Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Not farm related but,

I published my first novel last week. I am so excited to finally have it published. Anyone who is interested in fantasy (or knows someone who is), check it out. Tell your friends, spread the word. :) 

It is available on both Kindle and on Nook. It will be available in paperback soon. If you decide to buy it, please leave an honest review when you are done. As an Indie Author, I count on word of mouth to get my book out there.

Embers at Galdrilene

“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future” 

As a Border Guard, it is Vaddoc’s duty to turn himself in and accept the death sentence with honor when he discovers he can use magic. But the ancient song of the dragons calls to him. Although pulled by duty and the honor of his family, the song proves irresistible. When he is offered sanctuary in Galdrilene, the old home of the dragons, he leaves duty and family behind to answer the call of the Song.

He is not alone in hearing the Dragon Song and he is joined on his journey by five others as the elements of magic are drawn together. It’s a journey that reveals everything they’ve been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong. With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, Vaddoc and his companions will do anything, even cross through the realm of the dead, to reach a future they never thought possible.

Link to Kindle (you can read sample chapters there)

Link to Nook

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Friday, March 30, 2012


I have been terribly remiss in my blogging duties, but things have been crazy busy this past week. 

Belly Bean (Bella) finally had her babies last week. She had twins, one buckling and one doeling. She kidded with no complications and is wonderful on the milk stand. Her udder came in beautiful and she is producing well for a first freshener.

We also have a little flock of twelve babies chickens. A mixture of Production Reds, Ameraucana and Lavender Ameraucana. 

With nice weather and the all of the babies, we've spent a lot of time outside. But, as my mother reminded me, I really needed to blog so any followers don't think that Bella is still laying around like an orca.

Introducing, Oat Bucket Farm Just A Kiss (Bella's registered name is CrossRoads End Lady Antebellum)

And her brother Buddy (my youngest thinks Buddy is his goat)

And of course, the new baby chickens in their rabbit hutch turned chicken brooder. 

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Belly Bean Getting Bigger

Belly Bean (Crossroads End Lady Antebellum) is really getting big and she still has three weeks to go. I'm starting to wonder how many she has in there. And of course, we have started worrying about every little thing. Not because she is acting off or anything like that, but because...well what can I say, we love her and want everything to go perfect with her. 

Besides, worrying about how she is carrying her tail, and worrying about her hopping on and off the milkstand for grain (she won't be starting this evening), and worrying whether she is eating enough (or too much) and everything else, gives us something to do while we wait for the day the kids arrive. Of course, kids being born here is nothing new, but every year, we just can't help ourselves. 

We worry, and we stare at goat butts and udders.

And of course there are pics of the expectant

The ever widening, Belly Bean.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Bread Day

The house is so warm and cozy and it smells delicious in here. It was really cold and windy today, but that's okay. Today was the day to make bread.

Rye bread on the left, multi-grain whole wheat bread on the right, and cinnamon-raisin bread in the back.

Close up of the raisin bread

We also put a couple of bird feeders up outside the kitchen window. We've enjoyed watching the little visitors show up. 

Sorry for the quality of the bird feeder pics. My camera doesn't like looking through the screen on the window.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

A beautiful and productive day!

Turned off in the mid-fifties, sunshiney, a light breeze and just all around very nice.

We got blood pulled on Missy and sent off to see if she settled this time.When we sent off in December, she came back as open. Although Bella did come back pregnant (and is showing a nice little baby bump now), and they both came back CAE negative, WOOT!

We also got their feet trimmed, Bella got her 100 days pregnant worming, got them both copper bolused, and we got the barn all cleaned. And, we even got a bunch of clothes hung on the line to dry. It almost felt like spring out there (you hush, I can too pretend it's spring in January) Feels good to get so much done out there.

And, just because pics are always good, here are a couple of pics of Bella's baby belly. We have taken to calling her Belly Bean. :) She is due March 23rd.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A home for the holidays

On December 21st, we were headed out to do some last minute Christmas shopping. The first snow of the season had just passed and it was very cold and windy. We stopped at the gas station out on the highway and I went into pay. The front of the store is set back, and underneath the over hang rests the ice cooler and a bench. 

As I walked past the bench, a little black kitty came out from under it. I crouched down to pet her, but though she wound around the legs of the bench and acted like she really wanted to be friendly, she wouldn't quite let me touch her. 

I went on in to pay and asked the lady behind the counter who's kitty that was. She said she didn't know and that the kitty must have been dumped and that it had been out there for two or three days. That put the poor kitty out in the cold, huddled under the bench beside the ice cooler through some of our coldest weather this winter. Snow was on the ground and the wind bitter.

So on my way back out I stopped and talked to the kitty. She finally came close enough to let me touch her and I scooped her up. She tensed for only a second and then melted into my arms. She was so cold. In the van she went and we turned around and took her home.

Closer inspection revealed that she was indeed a she and probably in the 3 to 4 month age range. She is incredibly sweet and relaxed. Took to the dogs immediately and doesn't seem to have a mean bone in her body. The resident cats all spat and growled and she just kind of looked around like, "What?" 

She sneezed and wheezed the first week here, but plenty of food, water and warmth has pretty much restored her health. She uses the litter box like she is suppose to and even loves the kids.Though short haired, she is still very puffy. So we named her, Miss Puff Kitty. Puff for short.

When Christmas day came a few days later, instead of huddling on the cold ground, hungry and homeless, she had the warmth of a new home, surrounded by her new family as she skittered among the scraps of wrapping paper.

Here is Miss Puff Kitty, reclining on the back of the couch downstairs. Happy to have a home and warm place to sleep.

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