Thursday, January 30, 2014

Farmed and Dangerous

Chipolte has put together a series to air on Hulu that looks very interesting.  


The trailer makes the series look hilarious.  

Youtube hosts a number of shorts by the series' main character, "Buck Marshall."

I know I'll be watching!

But....I'm of two minds on this series.  

On one hand, will the public pay more attention and become more aware of the problems with our commercial food industry if the problems are made entertaining?  

On the other hand though, if we make the problems in our food industry more entertaining, do they become diminished by becoming a joke?  

What are your thoughts? 

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Monday, January 27, 2014

White Out Conditions Called

The kids don't often get days off from school around here.  This morning a two hour delay was announced for "white out conditions." 

These photos are from my front and back windows.  I'd say the two hour delay was a good call.  

While drinking my morning coffee I morosely contemplate the sideways blowing snow.  "Oh boy, I'll be going out in that in a few minutes," I think.

To be fully prepared and I pull out my "really bad weather" gear.  

Hat, scarf, heavy padded Shmidt coat, and Schmidt overalls, heavy gloves, and snow boots.  I'm prepared for the snow and especially wind.  

The wind froze enough to make me turn away and cover my face.  I quickly found that all the clothing's extra weight and slogging through the deep snow actually made me too warm!  

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
~Albert Camus

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Coats On Goats

We've made a new addition to our menagerie.  Two gorgeous little goats. The doe with the droopy ears is a mini boer and the one with the upright ears is a mini boer-alpine cross.  

Meet Rosie, our droopy eared girl.  When my son walked in he took one look at her and said, "She's a Rosie (thank you to our dear friend, Rosie!).  We decided to stay with the floral motif and named the girl with the upright ears Violet.   

Aren't they so stinking cute? 
(except for the devil eyes from the flash!)

Rosie and Violet

Why are there coats on the goats?  

Last night about 10 p.m. I watched the temperature drop and drop and I worried and worried.  The temperature was below zero and still dropping!  

The chickens, ducks, and turkeys have nice down and feathers to keep them warm and they were closed up in their coops.  The pigs have a deep nest of straw in their hut and each other to snuggle up beside.  The dogs and the cats have house heat.  But the poor little goats, even with their big hay pile, had only each other to snuggle with.  So I dug out my miniature schnauzers' sweaters and my husband and I went out and dressed the goats in an extra layer.  

They didn't complain a bit!  

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

January Dreaming.....

I know I'm not the only one.  The dreaming begins as soon as the seed and garden catalogs begin to show up in the mail.  This is the year for the best, most perfect, garden ever!
(I do believe I say every year.)