fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-09-22 03:39 pm
Entry tags:

Quick Update thingy....

Himself is doing OK-ish. Pretty stable - we've had 4 evaluations in the past 2 weeks. We have discovered that he, too, is on the Spectrum. :sigh: He's classified as "2E" - twice exceptional. His IQ is off the charts, which is all anyone ever noticed.

I had wondered a bit, over the years, but - insert Mom guilt here - was able to dismiss my thoughts because, compared to Herself, he was "normal"-ish. :bangs head: I have profusely apologized, and will continue to.

Part of his depression stems from this, we think. Not all - but some. He's a little better, just knowing.

The other "big" thing....we had a "life skills" assessment this week. Now, both the therapist and I figured he'd ace it.....um, not so much. Seems my "little engineer" really IS - he can't see the whole for all the itty-bitty parts. He gets hung up on the pieces, and can't finish the process. So.....they'll be scheduling some help, there, too.

Also - we found out he has low processing speed. Which just adds to the pressure he puts on himself......:sob:

Anyway. We are now waiting on some call-backs so we can move forward.

Me? I'm hanging in. I managed to knit 1.5 socks during the assessments, and have sewn a couple of portfolios to keep both kids' medically-related stuff in. (I had Herself's in a plastic one, but it disintegrated while in the POD. I can't find a replacement ANYWHERE, so....sewing machine to the rescue! I have 6 more cut out, because they will be PERFECT to hold my various knitting patterns....)

I had a scuffle with Zoey yesterday, and she managed to tear something in my left elbow. I think it's just scar tissue......my arm is bad enough that I CAN NOT KNIT. :horrors!: It's bad enough that Herself *volunteered* to milk for me tonight.....:sigh:

Oh! One thing we did that has helped Himself a bit - he's been wanting to upgrade his gaming PC for a while, so we went ahead and did just that. Today I ran him to Fry's and picked up a new monitor, keyboard and mouse. It's helped his outlook a little bit (yes, I KNOW that buying stuff won't make him non-depressed, but it has helped his mind get out of the rut it was in. No, it's not a cure, but I will take every little bit of help I can get for him.) Herself will get his old PC - she only wants a few games that they can play together, so she doesn't need the latest and greatest. He's got a new game coming up (Dual Universe - it looks AWESOME) that his old PC was almost not up to running.....so he's now in a slightly better frame of mind.

And one more thing - my identity got stolen back in January. (Or March....I can't be sure.) Seems someone went to Sprint and bought "a few" iPhone 7's and disappeared. I spent a few hours at the Sheriff's office filing a report, just so I could put a fraud alert on my credit reports, and get Sprint off my back. :big sigh: I have a feeling Equifax is involved..........

L'shana Tova!
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-08-15 06:11 pm
Entry tags:

Wel!

Last week we had our septic tank pumped. We also found out we need a new tank....the old one is fiberglass, and is starting to collapse. :sigh: BUT! One of the guys has land, and has a brother with land, and they wanted goats.

We just so happened to have some bucks that I wanted to sell.....

The brother came by Sunday evening. We agreed on selling 7 bucks (leaving us 4) and Leia, the .25 Cashmere/.75 Nubian. He came back yesterday with a trailer...and left with 7 bucks, Leia, and.....Inara.

See, Inara is a loverly doe. Sweet, gentle, and dumb as a post. She wakes up in a different world every. single. day. It takes me over 10 minutes to milk just her, because she won't come in, she won't settle to eat, and she won't stand still. :sigh: So....I was fed up.

SG talked me into it. I'm OK with it, except he asked WAY too little for her. :big sigh: Ah, well - such is life. At least the aggravation is gone. And so are 7 excess bucks!

I have downloaded and installed Embrilliance Essentials and Enthusiast. I have even printed the manual out. I haven't done anything else - yet. I finally got a color printer up and running, so I have print outs of the various designs I have (I kinda need that, so I know what color is #1/#2/etc. :lol:) I'm planning on getting out to the Studio tomorrow and playing around. :fingers crossed:
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-07-26 02:04 pm
Entry tags:

Good...afternoon!

