Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Doomsday Cupboard

At this point in my life, my friends and family are quite aware of my ability to take things to a potentially crazy level.  I'd like to invite you into a little corner of my world of crazy, hidden beautifully in a cupboard in my kitchen.

Welcome, people of the blogosphere universe, 
to my Doomsday Cupboard.  (cue the ominous music)
The Doomsday Cupboard
There has been a lot of speculation about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world.  While I may not whole heartedly believe that it is happening, I do know that you have to be prepared for dire circumstances and crazy situations that may occur.  Some may call it crazy, I call it smart! 
Living out in the country, we do have the tendency to lose power and even though we have generators, it's always nice to be prepared.  I learned this the hard way, as I was stuck one time in a storm with no electricity for 2 weeks with nothing to eat but a block of cheese, hamburger buns and NO alcohol.  It was tragic. 
Life's essentials, including of course, hot chocolate. 
As you can see, there are the basics - salt, sugar, coffee, evaporated milk, flour, an assortment of jams, peanut butter and canned goods.  I also have a solar radio.   I am constantly adding to the cupboard and keeping up with it so it's always fully stocked!  
It's good to be prepared! 


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Behind the scenes... A Doctor Visit

While you often see me post lovely pictures of our cattle grazing in our fields, what you may not realize is the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Keeping our cattle healthy is our main priority on the farm (although I would put decorating for Christmas as a close 2nd place!). We are so fortunate to have two incredible vets for our cattle - Dr. Bom Inman and Dr. Bobby Franck. It's a full time job to constantly watch and maintain healthy cattle and it's something that Charlie, as a doctor himself, loves to get involved in as well.  

A typical visit from one of our hard working vets, Dr. Inman, is documented below.  We wouldn't have our happy healthy cows with out her & Dr. Franck!  
Momma gets a check up with baby waiting for her

Charlie & Rolando assist Dr. Inman

Momma - are you done yet?  

Trying to get the calf to nurse - not as easy as you would think!

A vet's job is never done - success with the nursing! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Winter Flowers

Even though we are having a mild winter, it will still be a while before I can cut fresh flowers from my garden.  This doesn't stop me from my love of flowers in the house, I just buy some from the grocery store!  I also planted some hyacinth bulbs in pots over Christmas so that I would have some fresh blooms during the bleak mid-winter dreariness.  

Lovely roses add some color to the kitchen

A different hue in the living room

Some Hyacinth for a bedside bouquet

My winter flower pots of Hyacinth