|Are we living on the same farm??????
I had to laugh about your roof. We had about $35k from the sale of our city house, and I had that money spent nine ways from Sunday -- and trust me, our farm was going to be picture perfect. Well, the farm house was actually two sharecropper houses that were built in the late teens to early twenties, and moved to our property in the 60s, then a front glassed in porch, a master suite and a cellar added on. The good thing was that it made for more room in the house. The bad things was that owner did it himself, and he didn't have a clue as to what he was doing. And, when you walked across the land, the only thing you could really think of was the old tv show Green Acres. Between fixing the house, buying a tractor and a few other pieces of equipment, doing some serious fence repairs and buying a few Polled Herefords to start our herd, somehow there wasn't enough to make that 'picture perfect' farm. As for the roof, it was patched, but for the last year we've been living with some serious leaks. Randy put a bright blue tarp up to prevent any major damage, until we could get a new roof put on. While on the roof, he noticed quite a few more patch jobs, so we're gonna have to strip that baby all the way back when we do get a new roof, to make sure there really isn't any major damage. I just recently came into a small inheritance, and rather than get to spend it on fun stuff for the farm, it's gonna go straight to a new roof. We are getting a quote for a metal roof -- and I've told Randy that while we're at it, I really want a back porch. So the contractor is going to quote me on that, as well, but it really remains to be seen. I can live without the porch -- I can't live without the roof!
Hmmm....thanks for the info on the Pygoras. I hadn't heard that, and it's definitely something to think about and look into further. The reason I want a Jersey instead of milk goats is I already have cattle, and she'll fit right in. To get goats, I have to find a place to put them, and then build fencing and housing for them. My friend and neighbor across the street raises Nigerians and ....oh, rats. My mind went blank on the other breed.... but I get milk from her for my soaps. And yes. We've made goat milk ice cream and it is really, really good! Another drawback is Randy really doesn't like goats (shame on him!), and it's taken me six years just to get him to consider them. Of course, he feels the same way about sheep (NO WOOLIES!), and he's finally relented to that being part of my farm plan. See, I've learned. Patience can really be a virtue -- and I need all of it I can get to get him to see things my way!!!!
How's the garden growing? Mine is a disaster. My aunt passed away three weeks ago this Wednesday, and I'm one of the two executors of her estate. I've been in town (an hour's drive from the farm) almost every day for the past four, caring for her in the hospital, and then trying to work on settling her estate. It's been a