Monday, January 31, 2011

The Big One!!!

It's on the way!!!  Depending on the station here in Mid-Michigan they are saying anywhere between 8-14" with some saying 20" inches or more!  This could be the biggest we have seen in years.  I went to Meijers tonight to stock up on the only thing that a mother-of-five thinks about at times like this...toilet paper!  I came home with 144 rolls, that should make it to the weekend LOL!  The stores were complete chaos tonight everyone stocking up.  In the middle of my "long winter break-down"  I have to admit, I am excited.  A good snow storm will always do that.  I am concerned with the animals, especially our three little "kids" (goats), but Hubby assures me they will be fine.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

They're Here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry about the picture quality, it came from my phone!  Would you believe we drove 2 hours from the Grand Rapids area here, with three goats in the back of our Expedition!

Friday, January 28, 2011

'fess up Friday

Dalyn over at http://muckbootsnaprons.blogspot.com is doing a giveaway to CSN stores for $55.  If you would like to be a part of it go to her blog and follow the directions.

As I am thinking about this, she is probably the very first blog I fell in love with (if that is possible) I remember her and her family were in a write up in a magazine and I was intrigued with her lifestyle.  Even today when I talk about the "goat chick" here at home (yes, I talk about my blog friends)  everyone knows who I am talking about!!

Now on to the fess-up part...This one isn't hard after my last post.  I am struggling through winter and homeschooling right now and thinking how much simpler life would be if all 5 were in school...only for a split second!! Then I realize how blessed I am, but right now it is still a struggle.  It is one of those things, wouldn't trade it for the world, but some days life would be easier:))

Now it's your turn go to her blog and follow the directions for the give away!

Long Winter

Bailey and I on a cold winter's walk.  This is what I do for my
own "time-out"...one was severely needed on my part this week.
Do you ever get the feeling that we as moms are sometimes the cause of the "bad house attitude"?  I have had one of those weeks.  I feel like I am just barely keeping my head above water.  We all go through these times.  We have had a severe cold snap here in Michigan the last few weeks.  For the first time in the 3 or 4 years that I have had my Expedition, I saw -14 on the in car thermometer leaving for church last weekend.  Now that is cold.  The negative temperatures along with the never-ending plague have caused some major attitudes in our home.  I am thankful that God gives me a fresh slate everyday and the ability to ask for forgiveness not only from Him, but also from my kiddos. 

I find myself at this time of year wondering how well they are doing in school and second guess my abilities to teach them what they need.  The question becomes, "What do they need?"  Do I need to judge what we do by the list of "government classes" they need to have?  Or is it enough to give them biblical truths, teach them awesome character (which is a skill I am lacking at this time:)) let them be able to work on their gifts and know that everything else will fall into place.  We have been witness to a lot of kids who have succeeded in the public school realm, have a 4 year college degree that cost them (or mom and dad) twice as much as our first house mortgage, and yet there are so many who are just lost and living a dreary life that I don't want for my kids.  The comment we have heard lately is we are sheltering our kids.  If making sure they are staying out of trouble, knowing where they are at all times, knowing who they are with, teaching them right from wrong, training them up and the hundreds of other things I do in a day, then I am guilty as charged.  I am okay with that.  It is called being a parent, think what would happen in our world if more people became one.

Off my soapbox.  Tomorrow is the big day!  Yes, we are finally going to pick up our three goats!  I am very excited, but my nervousness about "one more thing" is drowning that out.  I think hubby is just as excited as I am.  I am sure by next week we will have some goat "tails" to tell. 

I set a goal for myself with my etsy site to create and post one new item a week. I was surprised and excited when I was able to get two new things in the shop yesterday. 

I am working on some "articles" to post here about our choices to raise angora rabbits and how that works. I have had some requests in the past to do that and haven't yet!  I am also thinking about teaching some classes here at the farm, but am struggling with the who, what and whys.  There is a lot of weird knowledge stuffed in my brain like soap making, cheese making, bread making, how to spin, how to knit, how to crochet, how to can and I am sure I can come up with a couple more.  The question becomes how to share that information.  I always have struggled with charging people, (that is probably why I don't have a lot of sales on etsy:)) but I realize that many people would like to learn this skills and there aren't any classes close by that they can learn these skills from.  So we shall see.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Unbelievable

First, let me start this post with how much I love my Hubby.  He truly works hard to make my jobs around here much easier.  With that being said there have been times when his brilliant ideas have turned into major headaches for me (and him) hence this post.  A few years back he decided to make my laundry job a lot easier and invested in a commercial size washing machine.  This was all wonderful and good, (hence the love for my Hubby), but we found out shortly after we got it that the really big, cool, washing machine, had a really big, not-so cool, computer for a brain and did really weird stuff.  I would really love to talk to the brilliant minds at the washing machine design shop (whose name shall remain nameless), as to why they put a "suds detection" error on any washing machine that will stop the load instantly, or a code that is for when "it" is just feeling out of sorts and not draining as quick as the computer thinks it should, so it too will stop the load.  My favorite one so far is the design that allows clothing (yes, full pieces of clothing) to get sucked into the draining line and stuck in the machine, shutting it down until dear hubby is able to tear the thing apart once more to get it out.

