Category Archives: Nate’s Notes

Sprucing Up for Mom’s Visit

We spent several days sprucing up for Mom’s visit. It’s a tradition for her to come down Memorial Day weekend, to meet the new goat babies and spend a few quite days on the farm. Luckily she and Vanessa get along great! We look forward to her visit every year.

Nate’s Notes May 2018

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It was in the 50°'s this morning. Did some work in the yard (after milking and feeding). Patched some holes in the fence. The little ones were getting out a lot. No more!
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Very warm, up to 79° and sunny. The grass is really coming up. Goats are eating less hay now. Made 8 batches of soap. trying to catch up.
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It got up to 81° today. I Made 3 batches of soap today: Lavender, Bonsai, and Sandalwood. Waiting on my shaving brushes to come in.
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Sunny again and 82°. I gave Blaze a shot of Vitamin B. I don't think he noticed. It will make him feel good, I hope. Made Peppermint lip balm.
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Cloudy and 86 °. Too busy to write anything more.
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Cooler today, 79°. After milking the goats we got everything ready for the Market tomorrow. Had to wrap lots of products and spruce up our displays.
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First day of Summer Market today. It was warm but rainy. Vanessa came with me. Sales were okay, sold lots of Body Powder.
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81° and cloudy. The grass is coming up fast in the goat field. Hope they can keep up with it. My mower is broken.
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It was sunny and 79° this morning. Got a big order from Whole Foods. Have to make soap every day now. Things will not slow down until about August. Lovin' it!
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Weather is the same as yesterday. Tons of pollen in the air. Orangie and Bluey are getting close to kidding. Gave them both Selenium.
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Deliveries today! Sold lots of soap at Grinders Switch Winery. Sold lots of Body Powder at Centerville Marketplace. Making Rose soap today.
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Had to get more hay today. Shouldn't have to buy too much more this summer. The goats stop eating very much hay when the grass is up.
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88° and sunny. Getting the kidding stall ready for Bluey. She should be due sometime this week. I forgot to write down the date we bred her to Blaze.
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90° was the high. It was a good day at the Franklin Farmers Market. Sold lots of lotion. Had pasta for lunch which was nice.
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Hot and sunny today. Brushed all the goat moms for Mothers Day. Ended up brushing everyone because goats get jealous very easy.
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Got up to 91°. Bluey had two girls this afternoon. She ate her grain in the morning, then ran back to the barn. She was "talking" to her babies even though they weren't born yet. No troubles. She barely needed my help.
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Bluey's babies are doing good. Gave shots and cleaned their belly buttons. Very important. They can get very sick if the cord doesn't dry up fast.
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Cooled off to 84° today. Decided to name the babies Amelia and Annie after the pilot and the sharp shooter. Had to rescue a little snake from one of the feed bins.
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Bluey's girls aren't bouncing around like they should be so I gave them some Selenium. They might have been born a little early. Remember I forgot to write down when she was bred?
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Kind of cloudy and only got up to 82°. Did a bunch of yard work, weed trimming mostly. I always get poison ivy from that. Saw a box turtle and a ring neck snake.
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Great weather for the Farmers Market. All of our regulars came out to see us!
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Back up to 91° today. Went to the plant store to buy hanging baskets. Have to keep the place looking good, plus the humming birds like it.
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86° with clouds. Lots of soap to make this week. Getting low on shaving soap. My brushes still haven't arrived. Bluey's babies are doing well.
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84° and mostly sunny. The older kids are teaching the new babies all the fun games to play. Mostly running and jumping onto each other.
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The weather is about the same as yesterday, maybe a tad hotter. Bluey's milk is coming in good now. Was a little worried that she was not making enough, but she swelled up overnight.
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Getting the barn spruced up for visitors. The goats like it as well. Amos mowed our yard!
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High of 90°. Mom is here for a visit. She loves helping with the soap and hanging out with the goats.
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Me and Mom worked the Farmers Market. She got to meet some of our favorite customers. And it was the best weather ever! Barley hit 80°.
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Mom fixed us a good country breakfast this morning. Everything was ready and waiting when I got back in from milking. Later we went on a nature walk. Hopefully no ticks!
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84° and cloudy today. Mom went back to Ohio this morning. We lounged around most of the day.
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Back to work bright and early today! Made several batches of soap, portioned out my Body Powders, labeled my lotions and sent off some website orders.
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Hot and sunny again. The goats are doing great. Orangie still hasn't kidded. I am beginning to think her breeding didn't stick. Got a couple more website orders to put together.
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90° with a few clouds here and there. I am cranking out as much soap as I can before the Farmers Market on Saturday. Amos came to mow our yard. He is such a great neighbor.

Busy Season Begins!

