I am pleased to announce that 3 of the 6 soaps that I sent to the ADGA National Convention Bath and Body Products Competition place in the top 3 – Oatmeal & Honey received a second place in the unscented category, Barista – received a second place and Sunshine got a third in the creativity category.
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Here Chickens………time for Biscuit Ball!
As many Americans were watching football, at Up A Creek Farm the
chickens had a sporting game of Biscuit Ball going. It was apparently
Blacks vs Reds, here are the game highlights………
And the Black team wins the toss…..
We have 4 reds against 4 blacks today………
And a red goes in for the steal………
She’s got the biscuit………
And there she goes, the black team doesn’t even know what happened……..
2 of the red team are stopping to enjoy the win from the first round………
the ref and the other team are closing in, time for quick thinking……
She’s off and her teammate stays back to stop the other team…….
she ducks behind the bush…….
The referee takes the ball……
Okay, line up again……
Time to move it again……
moved due to debris on the playing field……..
Ball is back in play…….
2 blacks are right there…..wait a minute there is a red sneaking in…….
Red dropped it…..now the black team is moving in……
black is hiding it from the line judge…….
waiting for her team mate to step up and take it…….
and here she comes……
and it goes back to the black team…..
I am pretty sure that we just started our own annual Thanksgiving tradition here on the farm!
We just finished our first parade as a farm. Â We have been on floats before, but this time we decided to represent our farm and take our goats and make some goat carts. Â We started less than a week before the event, I wouldÂ recommend spending a little more time than that to create 2 goat carts and harnesses for 2 goats who have never pulled carts, yeah!!!!! Â Well we had a couple of practice rounds before the parade and after about 5 trips back to the sewing machine to repair or rearrange, we finally had it. Â Yolanda tried her best to convince my husband that she should not pull a cart, but he was persistent and by the time we got to the parade they both did beautifully. Â Blueberry got tired halfway and refused to go on, so we unhooked the cart and the kids pushed it, while I took her back to the trailer, we got there the same time as the the rest of the family and YoYo, because Blueberry just DID NOT want to walk anymore, and she’s a little to heavy to pick up and carry. Â We learned a lot about goats, carts, harnesses and parades, and my kids were happy to find candy left after the parade was over, so I don’t have to hear about how they didn’t get candy because they were in the parade. Â Unfortunately, it was crazy, so we didn’t get much for pictures, but here’s what I have.
Cream can with a tractor seat on top
our car door business magnet on the cream can
This cart actually cost us nothing, we had everything already, how cool!
The Parade theme was Redneck Olympics, I think we have the “redneck thing” down!
YoYo the cart pullin’ goat
Nothin’ says redneck like some goats!
Mama, Blueberry and Peanut ready to roll
We were very sad to loose our baby goat Blizzard this morning. Â He was 2 weeks and 45 minutes old when he passed away at 8:45am. Â He stopped eating yesterday and got a little bloated, we never figured out exactly what happened, but I stayed up with him through the night and as Pooky held him while we drove to the vet this morning, he slipped away. Â We will miss you little Blizzard!!!
Our new LaMancha babies, Yes they look funny, no the do NOT have ears
Here are the newest members of the farm. Â Whizbang and Tonka. Â Molly had 2 boys at 12:00 and 12:30 today. Â They are now tucked in at our house while Molly stays at the dairy, and I get to play mama goat and feed the little guys during the night, they are in the garage though, so if they get too loud I can still sleep through the noise. Â They are good boys and very quiet. Â Boy Wonder plans on training Tonka to pull a goat cart he is building.
Things have been busy crazy! Â Seems like the weather is finally getting nice and now there are so many more projects to do. Â Still busy getting seeds started, helping with the neighbors dairy, getting supplies ready to add on to the chicken coop, build a shed and fence for the lambs and all the general everyday chores that come with having meat goats, dairy goats, chickens, lambs, chicks, cats and a dog. Â Pictures and details will be posted as things are completed.
Wow! today was a busy day. Â At 10:30 Pooky came running in to say that Nan, a boer goat, was having her babies. Â We took her in the shed and waited after 20 minutes of nothing we called our neighbors and Michelle came to help Nan deliver her 12 lb baby boy – Maximus, and her 10 lb baby girl Sonja. Â By the time we recovered from the excitement of our first baby goat birth on the farm and did a little draft control on the shed (45 mph winds today), Pooky came running in the shed yelling “Daisy had a baby, come quick” so we got the baby Violet in the shed and Daisy before babies Lilly and Valentino were born. Â By the time Valentino was born Daisy had had enough of us and we were “encouraged” to leave Â Daisy and her babies alone. Â I never thought it would be soÂ tiring for ME to help my goats kid. Â It’s good to have them both done kidding and with them both being such good moms it looks like I can still take the kids (human ones) swimming tomorrow (indoors), so good timing for that. Â I think I also realize why farmers drink coffee, I can’t afford energy drinks every day and I can’t get everything done without a little boost, I suppose with enough cream and sugar I could learn to tolerate coffee.