Okay...so I have *not* been around in quite some time! Blogging has fallen by the wayside, as it has many times in the past, but now I honestly feel like I need to get back to my roots.
It's been over 8 months since I sat down and typed out a blog...and there are days where I think that I have something to say...but I stop and realize that maybe it's not interesting to anyone but me. :) So that is the struggle, most days.
Over the last 8 months so much has happened. From the purchasing of new animals, the death of some of them...and an election from hell.
I know that there are so many people who don't like to talk politics...and some of my "friends" have given me an earful about not wanting to talk about it. I'm always a bit taken aback...especially when they've asked me, "How are you doing? What have you been up to? How is life?" When you ask those kinds of questions...you better be prepared to hear what I'm going to say. I would never ask you those questions but then add the caveat, "but I don't want to hear you bitch and moan about your spouse or all the animals you have. I only want to hear about the light and fluffy side of things." I find that to be a large crock of bullshit. So to those who have done that...I've pulled away from them.
I've also found myself distancing myself from family and "friends" who showed their true colors during this last election. Personally, this election wasn't about being a democrat or a republican...it was about being a human being. Being someone who actually had emotions, rational thoughts and compassion for those around them.
Sadly, many of my family members and "friends" didn't see anything wrong with a presidential candidate saying in the past that he would grab a woman by the pussy. Many of those same people think that I was offended by the word pussy. And to that I say...you have *no* clue...and you need to find one. The word wasn't offensive to me...the action he bragged about is what offended me. And to pass that off as locker room talk, or just "boys being boys" is another load of bullshit.
I've had some family members tell me to "get over it," and that I need to support the president. But I just smile and remember how during the last administration...these same people didn't nothing but bitch and moan about the president. So to that I say...hypocrite. And those are just a few of the reasons that I cut many of these people from my life. I took the liberty of making them acquaintances on my Facebook page...only letting them see what I want them to see. I did this because if you can vote for a man who has said he will do what he can to reverse the marriage equality ruling, and by doing so...nullifying my marriage to my husband...you don't need to see what goes on in my day to day life.
I wish I could say that I feel bad, or that I miss these people...but I honestly don't. That's the harsh reality of the current world we live in. And every day I am boggled by this man and what he is doing. I have many fears, more so than in any other past administration...democrat or republican. Just like you can't teach an old dog new tricks...you can't cure ignorance, and at some point you just realize that it's better for all involved to cut your losses and walk away.
Besides the joke that is this current administration...there have been many other ups and downs out here on the farm. We had our second phase of the remodel completed in December...and that entailed both bathrooms, the laundry room, the built ins in the living room and some other odds and ends. And I can honestly say that I'm super happy with how everything turned out. We didn't have any major hiccups like we did last time with Husky Cabinets (who suck by the way) and Albert Lee Appliance. So that made things quite a bit easier.
On New Year's Day I went down to feed the animals in the morning and found Allan dead. At some point in the night, he tried to get under a gate and became trapped facing downhill. And that situation is deadly to a ruminant. The gasses build up in their gut and they bloat and die. I felt horrible for him...knowing that it wasn't an easy death, and I wish that I would have heard him so I could have saved him.
But even in death, Allan was sticking it to me. He died on a day where it was freezing outside and there was three inches of snow on the ground. Digging a 5 foot deep hole in the frozen ground...not an easy task. I miss him...even though that damn goat did nothing but give me hell...he was one of my babies.
Life seems to be clicking along here on the farm. I have plans to get rid of half of my flock of chickens this coming weekend. I'm doing this for several reasons...feed costs, number of eggs laid and upkeep. My birds get organic, non-gmo feed...and they go through almost two bags a week (at $30/bag)...and that adds up quickly! My goal has always been to get them to pay for their own feed. But that rarely happens since most of the chickens I have, while pretty, are not producers of eggs. So I will be downsizing by getting rid of the "pretty birds," and replacing them with some white rock hens and a Rhode island red rooster to breed and hatch out "sex link" chickens that are good layers. So here's to feed costs going down...and egg numbers rising! :)
Other than that...not much else has been going on. We have some things coming down the pipe in our lives...but not sure when these upgrades will happen. We have our house set to be painted in the next month or two...and I have several projects happening right now (that I'm currently avoiding because I'm typing this post! ha!)...like building a retaining wall along the driveway...building a new shed behind the shop to house my hay/straw/farm supplies, finishing up my woodworking shop and other sorts of fun things! So look for updates!
Well I suppose...I'm burning daylight! I hope you all are doing well! And here's to hoping that I don't let blogging fall by the wayside again. Oh, and one more thing...you may not want to hear my political views...and that's fine...but it isn't your place to tell me what I can and cannot blog about. You have the ability to just scroll right on along. I don't tolerate any of that. Yes, you have the right to your views and opinions...but those should be shared on your own pages. I'm always open for a productive discussion...so engage if you want. :)
Until next time...Keep Cookin'!