The busy season begins with April as we ramp up soap production in preparation for summer at the Franklin Farmers Market. Not to mention milking every morning and latching the kids at night. It’s always a fun challenge to keep up with the extra goat care, yard work and soap inventory that Spring brings.

Nate’s Notes April 2018

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54° and mostly cloudy today. We latched the kids last night, in their own stall, so the moms had a lot of milk to give this morning. Now that they are over two weeks old, we will do that every night. In the day, they are all together.
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48 ° and partly sunny this morning. I am cranking out as much soap as I can now that the milk is flowing again and the busy season is approaching. Made 8 batches: 2 Lavender, 2 Oats 'n Honey, 2 Sandalwood, 2 Almond.
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72° and a little cloudy.
Goats are looking good. I have been brushing them in the morning so their new coats can come in.
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46° and sunny. Much chillier than yesterday. Our friend Beth and her son Solomon came from Atlanta to meet the new baby goats.
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52° when I went out to milk this morning. Gucci and Miranda have been sparring. They both broke off a scur and are bleeding all over. No danger though. They are just messy.
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Took our guests to Zanders, in Dickson, for wood-fired pizza. Before they went back to Atlanta. Solomon also went with me to the Co-Op and by Vanessa's work to pick up a tiller. It's time to clean the barn again. My favorite thing (not).
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Market today. It was super cold and windy for this time of year though, so lots of people stayed home. Makes me appreciate the regulars even more, who come out on cold days like this.
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40° and partly sunny. Went to Nashville to see Frank (Vanessa's dad) and hang out with family at Nanny's house. She lives in East Nashville. Very hip.
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50's° and sunny. Getting warmer. Have a vulture that keeps trying to land in the goat field. Paris is having none of that. She barks at them, even when they are just flying over the farm. It gives her something to do in the daytime.
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57° this morning. The grass is coming up good now, because of the warmer weather. Daisy is getting "jelly neck" from grazing with her head down all day. The fluid builds up in her face and makes her neck swell. I will keep my eye on it, to make sure its not bottle jaw (caused from barber poll worms).
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Sleeping with the windows open these days. Its nice. Diamond got stuck between the fence and a closed gate. This is why when people ask, "What do goats do in the wild?" I say, "They die."
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It was 75° at 6am. Beautiful day. First I milked the goats. Next I made Bonsai, Nag Champa and Pipe Tobacco soap. Then I fixed our tax problem... don't ask!
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Another beautiful day. Played with the goats a bunch this morning. The big girls can't stop eating the new grass that's coming up.
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Market today. It rained like crazy. I still sold some soap, however. Sandalwood is one of my best sellers lately.
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38° and overcast this morning. Stopped raining. Vanessa left the hose on yesterday morning. I noticed it was running when I went out to milk. The water trough is the cleanest its ever been. Can't wait to see our bill.
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35° and cloudy. Got two big orders today. One from Nashville; the other from our old neighborhood store in Atlanta. It's called Candler Park Market. Vanessa and I met for the first time right next to that place, back in the day.
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50° and sunny! Starting to feel like Spring again. Made soap, Bay Rum and Egyptian Musk. Magic is still giving the most milk. Its not a contest though.
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43° windy. Saw some toads having babies in our driveway puddle. So much drama out here.
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40° or so. I didn't check. Found a lizard in the hay, a little brown one. The baby goats are getting big fast. I have to make a noise when I pick them up now.
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48° and sunny. Barn cleaning day. Not the best job on this farm. Later we took a nature walk over in Bon Aqua at the John Noel Natural Area. Saw lots of super old trees and wildflowers.
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55° Market today. Had great sales. Godiva cut her leg pretty bad on something. We had to get a bandage wrapped around it quick. I don't have sutures.
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46° Rain. Godiva's leg has stopped bleeding. Keeping it clean is the tough part now.
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55° Overcast. Godiva's leg is healing nicely. She knows we are helping so she just stands there while we doctor her up.
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53° Rainy. Making tons of soap these days. Today's line up was Peaches 'n Cream, Almond, Cranberry Woods, and Sea Salt. Plus Rosemary Mint and Unscented lotion.
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55° Looked like rain all day, but it never did. Found a little brown snake in the hay; a blue tailed lizard too. They must have been having a meeting.
58° Rain. Took the bandage off Godiva's leg today. Looks like she is healing pretty good. No limping. Made lots of soap: Beach Bum, Barber Shop, Mountain Heather, Lemongrass and Bonsai.27
Saw a box turtle this morning. He was in the boys' field. Vanessa and I trimmed around the trees and along the driveway. It is a messy business, running the weed-eaters. Probably got poison ivy in the process.
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High of 72°. Went to the Franklin Farmers Market today. Had really good crowd and sold a lot. Need to make more body powder now.
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It was in the 50°'s this morning. Did some work in the yard (after milking and feeding). Patched some holes in the fence. The little ones were getting out a lot. No more!
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Very warm, up to 79° and sunny. The grass is really coming up. Goats are eating less hay now. Made 8 batches of soap. trying to catch up.