Let's see:

1. Down to 4 goats, now. Sold 4 of the bucklings! That's good! I don't have photos....that's bad. Ah, well - they are going to (supposedly) end up at Freezer camp, so.......:shrug:

2. Making cheese. Again. Today, it's Wensleydale. Sunday it was Swiss. And Friday it was Chèvre. I have plenty of cheese...and more milk to use. :sigh: Tomorrow looks like soap. Maybe.

3. Yesterday was a quick visit to FIL. :sigh: He's just not doing well. On the way home, we ran into an old friend :waves: Love when that happens!

4. Himself finally settled on History and Science for next year. Psychology and...for the moment, we are studying the Great Tactical Minds of History. He read "The Art of War" and is fascinated by it, so - that's where we're going. Since he's technically already met all of Texas' requirements, we can do whatever this year. I don't want to graduate him a year early, so....:shrug: We are finishing up 1 Samuel now; we'll be started 2 Samuel in a few weeks, and that will carry us to the end of this next school year. Language Arts is word origins, Math is still Calculus (LOVE Khan Academy! He's 40% done - once he's done, he'll go on to whatever is next per them.) Once the History course is over, we'll be doing the History of Japan - he thinks it'll be neat to see how an isolated culture developed. I'm actually looking forward to this year!

5. There is no 5.

6. The pods are gone (have I mentioned that yet?) and we need to get a dumpster out.

7. The solar panels are working, but - the pool pump draws most of the power they produce. So, we've cut down it's use to 4 hours/day, to see if that'll make a difference. (I TOLD SG to not pull it off the Studio, but he didn't listen. Ah, well.....)

Think that's it for now....
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-07-18 03:03 pm
Entry tags:

Well...it's been a wild, bad week....

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.)
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-06-07 01:14 pm
Entry tags:

Busy, busy, busy

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.
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-06-01 09:15 am
Entry tags:

:whew!:

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.
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-05-22 08:27 am
Entry tags:

So you want to get some goats, huh?

I see this a lot on the forums I lurk on - people are suddenly wanting to get into goats, but have NO clue. Since I lurk on these forums, I figured I'd post my thoughts *here* - they can google and find me, and I don't have to join the forums in question. :lol:

First, you need to be aware that there are VERY few Vets that handle goats - most large animal vets won't, because "it's just a goat!", and small animal vets won't, because goats are livestock, not pets. So YOU have to be your own vet......if you don't think you can handle that, then skip goats. You WILL have to do your own doctoring at some point, and goat deliveries don't always go as planned. (Trainwrecks are a part of goat-ownership; most goats are just looking for an excuse to die. :sigh:)

OK, so that didn't phase you? Good. Now, start thinking about WHY you want goats. (Yes, goatS, plural. Goats do better in pairs.) Weed control? "Scrub" goats/mutts are good for that. Meat? Boers. Milk? Ah, there's the rub!

A lot of people decide to do smaller goats, for some reason. Nigerian Dwarfs and Pygmys do, actually produce milk.....but. Are you wanting to just supplement, for soap-making or cheese-making, or are you wanting to dairy for *real*, for all/most of your dairy needs? Think about this....because your choice of breed is important - and it costs as much to feed a dud as it does to feed a good milker.

NDs and Pygmys are, of course, smaller goats. This appeals to people - smaller goat = easier to handle, supposedly. However.....smaller goat = smaller udder = less production, which means you need MORE goats to fill your pail. Maybe you don't care - in that case, carry on! Me? I wanted max milk with fewer to milk.

I went with the "true" dairy goats - Nubians, to be precise. There are a number of dairy breeds: Nubians, Saanans, Alpines, Toggenburgs, Oberhalsis (and I might have forgotten a few....); I went with Nubians because of their personalities. They are people-goats, very very friendly (which is very, very annoying sometimes!) They aren't the star producers; Swiss breeds tend to give higher yields, but they are a bit more aloof. Also, Nubians are easy to get around *here*; in your area maybe Alpines are the go-to breed. Do your research!

Understand that an average dairy-bred goat will give you 0.5 gallons/day. A *good* producer will give 1.0 gallons/day. (An average cow gives *8* gallons/day, for reference). Always assume you'll get an average or below-average goat and decide from there how many does you'll need in milk. That way, you can be sure you'll get enough milk for your family each day.

