Sunday, June 14, 2015


 So here they are, the little happy couple. Bluebirds! They are so pretty. I just hope none of my 5 cats discovers them here and kills them. I don't know what to do to protect the birds from the cats. It's just too easy. But so far, I haven't seen any cats interested in them.

I love this shot, like she's saying hello to me.

The handsome father. Helping out with the nest building. I love watching them.

Here you can see a little bit of wool I had thrown from a fleece I'm working on, in his beak for the nest. So cool!

So I guess I'm going to have to move my fleece skirting station off the front porch, where the bird nest is. They leave when I go out there. And I hate to disturb them. They are so busy. And there are 3 eggs now! I think when they start setting on them, it just takes a few weeks to hatch. Then a few more weeks for the babes to fly.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Now there's 3.

And now there are 3 perfect little teeny weeny blue eggs in the coffee can bird nest!This is so exciting!

I went ahead and put some duct tape around the bottom to keep it from falling. But when I moved it over a few inches, it was really heavy. Like it has sand in the bottom. I don't think it would have fallen off anyway.

So I saw a little tiny brown bird awhile ago. Someone said it's probably a Finch. I just don't see how there's a little baby bird in that jelly bean sized egg. Just amazing. I so hope they make it so I can see them. But I do have 5 cats.

I went to the farmers market this morning. Woke up at 6. I had gotten the car loaded last night. Picked kale and radishes last night. So this morning just had to pick lettuce, which I didn't sell any of. Last week I sold almost all of it. I left it loose, so maybe I should have bagged it up. But I sold some soap, salve, lotion bar, dryer balls, kale and a bunch of radishes.

I had several people come look at my wool yarn. And so many kids today. The first thing they do is run to the felted sheep, pick every one of them up, them slam them down on the table. Ugh, I just want to make them go away! But I want them to be able to touch them and see what wool feels like. I just don't want them to tear them up. And some had dirty sticky fingers, touching the white yarns. I guess I might need to put up a sign. But had a great morning.

I had a message last night from a lady wanting to know if I sell goat milk. She wanted some to make soap. I said sure, selling for soap making is probably legal. She wanted 2 gallons. I ran over to look in the fridge to see how much I had. I had just enough for 1 1/2 gallons. That left us with NO MILK IN THE FRIDGE! no milk! And all I wanted has been milk. All day. So just milked Freja and got enough for us tonight. I've had a few gallons in the fridge now since I started milking her. I have a few people who get milk during the week, but I still have milk for us. It was just strange to have no milk at all today. I love goat milk! But am happy to share it with others as well.

One more thing and I'll stop. Yesterday, I was gone all day. I asked my husband to go get the eggs out of the coop. He didn't. I just had a feeling the snake would be back and get some eggs. So when I finally got around to checking them, there were no eggs. None. I have never had this happen before. I'd at least get 1 or 2. But there weren't any. I asked him if he did get them and he said no. So I figured that darn snake came and ate every single egg. I had gotten 5 the day before. And today, 6 eggs. I guess the darn snake os quite full right now. I'm gonna get that darn snake, sooner or later.

Friday, June 12, 2015

All done. And another egg!

 There's another egg in the coffee can bird nest today! Isn't this the cutest thing? I sure hope they all hatch and they get to live a long happy life out here.

And we're done with shearing for the year!!! This is Cara, she was the first of the last 4. She looks so cute all sheared now.

And next was Cassidy, then Amarillo then Adele. Boy, those last 2 were pure **** to catch and get them to settle down. and they are HUGE! It was quite scary to say the least.

Here they are here, all happy again. It was Cara and Cassidy's first time to be sheared and they did great.

Don't they all look nice and neat now? They all got their feet trimmed. And they all looked great after shearing, nice and healthy. Nice pink eyelids too. So no de-worming to do. I am just SO glad they are all sheared now.

This is the only way I can get a picture of my favorite baby, Campbelle. She;s always right here. She's the sweetest baby ever.

So now to get the car all packed up for the farmers market in the morning.

Productive day.

 I was busy yesterday! It feels so good to be productive and get things done. My husband had weed whacked the whole place a few days ago so I went around and mowed again. It looks so good when all the weeds are cut and beds edged. I also went through the garden rows and push mowed. I have to leave every daisy and marigold that's popped up in between the rows. And some stray zinnias here and there as well. But it looks so good right now!

I found this yesterday on the porch rail of my studio. How cool! I left this empty coffee container on the rail a few weeks ago and forgot about it. Looked in yesterday and saw this. I hope it works for the little bird. Stupid cats will kill it though.

