't even feel my left hand anymore......

Oh, well - such is life.
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It's always *something*, isn't it? :sigh:

Had a huge fight with the husband Wednesday evening, so I've been subjected to the silent treatment. Whatever - it needed to be said. My house is still NOT complete.....and he's been on his Mac playing online poker and watching YouTubes. :sigh:

The upshot is - "he'll show ME"....my kitchen counters are getting done, the bathroom has been worked on...and the hole near the range hood has FINALLY been patched. BUT - only because Himself went and installed the smoke detectors and bathroom light, then came into the kitchen and installed my curtain rods. :men!:

Ah, well - such is life. Baby goats are growing, as are the chicks. Not much else to report.....
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Not much to report, here. No new babies - the 2 does just keep getting bigger and bigger. IF they don't pop by Friday, I'll Lute them. I'd prefer no train wrecks this year, if possible.

I've started milking the does in the milk room. Not on the stands, yet - but at least they're IN the room. All of them are OK, except Inara...she's special. Every day she wakes up in a new world. :sigh: and :lol:

Need to get started with the day - have a good one!
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but it's been BUSY here.

1. Sunday, about 10:15, Zoe presented me with 2 absolutely GORGEOUS.....boys. :sigh: They are both slated for sale. Maybe - one of them is the most gorgeous goat I've ever seen - he's gray with white, black, and brown on him.

2. Also Sunday, evening, FIL went back to the hospital. :sigh:

3. Yesterday SG brought home 5 more chicks (we've lost 5 of the older ones THIS WEEK. :grrrr: I think we've stopped the predator, but now I have 20 chicks in the Garage Studio. Fun times!

Gotta skitter - we've got errands to run. More - with pictures! - later!
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So, after a few HOURS of begging, pleading, and muttering under my breath, LJ finally loaded all the pictures. So...I'd like to share what we've been doing the past few weeks. Please note, NOTHING is finished, yet. It's done enough that we can actually USE the space, but there's still a bit to be done...and let's not mention the rest of the house, OK? Because...there are boxes everywhere, and I'm going a little batty because of it.

Anyway. Without further ado, let me show the shower stall first:




Green marble, with a funky, kinda fun trim that has metal bits, glass, and ceramic tiles. It actually works with the floors, which are a dark, slate-looking vinyl. At the point this photo was taken, we hadn't installed the fixtures; they are now installed, as are the 2 vanities and sinks. Still waiting on the baseboards, and we have to attach the storage cabinet to the wall and install the medicine cabinets. :shrug: At least we have a semi-working bathroom!

Now, the bedroom:



This is the bed and (sort of) the nightstand. LOVE the bed! Cherry sleigh bed, in a King - just large enough for the 2 of us and 2 or 3 dogs. Or 1 of us, and 4 or 5 dogs - depends on which dogs decide they need the bed. :lol:



The pair of painted Ikea dressers. The paint is the same that is on the bathroom walls; it looks FANTASTIC next to the green bedroom walls. I've since put my earring tree on top of my dresser....and some dresser scarves that we got from an Antique store. It's looking pretty cozy in here, now!

This, though - this is what MAKES the room. I give you the Art Deco dressers we scored back in February:



This one's mine. It has 2 selves on either side, running front to back, and 3 rows of hanging rods. Tall enough to hang dresses and pants! LOVE it!





This is SG's. The door is off, because we discovered that it was missing some screws in the door hinges. I did get a close-up of the door; it matches the larger one. Pretty sure this was sold as a set - the pattern and hardware is the same. They are beautiful, and in remarkably good condition considering their age. I'm thinking 1940's.....maybe '30's, but not sure. They are LOVELY!



Here's a close-up of the door hardware. Both are identical, and, again, look original.

Now, WHY did we spring for armoires, when we have a closet? Because...the closet is 5' x 5'. It's barely large enough for 1, forget about 2 people. The closet is now the "overflow" - mostly SG's stuff. We tore out the built-in system, shoved the gun cabinet in there, and the 2 shoe cabinets. It's tight, but....it works. All my garb is in bins on the shelves (or in the cedar chest) - the armoires were actually needed to fit all our clothes in. And they add to the retro vibe I wanted in the room. (House, actually - I'm working on it. The kitchen is sort of retro-modern farm. :lol:)

So, that's what we've been up to lately. I have a LOT of cleaning and reorganizing to do! And....I'll be throwing out a LOT of stuff. Living without it for the past 5 months has shown me that I don't NEED all the crap I have....so, I guess that's a good thing. :lol:

Enjoy your day!

