Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Weekend Happenings

We've just had another fantastic weekend on the farm. There is a new addition to the cat population, which continues to grow. A couple of Saturdays back I stopped to visit Andy at Big Lots. There was a man outside with a box of kitties and he was down to one boy cat left. He said, "You look like you need a cat." To which I replied, "Like I need a hole in the head!" But I still walked away with an adorable fuzzy gray kitty. Andy fetched me a box. Who knew you could get cats at Big Lots! When Andy got home he named the little guy "Odin" and quickly claimed him. Here he is with the little guy. Odin has learned to lounge on Andy and will snuggle up and snooze for hours. He follows Andy around like a puppy and when Andy goes to work, Odin will run up to Andy's room, find the door closed and then come halfway down the stairs and meow for him. Pretty funny to see this little tiny kitten all curled up on extra large Andy.

Andy is getting ready for a camping trip. He got himself a tent from Big Lots with his employee discount. It seems to be a pretty nice tent complete with a mesh gear storage loft.
Andy is planning on showcasing all of his boy scout campfire cooking skills. He'll make a dump cake for sure. The tent was set up in the side yard for a couple of days and got a rain test!
Ken and Val are in town for a week, and we all went out to dinner Saturday night. Sunday afternoon, we had a cookout at the farm. Karol came over and we all feasted on hamburgers with grilled peppers, onions, and mushrooms, mashed cauliflower, and coleslaw. Ken and Val brought a bottle of wine and a delicious chocolate torte. It was a very relaxing afternoon. The weather was cool and breezy, Ken and Val had to put on sweaters to stay warm. I really like being able to wear long pants comfortably in late May! We had the house all open until about 7:30 and then were actually considering a fire. Check out the grilling brothers. Who is supervising who? And I guess big brothers never stop teasing little brothers! Later on that night, we got out the milk separator and skimmed three and a half gallons of goat milk. We ended up with three gallons of skim and a quart and a half of cream. We've been able to make all our own sour cream, which is absolutely fantastic on a baked potato. I have a small container of cream that I am going to try to make butter out of. Two of the gallons of milk got frozen for future use for when the goats are dried off in the beginning of June. It thaws and tastes just like fresh. Below is a movie of Andy running the separator. Very effective separator, but sounds like a jet plane is getting ready for takeoff in the family room.