Monday, March 27, 2017

The Goat Doctor

I noticed Saturday night that Little Ivy had a badly swollen neck.  We had this same problem over a year ago.  It is a goiter cause by lack of iodine.  We have iodine blocks and iodine powder, but they don't eat it very well so it is hard to get enough into them.  I read on the net that you could paint iodine solution on the bare skin under their tail and they would absorb it much faster than from eating.  Sunday morning I went to the $ store and  got a bottle of iodine like we put on cuts for disinfection when we were kids.  We painted her at noon and again in the evening.  I don't know if George doctored her this morning or not, but just now I walked down to see about her and the swelling is almost gone.  She was walking around grazing with the herd.  Yesterday, she just stood around and would not eat at all.  I am pleased.  Once yesterday, I went to check on her and found her asleep.  I thought she was dead.

This is the herd today.  It rained all night and most of today.  The pasture is soggy.

These are the four little billies we sold Saturday.  We hauled then in our camper shell, so we did not sell the yearling nannie I wanted to sell.  She is too big for the camper.  We will not know how much they sold for until Thursday.  They were all good looking billies.

Thanks to Erin and Greg

The kids got a trampoline.

They really love it.  The played for hours on it Sunday afternoon.  And thinks to Brother Gilbert for putting it together.

T Shirt Designs for Cherl Ann

Our most wonderful niece Cherl has volunteered, under duress from Sister Helen, to make us stencil templates for our VBS T-Shirts so we will not have to do iron-ons.  The stencils will be  much easier for the kids to do as then can dab the paint with sponges or sponge brushes instead of tedious outlines and filling in the design. It will also solve the problem of trying to transfer the black ink design to the dark shirts. In the interest of  simplicity for our most wonderful volunteer and in ease of use for the kids, I have redone the designs as one page designs.   There are still two choices.  The younger kids are going to get on the fish design as I think that would be easier for them.  The older kids will get to choose which design they want.

I will also have iron ons for each design, in case we do not have enough stencils to go around.  We never know how many kids we will have.  Not even from day to day.

Fish Design

Anchor Design

Friday, March 24, 2017


The theme for VBS this year is Sailing on Life's Sea.  I wanted to try to make the crafts fit the theme, at least somewhat.  See, I am the Craft Lady at VBS.

Things are coming together.  I have found nice Jersees T-Shirts at $ Tree, so the kids are doing painted T-shirts.  These are not the shirts, just ones I had that I did not mind testing the design on.

The problem is getting the design from my mind to the T-Shirt.  On line someone said a Laser printer would make an iron on transfer.  I  tired it and it worked. At least on the light colored shirts.  I will have to go over the design with a white iron on transfer pen for the dark shirts.  I have maybe 15 or so dark blue and purple shirts.

The designs are the word Jesus in the shape of a fish, and an anchor with the words Jesus is my Anchor.

This is for the little kids, 12 or so and under.

This is the anchor design. The words are backwards for transfer.

Then, we are making ID cards.

Again with the anchor design.  They will write their own name with a marker and I will laminate the.  We are going to hole punch them and pin them on with a safety pen.

But, we need filler crafts for the ones that finish early.  I have a  simple sea shell necklace for them to make, and several ideas for paperclip book marks that I found online.  Use a colored paper clip with ribbon, buttons, and or stickers to make a simple cute book mark.

I was dreading VBS this year, but with my ideas, I am  now excited.  The book marks just top the whole thing off. And it makes a good time filler because they can make several, or the older kids and make more elaborate designs.

I just have a few more things to buy, and I will be set.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Gone Goat

We sold Chocolate Milk to Linda T.

The kids stayed with Aunt Helen instead of going with us.

We now have 19 total, including the new baby.  Next Saturday, we are selling 4 little males and one grown nanny, taking us down to 14.  But, we have two that will kid in the next month.  We should probably get rid of a few more. 

It is definitely Spring here.  Going to be in upper 80's today.

Kids are on break all week  and  I have taken a couple of days off.  Today we are going to Bentonville to a couple of Museums.  I was pleased that when I told the kids we were going to a Native American Museum, they were genuinely excited about the trip.

Tonight, a friend from Church/school is going to spend the night with Hannah. She is excited about that.

Friday night George and Hannah went to a Rohde wedding at Eureka.  One of Sharon's granddaughters got  married at Thorncrown Chapple.  Hannah thought it was wonderful.  I stayed home and shoveled out Hannah's room.  It looks much better now.

Only three days work this week, and wonderful spring weather. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Worst weather in a year

and Little Jazz decides to have a baby.

A little girl.  Robert named her Lisa Kelly for the Ice Road Trucker lady driver.