Sunday, October 21, 2007

mistress progress

I heard on the news the other night that Proctor and Gamble is building a ginormous manufacturing plant in the tiny town where I grew up. John saw an interview a news station did with the man who sold P & G the land--he's in my parents' ward--and said you could tell that he felt conflicted about it. It's almost impossible to make a living as a farmer anymore, unless you're part of a huge conglomerate. So every day more of the arable land disappears, and more houses are built on it, and towns turn into cities, and cities turn into bigger cities, and the pollution gets worse, and people become more and more unfamiliar with the necessary ingredients to sustain life. Because? You can't eat asphalt and plate glass windows.

Of course, I love my wireless internet and my SUV and the salary my husband earns as a product manager, and I enjoy the rising property values in a growing area, and I like people being able to make a living at a job other than farming, because it is some crappy way to spend your life if you don't love it. It would be nice if people didn't build their houses on the farmland, though. And if the people who don't like gardening or farming could try to buy their goods from the people who do--the little guys, like my neighbors.

We had a cold snap last night, so the hose was frozen this morning when I went out to do chores. I got the no-freeze water bucket out of the garage and plugged it in for the goats. For being such picky animals that refused to eat anything but the leaves of our really nice hay, they sure do love the nasty yellow stuff we're left with now. It's the same thing when I change the straw in their huts. As soon as I wheel the straw bale in and start spreading it around, they go nuts and start putting it away like they haven't eaten all day. Finally! Something completely devoid of nutritive value!

Next month is breeding time, and we have a date all set up for them. The buck is going to come stay with us for a little while, and we'll try to make sure we see him breed all of the girls. Then we'll wait until everything goes crazy in the spring and they all kid within a couple of weeks of each other. I'm so excited to be done drinking soy milk. Our baby is a barfer, so I'm on the no-dairy diet now, also known as the Joy Removal Diet. But once the goats freshen in the spring, I'll at least be able to have decent milk on my cereal. The only cereal that tastes good with soy milk is Kashi, and in a pinch, Raisin Bran. I love chocolate soy milk, as do my children, but I don't like feeding it to them when I can avoid it.

We've decided to let the chickens run free all the time now, and just shut the gate at night so's they don't get et by skunks. The rooster has gotten mean enough that we can't get in to do anything without a big stick, so it just makes it easier on all of us if he's allowed to be Lord of the Manor out in the yard and keep the hens safe from all dangers perceived and actual. Plus that way they can eat more greens and do a better job of keeping the bugs at bay, which will make their eggs have nice orange yolks. I remember the first time I cracked open a real egg and how remarkable the color of the yolk was. Lemon bars made with real eggs are CRAZY. They don't even look like themselves.


highdeekay said...

I'm finally back on dairy - although Eden still doesn't like my friends Ben and Jerry. Darnit.

We are excited to see all y'all in six weeks. It will be good to meet the remover of joy. :)