So. You've settled on breed and number......now you need to decide: purchase adult doe, or bottle-baby. Babies are cheaper - but you don't really know what you'll end up with. *I* do not push people to buy papered goats, not for home dairy, BUT - if you buy from someone who has papers, you can get a pretty good idea of what your baby will turn out as. (This is where research comes in!). For example, I knew that Pruittville breeds for milk production; when a Pruittville grand-daughter popped up on CL, I jumped at her, even though she was $250 at 6 weeks old. Why? Because *I* want solid producers - and Inara has repaid my belief! She's a gallon/day milker, and her 2 daughters look to be taking after her. :smile: (We expect our goats to provide ALL our dairy, so I *need* good producers. Your situation may be different.)

You've decided what you want, and where you'll get it, now we need to discuss housing. Goats are very, very clever. Fences are simply puzzles to be solved. The only thing *we've* found to keep our goats mostly where they belong is 16' cattle panels with wood posts and top rails. They push t-posts over, then use the fencing as a ramp to get out. They can wiggle under tight wire or post-and-rail fencing, and no-climb horse wire without a top rail? They stand on it until it sags, then they climb/jump over it. Spend the money up front so you don't have to keep replacing fence. Also, don't use chainlink without top rails and sturdy, deeply sunk posts, and make sure your gates are low to the ground, and sturdy. Goats can flatten themselves like cats......

As to barns....well, you can go the standard route, but I'm going to recommend something different - a carport with a front and sides. Yes, a CARPORT. The lady we bought our Alpines from was using one, and it was *awesome*. The front was solid with a pass-thru door. At the first rib, she had a livestock gate; the part between was her feed room/milking area. The rest of it was the goat living area, open in the back to the paddock. All metal, so no rotting out, and inexpensive. (We're going to replace our current barn with a double carport when we buy the neighbor's acreage, so I AM putting my money where my mouth is!)

Now you're all sorted, and you're almost ready to milk. THIS is where the start-up costs get real, folks. Let me give you a list of dairy supply houses:

Hamby's Dairy
Hoegger Farmyard
Caprine Supply
Parts Dept

Go, have a quick look-see. Prices are...well. NOT cheap. I can help with that. :lol:

For miking, you need a milk pail. Go to your local Tractor Supply and look in the pet department. They have stainless steel pails (for dog food, I think) for......under $20. THAT is your milk pail. (I think they're 1 gallon buckets. Large enough - usually! - for 1 or 2 goats in milk.) You need wipes to clean teats - go to your local grocery store (I go to Walmart) and pick up a case of diaper wipes, unscented (I checked - they are the SAME thing. If you're concerned that they are anti-bacterial, add a drop or 2 of teat dip to the packages.) Teat dip.....I go to Tractor Supply and buy the Nolvasone S - it's a bit pricey, but it lasts all season. Also pick up a couple of the plastic "blue ice" things from the grocery - you need them to start cooling your milk as you milk.

I use teat dip cups from Hamby's - they had the cheapest price back when I bought them. I also bought some strip cups.....save your money. Use an old coffee cup, instead. (Or, do what I do when I get lazy and strip right into the wipe. You can see if anything's wrong, and it's 1 less thing to wash.)

We built our milk stands from old, free pallets - but I'm not using them right now, I'm milking on the floor. Hard on my back, but the does don't want to get ON the stands right now, so it's a moot point. This is less painful for me then trying to fight to get them up on the stand.

If you need a milk tote, go to eBay and look around - I bought a 5 quart one for....I think it was $35, but it's been a few years. I have a 3 gallon one, too (I think - it's BIG) that I got for under $70; look at them at the above links and see what you think. Lids for the milk pails are easy - if you don't/can't sew, pick up some Glad plastic, elastic-edged tops from the store. They fit just fine, and are reusable, to a point.

