Wednesday, December 1, 2010

quick update!

We have of course been very busy here. I've been building new coop, new pens, fighting off predators, puzzling over other predators, switching dogs, and baking and making. I will try and expand more on that soon. This upcoming weekend is the senior centers craft fair and I have a table there. For a few more details you can look me up on facebook under Jennifer Baker or the business under Bakers Acres! You'll know it's the right one if it has a pup wearing a chef's hat for a pic. Working on expanding the business and getting everything set up right now then will update more here and post the new website addy.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Nora Maes reply

Hello, Blogger says I cant see your profile and therefore wont let let me respond to you. My suggestion would be to take a horse hoof rasp and rasp it every few weeks until normal. :) One of my goats was never trimmed before I got her and I've been fighting ever since to get her feet right. Finally getting there by rasping them. I'll rasp until I start getting to the pink then I let her rest a week or two and I rasp some more off. Makes it very easy to get both sides level as well.

Something to be wary of in the angoras is that angoras have a breed specific lice that attacks them. Be very alert when buying your stock as it can be spendy to treat :) Good luck! Thanks for commenting and for following. Hopefully when the farmers market here is done I'll write more.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Well, of course I've been busy again! lol Two weeks ago I spent friday baking my heart out on cookies, brownies, toffee bars and other various desserts. Saturday morning I rose bright and early and hauled it all into my first farmers market that I've participated in. The general goal was actually to pass out the nifty business cards that I'd printed out. I did a great job passing those out but when the day ended I'd sold a grand total of nothing...

Listening throughout the day to the other vendors though I discovered that breads apparently sell better than sweets (just wrong in my opinion ;) ) sooooo....friday of last week was spent baking some basic breads. White, Wheat, banana, a few gluten-free selections. I sold out in two hours and also got requests for sourdough and more gluten-free.

Fast forward to this week. Thursday - get up, not feeling horrible but just generally tired. I spend all day thursday baking gluten-free bread and quick breads.
Friday - I crawl out of bed, look at the kitchen in disgust and decide that I'm definetely under the weather and baking stinks! I also decide that I'm not going to waste all of yesterdays baking by not finishing it today. My husband calls me a stubborn wench... I smile weakly and bake bread till 8 at night on friday. Then milk the goats, put the girls to bed, and unload the feed I bought on wed.
Saturday - I crawl out of bed, wrap the now cool loaves, print labels for my farm fresh eggs and load the car. At 8 (we're supposed to be there at 8:30) I wake the girls and fly through dressing and loading, throwing portable breakfasts in the car. We sold, we sold, we sold.

I discovered several things:
1: You can make ALOT of money at farmers markets
2: The money may not be worth it when you're sick
3: If you take your extra rabbits and put free signs on them they leave quickly
4: I enjoy baking more than I thought I did and will have to continue after the markets over (not when I'm sick)
5: Husbands don't volunteer to go to the market with you to help sell
6: The other kids help wear your children out
7: Baking for two days straight is very tiring but nessacary to keep up with the demand here
8: I stink at making sourdough bread...everyone wants to buy it...

This weeks plan: Change menu slightly (less white bread more specialty breads), restart starter for sourdough (one cheat one like this weeks and one good one to keep going), GET BETTER, Bake thursday and friday again, saturday make enough to pay for all the extra bread pans I've bought.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

chore time!

Well the next coulple of days are hoping to be filled with cleaning, sorting, and getting rid of! I've been following a blog. 5 Weeks to a clean and organized home. I haven't started yet though. The problem with the blog is you have to be able to find your home first!

Soooo....on Tuesday I spent some time with my girls cleaning the living room and staring the kitchen. The living room is now officially ready to start the indepth cleaning. Now if I can just keep it that way while the other rooms get there. The girls were amazingly helpful. Hannah played in her exersaucer that I brought in that day and was a rather happy baby all day. Lilly helped pick up and also helped by feeding baby Hannah.

Hoping today goes as smootly. Kitchen clean up, laundry folding, and general bedroom tidy up today.

My husband acquired a fish tank (25 gal) last summer at a garage sale and has had fish in it ever since. Well a few weeks ago we decided to downgrade to make it easier to take care of for awhile. Most of the freebie fish went down the road and the left over fish went in a ten gal tank. The problem is that now the rocks, filter, heater, tank, and lid are all sitting scattered around my bathroom waiting for a good scrubbing! That is NOT on the list of things to do today! It does however interfere with the deep cleaning of the bathroom so will have to be done eventually.

In the process of reading the blog though I have been walking through my house ever since saying "that can can that" I think a major garage sale is in order if I can ever get to the spring cleaning, finish it, and get rid of stuff...

