Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hi Everyone,

Isn't it funny how sometimes we also can be like our farm animals.  Wondering if the grass is greener if we lived somewhere else or if we had a different job.  I was thinking about that the other day as I saw the sheep always on the hot pursuit to get out of there fenced in area, why do they want to be any where else than where they are suppose to be. I also realized that sheep tend to all be followers except for that one leader in the pack!  All the others just following the leader not knowing what is in store for them if they do!  It made me realize two things first I love being a farm/ranch wife and wouldn't trade my life with anybody else, plus, to be proud of being who God made me to be and not want to be like or act like anyone else, for he made each one of us special and we are to be ourselves, just as he had planned.  Life on the farm has it's challenges, but it's a wonderful life and it's my life.

A couple of weeks ago we lost one of our really nice milk cows due to bloat.  I never knew how fast a cow can die from that, one minute they appear fine and the next they are dead.  When the grasses grow so nice and rich, that's when they are most susceptible to bloating and it doesn't take them long to die unless you can get the gases released.  So we needed to go get another cow. 

Last Saturday we did just that. I love going places with Gary, it's great spending time with my best friend whom just happens to also be my husband too!!  I am blessed!  So off we went to Wooster, about 2 1/2 hours away to a Jersey Cow Auction.  It was cold in that barn, but we were able to find a cow that wasn't quite as expensive as most of them.  I hope that she will be a good addition to our farm.  Brought her home and Gary put her out with the other cows, thought all would be good.  Well, what did I tell you in past blogs, how animals know you have somewhere to go so they decide to escape, well, it was time for Gary to come in to get ready for church and where did the new cow go?  She managed to get out and go across the road to be with some of our other cattle.  Do you see a trend with our farm? ha ha  Animals always wanting to leave their pastures for other pastures!  They always come with a name too, I rather like her name, Sarina!

 Then yesterday afternoon, Gary and I went to Suter's Cider Press, to get some apples and fresh cider!!  Yum!  Then on our way home we went by the pasture that Gary had moved her into with some other cows, since she is due to calf on Nov. 9th. At least that's what they said at the auction.  We drive down the road to check on her and what in the world is she doing?  She's standing in the middle of the road starring at our van as we pull up to her!  Really!!  So we had to go get her put back in again.  Ran to the house to get more jackets on to keep warm, hopped on the kabota, checked to make sure the fences are off, get some hay, and off we went on the kabota to lure her into the next pasture with the hay!  Hay is a wonderful way to coax a cow where we want them to go!   Here the electric fence charger that is out in the pasture had  been turned off but the one at the farm was on.  So didn't realize that the fence wasn't even charging!  Took care of that issue!!!  I don't believe she will be getting out anytime soon!!  ha  Oops!!  Maybe I really shouldn't have said that!! You know our luck with animal escapes!  At least we have nice animals and they aren't like lions, tigers and bears! ;)

We are getting busy with our turkeys now.  Hoping they grow nicely this next month so they can be ready for Thanksgiving.  At this point Gary is thinking they will weigh between 13 to 20 pounds.  Much better than when his brothers were  farming together and we had some 30 pound ones!  ha That was pretty funny.  You had to cut them (which wasn't easy!) in half just so they would fit into the roaster or oven!! They sure didn't fit into the fryer!  Thankfully, they figured out when to get them so they won't be to big when it's time to butcher for Thanksgiving.  The turkeys this year though are a week younger than they should have been, due to the fact when they came in the mail it was to hot for them and we lost all of them and had to wait another week to get more.  That's life on the farm, you really have to be prepared for anything because for sure it's gonna happen! 

 I purchased the funniest sign a few weeks ago at Hobby Lobby, it's a picture of a Thanksgiving turkey holding a sign that reads....Eat Beef!  Now I need to find one with a cow holding a sign saying....Eat Turkey!  I wonder if there is such a sign out there, if so I want it!  I could hang them together!

I wanted to mention that Gary's EKG came back normal. Praise God!  Now that I know his heart is good, I think it's time to go on a short vacation!! Giggle....Plans are in the making to go back to N.Y.C. to spend some time with my niece and maybe visit Lancaster PA. and ?  This year Gary is going with me.  It has been a long time since we had a vacation together.  I am getting excited to get away.  Gary's job is always around him since we live on the farm and it's hard for him to take time off from the farm and still be on the farm!! He is always able to see things that could, or should be done!

With the weather turning cold out, it makes me think of casseroles for a meal.  Here is a casserole dish that I really like and it's easy too!

Dairy land Casserole.......you'll see why it got the name Dairy land!

8oz. noodles
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 cups tomato sauce
1/8tsp. Worcestershire sauce  ( or a little more if your like me and like Worcestershire sauce!)
1/3 cup onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. green pepper, chopped
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
3 Tbsp. melted butter

1. Cook noodles until tender. Drain and set aside.
2. Brown beef, add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion, and pepper.
3. Combine cheeses and sour cream.
4. Butter large casserole.  Pour in half of the noodles.  Add cheese and cream mixture and cover with remaining noddles.  Top with beef mixture.  Drizzle melted butter on top.  (or you can leave the butter off!) 
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes, or till cooked through.  enjoy....;)

I will be back soon with more of our life on the farm.



  1. Rebecca,
    I just wanted to pop in and say how thrilled I am to have your farm's eggs back! During the short time that they were not available at the health food store, I was reminded of how much conventional eggs just don't compare. We have not had chickens of our own for nearly a year, and I have been faithfully purchasing your eggs from the health food store. While I can't speak from the business side of things, I could relate to your "chicken experience" and the scramble (pardon the pun, lol) to meet demand when the forces of nature don't necessarily work in our favor. Please know that your efforts in keeping them available are greatly appreciated! :)

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