lambing season: it’s a wrap!

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 …at least we hope so!  we have one more ewe, but we do not think she is pregnant. or if she is, she is a month away from lambing because she is showing no visible signs of carrying. it is possible that we could have a late may/early june baby from her, but we are hoping that lambing season is done. this season has been a doozy! our last set of twins was born without our assistance (what we were hoping for!), but it also happened at the crack of…read more


fifth lamb born

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i was able to catch Jesus Christ Superstar (the show Kenny’s been working on with Butler’s Musical Theatre Guild) last night with my mom. before i get to what this post is about, i have to shout out to all the actors and musicians of this very difficult musical. i think JCS is one of the most moving musical depictions of the passion story. the match-up of Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics) is just perfect. i just don’t think any church pageant does the story justice like…read more


violet and her twins

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it’s bound to happen: birthing difficulties on a farm. i try to tell myself that with the few “pet” sheep we have, the probability of lambing difficulties is lower than on big, commercial farms. but nature takes over, and sometimes there are difficult births. it is no secret that violet is my favorite ewe. if adam was a girl, his name was going to be violet. obviously, he was a boy, so our first two sheep that we “adopted” were named Daisy and Violet (also because of Daisy and Violet…read more



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at dinner tonight, one of the boys asked, “remember that farm when we’d go to get milk in a jar?” it’s been a while since we’d bought raw milk. soccer was canceled (because of the rain, and bad field conditions), and kenny had rehearsal for the musical he’s working on with another company.  so the boys and i dug out our old half gallon mason jars, cleaned them out and headed towards Slate Lick to the farm we used to frequent for raw milk when the boys were much younger….read more


CSA basket #2: eating local for dinner

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For the first time in our 7 years here, we decided to forego the big summer garden. We knew that with putting up a show this summer (more on that in a future post) we wouldn’t have the time or the energy to get get our 20×40 foot garden in this year. So I chose to join my mom in a local CSA. We only got a half share (one every-other-week pick up) and this photo shows our 2nd basket (photo taken by my mom). Last night, we ate almost…read more



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it’s been so long since last i blogged that i actually forgot my login password. january was my last post, and it’s been the longest time between posts, ever. i’m always thinking of blog posts, always churning ideas around in my head, but never sitting down to write. this was a particularly long and tiring winter. this spring has been unusually wet and cold. memorial day weekend marked the beginning of the longest stretch of warm weather, and it started out with a cold frost. i guess i could fill…read more


we’ve got babies!! (update: and bear)

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a week and a half after finding themselves traveling from Georgia to the western hills of PA, our bees have settled into their new homes and are already busy making babies. we opened the hives this evening and pulled out two of the busiest frames from each hive (the ones covered with the most bees).  after observing them closely, we found evidence of eggs (little white “commas” in each cell) AND some larvae already (little white “worms” that would normally send me squealing in gross-out, but these are exciting because…read more


honeybees, take 2

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our two packages of honeybees arrive at the post office this morning. at 6:35 a.m. the post office called to tell us they were in. i had been up for an hour already, and suspected we’d be hearing from them this morning. the boys finally woke up around 8:15, and by 9:00 we were in the car, on our way to pick them up. when we arrive at the post office, the postal worker warned me that one of the packages looked a little “bad.”  this meant that there was…read more


a lamb before the slaughter…

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a year ago, two lambs were born to our two suffolk ewes. two female lambs, and we made a promise to the boys that females would be kept for more breeding. a month ago, kenny and i started talking about butchering one of them any way. if we continue to keep the female sheep born to the meat sheep (suffolks are bred for their meat), we will have more animals than we can handle. then we’ll just become “that stinky farm that has more poop than animals,” we’ll end up…read more


a country drive

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what a great weekend to have no plans!  we’ve been running constantly since christmas break with every single weekend being full of plans. this weekend has been open on the calendar and i’ve been fiercely protecting it so that it wouldn’t fill up with plans. last night, as we were all falling asleep kenny and i noted how nice it was going to be to have TWO FULL DAYS of no plans. so this morning, we all slept in (yep, until 7:15!!!) and made pancakes and (turkey) bacon and eggs….read more