Monday, April 19, 2010


Took the girls to meet Clifford yesterday at the Library. Lilly adored it! They had all the kids sit in a semi circle then clifford and his buddy came in. His buddy (a gal from PBS) read a clifford story and then we got time to meet clifford individually and take pics if we wanted.
Then to top it off our local theater put on a clifford showing right afterwards. Snacks costed but the movie was free.

After Clifford we came home and had lunch and naps (all of us) and somehow the rest of the day just drifted away.

Today has been a cleaning day so far. I managed to get the living room cleaned up some and a bit of the kitchen. Now I'm exhausted and headed for a nap ;)

New life

So in case you didn't figure it out from my last post we have new animals and a new baby!

Hannah Rose was born 2/23. She's a wonderful beautiful little girl and we all adore her...nuff said ;)

We also have goat kids, Ellie had triplets on 3/22 and Sue had twins on 3/23. The doelings have all been sold and are doing wonderful in their new homes. The bucklings (one ellies, one sues) and still hanging around desperately hoping they get a home.

After many months of trying to get lop bunny babies our male has finally figured it out and the two females each had a litter of 5 (less than a day apart) on Saturday. And our Californian should be pregnant as well and due the end of this month.

We also have a variety of chicks (about 27ish?), baby turkeys (17)(turks?), ducklings (6), and two goslings.

We are overran with new life! In a few months several of the above will need new homes if anyone is interested. :)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New attitude

It's amazing what you can discover in a few short hours...I had a wonderful oppurtunity to be away from my two girls (Hannah Rose was born 2/23) and my husband this weekend and learned that somewhere between getting married, getting a new house set up, getting the farm built, and having two children I'd lost me...

All weekend long I've been struggling between getting things done (items built, items repaired, house cleaned, etc) and just relaxing. I feel such a need to push and get stuff done. I look around and see the dirty dishes all over the kitchen, see the laundry piled high unfolded in baskets and overflowing the dirty clothes basket, see hay left all over the living room having fallen out of the rabbit cage and drug here and there. Every time I get a few hours away from my older girl (very rarely) I've used it to finish tasks that are almost impossible to complete while she's here. Or...I escape to the computer and stare at a screen playing some addicting facebook game to be able to forget about all the work and dredgery of daily life. And yet I am critical of my husband's lack of taking time off and relaxing a bit. He works himself to death between driving concrete truck to support us, working on the ranch, and working here at the house. He never takes a day off and rarely sits down to do anything relaxing. What a hypocrite! Am I any different?

Today I got up and started my usual animal chores...get the bottle warmed for the kid (goat), get the milk bucket out of the dishwasher, milk and grain the goats, make sure there is hay and water in the pastures (although everything is getting greener now), then after collecting eggs and turning the chickens out I checked on the chicks in the brooder. I opened the door to be met with a blast of heat, humidity, and stench. *sigh* Another chore to do, the brooder needs cleaned. Then it occured to me that the fowl is two weeks old this week and it's a beautiful day! Looking around I find feeders and waterers and set them up with feed and water in the A frame huts I built last year (or was that two years ago?). Finding a carrier I haul the ducks and goslings to one of the huts and the turkeys to the other, the chicks are still in the brooder (light unplugged). On the spur of the moment I flop down on the grass to watch and make sure they'll be okay.

Laying still has a was of making the mind work instead of the body and pretty soon it hit me that I hated the farm, resented doing the chores, hated the house, disliked taking care of my children and husband, and at some point had lost everything I ever loved about me. When I was a teenager I thought I'd be a writer. I love writing and it was one of my biggest passions...I've since lost my inspiration. I haven't been able to put a word to paper about much of anything for years. I've adored animals all my life...When did it become a bothersome waste of time to take care of them? I love my children and my husband very very much and would never want to be without them...why do I feel the need to escape and just run away from everything? When did dishes, and laundry, and a clean kitchen, and a clean office, and etc...become more important then watching my daughter play at the park?

I realized that I had really lost sight of what was important to say the least. I lay on the green grass, breathed the fresh air, heard the rooster crow and the turkeys peep, watched the ducklings fight over who was going to get a bath in the water dish first, looked at my cat laying in front of me purring and begging to be petted and realized that I was wrong. Everything about me is wrong. Yes, all those chores in the house may need to be done but they aren't important. The world will not end if we have to use paper plates because I didn't get the dishes done. The world won't end if the living room has toys all over it and various trash items. The world will not end if supper is not a big meal and is something simple like disgusting hot dogs. Are my chicldren happy? Is my husband? Am I? These are the things that are important...what is wrong in my life that I can't seem to keep them in sight?

