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 Remember when Obama said, “I have told each of my Cabinet, as well as mayors and governors across the country, that they will be held accountable by me and the American people for every dollar they spend.”?

What a joke.


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 As the owner of a tiny herd of Angora goats, I know how these kind of creatures are apt to go anywhere they want.  I’m pretty sure sheep are much the same.  I showed Gunner this video, in hopes that he might get some good ideas for keeping my goats in line.

Too busy to write

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As you might know, my beautiful grandson, Miles, was born on March 11th.  I'm an awful picture taker of Miles, so I'll wait until Andy and Ashes send me one before I post it.

I spent a couple of days with them, and I can tell that Ashes is a great mother, and Andy is a great father.  Babies are soooo precious!

Back at the farm, it is time to start shearing the goats.  I am going to build a goat fitting stand today and tomorrow, and hope to start shearing on Wedensday. Hopefully, my good friend Robin will come and help.  It should be a lot easier with the stand.

I still have fleece from last fall to be scoured, dried, picked, combed and spun.  Then, I will start selling it on-line at my store, along with more photos and notecards.

And, I'm still doing work at the old house.

Spring is on its way! This is busiest time of year for me, it seems.

Anyone want to help with shearing, let me know!

 Hopefully, I'm figuring out how to turn a profit between growing vegetables, berries, selling my lovely chickens' eggs and eventually, selling mohair products from our goats.  Oh, and the hay we grow.   We don't make money on the hay, but it feeds the goats and the horses and it doesn't cost much to mow it since I share it with the farmer who mows and bales it for us, so it is really a very valuable product for us.

It looks like a ton of stuff, but I think it is possible.  I also think that in today's crappy economic environment, I need to be very diverse in what our little farm produces.  And I'm also selling my photos and notecards on-line and I will be selling my pottery at the farmers' market this year, also.

Obviously, I need to be much better at organizing myself.  Otherwise, I get myself into a tizzy about what to do next.

This time of year, I'm trying to get the ground prepared for planting, I'm starting seeds indoors and today, I hope to set up part of the garage as a mini-growing area for seeds - I have some old shelving units and some florescent bulb fixture I hope to set up with a plastic sheet covering it enough to keep the humidity in the area.  I think I'll have to take photos so you can get my drift!!

It is raining today, I'll be working in the garage getting seeds started and working on throwing some pots.  I really like to listen to the radio while doing that kinda stuff, but it is Sunday, and there is nothing talk-related to listen to, so I'll have to find some agreeable music.

And he wants President Obama to follow him into the hell of socialism, where the only people with anything are members of the government. Where the government can snatch all you have worked for away from you in the blink of an eye.

I do think we should look for President Obama's response to this insane man. It could be telling.

For the best info on this, go see Fausta's blog.  


 Yeah, the economy sucks, but that doesn't mean that you have to eat crappy food.  I've been experimenting, and I have come up with one dish that is easily turned into 3 dishes so you don't have to have the same old, same old leftovers each night.

Night one - Chicken Stew with Brioche - or should it be Brioche with Chicken Stew?  You decide.

I found a good recipe for Brioche using your bread maker to mix the dough and for the first rising.  Oh, and you do need to change a couple of things with that recipe before you make that bread - make the yeast 1 1/2 or 2 teaspoons and definitely add 1 tsp of salt to the dough.  Also, it took closer to 35 minutes in my oven for the bread to be properly finished.

So, you have this bread - rich bread - very rich bread.  I made a fairly simple chicken stew to go with it - 

Cut up a couple or three onions, a couple of cups worth of celery (definitely including the nice leafy parts), a couple or three carrots and saute them all briefly in a bit of olive oil.  After a breaf sauteing, pour in about 8 cups of chicken stock.  Bring it all to a simmer. Then add about 3 or 4 potatoes, peeled and sliced into chunks.

I just know you are wondering where the heck the chicken is - it's coming.

I used frozen, boneless, skinless chicken breasts - 4 pieces.  I honestly just threw the frozen pieces into the pot along with about a tsp of thyme, tsp of rosemary, tsp of sage and 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, a can of mushroom pieces and stems and some garlic powder.

Just let it all simmer together for awhile - maybe 40 minutes or so.  Then, take some of that brioche bread and put it in the bottom of a big soup bowl and ladle some stew over the bread - believe me, it is totally comfort food - and very filling.

Next night - I put the leftovers in the pot and thought, gee.  I think I'll cut up the potatoes and chicken into smaller pieces and make some soup.  So I took the big pieces of chicken and potatoes, cubed them all, and put them back into the pot.  But then it looked like I needed to get more liquid in.  I had a half pint of cream in the fridge, so that went in.  Only, gosh, then I thought, the flavor is going to be way diluted.  So I added about another tsp of thyme and 1/2 tsp of rosemary.  

Still, It needed more - So I added a couple of handfuls of shredded mozzarella cheese and to make it more like a soup, I broke a handful of broken whole wheat spaghetti into it and let it simmer about 10 minutes.

Umm.  Good.  Filling! Yet, still leftovers!

At this point, I have enough left to make a large chicken pot pie - simple - just put it in a pie pan and cover with some puff pastry and cook.  Pot pie.

The three meals cost less than 12 dollars for 2 people - so, 2 bucks a night per person for some really good food.


 As many of you may know, the only internet access we can get out here in the country that is better than dial-up is Satellite.  It's very expensive, and much, much slower than cable or DSL.

Because it takes so long to load a page, open my gmail, upload a photo, I've been looking for a faster browser, because any little additional speed is good.

So I thought I'd try Google Chrome.  Goodness, it actually seems to make a difference, at least so far as loading pages.  It has a minimalist look and feel to it, which is okay by me!  I'm going to try it out for a week or so and then decide whether to stick with it or go back to Firefox.

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