Was 94 at the house when I got home this evening at 6.30pm. It's almost 10pm, I have a fan on me and I have rivulets of "glow" on my face. (Horses sweat, men perspire and women glow) I need to clean out the goat pen but, sorry goats, no can do. Too hot. I did put down some fresh bedding for them.
How I got the freezer down to the basement. I pushed it off the truck onto the porch. I have a long rug and I had that down so the freezer was on that. I was able to then slide the freeze into the house past the door down to the basement. I stood on the top step and caddywhompused the freezer into the doorway. Very carefully, I pulled it over the edge, then gravity started to pull it down the stairs while I was in front, holding it back so it would not crash down the stairs. And voila, it was in the basement. It maybe weighed 200lbs? Not that heavy.
I was pretty cranky at all my animals today.
Abby, she has been barking in bed at night waking me up as maybe, just maybe, there might be an axe murder coming to axe me. This has been going on now for two nights.
The cats. The other night, I had a leg sticking out from under the covers as I was hot and I was woken up because Wilbur (Who used to be Willow) was licking my leg, What?! Stop licking my leg you dumb cat! Okay, he stopped, he then got all four paws/claws dug into my lower leg and started to bite my bony shin bone! Oops, maybe I just kicked a cat?
The baby goats. Yes, they are cute, but they are becoming pest! They follow me around, right in front of my path and I'm stepping on them and tripping over them trying not to step on them! Then when I give them their bottle, they are so eager to eat that they bump the bottle so hard that milk goes spraying and the bottles get knocked out of my hand. All the while they are making cute little grunting sounds. (Okay, so the cute factor makes up for a lot) But when you're in a hurry it's not cute.
Maggie and I are getting along. She no longer tries to avoid capture when I milk her. For a short time I was chasing her. I have found out that goats really need a routine. I have been sticking with a morning routine for over a week. Maggie will almost go from the stall to jumping on the stand all on her own. Soon I think that she will. She no longer tries to back out of the head brace thing.
JuJu, she is very itchy right now. She would rather I give her good scratch then eat all her grain. She comes up to me and rubs her head on my knee and then I go to town on her. Her eyes close half mast and she leans into me.
The hens. When I go to feed them their grain in the morning they peck at my hands as I pour the grain into the feeders. I give them the scratch grain in the yard to distract them, but one or two or three see me go back into the coop to give them the other type of food. They also peck at my shoes! There might be some chicken stew here soon.
The other night I made a second batch of cheese. This one turned out good. I used a different recipe that called for vinegar not lemon juice to get the curds to separate from the whey. I got maybe two/three cups of cheese? I took it to work and let some people sample it. One patron wants me to make it so that he can buy it from me. I don't think that I will do that. It's raw goat milk cheese. I would hate for him to get ill and then have him be mad at me. I will keep making it for myself and try some other types.
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