“All dressed up with no place to go…” Have you ever heard that saying? Well, that was me this morning. I was dressed with my hair done and even make-up on! It was about that time when I was ready to walk out the door that I realized my keys were not to be found. It seems that Tony took them to work with him in his bag. Needless to say, I was peeved. I was really looking forward to my Master Gardener meeting. Oh well, the best laid plans. What was crazy it that later in the day when Jonathan could not find a drill bit I began searching the junk drawer looking for a bit I found a key that looked like it should go to the car. Guess what? It did fit my car, but now it was 11:30 and the meeting was ending. You just gotta laugh!
So, I shifted gears and then went on about my day. It was a good day despite me not getting what I wanted. I finally got in touch with the gal at The Jersey Girl dairy, they have 3 bottle calves and we are picking them up on Monday! There are only a few things cuter than Jersey calves, I can’t wait. Bottle feeding is time consuming, but it is really fun. There will be lots of pictures coming, I am sure. In the past we have bought them at the sale, which is a challenge because of the stress on the calves, but overall it has gone well. We developed a routine that kept everyone healthy and happy. These little bull calves are already a month old so that will be really nice. The jersey steer, Porterhouse, made the best beef that I have ever had. We are looking forward to a full freezer- in about 18 months.
Even though we had beautiful weather today, I did not work in the greenhouse. Until the seedlings develop their first true leaves, I am waiting. Gardening will teach you two things- the sense of urgency and patience. But never fear, I was not without things to do! I have had a project waiting in the barn. A pig waterer has been on my list for a while. I bought the components awhile back so today seemed to be a good day to start it. I found the directions on line at this site. There will be a full post on this when I am done. Today I drilled a hole and put the spout in the pipe. There was a very small leak that will be fixed with epoxy and I need to glue the cap onto the end of the PVC pipe with some plumber’s cement. I couldn’t find any cement so I am hoping that Tony has some stashed. If not, I will hit the hardware store in the morning. Once finished, the water pipe will provide water for the pig without the pig being able to make a mess of her pen or her water. Because pigs are so strong you must go to extreme lengths to come up with a water trough that the pig can’t or won’t flip over to get water and mud to wallow in at will. I am looking forward to this water pipe, kids who show pigs use them frequently. I choose the thickest walled pipe available, I have seen the strength of hogs. With the large diameter and long length, we shouldn’t have to fill it up very often.
Etsy has been a job I have been working on and it has been slow going. It would make it easier if I had more experience at this sort of thing, but I don’t so it has been a learning process. One of the things that had me held up was shipping the products. After a trip to the post office this morning (before Savannah left in her car and before I found a key to mine) I felt so much more confident. Sunny, my sister, will be receiving a surprise in the mail (unless she reads my blog) and I will know how the packages fared. The shipping cost was not as much as I had expected, that was a good thing. Things are shaping up.