IF you decide to go with a machine (and I won't judge - I use the machine when we get more than 2 does in milk)....well, expect to spend about $400 for a DIY. It's NOT a big deal - the most expensive part is the vacuum pump. You need one that pulls 6 CFM - we just bought a replacement one for $200, on sale. It's a cheap one that I don't think will last........but the next cheapest was $399, so.......yeah, we went with the $200 one. For the bucket set up, go to Parts Dept and look at what they sell, then head to eBay and price it out. There's a seller called "Slavic Beauty" that has complete set-ups for $279 that will do 2 goats at a time, all you need are shut-off valves (Parts Dept has the best prices on those, I think) and the pump. You can sometimes score a Surge bucket......the lids are harder to find. Good Interpuls pulsators are about $90; I'm not sure what the Slavic Beauty set-up has; I'm planning on using our Interpuls on the one I bought. I like the clear inflations.....Parts Dept has a set-up for 1 goat for....$80, I think. The rubber part has to be replaced each year, as do the lines (go with silicone food-safe lines - the plastic ones add a weird flavor to the milk.) (FYI, a complete set up from any of the dealers will run you about $1,000. Perry's milkers (I don't have a link, sorry!) uses old dairy-farm buckets and medical-grade pumps and will set you back at least $600. DIY is the way to go, honestly.) Oh! You'll also need a balance tank to help hold the vacuum steady - 4" PVC pipe and fittings. I think we spent $140 on ours, but once it's built, it's built and you can use it from then on, with any machine you buy. I did a post on it a few years ago: Have a link

You're also going to need a strainer - I bought our 2 from Caprine Supply; I think they are the mini-ones. You'll also need filters - you can use larger ones if you can get a good deal on them, but you can't go smaller. EBay has some for $16/200, which is a pretty good price; you'll use 2/day. Bottles.....quart canning jars work, but if you have very productive does you'll run out of space quickly. Half-gallon canning jars are perfect, but expensive and hard to find. This year, I'm trying Ikea's jars; we have a green-topped pitcher that looks like it holds a half-gallon; they also have a..quart? jar that look like an old-timey milk jug. So far, both work.....I'm just not sure exactly how much they hold. :shrug: They're cheaper than the canning jars, so, for me, it works.

I think that's it - I'm running on very little sleep right now, so if I need to add anything, hit me up! I like sharing knowledge!
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-05-19 02:52 pm
Entry tags:

Shabbat Shalom!

And a good one it is turning out to be, too! Yesterday Himself helped me clean out the dining room - we can hold Shabbat dinner in there, now! :huzzah!:

This AM, I got up to a text from my contractor - she's sick, so I didn't need to rush to get the work done. So I did 3 loads of laundry, set up the ironing board, and got ALL my table linens washed, bleached, and ironed. :whew: (I'm halfway done with the work, anyway, so I'll get it done early next week.)

Then we went out and disbudded Poe and Finn...only SG was a little too enthusiastic with Poe. He bled all over me. :sigh: Went to lunch, then I went down for a short nap. (Didn't work - hard to sleep with a snoring dog next to you. :sigh:)

Went out to check Poe, and noticed Rain had goop. Walked a little closer - baby on the ground! Ran to the house to grab my kit, then ran back to the barn to find another baby in the barn. Grabbed it - girl!! - ran outside and grabbed the other - boy!!!! :happy dance:

Rain was hard to get into the milk room, but once there she was *sorta* easy to milk. I got 1.5 bottles of colostrum out of her; she's outside right now eating grass while we wait for her to slip the afterbirth. The twins are in the bathroom - they are *beautiful*!

Now we wait on Sugar to pop....any bets? :lol:

Current count:

Boys: 6

Girls: 4 surviving

I now have *7* does in milk. :whew: Got notice that the new milking set-up is due to ship "soon"....hope soon means SOON. :rofl:

May your Shabbat be Blessed!

I changed the counts - Sugar dropped! Rain actually had boy/girl twins (my bad); Sugar had 2 girls! We are done kidding for the year!!!!
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-05-17 08:34 am
Entry tags:

Happy Wednesday!

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!
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-05-14 08:14 am
Entry tags:

Happy Mother's Day!

I got a buckling from Trillion! :lol: AND a doeling from April and a buckling from Inara (granted, those 2 were Friday evening, but hey - I'll take it!) Only 2 does to go.....

Yes, Friday evening was...eventful. I had just hung up the phone from my FIL when I looked outside and saw April in a weird, hunched position. Ran outside....got to her just in time to keep the little girl from hitting the (very dirty) ground. Got Lyra cleaned up, mom sorted, and was gathering up my kit to head back to the house when Inara started yelling at me. (Inara is the typical Nubian - very, very mouthy. Yells about *everything*.)

