Gone are the days of milking by hand - hopefully forever. Although when we first got Buttercup, it was exciting and pioneering to milk by hand. Everybody did it - even down to our 3 yr old! Some were much faster, while others claimed their hands were too big - Yeah! Anyway, usually two people milked her (my daughters, daughter-in-law and I), for safety and to have a fresh set of hands to finish … [Read more...] about We’ve Come A Long Way Baby!
Is that Buttercup (our family milk cow) eating what is left of my tomatoes? LET HER HAVE THEM! Does she look a little sad? Only because she loves the ripe tomatoes and has nearly stripped the vines of them now. (We had 168 tomato plants in our garden.) As you can see from the picture, she has left the green ones and has not even touched the actual vines yet. We had a freeze last week and the … [Read more...] about Caught!
SHE sure does! I would like to introduce you all to our family milk cow, Buttercup. She is 3/4 Jersey and 1/4 Holstein. You may be thinking as you look at her....hamburgers, steaks, roast... But not Buttercup! She represents milk, yogurt, keifer, cheese, ice cream.... I posted earlier about analizing expenditures in my budget book. I realized that I was spending about $130 per month on dairy … [Read more...] about Got Milk?
I love seeing people's reaction when they find out that I have 10 children. Reactions range from total disbelief to "wonderful". The most frquently asked question is, "Are they all yours?". My husband has a wonderful time with this question. His favorite answer is, "Yes, the first 3 are from my first marriage. The last 3 are from her first marriage. And the middle 4 are ours!" Well, you see … [Read more...] about You Have What?
Two years ago, a lifestyle change? You would never have convinced me that our lives would take such a turn! Back then, my hubby was employed in a well paying job, home educating was going smoothly, I even had all the children's music lessons scheduled on 1 day (quite an accomplishment, as this was the most efficient use of time!). THEN.... Things began changing at the workplace and the … [Read more...] about When Our Grapes Come In…
This Blog was inspired by family and friends who thought my family’s experiences would benefit others if they only knew of them. So, instead of writing a book, I’ll be posting various things I and my family do and why. If any of this helps you thru a hard time or expands your vision, GREAT! Please drop me a line. If you have a question for more info, drop me a line. If you want to … [Read more...] about Why I started this….