Kidding Season is Here

Kidding season is here now! We always enjoy getting ready for the babies and the excitement they bring to our farm. The weather is warming, grass growing, and milk flowing.

Nate’s Notes March 2018

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Amos came over. I showed him around.
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Happy Birthday to me, 44 years.
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Enjoying some time away.
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Rained today but I don't care because I am sitting in a hot tub hundreds of miles away from the farm.
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Back from our trip. Glad to be home. Everyone made it without us.
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The water has gone off again, hopefully not for too many days. Can't make soap without running water.
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Market today. Sales were good. Crowds are big.
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Celebrated my birthday today with friends at the creek. It was warm and windy, just like springtime.
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51° and sunny. Back to work. The water is back on; can't drink it yet.
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Cooler this morning. Blaze is doing a lot better. I brushed him really well. His skin is very flaky. That's a good thing. It means he is shedding.
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Brushed all the goats today. They love it. Can't do it very long though. It turns them into greedy jerks.
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Cold and sunny. Blaze looks like he is finally gaining weight!
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Another gorgeous day. Drove to Nashville to visit family.
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Market today. The weather was very kind to us. I had lots of regular customers. They keep our little business going strong!
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Getting the girls' kidding stall ready. Got straw and wood chips down for them.
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Sunny and cool. Trimmed the expecting moms' tails. Well, one side of their tails! They wouldn't hold still for both sides. They don't like being touched back there. Can't blame them.
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Getting ready for the babies. Put up the baby cam. The first one is due tomorrow.
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No babies yet. Magic is usually late. It is always a surprise when her babies show up.
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Daisy had two girls! We didn't even have to help. She is a great mom. Vanessa named them Twinkie and Ho-Ho.
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Liberty had her babies today. Vanessa was there to help. It took several hours to get through her labor. She had a girl and a boy. I named them Betsy and Ross.
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Finally Magic had her kids! Two girls this time, without any problems. We are calling them Diamond and Silk.
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The babies have had their cords dipped and tetanus shots. Today I took the moms to the milk room for a little TLC. Trimmed their hooves and gave them snacks.
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Had to milk Magic down. She has so much milk its amazing, especially for a 9 year old!
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Sunny and frosty this morning. Looks very pretty. Magic's babies got stuck behind the electric fence I put up around the big oak tree. Luckily I had unplugged the fence when I set up the baby monitor, so no one got zapped.
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Had to disbud the kids today. Worst job on the farm. Everyone came out fine, even me. Then I took some selfies with the kids.
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Market today. warm but windy and threatening to rain. Folks are starting to buy the Lilac and Green Thumb soap.
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Looks like rain today. Amos came over and mowed the grass. Not much grass grows in our yard however. It is mostly weeds and wildflowers.
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Had to save Twinkie from being stuck behind a barrel in the barn. If there is something to get trapped in or hurt by the baby goats always find it!
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Disbudded Diamond and Silk today. Won't have to do that again for a while, thankfully.
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Milking Magic regularly now. She is the best milker I have. I am letting the others give all the milk to their babies for now.
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Trying to keep the babies friendly. We play with them at least once a day so they don't turn shy. They get a little afraid of me after being disbudded.
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Market today. Going through the frequent shopper cards like crazy.I only had three left at the end of the day.

Blame it on the Rain

According to Mayor Jacobs we haven’t had this much rain in February since 1890. Apparently the equipment a the water treatment plant was impressed enough with that historical fact to take a few days off from working. Turned out to be a good idea for us to take a short vacation too, before the baby goats start coming and milking season kicks into full gear.

