Sunday, March 28, 2010

A day for ducks

Today was a cool rainy day.  A day to be inside..... that is, except for our ducks.  I let them out of their pen this morning and they've been out foraging ever since, rain rolling off their backs.  I took a video of them (yes, in the rain) but I won't post it because they kept walking away from me so I'd follow them which makes for a video that might give you motion sickness. 

Aside from videoing ducks and brief visits to the goats and chickens I stayed inside.  I had hoped to finish the turkey shed roof, which is halfway finished, but that will have to wait till tomorrow.  James and I got the rafters and purlins installed yesterday and half the metal roofing up (not all screwed down though). 

This morning's milking went much better than yesterday, netting only a little over 3/4ths of a gallon of milk but I got much more cooperation.  I had enough milk in the refrigerator to make 2 lbs of colby cheese and a quart of yogurt with some leftover for tomorrow's breakfast.  I made dough for 4 loaves of bread with the leftover whey and  I boiled tonight's noodles in some of the whey also, so we'll have ricotta cheese in our tuna noodle casserole.  Yes, days like today will make us fat.  We need at least 5 days of sunshine to burn off all the calories I cooked up today.

I have another use for our milk.  I want to make kefir.  Today I called a woman from the goat forum I follow.  I had posted that I want to make kefir from my milk and wanted to know if anyone on the forum made it.  A woman from Vermont, alias Crazygoatgal (real name Lynn), replied that she had some kefir grains she was willing to ship to me.  I called her and we talked for 45 minutes.  She refused to take any money for the shipping and grains even though I know she can't afford to do that.  How do I know that?  Well, that's kind of a long story I might save for another blog.  Anyway, I don't know why I'm continually amazed by the kindness of strangers because I encounter this kindness again and again.  You'd think I'd be immune to this kindness by now like ducks are to rain but I'm not.

1 comment:

  1. Maybe that's why I feel like running farther and farther -- all that food energy pushing me on.