I am pretty sure I have now solved the age old question of "what happened to the other sock?" and I have photo proof for all of you who might not believe me.  This is what Hubby pulled out of the drain hose tonight:

This is...was at one time, somebody's ummmmm "unmentionables".  Hubby just had the washer torn apart a couple of days ago because of a coin going through the same opening.  By the looks of this, it has gone through a few loads.

My daughter's Blog

Our daughter's both started a blog last year to share and just put some fun things on.  Well our oldest is quite the artist and we are encouraging her to find some way to market her passion into something that can eventually be a source of income for her as she gets older.  She has slowly worked up to getting a few things on it. 

I just love the picture she has on there now.  It is one of her older brother's friend Jason, and it is just awesome (I know mom can say that), but she "caught" him so well in her picture.

She cartoons people, so she is trying to get the word out that if you would like to be "cartooned" to contact her!  Here is the link~!
Kays Kreations

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pygora Goats Coming to Tail Spin Farm

These are the three goats that we will be picking up at the end of the month.  I am so excited~

This is Claire, she was born last spring

 This is Robin, she was born this fall
 This is Tiger, he was also born this fall

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Things are looking bright!

Well it looks like "the plague" is finally coming to an end here.  I am starting to feel human again and getting things done that have been pushed to the side the last week.  One good thing that came from me being sick was that we are in the process of getting bids to have our kitchen remodeled.  How did that happen?  Well after two days of poor hubby having to be in the kitchen doing meals and dishes (he was on vacation from his day job) he came to the conclusion that the kitchen was in such horrible shape that we really needed something done with it.  Two days later I had a contractor asking me what I want done!!  If I would have known that was all it would take I would have played sick years ago:))  LOL  I have been teasing Hubby about this for a couple of days, but in all seriousness, we have some major sink and floor issues with some water damage that just gets worse.  I kept telling him one of these days he is going to find me in the basement doing dishes from the floor dropping out from under me.  We are justifying the expense on this one, because I spend probably about 75% of my day in that room.  I cook most of our meals from scratch, can, make cheese, bake all of our bread and bake goods, make soap etc.   When we moved here almost ten years ago, we knew that the kitchen was in desperate need of renovating.  I am really excited because I think we are going to "open" up some walls in this old farmhouse and breathe some new life into the kitchen and dinning room!!

To top off my day yesterday, we found out that we can have my goaties!!!!  Hubby contacted the local MSU extension, and there are some sort of "farm acts" that supersede all county rules.  We just have to fill out some paper work, and put together a "manure management plan" (never thought I would ever be excited about that;)) and have it on file with the extension office.  So my small fiber farm dream is quickly becoming a reality!  I can't wait to see what else 2011 has in store for us!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tail Spin Farm in Pictures


 
I have been inspired by fellow bloggers like Terri at Our Crazy Farm and Jenna at Cold Antler Farm who put a ton of beautiful pictures on their blog. My Dad is an awesome photographer and my Mother-in-love owns her own photography studio, I thought it was time to step up to the plate. We have been in the midst of "The Plague 2010" for the last four weeks. I am still feeling lousy, but sometimes there is nothing better than to go out in the morning, with a fresh layer of snow, to do chores and take some photos. That is exactly what I did this morning.



Sunday night supper


 Clean coop for the chickens to start out the new year
 One of the girls
 There is nothing better than getting eggs this fresh...at least for me:)
 More girls
 Outside in the snow
 Tom turkey
 Turkeys are very curious creatures
 Our heritage breed turkey Christmas dinner...before
 After and no this is not one in the pictures above!
 Our decked out Christmas table
 Cousins
 Joshua's quilt from Grandma Joyce.  Now all of the kids have one from her.
 My new "barn boots"
 The boys.  The tall one is the Eldest's friend that spent a week of his college break with us.  You can see from Eldest's expression that he was not happy to see him leave that day:(