Monday, June 30, 2014


After the sad news of little Glory this morning we were ready for a pick-me-up, and it came when the vet said that Mike did a great job of splinting "Buster's" leg last night and he should heal up just fine. He's dragging his new cast around like a Louisville slugger and sporting some cool new horn scars to boot. #fearless #mininubian

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Speckled Sussex

Moving a couple of young Speckled Sussex hens to the main coop. Aren't they beauties?  #backyardchickens #ranchlife

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Jones goes up for the 100th frisbee catch of the morning. #superdog #bordercollies 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Clarice and kids

Darling of the barnyard and new mom, Clarice with her boys. #nigeriandwarf #kiddingseason #livevicariously

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Mike spent the weekend building this "cool" deck under the shade trees overlooking the goat pastures. #diy #handyman

Monday, June 23, 2014


America's kids came a little early so we are watching them closely but they seem to be getting stronger already, and boy are they cute! #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding #livevicariously


Fresh out of the oven, meet America's new boy and girl! #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding #livevicariously

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Frankie's girl

5 minutes old, Frankie's 5.75lb blue-eyed baby doeling! She's a keeper. #nigeriandwarf #youvegottobekidding #livevicariously

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Clarice's baby boys #nigeriandwarf #blueeyedboys #fleeceaswhiteassnow


These Stark Saturn donut peaches are just about ready. They have very low acid, melt in your mouth like cotton candy and are just as sweet. #backyardorchard #freshfruit #farmjunkfood #livevicariously

Clarice's Kids

Clarice kidding this afternoon.  She had 2 beautiful blue eyed boys. Clarice is quite small and had been struggling with her large pregnancy belly for weeks. We had suspected that she might kid earlier than her due date of July 13th, but didn't quite expect her to kid this soon.  Her babies were fully formed and of decent size for being premature, but they are a little slow to take to the teat.  We have to keep a bit of an eye on these guys and Clarice to make sure they are all getting good nutrition and are staying strong.

Friday, June 20, 2014

kiowa blackberries

sometime back our neighbor gave us her kiowa berry canes.  she didn't want them anymore, as the thorns were a hazard she no longer wanted to navigate.  we planted them this winter and it appears we will have a nice harvest this year.  the berries are huge and sweet. we are eating them right off the bush a they ripen...delicious!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Little Bernard, our bantam buff naked-neck, has been broody for quite a while and today she came out of hiding with a single tiny chick. #proudasapeacock #backyardchickens #livevicariously


You can't sit in the nursery for more than a couple minutes without being covered up in baby goats. #felfie #nigeriandwarf #livevicariously

Monday, June 16, 2014

Piggy back

Hmm, might be time to build some more roosts. #nigeriandwarf #oliveegger #fastfriends #livevicariously

A new flock

A new hatch of 6 tiny runner ducks has left the nest. Looks like there may be a few adoptions in the bunch. #indianrunnerducks #moremouthstofeed #ranchlife #livevicariously

Friday, June 13, 2014


Busy day! Look what's happening in the brush pile in the orchard right now. #quack #babyducks #moremouthstofeed  #livevicariously


Ruckus and Rizzo on the lookout for coyotes. #Anatolianshepherds #livestockguardiandogs #kickinbutt #ranchlife

Thursday, June 12, 2014

First pie

First pie is coming out! Took about 90 seconds. #fornobravo #800degrees #pizzaoven


With the boys now weaned, we are able to milk Covergirl twice a day for ourselves. #cheese #yogurt #freshmilk #dairygoats

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Big Archery weekend

we have been putting a lot of updates on our facebook page but forgot all about adding them here. Here are some photos of our big archery event this past weekend and a link to see all of them via facebook!

2014 Splinter Safari

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Two more hours and the pizza oven will be finished with its tedious 5 day curing process! #hotstuff #crankitupto800degrees #pizzatonight

Rattler suit

Stuck my hand in a bucket and the little guy came flying out. I nearly had to change my britches. Nice duds lizard, nice duds. #rattlesnakecamo #hadmefooled

Monday, June 2, 2014


The other day we spotted Daisy limping.  When I got closer to her, i could see that she had a big gash in her leg.  When we caught her, we could see that she had indeed caught her leg on something and had a large cut just below the joint.  She had to be cleaned up, stitched up (20 stitches), and wrapped up.  Just a few days later and she is walking without a limp, healthy and happy.  We moved her into the nursery...and had to make space for her mama (Millie) because both were inconsolable when they were separated.  The bond is so tight, it is amazing.