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Date:2009-02-14 20:32
Subject:New Woodstove

E finally got his precious woodstove installed - here are pics of the whole process :)

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Date:2009-02-14 06:40
Subject:Happy Hearts Day

Hey ladies - hope everyone gets at least a little spoiled today. I'm up at the crack o dawn with the girls, but all is forgiven since E is sleeping off a 6 hour driving marathon to surprise me with a Valentine's Day .... goat :) I named her Val, of course. I read on here everyday, but have the whole holding the kid commenting issues - big hugs to y'all though!

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Date:2008-11-04 21:56
Subject:We had a Hoboween Party

Wanna see?


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Date:2008-09-23 07:19
Subject:Here ya' go Avery

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
27) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
28) Do you believe in ghosts?
29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30) Do you swear a lot?
31) Biggest pet peeve?
32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
34) Favourite and least favourite food?
35) Do you believe in God?
36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?

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Date:2008-03-20 13:38
Subject:Dad update #2

Turns out there was blood in all that vomiting...he has a bleeding ulcer - once it bled enough his blood pressure dropped and then he fainted. Once he got enough blood in his stomach the vomiting started...I'm glad they know what it is. Now hopefully they can find it and fix it. (They are doing a blood transfusion first since he's so weak)

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Date:2008-03-20 09:02
Subject:Dad update and continued chaos

I feel like I have utterly and completely broken through any previous limit I had on how much drama/stress I could handle in a 24 hour period. New baby not gaining any weight - hah! Juggling a jealous toddler who has now started biting and kicking me while she throws a fit - hah! Dad collapsing on a gig and the only news from his crazy tuba player? No problem! And this am - mom fell and broke her nose and cut her face open while walking the dog before leaving for the hospital. Oh, of course, why not, bring it on!

Good grief.

My dad seems ok...none of the millions of tests, EKG, CAT scan, MRI, blood work, chest x-ray...showed anything. The internist thinks it was probably dehydration, which is definitely an ongoing issue with my dad (he's had at least 5 or 6 kidney stones, and working as he does in crowded rooms under spotlights drinking coffee and soda just makes it worse) but since that won't show up anywhere they admitted him from the ER late last night. He called me this am once he got a phone so that I could call up the senior center where he was supposed to play a job this afternoon and sounded ok, but I was too overwhelmed, am too overwhelmed, to ask if any of the other tests came back with info. My poor shy, social phobe dad cannot handle all of these docs always wanting to talk to him. I ran interference for a few hours last night but there's no way I can haul both girls in there right now. Oh, and did I mention my brakes went on my car and I was without any vehicle till last night too - lovely!

My mom sounds out of it and keeps telling me over her cell how her whole face is covered in blood so she doesn't *know* if she needs stitches or not, but at least she's going to a hospital. If she looks like she needs stitches I'm sure my dad's nurse will send her down to the ER to get them.


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Date:2008-03-19 14:38
Subject:prayers please

My dad just collapsed at work - the ambulance is taking him to the hospital. All prayers and good thoughts appreciated. -S

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Date:2008-03-06 12:12
Subject:3 word meme, from saltypepper

You get 3 words; no more, no less.

1. Where is your cell phone?
in my purse

2. Your girlfriend/boyfriend/hubby?

sick sound asleep

3. Your hair?

little too long

4. Where is your father?

home running errands

6. Your favorite things to do?

farm, sew, mother

7. Your dream last night?

drugged and deep

8. Your favorite drink?

milk 1% 2%

9. Your dream car?
hybrid seats 6

10. The room you’re in?

kitchen, family room

12. Your fears?

phone calls, strangers

14. Who did you hang out with last night?

best friend, babies

15. What aren’t you good at?

phone, tech problems

16. Muffins?

banana for kiddoes

17. One of your wish list items?

electric egg washer

19. The last thing you did?

talked to amy

20. What are you wearing?

pjs, nursing top

22. Your pets?

harri ripley rooster

23. Your computer?

dusty mac desktop

24. Your life?

full of girls

25. Your mood?

bitter over sickness

26. Missing?

husband's immune system

27. What are you thinking about right now?

to do list

28. Your car?
trusty green jeep

29. Your work?

teaching, farming, motherhood

30. Your summer?

weekly farmers market.

32. Your favorite color(s)?

red, pink/tan

33. When is the last time you laughed?

AM at georgia

34. Last time you cried?

pm in laughter

34. School?

BS animal science

35. Personal mantra?

Everybody calm down!

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Date:2008-03-06 07:59
Subject:Sunny side of the street

Planned projects

I seem to be riding a real high of post pregnancy here - not a bad thing! - hopefully it won't mean even worse baby blues later, but it's been over a week now, so I am hoping we're in the clear. It's just so nice to spend my days with a toddler who is all about someone else for a change - working with teenagers every day who are completely self absorbed bugs me more then I like to admit, and coming home to a kiddo who is in the same phase, albeit developmentally, sometimes wears me out. Now she's all about changing dipes, checking on the baby, helping me fold laundry, going places "together - us girls", lol.