So to make a long story short (too late) I've decided that I need to start writing again (hopefully I can find the time), I need to take my kids to something fun at least once a week (park, library etc), I need to spend some time with my husband at least two hours every week (good luck!), and I need to take some time to watch the animals at play (the kids playing king of the hill, the ducklings taking a bath, the cats jumping and running) and remember that these things are what's important.

And I pray to God that I can remember this lesson this time and hold it in my heart as I go about my daily life. And for crying out loud...if someone sees me playing those stupid facebook games yell at me to go play with my dog!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Blessing and nesting

Blessing the goat had two kids on saturday. Very cute little Boer crosses. They're all white but have floppy ears and lots of muscling. One doe, one buck. The buck may be going tommorrow as a bottle baby to a college kid in Casper. There is also a buyer for a combo Blessing and Doeling kid pending viewing on Sat. and the buck kid leaving. Blessing just isn't producing enough milk to make it worth my time to teach her to milk. Wonderful personality though, I will miss her very much.

In more exciting news...I'm now officially 38 weeks and the Dr. says I can go anytime. Then of course he adds that Wed is not a good day since he has meetings all day and Fri, Sat, and sun he's going out of town so I can't have the baby those days either.
Tonight...I got up and started doing dishes, putting away groceries bought today, washing eggs, picking up Lilly's toys...and about that time it hits me...I'm NESTING!!! The dr. may get a wed. baby wether he likes it or not. Hopefully I can make it till thurs or this is a false alarm...

Lilly: I got up one morning and cleaned all that day, went to bed that night and got up the next morning and my water broke.

I know labor is supposed to be faster on the second...does anyone know if we nest sooner or closer to the baby time? Hmmmm......

Will I wake Lilly up if I go vaccuum?

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Two weeks and counting till my baby arrives. I haven't had much energy lately and it seems like I constantly have something hurting. The baby is now head down but the position isn't "fixed" yet. The back of the baby is towards my right side and all her feet and arms are too the left. It seems like everytime she moves now she's punching my guts, stomach, lungs, ribs or some other painful part.

Lilly was such a wonderful pregnancy, I was morning sick for the first three months and rather comfortable after that. This child makes me think that I am definetely done and this will be the last one I want. I hope the child is as wonderfully behaved as Lilly is (yes I know they will have different personalities) and not the monster it's made me feel like it is. I can't wait to hold it in my arms and cuddle it.

My wonderful hubby has been helping around the house quite a bit and I'm afraid to say I'm starting to feel a bit guilty that he's doing so much and I can't seem to hardly find the energy to make meals, let alone anything else.

Things around the farm are at a standstill. I stagger out every morning and feed and water the rabbits, collect the eggs, throw scratch to the chickens, feed the ducks, scoop out from under the roosts every couple of days, grain the goats, feed the dogs and cats, and finally stagger back in. My dear hubby goes out every morning (while I'm still sleeping most mornings) and waters the goats, chickens, ducks, dogs, and cats, and hays the goats. Then he comes in and does a load of dishes, gets our daughter up and dressed and fed, and then looks after her until I manage to drag myself out of bed. On the occasional day that work needs him he gets all the animals taken care of before he leaves at 6:30. Most days after I get up he works on something around here or at his moms.

The other day he crawled under the house to get the jacks out so he could put more blocks under the barn and discovered a broken pipe. He spent the entire day trying to find parts to fix that and getting that fixed. He also has managed to get our new back door in and to get 4 or 5 windows put in in the last week or two.

His wife on the other hand has cleaned the office and moved the plants out of the way of the last three windows and hasn't done much else. I've been to the church twice this week (with him along helping) to catalog the books in the church library and work on that. Most days anymore I just end up sitting around and watching Lilly or a movie and crocheting.

The last few nights Blessing has slept in the barn and gone out with the others during the day. This morning she was acting very restless and kept looking over her shoulder. I'm leaving her in today and we'll see if we have kids. Yeah, more newborns around here, I must be crazy. Speaking of newborns...all three of my female rabbits should be bred as well so that we can have bunnies by easter. One of them is due on my due date. I'm also getting ready to place a bird order for march since I want to have turkeys available for sale this year. Ellie and Sue are both due for their kids the end of March as well... I AM CRAZY....

Sunday, January 3, 2010

To do list 2010!

Survive calving season, kidding season, and the baby arriving with family manners, relationships, and minds intact.

Actually write down how many eggs and gallons of milk we are recieving.

Finish goat barn: Interior walls, stalls, shingling, insulation and interior boards, ceiling for milk room, milk room shelves, second milk stand, windows, etc. Try to get most of the important aspects of this accomplished this month before kids and baby arrives (If Blessing is even preg!)