I went to pet her - that's usually what she wants - and saw goop. :sigh: Drug her outside; 30 minutes later she delivered a very large bucking in my lap. (She crawled into my lap and refused to move. Whatever....weird goat! :lol:)

SG is FINALLY seriously looking to replace the machine for me. See, he has to come hold April - she's a first freshener, she has TEENY teats (she and May are charter members of the "itty-bitty-t***y-club. Seriously - their udders are between grapefruit and cantaloupe size, with teats the size of my pinkie finger's first joint. Say - half an inch?.. TINY. Hard to milk.) April fights, so someone has to wrestle her to a stand-still so I can attempt to milk her out. He threw out his back yesterday....this AM was NOT fun for him.

Or me, because my wrist can NOT take this. Out of the 5 does I am currently milking, we got almost a half-gallon of drinkable milk (Zoe) and *13* bottles from the other 4. 13 9-oz, FULL bottles. Multiply that by 2x/day.......yeah, I think we need a machine STAT.

:sigh:

Anyway. Yesterday was clean the milk room day - it needed it. It's currently empty; everything is outside waiting to be washed down. The old machine......honestly, I really just want a new bucket, one that's smaller than the Surge one. It's too big and heavy for me. We need to replace the inflations and lines (you do that every year).....so SG tried to start the pump. It's a no-go, and he's not sure it's worth getting it fixed. He can buy a new pump for under $200...this one is an old medical-grade liposuction pump. I don't care, as long as we do something SOON.

But! Current goat count:

Boys: 5

Girls: 1

They all appear healthy, so that's good.

Have a great day - I need to check on the 2 holdouts. Maybe I'll get more babies today! :panic: :rofl:
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-05-12 04:07 pm
Entry tags:

Sad day...

we lost Jen...so the count is currently:

Boys: 3

Girls: 0

I was worried about this from the beginning......she was very, very tiny (under 2 pounds. "Normal" weight is between 5 - 9 pounds; Bodie is about 5, I think) and very, very weak. Her suck reflex was almost nonexistent, and she couldn't regulate her body temperature. I had her on a heated rice pack, with a sweater, wrapped in a towel, so at least I know she was warm. :sigh:

I KNOW it's part of life, and I know there are a lot of people who'll raise their eyebrows at me, but....how could I NOT try to save her? I can't be callous - she was alive, and I did my best to keep her that way. I'll do it again if necessary.

In other news....went to the Vet today for Sam. He needs dental work badly; he goes back on Monday for grooming and he'll stay overnight for surgery early Tuesday morning. He has 2 abscessed teeth; 1 is loose the other is not. Fun times....at least the doc sent vaccinations home with us so *I* could do the other 6 - there's NO WAY I can get all 6 dogs in for him to do it. He said he'd schedule a farm call for us so he could do the rabies shot - I'm not a Vet, so I can't legally do that one. :shrug: Then Kenzie needs to go in - she may have........crud, can't remember what he said. Besides diabetes - it was something else, like Chrones. I think......anyway, she needs looking at.

It's always something, isn't it?
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-05-11 10:47 am
Entry tags:

The current count:

Boys: 3

Girls: 1


Went out to milk Zoe at 6:30, like normal. I walked behind my Studio, as normal, to check on the goats, and noticed May was down in an "odd" position. (I can't describe it, but it's fully recognizable when you SEE it.) I did a quick look - no babies apparent, so I made the quick decision to milk Zoe before checking on her.

Got Zoe sorted, and went into the pen. May had turned around, and had *2* heads out. :panic!: I shot up a quick prayer, yelled for SG (who was still asleep and DID. NOT. HEAR. ME), then took a deep breath. I grabbed the head that was the furtherest out and gave it a gentle tug - out slid a good-sized, apparently dead baby. I dropped him on the ground - he started breathing! - and turned my attention to the other head.

I was missing feet. I remembered what the vet had told me years ago - don't worry about presentation in a case like this, just do your best to get 'em out quickly - so I grabbed baby behind the jaw and worked my fingers in to try and get a little more space. Very quickly, SHE slid out and started breathing. :whew!:

I was wearing a hoodie (I ALWAYS wear a jacket/sweatshirt/hoodie during kidding season), so I took it off and wrapped both kids in it. I got them outside and plopped both on the grass, then went back to quickly check on May - she was fine. Off the kids and I went to the house, yelling for SG all the way.