E has two more days of paternity leave left - today he's going to replace the bathroom fixtures - my hyperemesis always has the unexpected side effect of trashing our bathroom as I wind up hanging off of the towel bar, etc. while pukin' and after months of that everything has been wrenched out of the wall anchors.

I hung up Gi's quilt in the baby's room (She only has one love right now - the Elmo blanket that came with her new toddler bed) and I'll make C a smaller version and then a window valence over the next few weeks. E said the other day how silly it was that someone who sews as much as I do had a kid's room fitted floor to ceiling with a hand me down store set. Once the girls are sharing a room I can get them sheets to match the quilts and valence and they'll be set...not to mention I can e-bay that whole nursery set for a little maternity leave cash.

We met with D, our accountant, yesterday too, so the tax refund will take the place of about a paycheck and a half. Farmers Market money will start coming in mid-May as well.

Uh oh - father daughter breakfast cooking seems to be diintegrating into argument. See ya later.

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Date:2008-02-29 23:22
Subject:we're home and some pics are up


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Date:2008-02-27 16:50
Subject:Carolina Kilduff is here...

Yesterday was sort of an ordeal, but still better for all concerned then last time. We got to L & D and sat in triage for forever...a couple of emergency sections bumped us, and my midwives' surgeon had a patient at the other hospital who was dilated to 9. Luckily her delivery went smoothly from there and we were able to get going by 4:30.

I had another spinal, which went so smoothly last time, and went the opposite way this time - being super dehydrated from throwing up all day maybe? Who knows, but having the doc trying to get the spinal in the right spot about six times was not pleasant. My MW said if the first insertion doesn't work, that often happens since you're all tensed up and not in a great position anymore. Even after he got it it wasn't great, and I felt so much pressure during that the barf-fest continues, Sort of a variation on throwing up while asleep but worse since I couldn't lift my head up. Patty just kept mopping me up and the surgery itself was quick, just under a half hour. They checked out all the areas affected by my ruptured ectopic and apparently there is very little in the way of adhesions, that was really nice to hear for the next time.

So yeah, gross and uncomfortable at times but nothing esp. painful, and we were both settled in up here by 7 that night. I was over the moon to get my second girl - I had my heart set on a sister for Gi but with the rest of the world convinced it was a boy I was trying to stay outwardly neutral :) Next time bring on the Y chromosomes, but now Gi has a sister as her closest sibling...that makes me very happy,and room sharing a bit easier in a few years once we've got 4 kids in two rooms.

She looks just like Georgia, a non post-mature version - she even had vernix, which Gi had completely lost by the time she made her grand entrance. She looked unbelievably tiny to me all last night at 7 lbs 13 ozs, but after seeing the other babies in the joint I'm starting to see her as sorta normal baby size. Compared to the other babies, Gi always looked more like a toddler at her ten pounds, three weeks overdue self.

I think some of the anesthesia probably got to the kiddo during all the drawn out spinal drama, and she took her sweet time waking up enough to nurse. I couldn't sleep cuz I wanted to make sure we were good to go on that front - I kept waking her up ever hour but she wasn't having any part of it, just kept promptly falling back to sleep and falling right off the boob. At 1:30 litle miss woke up of her own accord and got down to business. I know I'll sleep more tonight knowing we're both with the program.

The nurse unhooked me from all the bells and whistles this am, and I can take a real shower once the stiches pass inspection tomorrow am.

Georgia seems to be in love with her new sister, which is adorable. There will be toddler drama once we're home I'm sure but so far so good in sibling land. Off to try to pee again - apparently I gotta go three times before this shift is up so that the nurses relax about taking the catheter out early. :) Pics to follow, we
are having camera cord issues. Hugs all!

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Date:2008-02-26 12:00
Subject:motherhood times 2

t - 3 hours. See you on the flip side.

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Date:2007-09-29 00:25

gah...I've been straining and bottling honey for hours now - I'm glad to have such a good haul for tomorrow's market (there's more that will probably be capped and we'll spin that out for ourselves at the end of Oct. if we can) Off to switch bottles again.

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Date:2007-05-07 17:58
Subject:black jeans, red t-shirt covered in toddler detritus

Gi is pretty content right now, a nice change from a crazy sick kiddo weekend. She had viral tonsilitis and was miserable. She perked up yesterday and last night we all went to the boardwalk. The amusement park hasn't opened yet, but we fooled around in the arcade for a while and devoured a fudge caramel apple.

E has another late night - his current trials are making his 9-5 job more like 9-9, and the kid hates to go to bed without seeing dada so half the time I've been letting her stay up.

E tilled a new garden bed yesterday so I'd like to start planting today - another round of peas, mesclun, radishes, maybe beets. Then in the rest of the space winter squash, cukes, beans, and the green zebra seedlings mymom pickedup in MA this weekend. Things are looking good for the first market day - lots of mesclun, most likely the broccoli rabe will be ready, and plenty of scallions, herbwise the chives, onions and garlic are ready, sage and thyme, maybe mint. We may have to wait another week or two for baby kale and radishes, though they're coming up nicely. I'm excited to start up the selling season! Off to feed the girl, hugs all...

