Here is a picture of the little calves we picked up yesterday. We call them Hooties. My son saw a Gomer Pyle show one time. They were out in the woods on some maneuver. He was supposed to give an owl sound as a signal. He would call out “Hootie Hoo” with his southern twang. Well, many years ago with our first calves, my son would always say that when he went out to feed them. After awhile, all he would have to say is “hootie hoo” and they would come running from wherever they were. We even had them in a friend’s pasture. It was a huge pasture on a steep hill. We would go down to feed them their milk and he would walk in the gate with no calves in sight. He would yell his familiar “hootie hoo” and they would come galloping from where ever. So, we call them hooties. I know we are WEIRD!! =)

Night Sounds

The above pictures are of our pond being dug and then once it was full. I am sitting in my office with the window open. It is pitch black out here in the country. Oh, there is a LOUD chorus of frogs singing. There are all different frog voices joining in. They are all praising the Lord together, making a joyful noise. What a lovely sound.

Parents are Precious

Parents are very special people. Make sure that you call and visit your parents. You are not promised a tomorrow with them. I have really been thinking about my Mom today. She died very suddenly and unexpectedly last October. I wasn’t ready for her to go away. I miss her so much. I can’t encourage you enough to let your parents know that you love them. Make right any wrongs between you and others. Don’t have any regrets if someone close to you dies. The first picture really depicts my Mom as I remember her. The second one is of her and my Dad. He is still alive and I talk to him every day. He is 1000 miles away and that is sometimes very hard. He left today for a trip. After Tuesday, I won’t be able to talk to him for about 2 weeks as he will be out of the country. I already miss our chats. Sorry, I didn’t want to make anyone blue today. The Lord has been so faithful to my family and I throughout this whole thing. I have no complaints.

Christian Weed

This is pineapple weed. It is in the chamomile family. It grows all up and down my driveway between the house and the barn. When you crush the flower it smells like pineapple. I call it the Christian weed. The more you step on it or drive on it or smash it down, the more it spreads. Also, as you crush it a sweet aroma rises. It is proven the more that Christians are persecuted and crushed the faster Christianity spreads in that area. When they undergo persecution for Christ’s sake it is a sweet aroma to the Heavenly Father. I believe that God put all sorts of these items in nature to remind us of what we are to be about. Today, all over the world our brothers and sisters in the Lord are being tortured, persecuted or even Martyred for their faith. You can learn more about it at http://www.persecution.com/.

Garden Time

The last frost date for this area is May 15th. Both last year and this year, we have had 2 frosts after this date. =) I am glad I am behind a bit on my garden. It was really easy to pick up my flats of plants and bring them in.

So far I have cabbage, lettuce, onions and tomatoes planted. I planted the tomatoes today. I have 20 paste tomato plants, 5 Early Girl, 5 Better or Big Boy (I can’t remember which), 2 grape tomatoes and 3 cherry tomato plants. I also have a border of flowers planted. I still have all my peppers to plant. I bought red, yellow, orange and green bell peppers, jalapenos and banana peppers. Then I have corn, beans, beets, pumpkins and my squash to plant. The garden is much smaller this year. I usually go WAY over board and have plenty to share. It is fun to be out in the garden though, because it is right beside the sheep pasture. I love to watch the baby lambs all playing together. There are 5 in there right now. One more will join them next week.

Here are some signs of spring around here. I love my bleeding heart. I have planted about 4 of them and the dogs dug them all up. This time I planted in a barrel planter and it is doing wonderful. The only thing though it is taking over the barrel and the other plants are being crowded out. Maybe since it has gotten so big, I can transplant it and have it live.

Dogs, Cats & Birds

Our one cat had kittens several weeks ago. She hid them WELL. We hate it when they do that, as we can’t handle them and tame them to humans. Well, she brought them out in the yard today. My son saw them and went to pick one up. They hiss and spit at you and try to claw you. However, he finally got them up in his hands in a way, that they calmed down. Here is one of them. One is all black with blue eyes and the other one is black and white. Our dogs were out there with us. They love babies period. It does not matter what species. It was so fun to watch them gently go up to sniff and then have one of the kittens hiss and spit at them. They would jump back. They finally laid down and decided to watch from a distance.

This is a bad picture of a hummingbird. He was right outside my windwo sitting on the bird feeder hanger we have out there. He let me get really close and did not even leave.

Goats are fun to watch

I love my goats. They know me and come to me and let me love on them all I want to. The darker one you see in the picture is Honeysuckle or Suckle for short. She was the daughter of my herd matriarch and looks exactly like her. She even has her old lady trot. The other goat is her daughter, Magnolia or Maggie for short. They see me coming with the milk bucket and start nickering at me. Right now, I am only milking Honeysuckle. They are eating really well and seem to be in great shape. We have used the goat milk for ourselves, but we also have 2 jersey cows. We use the goat milk to feed other animals. We feed babies (goats, lamb or calf) and we feed it to our pigs. I also make goat milk soap with it. To get a milking animal really ties you to the farm. You have to be here twice a day, but it is well worth it to us. Some people sometimes get upset with us, because they want us to do something and we have to do our chores first, or leave early to get home and do them. It is the life we chose and we would choose it again.