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My Winter Hibernation

First off, I am sorry it’s taken me so long to blog. Things have been busy around the farm and I have been feeling under the weather for the last couple of weeks. The months of March and April are always a bit of a drag. It’s not quite summer and the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over.  In the Pacific Northwest it usually pours down rain so getting farm chores done is difficult and pretty soggy.  Generally speaking March and April are usually months I try to put my head down and just get through it all the while looking forward to the newness of spring and the warmth of summer. Anyone else feel like this the last few weeks?

Luckily this last weekend the sun renewed my blogging energy. In the last 48 hours I was more productive than I have been over the last seven weeks. I weeded the garden like a woman on a mission. I took back my spot as project manager on the party barn project and came alive. It felt great.

So, to our faithful readers I want to say I am sorry for the short hiatus, it won’t happen again…actually it probably will who am I kidding? But, please do forgive me.  Because I know you have all been on the edge of your seats wondering what kind of fun is happening on our farm I am going to do a recap of the last seven weeks in a top five list

1. Mae Arrives

By far the most exciting thing that happened in the last six weeks was that Mam had her calf. I feel pretty darn guilty that I did not share this with my readers when it happened because it was amazing. She scared us a bit because the calf decided to come out with her back legs first so we decided to call the vet and have him give us a hand pulling her out. Even though it cost us $100 for a farm visit, our awesome vet got her out in no time and Mama delivered a very healthy and absolutely adorable heifer (girl) calf. Ross’ sister Ruby got to help with the delivery and Kate got the honor of naming her Mae. I have included a video of the birth process below.

mae dried off

Mae the calf

2. We’re Getting Ready for Goat Kids

In the next few weeks we should be welcoming lots of baby goats to the farm. We have four does all pregnant (we hope). EB and Sade are both due any day now. They have started developing udders which is always fun to watch. The milk will be flowing soon. We are now doing daily monitoring, checking their ligaments and observing their behaviors. We built a few kidding stalls so barn is ready for these adorable spring babies. Please say your prayers for healthy kids!

3. We took a vacation

It is no secret that farmers rarely take vacations, however, this spring I needed some time away. So, I convinced Ross to step away from his chores (not an easy task) and join me on a week long vacation to visit my grandma, aunt, uncle and cousin in sunny Arizona. We stayed in Apache Junction and spent the week hanging out by the pool, visiting family, jeeping through the dessert, shooting clay pigeons in the dessert, eating delicious food, and being spoiled by my amazing Grandma Nancy. It was MUCH needed and I had a hard time coming home.

ross picking oranges

4. Ross Birthday

Ross turned 31 yesterday! For his birthday all he wanted to do was stay home and do chores since he felt so behind after our vacation. We are working on some landscaping projects for the Williams’ wedding so he got to spend his special day doing what he loves: moving dirt with machines. I spent the day weeding the garden which was an awesome treat!

5. We had a Barn Raising Party

We have a very important wedding coming up on May 30, 2014. My cousin Kalen and his fiancé Jael took a leap of faith and decided to have their wedding in our old, worn milk barn barn. The plan In order to help us with all our construction projects we have been holding work parties once a month where we paint, clean, build and destroy all in preparation for the big day. At the last work party we took on the huge task of removing a weight bearing wall and installing a new gluelam header beam and support posts. Many of our friends and family came out to help restore our barn. I have some crazy talented uncles and a super smart dad who came to share their wisdom and a bunch of our young strapping young male friends offered their muscles in exchange for a lesson from the masters. It was a very successful day and a real blessing watching two generations work alongside one another. The barn now has beautiful glue lam beams holding up the roof and has lots of room for dancing!

painting crew barn raising

As you can tell we have been busy despite a lag in blog posts. Again, I apologize for the delay and promise to make it up to you! Be ready for lots of cute goat kid pictures coming soon!



The "garden" behind the garden to glass cocktails, Venise is the resident farmer of the Simple Goodness Farm, older sister and goat lover.

One Comment

  • Cheri

    A little bit of sunshine goes a long way! What a smart idea to get away from the farm….it’s all the sweeter when you return. Can’t wait for the new baby goats! Thanks for the update, Venise.

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