Long story short - all 3 are doing OK. Bodie (the boy) is already standing; Jen (the girl) is weaker, but fighting. Both have taken 4 oz or so of colostrum. May is sore, but seems OK. She's not bleeding, so I think she's OK - it's just both kids wanted OUT right then. I did give her some antibiotic, just to be on the safe side, and I'll give her another dose tonight.

Both look like mama - brown and white. Bodie is HUGE compared to Jen, but both are on the smaller side of Nubian newborns.

Poe and Finn have been evicted to the goat barn; Bodie is in the playpen while Jen is in a garden trug, all wrapped up in towels with a hot rice pack helping her stay warm.

May looks to be a good milker - she's not fighting me at all. This is her first freshening, which means small teats......SG PROMISED me he'd order me a new milking machine. The old one.....the pump needs work. Yes, it'd be cheaper to try to fix it - maybe - but we can't run the bucket thru the dishwasher as it's a cow bucket and too big. I'm looking at specific goat milkers....we'll see. Either way, I'm going to need a machine soonish - I still have *5* does (I think) to go. :deep breath: God is good - we'll get it sorted soon enough.

So. How was YOUR morning? :lol:
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-05-10 06:54 am
Entry tags:

Photos, finally!

I was able to get some photos yesterday of Finn and Poe - here ya go! :lol:

IMG_2263

IMG_2264

Finn is, of course, the gray one and Poe is the brown one. :lol: The other does STILL have not popped yet....I think they're just fat. :sigh:

Oh! As a bonus, have some pics of the newest sewing project - another SOI's Vintage Shirt Dress. This is in a nice cotton lawn; the collar is a sand washed silk.

IMG_2265

IMG_2266

I learned a few things, here - cotton lawn is lucious feeling - very light, airy, and cool. Silk..is of the devil. Slippery, slick, and sticky. My machine grumbles, but will sew it IF I go slow and sandwich it between something else.

The lawn came from England (eBay - LOVE it!). I'll be ordering more - at a little over $4/yard, you really can't go wrong! The pattern is...interesting, but not Ugly, so it's good. :lol:
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-05-05 01:53 pm
Entry tags:

Busy, busy, busy

Sorry for the silence, it's just been really busy around here. I had some contract work, I have 6 (!) does due any moment (I think it's 6 - judging by the udder formation and size of belly, it's 6. There's 2 more that I'm not sure about....if you consider that goats usually twin, and I have 6 due......:ulp:).....plus the 2 boys in the bathroom....yeah, busy.

Poe and Finn :lol: are doing great! I need to get photos...I keep forgetting my phone when we take them outside to play. :sigh: Zoe is doing well; it looks like we're currently getting 2 liters from her right now. Give or take......

I have another shirtdress cut out (cotton lawn! It's so light and airy!), but haven't found the time to actually sew it up yet. Maybe Sunday...that's the plan, anyway.

Oh! I got a response from John Deere (I sent an email)....basically they're sorry we have a bum dealer, and if there's anything they can do for us, let them know. :sigh: Yeah....come pick up the stupid mower and hand us the cash, please - we're going Orange now! :bangs head: I guess Customer Satisfaction isn't a big deal any more. :sad:

Well, it's time to check the does again - later!
fiberaddict: (Default)
2017-05-02 09:21 am
Entry tags:

Sorry for the Radio Silence...

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!
fiberaddict: (Default)
2015-05-31 02:21 pm

We are safe and Dry!

We've had intermittent internet the past few weeks - today it is Dry! and the 'net is fine; I expect it to go down again soon, when they finally come out to replace our roof. The check is at the Post Office, so hopefully they will get us on the list and get it done soon.

Anyway - I will take advantage of the internet, and do a Photo Post! Been promising for a while - so, enjoy!

Read more... )
fiberaddict: (Default)
2015-05-25 08:41 am
Entry tags:

I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off...

which is normal, right? :sigh:

Herself had a doc appt last week...she's got something going on with her thyroid. She has an appt with an endocrinologist on the 9th to see what we need to do. Fun - and worrisome! - times!