ETA: H, I know wool is water-resistant, but...it's New! And I don't wanna get it messed up! :lol:

Also, thanks for reminding me to look at Fabric Mart - I am a member of their swatch club, but I didn't think to go there. And then....they are currently having a 60% off wool suiting sale....I fell down. Himself found a gray that was "close enough"...so I grabbed 15 yards. :oops: :lol:
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but LJ is being slow as molasses this morning. It took *30* minutes to upload 2.....and I have 6 or 7 more. :sigh: I guess you get to see the new dress only, instead of the house. Which is NOT finished, but is much, much closer!

Anyway.

Dress! This is the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress:

2017 SOI Shirtdress front

2017 SOI Shirtdress side

It was very windy yesterday, so the photos aren't the best, but you can at least get an idea of the dress. I did NOT wear the jacket - it was threatening rain, and I will not risk that! :lol:

So, house. Monday the last of the new floors went in. Yesterday the plumbers came in and did the Master Bath, and repaired the pipe SG put a hole in, and re-installed the water filter (they removed it to repair the garage leak) - when SG hit the pipe, he flooded the (NEW!) bathroom. I told them to cut the water, they did - at the house, which re-routed the water into the (missing) water filter. Which flooded the garage. :sigh: It's all sorted, now. Still not DONE, of course - my NSDH has problems prioritizing things. Which is why the pasture got mowed, but the baseboards didn't get painted until 10 minutes before the plumbers showed up. They had to wait on HIM.....never mind. Suffice to say things still aren't done, but the pasture looks good.

Oh! One of the other pictures was of 8 new chicks - we have 2 broody hens. 1 is a nasty banty hen, so Herself pulled all the chicks. The other is sweet, but batty stole her hatchlings....so they're in the Garage Studio, as well.

I will try to upload again later - I'm not sure if it's on my end (storms right now) or LJ's. I'm pleased with the way things are looking; the armoires fit and look really, really good.

Gotta go get school sorted - later!
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Our floors were dropped off Saturday, so yesterday was spent emptying the bedroom. The installers will be here between 9:00 and 9:30 this AM; all that's left to move is the bed, the nightstands, the cedar chest, the small file cabinet, and a few misc. small boxes. :whew:

Himself was busy, too - he assembled the last of the Ikea stuff - the 2nd bathroom vanity, SG's shoe cabinet, and 1 of the medicine cabinets (the other one he'll do today.)

We've left a message for the plumber - hopefully he'll show up tomorrow to install all the bathroom fixtures. :happy dance:

Of course, THEN I have to get the rest of the house unpacked - but hey! ALL the floors will be done!!!!!!

Haven't worn the new dress yet - it was too cold and wet Saturday, and yesterday and today are moving days. So.....maybe tomorrow. :fingers crossed:

Gotta skitter- got stuff to move!!
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which is nothing new, right? :lol: Let's see:

1. Sewing: Have the Sew Over It's Vintage Shirt Dress almost done! After staring at the muslin for a bit, I decided I *did*, in fact, like it, so I pulled out the $1/yard cotton I had slated for a shirtwaist dress and went to town. I'm near the end; it needs buttons, button-holes, bias binding at the arms, and a hem. Pics when it's done.

1a. H. sent me a BEAUTIFUL hand sewn - I should say, hand TAILORED - coat. In red. That goes with the new shirt dress perfectly. It's just GORGEOUS!!! It made me slow down on the the dress, so it would be worthy of being worn with it. I am humbled - and happy!

1b. Himself wants an Imperial Officer Uniform, to wear in December. I have scored the pattern for the pants and the coat (and the hat!), just need to score the fabric. Does anyone have ANY idea where I can look for a gray-green, suiting-weight? Wool is OK - and probably film-accurate. Budget-priced preferred - Herself has said she'd kinda like a uniform, too. :bangs head: (The TIE pilot flight suit is still on the table, but he wants the Uniform FIRST. :sigh:) I'm thinking 2 yards for the pants, and 3 yards for the coat (because I am paranoid of mistakes) per Uniform....so 10+ yards. I...can't afford $20/yard fabric in that amount. Black is a possibility, but he REALLY wants the gray-green - something to do with which branch he is. (Krennic's uniform has also been broached; black pants with white coat. Or Thrawn's - all white. :sigh: White and Black are relatively easy to find - the Gray-green is eluding me.)

