Hi guys — sorry to have disappeared for so long! This is the dreaded time of year known as “kidding season.” IE, the time of year when the Farmwife has no sleep for long periods of time, and no time to think about doing anything that doesn’t inclued milking, cooking milk, or feeding milk. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I’m quite tired already, and we are only half way done.
I’m also in the mess of trying to coordinate a cross country trip with a buyer, who will be dropping off kids along the route…..so a half dozen folks trying to get their sh*t together and make all the timing work! It’s sort of like herding cats – feral cats.
This is one of the pens of doelings (girls). You might ask why their ears are green? Well, we tattoo their ID numbers in one ear, and their herd ID in the other. This is how they are identified for life, and on their registration papers. You might also ask why they have little circles on top of their heads? This is where they are disbudded with a hot iron so that they do not grow horns. Horns are not allowed in the dairy goat world. Goats tend to beat on each other, and horns make injury a lot more likely. Not to mention the damage a horned goat does to a human (sometimes without even meaning to) Disbudding a baby is much less tramautic than taking the horns off an adult.
This has been a particularly difficult year. I lost one of my best does after kidding — when we opened her up afterwards, she did indeed have a torn uterus, which is what I suspected. She also had an incredible amount of lipoma type deposits in her abdomen and even in the uterus. I’m sad to say her doe kid was also dead by the time we could get her out.
I had several bucklings that had to be put down at birth. One was grossly deformed and the other was born with no testicles. Actually no testicles and not even a hole in the abdominal wall where they could have descended from had they wanted to. There simply is no place for a buck that is less than perfect.
This little girl is just a day old here and I believe she is already sold and will be heading to Wisconsin.
On the weight loss front, I am soooo happy to be able to say that I am back into the 120’s and can now fit into my 17 year old daughter’s size 4 jeans! My size 6’s are now getting too baggy! :) Got to love it. I am 8 pounds heavier than I was in high school, and that was 22 years ago! At a school function last night, a gal who hardly ever speaks to me came up and complimented me on my weight loss! That is SUCH a cool feeling when someone else can see that you’ve made a change!
I didn’t get to run the 3.5 mile race I wanted to last weekend because I was (of course) waiting on a doe to kid, but I am so hoping to get to the next 5k in early May. At least by then the weather should be nicer and I can get out to run more instead of doing it all on the treadmill.
I am also still loving my Bodybugg – and I am pretty stoked to see that just my usual day to day life on the farm will get me over 2200 calories on most days! That’s no workout at all – just chores. I guess that is what saved me from really getting super heavy. As it is, I got heavy enough that I cringe to think of all the crap I was eating.
My eating could still be a bit cleaner than it is, but I am doing pretty darn well if I do say so myself! I have finally embraced the yogurt! I absolutely adore the Fage Greek yogurt, but I can only get it one place here in the boondocks, and it is a 55 mile drive one way. I am ashamed to admit, that yes – I actually made that drive JUST to get my yogurt! I’ve since gotten myself to eat regular plain yogurt and vanilla. I don’t care for any of the fruity flavors — I would rather add my own fresh fruit or granola to it.
It’s amazing that the secret is — there is no secret! Eat less, move more, and the weight will come off! With that, I am going to get off of here and get my workout done! I promise to get back into regular posting :) Many thanks to those who sent a comment asking where I was — it’s such a nice feeling to be missed!
Have an awesome day, and do something good for yourself :)