I made zucchini bread for the market in the morning. I'll be at Mrs. T's all day today, then the shearer will be here at 5 to shear the last 4 girls. So no time today. I'll have to get the car loaded in between all this. The studio smells so good now, and I didn't even want to take a bite of it. I am down to 211 now. So close to my goal, I can't stop now.

And I started this fleece in the washer yesterday. It took 5 hours to get it all cleaned. This is Annabelle's wool. It's still got a lot of crap in it that I'll have to pick out while carding. But it's so pretty. It's about 1/4 of her fleece. This will take forever to do 12 more sheep fleeces and 4 alpaca.

Y'all have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Outback Farm honey!

Here it is, the first ever Outback Farm honey! It's so pretty and so good too! I am proud of my girls and myself too. Never would have thought I'd be doing this in a million years. But here it is. And this is just 4 shallow frames of comb too. I hope I can get some more in the fall. I love it!

I will also be making lots of zucchini bread tonight.Look at all this goodness! I tell you what, if you don't go out every day and harvest squash and zucchini, you'll have 30 pounds of it to carry to the house.

The peppers are coming along nicely too. My husband got 5 nice hot peppers yesterday and I got some more today. Are Cow peppers supposed to turn red?

And there are flowers on the bean plants! So fresh green beans in a few weeks.

The weeds are growing faster than the actual veggies right now, with all the rain we've had. We really need to get in the garden and weed. A lot. And I still need to get the running beans planted in the corn soon.

Anyone else getting veggies yet?


 I really love elderberries. These are some of mine that have just popped up. The big one is at the bottom of my year, by the road. I have yet to actually get any berries though. The birds get them all. So there are some really healthy birds around here! These are also all along the roads where birds have planted them.

This one is pretty tall and wide. The insect population is all over the flowers right now. On a single flower head, there could be several different types of insects. I have noticed my honey bees all over them too.

Mine have from 5-9 leaves on each stem. Some can have up to 11 leaves.

This one just popped up in one of my gardens last year.

This is the big one growing up through the barn in the South pasture.

There are so many things you can do with elderberry flowers and berries. I found a good recipe for elder flower lemonade a few years back. You just take several handfuls of the flowers and cut off as much stem as possible. Slice up about 8 organic lemons, add to a gallon of water with a few cups of sugar. Add flowers. Put some cheesecloth or paper towel over top and place in a warm spot for several days. Stir a few times a day.  After about 4 or 5 days, it should be nice and bubbly. Strain off flowers and lemons. Refrigerate. Add some lemon slices and ice and enjoy! It is SO good. I can't do this anymore because of the sugar. But a friend is making some with honey. I'm going to try some of hers tomorrow and see if it works with honey.

I also make elderberry syrup for fall, winter and spring, to keep from getting sick. I have been doing this for several years now and have not had a cold or flu or any serious illness since. I keep telling people about it. All it is is 1 cup of dried elderberries in 4 cups water. Add 2 cinnamon sticks, 10 whole cloves and about 2 T. chopped fresh ginger.  Bring to boil, then simmer til reduced a little. Let it cool, then strain. Add 2 cups raw local honey. I put this in colored glass jars that I've saved from my vitamins. It needs to be kept in the fridge. It makes about 4 cups and will last awhile.

And I have always wanted to try elderberry wine. One day I will do it. Has anyone else made it?

And if you have any recipes, I would love to see them too. I bet the dried berries would make some good muffins or pancakes.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


he hates flies more than I do. He's in the dining room, sitting on the window seat. Then there was  a fly.

This dog is so funny. He hates being outside because of all the flying insects too. Or it's too hot. Or it's too cold. If we leave him out too long, he'll just start running around, barking. At nothing. Just so we'll hear him and let him back in to shut him up.

He's always been this way. When he was a puppy, he stayed outside. Then he got really sick. It was hot that summer. I took him to the vet in Summerville and they did all kinds of tests on him. Ended up being pneumonia. He had to stay there for about a week.He was so thin. So ever since, he's been a house dog. I think he's about 7 years old now. Maybe 8. I guess I should write things down more.

And he's so furry. Him and Stella. Our whole house is nothing but dog fur, all over everything. We sweep and vacuum every day and the amount of dog fur every day is enough to put on a hairless dog.

It's crazy. I have some electric Oster shears in the milk room I use to clip the goats. So decided Sunday, after giving them both a shower, to shave them. Bubba was first,. He jumped up on the stanchion and stood there for an hour while I shaved all his fur off. I had a huge pile. But that dog was so happy after it was all off! He loved it. I will be doing this at least every few weeks now. Stella was not as cooperative. She has different fur. Thicker. It was harder to do hers. And she would not stand up. I did get her rear end area and underneath and her neck, but not much off her back. So they are both lighter. And I have not seen any piles of dog fur all over the house!!!!