Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Catching up…

I took the girls over this morning to meet Mr. Chrome.  I’m not sure that they understand how exciting this is but I have a feeling they’ll figure it out.  I hope they figure it out.  They actually haven’t been ‘figuring it out’ on their own so I’m hoping that having them near this Big Boy will encourage them.

I left them there.  It makes me sad to have them gone.  You would think that I would enjoy the freedom of not having to milk every twelve hours but I’m not enjoying it at all.

I will, however, look forward to little ones in the spring and lots more fresh milk.

This would be a great place to mention that I love my car!  It’s the perfect car for me.

Last month I attempted to bring Chrome’s scent home on a rag.   It’s a great trick to use when the girls don’t have a buck around but it wasn’t as effective as I had hoped.

Mr. Chrome

I didn’t mean to take a blogging break over the past week and a half {or so}.

I’ve been busy getting ready for winter, submitting info for a magazine article, working towards a new website, making charms…and then there was Thanksgiving.

I picked out a somewhat nice RED for the barn.  I would have preferred a real [brighter] red but I’ve seen enough pink barns that I feared choosing the wrong kind of red would give me a pink barn.  That simply did not appeal to me.  I played it safe and it’s a nice red!

I’m so thankful for some of my favorite guys who have helped me get my goats inside for the winter…my brother put in many Saturdays and built the main structure, my dad helped with a variety of things and Mr. T has put in countless hours.  thanks guys

The snow was falling hard as we were moving them into their new home.

Milking inside that night, where it was dry and much warmer,  was so wonderful.  It has felt very luxurious {if that’s possible} after milking outside for several months.

We’ll probably have to wait until spring to get it all finished {and cute!}.

I wish this was still the scene out of my living room windows.  We lost all of our snow last week.   so sad    Now I have to start wishing again until it comes back!

There is still a give-a-way going on.  Click HERE and leave a comment with that post for a free custom charm!

November 28, 2011 Posted by | farm animals, goats, Hobby~Farm Home life, my neck of the woods! | 5 Comments

building a barn….{love}

I have wanted  my own barn nearly my whole life.

When I was young I loved playing in barns. 

I loved the loft. 

I loved the hay. 

I loved jumping from the loft into the hay.

But, I decided a long time ago that I would probably never have my own barn.

Then we got these funny little goats. 

Goats need a barn.

Since {at this point} we don’t plan to ever have more that two milk goats, we don’t ‘need’ a large barn so we are in the process of building a very small barn for our two goats and their spring kids.

The concrete truck just pulled away and I can’t wait to get it done.

We’re all pretty please with ourselves!

October 13, 2011 Posted by | farm animals, goats, home life, my neck of the woods! | 4 Comments

attempting the undones…

Upon returning home from my week away, attending {the most amazing} The Creative Connection event, my eyes wander to all of the undones in my life.  Last month felt like a whirlwind of life and now I can settle my mind and heart a little and just take it all in and yet keep going at the same time.

…one of the undones being, this fun little chandelier that was forced out of my chicken house because one of my Rhode Island Reds insisted on roosting on it every night…her little head tucked high near the ceiling of the coop.  silly girl!  I truly did not want to disturb her because she found that to be her comfy spot each night but her eliminations were landing right in the waterer…therefore causing unnecessary contaminations!

solution: remove the chandelier until I can come up with a better idea

This morning it just sits there as one of the undones that I now need to attempt to do!

It shall be a happy, happy Monday as I hope your Monday will be too!

p.s. I also find myself singing this happy Cinderella tune…

I’m in the middle of a muddle
In the middle of a muddle I am
I wanna have fun, I wanna have fun
But the work is piling high

I wish I were twins, I wish I were twins…

all of the lyrics are super cute {and somewhat meaningful}! 

September 19, 2011 Posted by | chickens, farm animals, home life, just plain fun | 3 Comments

Summer Grandeur…

“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”
— L.M. Montgomery

This has been a favorite summer for me!

I’m going to guess that it has much to do with that ‘gentle’ process of aging that none of us can avoid.

