June 19, 2009

Preoccupied A Bit

Kinda slacked off on my daily blogging lately. Could be it's just that time of the year where there is always something to do and the quiet time needed to organize my thoughts is lacking.

Dad went back into the hospital on Monday, came home yesterday afternoon. He developed more fluid around his heart and lungs. Dr. says this may be a continual problem and he may have to routinely go in for fluid removal. This makes me worry.

The dairy girls are keeping me on edge too... no kids so far. Constantly checking on them. Here we go …hurry up and wait.

We are on our summer schedule now to beat the heat. Things are a bit off kilter for me until I get into a regular routine. During the cool of the mornings (this is even before my morning cup of caffeine) it is out to do the morning chores and care for the animals. I can manage working out and about the farm in the heat until about 11:00 but after that it is just way too hot. All other outside activities are now postponed until about 6 p.m. I have found mowing in the evening isn't too bad at all. Cleaning and filling the water troughs is now my favorite chore. Don't mind the cool mistings from the water spickets one bit.

Summer officially begins Sunday, June 21st. Don't you know we would go from average temps for our area with all that stormy weather straight into summer temperatures, the upper 90’s and high humidity. Early morning temps are holding steady around 70. Even the birds are panting. The sheep and goats find a shady cool place and relax most of the day.

We have a family dinner planned for Father’s Day, also a large family gathering coming up for the 4th of July. (Father's Day won't be bad, but 4th of July it's both families... ughh!)
Beginning preparations now to be invaded in two weeks. Working on the menu now.

Crazy in this heat I know, but I've been baking a bit. Made a scrumptious batch of goat milk ice cream, the first batch of the summer. Still making the regular weekly yogurt and Chevre. The better half and son are requesting I make Cheddar as soon as the milk begins to flow again.

Hoping to have the skirting table finished this weekend. I have been trying to find the time to get busy on sorting, washing and carding the recently sheared fleece.

Going out to check for babies, til next time...have a good one.


~Tonia said...

Its definitely hot out there!! We were trying to get by with out putting in the window unit before we moved but we had to do it. It was 95* in the house! 4th of July plans sounds like fun even if it is a lot of people over. We use to do that every year at my parents. I love 4th of July!!

Tammy said...

Having one of your family ill can be so emotionally draining. Sometimes I really struggle to blog, but you know it's something for yourself, so if you don't feel motivated, don't worry too much. Just let us know now and then how you are doing. ;-) As for the heat/humidity--this is one of the few times I actually don't mind going off to work, since it's airconditioned! Unfortunately my motivation is low when I am at home....
Take care,

Goody said...

Mowing wouldn't be so awful here if it didn't pour rain night after night (I know, we shouldn't complain). The ground is just saturated.

I hope your dad is doing better soon.gratine

DayPhoto said...

From the weather channel, your heat is finally heading our way. We have been way too cool for June. But after reading this I wonder if I am ready. Am I? I don't know, we will see. 95* today, after 71* the highs all along.


Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

We don't have that kind of heat or I'd just melt. What flavors of goat cheese do you make? you said Chevre but do add in to it? Just blog when you feel like it. If it starts feeling like another chore, won't be fun anymore.

Gizmo said...

I left you something over at my blog. I hope you like it. :)

Anonymous said...

Amen to that - The time of year when there is always something to do. I find myself dragging to my laptop to post, and totally lazing off when it comes to visiting other blogs. We just got the hot yesterday - not a lot of fun!