I have gotten my classes for next term, which is in Aug for me, now I have to go back and fix it and tweek it jsut a little, I had way to many hard classes and I need balance and a history class to calm my nerves,I know I am a nerd and I am ok with it...lol I found a regular job outside of the house, which will bring our taxes down and maybe help us to be more self releiant in the future. Paying 60% of what the farm males in taxes is just crazy, so I am forced to find employment and it looks like subway is willing to take a chance on me as part time help. I am ok with working over the summer if it helps us to beable to have a better quality of life over all.
I am going to try an work in the garden tomorrow morning and get some of the tomatoes into the ground and the JA that are sitting on the table. Elijah is growing some cucumbers that will be ready to go into the gorund soon and I know he is really looking foward to doing that. I plan to plant some corn, ( swear I never learn...lol), some carrots, some more peas and get the bean seeds in as well. I have to gather asperagus in the morning before and water it all down again. Our strawberries look wonderful and I know the new bees are really liking them.
The cow has still not had her baby, I hate waiting... On a brighter note the person with the beefalo called, though I called him back to late tonight, I will call him in the morning. I am looking foward to having those guys here, getting them fat and into the freezer they will go. The gent next door to use wants to buy a beef cow fro the freezer now, so I talked to a few people I know that raise cows, with out chemicals and such and found one nice lady with an two year old Angus bull, who weighs around 700 pounds and she wants a dollar a pound live weight which is very reasonable. So I think we will do that, I am calling him in the morning to let him now and see what he says. I am sure it is a go though, because if he says no, I know some one who will say yes. Having meat on the table is getting harder here in the States as gas prices rise and companys like Monsanto start to own the seed market. Meat has gone up over 30 percent in the last five months and continues to climb. Today on one of the groups I belong to I say a women buying bottle calfs at over 250 bucks each, yikes, they are half dairy and have Angus. Full dairy bulls were $100.00. I called her and explained how much meat was on a dairy calf or a half dairy calf and it did not merit the amount of milk and feed one would have to put into it to get back any amount of useable meat. On our calfs we got about 100 pounds of meat after putting in 50 dollars in milk into each one and the cost of 50 dollars, than about $210 each in hay,plus the kill fee of around 70 I think so that means it cost us with hay around or at $380on the low end to raise and have one animal butched. What that means it it cost us around $380. for about 100 pounds of meat or $3.80 a pound that sounds cheap, but they take up a lot of space and time to get them there. the first two months of there life they must be bottle fed at least twice a day, a half gallon of milk at a time. Than you muct keep them healthy, when Israel was drinking his mothers milk it was too rich for him and he scoured, it cost over $20.00 to get him well that I had not figured into the cost factor. There are a lot of little things one does not think about, such as the drive tot he butcher,there is 20 buks of more round trip it all adds up. It is great quality meat, don't get me wrong, but it is not enough meat to make it worth while for some one with five kids to feed.
Now to the hubbies post....