I can't get into the Imperial Officer Forum (part of the 501st) without signing up - and I don't want to do that. He doesn't want to join; *I* want these to be film accurate in case he changes his mind later. :sigh:

2. School: Started lesson planning for next year - my last. Himself will be a Senior next year. This is hard - not because it's his last, but because he's galloped ahead, and I'm trying to figure out WHAT to do. I mean, he's already done more Science and History than Texas requires (or that he'd have gotten in Public School), he's doing Calculus (slowly. Thankfully! And Thank GOD for Khan Academy!!!!).

One of the things we're implementing is a linguistics "course" based on Asimov's book "Words on the Map". See, back when we started Homeschooling, I bought a Great Courses DVD set called "The History of the English Language"....linguistics. *I* LOVE linguistics; I love following the rabbit trail of where words came from. Turns out, so does Himself! So, when I was on an Asimov kick last year, I bought a bunch of books - mostly Science (we've been using them to finish out this year; some of the info is dated, but we talk about the new discoveries. Most of it's basic, so still valid.) One of the books I ran across was "Words on the Map"...which is basically a book of city names, and the history behind them. (I also bought "Words from the Myths", which I'm going to try to squeeze in, too.) We're excited - we're starting "Maps" next week!

3. Blather: My bruises are just about gone. Back still hurts, as does my cheek bone, but they are healing. The critters are doing well - the chicks are just about ready to go outside; good thing, since we're slated to get some day-old guineas next Thursday. :sigh: The goats are due to freshen in the next few weeks - I have a feeling the first kids will arrive the day the floors are going in. What a way to christen the new floors, huh? :lol:
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And we seemed to handle it easily, this year. Probably because we're still at 6's and 7's over here; the lack of bread didn't really register.

The tub surround is DONE. Looks good! I also managed to (finally!) grout the backsplash in the kitchen (where the micro-hood was); it doesn't match the rest, but it actually fits and looks good. Pics later.

We went to the Floor Store yesterday; we are next on the list, but it might be a bit. The owner has family problems (totally understandable!), so.....we told him it was OK, we could wait if necessary. Not sure if that's why he - wait, let me back up a bit.

So. Herself's Studio is the former garage. 18' x 22', or approx. 400 square feet. I had stained the concrete a while back, but.....I ordered terra-cotta, what I got was yellow-orange. :ick: I covered it with rugs. She? Really can't - she's going to be flame-soldering, and chemically altering metals. Add the heat from the kiln, and you can see we're limited on what we do in there.

We had discussed paint, peel-n-stick tiles, rugs......none of which were perfect, and all of which had drawbacks. We priced tile when we bought the stuff for the bathroom.....$2K. For the CHEAPEST stuff she liked.

Anyway. We were at the store yesterday, chatting. He took us to the warehouse to see our floor (looks good!); while he and SG were chatting about life, I was looking around. He had the displays of discontinued tile in there, so I asked him what he did with them. He said "Get rid of 'em." I said "OH! How much?" and he said, puzzled, "No - Get Rid of Them. I Throw Them Away." :blink: "Erm. Um. I'd like them, if you don't mind!"

He said, sure! And then......."How much you need? 400 sf? Hmm...that's a lot..." "I doesn't have to match - I can do something random with it and make it look OK. We just need to cover the floor, with something that won't be affected by the chemicals and heat. And I don't mind doing it over time - piecemeal. Really - we can do it one portion at a time!" "Well." he said. "I need to clean this up - in a month or so - and I think I have some boxes that didn't get used on jobs. WE don't need 'em, and the people didn't keep 'em - stupid, but what do you do? - let me see what I got. You can have it!"

:happy dance: Looks like we'll get Herself the tile floor she really wants, in "sea" colors (because most of the demo tiles are white/beige/tan/gray), for just the cost of the thin-set and grout. Thank God for it!

I bought donuts for breakfast, and need to go run off the sugar before we start school back. Laters!
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The tub surround is almost finished! Just needs grout - which SG is supposedly doing right now. :happy dance: It took all weekend, but it's DONE.

And it's MARBLE. I didn't realize that when we bought the tile - I just saw some pretty, pretty greenish tiles. It was about $200 more than the kids' bathroom; I figured it was because we went with the over-sized subway tiles (rectangular; I think they're 6" x 12". ) The green looks good with the burgundy walls.

Now we wait on the floor guys to come and install the flooring.....

I also finished the edges of my cutting table - I used 2 cans of the spray-on plastic dip (normally used for tools). It smelled, but I now have a nice finish.

It's overcast here, and slightly cool. I need to get to the Studio to do some sewing, but I am unmotivated at the moment. I need to get some new work out pants made up.........:sigh:

Ah, well - onward! There's a lot of grumbling coming from the bathroom.....I'm avoiding it. :lol:

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