Wheres Ray/Wendy yr 2

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Working on the farm

Hi all,
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and didn't over indulge to much. Ours was pretty good, Wendy did the bulk of the cooking with the rest of us pitching in where we could. We cooked our turkey a bit different this year, soaking it in a brine and seasoning for 17 hours before cooking. It turned out fantastic, so moist not needing to pour any gravy on it.
 We have been keeping pretty busy on the farm, Amanda has a few build projects and I enjoy building things. Wendy has helped out in the house with some deep cleaning which she might not enjoy as much. We have also been working on a long project painting the fences, this one will take some time as there is a lot of fence.
New hay feeder
Package box
LOTS of fence to paint

 We tease Amanda as being a slave driver but we don't mind helping out and earning our keep.
 She had an electrician come over from work and we roughed in a plan to get juice to the orchard area where we have the camper parked. We are now just running a long cord from the barn and watching our usage. We eat and shower at the house, it is working out okay. Amanda even set Wendy up a place for Wendy to do her baskets, how cool is that?
 Also we have been busy changing our domicile to here. We had been having issues with getting Wendy health insurance in South Dakota so we thought getting a physical address would help. The change has gone better than we thought as Live Oak is a small town so the DMV is easy to deal with.
 It hasn't been all work though, Wendy and I took a drive one day checking out the local springs. It has been very dry here only raining when the two hurricanes rolled through, so the springs were extremely low. We haven't hit the Suwannee River for a trip yet but it to looks very low.

 Monday welcomed another new member to Armadillo Acres as Daisey had a little boy. Boys are nice when they are little but Amanda quickly learned they needed separation and you don't need to many. This little guy she will keep til weaned then sell off. His mom is a fainter and the daddy is 1/2 fainter so they bring decent money when selling. If you never heard of fainting goats these goats actually do faint or freeze up when startled, this was part of the story line in the George Clooney movie Men Who Stare At Goats which I'm sure everyone saw.lol

 Oh, big news for us Amanda has planned a Jamaica trip and we leave this Saturday. Wendy and I thought we might do a cruise while here then Amanda came up with the idea of an all inclusive resort so we thought why not. We have not done the inclusive thing before and it has been 10 years since we did the cruise.
 So Saturday we fly out of Orlando with Amanda and Pat, his mom Gayle, and so cool we are meeting her son Alex in Jamaica. Alex and girlfriend Emily will be flying down from Wisconsin and only be able to spend til Tuesday( we will be there the week) needing to get back for school, but it will be great to spend time with them.


  1. We know all about goats as we raised them too. Not fainter goats just regular run of the mill goats. No, you sure don't want more than one billy, that's for sure, eh?

  2. Oh lucky you! Somewhere warm. Love the goats!