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The Ranch

Well, we’ve started the blog for our ranch. 🙂 I’ll be moving all of my “homesteading” posts over there. So if you’re interested in the “Views from the farm” and updates on chicken and goats and so forth, you can join us there. 🙂 Eventually I hope to post tutorials on real food eating, cheese making, milking and anything else I can “learn” to do. Even if you don’t plan on doing those things yourself, you might get a kick out of the process that we go through. 😉 Ha! Anyway, you can visit us at wanderingsprings.com. Then this blog will go back to being mostly just about our family stuff! 🙂 See ya here or... read more

The Name Game

As I mentioned the other day, Stu and I compiled a list of possible names for our lil operation here. Turns out he is not a big fan of the word “homestead” and I can see the point. But I was a little hesitant to use the word “farm” either since in my mind a farm is ya know… growing stuff, like acres of stuff. So anyway “Ranch” seemed to fit the bill a bit better. We tossed around a lot of different “endings” for the place like Hollow, Acres, Meadows, Mesa and such. Once the creative juices got flowing we actually had a pretty good list of some cool names! Then came the rubber meets the road part where we had to see if those names were “available” and by available we mean if the .com was taken. 😉 Because of course our lil ranch needed a website. 😉 Eventually we tried our 3-4 favorite names and the one that worked the best was… Drum roll… Wandering Springs Ranch Why the hoopla over a “name” for our place? you may ask. Well, it was prompted by the need for a ‘herd’ name for our goats that we will have registered. We figured if we have to have a name for them, why not just name the whole thing and use it for everything. Right? Right! 🙂 So we’ll be starting a blog soon which is TBA, and hopefully we’ll be able to post about the kids being born… one of these days. We also have a Facebook page for our Ranch too so you’re welcome to “like” it. (Hint the word “Facebook” is a link) And you can keep up with our ramblings or uh… wanderings there. As you know this whole thing is a new adventure for us and as we learn we’ll get better and better. The learning curve can be kinda steep though, but every day is an adventure! 🙂 You’re welcome to live a country life vicariously through our adventures and misadventures.... read more

A View from the Farm

Goats on the prowl! 🙂 If I were a dried up, crunchy leaf, I’d be REALLY scared right now!... read more

A Sunday Date

Last Sunday Stuart and I escaped from the land of being parents by ditching all our kids to go to church without them! 🙂  Stu’s mom was kind enough to hang out with them, so no worries, they weren’t on their own. 😉  At one point during the day Stuart said, “Who would have thought that going to church would be a good date?”  But it was!! We started out on the 1.75 hr trip to church (yup, we live in the land of big skies, straight roads and not too many churches) and our thoughts were that it’s actually pretty relaxing to drive when you don’t have the “ticking time bomb” of children who may at any moment desperately need to go potty, or suddenly start shrieking at each other for looking in someone else’s direction. Don’t get me wrong, mostly we love to do thing as a big, loud, head turning family, but sometimes… change is nice. 😉 Sitting through the service not having to worry about kiddos was also refreshing. Mommy brains never really shut off when their kids are near. Even when they are deposited safely in nursery or children’s church you’re still thinking about them somewhere in your mind. At least I do… maybe it’s just me? 😉 Of course worship wasn’t the only thing we did on our “date.” Actually the biggest motivation for not bringing the minions was that we had quite a bit of shopping to get done. After calling around to various feed stores in about 4 different towns “around” us, I finally found the vaccine that I needed for the little goatlets. Apparently it’s widely available down around/near Phoenix, but I’ve had a DOOZY of a time finding it here! So that was good, and they also had a really great price on the alfalfa pellets that we feed the Ladies as well. So we grabbed those things, more stall freshener, some compacted hay bales which are really cool! And various other stuff that we probably didn’t need but got anyway because that was such a cool feed store! 🙂 We’ll be going back there for sure! It was way too much fun and WAY more than just a feed store! Anyway, we tried to have lunch at a little Mexican place, but I kinda lost interest in the not so flavorful taco salad when I started to pull sticks (yes sticks) out of my salad. I was thankful... read more

(Jeopardy Theme)

So Polka’s due date (or one possible one) was the 9th. For some reason the time of her actual breeding wasn’t solid so it could have been the 9th OR maybe the 14th. Hmmm… Well, the 9th has come and gone, and she doesn’t seem to be in any hurry. Though she seems rather large and uncomfortable if you ask me. But maybe I’m just projecting my own late pregnancy feelings on her. Seems to enjoy lounging in the sun anyway. It’s rather comical to watch her waddle around when we let them out for a stretch. Waddle waddle waddle… Pet me? Sure, why not? She’s not “off her feed” at all, and seems to be acting as normal as ever. I on the other hand am totally stressed out about this! Ha! I have a stack of towels ready to go, iodine, and an extra bulb syringe, courtesy of the NICU. 😉 But no goaties yet! Arg!!! I’ve relaxed a little since we found the battery powered baby monitor signal will reach the house. So at least I don’t have to feel like I should be traipsing out there at 2 am “just to check.” 🙂 People have asked, and I can only respond with what I’ve read, but apparently goats in labor are quite vocal. So we should be able to hear “something” before the wee ones arrive. But I’m still hoping it’s more of a daytime experience. Hear that, Polka? DAYTIME!! 😉 And any ol time now would be great! Not sure if she’s listening. Shared on the barn hop over at The Prairie Homestead.... read more

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