Goat kids are doing well. We have dried up Annie - leaving me with 3 on the stand - because she couldn't get on the stand by herself, and she got diarrhea, which is BAD for goats. Her milk production had dropped to nearly nothing - which is unusual for her - so, I made the call. I put her on some loading doses of antibiotic, and have been forcing hay and grain down her. :sigh: She's out right now, eating weeds. I'll put her up shortly - it's Not Raining now, but it will rain soon.

We currently have a very pissed off sparrow fledgling in the Studio. He (she?) fell out of the nest yesterday morning and Chloe grabbed him. We got him away from her, but it seems like his leg may be broken. So, into a shoebox in the Studio he went. He's active - he got out of the box for a few hours last night - and has his first flight feathers, so maybe he'll make it. I hope so.....

I will have photos later - they're on my phone, not my laptop. :sigh: I'll transfer them over at doe point soon......
fiberaddict: (Default)
2015-05-06 11:52 am
Entry tags:

:sigh:

We lost Risky Monday afternoon. Vet is confused, but thinks it was too much stress. I even took li'l girl out to her, to see if that would help, but.....:sigh: Animal care sucks sometimes.

In GOOD news, li'l girl actually STOOD UP on her own this AM!!!!! This is HUGE for her! I feel a little more secure now - although I'm still paranoid.

In other good news, my hand is "better". Still very little sensation, but it doesn't look nasty any more. I'm sure I'll scar, but hey - I got a cute baby goat out of it, so that's worth it. :nods:

Herself fired her large kiln Monday. Neither of us have a clue, so we went with the recommendations in the manual - slow heating, small hold, powered cool-down. The heating took *14 hours*, and it took another 16 to cool down to "off" (still at 250*!). It wasn't room temp until this morning......I told her she'll need to make sure the kiln is FULL any time she fires it, to make it worth the wait. (She had about 25 buttons in it this time; not full, not by a long shot, but enough to test it, and yet not enough to break her heart if it didn't work properly.) She's had an offer from my potter friend - friend will take a basket full of buttons to sell at her July event if Herself will get them made. :fingers crossed: This could be good for Herself!

Gotta run - got 4 hungry kids to feed!
fiberaddict: (Default)
2015-05-04 06:19 am
Entry tags:

:sigh: Trainwrecks are No Fun!

Updated count:

doelings: 4 (+1 dead)
bucklings: 1 (+2 dead)

So.....as you know, I induced Risky Saturday evening. I did it after a LOT of soul-searching; her due date (day 150) was 5/10; they can go 5 days before - 5 days after (but after the fiasco that was Mocha and Annie a few years ago, NONE of my goats will go more than 36 hours or so over their due date.) SG and I had a HUGE fight over this, but Risky had started showing signs of early labor on Monday (pawing, avoiding the other goats, not *eating*) and by Saturday all she was doing was laying in one sot moaning. I decided that having her pop on day 144 (which would have been today, and still early) would be better than making her wait any longer. (When you induce, you give them Lute. 36 hours later (or so), you have babies. I NEVER do it willy-nilly, I always make sure we're within (or close) to day 145 or later, and I make sure I have a damn good reason to induce. This year, I did Inara, because we weren't going to be home on her due date (she went the day before), I did Annie (because I will NOT let her go over - she's a smaller goat, and I don't want to lose her like we did Mocha), and I did Zoe because she was due tomorrow, and, again - we aren't going to be home.)

Cut because it got long. Click here! )

Oh, and to top it off? The insurance adjuster came out on Friday, and not only were the barns damaged, but we need a new roof. :fun: And it's my fault that the adjuster came out.....even though I simply did what I was told and reported the barn damage. I......don't get it, but such is life.
fiberaddict: (Default)
2015-05-03 12:52 pm
Entry tags:

Update thingy....

First, new count:

doelings: 3
bucklings: 1 (+1 dead)

Zoe gave us a BEAUTIFUL brown and white doeling, and Annie had a pretty (but, unfortunately) dead black buckling. I'm kinda glad it was this way, though - bucklings are hard to sell. (We're keeping May Flowers, because, well, she's GORGEOUS.)

Now, story of my stupidity Cut for length. And photos. )