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November 16, 2009

Milking again!

I started trying to bring Hattie back into milk a few days ago, and we finally are getting 1/2-2/3 gallon of milk once a day. She is doing really well with the change in routine. We moved her to the other side of the pen in order to get Vera ready to be milked on the main stanchion side. Vera does not fit in the stanchion yet, she tried but her belly is still too round. That was a sight to see, a round cow tring to fit in a rectangular chute with her head and tongue stretched out trying to reach the treats! We compromised, she is eating at that bunk from the side now.

I worked in the garden this weekend and got 4 more beds cleaned out! I found a couple of tiny onions growing and one large (and unhappy) balck widow spider.

Our friend Shalali from NM stopped by on her way to the AI class at College Station. It was great to see her if only for a few short hours! She passed the class and is now a certified tech.

Dave got home from Iowa on Thursday, he was relieved to be back after 17 hours in the truck. He came in the door with a box of dutch letters from Jaarsma Bakery in Pella, Iowa. Dutch letters are a flaky 'S' shaped pastry filled with almond paste. A very special treat indeed!

We castrated the piglets the next day, and now they are finally trusting us again. They love eggs, milk and kitchen treats.

I made smothered pork steak in the oven, lentil soup and chili this week. My cooking took a downturn after the trip to the dentist. Thankfully I am able to chew again and no longer require advil to get through the day.
This morning a cold front moved through; it is supposed to get down to 37 tonight! If Dave gets off work on time we will see what that feels like from inside the hot tub!


  1. Congratulations on the milk! The pictures are beautiful. I hope you were able to relax in the hot tub.

  2. I had never heard of those pastries! Sounds delicious!

  3. I love Dutch Letters! We used to live in Knoxville, Iowa, just next to Pella. I fondly remember those pastries. You can actually order them from one of the Pella bakeries over the internet, if you just need to get a fix.

    Or, you can make them yourself. I bought a Pella bakery cookbook awhile ago just to get that recipe. The pastries turned out pretty good -- not as good as storebought, but yummy nonetheless. Let me know if you want the recipe, I can post it for you.

    Congrats on the new milk!

  4. Congratulations on getting milk again. I missed it so much when Willow was dry. It makes you really appreciate it when you have it.

    The pastries look wonderful..

    Never been in a hot tub! I must be deprived.

  5. The pastries are so interesting! I love anything with almond paste anyway. The closest I've come to a hot tub is a water trough filled with hot water!

  6. I can speak for the hot tub! We just got out of ours-it was nearly 50 degrees warmer in it than the air outside-Thanks to the new pump and heater! It was WONDERFUL!!!