Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Well I'm a homemaker again...
I got riffed from my job as a cook at a high school. For those of you who don't know, riffed means Reduction In Force (RIF). Basically they cut a position and I had the least amount of senority so I had to be the one to go. I don't really mind as I enjoy being a stay at home wife and mom. God provided the job for me at a time when we really needed it, and now things are better financially so I don't need it anymore and God took it away. I will miss the kids ALOT, but I'm glad to be back home. When you have a homestead like we do, there is alot of stuff to do around home. It will be nice to have a clean house again! I also keep busy with the goats, making butter, cheese, ice cream, and soap. Soon I'll be very busy with the garden as well. I hope to can at least 200 pints of green beans this summer, not to mention all the peas, corn, carrots, potatoes.........well you get the idea!
I have two hens with chicks and two more hens setting that are due to hatch on the 24th. That is always exciting. I was out at the clothesline at 6:30 this morning hanging out the wash, watching my hens scratch around for their babies. Then they cluck to them, and show them how to scratch and peck. It is very endearing and makes me feel so close to God. I wonder how people can be non-believers. I really don't understand how you can see just about anything from nature and not believe in our Maker. I love to be outside at dawn. It is my most favorite time of day. The air is so fresh and I just feel like I can reach out and hold hands with God. It's a good feeling and one that I'll be able to enjoy much more now that I'm no longer working.
We lost a goat to a urinary stone. It was heartbreaking as I suffered from alot of guilt because I caused it. I knew better than to feed grain to a buck, but I did it anyway and he got a stone. It became totally blocked and we had to put him down. Lesson learned.........never ever ever ever give grain to a buck!
I made cottage cheese for the first time with our delicious goat's milk. It turned out pretty good. The curds are a bit "squeaky" but the flavor is really good. I'll try again soon. I've got some ideas about how to modify the recipe that I think will keep them from being so rubbery.
Well I think I've rambled enough for now!
More updates soon! God Bless from GOODWIFE FARM!