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Milk Rations

While I am enjoying the lack of commitment to my 1/2 ton milk cow, I am starting to miss the never ending supply of milk that came with said commitment.  I am purchasing raw milk from a family that is family in the biological sense and family in the religious sense.  I am glad they are there to supply us with milk and to keep our urge to eat healthier viable.

Yet, I am feeling slightly constrained and committed to my new source of milk.  I am limited to my two gallons a week; as compared to the 21 gallons we were receiving from Maisy.  I am of course purchasing the milk with tangible dollars; as compared to the 2 hours each day I put toward collecting and cleansing the milk from Maisy.  I have to ration out our milk usage.  I don’t want to run out before the next week’s pick up date.  I want to make yogurt and soft cheeses.  I want to make butter!  Yet, I don’t feel like I can “waste” the milk we have available.

We have purchased 1/2 a share of a Jersey bull with our milk providing family purchasing the other 1/2.  They will use him for breeding their cows this month and we will let him court our cows next month.  After he is done getting his groove on with all the single ladies on both farms, he will be meat in my freezer.  He is a multipurpose bull!

So hopefully, he will impregnate (one if not all of) our 3 breeding age cows.  We hope to have some calves birthed around July of next year.  Once the calves are 1 week old, we can start collecting milk for our own usage again!  Yay!

But that is 10 months away!  Meanwhile, I am thankful for the milk we do have and look forward to the abundance of milking from my own cow again next year!  When I start feeling over whelmed by the gallons and gallons of milk I have this time next year, make sure you remind me of this post and how much I wanted all that milk.

The Milk Maid

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The Walk

On Sunday, Thing 2 and I stayed home from church. I wasn’t feeling up to leaving the house since I spent the entire day before in Atlanta with my sister and niece. It was lots of fun but I was ready for some down time at home.

Thing 2 and I decided to journey out for a walk in our neighborhood. You must first understand that we don’t really live in a “neighborhood”. We live on 10 acres that borders a mountain subdivision on one side, and large homesteads on the other two sides. We live in the boonies or as a good friend of mine says “the wop wop” (Australian). So basically we headed down the road we live off of, which is not a major hwy or thoroughfare.

As we exited our drive way, we noted some flowers that were starting to bloom on the side of the road.

Once we were a little ways up the road we detoured into the woods and found an fort that was built by some neighbor boys when they were younger.

After our detour, we continued up the road.  Thing 2 kept stopping to admire the wild violets on the edges of the road.

We talked about how awesome God was to create all these plants and trees and animals that we were privileged to behold.

It was a long walk; probably about 3 miles total.  Thing 2 needed a couple of breaks and I was glad to give them to her. I needed them too.  Thing 2 and our dog, Miracle, kept up very well for such a long walk.

We stopped to say “HELLO” to our cows and enjoy the beautiful views from the top of our property.

I’m soaking up and enjoying these days when Thing 2 still wants to take time to be with me and talk with me.  She is such a precious child with a big heart.  She notices the little things and takes note of the big things.  Thank God for this child and giving her to me.  I will always cherish these walks.

Momma to Thing 2,

The Milk Maid

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The Milk Maid

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