I could use a little less fast-paced life and a whole lot more homestead hands.
We've been hustling to put together another area for the cow. LOL...did I mention her name is Judy? That knowledge, while probably just a 'so what?' thought in your minds, is a big deal around here. It's my mom's name :) Maybe the kids can live vicariously and call the Jersey Grandma :)
Anyway, Miss Judy will be here Saturday - -thank goodness NEXT Saturday and not tomorrow -- at 7 am, bright and shiny and fully loaded with creamy goodness.
I am still pulling t-posts together from another area, moving a section of fence top another area, cutting 16ft 4x4 posts down to 6.5ft for corner posts...the list goes on and on. I have to get feed for Judy stocked, and the barn...don't even ask me about the barn :( We have some things to move around to give her a more suitable space and the barn is jam-packed with those pack-oriented red killer wasps! UGH!!
We have fogged. We have sprayed. They don't care. They have set up home and they aren't leaving :( Those things are wicked, let me tell you. They come at you in a large swarming group, and they don't let off easily. Wicked little beasties. Cursed red evil stingers.
So, that's where I am. That's pretty much where I'll be. Tomorrow it's TSC and a roll of field fence, as well as a larger stainless pail (mine is 9 qt) and, if the Lord is with me, I'll even net some gallon glass containers along the way.
What else do I need? What do you know about udder cleaning? We don't 'soap' the goats...we have warm(ish) water with a few sparing drops of original Dawn dishsoap and a bit of tea tree. Sound good for a Jersey you think? Hmmm...I wonder if she's trimmed? I haven't seen my stock trimmers in a long time....
I'm missing something (besides common sanity, thank you very much!). Well, it'll come to me I'm sure. Next week we'll greet the day with a full company-size coffee pot, and some biscuits and gravy, with sausage and eggs. Gotta feed the preacher well for driving all the way here just to share some cow lessons and introduce us properly!!