Pick up "Tina" Fantine from breeding in Cheyenne. She's been there since dec 8th-ish and has refused to come back into heat. GRRR. If not bred by another heat cycle she will be picked up and remain dry this year :( Not fond of the idea of having kids in July/aug. and we're into early june dates already.

Close off eaves of chicken coop and work on insulating and improving it. (provided the money is available) Finish roofing. Sell some chickens! 16-20 eggs a day is WAY more than I can use! Even making all my own baking items.

Breed rabbits successfully! Sell or eat babies!

Buy turkeys in spring, keep female alive this time (modify duck pen to allow ducks/chickens only). Let them eat and stuff themselves fat on our stinkin grasshoppers all summer then sell turkeys!

Finish fencing for second pasture area, finish discussing third area with hubby and possibly put the in as well. Put up grounding wires that are already purchased on outer fence. Dig post holes and make pasture fences permanent.

Modify or rebuild goat shelter in pasture and build second one for other pasture. Possibly make big enough for horse.

Go to lumber store garage sale and buy cheap building supplies again! Put siding on goat barn!

*sigh* wonder for the third year in a row if I will ever have a garden here. Plant a few items in select areas and attempt to even out and work the soil in the garden area. Build fence around berry area to keep cats/birds out. Cross fingers and hope that trees all make it through the winter and that "dead" ones come back. Give up on planting for the year, too many other things to do.

Feed my family more homemade food and eat out a whole lot less! Go for a walk instead of renting movies! Don't buy daughter cute outfit that she doesn't really need just because you like it! Pay debts down!

Clean out shed go through boxes you haven't openeed in two years (better yet dont open them), clean and go through baby items, have a garage sale and store the rest in wood shed. Clean freebie shed out and put new floor on it. Store spare windows in it. Sell metal shed.

Have hubby work on getting the scrap metal out of our area, taking broken down tractors back, moving the steel posts that aren't used to an inconspicuous area and generally cleaning up the looks of the place.

Thoroughly scrub dog kennel and cathouse down. Hopefully buy cheap windows at lumber yard garage sale and put windows in cathouse to replace plexiglass holes. Make cathouse more watertight.

Fix rabbit cages and make shelves in freebie shed for winter living for rabbits. Repair rabbit hutch. Rebuild doors to open and shut better and secure wire better with small boards over the wire. Staples alone do not work well! Move the two portable rabbit hutches closer to the house for winter living and secure.

Put in/set up swingset for daughter with peagravel underneath. Kick cat out of sandbox!

Pound in posts and get pallets to create second row of windbreak for trees so they dont get drifted in every year but still get the snowmelt to water them.

Taken doggy shredded canvas tarp and make bigger pieces into blankets for goat kids in spring.

Put outside flood light up on exterior of house, paint house, finish putting in new windows. Build outside porch area for boots and coats.

Work on constructing elevated herb garden in corner of garden. Plan what to put in.

Build outside excercise pen for rabbits. Build hotboxes for plants, put greenhouse together.

Put boards along the chicken wire fencing on the outer pen to hold wire more securely and safely.

Paint shed

Place stepping stone path across backyard and plant grass. Make flower garden!

Keep up with finances and office work in the house and don't leave for December! (January/feb, etc.) Update finances from 09 and get current again.

Keep house clean and organized!

*sigh deeply* and pray very hard to God to help me get HALF of this done this year!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Maybe I should thank my sister-in-law?

Maybe I should thank my sister-in-law... the more that happens the more I think maybe I should...

Before problems with SIL: Hubby sits in front of tv playing video games while I make supper, do laundry, fold laundry, etc. Unless I specifically ask him to do something he avoids doing anything. To his credit he did help put his daughter to bed some and also went to work and brought home the paycheck. And although I knew he loved me most of the time there were no compliments or supporting statements to back it up.

Fast forward to today: Hubby goes out and waters MY animals for me, then proceeds to work on the goat barn door for MY goats, then comes in and does dishes, then cooks lunch and dinner while I sit nicely at the table and cut up meat and vegetables, then he puts away his laundry I folded, then helps put his daughter to bed. HMMM I had time to sit down and watch a movie with him...
I thought my hubby was abducted by I told him I really appreciated all of his help. I got told that his sister in law ended up in jail and his brother relied on her to do everything and now is having to figure it out on his own or have the MIL help. lol So basically my hubby is trying to learn what I do all day now! I don't know wether to take it as an insult (he thinks Im going to get arrested) or a compliment that he now cares what I have to do.

My guess is it was meant as a compliment especially since it was accompanied by hugs and lots of kisses. My hubby is helpful and loving and sweet and...(I haven't seen this man since our daughter arrived) !

Thank you dumb SIL!
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