Update and Kidding Season

I know. It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here on the blog. Life gets in the way of things, doesn’t it? If I could describe the past 5 months, I would have to say BUSY. What’s new, though, right? We’re always busy here, as are you and everyone else on the planet. I know this.

Some of the busyness has been fun–like having Kieran over on the weekends, taking care of all the animals, making soap, planting gardens, etc., and some not so fun. We lost Todd’s dad early last month after a 6 week stay in the hospital. To say that it wasn’t devastating because of said hospital stay would be a lie. It really was. We thought he would improve, and just not be 100%–we didn’t think we’d lose him. If you pray, may I ask for your prayers for Todd and his family? Thanks.

Other than the ‘biggie’ that happened in our family, everything else has been pretty small and low key. I’ve been working in pulling together some kind of organizational tools to schedule specific tasks each month. Have you read Farmer’s Wife’s blog, Grace Garden and Homestead? Yeah, kind of like she does things. Of course, she and her family are much more ‘homesteady’ than we are, and much more knowledgeable; still, there are plenty of things to do around here that would be much better accomplished if I didn’t try to revisit them every month or two. For instance, I slated January and February for my soaping months, which now I realize I don’t need two months for. I was able to get done at least half of what we’ll need for the year in two days. I’ll still be soaping some in February, but next year, I’ll schedule it all for January for sure. I wouldn’t have known that I could do that so quickly had I not decided to schedule it as a project at a specific time in the year.

Ok–now for kidding season news. WE ARE GOING TO BE GOATY GRANDPARENTS!! Remember last July when I shared our goat breeding news? Well, it went pretty much as planned, with a twist. We had planned on breeding our older doe, Naomi, and we started out putting her with Adonis the buck. Well, she wanted nothing to do with him the first time around, so we tried her again 3 weeks later during her next heat cycle. We had reason to believe that she might have been bred, but the pregnancy test indicated otherwise.

The next time we took her over, we had planned on leaving her for a few days, but I was nervous for Willow. Last time we took Naomi away, she cried near the whole time she was gone. I shared this with Kim (the owner of the buck), and she offered to allow me to bring Willow too. It’s a good thing I did because Naomi was STILL uninterested in breeding….but Willow, on the other hand, was ready and raring to go! So, as you may have guessed, Willow was bred to Adonis on November 20, 2015, giving her a kidding date of April 13, 2016!

I am both elated and afraid at what is to come! There are so many horror stories surrounding any type of animal births, and since we really haven’t had any experience with any animal pregnancies besides dogs and cats (and only a few of those over the years), I’m not sure what to expect. Thankfully, I am surrounded by some really knowledgeable people that I can rely on to teach me and be an extra pair of arms (or maybe THE pair of arms) while Willow is kidding.

And how IS mama Willow? She is doing fantastically! She seems happy and has grown to be as big as Naomi. I must admit that I have no idea at all what I should be looking for that indicates that she is pregnant, but since she had a positive blood test, I guess that doesn’t really matter.

So tell me something that’s going on at your homestead. If you’re not knee deep in goat breeding, what are you knee deep in?

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Kristi Stone

Kristi Stone

Honestly? I'm the author of this blog...sometimes. My family and I live in Sunny Southern California on a one acre hobby farm where we are working diligently to one day produce our dairy, eggs, and produce. That takes A LOT of work, so if you don't hear from me as soon as you'd like, give me a shout out in the comments and I'll chat back as soon as I can between the garden, goat kids, chickens, husband, human kids, and playing with my grandboy, Kieran. And in the mean time, if you'd like to see more frequently what goes on at our farm, please feel free to join my Facebook group (see the right column) where I am more active. I'd love to get to know you! 🙂
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  1. Hey Kristi, prayers to your family – saying good-bye to a parent is never easy. I lost my Dad prior to us purchasing our farm and what a time that was. The farm became a great place to heal and enjoy old memories. Something about the quiet helps.

    We’re getting our farm ready to sell and in the process of finding our next piece of land. When I think of actually moving animals it sounds a bit exhausting. Enjoying a quiet winter and in a week we’ll be an empty nest. 2016 has some exciting things in store. I’ve been busy behind the scenes.

    Kidding season is similar to lambing season. It’s always a good idea to have formula on hand just in case there are issues with nursing. Enjoy it and let nature take it’s course, knowing not when to step in is really important.

    • Hi Carole! I’m so sorry to hear about your father, it’s so hard to lose a parent. I’ve lost both mine, but it’s hard also to watch my husband and his family missing their dad/husband. Rough stuff. I find that the quiet of our farm helps me heal in so many ways.

      For some reason I thought you guys just moved within the past few years? Or perhaps we talked about an impending move? In any case, I’m excited for you and the new changes in your life, family, and farm.

      Good point—I’ll get some formula and have some bottles on hand. As for stepping in, I’m fortunate to have a friend who can walk me through everything and teach me what she knows. I’m so happy we don’t have to go this alone!

  2. Glad to see a post by you, my friend! I will be praying for Todd and family. So sorry for such a huge loss in your family 🙁

    So exciting to hear about your mama goat!! We have been focusing on food storage the last few months (I even bought a pressure canner!!) and planned on soaping this month as well as planning my spring garden. We need to build a new coop for our hens and working on getting some new chicks this week or next! So lots of planning, but the doing has been not been as easy with a 10 month old and the other 5 ?

    • Hey friend! Thank you so much for the prayers, we appreciate them. 🙂

      Woot woot! You’re venturing into the world on pressure canning–how awesome and exciting! New chicks sounds amazing–I’m just hoping my girls will start laying again! Perhaps now that the days are getting longer, things will pick up. You sound so busy, but if anyone can do it all, it’s you. my friend. I admire all you do! 🙂

      Say hi to the family and kiss the kids for me. 🙂

  3. How good to hear from you! I was wondering what was up. We were knee deep in snow and now we are knee deep in mud! Weather is always an issue in some way. We have the latest litter of piglets growing up here, and all the usual other animals, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and rabbits. Hoping we will be adding geese this summer. Anyway it was good to hear what’s going on with you and yours – Janet

    • Hi Janet! I don’t envy you guys at all with all your snow and mud! Ha ha, we are thigh deep in tumbleweeds again, which is fun (not!). It seems like every year around this time, we get some high winds and all the tumbleweeds in the area come to visit. 🙂 Still, I’d rather be here than anywhere! *smile*

      It sounds like things are hopping around your place, what joy all those babies must bring you and your family. So good to hear from you, Janet!

  4. We are goat farmers too. We are on our second generation of kids this year. We already have one baby, almost 8 weeks old. Then we have three females about to give birth in about a week. It’s not as bad as people tell you. Our first momma this year (Misty) had blue bag. She is still alive, we just had to bottle feed the baby everyday. Jasmine is a delight! Good luck with everything! Stay in touch!

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Contessa! I am happy to know that things aren’t as bad as I’ve read. I hate to hear about Misty, that’s so sad, but I’m glad she is still alive. That’s fantastic news!

  5. kris beckman says:

    Happy to see you blogging again, but sorry about your loss. April will be here before we know it- excited about your goat kids! We sure have fallen short on rainfall again. The winter garden is going to bolt if this hot weather continues. I know you make kombucha and milk kefir. Have you done water kefir as well? Happy homesteading…

    • Hey hey, my friend! I’ve been missing you!

      I’m excited about the babies too, you’ll have to come and see them! I was happy for the rain over the past two days, it looks like that was just what the garden needed to sprout my carrots. I think our winter gardens will be ok for a while yet–so long as it doesn’t stay in the 80s. I’ve done water kefir once, but never stuck with it. Are you doing it?

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