Cover Reveal

Well, this is one time when I hope a book is judged by its cover.

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Coming soon.

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The Good and the Bad

First, the good.

We’ve added another kid to the herd, and she’s a beauty.

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The weather has been spectacular. It’s a gorgeous time of year here.

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Now, the bad.

Yellowjackets invaded our honeybee hive, ate all the brood and killed or ran off our bees.

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This is not only sad, but terribly disappointing. After all the trouble we’ve had keeping bees the past few years we finally had a strong healthy hive. We extracted awesome honey just a couple of weeks ago.

Doubly frustrating is how ecologically inefficient this is. Only the yellowjacket queen survives the winter. All those robbing murdering yellowjackets will soon be dead, and the bees they killed would’ve survived the winter. Sigh.

At this point I doubt we’ll try bees again.

To end on a positive note, our gardens are still flush with veggies and, with our without honeybees, our cup is running over.

 

 

Kidding Season

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Actually, this is one of our Cream Legbar roosters. He has nothing to do with kidding season. I just thought y’all might enjoy seeing him.

It’s always great to have new kids on the farm. This is an especially nice time of year for them to arrive.

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So…

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Some more babies arrived.

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We extracted honey.

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The gardens are giving us goodies.

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And the leaves changed.

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Greetings from the Farm

Well I’ve obviously had trouble returning to the blogging routine after our (wonderful) vacation.

But today I’ve been inspired to return, in order to introduce the blogosphere to our latest addition.

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Unstuck

Every now and then one of our goats will stick her head through the woven wire fence, and not be able to get it back out.

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A few days ago I found Carrie in that condition. Bless her heart. There’s no telling how long she’d been stuck there.

I carefully maneuvered her head through the fence, freeing her. Once free she ran toward the barn where her unconcerned friends and family were lounging, without the slightest indication of gratitude to her rescuer.

The novel I finished last winter is still a mere manuscript. I had hoped to announce its publication by now. But, alas, I have discovered that publishing a book is in many ways more difficult than writing one. My self-imposed September deadline will pass sans novel. And that’s OK.

Because my head is not stuck in a fence (even though I spent a decade behaving as if it was), we’re leaving for vacation today. Gardens, goats, writing projects and the like will have to wait a while.

 

Means

I read this yesterday:

No matter how much you earn, getting by is still a struggle for most people these days.

Seventy-eight percent of full-time workers said they live paycheck to paycheck, up from 75 percent last year, according to a recent report from CareerBuilder.

Overall, 71 percent of all U.S. workers said they’re now in debt, up from 68 percent a year ago, CareerBuilder said.

While 46 percent said their debt is manageable, 56 percent said they were in over their heads. About 56 percent also save $100 or less each month, according to CareerBuilder. The job-hunting site polled over 2,000 hiring and human resource managers and more than 3,000 full-time employees between May and June.

Most financial experts recommend stashing at least a six-month cushion in an emergency fund to cover anything from a dental bill to a car repair — and more if you are the sole breadwinner in your family or in business for yourself.

While household income has grown over the past decade, it has failed to keep up with the increased cost-of-living over the same period.

Even those making over six figures said they struggle to make ends meet, the report said. Nearly 1 in 10 of those making $100,000 or more said they usually or always live paycheck to paycheck, and 59 percent of those in that salary range said they were in the red.

There’s a lot I could say about this, but I’m just going to leave it there.