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A calf in the living room?

November 27, 2013 1 comment
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Ok, this is a first; even for us. We bought a newly freshened milk cow last week, and got her heifer calf with her. Hopefully this way we can always be in milk, if we stagger the breeding of the 2 of them.
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But first we’ve got to get the calf healthy again. Went out to the barn Monday morning to check on them (it was 17 degrees overnight) and found the calf laying outside on the concrete, not moving. I immediately picked her up, put her on Ian’s lap in the truck and headed for the house. Got a warm fire going in the wood burner and proceeded to try and get fluids in her. She had scours pretty bad and was very weak. We’re on our third day of having a calf in the house, and she’s beginning to show signs of improvement. We’ve moved her into the bathtub for now, as it was getting a bit messy in the living room. Hopefully she’ll recovery and we can put her back in with Mama. Now when the children are asked if they were raised in a barn, they’ll have to think about that for a minute .

Until next time…..

 

Update on the calf:  Unfortunately we lost her.  She got too weak from the scours, even with Taya’s calf rescue formula (tastes terrible, btw).  She kind of gave up, stopped eating, even after we were force feeding her for a few days.  It’s always hard to lose an animal, but we have to realize that God’s wisdom and plans sometimes make no sense to us, we just have to acccept.

 

Until next time…..

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Almost there!

November 22, 2013 Leave a comment
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We have all 4 walls up now, and some of the roof rafters set in place. Hope to have the roof in place soon, and start work on our rocket mass heater (http://www.permies.com/forums/f-125/rocket-stoves). Austin has been a huge help getting the logs in place, there’s no way I could handle 16-18 foot logs on my own!
Taya is still leading the chinking team, it’s funny to see her muddy up to her elbows as she and whoever else is helping that day plaster the cracks between the logs. It actually looks like something now, instead of random stacks of logs.
Hopefully things progress and we can have a usable shelter in a few weeks. It’s getting way to cold to stay in a tent at night, even in the nice canvas, and I can’t see Taya continuing to be able to sleep on the ground as she gets bigger over the coming months.

Until next time…..

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The Baldwin (insert football team name here)

November 8, 2013 2 comments

We’re expecting our 7th little blessing!!  Elijah James Baldwin is expected on or about April 9th of 2014.  We had an ultrasound scan last Friday, and Taya’s OB doctor was able to tell us with fair certainty we would be having a fourth son.

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That’s a good thing, since we’d had no girl names come to mind, but Elijah had been decided on “if” we were having a boy.  Little Matt is quite excited to have a baby brother.  He loves his little sisters, but there’s only so much dump trucks and bulldozers a little girl can take.  Taya and I are excited and happy as well.  A little apprehensive, since this will be our first child born “sans insurance”.  We opted out of the medical insurance provided by my employer, seeing that insurance really was not the proper way to share medical costs.  We found Samaritan Ministries, which seems a much better way to share in the cost of medical bills (Acts 2:45).
It will be a re-learning experience, having to remember all the baby boy things again, but we’re VERY happy to be blessed yet again with a son.  Please keep us in your prayers for good health for Mom and Elijah.

 

Until next time…..

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Apples 2013

November 8, 2013 Leave a comment
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All the apples are finally put up for the year. We put up almost 17 bushels of apples this year, Taya and the children doing most of the work. I juiced about 5 bushels to turn into vinegar, and they made applesauce, dried apples, apple pie jam, apple pie filling, quarts and quarts of apple juice, and we ate apples with all our pork we’ve been enjoying. But we’re a bit tired of apples for the moment.
Unfortunately this year our normal apple orchard (http://windyhillorchards.com/) had a bad year, so we couldn’t do our normal routine of picking up the dropped apples in their orchard; as they were all rotten. But Mr. Noonkester pointed us to a commercial orchard up the street from him where we got a good deal on their cull apples; which suit us just fine. Now we can sit back for a bit an enjoy the “fruits” of all the labor.
Hopefully the trees we planted a few years ago will bear us a good crop next year, so we won’t have to buy as many apples.

Until next time…..

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