I believe that I have learned to enjoy the simple joys and pleasures in life more than ever.  And, because we were able to move to this beautiful country setting 3½ years ago, it has allowed for a more restful, less hectic life {which I fully embrace}.

I’ve made a quiet resolve with myself to keep it that way!   […so far, so good]

Another one of life’s simple pleasures that I cannot ignore is the power within a seed.

It amazes me each and every year.

And, it causes me to be impressed with myself {that’s always fun}.

Most of my garden is the result of seeds that I put in dirt…with my own little hands.

Many of my herbs I purchased but most everything else came up from seed: corn, green beans, peas, carrots, kale, lettuce, spinach, beets, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, flowers.  Plus, we have a nice variety of things that come back each year: raspberries, strawberries, asparagus, horseradish and a small orchard with apples, plums, pear…

With fresh local lamb and beef filling our freezers plus the abundance of fish that we caught in Alaskan waters…oh, ya…and that fresh goat’s milk…we have been eating so well {too well}.  Everything is fresh and yummy…not to mention, oh, so healthy!

All of this makes summer so busy and so wonderful in a very worthwhile and fulfilling sort of way.

I have a few sunflowers that are nearly twice my height…

Do you remember the chickens {Silkies} I had in my booth at the Farm Chicks sale? 

Because the little one {the black one} was so little I didn’t want to put them in with the other chickens so I just let them have free-range of my garden.  I wasn’t sure how that would work.  I told them that if they got into my strawberries then they would have to leave.   They have done great.  They just kind of hang out in the potato patch.  I brought home a rooster for them recently and they literally are all inseparable.

Poppy, Nel and Papa Jack

I still haven’t forgotten that there is a give-a-way…go over HERE and sign-up…I’ll draw a name in a couple of days.

August 29, 2011 Posted by | farm animals, garden, healthy living, home life, in the kitchen, sustainable living | 2 Comments

Goat love :~)

I never, never saw myself as being a milkmaid to goats.

However, I did dream of having a milk cow for a very, very long time.

Once I realized that goat’s milk tasted just like cow’s milk {this, of course, depends on the type of goat and what they are eating}, milk goats seemed to be the acceptable compromise.

I have been loving these little critters and the wonderful milk I’m getting…two times each day!

My milking stanchion was broken for a while so it wouldn’t hold in Bella’s head.  She would eat her grain while I began milking but when the grain was gone she would pull out her head and nuzzle my neck and nibble on my ear.

This is a very fun and silly picture but I’m so ticklish that it would just make me crazy.

Last week while nibbling on my ear, she managed to slip the back off of my diamond stud.  I had to dig that little golden fleck out of her mouth.  After that she seemed even more and more determined to get it off of my ear.

Silly girl!

I get about 2 cups each time I milk.  Most goats would give more but it’s actually a nice amount for us…for now.

I’ve experimented with making some cheeses. 

We make ice cream on a regular basis. 

I eat yogurt every morning from the milk and I’ve made some soap.

Which reminds me….there’s a give-a-way in the works.

Make sure to head over to my last post, leave a comment there and you’ll be entered in to that give-a-way!

source of photos: Tres Birds Photography

August 16, 2011 Posted by | farm animals, goats, healthy living, home life, in the kitchen, sustainable living | 2 Comments

I’m smitten…

I feel as though I’ve been hit with cupid’s arrow of goat-love.

My brother, Marcus and I have been talking about getting milk goats.  We have a neighbor who had two does that gave birth to twins and triplets last Thursday…that’s 5 little kids!

On Saturday we took his girls over so they could see the babies and we could ask some questions.

It was such a fun experience…I think that Auntie liked the visit even more than the girls.  I haven’t been able to get these babies off my mind.

Maybe I can bring a couple of them home when they are ready….just maybe!

There were also baby bunnies…

Oh, My!!!   Pure, soft sweetness!

Meet Hope!

Next year she’ll be grown-up enough to have her own babies!

thx. Marc for sharing some of your pictures

March 15, 2011 Posted by | family, farm animals, my neck of the woods! | 9 Comments