I am so happy for spring. It's just so beautiful, isn't it? The grass is just more vibrant, the sky more brilliant, and everything is just a little more appreciated after spending so much time in the gray of winter. Of course, winter has its beauty too...but this is a different kind of beauty, a different season, and one that I am enjoying fully.
Life has been busy, but that makes it interesting! It is full blown milk season around here, and we have been just overwhelmed with the amount of milk we are getting from our milk cow August. With the calf on her 24/7, we were getting around 28 gallons of milk each week. That is just way too much for our one family (and a few others!). So, this past weekend, we decided to get another calf to help with the milk. B got to name this one, and she chose the name Rosie for this new little Limousin/Jersey mix heifer calf. She will be the matriarch of our future beef herd, and the plan is to breed her to a beef cow known for producing smaller calves when we breed our other calf, Dandelion, in a couple of years. Grafting a calf onto a cow that's not its mother can be challenging, as some mothers aren't super excited about the idea of adopting a baby. But, our sweet August wasn't like that at all. I don't think grafting Rosie onto her could have went any better, actually! She took to her right away, let her nurse, and licks and loves on her. We are going to start doing once a day milking soon, but for now, we are still coming twice a day to milk and make sure Rosie is eating. We know she is because now we're only getting about 3/4 of a gallon each milking, which means about 2 gallons of milk a day (which is much more manageable!). We're grateful for the process being smooth and easy, and for the healthy cows who give us so much!
We have a few big projects going on right now, but the biggest of course is the house. It's coming along quite well, and we are so excited to get there. I try not to think about it because I know I can't make it come any faster, and thinking about it just makes me more anxious! The drywall has been installed, taped, mudded, sanded, and painted! The fireplace stone will be going on tomorrow. D and his dad have been working on the wood ceiling and siding, and the electrician has installed the lights! Once the fireplace is in, the floor can go down, and then things will really be rolling! Oh- and D has finished the covered porch, too! Now we spend evenings staring out at the sunset and the beautiful landscape that we will soon call home. It is just a beautiful place...I feel so lucky to be able to have a chance to someday call it home.
We also have been working on preparing for the cows to move down there. Right now, they're staying at my grandparent's farm while we get everything ready for them. We've been working on the fencing, and we've ordered a small little barn for shelter for them. As much as we like to DIY, there just isn't enough time to build the barn too. We've also decided that meat chickens will join us this summer, so we are starting to think about how to plan for them as well.
April is also a busy month for our family just because of birthdays! My birthday is in April, my baby's first birthday is 3 days after mine, and my oldest daughter's birthday is 4 days after K's! Not to mention my dad's birthday 3 days before mine, both of my sister-in-laws' birthdays, and my nephew's birthday too. It's just a crazy busy time...if we have another baby, we are not planning for an April birthday...unless God has other plans! 😊
We spent my birthday redhorse fishing at a river nearby. It's one of my favorite fish to fish for because of a lot of reasons, but mostly because it gets me outside in the early spring weather. They also fight really hard, which makes it fun to catch them. Redhorse are a sucker fish (full of tons and tons of bones), who swim upstream to mate lay their eggs each spring. To catch them, we tie a weight to fishing line, then add a worm. Then you wait....until the fish bites and you reel as fast as you can! It's always fun for the kids to enjoy these fish too, because when they're running, you can usually catch quite a few! I remember doing it with my family when I was little, and I'm glad we can keep the tradition going. To harvest the fish, you can smoke them, pickle them, and some friends of ours grind them up to make fish patties. I'm not a huge fan of them myself, but D really likes them smoked.
There is so much to be grateful for in this spring, and one of them is you! Thank you for reading along with me, for following along on our journey, and encouraging me along the way. I really appreciate the messages and comments you share, and it gives me a purpose to keep sharing. So thank you!
Take care friends,
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