Nate’s Notes February 2018

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46° Sunny and nice. Rained hard last night. Had a flock of grackles in the front yard. Caught a coyote on the trail cam.
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41° Windy today. Gave blaze a shot of iron in the leg.
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38° Gave Blaze more de-wormer. He's still not growing his hair back like I would like.
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Phil the groundhog saw his shadow. What a strange and wonderful tradition.
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Franklin Farmers Market today. Crowds not very big. Maybe everyone is getting ready for the Superbowl.
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37° wet and gloomy today. Blaze got his copper bolus and Ivomec shot.
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26° Paris got skunked last night BIG TIME! We could smell it through the walls of the house.
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36° Lots of rain last night. Gave the pregnant does some alfalfa hay this morning. They were in heaven. I took a video of them chowing down. It was almost embarrassing!
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Cold this morning. Sunny, however. Paris still stinks but she's getting better day by day.
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Warm and sunny today. We started the barn cleaning project. Worst job ever! Our goat Magic turned 9 years old today.
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Market today. Warm but non-stop rain. The wettest my soap has ever gotten at that market.
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Our water is off! Its the whole town, not just us.
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Water still off. No word as to why or when it will come back on. Some say its because of all the rain. I don't get it.
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Water is back. Can't drink it yet but it beats none at all. Glad to have a hot shower!
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Warm and raining. Gave the bucks sunflower seeds. They love it! Good for their skin and hair.
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Still warm. Got footage of some coyotes on the trail cam.
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Warm and windy. Supposed to rain more tonight. It has been a wet month.
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Market today. Cold and rainy. Worst sales day in years. On the bright side I won't have as much catching up to do for when the water was off.
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Gave Blaze more worm medicine. He is starting to get some pink back in his eyelids. That is how I can tell it is working.
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Extra warm today. The water went off again this morning.What century is this?! Utilities are very sub-par out here.
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Rained a lot again last night. The storm kept waking me up. Gave Blaze Cydectin this morning. We are throwing the book at him.
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Blaze has the runs. I think its from all the meds. Hoping to get it cleared up before our vacation.
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Market today. It was a good one. Lots of sales! Getting excited about trip to NC.
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Amos came over. I showed him around where all the feed is etc. He is going to take care of the farm while we are gone. Leaving early tomorrow morning for Hot Springs. Looking forward to a break.
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Happy Birthday to me, 44 years.
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Enjoying some time away.
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Rained today but I don't care because I am sitting in a hot tub hundreds of miles away from the farm.

Goats in The Snow

January was a cold, snowy month for us at Tottys Bend Soap Farm. It is somewhat difficult to feed and water goats in the snow. But we managed. Our dog, Paris is a Great Pyrenees. She loves this kind of weather. The rest of us do our best to keep warm and dry.

NATE’S NOTES JANUARY 2018

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Very cold outside. Snow and ice on the way. Dealing with frozen water buckets. Have to remember to bring them in at night.
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Trying out the trail cam that I got from Mom. Found a spot in the woods that looks like a good place to put it. Should get lots of traffic.
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Blaze has worms still. Been working on him for three or four weeks now. He is stable but I must keep a watchful eye on him.
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16° Super cold this morning. I didn't get very good pictures on the trail cam. One deer but he was off in the trees. Have to find a better place for it.
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20° Gave Blaze some vitamin B. He gets that as a shot in the flank. Ouch!
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18° Fooling with the water buckets is no fun. I blew out the boy's bucket by stomping on it to get the ice out. Oops.
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Percy is over the cold. He is a hot weather cat. He's been hiding under the house, on the duct work to keep warm.
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35° Light Rain. Cold Snap is over for now. Water is running so filling buckets is easier.
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40° Foggy and spring like. Deer in back yard. Didn't catch it on my trail cam-will move it for better view. Goats need more minerals.
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Very spring like today. Gave Blaze a shot of vitamin B in the leg. He doesn't even notice it anymore. I think he's getting his new coat.
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Warm and wet today. Storm weather. Trimmed Blaze's hooves. He was limping a little in the cold. This should help with the next cold front. Got a mosquito bite this morning.
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Snowed over night. Paris loves it. She was born for this kind of weather. Have feed and hay. I think we will survive. David brought us a roll of hay.
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Skipped the Market today. Cold, windy and there is a half inch of snow on the ground. Nobody will be in much of a mood to buy soap.
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15° this morning. Goats like the new hay.
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35° Sunny. Have a board meeting for the Franklin Farmers Market this afternoon.
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14° Snowed last night. Still coming down. Paris loves the snow. The goats not so much. Gucci wouldn't walk back to the barn. Sometimes they get scared of the snow for some reason.
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13° More snow this morning. Not the big fat stuff we got yesterday. Still have plenty of feed. Low on beer however. Will try to get to town today.
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9 ° this morning. They say its going to get up to 40° by this afternoon. Pretty dramatic shift.
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26° Sunny and relatively warm. I put some apples in the back yard to try and lure some creatures into my camera trap. Got pics of a coyote stealing them one by one.
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35° Farmers Market today! Mostly sunny and warm. Everyone was in a great mood. I think it was some people's first day out.
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41° Nice and warm this morning. Worked on Blaze's hooves some more. Started feeding the rolled hay. They love it.
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40° Raining. The whole farm is like a swamp. Need to give the pregnant girls some selenium.
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31° Took the brush out to the goats. Everyone loves getting brushed, except Miranda.
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26° Frosty this morning. Fed Blaze some of the selenium paste.
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27° Sunny. Blaze got some more de-wormer. Taking some pictures this morning.
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46° Sunny and nice. Rained hard last night. Had a flock of grackles in the front yard. Caught a coyote on the trail cam.
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41° Windy today. Gave blaze a shot of iron in the leg.
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38° Gave Blaze more de-wormer. He's still not growing his hair back like I would like.