Wednesday, October 09, 2013
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A few posts back I wrote about planting the salad garden this spring, and anticipating the harvest of a few different kinds of fresh greens. Well, the effort paid off because now it is time to harvest and enjoy the blessing of God's increase. We plant seeds, water, and pray, but God makes it grow. It is tempting to doubt whether those tiny seeds can actually produce anything, especially since we tend to get busy and neglect the garden quite often. But God is faithful and we are thankful. I thought I'd share some pictures of the end results of that simple little lettuce patch I planted not long ago.
Fresh romaine lettuce, full leaf lettuce, spinach, shelled peas, baby carrots, juicy raspberries, sprinkled with a bit of cheese, and dressed with Mom's thick and tasty raw whole milk yogurt. Dad purchased a hoop bender from Johnny's Seeds to allow us to bend metal electrical conduit into hoops for extending the lettuce growing season into the late fall. We will be setting up a plot for that purpose soon. The trick to keeping lettuce on the table throughout the growing season is succession planting (i.e. replant every three weeks).
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
1854 107th St NE
Bottineau, ND 58318
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" 1 Peter 2:2
Saturday, June 01, 2013
- Move cows
- Plant beans
- Empty pig storage cabin
- Computer duties
- Office duties
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
On the way home we stopped and looked at an E-250 Ford panel van south of Minot to see if it would work for deliveries. It would, except it is a little out of our price range at the moment ($6,400). While in Bismarck we stopped at a few dairy supply stores and some iodine teat dip and a new brush for the milking equipment.
David is a really big help in navigating the maze of roads in Bismarck/Mandan. He's also been instrumental in changing the minds of Representative Kiefert and Headland at some of the various committee meetings recently. Good work David! It goes to show that no one is too young to make a difference.
What made the day seem short was having so much to think about. There is a battle of ideas going on out there. It is important to have an understanding of the teachings in the Bible to be able to decipher the errors in what people say and reconcile it with an understanding of the Truth. We are thankful that the Lord has all things in His hand and will bring about His will through this legislation.
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Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Last night some of us congregated in the living room just before bedtime. David and I were able to get one round of the Farming game in while Dad cleaned up milk dishes for me. While we were all sitting there, I noticed Mom's box of old blog posts from around 2005 sitting in the corner. I grabbed it and we read aloud some of the adventures that Jonathan wrote about on his blog a while back. We were talking about old times and reminiscing about all the experiences we've had. I am grateful that we wrote what we did when we did it, because just reading some of those old posts is enough to spark my memory about those exciting times we had.
But the excitement isn't over! I am still living an exciting life and I know that what is written now will be useful for future edification and encouragement to others. I'm sure we will look back and appreciate the time spent jotting a few daily happenings, even if they aren't that unusual.
So, last night I scribbled down the following blog entry on a spare sheet of paper in my Bible. It recounts some of yesterday's happenings. Written with a blunt pencil in sloppy cursive, the sentences may not be as nicely put as they could have been if I had typed them on a keyboard.
April 8th, 2013
Today was a productive day for me. I started the day by gulping down a half gallon of water right after I got up. It is refreshing to drink a bunch of water all at one time as long as it is not ice cold. I filled a milk bottle up before going to bed last night so it could warm to room temperature.
Dad and Jonathan are pouring over the egg laying chicken proforma right now, trying to refine the numbers to make it more profitable.
I copied and sent some of the contracts that have been sitting on my desk for too long. They become a part of the scenery and I forget about them, so it's nice to get some of them taken care of finally. I had to buy four stamps from Mom since I'm out right now.
After lunch I went upstairs to take a 20 minute nap and had been laying there for about 10 minutes when David burst into the room and called out that Doug Goehring was on the Scott Hennen radio show. I was immediately alert and flipped my covers off to get out of bed to join David downstairs. We tried to get the radio program number off the web, but the connection was too slow to get anywhere. I called a different number and left my message, then we got the radio going online and heard just enough to miss the call number that the host rattled off so quickly. Andrew went upstairs to see if he could get Dad's computer to find the phone number while Dad was on class, but David finally figured out the number and I called in. They asked me my name, area, and what I was calling for. Then the radio began playing and the host came on air. After a minute or so (my heart beating) Mr. Hennen said something to the effect of, "Let's take another caller here, . . . Peter in Bottineau, what's on your mind?" I replied that,"I was calling in regard to the discussion on Senate Bill 2072 about cow-sharing, and I just wanted to make it clear to everyone listening that we are not talking about anything to do with the sale of raw milk (which is the most common misconception regarding true cow-sharing). It's an issue of state regulation of private cow ownership." Another few seconds of explanation and I said what I needed. He basically agreed and let me off the line.
Those kind of experiences are rather fun, if I know I am doing it for the sake of the Truth. David kept the recorder going to capture any additional comments that may be made, while I went out to do barn chores.
I hear kittens scratching in the box behind me. We haven't paid as much attention to them this batch. Well, I suppose it's time to go. Peter
- Doug Goehring is the ND Agriculture Commissioner. He is responsible for encouraging the state Dairy Director to ban cow-sharing this legislative session.
- I was interviewed on the Scott Hennen show a few days ago about SB 2072. The conservatives in ND don't agree with the Commissioner, and we wanted to add some clarification to his take on on cow-sharing in ND. That's why I called in.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A chilly day here today. I rolled out of bed to a rather cold bedroom this morning. All of us boys are now sleeping in the almost-completed master bedroom in the main floor of the house. We don't have the woodstove ductwork installed yet so the only heat is what comes up through the ladder hole and a few vent slots in the floor.
In the beginning of this week we heard rumor of cold temperatures coming for a short time, so we were prepared mentally for the weather we have experienced today and yesterday. But it is hard to be physically prepared for temperatures like we had this morning. Andrew said that he talked to Mrs. M at Metigoshe Ministies this afternoon and she said her thermometer read -28 degrees F! That is not including the windchill which Mom said was being reported at about minus fifty-five. I will be thankful when the balmy five degrees above zero arrives as predicted.
Part of the challenge in the cold weather is keeping the cows' teats from freezing. They say you should protect the cow's udders from the cold whenever the temperatures fall below 10 degrees OR you have a significant windchill. We had both today. So, the three currently milking cows were locked up in one side of the barn for overnight and most of today and are there again tonight. The other half of the barn housed eight other cows which needed the barn for shelter. After about 2 p.m. I had to let the cows out to fill up on hay since I wasn't able to fork enough to satisfy them in the barn.
I could tell tonight that just after the short time the cows were out in the cold, Sandy's forward right teat got a little frostbitten and a few others may have as well. Milking is more difficult once the teat is swollen and then it will blister and eventually recover. In the mean time it is important to keep it sanitized with the teat dip and clean to avoid infection entering the udder.
Just wanted to let you know what I've been up to.
Talk to you later,