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Date:2007-03-25 22:44

TOday at the slow food market, a woman who has a new juice bar asked us to supply her with wheatgrass...I have no idea how much wheatgrass a typical medium-traffic juice bar uses per week, or how much to charge her per tray (we'll be growing it in standard nursery trays, picking up used ones and delivering new once a week. What do you think? Anybody!

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Date:2007-03-07 14:14

It's the kind of snowy day I like today - easy to drive in, temps just below freezing, and no wind. I was going to head over to my mom's with the kiddo so that she could han gout there and I could get a hair cut, but the hairdresser called out today. I was thinking of not going anywasy in case the roads are worse down there, sp it's all good. Baby girl is still at school - I'll go out again to pick her up at 3, since she is a bear whenever I try to go in and wake her up mid-nap. Most of my seeds are started, but all need to be moved under grow lights. I need to start a few more tomato varieties and maybe a few more brassicas, though I'l like to keep some seed back and try direct seeding all the brassica crops this year to see what I could get away with in that dept.

We made a Wallace and Grommit type chicken feeder, but so far so good. For once I wasn't mobbed when I walked into the barn. Usually, now that our flock is so big, they mob the door, you fill the feeder, they empty the feeder, rinse, and repeat. OK, lunch. Hugs mamas!

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Date:2007-03-05 14:45

It's been a rough farm week.

- one of the hives was pronounced officially dead, which stinks. E still needs to take it apart and see if we can figure out why - dead queen? mites? foulbrood? Hopefully it's not disease and we can dump our new package of Russians in there to clean it out and feed off of the big honey supply the hive laid up before they kicked the bucket. We've never lost a hive before, so we're bummed.

- one of the goats had an abscess, and it looks for all the world like CL, which is a chronic thing she could give her kids. Once the abscess heals, we'll get her tested, and if she tests positive we'll have to bottle raise her kids. At least she'll be kidding in the summer, which makes bottle raising them at least a possibility. I'm thinking of finding her a new home in a CL-Positive herd if our other doe tests negative - I don't want to risk her getting infected. If they both test positive - who even knows!!!!

- the chicken deaths seem to have stopped - we were losing one every few days and probably lost six or seven total. Respiratory thing probably... the americaunas were hit the hardest and they are the least hardy birds we keep. Everyone else is happy and healthy and running around now, but we will probably need to build up our flock again. I have to remind myself we can never order ENOUGH chicks...

In better news, the pigs were moved/wrestled into the second to last garden we need turned over, and are happily digging up all the nasty deep taproots in there. My second quilt of the year is chugging along nicely - I'm quilting it by hand so I can do it while I watch tv at night. All three Nigerians are headed to thier new home this weekend - it'll be strange to have so few goats. I think the last time we had two was a couple of years ago on the rented farm, when we had just Daisy and Darwin, a pair of pygmies. OK, off to make lunch and then disinfect Gibby one more time.

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Date:2007-02-23 16:28

I know I should adore the free time before my dad brings Gi home on Fridays, but since it's a break in routine I always end up not knowing what to do with myself... I'm going to make an egg cream and take out the baby quilt I'm working on, that should help.

I just finished the second Eragon book - I can't wait for the third one, they remind me of the dragon rider of pern books I loved as a kid. :) Ugh, there's a SIDS thing on, gives me the creeps.

I can't wait for spring!!!!

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Date:2007-02-15 16:18

E just got back from the feed store and they have baby emus! I'm tempted, but we don't really go in for exotic livestock around here, especially the kind that don't have much benefit to the farm - maybe one in with the chooks to prevent predation? A guard emu!

E came home last night with a chocolate cake for us - and I had made him the exact same thing. Great minds think alike, and now we have enough cake to last two weeks, never a bad thing. We have a ton of snow, but I'm glad that we didn't get the ice storm - two miles east of us it started and nobody has power, my parents included. It's gorgous- all the trees are glittery - but scary, with big branches booming down every few minutes. Gi's daycare is closed tomorrow so the childcare scramble begins. Hugs all!

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Date:2007-01-27 07:46

we ran out of heating oil yesterday - our local guys forgot to come this month - and it's 12 degrees. gah. We've had the fire going 24/7 since, and I don't think the pipes froze, but it's certainly brisk in here. I got up with ms. early-bird and am trying to get the fire up and running, it keeps dying down and just smoldering....I'll be back.

I got the fire started - finally! :) Gi watched PBS while I brought in more wood - I still need to bring in more, but at least I got a whole wagon-load into the garage, so I won't have to leave the house to get the rest. I worry about the animals in this (unusuallly) cold weather....but everyone seems fine. The goats never mind the cold, and have thick winter coats, and there are enough chooks in the barn that they generate quite a bit of heat - we put an electric heater in there too, so we won't lose any. It's not enough to keep thier water from freezing, but we'll just haul them water till then - once it's above 30 or so outside, the barn usually stays above freezing inside.

Now to make oatmeal, feed the dogs, and get E up so I can drive over to the DMV...my registration must have expired two months ago - I didn't even know till I got the 54 buck ticket. :( Stay warm everyone!

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