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Farm update

I thought I would give a general update on the farm for everyone today.  Lola the pig and I have come to an understanding, which is Lola isn’t allowed to taste me or eat me when I go into her enclosure and I will continue to feed her.  Instead of charging me and trying to taste me she now will stand on the other side of her pen while I feed her and change her water.  I know this is progress but I still wish she was a little friendlier but then again she is intended to be a christmas ham so if it makes her happy to dream about eating the human then I guess that is fine too.  The chickens are getting big and look less like tiny dinosaurs and more like chickens that may lay me eggs soon.  Purdy has settled in very nicely to her pasture and takes her job of sheep guardian very seriously unless one of them is trying to eat her grain then she will tell them not to kindly she likes her space at mealtimes.  The sheep are wonderful and amazing and I love them.  I think that the sheep have to be one of my favorite parts of my farm so far.  I have to admit that I do have a favorite sheep and most surprisingly it isn’t Ewestace.  Purl one of our Lincoln Longwools has the sweetest disposition she comes over every time that I am in the pasture to get head and back scratches and to check if I brought her any goodies (which I usually do).  The house is coming together and my upstairs carpets still smell amazing.  We are almost finished moving upstairs which means I just have to start unpacking the last of the boxes we have into the downstairs bedroom.  Oh and lastly in investigating our water situation for animals it has been decided that we are going to have to dig a new well.  I am not overly excited about this prospect not only because it sounds expensive but it will stress out the animals (and me) but I am glad that soon we will have plenty of water for everyone.

 

Settling In

The farm is absolutely wonderfully amazing, Jeff and I are loving it here and couldn’t be happier.  My mom has been incredibly helpful with helping to unpack the house and get us settled in.  My husband has been wonderful getting all the furniture into place for me and helping me build my chickens a coop to live in (which they love and are super happy about).  We have run into a few snags like the lawn mower not working, a giant hole in the pool that needs to be repaired and no gas line for our gas dryer.  My husband is currently pounding away in the dungeon running a new gas line for the dryer so we can do laundry.  My dogs are also relieved they don’t have to live on the farm on tie out leashes since Jeff has put up there fenced in area for them.

The Sky Is Falling

I was sitting there minding my own business when I saw a giant hand reaching out of the sky to abduct me.  My friends and I were running for our lives when I was snatched, snatched I tell you, plucked right from the earth!  Luckily (at least for me) I wasn’t alone some of my friends had also been taken.  Once caught we were loaded into a transport container, when we were dumped out we all looked up to see the most monstrous creature imaginable…a Border Collie!

Jeff and I went to pick out some baby chicks yesterday and for some reason it made me think that this must be what an alien abduction must be like.  We picked out six chicks total, three Buff Orpington and three Production Reds.  I can’t wait for them to be old enough to start making me some eggs!  Our Bordie Collie is especially interested in the chicks, I think he would be overly happy to just watch them all day. 

Chicken French

Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breast
3 eggs beaten
1 cup flour
1 t black pepper
1 t salt
1 t garlic powder
2 lemons juiced
1/2 cup marsala wine
1 T olive oil
Directions:
In a bowl beat 3 eggs, in another bowl combine flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Beat chicken with meat tenderizer, then cut into halves.  Dip chicken into eggs, then flour and again in egg.  Place in nonstick cooking pan with olive oil on medium heat.  Cook until chicken is browned on both sides, add wine and lemon juice (to cover bottom of pan but not submerge chicken) cover and let steam until done (about 7 minutes).