Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Good morning from the mountain..
Good Morning from the mountain, dreadful day, I am up, the sun is up and no rain. I dreamed of thunder this morning. The ground is so dry that even upon watering it, it becomes dust again. My plants just need to hold on a few more days.
School is coming along as well as it can be expected. I finished one section in math and thought I heard the angles rejoicing at that moment. I just pray I can finish and retain the information long enough to finish the class. My other classes are fine, answer questions, read reply…
We have a bit of a predator problem at the moment, Michael saw a coyote up near the house in midday and we are both horrified over this as the puppies were outside at the time. It is not normal for the coyotes to appear in the daytime like that. It could be that it is sick or worse that it has been watching our animals for a while. So we are on alert with loaded guns, I cannot let the pups get eaten or our birds. To make matters worse, our geese are molting which makes them a target for predators like this. Everywhere we go on the farm the ground looks like snow, but it is goose feathers. Poor geese, it is so hot and they seem to suffer in this heat.
I will be doing a lot of trapping this winter, you can be sure of that. The predators have gotten so much worse over the last year. At this point I am unsure why this is such a problem, the wild animals have plenty of deer and rabbit to eat, as well as squirrels, but still they are looking for a free meal.
I have finally made an appointment with the butcher for the big milk cow, so next month she will be in the freezer and since the bull calf is near to her size, we will do him very soon. I plan to put the goats in the freezer as well. They will fill our freezers and provide meat all winter long, I feel a cold winter coming and the thought of being without meat is not one I chose to think about.
In other news I have found a new mill to buy from in our state, so blue corn meal in on the way. They have much of the grain I was buying from another source, but it was out of state and would often take weeks to get out grain and I really do like having bread. So I am hoping this will all workout. The best part is the mill is one of a handful in the States that is using a millstone that is over a hundred years old and that the grain is ground using it and water power. To me this is the way all meal should be produced. I hate store bought flour and meal.
Well, dear ones I need to get to work, there is nothing but work that needs to be done before winter gets here.